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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27 September 2004 by Patrick Collins
First Commercial Parabolic Flight Services Available in the USA
After taking eight years to get licenced to provide parabolic flight services to the general public, Zero Gravity Corporation finally started its long-awaited service on September 14.
News / Vehicles (Good)
21 June 2004 by Alan Breakstone
SpaceShipOne Takes Flight
by Alan Breakstone
News / Tourism (Good)
3 June 2004 by Patrick Collins
SpaceShipOne to Reach for Space on June 21
Scaled Composites has announced that SpaceShipOne will make its first flight to space on June 21, 2004 – a date that will live in the history of space flight along with those of other epoch-making flights, such as the first ever flight to space, by Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961, and the first private flight to space, by Dennis Tito on April 28, 2001.
News / General (Good)
12 May 2004 by Carol Pinchefsky
A news roundup
The X-Prize has been renamed the Ansari X-Prize after two Iranians, Anousheh and Amir Ansari, contributed an unspecified—but probably spectacular—sum to the X-Prize Foundation.
News / Vehicles (Good)
19 March 2004 by Carol Pinchefsky
What we can deduce
It looks like Burt Rutan's next planned flight test of his SpaceShipOne will include firing the rocket motor again. This may turn out to be quite ambitious compared to the first in-flight firing late last year.
News / Tourism (Good)
12 February 2004 by Patrick Collins
Aim to fly to space in 2006
In a characteristically stimulating presentation at the session on Space Tourism of the Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF-2004) on Monday February 9, Chuck Lauer, Vice President for Business Development at Pioneer Rocketplane Inc, confirmed that the company had finalised an agreement with Spaceport Oklahoma (officially OSIDA, the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority) to develop the passenger-carrying XP Rocketplane, which will be capable of sub-orbital flights, at Burns Flat in Oklahoma. The XP is an adapted Learjet, with a rocket engine being developed by Orbitec Inc. It is not primarily targeting the “X Prize” but the sub-orbital passenger market, including tourism. “But if no-one else has won the X-Prize by 2006, then we will” Lauer said.
News / Vehicles (Good)
12 August 2003 by Carol Pinchefsky
And a wedding
By Carol Pinchefsky
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9 April 2003 by Carol Pinchefsky
Starchaser Industries plans for manned test flight
By Carol Pinchefsky
News / Tourism (Good)
6 December 2002 by Alan Breakstone
New opportunities in the 21st century
by Alan Breakstone
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13 November 2002 by Patrick Collins
Scandinavian Connection To Space (SCTS) has recently been established in Sweden to promote the realisation of space tourism. Like a number of other companies, SCTS will act as an agent for space tourism-related services as they become available, while also working to raise finance to help it to happen. The principal, Paul Eklund, says to keep an eye on their web-site for announcements in the near future.
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