Be ready for lots of “62.5 Mile High Club” jokes

by The Good Reverend on September 29, 2004 · 9 comments

in Announcements,News,Sci-Tech

We could be seeing the official beginnings of space flight for the private sector.

Today’s successful space flight of the privately developed SpaceShipOne marked the first leg of a trial that may win the $10 million X Prize, which is an open competition to private industry to make space flight feasible to the average person.

The winning craft must reach space (100 km, or 62.5 miles up) twice in 2 weeks, along with some other requirements like simulated passenger load.. oh and not burning up on re-entry.  I think it must also have on-board weapons systems to defend against alien laser attack.  Not too familiar with the rules actually – these are just features I would like to see on any ship I were riding in.  Ooh!  And Tivo!

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  • Shadow Stalker

    Tivo?  So you can record the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Olympics?

    Lasers would be pretty cool though.  And two of those gun turrets on opposite ends of a tunnel, so Han Solo can turn around and say, “Nice shooting, kid.” (I haven’t seen the movie in a long time, so back off, fanboy).

    That’s a flight I’d pay for.  Otherwise, I don’t think it will be worth the cost to just see the night sky during the day.

  • The Good Reverend

    Well, you could also see the curvature of the Earth.  Oh, and Timothy Leary’s ashes.

    And Klingons.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Oh, so you’ve bought into the whole “round Earth” thing.

  • .alphamonkey.

    “Nice shooting, kid! Now don’t get cocky!”


  • Shadow Stalker

    What are you talking about?  I got it right!

  • .alphamonkey.

    You did not complete the quote in it’s entirety therefore you got it wrong.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Where do you draw boundaries for the entirety of the quote?  I know you can quote all the dialogue of all three movies (loser), but I really think that’s an unreasonable standard.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I’ll remember that next time your harangue me for calling your little movie-time hobby ‘macrame’.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Wait ‘til I start using hemp yarn.

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