Obviously, enough people settled on the planet. Now he rushes into space to other planets, other worlds. Me some time ago, suddenly puzzled question that, maybe, the desire to space as it is genetically built into the human population. Give this thought to those who insist on the theory of extraterrestrial origin of life. Perhaps this is an argument in the dispute. Life originated in space and was for the planet entered, so man tends back. The truth is, other living creatures, tearing at the limits of Earthly comfort I do not know.
One way or another, but wanting to hit the road for a week not in Komarovo, and the ISS, among the millionaires abound. It is a pity that the station still more and to carry back only the tourists are not going. Today for money on the ISS managed to get only five people. The other fly to work. This is a troublesome thing – busy with tourists, but as it turned out very favorable.
Space, generally, requires a lot of money. Considering that not every person can afford to buy a car, it to deal with space transportation passengers can afford not every rich country. Probably, for this reason, we seek cheaper ways of delivering goods or passengers to low earth orbit. Continue reading
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 U.S. space Agency plans to launch a probe, equipped with a solar sail. He will leave earth orbit and go to the distant asteroid due to the pressure of sunlight. Like the ships of the discoverers of the 15th century, in 2018, a small space probe will unfurl the sail and start a journey to a faraway asteroid, marking the beginning of a new phase in space exploration.
The idea of using solar sails for space flight was proposed almost a hundred years ago, Soviet rocketry pioneer Friedrich Zander. It was based on the fact that Photons of light can exert pressure on the illuminated surface, giving him his momentum. Therefore, if you expand behind the ship a giant mirror, his speed will gradually increase without using fuel.
However, the first experimental devices were established only at the very end of the twentieth century. This is because space sailboats should be very easy, and their embodiment in life became possible only after the emergence of a truly compact electronics. Continue reading