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(Space.com)   Japan announces space launch in 2025. Spacecraft uses 50% less fuel, but only seats 2 and will explode upon collision with bird   (space.com) divider line 29
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2005-04-09 01:14:52 AM
They're going to shoot the Olson twins into space?
 
2005-04-09 02:43:44 AM
But it's a great rocket ship if you just graduated and don't have much credit.

I'm not sure you can leave the atmosphere only going 57 miles per hour though.
 
2005-04-09 03:23:12 AM
im drunk and just want to post something. Haha japan is funny. Its so cute that they want to go to space. That reminds me of a book i just finished, Ender's Game. Its kickass and I recommend it to anyone reading this. Well peace and chicken grease.
 
2005-04-09 03:30:08 AM
Everyone knows that book. Drink more.
 
T8R
2005-04-09 03:31:44 AM


Reported to be one of the astronauts.
 
2005-04-09 03:31:48 AM
This reminds me of the time when Japan builts these crappy little cars that no one would buy...
 
2005-04-09 04:04:38 AM
Asplode?
 
2005-04-09 04:17:14 AM
Why not? Our's have exploded from bare wiring chafing in a seat, degraded rubber o-rings, and a chunk of freaking foam. Why a bird would be a big deal is beyond me. Kudos to them.
 
2005-04-09 04:21:02 AM
Japanese space agency has been quite good at meeting its long-term objectives (despite of accidents and delays). And putting men and women in space has been done by the U.S., Russia, and China. The proven technology exists. So why not Japan?

They see the industry of the future evolves around space in the next few decades. That's their vision. This doesn't sound like a mere idealism-driven goal. It sounds more like: "the money is going to be in space industry, let's go for it."
 
2005-04-09 04:38:22 AM
Kinda like the A6M Zero fighter that would explode on collision with any sort of foreign object damage. But damn were they ever fuel efficient.
 
2005-04-09 04:46:03 AM
Let's hope Japan doesn't take a leaf out of NASA's book and allow women pilots (and that they also don't paint the spacecraft red).

/Stereotypes are fun
 
2005-04-09 04:54:54 AM
They make all that electronic crap yet it's going to take another 20 years to get into orbit??????

(*Must not be drunk enough to care*)
 
2005-04-09 05:57:05 AM
But it'll be fun watching Godzilla smash the shiat out of moon bases, so good on them.
 
2005-04-09 06:26:34 AM
Of course in 30 years they'll make millions of those rockets. They'll (gasp) start every time you turn the key. They'll also last 1,000,000 miles. Some people would complain that this is not enough, but then by that point US rocket ships will be "designed" to fall apart after 100,000.
 
2005-04-09 08:46:15 AM
Japan will beat out USA for first launch of a karaoke spaceship. Jap astros sing "Do Wa Ditty".
 
2005-04-09 09:23:02 AM
Shiro Ledat for pilot?

/obscure?
 
2005-04-09 09:57:54 AM
U.N. Spacy overjoyed by the news.
 
2005-04-09 10:53:10 AM
Let's hope they don't install the same cruise control device in their space ship that Ford uses in all of their trucks, I'm sure it will explode while it's still in the hangar.

P.S. this is reference to the recent Ford cruise control problems. The problem where Ford trucks and Suv's catch on fire in the middle of the night, after the vehicle has been shut off for hours.

Duke, the Lakers, and Ford sucks!!
 
2005-04-09 11:08:35 AM
Your rocket asplode!

or perhaps

Go speed racer gooo

Was that asian?
 
2005-04-09 11:46:36 AM
Bang! Zoom! Alice-san!

Best of luck to our new Japanese Moon Emperors.

If you have to abort a launch, try not to crash your rocketship into Hawaii...
 
2005-04-09 11:52:51 AM
I think it's quite ambitious; not only a launch but a moon shot.
 
2005-04-09 12:08:16 PM
Didn't we have to wait until a downed Zero showed up in the Aleutians and take it apart before we were able to build a plane to outfly them?
 
2005-04-09 01:38:19 PM
To be built and assembled by Negal Heavy Industries, no doubt.
 
2005-04-09 02:30:08 PM
PC LOAD LETTER:

Didn't we have to wait until a downed Zero showed up in the Aleutians and take it apart before we were able to build a plane to outfly them?


Yeah. That's the ticket.
 
2005-04-09 03:26:45 PM
What? No riced out spaceships? No mention of tentacle monsters?
 
2005-04-09 05:20:48 PM
But can it transform into Batteloid mode?
 
2005-04-09 08:03:31 PM


/rook out!
 
2005-04-09 11:22:46 PM
EverCompromised:
Of course in 30 years they'll make millions of those rockets. They'll (gasp) start every time you turn the key. They'll also last 1,000,000 miles.


Quite true. This is all part of a plan to produce everything from electronics to spaceships at a price the average consumer can afford.
 
2005-04-09 11:23:32 PM
Remember people, this is the country that put in time and effort into mecha technology and street racers. Did we really expect any advancements in space from them at this time?
 
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