I use this blog to gather information and thoughts about invention and innovation, the subjects I've been teaching at Stanford University Continuing Studies Program since 2005.
The current course is Principles of Invention and Innovation (Summer '17).
Our book "Scalable Innovation" is now available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Scalable-Innovation-Inventors-Entrepreneurs-Professionals/dp/1466590971/
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Invention of the Day: Commercial Spaceflight.
Virgin Galactic is planning to have first commercial (sub-)space flights in 2013-14. Now, you can sign up for $200K a seat, but I believe in ten years space tourism will be a relatively affordable adventure, similar to an exotic African safari today.
The vehicle is made of composite materials. It is powered by two hybrid engines, and can carry six passengers and two pilots.
Burt Rutan is the key engineer/inventor behind the spaceship technology. He retired from the industry earlier this year, after building an all-electric toy flying car - BIPOD.