NASA this week widened the search for a shuttle replacement --
making a point of talking with designers from the outer regions of
what Ronald Reagan used to call the "Evil Empire."
Perhaps the most innovative suggestion comes from Belgrade, Serbia:
Modify and fly the Yugo. NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham says it's
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a special
grant from NASA and the FAA to develop faster than light technology
or FTL as it is called. NASA and FAA officials agree that the
"Harvard of the Skies" is considered the finest
aviation/aeronautical school in the world. There is no shortage of
creativity and genius on the staff and with many of the students.
The joint press release on the FTL project states "we feel Embry
Riddle is the best place to have this project brought to
E-RAU won the two trillion dollar grant over several other
contenders including MIT and the US Air Force Academy.
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