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Old 05-10-2020, 01:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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So, this NASA project seems highly impractical for NASA's purposes. Why are they developing a pilotted recreational aircraft or puddle-jump tourism plane? This will never fly to Mars.
NASA is more than just a space agency, ain't it?


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...it must be about technology development along the way, but then why build it as a small, pilotted passenger plane?
Maybe they also don't hold some great expectation for remotely-pilotted or fully autonomous aicraft to become mainstream. Plus it seems like a reasonable test bed for an electric cropduster for example. Sure there are some strategic reasons for such development, but only time will tell...

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Does competing with Chy-na count?

You see chemical rockets co-existing with Aurora/B-2 antigravity technology. Possibly politically distributed defense dollars?
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Cold War never really ended, and aerospace technology is an important tool for propaganda.
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So, this NASA project seems highly impractical for NASA's purposes. Why are they developing a pilotted recreational aircraft or puddle-jump tourism plane? This will never fly to Mars. ...it must be about technology development along the way, but then why build it as a small, pilotted passenger plane?
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