View Full Version : Private Spaceflight ready to take off

The One
14th January 2011, 09:17
Yes 2011 should be the year private spaceflight really takes off.So for the fist time ,space for so long the preserve power of superpower governments is set to pass into the hands of common man.

Last year SpaceX achieved a world first when its dragon spacecraft became the first commercially operated vehical to launch into orbit and return to earth.Virgin Galatic soon followed that in the Space Ship Two.

This year at least another two companies will go into space have alook at the private companies below.

Amaradillo Aerospace http://www.armadilloaerospace.com/n.x/Armadillo/Home/News?news_id=370

PlanetSpace Silver Dart this craft goes fast http://www.planetspace.org/lo/silver_dart.htm

Scaled composites Space Ship two http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCUQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scaled.com%2F&ei=Aw8wTcKvIZHQjAfW_-zdCg&usg=AFQjCNHuEO-pjiah8iYJFhXf1xoLwJiZ2g

Space X Dragon http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CCoQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spacex.com%2Fdragon.php&ei=NA8wTdDHDcWwhQfglOTVCw&usg=AFQjCNGSOpaADVO4uyaOzLY-ik2Xqgl7gg

And lets not forget right now the Spaceport being built in new mexico construction on this finishes this year and this is were the routine space tourism flights are expected to start http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spaceportamerica.com%2F&ei=YBAwTcDICpXNjAez5bmrCg&usg=AFQjCNG5_ZmyYJlmFpG-tS6ismNcYxMaBw

There is so much in the news nowadays on Space Tourism. The achievements of SpaceShipOne in winning the (commercially sponsored) X-plane prize and the publicity for booking sub-orbital places on the soon to be launched Virgin Galactic spaceline has done wonders in reminding all of us that outer space is there for humans to visit. It has been a long time, almost twenty years, since there was such a buzz about space technology. - Space tourism has caused this resurgence in interest because it touches something important in people, that space travel does not have to be for the specially selected, it does not need to be restricted and an impossible dream, but should be within the reach of almost all of us. And lets not forget the huge profits these companies will make.