Space Tourism … and Much More
The irony of switching rocket engines in mid-stream and then possibly needing to switch back. At one time Richard Branson bragged that Virgin Galactic was five years ahead of any competitors. Now it looks like the tortoise might overtake the hare and XCOR will be drinking the champagne.
NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.
Competition seeks to inspire designers to develop 3-D printed habitats for other planetary bodies, using indigenous materials.
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2015
MarsPolar, a newly started international venture is setting its sights on the Red Planet. The project consisting of specialists from Russia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, U.S.
Another private effort to colonize Mars surfaces. This one headquartered in Dubai.
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 27, 2015
NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.
Instruments for upcoming Europa mission will probe its icy surface to try to determine what lies beneath.
Houston TX (SPX) May 27, 2015 The International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the future…
Reconfiguration operations continue on the space station to ready it for the arrival of commercial crew spacecraft in 2107.