• Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:31:26View | Delete

    My pleasure! Thanks for inviting us! I hope everyone enjoys the movie!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:30:58View | Delete

    About 1/2 of the ISS modules are lined up like train cars so you can fly from one end to the other, which is a long flight! Also very revealing about the budget and design approaches of their makers, along with the roles they play in the effort.

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:28:46View | Delete

    Well said Brady!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:24:56View | Delete

    Hi John! You great composer! Yes, we even “toned down” some of the words I used to showcase how the US segment appears to “live off of” the Russian segment….

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:23:37View | Delete

    Lisa, a lot of astronaut personalities were like the guy from I Dream. but it ends there… I had few fears, as I had great confidence in the people and machines. But you are also sort of resigned to whatever risk and possibilities are there, so you don’t fret it. The Soyuz was very compact / claustrophobic if you are prone to that issue though!

    For the art show, I made and displayed art from contest winners and my own.

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:20:45View | Delete

    Good Question Suzanne! Yes Asteroid – NEarby, easy to reach and NO gravity, potential great value. Martian Moon – Incredibly Low gravity, thus you can leave without fear of being stuck forever, proves you can get there and back, as well as sets stage well for final landings. Sort of the Apollo 8 go around the moon before landing on it. Then land, and don’t plan on getting back soon.

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:17:33View | Delete

    Yes, in fact its as hot as the surface of the sun withing 6″ of my shoulder… but hey, it worked!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:16:33View | Delete

    Yes, strangely, no one has ever (in modern times) filmed reentry of a space capsule. They remove the internal cameras to make room for down mass of experiments. Luckily I brought my hand held back with us!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:13:51View | Delete

    Lisa, reentry is the scariest part, but none of the aspects of launch, flight or reentry were as scary as I expected or TV leads you to believe. Space flight is a silent, smooth elegant process more like ballet than sports cars!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:12:10View | Delete

    Everyone thinks of the Martian Rover’s Spirit and Opportunity as a NASA mission… because it is. But they were launched on commercial boosters like the ones that send up every commercial satellite. NASA is properly moving to buy launches for people just like they do for hardware. That will drop prices 10-300 fold, and increase safety. BUT also allow private companies, like mine, to buy the same vehicle for private use!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:08:49View | Delete

    Here is my 30 year plan for human space exploration. No plan that is greater than 10 years at a time, can keep budget and government support, so it must be broken down into inspirational 10 year chunks. 1) Dock with an Asteroid in 10 years. if there are valuable metals private industry will return, either way, NASA moves deeper into space. 2) Land on a Martian Moon in next 10 years. Low gravity, easy to return, great vantage point on Mars, look for signs of life and good martian landing sites. 3) land on Mars in final 10 years. backed up by X-Prize style $1B prizes to have put food, fuel and habitats on the surface. NASA send people 1 way! I would go. and its much easier than a round trip flight!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 18:03:49View | Delete
  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:58:13View | Delete

    I remain VERY hopeful (ehem Mike and Brady), that we will get Apogee of Fear as a freebie on MaoM DVD!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:57:19View | Delete

    Space Dive – There is a group of us building Rockets and space Suits for Space diving. We will use a rocket like Armadillo Aerospaces vertical take off and landing vehicle to: Go to 10,000 feet and skydive off a rocket, then 25k to skydive with oxygen, then 50k to skydive in a space suit, then 120k to set new world records above any balloons capability, the 50-100KM to skydive from space!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:55:25View | Delete

    X-Prize: When we started the X-Prize it was harder to pull together the $10M and get going than we thought, but now it has grown immensely. We have given out another $10M automotive price, have the $25M Google Lunar X-Prize, Archon genomics X-Prize and the new Qualcom tricorder X-Prize. The model has proven to multiple donars prize money by about 100x each time to solve a major problem. I believe it has applications for Mars as well!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:53:07View | Delete

    It is funny, that I think my role player side, my explorer side and my business side, are all the same. I get the same JOY out of exploring the earth, exploring science, exploring history, exploring businesses, exploring virtual worlds, exploring haunted houses… I feel like an experience sponge. And just as much as I enjoy absorbing, I enjoy creating, manifesting virtual experinces and sharing the joy I got from those explorations.

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:50:50View | Delete

    Tix go on sale shortly for the opening at Alamo South in Austin… Don’t give up on space travel, you will be able to do it, if you are willing to work for it. Mars we will get to in 30-40 years, but that ticket won’t be for sale, it will be by application I suspect. I would go too! One way, if my wife would come.

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:48:13View | Delete

    All the views of the earth were beautiful. It was like a fire hose of knowledge pouring into your brain as you watched the earth scroll by. Sunrises and sunsets every 45 minutes, the thin atmosphere, weather, erosion by water and wind, tectonic plate movement, and the impact of humanity laid out bare before your eyes!

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:46:03View | Delete

    Sadly, no.

  • Richard Garriott commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

    2012-01-16 17:45:24View | Delete

    I got lots of “Props” from my American and Russian crew mates. I took on a commercial and research load that was as much or more than any government astronaut. I was unfettered by red tape and process, so I could cram in a lot with very little debate. I would argue that I was as productive as any other professional with my flight. Thus I hate to be called a “Space Tourist” as that is NOT what I did, and much prefer Private or Commercial Astronaut, just like their are government pilots, commercial pilots and private pilots.

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