In a recent report, it has been revealed that Paul G. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, would foray into the rocket business with never heard before model. It’s being told that he is interested to build a plan that can launch a rocket to orbit, carrying with it satellites, supplies at a height of 30,000 feet. “You have a certain number of dreams in your life that you want to fulfill”, said Mr. Allen.
This is not for the first time that the philanthropist had extend financial support in other ventures as he had done a lot in other fields also, including a radio telescope listening for alien transmissions.
It’s being believed that there had been significant decreased in government-funded spaceflights and that’s what push the private sector to come forward and take the job of the same. There are reports that indicated that after NASA closed down its space shuttle program this year, major power has shifted to Russia for launching astronauts to the International Space Station. It is necessary that America is being kept in the leading role in the space field.
Even Richard Branson is told to be planning to make its Virgin Galactic subsidiary to fly tourists on short jaunts to the edge of space and Elon Musk, who is known to be face behind Paypal, is in talks with NASA over increasing more agreements. There are reports that indicated that Jeffrey P. Bezos, the Amazon. com founder, had also started a space company called Blue Origin.
It has been known that in the past, Mr. Allen in collaboration with Burt Rutan, a legendary aerospace engineer, had developed SpaceShipOne, the first private manned rocket to reach space, in 2004. Even it is told to have won the $10 million Ansari X Prize, which makes it clear that their efforts are worth appreciation.
- Paul Allen Planning His Own Commercial Space Program (celebritynetworth.com)
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- Paul Allen, Burt Rutan Plan Huge Plane to Launch Spaceships (techland.time.com)
- Paul G. Allen Announces Revolution in Space Transportation (spacefellowship.com)
- Paul Allen unveils grand plan for next-gen manned space travel (news.cnet.com)
- Paul Allen to develop dream of space travel – The Seattle Times (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Paul Allen and Elon Musk team up on rocket to take people into orbit (mercurynews.com)
- Paul Allen Heads Back to Space with Stratolaunch (xconomy.com)
- Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Unveils Plane for Private Space Launches (scientificamerican.com)