"We unlocked the back doors, turned on the lights, and I thought ‘Oh lord, there’s a spaceship.’"
“In that first six months of training, they had to break all your habits you had from your first ten years of flying.”
“When you took off you were the only thing moving on that base. It was so expensive to operate that they took no chances with it.”
Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and heads of SNC’s Space Systems, has a better than front-row seat for America’s historic private space movement—he’s a player on the main stage. Sirangelo heads one of three companies that is designing spacecraft to bring humans into orbit for NASA.
With tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, the pressure is on President Obama to do more than issue stern warnings to the Russian government. Economic sanctions are one possible action, but one that could put the squeeze not only on Russia but also the U.S. manned space program.
The nation has never seen anything like the nascent private space industry. There are laws and regulations that could keep spaceflight safe or smother entrepreneurial firms and industries in their cradles.
By Alberto Reyes
It’s easy to love these funny-looking planes just for their sheer weirdness. But many of them were built to prove a point or to advance the science of aerodynamics.