Tuesday, July 27, 2004

New Way to space or a bunch of hot air?

While X prize contenders like Spaceship One and the Davinci Project have grabbed the headlines
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/07/27/x.prize/index.html
They're not the only ones reaching for the stars. At JP Aeorospace there's a plan to achieve Earth orbit with-- get this, a really big hellium balloon and an ion engine! Well, it has the virture of never having been tried before. The downside? It would take about 5 days to reach Earth orbit (By comparision the Apollo 11 roundtrip took 6 day!). Well check it out, it's definately a novel approach. http://jpaerospace.com/

1 comment:

Zorro said...

of course, everyone thought NASA was full of hot air from the beginning...besides, how would you like a vacation to the Earth's outer rim and back?