Blue Origin wants to fly under the radar all the way into space.
The secretive private spaceflight firm, which was established in 2000 by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is developing systems to launch astronauts to both suborbital and orbital space. While Blue Origin releases details about its plans and progress sparingly, the company’s basic business model has come out.
It all revolves around reusable rockets and spacecraft, developed in incremental steps.
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SpaceX plans to carry out a “hot fire” test of its Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad today, one of the final tests leading up to next Monday’s scheduled launch of a Dragon spacecraft on a test flight to the International Space Station. SpaceX has scheduled the test, where the Falcon 9′s nine first-stage engines are briefly ignited, for 3 pm EDT (1900 GMT) today. The test will be webcast on the SpaceX web site starting at 2:30 pm EDT.
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“We need to make space accessible just like we conquered the air one century ago,” says Abdul Nasser El Hakim, the minister of economic development for the Caribbean island nation of Curaçao, which hopes to have a spaceport by 2014.
Yet the task of launching a spacecraft remains a Herculean feat – and building a financially successful launchpad may be harder still.
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This is a very neat graphic: all modern American rockets and spaceships compared, from XCOR’s Lynx—a two-seat space transport vehicle—to NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System. And of course, the classic Saturn V added for good measure.
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When Planetary Resources rolled out its ambitious plans last week, Paul Allen tweeted, “Asteroid mining is an audacious idea and we need more of these.”
Allen’s got cred. In 2004, the co-founder of Microsoft was the sole investor in SpaceShipOne, a suborbital craft that won the $10 million Ansari X Prize competition. He is also behind Stratolaunch, which wants to build a giant aircraft that would be a rocket-launch platform.
Like Allen and many of the company’s billionaire backers, I am a child of the Space Age. We had no doubt that by now humans would be on Mars if not, as Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk said, “on a thousand planets and spreading out.”
Instead, we got two wars, the worst downturn since the Great Depression and the America’s manned-flight program essentially shut down.
Planetary Resources, headquartered in Bellevue, is the most important effort to come from President Obama’s call for greater private-sector involvement in space exploration. It’s certainly more consequential than low-Earth-orbit “space” tourism.
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If you are a fan of science fiction, as I have been over the years, you will recognize that a common theme of the genre is mining of precious metals and other materials on faraway planets.
Well, is fiction going to soon become nonfiction?
Mining has often been the genesis for movement into remote and unexplored areas, both in the past as was the case in our own area during the expansion into the West, and today when difficult and sometimes dangerous exploration takes place in the search for valuable resources.
But the idea of mining precious metals in space trumps even the most difficult ventures here on Earth.
Yet, that is what a consortium is proposing to do within a decade. Is it really possible?
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SpaceUp SF 2012 T-5 talk Space Seeelement and the Space Frontier Foundation by Marimikel Carrier @marimikel
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