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2009-02-19 11:10:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday announced a deal with Reaction Engines Ltd that will invest £900,000 ($1,291,000) in the development of core technologies for its Skylon reusable runway space shuttle. The firm said it hopes to see reusable spaceplanes fly within 10 years. "Traditional throw-away rockets costing more than a $100 million per launch are a drag on the growth of this market. The Holy Grail to transform the economics of getting into space is to use a truly...

2009-02-17 06:00:00

PHOENIX, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Before the first suborbital space ship has even flown its first flight, the cost of commercial "space" travel available to the general public has already dropped by more than fifty percent. RocketShip Tours and XCOR Aerospace recently announced that the cost of their suborbital space flight, which will begin operation in 2010 will be just $95,000. This includes a five-night stay at a luxury resort, complete training, medical evaluation and screening,...

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2009-01-06 07:30:00

A space elevator prototype, featuring a broomstick, has shaken up scientists' approach to the century-old idea. In December, Age-Raymond Riise of the European Space Agency demonstrated the device for the space elevator project which could see a nearly 63,000 mile tether anchored to Earth as an "elevator" into space. The idea, which was demonstrated at a recent space elevator conference, could solve many complicated hurdles, but still leaves much to be answered. The space elevator concept was...

2008-12-16 23:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace, Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed its first test fire of the rocket engine that will be used to power its Lynx suborbital launch vehicle to the edge of space. The new engine, designated the 5K18, produces between 2500-2900 lbf thrust by burning a mixture of liquid oxygen and kerosene. The engine was fired Monday, December 15th, 2008 at XCOR's rocket test facility located at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The...

2008-12-02 02:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A travel entrepreneur who introduced hundreds of thousands of Americans to European travel in the 1960's has taken luxury travel to new heights - the edge of space. Jules Klar, founder of Phoenix, AZ-based RocketShip Tours, has announced that his company will immediately begin selling rides to the edge of space for $95,000 per flight. Participants will fly aboard the Lynx, a two-seat suborbital vehicle being built by California-based XCOR...

2008-12-01 12:29:34

The U.S. space agency says it will honor Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, as winner of the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The recognition ceremony is scheduled Friday at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's headquarters in Washington. Armadillo's winning vehicle successfully demonstrated some of the technologies needed for a lunar lander capable of ferrying payloads or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the moon's surface, NASA officials said....

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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...

2008-10-27 15:00:05

The U.S. space agency says Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, has won $350,000 in prize money in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The challenge is a two-level, $2 million competition sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, designed to accelerate commercial space technology. Armadillo's $350,000 first-place win for level one this year, leaves $1.65 million available in prize money for future competitions, officials said "Armadillo's winning vehicle...

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...

2008-10-03 15:00:04

Scientists in Japan and the United States say creating a so-called space elevator that can be used to visit space is a real possibility. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor Jeff Hoffman said scientists around the globe are working toward creating an elevator-like device that could carry individuals into space, CNN reported Friday. "We are now on the verge of having material that has the strength to span the 30,000 km (18,640 miles) ... but we don't...


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