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Just $10M keeping Intel's "Red Neck Rocket Scientist" from reaching space

McGruber (1417641) writes | about 2 years ago

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McGruber (1417641) writes "The Arizona Republic (http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/06/13/20120613mesa-engineer-determined-put-space-reach.html) has an update on Morris Jarvis, a Project Manager at Intel who also happens to Space Transport and Recovery (STAR) Systems, a commercial space-travel company, out of his east Mesa, Arizona home.

Jarvis has built the Hermes (http://www.hermesspace.com/), a prototype, proof-of-concept model of a space shuttle, that is 27 feet long with a 21-foot wingspan. He believes that if he were to receive $10 million today, he could have the first test launch in a year.

Jarvis "envisions two tour options for his completed Hermes. In the first, a high-altitude balloon will raise the Hermes to 100,000-plus feet, where customers can see the curvature of the Earth. The second is a rocket-powered option that will put customers in a suborbital trajectory where they can experience weightlessness."

According to the Silicon Valley Watcher (http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2011/06/morris_jarvis_i.php), Morris likes to describe himself as the "Red Neck Rocket Scientist". He was interviewed in this May 24, 2011 IntelFreePress Video posted at Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN7BHgqbZgg)"

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There's a reason... (1)

bughunter (10093) | about 2 years ago | (#40731221)

There's a reason NASA's Shuttle budget was immense, and that it takes a billionaire like Elon Musk to succeed at space entrepreneurism: It costs a lot of money to design, build, test, redesign, rebuild, retest, [rinse and repeat...] to the point where you're not being criminally reckless to put a human being in a space vehicle.

And even then, accidents [wikipedia.org] happen [wikipedia.org] .

The Russians do it slightly differently by emphasizing building the hardware and testing it rather than modeling, analysis and simulation, especially in the preliminary design phases. It saves a little money, but is still costly.

Put another way, if garage-built rockets could make it into space, then we'd have orbital, Lunar and asteroid colonies by now.

But one of these days, technology and materials will allow "garage" projects like this. Perhaps the time has come. I wish him luck. It takes cojones grandes to be the first. If he's patient, deliberate, extraordinarily cautious, and more than a little lucky then he can pull it off.

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