Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

May 5th, 1961

Alan Shepard, the first American into space, flew a suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7. Apogee was 116.5 miles.

Keep that in mind when you read about the flights of billionaires Branson and Bezos. Yes, both are doing it with more people, but neither will end up going anywhere near as high as did the Mercury suborbital flights.

And of what real utility is any of this, other than stroking the egos of two very wealthy men? Branson is handing out astronaught wings, which are of as much value as the aviator wings that the airlines used to give to kids. Bezos's gizmo doesn't have a live pilot, so the capsule is truly "spam in a can".

Suborbital capsule flights? Done sixty years ago. Spaceplanes? NASA did that forty years ago, the Soviet Union 33 years ago, and both of those programs went into orbit.

Color me seriously unimpressed.


Tod Germanica said...

Colossal waste of money, huge air pollution not for science or defense but to stroke plutocratic egos. The other 'pedo guy' rich fuck is also going to near space just because he can so fuck you, earth. Will the rich always plague us? Fucking parasites.

Ed Baptist said...

I would be more impressed if Richard Branson were still on hid outbound journey.

Eck! said...

The upside is people doing what NASA did in 1960 is good.

Seems NASA and subcontractors tossed those old file
cabinets full of the secret sauce and tricks. So having
others search out the details and preserve them is a good
thing too.

Along the way they made improvements..

Good? Still rich kids playing.