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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Big pockets, small rockets

If you were a technology entrepeneur, had made a few quid and wanted to splash some cash on a new hobby, what do you do?

Microsoft's Paul Allen is doing it. Ebay's Elon Musk is doing it. Good old Richard Branson's doing it. You join the space race, of course.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, has seen the first successful test flight of Goddard, the initial attempt to build a vertical takeoff and landing craft in his Blue Origin programme.

Go and watch the hi-res, low frame rate video of Goddard's flight. You'll see a small but significant step towards bringing low-cost, commercial space flight to the masses. (Which means it's OK to spend a lot of money playing about with rockets.)

I'm off to convince Chris Lewis to build a launchpad on the roof of Millbank Tower.

(Spotted on Boing Boing. Also published on LEWIS 360.)



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