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A New Age of Rocketry? — 5 Comments

  1. I’ve only seen one launch ever, and it was from a long distance away. I was in Orlando, FLorida, some years ago when the space shuttle went up. I was astounded at how swiftly it rose into the sky. I totally wasn’t expecting that. In a matter of seconds it was gone, even from such a distance as I was. That’s what I most remember about that event – the incredible speed.

  2. My initial reaction to what SpaceX has done was to yawn — “Big deal… SpaceX is putting a big rocket with a dummy payload into space… We are now back to where we were in the mid 1960’s, and hyping this up like it was the invention of drive.”

    However, I heard a comment on the radio to the effect that SpaceX was prompting people to think again about going into space. I think that is true, and that is a good thing. And SpaceX is doing it cheaply, which is something. And the landing rocket boosters are truly remarkable.

    However, the grouch in me would like to point out that the dummy in the car is the closest thing the US currently has in terms of a manned space program. In that regard, we are not even back to Alan Shepard and manned suborbital flight in 1961.

    I sure hope a new age of rocketry is indeed in the making. It is long overdue.

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