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John Carmack Quote...

Post by Apoptosis » Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:10 am

For those of you that don't know John Carmack is the guy who wrote the gfx engine behind DOOM 3 and many other ID games. In his spare time he runs a company aiming for the X-Prize (the first private space craft) called Armadillo Aerospace. On his site he has a blog of sorts that keeps track of what he is doing.

Looks like just days before Quakecon 2004 and the birth of his son his space ship had a crash landing. Well, I'll just let him tell it to you...
We had telemetry all the way to the time of impact, which matched the video perfectly, landing eight meters from the launch point. The vehicle hit the ground basically sideways, a little tail first. The bottom manway flange broke off the tank, and the 450 pound tank with 180 psi pressure still in it got punted about 200 yards away by the gas release. $35,000 of rocket is now a whole lot of primo Armadillo Droppings. There are a few pipe fittings that survived, but that’s about it. Amazingly, even though the on-board camera was destroyed, the tape did survive with only some scuffed sections. It’s a good thing Doom 3 is selling very well…
muhaha... So when you buy DOOM 3 just remember the profits are going to a good cause! Private Space Travel! Why donate to the cause when you can just buy a video game and your money will still end up there?

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