From Software to Hardware…

There are a few new profiles of folks who are pouring millions of dollars they made off software development into space ventures.

Space Racer Takes Off
Forbes.com

A profile of 38-year-old John Carmack, of “Doom” and “Quake” fame, who founded Armadillo Aerospace.

A cheap shot at space – if it ever gets off the ground
The Guardian

An interview with 37-year-old SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who seems undaunted by three successive failure of his Falcon 1 launch vehicle.

For gaming guru Richard Garriott, space trip will be a working vacation
Austin American Statesman

Millionaut Richard Garriott, 46, discusses the scientific experiments and educational projects he will undertake during his 10-day trip to the International Space Station in October.

Going to Space? First Stop: Eight Months of Grueling Training in Russia’s Star City
Wired

This story about Space Adventures’ millionauts focuses largely on Garriott and his backup, Australian-born playboy Nik Halik. An interesting tidbit here: Garriott would have been the first space tourist instead of Dennis Tito if not for the big dot.com bust back in 2000-01. And, oh yes, Garriott is prone to using that endearing California term, “dude,” when crashing a Soyuz landing simulation. Fascinating stuff, really.