July 28, 2010
Cool. Maybe They'll Sell Us Some

China has announced plans to build a Saturn V-class booster. Planning is, obviously, not the same thing as building. The F-1 engine, which was so unbelievably powerful it only took five to start my favorite rocket on its journey, is rightly considered an utter marvel of engineering, a shining example of what infinite money and infinite talent can achieve. The Chinese don't have either of those things, but they do have fifty years of technology advancement to leverage. And having, what, a quarter of the world's population means their talent pool may not be deep, but it is pretty f-ing broad. I wouldn't count them out. And what the heck is wrong with it anyway, after all?

Posted by scott at July 28, 2010 06:33 PM

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