Former International Space Station commander and space shuttle astronaut Mike Fincke shares the inspiration and excitement building as NASA’s Commercial Crew Program works with aerospace industry to launch astronauts again from Florida’s Space Coast.
SpaceX developed the two-stage Falcon 9, a family of launch vehicles that consists of the Falcon 9 v1.0, Falcon 9 v1.1, and the partially-reusable Falcon 9-R.
Both stages of each vehicle employ liquid oxygen (LOX) and RP-1 propellants. The Falcon 9 v1.1 can lift payloads of up to 13,150 kg to low Earth orbit (LEO), and 4,850 kg to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
Learn how our NY entrepreneurs, investors, academics and enthusiasts are looking to commercialize the space industry.
NewSpace In New York. A great evening and a great discussion.
Several months after its theatrical release, the movie Interstellar will be available on DVD this week. With the risk of spoilers now subsided, Jeff Foust reviews a book that goes into detail about the science that formed the basis for the movie.
Mars One, the private venture planning one-way human missions to Mars, has suffered from setbacks and bad publicity recently. Dwayne Day describes how one aspect of the venture’s plan, the development of a reality TV show about the mission, would have been difficult to pull off even without the recent problems.
Recently, several space advocacy groups joined forces to form the Alliance for Space Development. Their published objectives include a mention of obvious near-term goals such as supporting the commercial crew program, transitioning from use of the International Space Station to future private space stations and finding ways to reduce the cost of access to space.
What is notably missing from these objectives and those of many other space agencies, companies and advocacy groups is any mention of building a permanent settlement on the moon. It’s as if the lunar surface has become our crazy uncle that we all acknowledge exists but we’d prefer not to mention (or visit).
What made the next logical step in mankind’s progression beyond the bounds of Earth such a taboo subject?
This week we are joined by Samuel Coniglio the COO and Visionary of Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation. We’ll chat about what CLC is doing to make trips in space a bit less like a camping trip and more like an epic adventure with creature comforts.