The plan to start a colony on the planet Mars, funded by reality television, had a filip in December when the Mars One not-for-profit organisation involved announced that it had signed design contracts with two major space companies. A $250,000 mission concept study contract has been awarded to Lockheed Martin for an unmanned lander. The mission would […]
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While the UK Space Agency basks in the plaudits and adulation received recently both from the UK Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee and from other independent commentators, it hopes to maintain the momentum as it publishes its latest plan for future growth. The Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014-2030 report notes recent achievements including a 33% increase in optional funding for European Space Agency communications and Earth observation […]
While we at the Flightglobal Hyperbola spaceflight blog do sometomes go “off piste” as we write about other subjects with only loose links to spaceflight, we do however like to draw a line to define exactlly where space (and space stories) start and ends We note this because a new firm is marketing a balloon trip to “the edge of space” with rides […]
Virgin Galactic has released some video of its SpaceShipTwo making its engine firing and then going supersonic. And it is apparent from the footage that the design still has a slight wing rocking issue as afflicted its predecessor SpaceShipOne though it seems to be much less serious.
NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin were successfully landed aboard the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 0305 GMT on 16 March near Arkalyk in Kazakhstan. The landing took place a day late after a snow storm had delayed their landing from the day before. Even on the landing day, snow made it difficult for some of the rescue helicopters to reach the capsule. The night previously, the capsule had undocked from the International Space Station at 2343 GMT on 15 March.
On a lighter note: Round the planet Mars flight plan detailed by Dennis Tito but couple will have to get on
Denis Tito and his Inspiration Mars outfit has been giving full details of their plan to send humans around the planet Mars including using a capsule and inflatable living area. The full story is here.
Men dressed in space suits have been seen around London’s landmarks as part of marketing efforts for the Lynx Space Academy – a competition to pick and train astronauts from suborbial spaceflights. The competition’s advertising line for the flight is compelling: “Leave a Man…Come Back a Hero.”
While Elon Musk and his SpaceX outfit are planning their own Martian settlement having thousands of inhabitants, another firm, Mars One, is considering doing the same thing, albeit on a much smaller scale. It is inviting applications to become one of these pioneers and offers a flight to the planet once a Mars rover and cargo has been landed first and a communications relay satellite has been put into Martian orbit. The first four “colonists” will be landed in 2023. The only downside is that it is a one-way trip. The mission is to be funded as a “media event” with live (albeit delayed) day-to-day reality television coverage beamed back to Earth.
Northrop Grumman, the manufacturer in its Grumman-guise of the world’s only proven manned lunar lander, the Apollo programme’s lunar excursion module (LEM), has been awarded a contract to provide design studies for another lunar lander – this time from the commercial lunar tourism firm, Golden Spike.
Having been launched on a Soyuz FG rocket at 1212 GMT from the Baikonur launch site, near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan on 19 December 2012, the Soyuz TMA-07M/ISS-33S spacecraft docked with the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 1409 GMT on 21 December. Aboard the craft were: Roman Romanenko of Russia, Chris Hadfield of Canada, and Tom Marshburn of NASA (USA).
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