[FPSPACE] Branson

Constantine Domashnev cdomashnev at acm.org
Wed Oct 6 07:04:26 EDT 2004

On the other hand, SS1' landings in airports with congested airspace might 
become a grand pain for traffic controllers and not only. How would 
controlers handle the landing - halt all takeoffs and landings for 30 

30 minute delay in airstrip operations is a long time, lots of money, and 
will make lots of people angry.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carlos Herranz" <herranzc at teleline.es>
To: "FPSpace" <fpspace at friends-partners.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 4:06 AM
Subject: RE: [FPSPACE] Branson

> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: Rex Hall
>> I note that Branson intends to launch his rrockets
>> from all over the world even Europe.
> Now, that's interesting. Skipping over the technology transfer issue, what 
> would be the
> requirements for an airport (i.e., landing strip length) to support a 
> SpaceShipOne type
> mission? I note that the first development flights have taken place in the 
> Mojave Desert,
> where some of the longest airfields are available. But is this a 
> prerequisite of the
> system or just a safety measure? I can imagine local authorities trading 
> with Branson's
> company to attract his spaceships to their airports as an investment in 
> tourism --I mean
> Earthly tourism. People (we) will want to travel to see those 
> aerospace-machines
> taking-off, flying and landing in their own continent or country, whoever 
> is taking the
> ride inside.
> Carlos Herranz
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