Sorry for the delay everyone, but among going out of town, Halloween, and watching some awesome, amazing football, this latest BDJ episode is getting to you a little late. …In spite of having recorded it early. But, as a special treat/annoyance, this episode features a scary Halloween remix of our theme music. Hope you enjoy. And, if you don’t, whatever, no one cares.
Check it out children, in an effort to further secure my domination of the podosphere, this weekend I teamed up with Ben Corman of AttentionCrash.net, and famed host of Attention Crash Radio, to bring you our first crossover show, Blind Drunk Attention Crash for the Team BL1Y folks, or AC/BD for Team Corman.
In our first episode we discuss History Channel hiring practices, Bill O’Reilly v. The View, Brooklyn Space Program v. The View From 100,000 Feet, private space flight, the fact that I can get by just fine sitting in silence, and also that I’m likely to have a drink anyways to cope with it.
Yesterday marked another milestone in space exploration as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo made its first solo flight. The flight did not leave the atmosphere and lasted on 25 minutes, but Virgin Galactic is now one step closer to making space tourism a reality, and it comes at at time when NASA is going down the shitter.
Virgin Galactic is expected to launch its first commercial flight next year.
NASA is expecting to not have a space flight program at that time.
When SpaceShipOne was launched in 2004 it made two suborbital flights within a period of about 10 days. From conception to its second landing, it is estimated to have cost Virgin Galactic only about $25 million. By comparison, the latest Space Shuttle, even with the vast majority of R&D taken care of by the previous models, cost us $1.7 billion, and that doesn’t include the costs of astronaut training, mission control, rocket fuel, or the (non-recyclable) external tank.
Granted, the ships are extremely different. SpaceShipOne carries 3 people into a short suborbital flight; the Space Shuttle carries massive payloads into orbit. It’s the difference between a Kawasaki Ninja and a Mack Truck. But still, when you consider how much production costs decrease when you mass produce a vehicle, we could probably get 100 SpaceShipOnes and launch them 100 times each for the cost of building 1 Space Shuttle and allowing it to sit in a warehouse.
Also, SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo are a whole helluva lot more sexy and exciting than NASA’s Winged Brick.
The Juris Doctors were created by law schools.
They were laid off.
They look and feel human.
Some are programmed to think they are human.
There are many copies.
And they don't have a plan.