January 26, 2011
~ Launch Pads for Sale or Rent / LOX to Let, Fifty Cent ~

Once the Space Shuttle (eventually, some day) departs the pad for the final time, a gigantic launch complex will be without a mission. So NASA's asking around to see if anyone maybe wants to, you know, rent a launch pad or something? Providing the infrastructure for manned commercial space transport is, IMO anyway, a perfect role for a government entity. More power to them!

Posted by scott at January 26, 2011 07:09 AM

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True, we won't need them any more since we will no longer have a Manned Space Program after that...

...might as well get some use SOMEWHERE.

sad, sad day.

Posted by: Mark on January 26, 2011 07:37 AM

I'm sure the SpaceX people will disagree with you! :)

Posted by: Scott on January 26, 2011 08:27 AM

I certainly haven't seen a launch schedule out of them.

So when's their first manned (orbital or beyond) launch? 2035? 2040?

Posted by: Mark on January 26, 2011 08:33 AM

Mark - I think that if we took a collection to raise money to launch Tom Cruise into space, we'd accelerate that schedule handsomely. That's the problem - they're not putting the right incentives out there.

Note that I never mentioned anything about actually getting him back. We could pop him right out of orbit.

I'm pretty sure we'd be able to get all sorts of cash for that. Same with using Snookie or any number of other reality stars.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on January 27, 2011 12:28 PM
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