Current space projects:
- The X-Prize
was an organization that offered a prize of $10M to the first private
venture to build a manned sub-orbital vehicle,
capable of carrying three people into space twice
in fourteen days. There's
a lot of competitors registered, and some
of them use very interesting and innovative ideas.
- Two days ago, SpaceShipOne won the X-Prize.
Congratulations! "Good job" doesn't quite say it. In case someone didn't know: They flew high (112 miles... that's more than 10% space to spare).
They flew promptly (6 days, rather than 14). They flew straight, according to the plan. And they flew safe; it felt safe. And the live webcast,
which I watched (part of it, at least) was amazingly high quality.
So... tip of the hat for you guys. And for the rest, keep it up! The Cup is awaiting!
Project HALO was a record-making attempt by an
amateur group. Their first attempt at launching
the first amateur sub-orbital rocket failed, and now they seem somewhat dead.
is another amateur group. From the UK.
International Space Station, of course. It's
already under way, delays and everything.
- The Artemis Project.
An ambitious project for exploitation and
colonization of the Moon.
Spacecub is alive! I got an email in 2001 from Mr. David
L. Burkhead confirming the project's status.
It is, basically, a real, manned sub-orbital
rocket-kit. Yes, build-it-yourself. Very
is another comercial venture aiming for the moon.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 06-Oct-2004 22:37:32 PDT