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  • American Leadership in Space -- Now or Never

    11/12/2014 9:17:19 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/12/2014 | Robert Charles
    In the Apollo and Shuttle eras, America was cooperative, but pushed international comers. We led. Our leadership was built on looking forward. We trusted ourselves, embraced risk, understood daring exploration, and saw the future as worth winning. We had an itch to learn, to be first -- in a word -- to lead. In that process, high-technology jobs were unceasingly created in all 50 states, with spin-offs from microwaves to GPS, synthetic fabrics to iPhones, helping advance every sector of the U.S. economy.
  • SpaceX founder expects flights from Texas spaceport to begin in 2016

    09/22/2014 10:48:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | September 22, 2014 | Aaron Nelsen
    BROWNSVILLE — At the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for SpaceX's commercial spaceport on the Texas Gulf coast, the founder of the aerospace company said the survival of mankind may hang on colonization of other planets. The company's future commercial orbital spaceport in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, could be a key player in the race to Mars, said Elon Musk, who is the CEO. “I'm an optimist,” Musk said. “I wouldn't have gotten into the rocket business otherwise.” Musk said SpaceX expects to begin construction on the site by mid-2015 and launch at least one commercial flight per month by late 2016....
  • NASA’s Contractors

    09/19/2014 9:44:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Taylor Dinerman
    Boeing has walked away with the biggest share ($4.2 billion) of the money, as its design was further along than that of the SpaceX proposal and, in the opinion of NASA’s leadership, has the best chance of meeting the schedule. At first glance this looks wrong, because SpaceX is already flying its unmanned Dragon 1 on supply missions to the International Space Station, fulfilling its part of one of the original COTS contracts. While a manned version of the Dragon 1 was certainly possible, Elon Musk and the team at SpaceX chose instead to develop something far more ambitious. The...
  • Mars: Reborn, 3 'Simple' Steps to Make Mars Like Earth

    09/13/2014 2:14:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | September 9, 2014
    A jump, hop, and a rocket ride away lies Earth's blushing sister: Mars. While apparently lifeless today, some 4 billion years ago, Mars featured rivers, oceans, and potentially even microbial life. The good times obviously didn't last. On Earth, we fear asteroid impacts as harbingers of destruction, but to early Mars, they were cascading gifts of life. The energy and gas they provided helped keep the planet hot and wet. But as the solar system settled down after its turbulent birth, those impacts grew to be few and far between. At the same time, Mars' core was cooling, quieting the...
  • Rockets: So Old School? ("Space Elevator" coming?)

    08/04/2014 12:12:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 8, 2012 | Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
    Could rocket scientists be an endangered species? You're probably betting "no," given the contemporary efforts to hurl hardware to the moon, to Mars, and to a passel of other unearthly locales. The rocket biz is busy, and it's diversifying. An enthusiastic troupe of private companies is also getting into the act, hoping to cash in by lifting off. It seems that "rocket scientist" is a job category that's here for the long haul, like "mortician." But all this activity masks an important point: rockets are not a terribly efficient way to lift things into space. For every pound of payload,...
  • NASA: New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel forever

    08/02/2014 12:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jesus Diaz
    Until yesterday, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It's called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it goes against classical mechanics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thruster works and scientists can't explain why. Shawyer's engine is extremely light and simple. It provides a thrust by "bouncing microwaves around in a closed container." The microwaves are generated using electricity that can be provided by solar energy. No propellant is necessary, which means that this thrusters can work forever unless a hardware failure occurs. If real, this would be...
  • NASA reveals latest designs for spacecraft that could make interstellar travel a reality

    06/11/2014 7:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Last month, Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan unveiled his next science-fiction blockbuster. Called Interstellar, it envisages a future where travel to other stars is not only a possibility but a necessity, and tasks actor Matthew McConaughey with leading the main mission. But a Nasa scientist claims such a mission isn’t necessarily just something reserved for science fiction - and has revealed a Star Trek-style ship that could make interstellar travel a reality. Dr Harold White is famous for suggesting that faster than light (FTL) travel is possible. Using something known as an Alcubierre drive, named after a Mexican theoretical physicist...
  • The Astronomer Who Wanted to Rearrange the Solar System, Using Nukes

    CalTech astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first to conceive of dark matter, supernovas and neutron stars. He also had a theory about colonizing the solar system using nuclear bombs. We could terraform other planets, he argued, by pulverizing them and then moving them closer or further from the sun. ...
  • Faster Than the Speed of Light?

    07/23/2013 8:17:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 22, 2013 | Danny Hakim
    HOUSTON — Beyond the security gate at the Johnson Space Center’s 1960s-era campus here, inside a two-story glass and concrete building with winding corridors, there is a floating laboratory. Harold G. White, a physicist and advanced propulsion engineer at NASA, beckoned toward a table full of equipment there on a recent afternoon: a laser, a camera, some small mirrors, a ring made of ceramic capacitors and a few other objects. He and other NASA engineers have been designing and redesigning these instruments, with the goal of using them to slightly warp the trajectory of a photon, changing the distance it...
  • 'Pumpkin' Moonship for Private Manned Lunar Landings Passes Key Review

    05/15/2013 11:33:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 14, 2013 | Mike Wall
    A private space exploration company's plans to build a novel moonship to return human explorers to the lunar surface has moved one step closer to reality. Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman has completed a lunar lander feasiblity study for the Golden Spike Company, which aims to begin ferrying paying customers to the moon and back by 2020. Click to enlarge:
  • Mars Mission to use astronaut faeces as radiation shield

    03/03/2013 8:28:32 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 43 replies
    PTI ^ | London, Sun Mar 03 2013, 18:32 hrs | PTI
    Astronauts onboard a privately-funded expedition to Mars in 2018 will use their own faeces to protect themselves against cosmic radiation. The couple during the Inspiration Mars mission, funded by multimillionaire Dennis Tito, and set to fly-by the Red Planet in 2018 will face cramped conditions, muscle atrophy and potential boredom. However, their greatest health risk comes from exposure to the radiation from cosmic rays, 'New Scientist' reported. The project will develop a radiation shield for the spacecraft by lining its walls with human waste, among other materials. "It's a little queasy sounding, but there's no place for that material to...
  • Jesco von Puttkamer, Von Braun Rocket Team Member, Dies at 79

    12/29/2012 12:14:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Miriam Kramer
    Jesco von Puttkamer, a NASA engineer who helped launch the first astronauts to the moon, died Thursday (Dec. 27) at the age of 79 following a brief illness.
  • Warp drive looks more promising than ever in recent NASA studies

    11/24/2012 1:33:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    GizMag ^ | October 3, 2012 | Dr. Brian Dodson
    The first steps towards interstellar travel have been taken, but the stars are very far away. Voyager 1 is about 17 light-hours distant from Earth and is traveling with a velocity of 0.006 percent of light speed, meaning it will take about 17,000 years to travel one light-year. Fortunately, the elusive "warp drive" now appears to be evolving past difficulties with new theoretical advances and a NASA test rig under development to measure artificially generated warping of space-time. The warp drive broke away from being a wholly fictional concept in 1994, when physicist Miguel Alcubierre suggested that faster-than-light (FTL) travel...
  • 'Star Trek' fusion impulse engine in the works (Travel to Mars in 6 Weeks)

    10/03/2012 3:52:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 62 replies
    Cnet ^ | 10/2.2012 | Cnet
    There's a hierarchy of "Star Trek" inventions we would like to see become reality. We already have voice-controlled computers and communicators in the form of smartphones. A working Holodeck is under development. Now, how about we get some impulse engines for our starships? The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Aerophysics Research Center, NASA, Boeing, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are collaborating on a project to produce nuclear fusion impulse rocket engines. It's no warp drive, but it would get us around the galaxy a lot quicker than current technologies. According to Txchnologist, the scientists are hoping to make impulse drive...
  • (FReep Poll) Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?

    03/30/2012 7:45:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 70 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | By Charlie Jane Anders
    Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime? Science fiction is full of fantastic and horrifying scenarios, many of which seem like they could come true any time. But which of them is really going to materialize — and which is most likely to happen in your lifetime? Vote in our poll for the science fictional scenario that you're most likely to live to witness for yourself: Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime? Global Pandemic Moonbase World War III/Nuclear Apocalypse Suspended Animation The Singularity Something Else (See Comments) Martian Colony...
  • But What of Our Future?

    Here we often discuss history, but what of our future? I wonder this as the shuttle program ends and after reading the The Case for Mars. The exploration of space is adrift, blown about by the shallow whims of politicians only interested in making it to the next election. Will the lessons of history that tell us of the perils of short-sightedness ever impact the feeble minds of Washington?
  • Neil Armstrong Speaks

    02/27/2012 1:27:17 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | February 27, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Neil Armstrong is the keynote speaker at the suborbital conference, which has just started in Palo Alto. I’ll be live blogging his speech. Alan Stern is introing him, describing him as a pioneer in suborbital spaceflight with the X-15. [Standing ovation] Thanks for the warm welcome, and appreciate the opportunity to describe suborbital flight generations back. As a boy was an admirer of great aircraft designers, and in recent decades, Burt Rutan has earned a place on that list. Burt occasionally ribs the government for spending hundred of millions to attain same altitude as he did with SS1. Back in...
  • "322"

    09/23/2011 9:51:47 PM PDT · by Shalmaneser · 20 replies
    brucelewis.com ^ | 23 September 2011 | Bruce Lewis
    Some folks who are serious about space colonization are upset by this video. The gist of their fear is that we aren't going to establish humanity off-world before the Green freaks, eco-nuts, and Luddites drag us down into a new Dark Age. Sadly, the Dark Age we all fear has to come before we can open the frontier. This is a world at war. The forces of Good (God, order, duty, love) are fighting the forces of Evil (Satan, chaos, liberty, self-worship). The Good Guys go by many different names. I call the bad guys the Revolution. Today, the Revolution...
  • Private companies hold the key to space travel's future

    06/30/2011 11:15:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 Jun 2011 | Rich Phillips
    Sierra County, New Mexico (CNN) -- There are no roller coasters near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. No Ferris wheels, either. Yet this desert town could soon be a hot destination for thrill-seekers from around the world. That's because nearby, within New Mexico's high desert valley, is the future home of Spaceport America -- the world's first commercial spaceport. And it's the first stop for those who want to travel into space. The $207 million facility, paid for by New Mexico's taxpayers, is based on the dream of a British billionaire "People used to tell me it would be impossible...
  • EADS Astrium To Develop Spaceplane

    01/28/2011 12:26:07 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/28/2011 | Leithen Francis
    EADS Astrium has disclosed that Singapore will be a partner in its suborbital spaceplane program. At the Global Space & Technology Convention in Singapore, EADS Astrium executives announced that Singapore will be building a small-scale demonstrator of the spaceplane and may be involved in developing parts for the commercial product. EADS Astrium is also hoping Singapore will ultimately have a fleet of its commercial spaceplanes stationed at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Christophe Chavagnac, EADS Astrium’s suborbital spaceplane chief engineer and program manager, says Singapore companies will be designing and building a small-scale demonstrator spaceplane used to test aerodynamics and glide capability....
  • Aerojet Propulsion Remains Operational as Voyager 1 Approaches Interstellar Space

    12/24/2010 10:21:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1+ views
    ASDNews ^ | 12/23/2010 | ASDNews
    Aerojet, a GenCorp company, celebrates NASA's recent announcement that Voyager 1 has reached a point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind. Now approximately 10.8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1's passage through the heliosheath, the turbulent outer shell of the sun's sphere of influence, and the spacecraft's upcoming departure from our solar system, mark a major milestone as it will become mankind's first interstellar probe. In about 40,000 years, Voyager 1 will drift within 1.6 light years (9.3 trillion miles) of AC+79 3888, a star in the constellation of...
  • The Pioneer Anomaly, a 30-Year-Old Cosmic Mystery, May Be Resolved At Last

    12/16/2010 10:38:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 12/15/2010 | Natalie Wolchover
    Thirty years ago, NASA scientists noticed that two of their spacecraft, Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, were veering off course slightly, as if subject to a mysterious, unknown force. In 1998, the wider scientific community got wind of that veering—termed the Pioneer anomaly—and took aim at it with incessant, mind-blowingly detailed scrutiny that has since raised it to the physics equivalent of cult status. Now, though, after spawning close to 1000 academic papers, numerous international conferences, and many entire scientific careers, this beloved cosmic mystery may be on its way out. Slava Turyshev, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
  • Elon Musk's Space Company SpaceX Raises Another $50 Million

    11/09/2010 6:32:28 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/09/10 | Jay Yarow
    Elon Musk's space company, SpaceX has raised another $50 million in funding, according to a SEC filing. A company rep tells us, "Existing investors expressed an interest in making an incremental investment and we accommodated their request."
  • Shuttle Program Assigns Nov. 1 Launch Date

    10/08/2010 9:48:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/8/2010 | Mark Carreau
    NASA space shuttle program managers approved a Nov. 1 launch date for the 11-day STS-133 mission aboard the shuttle Discovery, following a Oct. 6 review of mission preparations. John Shannon, the shuttle program manager, received a unanimous “go” from the team members to continue with launch preparations. NASA will host an agency-wide Flight Readiness Review on Oct. 25 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to set a formal launch date. The FRR will assess the readiness of the International Space Station as well as Discovery for the STS-133 flight. During the mission, Discovery’s six-member crew will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose...
  • Scientists reconstruct the Pioneer spacecraft anomaly

    09/24/2010 9:55:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    scientific american ^ | April 15, 2008 | JR Minkel
    Ten years ago, NASA researchers discovered that the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft had fallen slightly behind course during their 35-year journeys to the outer reaches of the solar system. In what has become known as the Pioneer anomaly, which was the subject of one of the talks this weekend at the American Physical Society here in St. Louis, nobody knows for sure why it happened. It probably stemmed from leaking gas or heat. But there's also the possibility, however remote, that gravity doesn't behave the way we expect. Until recently, researchers haven't had the data to distinguish the different...
  • Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System

    05/18/2010 11:34:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,148+ views
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory ^ | 5/19/2010 | JPL
    One flip of a bit in the memory of an onboard computer appears to have caused the change in the science data pattern returning from Voyager 2, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Monday, May 17. A value in a single memory location was changed from a 0 to a 1. On May 12, engineers received a full memory readout from the flight data system computer, which formats the data to send back to Earth. They isolated the one bit in the memory that had changed, and they recreated the effect on a computer at JPL. They found the...
  • DLR Tests New Sharp-Edged Spacecraft

    05/13/2010 5:23:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 581+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 5/13/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Re-entry into Earth's atmosphere is considered one of the most critical moments in spaceflight. To make the journey into space and back to Earth safer, cheaper and more flexible, the German Aerospace Center has designed an experimental spacecraft. The Shefex II project uses advanced technologies such as a sharp, angular design and active cooling of the heat shield. For the first time, scientists have tested a model of the spacecraft in a wind tunnel at Gottingen. In early 2011, Shefex II (SHarp Edge Flight EXperiment) is scheduled to lift off from the Australian testing ground at Woomera. This is in...
  • Space Shuttle May Continue Through Next Year

    05/10/2010 10:19:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 249+ views
    RIA Novosti via Space Travel ^ | 5/10/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Travel
    The U.S. Space Shuttle program may not come to an end this year, Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said in a statement, citing International Space Station (ISS) manager. According to Michael Suffredini, the space shuttle Atlantis may be launched to the ISS in summer 2011. "In this case, additional scientific equipment and components for system of water regeneration from condensate could be delivered to the U.S. segment of the station," the statement said. "However, funding for this flight has not been provided so far." The U.S. flights program was planned to be closed this year. The final flight to the...
  • Solving A 37-Year Old Space Mystery

    03/16/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 2,151+ views
    SPX via Space Travel ^ | 3/16/2010 | SPX via Space Travel
    A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released yesterday by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon. Phil Stooke, a professor cross appointed to Western's Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Geography, published a major reference book on lunar exploration in 2007 entitled, "The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration." Yesterday, images and data from Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) were posted. The LRO, scheduled for a one year exploration mission about 31 miles above the lunar surface, will produce a comprehensive map, search for resources...
  • NASA Finalizes Ares 1 Vibration Fix

    12/22/2009 11:50:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 562+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/22/2009 | Amy Klamper
    NASA’s managers have settled on a fix they say will protect astronauts from potentially dangerous levels of vibrations that could otherwise reach the planned Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle during its climb to orbit atop the Ares 1 rocket, according to information posted on a NASA Web site. NASA Constellation program officials decided Dec. 17 to update the Ares 1 vehicle design to include upper-plane C-spring isolators and an upper-stage liquid oxygen (LOX) damper intended to keep vibrations originating in the Ares 1 main stage from reaching Orion and its crew. The Constellation program is a 5-year-old effort to replace the...
  • 'Significant Amount' of Water Found on Moon

    11/13/2009 9:50:22 AM PST · by GulfBreeze · 50 replies · 1,453+ views
    Space.com ^ | 13 November 2009 | Andrea Thompson
    'Significant Amount' of Water Found on Moon By Andrea ThompsonSenior Writerposted: 13 November 200912:16 p.m. ET It's official: There's water on the moon, and lots of it. NASA's LCROSS probe discovered beds of water ice at the lunar south pole when it impacted the moon last month, mission scientists announced today. The findings confirm suspicions announced previously, and in a big way. "Indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn't find just a little bit, we found a significant amount," Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS project scientist and principal investigator from NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The LCROSS...
  • NASA announces STS-129 details

    11/06/2009 11:51:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 348+ views
    Space Travel ^ | 11/05/2009 | Space Travel via UPI
    The U.S. space agency says blogs and tweets will be part of the upcoming launch of space shuttle Atlantis and its mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle is to lift off Monday, Nov. 16, at 2:28 p.m. EST from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA said the STS-129 mission will be commanded by Charles Hobaugh and piloted by Barry Wilmore. Mission astronauts are Robert Satcher Jr., Mike Foreman, Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin. Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik will be making their first trips into space. Atlantis and its crew will deliver equipment to the International Space Station....
  • Russia's Last Analogue Space Freighter Buried In Pacific

    10/03/2009 1:36:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 778+ views
    Space War ^ | 09/29/2009 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's last cargo spaceship with an analogue control system plunged on Sunday into a "spaceship cemetery" in the southern Pacific, the Russian Mission Control said. "Fragments of the Progress M-67 space freighter with waste material from the International Space Station (ISS) drowned at about 14.20 Moscow time [10.20 GMT]...several thousand kilometers to the east of New Zealand," space officials said. Progress M-67, which arrived at the ISS on July 29 bringing 2.5 tons of supplies, including fuel, water and various equipment, undocked from the orbital station on September 21. During its automatic flight, the craft was used as a laboratory...
  • Nasa 'needs another £30bn to fulfil Moon mission'

    08/13/2009 9:30:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/13/2009 | Jacqui Goddard in Miami
    Nasa will not be able to meet its target of sending humans back to the Moon by 2020, or even dream of landing on Mars, because it is suffering from chronic underfunding, a presidential review panel has warned. The US space agency needs at least another $50 billion (£30 billion) over the next decade if it is to come close to delivering on its vision for retiring the space shuttle, completing construction of the International Space Station and launching ambitious new voyages of discovery. Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in 1969. He believes a new lunar mission would be pointless...
  • The Starship Enterprise: How to make private space travel a reality

    03/05/2008 8:58:03 AM PST · by tang0r · 15 replies · 103+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 4/5/2008 | Oliver Harriehausen
    As space technology advances, more countries around the world seem intent on launching their rockets in a thinly-veiled attempt to create Space Race II. China, already having put a human into space, further demonstrated its celestial capabilities by recently shooting down an orbiting satellite. To Washington's Sinophobic lobby already hopped-up about inflated currency and devious trade practices, the Chinaman’s aerospace belligerence seemed to be cause for grave apprehension. But America should not be afraid - far from it. Instead, we should be celebrating the advancement. Just like air travel in its infancy, space travel is a technology now finding its...
  • The Moon Survival Challenge (Self Survey)

    01/19/2008 9:20:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 1,599+ views
    The Moon Survival Challenge HOW TO PLAY Imagine you are returning to the base ship on the sunlit side of the moon after carrying out a 72-hour exploration trip. Your small spacecraft has crash-landed about 200 miles from the base ship. You need to reach the base ship, in addition to your spacesuit, you were able to salvage the items listed below. Using what you know about the moon, rate each item in the above list according to how important it would be in getting you back to the base ship. Drag the items below up and down to prioritize...
  • Obituary: Robert Bussard, Inventor of Bussard Collector (Interstellar Ramjet).

    10/24/2007 8:17:26 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies · 631+ views
    Dr. Robert W. Bussard died at his home in Santa Fe, NM on October 6th. Inventor, entrepreneur and author, he was the originator of the Interstellar Ramjet as known on Star Trek as the Bussard Collector. A fixture in Science Fiction literature, the Ramjet continues to be the only method known with the possible capability to propel humankind to the stars. Dr. Bussard was also instrumental in developing the nuclear rocket program at Los Alamos National Lab in the 1950s and 60s. At his death, Dr. Bussard was the President and CEO of Energy Matter Conversion Corporation (EMC2), a company...
  • China to build tropical space base

    09/25/2007 8:33:40 AM PDT · by greenhorn · 2 replies · 42+ views
    VNUnet ^ | 9/24/07 | Simon Burns
    China plans to expand its space programme with a new launch centre on the island province of Hainan in the South China Sea. The base will boost China's launch capacity as the country expands its space programme in the build up to a planned manned landing on the moon. Hainan is China's most southerly province and is the closest part of the country to the equator. Launching spacecraft and satellites from close to the equator reduces the energy needed to push them into a stable orbit because the Earth's rotational speed is highest on the equator at approximately 1,050mph.
  • The Starship Enterprise: How to make private space travel a reality

    06/08/2007 6:14:23 AM PDT · by tang0r · 11 replies · 681+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 06/08/2007 | Oliver Harriehausen
    Sir Richard Branson wants to be the first to offer sub-orbital flights to the general public. Currently, his White Knight Two and the Space Ship Two spacecrafts are scheduled to undergo a test flight program later this year and then finally launch commercial operations approximately a year later. Tickets start at $200,000.
  • China aims to launch moon probe this year [ "Moan" Zedong Alert!]

    05/20/2007 10:27:45 PM PDT · by melt · 4 replies · 598+ views
    Yahoo!News.com ^ | 5/20/07 | Yahoo!News.com
    BEIJING (AFP) - China aims to launch its first lunar orbiter later this year, part of a three-step plan it hopes will eventually see moon samples brought back to Earth, state media said Sunday. The launch of the Chang'e I, envisaged in the second half of 2007, would be a landmark for China's space programme, China's space agency chief Sun Laiyan was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency. "The moon probe project is the third milestone in China's space technology after satellite and manned spacecraft projects, and a first step for us in exploring deep space," he...
  • Only human -- the biggest risk factor in long-term space missions

    02/22/2007 12:11:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 240+ views
    Yahoo / AFP ^ | Wed Feb 21, 3:15 PM ET | Richard Ingham
    PARIS (AFP) - What's the biggest hurdle to setting up a colony on the Moon or getting mankind to Mars and beyond? Experts poring over plans to return to the Moon by 2018 and later stride to Mars believe the greatest-ever gamble in the history of space may ultimately depend on keeping the mind and body sound. Anxiety, loneliness and tensions with crewmates, a daily battle to maintain fitness and avoid accidents, DNA-shredding radiation from solar flares or cosmic rays -- all these make mental and physical health the key to whether a long-term mission will succeed or fail catastrophically....
  • FAA issues 1st-ever space tourism rules

    12/16/2006 11:11:41 AM PST · by Stoat · 25 replies · 965+ views
    Yahoo News /AP ^ | December 15, 2006 | ERICA WERNER
    FAA issues 1st-ever space tourism rules By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer Fri Dec 15, 6:40 PM ET   WASHINGTON - Thrill-seekers looking to blast into space would need to be informed in writing of serious risks — including death — and promise not to sue the government under the first-ever rules for commercial space travel. The rules issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration mandate training and medical fitness evaluations for crew members, preflight testing and other steps companies must take before getting licenses to carry paying passengers into the beyond.The rules apply to American companies launching from...
  • Hitch hike to Mars inside an asteroid

    10/23/2006 11:43:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 283+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 23 October 2006 | David Shiga
    Building shielding on Earth to launch with the spacecraft would add a lot of extra weight to the vehicle and would increase the cost of the mission as a result. Other ideas, like a lightweight plasma bubble that could be generated in space are being explored, but have disadvantages of their own (see Plasma bubble could protect astronauts on Mars trip)... A small population of asteroids pass by both the Earth and Mars in their orbits. So the idea is that a spacecraft containing Mars-bound astronauts could rendezvous with one of these objects as it goes by the Earth and...
  • Joint Ventures in Russia: Space Adventures Ltd.

    07/02/2006 6:41:04 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 234+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 30, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Space Adventures, Venture capitalist firm Prodea, and Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau are planning to share their science notes to build suborbital flight vehicles that can take you and me into space. Myasishchev will design and build the ships. Vienna, Va.-based Space Adventures -- which has already sent three tourists to the international space center since 2001 -- will do the selling. Prodea will beam up the necessary funds when required. The spaceship is expected to hold 5 very very wealthy travelers who have lots and lots of time on their hands to prepare for the trip. If I...
  • State Spaceports Grow in Number

    06/19/2006 5:56:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 234+ views
    Space.com ^ | 06/16/06 | Leonard David
    State Spaceports Grow in Number By Leonard David Senior Space Writer posted: 16 June 2006 08:39 am ET Within the United States, commercial spaceport development has become a growth industry. Work is underway in New Mexico, California, and now in Oklahoma, to build the necessary infrastructure to support private space travel – and stimulate other commercial space enterprise too. A newcomer to the spaceport club is the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA). It was issued a Launch Site Operator License this month—becoming the second inland U.S. spaceport on the books. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation...
  • Was Einstein Wrong about Space Travel?

    03/22/2006 5:34:03 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 141 replies · 3,540+ views
    NASA ^ | 03/22/06
    March 22, 2006: Consider a pair of brothers, identical twins. One gets a job as an astronaut and rockets into deep space. The other stays on Earth. When the traveling twin returns home, he discovers he's younger than his brother. This is Einstein's Twin Paradox, and although it sounds strange, it is absolutely true. The theory of relativity tells us that the faster you travel through space, the slower you travel through time. Rocketing to Alpha Centauri—warp 9, please—is a good way to stay young.
  • Big new reservoir of water ice suspected under Mars - It once SNOWED on Mars

    03/17/2006 6:52:12 AM PST · by S0122017 · 35 replies · 1,027+ views
    newscientistspace ^ | 16 March 2006 | Maggie McKee
    Big new reservoir of water ice suspected under Mars 13:54 16 March 2006 NewScientist.com news service Maggie McKee, Houston Mars Express, ESA MARSIS, ESA Thomas Watters, National Air and Space Museum A large and previously unknown reservoir of water ice may have been found below the surface of Mars, new radar observations suggest. Gaping canyons and river-like channels attest to the fact that large amounts of water once flowed on Mars. But today most of that water has disappeared, and finding out where it went is one of the main aims of research on the Red Planet. Scientists are using...
  • Public Space Travel: Building the Business Case

    02/16/2006 7:51:54 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 14 replies · 211+ views
    space.com ^ | 02/16/06 | Leonard David
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- In the last few years, personal space travel has become a far more feasible business proposition. But much work remains in fostering and then sustaining such an enterprise. For one, there is need not to over-promise ticket-paying customers about prospective space jaunts—adventure that will be costly for the foreseeable future and far from risk-free. Meanwhile, passenger space travel into Earth orbit may well be accelerated by a new NASA effort to bolster the commercial orbital transportation business. Those messages came from experts in passenger space travel taking part in the Space Technology & Applications International Forum...
  • Space Travel: Beyond the "Dweebs, Geeks and Dorks"

    01/09/2006 4:46:56 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 11 replies · 180+ views
    World Hum ^ | 01/05/06
    Last week, for probably the first time in my life, I got excited by the prospect of U.S. government bureaucracy. The Federal Aviation Administration took a step toward developing rules for space tourism, issuing more than 120 pages of proposed guidelines for “space flight participants.” The initial set of regulations is set to go into effect in June, and to me it’s a sort of tipping point, cementing the reality that in just a few years any one of us may be able to blast off into the cosmos the same way we can fly Jet Blue to Vegas for...
  • [BitPig] Char Aznable -- For Real

    10/17/2005 7:59:22 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 1 replies · 425+ views
    brucelewis.com ^ | 2005.10.17 | Bitpig [B-Chan]
    Life Imitates Anime Okay, the Real World just keeps getting weirder and weirder. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Case in point -- this report from Agence France-Presse:A Japanese Internet whiz is tipped to become the world's fourth space tourist -- and he wants to orbit the earth dressed as an ace pilot from a hit Japanese animation series. The candidate for the 20-million-dollar trip is Japanese investor Daisuke Enomoto, a 34-year-old former board director of the Livedoor Internet firm headed by flamboyant entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, local media said. Enomoto has already passed medical checks and started flight training...