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Flying the Jolly Roger,
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I enjoyed this video, as it is an entertaining look at one of the earliest episodes in space business. It is nothing less audacious than purchasing the not-so-gently-used Mir Space Station from the Russians. The Ex-Soviets seemed to have a better grasp of free-market economics than NASA. NASA, on the other hand seems to be more interested in protecting their empire than expanding humanity into the cosmos. Imagine an organization run jointly by Major MajorCatch-22 and Darth VaderStar Wars Trilogy, and you have a pretty good idea at how NASA is portrayed. In the end, the Mir ended up in the ocean, but this did not deter our plucky brand of Rebels.
What is interesting to me is that I have heard first hand from many of the primary characters, including Rick TumlinsonReturn to the Moon (Apogee Books Space Series). In fact, part of the video was shot at ISDC 1997, in Milwaukee. I was at the event being taped( we were still using VHS tapes at the time.)
In the near future, when privately run spaceflights will be champagne affairs, it will be refreshing to remember the Red Bull days.