DailyDirt: More Commercial Spaceships On The Way

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The end of the space shuttle program is coming up pretty soon, but there are still a few plans to keep humans flying in space. It's actually quite interesting to see commercial space programs getting off the ground, but just getting to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere (or a little bit beyond) isn't that awe-inspiring anymore. Nevertheless, commercial ventures are trying to pick up the slack in space exploration, and here are a few links on just some of the projects ahead. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Feb 17th, 2011 @ 4:24pm

    It's actually quite interesting to see commercial space programs getting off the ground...

    D.D. Harriman, where are you?

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Feb 17th, 2011 @ 5:10pm

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    Had to google that one:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delos_D._Harriman


    Delos David Harriman, known as "D.D. Harriman," is a character in the fiction of noted science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. He is an entrepreneurial businessman who masterminded the first landing on the Moon as a private business venture. His story is part of Heinlein's Future History.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Feb 17th, 2011 @ 5:16pm

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    You had to Google that????? Seriously, you're missing out on some awesome fiction. :)

     

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    Esahc (profile), Feb 17th, 2011 @ 7:23pm

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    To be fare I'm a Heinlein fan and would of had to Google that ;-)

     

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    Jack, Feb 17th, 2011 @ 11:12pm

    space shuttle safety record

    I'm not sure it's entirely fair to say the space shuttles "don't exactly have the best safety record". There have been two catastrophic losses in over 130 launches. Given the nature of space travel technology in general, and given how few flights we have relative to air travel, I think the safety record is consistent with the state of development of space travel technology.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Feb 18th, 2011 @ 1:06am

    Re: space shuttle safety record

    Hmm. The Soyuz manned space missions probably have the best safety record -- beating the shuttle by quite a bit. Not sure what other manned space program to compare the shuttle to that would make the shuttle look better...?

     

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    Pixelation, Feb 18th, 2011 @ 4:24am

    44,500lbs? Note to self, find out how much the house weighs.

     

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    Jack, Feb 18th, 2011 @ 6:12am

    Re: Re: space shuttle safety record

    How many losses had the Soyuz had after 130 launches? If I recall correctly, after accounting for those hidden by the Soviets, it was more than two.

    In addition, the capabilities of a Soyuz are significantly lower than a shuttle. With increased capability comes increased complexity and increased risk.

    It's a trade-off, and I think if we're serious about space exploration, we have to accept that there will be failures that involve loss of life.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 18th, 2011 @ 7:35am

    Re: Re: Re: space shuttle safety record

    But the issue is not the historic Soyuz failures (which contribute to the safety of the current vehicle). Soyuz is a throw-away rocket which means that it is easier to upgrade over time than the shuttle. The current Soyuz is a distant descendant of the ones that failed in the 60's. They still use those old rockets for unmanned missions(they are cheaper) and they still fail from time to time but that is not relevant to the safety of the current manned system.

     

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