Richard Branson's Aussie Space-Technology Dumb Down ...
- the Richard Branson, Burt Rutan, Paul Allen plan
(below) is a straight counterintelligence operation
to dumb-down the world knowledge of space transport
technology by about fifty years.
it is all, ULTRA low-tech, that the Aerospace Military
Industrial Complex is willing to share with the world
public knowledge-base and market-place.
as their control and occupation of the high-ground
of space, continues into its fifth or sixth (or
seventh) decade ...
Branson's Aussie space plan
from Steve Creedy, Aviation writer
04 April 2005
FLAMBOYANT entrepreneur Richard Branson wants to bring
his "Virgin Galactic" spaceships to Australia and says
he has already had approaches from several state governments.
Sir Richard's Virgin Group has entered into a deal with
US space aviation pioneer Burt Rutan and software mogul
Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, to develop affordable
Mr Rutan's SpaceShipOne last October won the $US 10 million
($12.96 million) Ansari X-Prize, which was set up in 1996
to encourage civilian space flight, when it carried a man
into suborbital space twice within two weeks. It also
set an altitude record of 377,591 feet (115,090m).
A final design for Virgin's flagship spacecraft, the
VSS Enterprise, is expected to be signed off on this year.
A US base is expected to be training 3000 astronauts for
the $US190,000 sub-orbital flights in as little as three
'Sir' Richard said in Sydney that the plan was to
build sufficient spaceships to allow the establishment
of separate bases around the world.
"Having said that, we would have to get an export
licence from the American Government on it. We're 90
per cent sure that will be possible but, because it's
space, they would certainly need certain protections,"
Subject to that, I think Australia would be a place
where it would be wonderful to set up a space station
and offer space travel from. We've had a
number of states approach us."
The British entrepreneur said the space flights
would be a great spectacle and attract wealthy individuals.
In time, he hoped to bring down the price of
space travel to make it more affordable.
But he was reluctant to put a figure on the reduced price.
"I'm not getting drawn on that, otherwise no one's going
to pay the initial price, but it will come down after
10 years or so," he said.
Sir Richard also indicated Virgin Blue would move soon
on its long-awaited frequent-flyer program, saying the
scheme would be part of a renewed assault on Qantas
now that Patrick Corp's takeover bid had expired.
Asked how Patrick's 62 per cent stake would affect
the airline, Sir Richard said he believed it would be
"business as usual" and that it had not affected his
relationship with Patrick chief executive Chris Corrigan.
The Virgin boss and his son are in Australia to film
cameo appearances as astronauts in the new Superman movie,
which features a Virgin Galactic spaceship.
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