Indecision at Virgin Galactic over engine design

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In the heat of competition: Sources at Virgin Galactic suggest that the company has still not made up its mind on the type of engine it will use on SpaceShipTwo.

Messier sums up the situation perfectly:

The lack of clarity about SpaceShipTwo’s main propulsion system is highly unusual. It’s difficult if not impossible to think of another space project that was uncertain about its primary propulsion system after nearly a decade of development.

Increasingly I do not see this spaceship ever flying, which saddens me. They had a ten year head start over everyone else, and have squandered it.

One comment

  • LocalFluff

    I think that it will always fly. On ground level as it has to date. Galactic makes Virgin look sexy. An airline with supersonic suborbital ambitions, that looks good. That’s the whole purpose.

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