So, you're Paul Allen, and you're into space.... Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites makes nice, jet-powered, recoverable/reusable boosters, but their payload spacecraft are suborbital; Elon Musk's SpaceX makes excellent rockets, has orbited payloads and is working their way up to really big boosters.
What if you just got the two together? Why, Stratolaunch, is what, delivering SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit, any inclination, with lower fuel costs than any other launch system. (Unless the Russians have taken to siphoning booster fuel from Chinese missiles -- talk about a win-win!)
Claire Wolfe saw it, too.
Looks like civilization may yet set up a branch office outside this dear ol' ball of mud. Maybe even in time for me to visit after I retire. Mr. Allen, please keep on keepin' on!
2 weeks ago