Paul Allen the co-founder of Microsoft has announced the new plans for commercial spaceship.He told the press that instead of blasting off a launch pad now the spaceship would be carried high into the atmosphere by the widest plane ever built before it fires its rockets and with this they are able to achieve the biggest dream of reviving “Star Trek” dreams that first interested them in science. The tycoons of cyberspace are looking to bankroll America’s resurgence in outer space.
Paul Allen left Microsoft Corp. in 1983, and has pursued many varied interests since then. He’s the owner of the Seattle Seahawks football team as well as the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers. He also founded a Seattle museum that emphasizes science fiction.
Paul Allen is now working with the most famous aerospace legend and pioneer Burt Rutan who collaborated with the tycoon back in 2004. Burt Rutan is the only one to win a $10 million prize for the first flight of a private spaceship that went into space. In past Allen and Rutan collaborated on 2004’s SpaceShipOne, which was also launched in the air from a special aircraft in back-to-back flights. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic licensed the technology and is developing SpaceShipTwo to carry tourists to space.Paul Allen said that SpaceShipOne cost $28 million, but this will cost much more.
In a new private space race that attempts to fill the gap left when the U.S. government ended the space shuttle program Paul Allen has also joined the Silicon Valley powerhouses Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com Inc and Elon Musk of PayPal whose Space Exploration Technologies will send its Dragon capsule to dock with the International Space Station in February, will provide the capsule and booster rocket for Allen’s venture, which is called Stratolaunch while Bezos is building a rival private spaceship named Stratolaunch, to be based in Huntsville, Ala., bills its method of getting to space as “any orbit, any time.” Rutan will build the carrier aircraft, which will use six 747 engines. The first unmanned test flight is tentatively scheduled for 2016.
Paul Allen further told that his enormous airplane and spaceship system will go to “the next big step: a private orbital space platform business. The new system is “a radical change” in how people can get to space, and it will “keep America at the forefront of space exploration,” The plane they are deciding will have a 380-foot wingspan _ longer than a football field and wider than the biggest aircraft ever, Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.It will launch a space capsule equipped with a booster rocket, which will send the spacecraft into orbit. This method saves money by not using rocket fuel to get off the ground. The spaceship may hold as many as six people.
Jeff Bezos will set up the secretive private space company Blue Origin, which has received $3.7 million in NASA start-up funds to develop a rocket to carry astronauts. Its August flight test ended in failure.
Peter Diamandis, who created the space prize Allen won earlier and is a high-tech mogul-turned space business leader himself, is also working with allen.Peter Diamandis helped found a company that sends tourists to space for at least $25 million a ride, and seven of the eight rides involved high-tech executives living out their space dreams. One is a former Microsoft colleague of Allen’s, Charles Simonyi, who paid at least $20 million apiece for two rides into orbit and attended Allen’s Tuesday news conference, saying he wouldn’t mind a third flight.
John Logsdon a retired George Washington University space policy professor said that“Space has a draw for humanity,” not just high-tech billionaires, Simonyi said, but he acknowledged that mo st people don’t have the cash to take that trip.Space experts welcome the burst of high-tech interest in a technology that 50 years ago spurred the development of computers.But Logsdon said the size of the capsule and rocket going to space seemed kind of small to him, only carrying 13,000 pounds. It didn’t seem like a game-changer.
Allen said space is the ultimate challenge, “It’s also the ultimate adventure. We all grew up devouring science fiction and watching Mercury and Gemini, Apollo and the space shuttle. And now we are able to be involved in moving things to the next level,” he said, adding that he admires people like Simonyi who have gone into space to experience it. Allen is not alone in having such dreams, and the money to gamble on making them come true.
NASA, in a statement, welcomed Allen to the space business, saying his plan “has the potential to make future access to low-Earth orbit more competitive, timely, and less expensive.”