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2008-11-28 09:50:00

In a display of the power of competition, American entrepreneurs have broken the government monopoly on space travel, and succeeded in lowering the cost of space access before a single paying participant has taken a flight. So, even if the overall economy may look down, the market for space tourism is looking up. On Tuesday, December 2, XCOR Aerospace, builder of the 2-seat Lynx rocket-powered suborbital launch vehicle, is introducing its General Sales Agent for ticket sales and will announce...

2008-10-24 12:00:03

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Space took a giant leap closer to earth today, following the launch of a new joint venture between Rocket Racing, Inc. (RRI), Armadillo Aerospace and the government of New Mexico. With a goal of sending adventurers into suborbital space with a target price of $100,000 per ticket or less, the three companies unveiled plans to field a fleet of reusable Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicles (RLV) that will take flight from Spaceport America near Las...

2008-07-02 18:00:00

By STEPHEN WHITE BRITAIN'S biggest passenger space rocket is set for its first flight - fuelled by old car tyres. Nova 2 is designed to carry three passengers more than 60 miles above the Earth for 20-minute trips. And to make it more environmentally friendly it will use rocket fuel partly made from recycled tyres. Scientist Steve Bennett, 43, unveiled the rocket at Salford University where he is head of the space technology lab. Steve, who admits he was inspired by children's...

2008-03-26 23:34:47

GOLDEN, Colo. — XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, Calif. unveiled plans today for a new entry in the suborbital spaceship business — a rocket-powered space plane to be known as the Lynx. The Lynx is being designed to carry a pilot and a passenger or payload on flights into suborbital space. Company officials are eyeing 2010 as the date for the inaugural launch of the vehicle. Lynx is roughly the size of a small private airplane. It would be capable of flying several times a day making...

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2008-03-26 03:40:00

A small California aerospace company today unveiled a new suborbital spaceship that will provide affordable front-seat rides to the edge of space for the millions of people who want to buy a ticket. The company, XCOR Aerospace, of Mojave, CA, announced that its two-seat Lynx suborbital spaceship will carry people or payloads to where they will experience weightlessness and see the stars above and the Earth and its atmosphere below. This will launch XCOR into the emerging space tourism market,...

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2008-03-17 00:00:00

European aerospace giant EADS says it will require a production line of rocket planes to meet demand for the space tourism market. The company's Astrium division, which makes the Ariene rocket, has plans to make commercial vehicles for consumer flights to altitudes of over 100km (62 miles).Astrium does not plan to run a space tourism operation itself, but would supply vehicles to those who will.  The company anticipates it be would produce about 10 planes a year that would seat five...

2008-02-18 00:20:00

Iranian state media reported on Sunday that the country had successfully received transmission from a trial rocket that was launched into orbit designed to carry a satellite into space. The rocket, launched on February 4, sparked further concern from the international community due to speculation that the technology could be used to launch weapons from space. "Iran's recently launched research rocket has successfully transmitted scientific data back to the country," state television said. It...

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2007-11-21 05:10:00

Looking for a cheap fare 'round the world? Your search is over. A NASA team has built a small, low-cost satellite called FASTSAT, and it's almost ready to fly. Need some details before you sign up? Read on. Why is it called FASTSAT? It's not because it travels fast. It's because it was built in a hurry. The FASTSAT team built this prototype in a mere 10½ months for the relatively thrifty sum of 4 million dollars. "That's unheard of," says Marshall Space Flight Center's...

2007-07-19 16:55:03

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Brazil successfully launched a rocket on a 20-minute flight Thursday aimed at studying the effect of microgravity on human enzymes and DNA. The 41.3-foot-long VSB-30 rocket was launched from the seaside Alcantara launch site in northeastern Brazil, the Brazilian Space Agency said in a statement posted on its Web site. The two-stage rocket soared approximately 175 miles before beginning its descent. Thursday's launch was the second from Alcantara since Aug. 2003, when...

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2006-09-23 09:45:55

September 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of two aerospace milestones that involved both triumph and tragedy for the flight test community at Edwards Air Force Base. It was in September 1956 that the highest and fastest flights of the Bell X-2, a swept-wing, rocket-powered research aircraft were flown. Sadly, the latter of those two missions cost the life of Air Force Capt. Milburn "Mel" Apt, one of the test pilots assigned to the project. The X-2 was flown in a joint program to investigate...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
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