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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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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6 October 1997 by Patrick Collins
SPS and Space Tourism instigators of cheaper space transport
At the opening ceremony of the Annual Congress of the International Astronautical Federation ( IAF, the leading international body representing the "space industry" world-wide), the President of the IAF is one of the people to make a speech. This year, the 48th Congress was held in Turin, and on October 6th Karl Doetsch, the current President, made a speech on this year's Congress theme "Developing Business from Space", which included the following comments:
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27 September 1997 by Sam Coniglio
DC-X, Clementine Project Leaders Win Awards, Author Tom Clancy donates$100,000 to Foundation
The second annual X Prize Gala showed that more people are taking space tourism seriously. From the extensive media coverage to the famous new sponsors, Peter Diamandis' latest creation is gathering momentum with the public.
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27 September 1997 by Peter Wainwright
Details of its X Prize vehicle put online
Bristol Spaceplanes Limited (BSL), a contender for the X Prize, opened its website today to coincide with the X Prize Gala. The site describes the company as well as its main projects:
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25 September 1997 by Peter Wainwright
Space Adventures Inc. Offers Bookable Adventures in Space Now
Company Press Release
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8 September 1997 by Patrick Collins
Ex-NASA boss claims NASA is obstructing commercial space activities
US Law requires NASA to encourage the commercialization of space activities as much as it can - but it's doing the opposite, apparently.
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8 September 1997 by Patrick Collins
As the first few astronauts age, they are requesting space flights for research into ageing
Senator John Glenn's interest in traveling to space again has already sparked controversy as to whether taxpayers should pay or not. It's been argued that research into ageing would justify such a flight.
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30 July 1997 by Sam Coniglio
Entrenpreneur Seeks to Fund Private Space Mission
A Colorado entrenpreneur is working with a team of researchers to develop
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