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Pat Bahn
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American aerospace consultant who is CEO of TGV Rockets and the Washington director of the Suborbital Institute, a trade association aimed at promoting the nascent suborbital launch industry.

Science Quotes by Pat Bahn (4 quotes)

~~[Misattributed]~~ If the human mind were simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it.
— Pat Bahn
Seen labelled as “Bahn’s Conundrum to Cognitive Theory,” but this is not original to Pat Bahn. It is a variant of a quote traced in 1978 to c.1938 by Emerson M. Pugh, beginning, “If the brain were so simple…,” (q.v., on another page of this website).
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Bahn’s Law of Rocketry: Amateurs talk Propulsion, Professionals Talk Insurance.
— Pat Bahn
As quoted by Braddock Gaskill, 'TGV Rockets ‘Walking before they can run’', on web page of nasaspaceflight.com (Sep 2005). Confirmed by email from Pat Bahn (7 Jul 09).
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Insurance is the biggest single problem with this industry [commercial space flight].
— Pat Bahn
As quoted by Braddock Gaskill, 'TGV Rockets ‘Walking before they can run’', on web page of nasaspaceflight.com (Sep 2005). Gaskill wrote comment, “One barrier to space flight today that 1920’s aviation pioneers were not overly concerned with is a highly litigious society.”
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There were many many things that were done in the 1920’s that did not survive the long term test. Wing walking is not what you would call a real market.
— Pat Bahn
As quoted by Braddock Gaskill, 'TGV Rockets ‘Walking before they can run’', on web page of nasaspaceflight.com (Sep 2005). Article includes explanation, “One of the big business models was to fly up and take a picture of your house and sell it to you for $5. … That was a big deal.”
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