Randall Clague <rclague <at> pacbell.net>
1999-03-02 07:41:31 GMT
On Mon, 1 Mar 1999 21:34:48 -0800, Anne Bennedsen, stirring in her
>Please be aware that if I do write such a report it will encompass my
>personal impressions of the event with very little technical information. I
>was not taking notes during the proceedings as I do at meetings.
>I hope other people will write up their impressions as well, however briefly.
On the way back, I was trying to figure out how to explain to my non
space nut friends what this meant to me. I can only talk about my
I told Gary Hudson last night that this was the second time I've had
tears in my eyes looking at a vehicle. The first time was watching
DC-X hover. Roton is beautiful! It's here, it's real, you can knock
on the gear, you can sit in the cockpit and work the controls...
Rick Tumlinson MC'd the rollout, and he reiterated several times, "The
revolution is here." Well, yeah, it is. And that's great! But
that's not what I felt. What I felt was, "The Dream is Alive!" We're
going to make it. We're going to win the race against poverty, and
hopelessness, and overpopulation, and resource depletion - because
space holds the solutions to all thoise problems and more, and this
vehicle and others like it are going to take us there.
In my mind's eye, it's last night, and I'm looking up at the floodlit
ATV (with an N number!), and seeing the future it represents. And I
feel a combination of joy and relief as it hits me - this is real!
It's not just viewgraphs any more! It's right here in front of me.