Onward and upward! Space elevators??
Try to watch this video (requires real player) and not smile or feel like a little kid again.
This has been amazing month for space travel. A private rocket to space! and now this! What an age!
Sydney Morning Tribune
"One can imagine how much inventiveness, daring and courage were necessary to realise such a plan. Like every feat of engineering, this success is proof of mankind's capacity for invention." - La Nouvelle Republique du Centre-Ouest
"Just like when early airplanes were flying in 1910, we didn't know what the benefits are, but we were doing it because it was fun." - Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites
In 15 years, he predicts, "space tourism will be a multibillion-dollar business." - Rattan
"After this flight, I don't think it will be hard to convince anyone that space tourism is within the grasp of normal people," Rutan says. One hurdle: there's no consensus in D.C. on how to regulate such vehicles. A bill that would treat them uniquely—without requiring the same level of safety as airplanes—is stalled in Congress. Newsday
I urge the State to just stay away from this one - not that they can really stop it. Let's roll!