Submitted on Friday 26th August 2011
Published on Tuesday 30th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Thursday 30th August 2012
SUB-ORBITAL SPACE PLANE FOR £50 MILLION
On 21/2/07 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/66/7022108.htm Dr Patrick Collins testified to Parliament that it would be possible, rebuilding the British Rocket Fighter of the 1950s, the SR53, in modern materials, to build an inexpensive sub-orbital space plane.
"There is simply no difficulty at all. The technology was already there 50 years ago, and materials and so on have advanced a great deal since then."
The MPs were more concerned about discouraging US businessmen (wanring access to zero G experiments) and space tourists from increasing their carbon footprint by flying here.
This will give Britain an enormous first step into space at 1/5th of the annual cost of the NERC quango (one of several existing to "raise awareness" of alleged catastrophic global warming).
Commercial space industry is growing at 5% annually in the UK an 17.6% in the US. The commercial opportunities are literally unlimited.
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