July 21, 2005

New Attention for Private Spaceflight

When even the CS Monitor is running headlines like,Beyond NASA: The push to privatize spaceflight, we can hope that the investment community will be looking to the space entrepreneurs that more often. That any national magazine would think "Beyond NASA" is startling enough after the last 45 years. NASA is still conceived of by many as a governmental body to 'occupy' Space just enough to keep out the military and 'undesirables'. The administration seems to be developing a concept of NASA as an expanding shell, within which commercial and other spacers are encouraged to fill in behind the shell, both to make profits or other gains, and to support the expansion.

Hat Tip to Instapundit.

July 20, 2005

Kennedy and Florida know they must compete?

Well, it seems from this they do. If they can bring more companies than Space Adventures to Kennedy they'll each benefit from its good name recognition. Now we must see what launch priorities and services will be available to the tourist companies and other non-government users of Kennedy.

Hat Tip to HobbySpace
Kennedy Space Center will be ground-zero for
Space Adventures’ suborbital spaceflight program development

Tallahassee, Florida – July 18, 2005 -- Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experiences company, announced today the establishment of a Suborbital Vehicle and Spaceport Development office at the Kennedy Space Center. The office will coordinate the worldwide effort in finalizing the company’s suborbital spaceflight program and will be located at the Center for Space Education building, the home of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation.

“Florida has proudly championed our nation’s space industry from the very beginning, and we are determined to remain a vital player as we enter into this new era of space exploration,” said Governor Jeb Bush.

Will the Governor's enthusiasm translate into launch opportunities?

Only time and the range safety officers can tell us.

July 12, 2005

New Launch Options!

An excellent start of the network needed for true industry in space launch was just reported at Rand Simberg's blog, Transterrestrial Musings.
The new launch facility will be in Oklahoma, and will open by December of 2005.

This growth of launch options is essential to reduce that pad congestion and low priority for commercial launches that has been evident since commercial launches started in Florida in 1983.

July 09, 2005

History of CIR

The Industrial Revolution has proven to be the greatest change in human affairs since the beginning of the agricultural revolution.