Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Why Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is building the world’s largest airplane - The Washington Post

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"Allen, who was not present during the tour but likes to “pop in” regularly at the hangar, is aiming to revolutionize space, “much as bringing the personal computer into the home revolutionized society,” Beames said.

Allen put it this way:  “Thirty years ago, the PC revolution put computing power into the hands of millions and unlocked incalculable human potential. Twenty years ago, the advent of the Web and the subsequent proliferation of smartphones combined to enable billions of people to surmount the traditional limitations of geography and commerce. Today, expanding access to LEO holds similar revolutionary potential.”"
Why Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is building the world’s largest airplane - The Washington Post
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