Thursday, January 24, 2008

The safety of the Rutan spaceship

The new design is out, and it's making quite a splash! I was quite intrigued by Rutan's comment that it will be as safe as flying in the 1920's, and 'hundreds of times' safer than Nasa (not saying much...). I'm wondering how a US company can live with this product liability, since everybody sues everybody. Even a waiver isn't enough, they would have to engage in contracts with the spouse, the parents, the children, brothers and sisters. The contracts would have to say they won't sue, or forfeit a million dollars, or something. Would that work?


Harbles said...

Scaled Composites was recently bought out by Grumman Northrop so along with Brandson that's some deep pockets.
I would think that a waiver would be sufficient for the passengers, but drop a flaming spaceship on somebody's house and there would certainly be a feeding frenzy of lawyers.
No news yet on the cause of the engine test explosion that killed 3 and got state safety regulators into action

The engine is quite inovative as it is a hybred solid/liquid fueled that has variable thrust.

Well good luck to them.

Harbles said...

Testing 1 . 2 . 3 .


Harold Asmis said...

Wow, I didn't know about the military connection. They know how to handle lawsuits! (Kaboom!)