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
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?