Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Truth or Consequences of Rocket Science

UP Aerospace of New Mexico bills itself as “…the world's premier supplier of low-cost space access.” To prove it, it has designed and built the SpaceLoft XL rocket whose job it is to loft 100 plus pounds of whatever-can-fit to suborbital space. On the schedule for future payloads include the creamated remains of Star Trek Chief Engineer Scotty and NASA Astronaut Gordo Cooper which are scheduled to fly out of the New Mexico Spaceport next month – maybe. But now there may be a slight change in schedule.

On the virgin flight of SpaceLoft XL yesterday, there was a malfunction and the rocket crashed after only reaching the cruising altitude of most jetliners. So now it’s back to the drawing board, it seems, for our friends over at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

We truly wish you guys well. We need more space minded folks who spend more time building than worrying about 'what if'. The simple Truth is, if we don’t get cheap access to space then the sad Consequences are: none of us can afford to go. Don’t you dare get discouraged. Get back to work and we will be cheering the next flight on during your next try.

Nobody ever said rocket science was easy.