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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Unveils Space-Rocket Plan

The co-founder of Microsoft has announced plans to build a new spaceship that could launch unmanned rockets and carry cargo into space.

Paul Allen, 58, plans to develop a giant aircraft that could put spaceships into orbit, rather than lifting them off from a launch pad.

Earlier this year Nasa closed its space shuttle programme after 30 years.

Virgin Galactica is working on a commercial space venture which aims to fly passengers into sub-orbit by 2013.

Aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan is a partner on Mr Allen’s project, which is to be called Stratolaunch Systems.

Full Story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16171482

  1. December 14, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Wonderful! I always thought it should be done that way. But imagine the moment of sheer terror as the spacecraft drops away from the plane. For a few seconds, before the plane clears, you are in free fall because you are really falling! Towards the Earth, which is far too close! And then the rocket fires, slamming you into your seat! What a ride!

  2. james braselton
    December 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    hi there i dont care jennifer because 4 dinassore astroids are heading for earth eather we go too space or face global extetion 7 too 10 billion dead if a direct hit global extention astroids from 2012 too 2088

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