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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23 February 2012 by Carol Pinchefsky
(For four months)
You read that right. NASA wants volunteers for their four-month simulation to Mars. But instead of conducting tests on confinement and psychological stress, NASA just want to study your tastebuds.
Other / Vehicles (Good)
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.
Other / Tourism (Good)
3 October 2010 by
Why use an Accredited Space Agent
So you want to take a trip into space, and you happen to have a $200,000 in your pocket. Congratulations, you’re eligible for a suborbital flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two. So how do book your trip when you can’t find a listing for “space” on Travelocity?
Other / Tourism (Good)
13 April 2010 by G B Leatherwood
No gloves, no space tourist love
When Marianne Dyson, former NASA Mission Control specialist and author of “Space Station Science,” speaks with school children, she uses an exercise to demonstrate the difficulty of working in space. She has them try to pick a dime off a table top...while wearing boxing gloves.
Other / Other (None)
24 March 2010 by G B Leatherwood
Virgin's successful test flight
On December 8, 2009, SpaceShipTwo was unveiled to an audience composed of dignitaries, including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, in the face of an impending hurricane.
Other / Other (None)
8 October 2009 by G B Leatherwood
For the benefit of humanity
Yesterday, October 7, 2009, the X-Prize Foundation announced that Masten Space Systems completed the first stage toward winning the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Masten’s vehicle, Xombie, successfully completed two vertical take-offs and landings, at 93 and 91 seconds, respectively. But with other challengers such as BonNova nipping at Masten’s heels, the race for the US$2 million purse is far from over.
Other / Other (None)
31 January 2009 by G B Leatherwood
Sisters half a world apart
On 31 January 2009, the New Mexico-based Spaceport America (NMSA) has announced that Spaceport America now has a new “sister spaceport.” The NMSA has successfully entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with officials of Spaceport Sweden, based in Kiruna, Sweden.
Other / Vehicles (Good)
16 July 2008 by Carol Pinchefsky
Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with space
In the book by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, our hero finds a golden ticket in a candy bar wrapper.
Other / Tourism (Good)
17 April 2008 by Carol Pinchefsky
He can see your house from here
Richard Garriot will be boarding the International Space Station in October after spending months in training, as well as millions of dollars.
Other / General (Strange)
15 April 2008 by Carol Pinchefsky
Season’s opening pitch to be thrown at ludicrous speed
Throwing the first pitch of the baseball season is an honor typically reserved for dignitaries such as presidents, mayors, baseball hall-of-famers, and, um, Lillian Carter.
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