Examples of space
observing accomplishments by non-professionals
are one of the favorite spotlight targets
here. Below is yet another illustration
of the amazing things that back-yard astronomers
can do today with amateur level equipment.
Animation by Mike Massee The Lynx
suborbital rocketplane project was unveiled
on March 26th by XCOR
The Lynx Mk.I will take a pilot and one passenger
to 61km in altitude. The Lynx Mk.II will go to 110km.
The fully reusable system will be able to fly several
times per day. A prototype engine has already
undergone over 300 engine firings of full mission
duration. First test flights are expected by early
2010. When commercial operations begin, a personal
spaceflight participant (i.e. space tourist) will
$100k for a ticket to take a ride on a Lynx to the
edge of space. See this Lynx
FAQ and check out the many
articles about the Lynx announcement in the Space
Transport News blog archive.
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Weather maps, remote sensing
and spysat images.