Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dark_Convoy, Jun 14, 2007.
It's amazing how much the human race has progressed technologically.
I'd always wondered about that idea, taking off like a plane and then firing up rocket engines at a certain altitute. Does anyone here know of a show called "@ Discover.ca" (now known as "Daily Planet")? They used to have a viewer question segment and I actually submitted that question, "why can't spacecraft take off like a plane and then use rockets to go the rest of the way?". The guy on the show (some astronaught or rocket expert or something like that) said it was inefficient. When trying to go into space you want the most bang for your buck as far as fuel goes, so you want to make the trip as short as possible (hence why the shuttle launches straight up). I'm intrigued that someone's trying this. From a certain perspective it makes sense. Launching a rocket into space is incredibly loud so you have to have a remote location. But this can take off like a plane so it can operate from any airport. Cool.
Sadly our sense of morality and responsibility is still somewhere in the Dark Ages. I dunno, sometimes I think technology is advancing faster than our global sense of civilization.
About the last part...sadly enough, that's true. I think the overall "sense of good" is diminishing. Or as I like to say, "Our country is a socially and morally deprived society." That can also be true for most of the world, though, as well.
Makes you wonder about human nature, since the moral depravity isn't anything new. It's plagued human beings for thousands of years. It's interesting because Rome was a lot like this. I mean, look at sexual infedelity. Before Augustus adultery pretty much reduced the Romans to slobbering sex maniacs and it really disrupted the stability of Rome (there were a number of civil wars and such... not directly due to infedelity but it's that crumbling moral foundation that contributed to it). You also see it with Roman emperors. A lot of them ignored their responsibilities and dedicated the whole resources of the empire to their own base pleasures. Caligula, Comodus, and Nero to name a few. I actually see a lot of Rome (the good and the bad) in today.
I know, irrelevent to the space plane. Continue on...
Nono, it's not unrelated at all. From what I remember from history classes, you can make that comparison. Because history repeats itself.
It's a french design. And if we have learned anything from French aviation history, don't get on this thing unless you have a death wish.
The link I'm posting is nothing new to most folks who keep up with this stuff, but the orbital space plane was always a concept I found pretty cool.
which developed into
Ha ha, bash the French. Wasn't the French contingent of EADS responsible for designs like the Ariane rockets, which are by now the most reliable commercial rockets ever produced?
Which French flying coffins were you talking about?
2nded. It embarrasses me that we're, as a species, still stuck bickering over crap like land, who's got the better weapons, etc.
So we're not supposed to use live people as lanterns?
Oh cool, now I want a transformer of it.
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