Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Moonglow, Aug 31, 2012.
Now this is cool!
Supersonic Flying Wing Nabs $100,000 from NASA - Yahoo! News
Good stuff. We need more innovation like this.
Hope that they can actually build it. Concept is one thing, but implementation is quite another.
It does look like a really cool idea.
Who is going to benefit? My guess is that the grant will probably close to the price of a ticket if the thing is ever built..
Initially, but as the capital investment increases the costs for customers goes way down.
That is the pattern to all new technology, initially only the government and the most wealthy can afford it but as the industry gets more automated, experienced and has more competence in the labor force, the costs go down and competition drives the prices downward.
Look at the history of computers. In the 50s only the government and corporations could afford them, but by the 1990's the technology had matured to where individuals could buy them and run them in their own homes.
The same will happen here and by 2040 you will be able to fly your self-driving auto to the prefered moon vacation resort.
There is no reason to be pessimistic here.
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