Man, do I ever want one of these. The Skylon Spaceplane not only looks cool as hell, but has a name that makes me think it’s Cobra Commander‘s weekend ride (although it rides a fine line between uber-cool and slightly ghey, I do admit).
In less than ten years’ time (hopefully!) this bad boy will be lifting payloads into orbit for a tenth of what it currently costs NASA to do, with the bonus that it can lift off from regular airport runways.
A far more affordable, but less functional, but even more cool option for me in the vehicles-for-travelling-through-space-department is a Colonial Mark VII Viper (as in Viper Pilot pilots a Colonial Mark VII Viper kind of Viper). As Battlestar Galactica winds up, the show’s props are being auctioned off, and there is a life-size Raptor and a Viper up for grabs. They’re both sitting in the low $20k range at the moment, but the reserve price on neither has been met yet.
I shouldn’t have turned down my credit card company when they offered to tack another twenty grand on to my credit limit. I’d be taking that bad boy home right now.