Private Space Access?

John Carmack of id software fame has been leading an effort of space access enthusiasts to build a manned rocket ship. This craft will compete with others for the X-Prize a 10 million dollar purse awarded to the first crew to launch a man, recover the craft, and re-launch within two weeks. John Carmack has been documenting his expenditures and research efforts at the Armadillo Aerospace website.

Recently Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites fame has announced his contending craft for the X-Prize. Like all things Burt Rutan designs, this one is unique.

Is private space access the cash cow of the 21st century?

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