No that's impressive, keeping a long skinny rocket vertical with only 1 engine.
Quote from: JBF on 06/29/2012 06:49 PMNo that's impressive, keeping a long skinny rocket vertical with only 1 engine.The point of it is vertical landing.. which they're not doing anymore.It's still a great way to test the vehicle before flight, but it's overkill for just that.
And they certainly plan on returning to vertical landing, according to what they've said.
As for a paying passenger/pilot?I wonder if John has thought outside the box and arranged for the possibility that some brave and rich person would be willing to be a 'test-pilot' on one of his future spacecraft? Instead of John paying for a test-pilot, the reverse is possible; it would be profitable for someone with money and guts to pay him for the privilege of going up to 100km in his craft.
AA got an RLV launch license from the FAA (Stig-B).
“The Operator Launch License enables Armadillo Aerospace to launch payloads for revenue service” said Milburn. “The inaugural flight of STIG B scheduled for this summer is carrying two revenue payloads, one for Vega Space and the other for the University of Purdue, and, if successful, this will qualify the STIG vehicles for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program.”
Quote from: Jason1701 on 07/26/2012 07:05 PMAA got an RLV launch license from the FAA (Stig-B).What type of licence? For operational flights or for test flights?