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Astrojet Projec [Nov. 19th, 2010|08:34 pm]

Means of geocosmic freight traffic optimization. Pilot project based on patents RU2398717 and RU2385275
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H. A. Note [Jul. 20th, 2010|05:40 am]

[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Happy Lunar Landing Day!
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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2005|10:29 pm]

I am currently working on my extended essay, a requirement for completing the International Baccalaureate program. I have a topic-related question for anyone who is well-versed in general aerospace development. Also, it involves commercial airflight and spaceflight, so I was hoping an X-Prize community would harbor members who studied or followed those areas. Here's the question:

By your understanding, what factors led to the commercialization/privatization of airplanes and what would be required for a similar result to occur in spaceflight? In other words, what could cause spaceflight to become comparable to today's air travel and what has already happened to bring this about?

Your answer can be as long or as short as you'd like. I don't expect an essay-length answer, as I am only seeking an original answer to this question from someone in the know. I would greatly appreciate a quick response, if possible. Thanks :)
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US Congress OKs private-spaceflight bill [Dec. 9th, 2004|11:18 am]

[mood |bouncybouncy]

Senate's 11th-hour approval opens way for tourism

All I can say is Hurrah!!

Plus I hope to win a ticket =)
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Two bits of news... [Oct. 7th, 2004|02:30 pm]

Last night the House passed a resolution which had been proposed by the Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, to honor the efforts of Mojave Aerospace Ventures for participating in and winning the Ansari-X Prize.

The article mostly just rehashes the technical bits which we already know, but it's good to see the government acknowledging and congratulating success in the private sector.


This second bit I'll just let you read for yourself, but basically it's about the FAA gearing up to regulate private space travel. As a libertarian, my feelings are that this is very debatable.

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The Orbital Prize - $50 million dollar orbital space race launched [Oct. 6th, 2004|09:14 am]

[mood |excitedexcited]

A Las Vegas hotel magnate who is hoping to build the world's first commercial space stations on Tuesday launched a challenge offering $50 million to the creators of the first privately funded spaceship to reach orbit.

Robert Bigelow wants to build the first private space stations.
He owns an aerospace company that is building the modules now.

He has also chatted with Burt Rutan(designer of SpaceShipOne) on how to get to the space hotel he is designing.


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Private Space Habitats? [Oct. 4th, 2004|10:46 pm]

[mood |chipperchipper]

Interesting, Burt Rutan discussing ideas with Robert Bigelow who is developing inflatable space modules to create private space stations :)

He wants to build the first space hotel :D


More on the space habitats and NASA working with Bigelow :)


And something sad, the REAL reason why space exploration hasn't been going on

When Bigelow's engineers told him they needed a high-tech valve that would serve as a key component of the life support system on board the inflatable modules, Bigelow went shopping. American aerospace giants were willing to sell him the valve at costs that ranged from $300,000 to $1 million. Bigelow found and purchased the same valve from a European company. The cost for the identical valve? A mere $5,000.

"This is pretty typical of what's wrong with the American aerospace industry and with American companies in general," Bigelow says. "Whether it's steel or automobiles or textiles, Americans have priced themselves out of the world market.

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SpaceShipOne soars into history [Oct. 4th, 2004|11:17 am]

[mood |giddygiddy]

Altitude appears to be easily enough to win $10 million X Prize

MOJAVE, Calif. - SpaceShipOne soared to a record 368,000 feet early Monday, easily surpassing the altitude required to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.

WOOT! He just landed too! Congrats Brian Binnie!!! A heck of a fine job


Monday is a big day in aerospace history: Forty-seven years ago, the Soviets put the world's first satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit — kicking off the first space race.
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(no subject) [Oct. 3rd, 2004|05:54 pm]

Is warfare close to entering orbit? Will factions in the US succeed in militarizing the space around our planet? How will this affect civilian space programs?

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2nd SpaceShipOne Launch is GO FOR OCTOBER 4th [Oct. 1st, 2004|08:50 am]

[mood |geeky]

Burt Rutan's Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team successfully reached an altitude of 337,500 feet with Mike Melvill (the pilot) onboard plus ballast (approx. 180 Kg). This flight was deemed by the Judges as a successful first flight for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE.

It all starts at 7am PT


A neat landing photo at the company website


And loads of yummy pictures sent by saul_paradise who got to be there!
Thanks Saul. All photo credit goes to marusja. Thank you for taking them :)


Mondays launch if successul wins the prize which runs out at the end of 2004
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