Category Archives: Space Transportation

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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Australians Receive Funding for Plasma Thruster

Australia National University’s Plasma Research Laboratory has received a grant to help build its Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT). If successful, the driver could be in space as early as 2013. Because of the high temperatures generated in plasma drives, … Continue reading

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A Fusion Thruster for Space Travel

IEEE Spectrum reports that a NASA engineer has come up with a new way to fling satellites through space on mere grams of fuel, tens of times as efficiently as today’s best space probe thrusters. Instead of using deuterium and … Continue reading

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Constructing Cislunar Infrastructure – ISDC 2011

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer If those who think Mars is sufficiently hard to get to and remain to settle are correct, or those who think that it would be a terrible mistake to go to Mars and return … Continue reading

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Statement on Launch Costs from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

The following is quoted in full from the SpaceX website, dated May 4, 2011.  Note that SpaceX is participating in the NSS International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2011) later this month. WHY THE US CAN BEAT CHINA: THE FACTS ABOUT … Continue reading

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CCDev2 – SpaceX

Cady Coleman and Scott Kelley in the Dragon Image Credit: SpaceX This is the final entry concerning the second round of funding in the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. NASA awarded $75 million to spaceX to develop a revolutionary launch … Continue reading

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CCDev2 – Boeing

Boeing CST-100 Image Credit: Boeing NASA announced the second round of funding in the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. Boeing was the big winner in CCDev-2, getting $92.3 million, on top of the $18 million it won last year. The … Continue reading

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National Space Society Announces Space Pioneer Award for Business Entrepreneur to be Awarded to SpaceX

In recognition of SpaceX’s groundbreaking year in 2010, with the successful launch of two Falcon 9 rockets, and the safe return of its Dragon capsule, the National Space Society (NSS) is today announcing that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will be … Continue reading

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SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the World's Most Powerful Rocket

Falcon Heavy will lift more than twice as much as any other launch vehicle See video of full press conference. WASHINGTON – Today, Elon Musk, CEO and chief rocket designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications … Continue reading

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