Tag Archives: Commercial Space Flight

Out Of This World: Moon Express Approved To Land On The Moon In 2017

While SpaceX, Blue Origin and the likes are busy working on reusable rockets that will eventually lead to future space travel, a private firm has been approved to travel beyond Earth’s orbit, into space and land on the Moon in 2017. Moon Express, Inc., the first approved private entity, won’t be ferrying curious visitors onboard its robotic spacecraft, though. Instead, Moon Express will be kind of like the NASA of private sector in which the company will carry out lunar exploration and discovery previously reserved for government agencies. Continue reading Out Of This World: Moon Express Approved To Land On The Moon In 2017

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Successfully Relaunched A Reusable Rocket

Commercial aircrafts don’t get dumped after traveling to somewhere and so, why should space-going rocket be any different? Yes. We are talking about reusable rockets that will (hopefully), in near future, make suborbital space flight and space cargo delivery more cost effective. The idea is being explored by both SpaceX and Blue Origin. While SpaceX may appear to be headlining the development, it is Blue Origin that gets to swipe the ‘first’ title; this time in relaunching a reusable rocket. The company’s suborbital rocket New Shepard did a successful launch and land last November and it has recently launched the same rocket to 63 miles above the Earth’s surface, before returning safely back to the company’s facility in Texas. Continue reading Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Successfully Relaunched A Reusable Rocket

This Is SpaceX Dragon V2. It Can Transport Humans And Promised Soft Landing

SpaceX Dragon has been doing a pretty good job in transporting cargo to the International Space Station, but still, Elon Musk’s SpaceX think it could do more and that ‘more’ is to transport humans, which is a task to be covered by the newly unveiled Dragon V2. it is designed transport up to seven astronauts to orbit and return to a gentle landing on solid ground, as oppose to diving into the ocean, with an accuracy comparable to an helicopter, and it can do so without the need for clunky parachutes. eight SuperDraco thrusters, each blasting out 16,000 lb-ft of thrust, along with retractile legs, enables it to realize this dream feat (last checked, you can only execute such a feat on Moon). it has a flexible interior configuration allowing it to trade passengers for cargo space and vice versa. according to Elon Musk, Dragon V2 is reusable and can be relaunched as soon as the tank is topped off. Continue reading This Is SpaceX Dragon V2. It Can Transport Humans And Promised Soft Landing

XCOR Lynx: NYC to Tokyo in 90 Minutes


XCOR Lynx Flight | about US$95,000.00 per trip | www.xcor.com

if you (one) trust a rocket company to safely bring you from point A to point B, (two) has the yearning to see the space in person, and (three) has tons of cash to spare, then brace yourself for a coolest air (or rather space) travel any regular mankind has yet to experienced: a flight to the space and that will happen as early as year 2014. and the vehicle that will bring you to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere is the XCOR Lynx, a supersonic jet developed by a private rocket company XCOR Aerospace and it will zip uber-rich passengers to the space in a round trip flight lasting 45 minutes Continue reading XCOR Lynx: NYC to Tokyo in 90 Minutes

Spaceport America opens its door for business

First flight of whiteknight2 and spaceship2 to America's first spaceport,  Spaceport America 544px
First flight of whiteknight2 and spaceship2 to America's first spaceport, Spaceport America
(photo source: virgingalactic.com)

the name Spaceport signified that the future is here. well… almost. if you haven’t heard… as oppose to a ‘port in the Space’, Spaceport is actually a hub where future Spacecrafts will gather and take off into the Space. Virgin Galactic has completed the runway to its first commercial spaceport. named “Spaceport America”. located in New Mexico, the 2-mile long runway is built to support any form of spacecraft currently in existence–a short compatibility list. seriously, there aren’t many spacecraft to date. Continue reading Spaceport America opens its door for business