It's looking like in the future when they get to their Tier 3 racing.
Orbital races will probably necessitate traveling faster than a speeding
For Tier one closed courses they are talking 320 mph. It appears the
rockets will coast and relight several times during a race.....just a
guess but they are gonna light in the straights and coast in the turns
and relight on the exit. This could be some amazing events if all goes
well. I wonder what the annual budget will be for the 8 race season of
a few years from now.
1500# thrust in a 2000# plane, that will be a kick in the pants on the
Check out the bottom right thumbnail. I'm wondering if that's the way
the course will be displayed to the racer. If so, it appears they can
build in their safety factor and the courses are gonna be wild.
I'm not a nascar fan as I don't understand watching cars going around in
circles for hours on end; I guess people will watch rocket plane racing for
the crashes into the specytators huh?
wonder where the estes or quest X-racers are at?
.....and how many spectators have the competitors taken out at Reno?
I'm guessing none. The doom and gloomers sure do show up early. NASCAR
sux, but it's not cars going around in a circle, it's team competition,
both physical and reactive, and a technological competition. Who knows
what will arise from low atmosphere rocket development.....maybe a cool
new motor for the little people. Or some cool new ideas in small
airplane survivability. Without people going to the extremes in
anything, us conservative little people don't benefit cuz the envelope
is never stretched.
"I guess people will watch rocket plane racing
> for the crashes into the specytators huh?"
You serious? If the planes fly into the spectators, who's gonna be
watching? Who's gonna be competing? Not a very good business model.
Only the cigarette companies kill their customers, I can think of no
Maybe they will use 'certified' motors, and we'll all be safe. ;-)
It's interesting to read how the FAA has been brought in early to get
things right from the beginning.
PS that ending sentances with prepositions has to stop. :-)
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