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Space Launch Costs Will Become Increasingly Irrelevant

Historically, one of the greatest impediments to the process of humanity moving out into space has been the extreme costs of launching payloads out of our gravity well. There are two factors that will contribute to a dramatic decrease in the affect of launch costs on space migration. Space elevators will greatly reduce the effort […]

Satellite Launch From Aircraft

Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) is a DARPA program designed to launch small satellites into low earth orbit with rockets fired from aircraft at high altitude. This has the ability to reduce costs and planning overhead. ALASA Concept Video [youtube.com] DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into […]

Grasshopper Rocket Flies Then Lands

The “Grasshopper” rocket from SpaceX is a ten story tall re-useable rocket designed to take off vertically and then land vertically in a reverse of the take-off maneuver. This video was shot from a hexacopter hovering near the trajectory. Grasshopper 744m Test | Single Camera (Hexacopter) [youtube.com] On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest […]