Sidewalks Defeat Spaceflight in Mojave

SpaceflightvsSidewalkspollParabolic Archers have spoken, and they have confidence in Kern County than they do in two of Mojave’s space companies.

Seventy-four percent of voters said that Mojave would get sidewalks before either XCOR or Virgin Galactic flew their vehicles above the Karman line at 100 km. Only 26 percent of voters expended the opposite result.

The majority is probably correct here. Barring any significant delays, work is expected to begin on sidewalks for downtown Mojave toward the end of 2016. It’s not clear how long it will take to complete, but the work is unlikely to stretch out very long.

Meanwhile, XCOR is still building the Lynx Mark I, which cannot get above the Karman line. And Virgin Galactic is building the second SpaceShipTwo, which might or might not be able to reach that altitude.

I’ve posted a new poll about the battling space billionaires. Vote on whether you are on Team Allen, Team Bezos, Team Branson or Team Elon,

As I always say: Vote early. Vote often. Just vote, dammit! Vote!

 

  • Paul451

    Barring any significant delays, work is expected to begin on sidewalks for downtown Mojave toward the end of 2016.

    Oh, is that all. I voted for it assuming it was a local “when hell freezes over” issue.

  • redneck

    I will vote when I have an opinion that I think matters. Right now Bezos seems ahead unless Musk starts nailing the landings in which case…….

  • Christopher James Huff

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZDkItO-0a4

    SpaceX has been doing landings for about 3 years now.

  • Paul_Scutts

    And this is why, ladies and gentlemen, we have not been beyond LEO since the early 70’s. As a species we have to get our priorities right, right? 🙁

  • redneck

    With operational hardware. When operational hardware is reused, it matters considerably more than proof of concept flights.

  • Paul451

    Blue Origin’s was a concept flight. They aren’t carrying any commercial payloads. Not even sounding-rocket type science payloads.

    If, otoh, you meant “uses the same hardware that will go into commercial launchers”, then Grasshopper qualifies again. That’s a F9 core that was pulled off the assembly line, and an engine that is a standard flight-rated engine.

    Plus there’s this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/561cdc4fd94d351a82433f57f4feb7399592b4efcce30f7a8413c59184335c3a.jpg