Friday, September 09, 2005

Crushed dreams of a hi-tech future

There was an old commercial, from IBM I believe, that lamented the present didn't turn out like we thought it would 40 years ago with the phrase: "Where are our flying car? They promised us flying cars!". This phrase was running through my head as a read the following opinion piece by Jeffery Bell for Space Daily titled The Cold Equations of Spaceflight. In the article Bell, a former space scientist, explains why all the cool ideas that we've been teased with concerning reusable space vehicles like the X-33 and the DC-X were all just a bunch of hooey. It's depressing but fascinating reading.
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