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November 2008
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Recent Features
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.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Art Spotlight
Richard Garriott makes art in space
Richard Garriott makes art in space

Steven Jensen painting taken to the ISS
Steven Jensen painting taken to space

Greg Mort painting taken to space
Greg Mort painting taken to space

Stanley Goldstein painting taken to space
Stanley Goldstein painting taken to space

Richard Garriott

made art in zero gravity on the ISS
and also took 12 artworks with him.
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month

Space Lawyer
Performed by Mikey Mel and the JD's, "The Nation's Premier Law Rock Band".
Background info and lyrics at The Space Lawyer Song - Space Law Probe.
Previous space music in spotlight   
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Windows on Earth
Explore the Earth from Space

Windows on Earth sample snapshot

Windows on Earth is a free on line "rich, realistic digital" simulation of what you would see if you were looking out the primary observation window on the International Space Station.

Visitors see the Earth in high-resolution, photo-realistic color and 3-D, passing by under them. They can explore where they wish, with sites of interest marked in many locations around the world, including animations of how various features were formed. The system includes clouds, night lights, and other data to make the experience as realistic and interactive as possible.

As shown by the screen capture above, you run the simulation in your browser. While it does not give a live feed from the ISS, it does provide the view as seen from the current orbital position of the ISS. The program is sponsored by the Association of Space Explorers and was developed by TERC.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Armadillo Aerospace Wins $350,000 in
Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

On October 24th the Armadillo Aerospace team, led by famous computer game programmer John Carmack, won first place in the Level I competition of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge event held in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The purse, funded by the NASA Centennial Challenges program, was $350,000. Their vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL) vehicle called Mod flew vertically up to 50 meters, hovered and then traversed sideways 50 meters before descending onto a pad, remaining above ground for a total time of more than the required 90 seconds. They later repeated the feat in a return to the inital starting pad. The total time for the setup and fueling of the vehicle and the two flights was less than the maximum of two and a half hours, although due to a FAA flight window restriction, they had to split the flights between morning and afternoon sessions.

The video below provides highlights from the first day of the event, which also included a brief flight by the vehicle from the three person TrueZer0 team. They had designed and built their lander within just a 10 month period. Unfortunately, they did not have time to test the vehicle thoroughly and so it was not a big surprise when the vehicle failed during the flight. However, they succeeded in becoming just the second team besides Armadillo to fly a vehicle since the NG-LLC competition began in 2006.

Lots more photos and videos from the event and the preparations leading up to it can be found in this Armadillo Aerospace gallery. The Armadillo vehicle gets its name from a modular design that allows for multiple units to be fitted together to build larger, more capable vehicles. During the NG-LLC event they announced that they would work with the Rocket Racing League to develop space tourism vehicles based on the Mod vehicle design. Unmanned test flights will begin next year.

Highlights of Day 1 of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
competition held in Las Cruces, New Mexico over October 24-25 2008.

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

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