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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19 April 2012 by Carol Pinchefsky
That you didn't know about the Space Shuttle
Criticizing the Space Shuttle is like punching America in the face. After all, it’s been a symbol of national pride for thirty years. But many of my friends and I are celebrating yesterday’s piggy-backed final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum…because a museum is where the shuttle belongs.
News / Vehicles (Bad)
2 August 2008 by Carol Pinchefsky
Down, but not defeated
Sam Coniglio, contributing editor of the Space Future Journal (and the vice president of the Space Tourism Society), told the Journal that the Falcon 1 mission failed.
News / Vehicles (Bad)
27 July 2007 by Carol Pinchefsky
Three dead, three injured at Mojave Air and Space Port
Three people were killed and three injured during a test of a propulsion system for Scaled Composites, the makers of SpaceShipOne and the work-in-progress, SpaceShipTwo.
News / Vehicles (Bad)
20 March 2007 by Carol Pinchefsky
Re-launch to follow
MSNBC reports that the SpaceX launch of the Falcon 1 rocket scheduled for March 19, 2007, was scrubbed 62 seconds before launch. The article cited a telemetry problem, occurring perhaps when data transmission was switched from land line to radio.
News / Vehicles (Bad)
27 November 2005 by Carol Pinchefsky
Rescheduled launch date not set
The SpaceX launch of their rocket, Falcon 1, has been scrubbed. According to CEO of Space Explorations, Elon Musk, "an auxiliary liquid oxygen ( LOX) fill tank had a manual vent valve incorrectly set to vent. The time it took to correct the problem resulted in significant LOX boiloff and loss of helium, and it was the latter that caused the launch abort."
/ Vehicles (Bad)
27 November 2005 by G B Leatherwood
What goes down doesn't have to come up
by G.B. Leatherwood.
Announcements / Vehicles (Bad)
9 August 2004 by
Armadillo and Space Transport Corporation suffer setbacks
According to an Armadillo Aerospace press release, their vehicle went higher than desired, then ran out of propellant. "$35,000 of rocket is now a whole lot of primo Armadillo Droppings," says the press release.
/ Vehicles (Bad)
27 October 2003 by Patrick Collins
The public want SSTO and TSTO, not SST
Online / Vehicles (Bad)
2 October 2003 by Alan Breakstone
Problems emerge
SpaceShipOne flew its third glide test last week. Unfortunately it encountered major stability problems that almost led to a crash. According to an article in The Space Review, "[Pilot Mike] Melvill struggled to pitch the nose down to get out of the stall, and in the process the vehicle started to roll."
/ Vehicles (Bad)
1 February 2003 by Alan Breakstone
Mourning Columbia
by Alan Breakstone
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