Reusable Vertical Launch/Land Spacecraft: Sci Fi Retro Bliss

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Okay, space and old school sci-fic geeks–you know all those cool 1950’s sci-fi conceits of rocket spaceships, like “The Solar Queen” lauching and 9780765300553_p0_v1_s260x420landing vertically, majestically, on hostile planets (or soundstages)?  Well, the folks over at SpaceX–you know, those guys who are set on making commercial, private spaceflight a reality, have “went ahead and done it this time.”  SpaceX is a big deal–in 2008 their Falcon 1 was the first privately funded, liquid-fueled rocket  to reach orbit. They were the first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft (Dragon), which was later the private spacecraft reach the International Space Station.  Last year, they became the first   private company to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit.  Cool, huh.  As a flame-broiled geek, this is even cooler (and keep in mind this is real footage, not special effects):

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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One Response to Reusable Vertical Launch/Land Spacecraft: Sci Fi Retro Bliss

  1. M T McGuire says:

    That is so cool.

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