Aerospaceweb.org Polls

June 2001 Poll #2 June 2001 Poll #1
Do you think the Aurora exists?
Yes
78%
No
9%
Unsure
14%
Total votes: 58
Should the US sell advanced weapons to Taiwan?
Yes
56%
No
39%
Undecided
6%
Total votes: 54
Comment: It will be most interesting if we ever find out what the Aurora really was or is--a top secret spy plane, a prototype that never entered service, a ploy to fool the Soviets, or just another one of those "bureaucratic snafus" we've become so accustomed to. Comment: Since Taiwan has shown a strong commitment to democracy and is constantly being threatened by China, it would seem to be the duty of all other world democracies to assist in Taiwan's defense.

May 2001 Poll #2 May 2001 Poll #1
Boeing recently abandoned its 747X, intended to compete with the Airbus A380, in favor of the high-speed Sonic Cruiser. Whose strategy will be more successful?
Airbus
46%
Boeing
54%
Total votes: 52
Do you think that Dennis Tito is a space tourism pioneer or just a selfish millionaire?
Pioneer
61%
Selfish
31%
No opinion
8%
Total votes: 62
Comment: Although not the first battle for dominance between Airbus and Boeing, this one promises to be a fascinating drama over the next decade. Will size win over speed, as did Boeing's 747 against the Concorde in the early 1970s, or has the market shifted? Economics, technology, and politics will all be key in determining how successful these projects become. Comment: This one's a bit of a toss-up for us here. While Tito did a lousy job of public relations and looked like a spoiled rich kid, we love anyone who shakes up bureaucracies. And if there's any bureaucracy that needs shaking up, it's NASA!

April 2001 Poll #2 April 2001 Poll #1
Should China return the downed EP-3 Aries aircraft to the US?
Yes
69%
No
31%
Unsure
0%
Total votes: 147
Should the US aplogize for the spyplane incident?
Yes
34%
No
63%
Unsure
4%
Total votes: 56
Comment: While returing the aircraft would certainly improve US-Chinese relations, there is no reason China should return the plane under international law. Since the US refused to return Soviet military equipment under similar circumstances, China unfortunately has the right to extract every ounce of information out of that plane that they can. Comment: Whether or not the US really apologized is a matter of debate, but the Chinese got enough of what they wanted to release the EP-3E crew, and that had to be the most important goal in the end.


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