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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Events / General (Strange)
16 July 2009 by Patrick Collins
Thinking about the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, what can one say but
/ Tourism (Good)
25 May 2009 by Patrick Collins
Come on, Norm - we know you know!
A "Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans" chaired by Norman Augustine has recently been anounced, to report at the end of August or later. A potentially important piece of good news is that "stimulating commercial space flight capability" is one of the subjects to be addressed by the review.
Features / Power (None)
30 September 2008 by Patrick Collins
A bright idea, still waiting to see the light
On August 13, 1968, at the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference ( IECEC) in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Peter Glaser of the US Solar Energy Society presented the idea of collecting solar energy in orbit and delivering it as radio wave energy to receivers on Earth 24/7.
Reports / Tourism (Good)
8 July 2008 by Patrick Collins
A review of the conference
The first symposium on Personal Access to Space held by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in Arcachon, France, May 28-30, 2008, was a mixture of both the encouraging and the discouraging.
Announcements / General (Bad)
1 May 2008 by Patrick Collins
Because the Royal Society will not
The current debate in Britain over whether the government should support "manned space flight" will unfortunately not likely result in benefits for the public…because the terms being used hide the most important issue.
Opinion / Power (Good)
1 November 2007 by Patrick Collins
Fate makes strange bedfellows
Opinion / Vehicles (Good)
8 October 2007 by Patrick Collins
(And 65 years and 10 years)
Online / Power (None)
30 July 2007 by Patrick Collins
And potential demonstration satellite
/ Vehicles (None)
16 May 2007 by Patrick Collins
Untapped potential of rocket-powered aircraft decades late and still waiting.
50 years ago today the prototype of the supersonic SR.53 rocket-powered interceptor aircraft made its first test flight at RAE Boscombe Downs, England. Over the following year, the two prototypes flew 42 times, including supersonically, but after an unexplained crash the project was cancelled. The planned function of high-altitude interception was fulfilled by the "Lightning" aircraft which was being developed at much the same time. Although the Lightnings were much loved by pilots, and became famous as world record-holders for high-speed climb, they could not of course leave the atmosphere as a rocket-powered vehicle could have.
Opinion / Power (Bad)
20 April 2007 by Patrick Collins
And what the space industry can do about it
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