Airjet injectors were pretty much banned when they were found to spray blood and other contagion-carrying fluids around the area, including on themselves, which were then passed onto the next recipient. They ended up being worse for the problem they were trying to solve. » 2/24/15 6:43am Tuesday 6:43am

Because that's just utterly stupid. In order to land somewhere, you have to fly somewhere. The whole point of barges is that we launch over the ocean for range safety. Out of the Cape, you we launch east over the Atlantic. Out of Vandenburg, we launch southwest over the Pacific. Out of the future Brownsville… » 2/22/15 10:37am Sunday 10:37am

Aside from negotiating with ground and air traffic control, we basically have automated pilots right now. Most of the role of commercial pilots these days is contingency. The question becomes one of when is that contingency no longer necessary. Until that happens, you're going to need someone highly trained in the… » 2/21/15 10:55am 2/21/15 10:55am

Likely not, but since it's closed loop control, there's enough stability margin that it was able to fly. That said, there has been research into neural network systems that dynamically recompute the various transfer functions to compensate for damage. » 2/20/15 9:32pm 2/20/15 9:32pm

Last I heard, they were shooting for a price of $200K, and you're only actually in space for a few minutes. You pull some Gs, see some weightlessness (while you're strapped down), you get a nice view, and then in a moment, it's all over. It's an expensive amusement park ride. » 2/20/15 2:28pm 2/20/15 2:28pm