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30 Jun, 2011

Astronaut Aspirations

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen I’ll admit it. I, like other geeks in the mil/aero market, have a fascination with space. It’s a passionate subject, and one about which many people have a strong opinion. Tempers are flaring around the privatization of space exploration. The Obama Administration has called for NASA to focus funds elsewhere, and partner with private industry (commercial companies) when it comes to space exploration. … Read More

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26 Apr, 2011

Holy Outsourcing Batman!

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen

When the Space Shuttle retires as scheduled in June, NASA will be dependent on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Based on a recent $753 million contract NASA awarded to the Russian Federal Space Agency, these outsourced services cost U.S. taxpayers roughly $63 million per seat. It’s doubtless a hefty price tag, but NASA lacks U.S.-based

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19 Apr, 2011

Space Race at a Snail’s Pace?

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen This geek is in love with the developing private space flight industry. If you haven’t been an avid follower, my previous blogs on the President’s 2012 Budget Request for NASA and the latest announcements from X Prize, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic can get you up to speed. It is terribly exciting to witness technological advancements stemming from private investment, commercial successes pioneering research … Read More

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30 Mar, 2011

The Private Space Race

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2012, if approved, will revert NASA’s spending to 2010 levels overall. This geek wonders if, as federal funds for space exploration shrink, commercial investment in space innovations will grow. If the previous couple years are any indication, the private space race is likely to heat up and reach new heights (hopefully low Earth orbit, most often referred … Read More

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10 Jan, 2011

Take Me to the Moon....in 19 Years?

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The President’s budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in fiscal year 2011, released 1 Feb. 2010, added $6 billion over five years. The $6 billion increase was accompanied by instructions as to how the money should be invested, which was hotly criticized at the time. Looking back nearly a year later, it’s evident that the additional funding has been a boon … Read More

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8 Dec, 2010

Make Way for the Spaceway!

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen In October, Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group; New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson; staff of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA); and roughly 30 of the more than 380 Virgin Galactic future astronauts dedicated the world’s first spaceway at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The nearly two-mile-long runway was officially named the “Governor Bill Richardson Spaceway” at the event, at which … Read More

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30 Nov, 2010

J VanDomelen Out of all the places on planet Earth, where do you suppose the first commercial spaceport is going to be built? New Mexico, of course! It makes perfect sense because one of the most famous unidentified flying objects (UFOs) allegedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. The story goes that a “flying disc” crashed near Roswell and the military immediately took control of the site, revealing that … Read More

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27 Nov, 2010

Move over Battlestar Galactica

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Virgin Galactic, according to the company’s Web site, is an “airline offering suborbital spaceflights,” or flights into space with a reusable spacecraft. The Virgin Galactic vehicle is capable of carrying passengers into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). While in LEO, passengers gain a taste of what it is like to be free of Earth’s gravity, after which the craft descends, once again falling victim to Earth’s … Read More

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16 Sep, 2010

J VanDomelen Part 1 explored Boeing and Space Adventures’ new memorandum outlining a partnership to further increase the growing industry of commercial space flight. Part 2 aims to answer some pressing questions: What is Space Adventures’ background? Who is funding the effort? When is the Boeing Crew Space Transport-100 (CST-100) scheduled to be completed? And who are the players involved in this competitive game … Read More

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16 Sep, 2010

J VanDomelen With NASA’s Space Shuttle program coming to an end, the private space transportation industry is heating up. Many players are making plans to provide out-of-this-world service in the not too distant future. As I have discussed in previous blogs, a growing number of companies (such as SpaceX and Scaled Composites) and private incentive programs (such as Ansari X Prize) have been encouraging the privately … Read More

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