Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Sunday, October 03, 2004

  One launch is not enough!

So, after a long couple days of struggling to get back on a normal sleep schedule, get caught up on work, and deal with the mundane details of "normal" life, Elf, and I, and Evan and some folk from the oldest geekhaus on the internet, the armory, are going back to witness the second launch of SpaceShipOne - they're going for the Xprize this time.

Santa Cruz is going to be well represented!

I've been thinking about airshows, and contests, and lotteries a lot these past few days.

Some airshows take in a hundred thousand people, or more. This show could go on the road...

10,000 people, at $20 a head - could pay for a single raffle ticket into space on Virgin galactic- sure, it's 10,000 to 1 odds - or worse - but those are better odds than any normal person had before last tuesday - hmmm... maybe that's viable. I mean, how many people play the lottery at worse odds for lesser rewards already?

And as for contests to incent private individuals and companies to invest in space development - I've got a lot more to write on that - but it's time to get on the road and get to Mojave.

See you there!



 
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