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July 2008
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ISDC 2008 & Space Investement Summit - Review
The annual conference of the National Space Society was held in Washington DC and also included a Summit on investment in NewSpace ventures.
XCOR Lynx flight profile
Space Access 2008 - Review
The Space Access Society's annual meeting - Space Access '08 - took place this year during March 27-29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Reviews, commentary and photos are presented here.
Bigelow Genesis II

Commercial Stairway to Space - 2008
A prognostication for how private commercial operations could dominate the development of human spaceflight activity by 2020.

Ups and Downs in NewSpace in 2007
A review of important events, business, and technology developments in the entrepreneurial spaceflight community and industry during 2007.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Artist Spotlight

Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the Moon - Sarah Noble (2008)
Footprints on the Moon (2008)

Fireworks - Sarah Noble (1998)
Fireworks (1998)

Ap17 series #4 - Sarah Noble (2007)
Ap17 series #4 (2007)

Self Portrait - Sarah Noble (1997)
Self Portrait (1997)

Sarah Noble

Artist and planetary geologist.
More space art...
Space Music of the Month

The Alien Jellyfish
Chris Conway
From alien salad abduction, "A huge
album of songs on themes of outer space.
Previous space music in spotlight   

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Rocketry for Students

NASA, aerospace organizations and amateur rocketry organizations like the National Association of Rocketry sponsor various student team competitions in rocketry in the USA. Here is a sampling:

2008 Team America Rocketry Challenge
High school student teams prepare for launching their rockets
during the finals of the 2008 Team America Rocketry Challenge.

** Team America Rocketry Challenge - NAR & AIA sponsored a "national model rocket competition for U.S. high school and junior high school students." The organizations "challenge you to design, build, and fly a multi-stage model rocket carrying two raw eggs and an electronic altimeter to exactly 1500 feet, returning both eggs intact. The top five teams shared in a total prize pool of approximately $50,000 in savings bonds, and approximately $9,000 in cash awards will be divided among the sponsoring teachers' departments."

** NASA Student Launch Initiative - involves "middle and high school students in designing, building and testing reusable rockets with associated scientific payloads. This unique hands-on experience allows students to demonstrate proof-of-concept for their designs and gives previously abstract concepts tangibility".

** NASA University Student Launch Initiative, "or USLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and fly a reusable rocket with scientific payload to one mile in altitude. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers."

** Rockets-for-Schools - "Spaceport Sheboygan has been Wisconsin's home of Rockets for Schools since its inception in 1995. Each year, more than 300 students from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan have participated in successful launches at Spaceport Sheboygan. From 2001 through the present, students from Sheboygan County have also been involved in an elementary-level rocket launch."

** CanSat Competition - This contest involves building a payload that will "be launched and deployed from a rocket at an altitude of about 760 meters". It must descend and land safely and then perform autonomous operations. The competition "allows teams from universities and high schools to design and build a space-type system, according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee, and then compete against each at the end of two semesters to determine the winners".

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

C&Space Develops Innovative Methane Engine & Plans Suborbital RLV

C&Space is a Korean company that has developed the turbopumped CHASE-10 LOX/Methane engine. The company plans to use the engine to power the Icarus sounding rocket and then the reusable Proteus suborbital space tourism vehicle. Below are frames from a C&Space video showing a version of the Proteus that releases a second stage that in turn proceeds to orbit.

Check for C&Space announcements on the Space Transport News blog.

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