Sunday, July 09, 2006

Och high the noo two

In my previous post Och high the noo, I was a wee bit snarky about Virgin Galactic, so in true Glenda Slagg tradition, I now wish to put the case for the defence.
Having a spaceport in Scotland would be the coolest thing possible. It would increase tourism to the area. People would actually go to RAF Lossiemouth, just to see the spaceships take off. I believe they're even calling one of the ships Enterprise. It would be VG though, and not USS, but hey, who cares, it's spaceships!
I know tickets start at £110K ($200K) but if this enterprise takes off (didja see that? a double pun!) the price could plummet. The next logical stage would be an orbiting hotel (Virgin Orbiter?), and that is where colonisation of the solar system truly starts. What about Virgin Lagrange? Or Virgin Tranquillitatis?
In the 21st century, it'll be private enterprise that opens up space, not governments. There are fortunes to be made out there, and where there are fortunes, the entrepeneurs won't be far behind.
But the really cool thing about a Scottish spaceport, the absolutely best, numero uno thing is...

It'll really piss off the English.

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