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Comment this could work (Score 1) 268

I was just watching the SpaceShipOne docu-drama on the discovery channel the other day and I was re-living when I saw it live via the internet. It was huge that a private industry broke the space barrier.

The Xprize was for a fairly small amount of money considering the scope and possible payoff of the project. Now that NASA wants to offer billions to private industries consider one of the biggest advantages - many more people will have a serious go at the projects. So more minds are out there working to consider novel options (like Ratan's "feather" wing) or other such outside the box thinking - as opposed to a few mega-corps. Kinda like open source but this could actually make money :D

So congress can piss away money on every half-baked social program but when it comes to space travel they want results? Sigh...

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