Kids To Space - Prologue by Burt Rutan

From The Space Library

Jump to: navigation, search


I believe we have an opportunity to drastically reduce the schedule to the introduction of both tourist ships and living communities in space. I think they should be not just in low Earth orbit, but highly elliptical flights that swing by the Moon, allowing great views and an ability to do transfers to those needing Moon surface access. The ships should be built in pairs that fly close together to allow one to be the lifeboat for the other. One should be zero-g while the other should be a Von Braun rotating ring providing about 0.2-g. It costs almost nothing to go from one to the other as much as you want.

Burt Rutan

Mojave, California

October 2005