Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Aerospace Legend Burt Rutan and the New Space Age

CNN is running has posted an interview with SpaceShipOne Designer and Aerospace legend Burt Rutan about the future of private spaceflight. Interesting quotes:

"...within the next decade, after getting a good start of flying thousands of people outside the atmosphere, we'll have solutions to move in the direction of orbital flight."

"I think mankind does need to move away from where we are to explore somewhere else. The only way we've been able to survive is because we've reached out and we've taken risks to go where we didn't live before. That's our insurance against a local catastrophe wiping out our species. Certainly in the long run I think we do need to leave the earth and have settlements elsewhere."