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Private Space Projects With Most Potential  
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

There are lots of programs out there.

Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne has seen the greatest success but there are others out there.

XCOR Lynx
SpaceDeve Dream Chaser
Bigelow's Simplified Orion

Which ones could really have revolutionary effects on the industry and long term influence on how we explore the heavens?


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User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3417 times:

SpaceX's Dragon comes to mind.

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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

Yes they have a lot of potential especially with their NASA contract.

It will be used, right?

I wonder if we could ever see runway-space-runway spacecraft in the next decade or so. Rutan is close and so is SpaceDev. Xcor is also working on this concept.

I feel it would be a cheaper and safer option compared to any rocket with capsule option.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3275 times:

I believe that once it gets going EADS Astrium has good chances of becoming important.

http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/homepage

If I was to buy a Space flight for myself, I would buy it from them rather than from Virgin Galactic.
They team with Arianespace so their Space transport technology must be top-notch.  airplane 



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User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2259 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3196 times:



Quoting Centrair (Reply 2):
Rutan is close

But no cigar. Flying at 1000 m/s is not the same thing as flying at 7500 m/s. Rutan is nowhere close to achieving orbit-- in fact, he's not even trying.


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Which will be the first private company to to space, go into orbit and land on a runway and turn around in 2 weeks.

It seems the X-prize was great, but never upped on itself for the next prize...orbital flight.
Would love to see someone create a spacecraft that launches from a runway and lands on a runway and can then do it again in 2 weeks.

Who is closest on this?

I would think that eventually private industry will go this way for paying travelers. Do you think SRB will be satisfied with just sub-orbital?



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User currently offlineRwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
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Quoting Centrair (Reply 5):
Would love to see someone create a spacecraft that launches from a runway and lands on a runway and can then do it again in 2 weeks.

Who is closest on this?

No one. Seriously. It's just not in the cards any time soon.


User currently offlineNomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1899 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Rutan could probably get to orbit with a variation of his SS1, maybe as a third stage of a much larger system, but getting back down is another story. In the real world, noone is anywhere near as far alond as Elon and his Dragon. NASA is insisting on new Dragons for each cargo flight, so SpaceX should have plenty of pre-owned capsules to use in a few years.


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