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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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News / General (Good)
12 May 2004 by Carol Pinchefsky
A news roundup
The X-Prize has been renamed the Ansari X-Prize after two Iranians, Anousheh and Amir Ansari, contributed an unspecified—but probably spectacular—sum to the X-Prize Foundation.
News / Vehicles (Good)
19 March 2004 by Carol Pinchefsky
What we can deduce
It looks like Burt Rutan's next planned flight test of his SpaceShipOne will include firing the rocket motor again. This may turn out to be quite ambitious compared to the first in-flight firing late last year.
News / Vehicles (Good)
12 August 2003 by Carol Pinchefsky
And a wedding
By Carol Pinchefsky
News / Vehicles (Good)
9 April 2003 by Carol Pinchefsky
Starchaser Industries plans for manned test flight
By Carol Pinchefsky
News / Habitat (Good)
5 September 2001 by Carol Pinchefsky
Space Tourism To Get Destination
Amsterdam-based MirCorp and Russia's Energiya have signed a deal to build and launch a commercial space station. This tourist destination will replace Mir, the Russian space station that almost-but-not-quite accepted paying guests before it was nudged into the atmosphere.
News / Tourism (Good)
11 August 2001 by Carol Pinchefsky
Tourists to be allowed on ISS
According to an article in the Washington Post, the United States and Russian governments have come to an agreement about space tourists aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The criteria for potential space tourists include an aptitude in Russian, as well as physical and personal stamina. Of course, there's always the US$20 million.
News / Tourism (Good)
28 April 2001 by Carol Pinchefsky
First Space Tourist Checks In
Today, 28 April 2001, the future finally became the present. Despite last-minute glitches (seen as more political than technical by some), the age of space tourism has officially begun. Denis Tito, the first paying space tourist, is now rocketing on his way toward the International Space Station (ISS). Space Future wishes him well and looks forward to private citizens in space as a beginning of a new era. For more information, see this BBC news article.
News / Tourism (Good)
27 September 2000 by Carol Pinchefsky
According to this CNN article, NBC has secured the rights to screen _Destination Mir_ for US$40 million. This guarantees a second visit by the general public, albeit a contest winner, to the Mir space station.
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