Saturday, December 31, 2005

Buy Doom 3 on Your Cell Phone--Put a Bolt on a Spaceship

In fact, buy Doom 3, Quake 4 or Doom RPG on your cell phone and put three bolts on a new Armadillo Aerospace test spacecraft.

The Armadillo Aerospace all-volunteer group was at the 2005 X-Prixe Cup , demonstrating some of their new VTOL equipment and updating their die-hard fans as to when the ship might sail. Although there's no spaceship yet.

Armadillo Aerospace is the brainchild of John Carmack, the inventor of Doom and Quake and generally regarded as a world class computer programmer. The team competed for the X-Prize but suffered from having a truly original design that required more development time than the much simpler tow-lift and hybrid rocket glider built by Burt Rutan and named SpaceShipOne.
(Not that I'm saying that was easy.)

Carmack said on the AA Web site if you buy a copy of any of the aforementioned games, "a bolt goes on a vehicle." He also said the company remains a viable business model and is continuing its development of an actual spacecraft, albeit slowly.
He also said, if you have several million dollars to invest feel free to give him a call and he'll speed up the timetable...

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