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June 2009
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Falcon 1 launch
Space Tourism: A new Industry in the Making
Notes from the one day symposium in London on June 30th, 2009, sponsored by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Space Access ' 09
Space Access 2009
Compilation of blog postings, articles, photos and videos concerning this event in October 2008.
Bigelow Genesis II
Commercial Stairway to Space - Timeline 2009
A discussion of how commercial efforts might dominate human spaceflight by the latter half of the next decade.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Art Spotlight
Martian Storm by Frank Hettick
Martian Storm by Frank Hettick

Caldera by Dan Durda
Caldera by Dan Durda

Reflections by B. E. Johnson
Reflections by B. E. Johnson

Earth Approach by Mark Garlick
Earth Approach by Mark Garlick

Return to the Moon by Mark Maxwell
Return to the Moon by Mark Maxwell
US stamp painting (1967)


The Artists' Universe

IAAA exhibit of 31 artists
More space art...

Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Activities

July 20th will be the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. Many space related organizations will be sponsoring events and activities over the next few weeks to mark this great accomplishment. Check, for example, with your local science museum to find out if they have anythign planned.

Here is a sampling of events:

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Science with Suborbital Space Vehicles

Rockets that go to high altitudes but not into orbit have been used for science investigations since the 1940s. This sort of suborbital science involves many areas of research such as microgravity experiments, atmospheric studies, astronomical observations (e.g. to rise above the atmosphere to see in the UV band), studies of the magnetosphere and more. In addition, engineering studies can be carried out such as testing equipment that will later be used on orbital spacecraft. Often referred to as sounding rockets, these vehicles have typically been expendables (though the payload modules are often recovered) and always unmanned.

A big advantage of suborbital space projects is their significantly lower costs compared to orbital projects. This is especially advantageous for student research. For example, students participating in the RockOn Workshop, which is supported by NASA and the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortiums, launched payloads on June 26th on a suborbital rocket from NASA's facilities at Wallops Island, Virginia: Rocket carrying students' experiments launches from Shore - - June.26.09. The payloads were later recovered intact for analysis.

As noted here many times, we will soon see the flights of fully reusable suborbital spaceships, several of which have pilots and will be used for space tourism. Such suborbital RLVs can also greatly benefit suborbital science and engineering R&D. This page lists the capabilities of such vehicles. Leading advantages include frequent flight opportunities, safe return, and, in the case of the manned vehicles, human-tending either by a crew member or a scientist on board.

NASA's Ames Research Center - see Suborbtial Ex - has organized two workshops that included scientists and representatives of the RLV developers who shared ideas and information concerning science applications with such vehicles. A summary presentation of the second workshop is given below. Also, presentations by two of the RLV companies at the meeting.

A summary of the suborbital science workshop held in Los Angeles, May 3rd.
Garvey Spacecraft presented an overview of their work with Cal State Long Beach on low cost unmanned suborbital reusable launchers.

A presentation by Masten Space Systems about the use of their unmanned suborbital vehicles for science applications.

Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the Space Transport News blog.

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