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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7 March 2010 by Peter Wainwright
The development of commercial spaceplanes has been delayed for 30 years. But that's about to change.
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24 January 2008 by
Press release
Virgin Galactic today unveiled the design of its new, environmentally benign, space launch system based on the X Prize winning technology of SpaceShipOne, which successfully flew into space for the third time in October 2004 and won the $10m Ansari X Prize.
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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.
Announcements / Vehicles (None)
21 March 2007 by Carol Pinchefsky
Falcon 1 reaches space, but not orbit
The delayed second test flight of SpaceX's Falcon 1 took place on Tuesday March 20th to bittersweet success: although the rocket reached space and achieved a number of benchmarks, including stage separation and a second-stage ignition, it ultimately did not achieve orbital velocity. After a smooth first-stage ascent, a roll instability developed in the second stage, and further contact with the rocket was lost.
Media / Vehicles (None)
8 August 2005 by Carol Pinchefsky
The overview effect strikes again
The BBC has written an article on the environmental impact of the space shuttle.
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20 April 2004 by G B Leatherwood
SpaceFuture speaks with Joe Latrell
By G.B. Leatherwood
Opinion / Vehicles (None)
6 February 2003 by Sam Coniglio
An appeal to NASA
Opinion / Vehicles (None)
25 June 2002 by Alan Breakstone
How the Russians can take the next step in space tourism
By Alan Breakstone
Reports / Vehicles (None)
28 October 2001 by Carol Pinchefsky
Report from the 2001 IAF Congress, Toulouse.
by Adriano Autino
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2 April 2001 by Peter Wainwright
Statistical-Analytical model now up to version 7
Dietrich Koelle of TransCostSystems has announced the availability of the expanded and updated version 7 of the Transcost Statistical-Analytical model. See below for details of how to receive the report by post:
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