It’s a tight fit – but if you’re sauntering around on Mars that’s a fashion statement. Space designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are stitching together plans for shrink-wrapping spacesuits. So much so that spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin. The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers…
MIT may have developed the spacesuit of the future. Increased mobility, lighter weight, and ease of donning and doffing are major benefits.
Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
The competition between Boeing and SpaceX to be the first to fly a NASA astronaut to the space station will tell us a lot about what is the best way to do space travel. The winner will "capture the flag" that rode along on the very first space shuttle flight, STS-1.
NASA’s Office of the Inspector General sees some serious challenges in extending the life of the space station beyond 2020 as proposed. If the station can indeed not be supported beyond 2020, the space taxis from Boeing and SpaceX will not have much chance to go there beyond the two to six flights specified in the recently awarded contract.
Space Adventures, which brokers the deals that put space tourists on the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz spacecraft has agreed to work with Boeing in putting space tourists onto Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft, which just received a $4.2 billion contract award from NASA to fly NASA astronauts to the space station.
The next cruise that I will be speaking on will be on the Grand Princess, departing from Los Angeles on December 3, 2014 for a two week cruise around the Hawaiian islands and then back to Ensenada and Los Angeles. I will be giving a series of talks on the latest discoveries in the Solar System and planets around other stars as well as the search for life in the Universe. Also check out my new book in which I describe how I get free cruises by speaking and the many other ways that people earn free cruises.The book is available both in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon.
BE-4 Rocket Engine — Fact Sheet
From Blue Origin
American Boost Propulsion System
The BE-4 is an American-made liquid rocket engine currently under development by Blue Origin for orbital launch vehicle boost applications.
With availability of Russian RD-180 engines in doubt for use on ATLAS V boosters, ULA looks to Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine as a possible replacement.