By Paul Dickson
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This is not good,” wrote Abram Katz in response to the term. “Thirty-six years after Apollo 11 landed on the Sea of Tranquility, we’re simply planning to pursue an expanded version of 1960s technology” (New Haven Register, October 9, 2005, p. F6). Intended or not, the term so firmly attached 17 Apollo-Saturn itself to the new lunar initiative that many news accounts mentioned the nickname when the announcement was made on August 31, 2006, that the Martin-Marietta Company had been selected to build the Orion spacecraft: “In picking Lockheed Martin for Orion, described by NASA’s chief as ‘Apollo on steroids,’ NASA bypassed Apollo throwbacks Northrop Grumman of Los Angeles and its chief subcontractor Boeing of Chicago” (Seth Borernstein, “Lockheed Martin Wins NASA Contract,” Houston Chronicle, September 1, 2006, p.
In order to claim the prize, the same vehicle had to repeat this trip twice within two weeks. According to the rules and guidelines of the competition, as a demonstration of economic reusability, no more than 10 percent of the vehicle’s non-propellant mass could be replaced between the first and second flights. On October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne won the prize of $10 million by achieving its second suborbital spaceflight. The pilot was Brian Binnie; the first flight was piloted by Mike Melvill. SpaceShipOne was funded solely by Paul G.
The Air Force has operated throughout its relatively short history in the sensible atmosphere around the earth. Recent developments have allowed us to extend our operations further away from the earth, approaching the environment popularly known as space. Since there is no dividing line, no natural barrier separating these two areas, there can be no operational boundary between them. Thus air and space comprise a single continuous operational field in which the Air Force must continue to function.
A Dictionary of the Space Age by Paul Dickson