29 July 2012
Added "Space Debris and Its Mitigation" to the archive.
16 July 2012
Space Future has been on something of a hiatus of late. With the concept of Space Tourism steadily increasing in acceptance, and the advances of commercial space, much of our purpose could be said to be achieved. But this industry is still nascent, and there's much to do. So...watch this space.
9 December 2010
Updated "What the Growth of a Space Tourism Industry Could Contribute to Employment, Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Education, Culture and World Peace" to the 2009 revision.
7 December 2008
"What the Growth of a Space Tourism Industry Could Contribute to Employment, Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Education, Culture and World Peace" is now the top entry on Space Future's Key Documents list.
30 November 2008
Added Lynx to the Vehicle Designs page.
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9 January 1998 by
Board Members Who Helped Create Kistler Vision Step Down
LOS ANGELES - Jan. 9, 1998 - Kistler Aerospace today announced that Walter Kistler (age 79), chairman emeritus, and Bob Citron (age 65) two early pioneers of the commercialization of space who co-founded the company, are stepping down from its board of directors to make room for new members who have agreed to join the Kistler Board. Both will continue to work with Kistler as advisors in a variety of capacities.
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24 October 1997 by
Rep. Weldon to Challenge NASA, Industry to Pursue Space-based Solar Power
Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Dave Weldon (R-Palm Bay) will challenge NASA to investigate the feasibility of space-based solar power systems at a House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee hearing today.
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18 January 1998 by
Applied Space Resources plans to return lunar rock to Earth
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24 October 1997 by Patrick Collins
NASA should be studying SPS
On October 24 the US House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing to examine the viability of microwave energy from space. They discussed the need to direct NASA to study SPS, since it is not working on this project, despite its promise to provide an economic return on taxpayers' huge investment in space. For a fuller report see http://www.nss.org/alerts/capsules/capsule17.html
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16 December 1997 by Patrick Collins
Joint Study by NASA and STA
The Final Report of the joint study carried out since 1995 by NASA and the Space Transportation Association (STA) in Washington DC is due to be published in January, according to Thomas F Rogers, the President of STA.
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15 December 1997 by Patrick Collins
Field Research in Equatorial Countries to Continue
A new grant has been provided by the Japanese Ministry of Education to enable the team of Professor Hideo Matsuoka, Professor Makoto Nagatomo and Dr Patrick Collins to continue their field research selecting rectenna sites for the " SPS 2000" Project in equatorial countries. The SPS 2000 satellite is being planned to transmit 10 MW of solar-generated microwave energy from an altitude of 1100 km above the equator to a number of rectennas within +/- 3 degrees latitude.
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7 November 1997 by Sam Coniglio
Government, Big Contractors, Mingle with Entrepreneurs
The future of mankind's space activities is in business, not government, predict the attendees of this year's conference. Hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation, the sixth annual gathering took place in Los Angeles from November 7-9, 1997.
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31 October 1997 by Patrick Collins
Report forsees the advent of near-space tourism
At the general assembly of the World Tourism Organization held in Istanbul in late October, a report was presented called "Tourism 2020 Vision" containing forecasts about the future of international tourism until 2020. Overall they foresee continuing rapid growth - today's 600 million international passengers growing to 1,600 million, and international tourism revenues growing from $423 billion in 1996 to $2 trillion in 2020.
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30 October 1997 by
$250,000 space prize to be announced at 6th Space Frontier Conference
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9 October 1997 by Patrick Collins
A Space Future Report
About 100 attendees from around the world came to Montreal for the first SPS meeting since SPS '91 in Paris. Since then 6 more years of rapid economic growth in many countries has demonstrated the ever-growing demand for electricity, and recent work on low-cost reusable launch vehicles (from the DC-X to X-33) has improved the prospects for reducing SPS costs.
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