Gallery: Foster + Partners Officially Launch Virgin Galactic Gateway Sp...

Image courtesy of Spaceport America
 
The hybrid rocket motor uses non-toxic fuels that have a short burn time thanks in part to the air launch. The descent and landing require little power and the vessel is fully reusable. New technologies promise to continue building upon this relatively energy efficient system.

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  1. gubs October 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I really do applaud Sir Richard Branson’s Philanthropy and humanitarianism. Also, his steps to make air travel and space exploration with less carbon footprint is a step that I hope other private and federally funded companies follow.

    Just one thing … I was just about to sign up for a flight since I have 200K burning a hole in my pocket when I read that the new $209M Virgin Galactic Gateway will be funded by US Tax Dollars. It seems as though something slipped under the radar since a privately funded company received a serious chunk of the people’s change for it’s headquarters.

    What does it take for someone, here in America, to have federal funds “donated” to their privately funded venture? I feel that as an architect, I am doing what I can to make the world a better place, yet 30% of my paycheck floats away to places such as this Galactic Gateway.

  2. diana2501 October 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I thought it had something to do with space??!!

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