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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Opinion / Vehicles (Good)
8 October 2007 by Patrick Collins
(And 65 years and 10 years)
/ Vehicles (None)
16 May 2007 by Patrick Collins
Untapped potential of rocket-powered aircraft decades late and still waiting.
50 years ago today the prototype of the supersonic SR.53 rocket-powered interceptor aircraft made its first test flight at RAE Boscombe Downs, England. Over the following year, the two prototypes flew 42 times, including supersonically, but after an unexplained crash the project was cancelled. The planned function of high-altitude interception was fulfilled by the "Lightning" aircraft which was being developed at much the same time. Although the Lightnings were much loved by pilots, and became famous as world record-holders for high-speed climb, they could not of course leave the atmosphere as a rocket-powered vehicle could have.
/ Vehicles (Bad)
27 October 2003 by Patrick Collins
The public want SSTO and TSTO, not SST
News / Vehicles (Good)
25 July 2001 by Patrick Collins
Aiming towards in-flight engine restart
The reusable VTOL rocket developed and first flown in 1999 at the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in Japan has been upgraded and reflown successfully.
Other / Vehicles (None)
6 August 1999 by Patrick Collins
Uses False Logic to Press for NASA's Interest Against Taxpayers'
In an interview with _Space News_ (July 12, p 1) NASA Administrator Dan Goldin stated his view that taxpayers should increase NASA funding in order to develop reusable launch vehicles that will lower the cost of access to space.
Events / Vehicles (Good)
24 February 1999 by Patrick Collins
See www.rollout.org
The official unveiling and static display of the Atmospheric Test Vehicle (ATV) of the "Roton" piloted launch vehicle under development by Rotary Rocket Inc is to be web-cast at www.rollout.org

Rotary Rocket Inc is currently front-runner in the race to develop private piloted launch vehicles - which will eventually be capable of carrying customers to and from orbit and beyond.

Reports / Vehicles (Good)
13 November 1998 by Patrick Collins
ESA's "Explospace" Hints at Change of Policy
At ESA's Workshop on Space Exploration and Resources Exploitation (ExploSpace) held in Sardinia in October 20-22, there were sessions on a variety of longer-term possibilities in space, including Space Solar Power, Space Mining, Exploration, and Business & Financing. In the face of growing recognition of the potential of space tourism a session was also held on "Access to Space, Space Tourism and Public Outreach" in which three papers addressed the subject of space tourism seriously.
News / Vehicles (Bad)
7 August 1998 by Patrick Collins
Critics claim this would hinder low-cost space access
The Launch Cost Reduction Bill, a new Senate bill that would allow NASA to provide loan guarantees of up to $400 million to help chosen companies raise funding for new launch vehicle development, has become the focus of a fierce controversy.
News / Vehicles (Strange)
9 June 1998 by Patrick Collins
...but doesn't acknowledge that this requires passengers!
Aerospace America published an interview with Richard Christiansen, NASA's acting associate administrator of aeronautics and space transportation technology in which he discussed NASA's plans for space access, among other topics.
News / Vehicles (Good)
29 May 1998 by Patrick Collins
Reusable launch vehicle companies getting impatient
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which was given responsibility for regulating commercial space activities in 1995 (though the funding authority remains different from that of the rest of the FAA) has started a study on how best to merge the monitoring and handling of aircraft traffic with rockets and space vehicles that travel to and from outer space.
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