Long-standing plans by British billionaire Richard Branson about the organization of space flights is nearing realization. Recently, the head of the Virgin group of companies presented the public with aircraft with a rocket engine called SpaceShipTwo, which will be used for commercial flights into space.
“I know that there are literally thousands wanting to be in space to be able to look out the window, admiring the beautiful Land,” — said the billionaire. At the presentation of SpaceShipTwo in California, he said, dreamed of going into space since then, as seen on TV landing on the moon. Presents the aircraft will undergo tests over the next 18 months, before the first tourists will be able to take a short excursion outside the Earth’s atmosphere. About three hundred people have already applied for the flight is $200 thousand during the six minutes of weightlessness.
SpaceShipTwo, built from lightweight composite materials based on carbon and is equipped with a rocket engine on a hybrid fuel. The basis for its development was the project SpaceShipOne — aircraft, lifting into the air booster. He became the world’s first private space ship and made a series of flights in 2004, reports the BBC . Continue reading
The Antares rocket with the space vehicle-truck Cygnus was launched from wallops flight facility in Virginia on the US East coast. This is the second flight of Cygnus to the International space station and the first of eight scheduled flights that are under contract with the National Agency of Aeronautics and space will carry out a private firm Orbital Sciences.
The docking of Cygnus with the International space station is scheduled for Sunday, January 12th. The ship will deliver to the station’s scientific equipment, as well as clothing and food for the ISS crew.
Initially, the launch of Cygnus was scheduled for December 19, but the launch was postponed for technical reasons.
The launch was performed the next day after NASA announced the decision to extend its participation in the ISS project until 2024, that is four years longer than previously planned.
Today, however, flights of private vehicles is not a novelty. The first launch of “private owners” was completed on may 22, 2012, then the Dragon spacecraft headed successfully to the international space station. American South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk, sold in 2002, he created PayPal, decade put to private ships plied the space. It took him less than $1 billion of private investment to a hitch, which NASA refused for lack of funds. Continue reading
Only three years left until that happy moment when the first space tourist from Earth will be in lunar orbit. To launch travelers into space will be from Baikonur.
The British company “Excalibur Almaz” announced at the meeting in London of the European conference on space tourism, a detailed plan of the tour to the moon. In 2015 the first space tourists “Excalibur” will be transported to the launch vehicle “Soyuz-FG” from Baikonur first on earth space station and then a lunar orbit. There are travelers from a distance of 1000 kilometers will be able to look at the dark side of earth’s satellite. All the journey will take eight months.
But flight preparation begins long before the start. The tourists intending to explore the moon at close range, will not only have to pay for a ticket $ 150 million, but also undergo special training. I will not fly professional astronauts to control the spacecraft have their own.
Interestingly, to launch tourists to the moon “Excalibur Almaz” will be the good old Soviet engineering. The company bought in Russia four used capsules and two space stations “Almaz”. Each capsule is placed three tourist, and to use it 15 time. So “Excalibur Almaz” will be able to send to the moon 180 space tourists, and then, suddenly, a new ship will come up, or will buy in Russia more of the older capsules. Continue reading