03 October 2004

SpaceShipOne team's philosophy of risk

The Houston Chronicle has an interesting article on SpaceShipOne's shot at the stars. Because they are a small, privately funded team, they are able to make more intelligent decisions about design and risk:

The pilots and engineers in this new race to space embrace danger in a way that NASA can't afford.

With less than $30 million to work with, compared with NASA's $29 billion to develop the shuttle, [team leader Dick Rutan] charted a fast track.... "Our program has been driven by what makes sense in the risks we take, technical as well as financial," said Rutan.

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