*** The Ares-1 can't fly ***
Yahoo to Space
Everybody knows the Microsoft $44.6 billion bid to buy Yahoo that, if will succeed may give a giant amount of money to the Yahoo's founders: $1.6 billion to Jerry Yang and $2.4 billion to David Filo for a total of $4 billion!
If they'll lose the battle against Microsoft, they'll go out from Yahoo but will have enough money to start something new in the websphere and/or in other business.
However, I've a suggestion to Filo & Yang... start now (also) your New.Space company!
The hotel entrepreneur and billionaire Robert Bigelow has already launched in orbit (with russian rockets) two scale-models "inflatable modules" (Genesis-I and Genesis-II) while his new.space company Bigelow Aerospace is developing bigger full-scale modules and a "space hotel" to be launched in earth orbit around 2011, also, he has signed a deal with Lockheed Martin to man-rate the Atlas V to carry manned capsules with tourists that fly to/from his space-hotel(s) then he offers up to $760M to the first private company that will be able to carry eight manned spacecrafts to his upcoming space-hotel.
The PayPal's inventor Elon Musk has invested over $100M (of the $600 million he earned from selling PayPal to eBay) to start the new.space company SpaceX and to develop the Falcon-1 rocket, also, last year his new.space company has been the first winner of the NASA competition for COTS.
Without any large publicity, also the Amazon's founder and chief Jeff Bezos has invested an unknow amount of million$ to start his (mysterious) space company Blue Origin whose main goal seems be to develop a DC-X like suborbital vehicle called New Shepard.
Then, last year, Google has """invented""" ... :( ... its """original""" $30M Lunar X Prize.
Since Branson and
Musk have started their own new.space companies with investments
in the range of hundreds million$, then, Filo & Yang, with their
cash, should be able to start a NASA
2.0 !!! ...or
just buy the existing NASA... :) ...that
could be not so "expensive" since, the real
value of NASA comes from the BRAINS of its engineers
and scientists, while, its realty & hardware assets (the VAB, its
research centers, all launch pads,
etc.) may worth (probably) less than $500M.
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