In Belleville, Missouri, Gary Streeter and his friends plan to lower the cost of access to orbit by building the entire launch vehicle and satellite themselves. "In terms of a group putting together and launching a rocket and getting into orbit, I'd say it's pretty rare, actually," FAA spokesman Hank Price said. Actually, it's never been done, and Streeter admits he needs some new funding sources. Local donations and other methods, including bake sales, aren't getting him off the ground.
COMMENT: OK, Streeter and friends are basically trying to eat an elephant with chopsticks. But I salute them for the effort. And I hope that, somehow, they pull it off.