“Faulty Fuel Gauge Delays Shuttle Launch”

Thursday, 14 July 2005

White Knight in space Kids, don’t look to government programs to get your narrow little asses to Mars. They kill astronauts for want of a 30¢ piece of rubber. They send delicate multi-million dollar ships to other planets to gently land like bullets because they can’t decide if they prefer metric or English for project collaboration. They put up multi-billion dollar telescopes with warped mirrors and the life-span of a large dog. They take almost three years to make the launch of a Shuttle safe only to find the gas gauge doesn’t even work no matter how much you hit it.

In scant years, private enterprise involving just a few men and a few millions of dollars has done what the world’s greatest economy and government could not do in five decades: put a reusable ship into space safely twice in a single week. A private innovation not unlike the one made by two bicycle makers who decided to branch out 100 years ago.

Mars, the moons of Neptune, Venus, the rings of Saturn, the Moon’s vast still seas… it’s all yours if you’ll take it. Don’t wait for someone to give it to you. They don’t know how. They don’t even know why.

Photo courtesy of Scaled Composites, LLC.

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