Category Archives: Space Transportation

SpaceX announces it will try for "fully and rapidly reusable rocket"

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke at the National Press Club September 29 about SpaceX plans to develop a “fully and rapidly reusable rocket.” Musk stated that reusable rockets pose a very difficult engineering problem, but he believes it can be … Continue reading

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Saving America from the Space Gap

by Howard Bloom and Jon LaBore When a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying three tons of equipment crashed over Siberia on August 24th, Americans got a brief glimpse of a silent scandal: the space gap. That gap—planned in the days of … Continue reading

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NASA Announces Design for New Deep Space Exploration System

NASA announced the following on their website September 14 (no costs were provided): NASA is ready to move forward with the development of the Space Launch System — an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new national … Continue reading

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Orbital Propellant Depots: Building the Interplanetary Highway

by John K. Strickland, Jr. August 5, 2011, was a highly significant date in the history of the space program. On that date, NASA announced contracts awarded to four aerospace companies to define demonstration missions to test the capabilities of … Continue reading

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SpaceX readies for first private space station docking in December

NASA has agreed in principle to allow the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule to dock with the International Space Station. Launch of the Dragon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled for November 30 with the docking to occur 9 days … Continue reading

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NASA Selects Seven Firms to Provide Suborbital Flight Services

NASA has selected seven companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space and back. This arrangement marks the first time that NASA has contracted with commercial partners to … Continue reading

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NASA Manned Spaceflight Schedule and Cost

Although the details of the design of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) have yet to be released, significant information about the schedule and cost is leaking out, in particular in the following two recent articles: Orlando Sentinel, August 5, 2011: … Continue reading

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NASA Selects Companies to Study Storing Cryogenic Propellants in Space

NASA has selected four companies to develop concepts for storing and transferring cryogenic propellants in space. These capabilities are important for the agency’s future deep space human exploration missions. The selected companies, pending successful contract negotiations, are: – Analytical Mechanics … Continue reading

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SpaceX Plans for Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made numerous public statements about SpaceX plans to send humans to Mars in the next 10 to 20 years (e.g. see Discovery News and PC Magazine). The most recent statement was at an August 1 … Continue reading

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Current Strategies for Air-Breathing Rockets

As market competition for space access heats up, there is a renewed interest in air-breathing technology. At the same time, remarkable launch cost reductions in more conventional boosters are imminent due to the efforts of SpaceX and other firms. It … Continue reading

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