So which one of your kids will be flying this thing?

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  1. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    I am insanely jealous. I'd commit infanticide just to be an engineer on the project, let alone the pilot.

    Good luck! At least one lucky SOB who will fly this thing is a plebe right now! :thumb:
     
  2. USNA69

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    Unfortunately, for the pilots it is a giant step backwards.
     
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    My Kid! Bringing the old man along as Cargo!

    Man, I'd love to work on that project also. My daughter has it in the back of her mind to try for NASA after she's been in the Navy for a while, so maybe it'll be "one small step for a girl...":biggrin:
     
  4. Zaphod

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    In what way? :confused:

    I can imagine that after flying an F-18, it could seem rather dull. I'll also admit that the technology itself seems to be a bit of a letdown. We hope to see the Millenium Falcon, and they trot out Apollo on steroids.

    But man, what wouldn't I give to be on one of those when it flies!
     
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    You've hit the nail on the head concerning technology, especially from the pilot's viewpoint. Deploying a parachute and being able to hit the Mojave Desert doesn't require quite as much skill as dead sticking a flying brick onto the approach numbers at Canaveral. As a matter of fact, the pilot position will probably be eliminated. My understanding is that the "pilot" cadre at NASA is quite disappointed with this design.
     
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    So history repeats itself. They're going for the "Man in the can" approach they began with Mercury, eh?

    Bummer. :frown:
     

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