It's Rocket Science


AP reports:

The government on Wednesday awarded a California aviation company the first license for a manned suborbital rocket.

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  1. If’n it pisses off The Bart, I am in favor of keepin’ it.

  2. Most of the media has made the same mistake- the FAA is not licensing suborbital vehicles. It is licensing the LAUNCH of suborbital vehicles. This leads to a very different (less stringent) set of standards that must be met for a suborbital vehicle to fly. The focus is not on passenger safety, but on safety of uninvolved third parties and their property.

  3. We could have saved billions of dollars if the complete space program was contracted to Elbert L. Rutan 25 years ago.

  4. Yup. It would only have taken a $28 trillion check and an authorized signature.

  5. Would you please stop using the term “rocket science”; it really pisses off the aerospace engineers.

  6. I prefer “particle physics.”

  7. “Hey, people, this isn’t aerospace engineering” just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well, Jean Bart.

  8. “Hey, people, this isn’t aerospace engineering” just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well, Jean Bart.

  9. Jean Bart,
    I dunno, most of the aerospace engineers I know like saying that they are “rocket scientists.” Granted, it’s usually in joke form. Example, when figuring something absurdly simple/obivous that everyone else missed, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to (whatever), but in this case it did.”

  10. Goddamned double post.

  11. I knew a rocket scientist who was also a banjo player. Stanley Brothers stuff, mostly.

    Just thought I’d let you know.

  12. The US doesn’t own space.
    Why didn’t they go to Mexico and light the candle?

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