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We Need More Space Stations

While the Wright brothers were working on their primitive flying platform at Kitty Hawk, other inventors were doing the same thing. Ten years later, the Avro 504 fighter was being mass produced for World War I. Within five years, almost 9,000 were produced. Construction on the International Space Station began in 1998 and the first […]

SpaceX Historic Landing

A successful first stage return landing on a land site. ORBCOMM-2 MISSION – [spacex.com] Date Mon, Dec 21 2015 7:29 PM CST — Mon, Dec 21 2015 8:05 PM CST About With this mission, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM, a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine communication and […]

1981 – space shuttle

The space shuttle is a reusable orbital vehicle that jettisons two solid rocket boosters and an external fuel tank before entering Earth orbit. The shuttle flew a total of 135 missions between 1981 and 2011. In 1986, the Challenger was destroyed by an explosion, resulting in the loss of all seven crew members. In 2003, […]

Watch as Humanity Reaches for the Stars

This is reminiscent of watching the X-15 drop from beneath a B-52 bomber and blast upward into space. We knew at the time that we were watching the first steps of humanity into space and a few years later that led to the first manned moon landing. Now we are seeing another step forward as […]

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 […]

1857 – Tsiolkovsky – bio

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was born in Russia in 1857 and has become known as the father of astronautics and space science. He was a school math teacher who proposed using liquid propellants for rockets instead of the then standard solid fuels. He worked on designs for rockets and other space related hardware including: steering thrusters, multi-stage […]

Commercial Space Lift

The future of space exploration comes in three stages: space lift – escaping the gravity well, whether by brute force impulse rocket or space elevator or some other means space habitats – space stations, space hotels, space colonies, living environments space vehicles – vehicles designed to move through space with little or no gravity have […]

VASIMR Plasma Engine

VASIMR is a high powered plasma engine being developed by Ad Astra Rocket Company in Houston. The VAriable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket is a drive that creates propulsion by expelling ionized hyrdrogen plasma and uses superconductors to increase the strength of the magnetic field involved and maximize thrust. VASIMR – [adastrarocket.com] The Variable Specific Impulse […]

Skylon

Skylon is a spaceplane design that is under development by Reaction Engines, a British company. The basic idea is to fly (like a conventional airplane) up through the atmosphere into space, using a lot less thrust than conventional rockets which “blast” their way straight up into space, requiring vast amounts of thrust. By flying like […]