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Sub-orbital teasers: Virgin Galactic showreel and Masten Space hover test videos

Posted by [email protected] on February 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

These great video clips from Virgin Galactic and Masten Space show the great progress being made to make private manned spaceflight a reality.

Masten Space's clip shows their Xaero test rocket flying up to 61m and coming back to land - the first in a series of test flights to ever-higher altitudes.

Masten's goal is a fully-reusable unmanned sub-orbital spacecraft for scientific research, but it's not hard to s...

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Moon-race fever will get no-one anywhere fast

Posted by [email protected] on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The past couple of weeks has seen both American presidential hopefuls and the Russian space agency predict permanent bases on The Moon by 2020.

Right-wing darling Newt Gingrich proposed an Apollo-style race to put a permanent base on The Moon by 2020, with the Tea Party-pleasing spin that it could be done without any increase to NASA's budget.

Gingrich's speech pandering to freshly-unemployed space industry workers in Florida didn't seem to do him much good - he s...

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Holiday to The Moon: Space Adventures starts five year countdown

Posted by [email protected] on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Space tourism pioneers Space Adventures will send its first tourist flight around The Moon by February 2017.

The five year countdown was started by CEO Eric Anderson in a YouTube video where he reveals that the first £95million seat on the mission has already been sold.

The flight will carry two private passengers, plus crew, on a circumlunar journey, hopefully making more than one orbit after a trip expected to last at least two days.

Anderson hasn’t revea...

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Lego astronaut cruises from Canada to the edge of space

Posted by [email protected] on January 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A pair of Canadian teenagers made a Lego man into a 24km high-altitude tourist with a home-made parachute and a weather balloon bought on the internet.

The 17-year-olds recovered their tiny space tourist and photographs of him standing with the Canadian flag and a background of the curved Earth.

Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammed captured the 97-minut...

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Could space junk be space tourism???s Achilles Heel?

Posted by [email protected] on January 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Man-made space junk has been in the news twice this week, but has anyone considered the risk to future space tourists?

Australia has backed a proposal to minimise the amount of man-made rubbish in orbit, and solar activity caused our atmosphere to expand and bring down some junk.

As Douglas Adams said, ‘Space is big, really big’, but it turns out that the bits of space we wan...

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Space tourist's sci-fi film set for NASA approval

Posted by [email protected] on January 23, 2012 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

NASA is set to approve the release of a sci-fi horror film shot by a space tourist on the International Space Station.

Video games pioneer Richard Garriott shot Apogee of Fear during his stay abord the International Space Station with Space Adventures in 2008.

Astronauts working on the ISS became his cast during their free time, but Garriott hadn't asked for prior approval to...

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Virgin Galactic could fly the winner of Britains Got Talent

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The worlds of space tourism and celebrity often collide, especially when you combine arch-publicists like Richard Branson and British pop-impresario Simon Cowell.

Now Cowell has vowed to turn the relationship on its head by sending a guaranteed non-celebrity from Britain’s Got Talent into space on the first flight of Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Speaking to British tabloid newspaper

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Where is my robot butler?

Posted by [email protected] on January 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Creating this website has reminded me of the dreamy days of the Usborne Book Of The Future, a gorgeous trio of books which promised my eight-year-old self I’d be living in a world of wonders when middle age came knocking.

In some ways we do live in a world of wonders: I have in my pocket a computer that could have run the entire Apollo space progr...

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SpaceX mission to Space Station delayed

Posted by [email protected] on January 18, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

SpaceX has scrubbed the February 7 launch of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station for unspecified reasons.

A Falcon 9 rocket was due to loft the reusable Dragon capsule into orbit for the first-ever docking of a privately-funded spacecraft with the International Space Station - or any other orbiting vehicle.

SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham said: "We believe there are a few areas that will benefit from additional work and will optimize the safety a...

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Stratolaunch points to a way beyond sub-orbital

Posted by [email protected] on January 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's new Holiday in Space profile looks at The Spaceship Company, which is building the carrier aircraft and six-man spacecraft for Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital space tourism business.

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