29 July 2012
Added "Space Debris and Its Mitigation" to the archive.
16 July 2012
Space Future has been on something of a hiatus of late. With the concept of Space Tourism steadily increasing in acceptance, and the advances of commercial space, much of our purpose could be said to be achieved. But this industry is still nascent, and there's much to do. So...watch this space.
9 December 2010
Updated "What the Growth of a Space Tourism Industry Could Contribute to Employment, Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Education, Culture and World Peace" to the 2009 revision.
7 December 2008
"What the Growth of a Space Tourism Industry Could Contribute to Employment, Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Education, Culture and World Peace" is now the top entry on Space Future's Key Documents list.
30 November 2008
Added Lynx to the Vehicle Designs page.
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29 May 2011 by Alan Breakstone
Fueling the "transorbital railroad"
In an essay in the Washington Post on May 25, 2011, Dr. Robert Zubrin, president of the Mars Society wrote:
Online / Vehicles (Good)
4 May 2011 by Alan Breakstone
With US$80 million to give it wings
Space and technology writer Michael Belfiore has reported on Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) DreamChaser seven-seat spacecraft. SNC was one of four companies awarded development money from NASA’s
Opinion / Tourism (Good)
11 April 2011 by Alan Breakstone
A thoughtful look at the last 50 years of human spaceflight
On April 12, 1961, a young man from a small Russian village experienced something no one had ever experienced before: the thunder and shake of over 800,000 pounds of rocket thrust erupting beneath him. As Vostok 1 broke free of its launch restraints, Yuri Gagarin triumphantly yelled, “Let’s go!”
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15 March 2011 by Alan Breakstone
(And other less-expensive alternatives)
With Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in flight testing and XCOR and Blue Origin well along in developing their vehicles, suborbital space tourism is about to become a reality…but that reality will belong only to the wealthy for the next couple of decades.
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8 December 2010 by Alan Breakstone
Dragon goes to space and back
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully orbited and recovered its first Dragon space capsule today. This marks the first time a private company has successfully returned an orbiting spacecraft to earth.
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13 July 2009 by Alan Breakstone
Taking a satellite along for the ride
The successful launching of a SpaceX Falcon 1 into orbit with a paying customer's payload (a RazakSAT satellite, specifically) shows that the fledgling New Space company is no fluke. It is here to stay.
Announcements / Vehicles (Good)
23 December 2008 by Alan Breakstone
Wins NASA contract as Falcon 9 hardware heads to Canaveral
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) won a NASA contract to send cargo to and from the International Space Station ( ISS). The ISS Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) contract requires SpaceX to carry at least 20,000 kg of cargo to the orbiting complex, for a value of $US1.6 billion. NASA might elect to order more cargo missions worth up to US$3.1 billion.
News / Vehicles (Good)
28 September 2008 by Alan Breakstone
The fourth SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket was launched today, achieving a significant milestone; it's the world's first privately funded TSTO liquid rocket to achieve orbit. Even though the first three launches of the Falcon 1 were not successful, NASA and the US Department of Defense kept faith in the fledgling space company. Today, after many trials and tribulations, that faith has been rewarded.
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4 July 2008 by Alan Breakstone
Announcing Nova 2
Flight International's Rob Coppinger reports that Starchaser is building a new manned rocket.
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29 May 2008 by Alan Breakstone
EADS Astrium plans ahead
EADS Astrium, Europe's aerospace conglomerate, is once again toying with the possibility of building a European piloted spacecraft. Europe's rocket scientists have tried to interest their politicians in funding piloted space projects in the past, most notably the Hermes and Saenger spaceplanes. But as spending on these programs climbed, the politicians eventually balked at completing them.
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