Could it be done?
The wealth of a nation had been spent landing Man upon the Moon the first time round.
Could we manage the same feat for a few hundred inflation-adjusted U.S. dollars?
And not just for 12 extraordinary men, but for hundreds of average men? And modern women?
In six short weeks?
The main trick to building an affordable space craft was to stick to standard off-the-shelf components. We chose to use 4x8 space-grade plywood throughout. We took bids from both San Lorenzo Aerospace and Home Depodyne.
Chief engineer Kerry did some complicated math, and that seemed to help lend some legitimacy to the whole affair. And that's how we started.