DailyDirt: Spaceships On The Drawing Board
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Getting into space isn’t cheap or easy. However, the technology to get into orbit is making some awesome progress and getting more reliable — and getting a little cheaper, bit by bit. There are lots of designs for rockets and spaceships, and some are more like science fiction than anything that’ll actually fly. Here are a few more spaceships that might have a shot at taking off.
- As an alternative propulsion technology, lasers could help boost payloads into space. The nice part is that such a system could be safer since there wouldn’t necessarily need to be explosive fuels on board, but on the downside, it would be limited to cargo that weighs about 200 pounds. [url]
- NASA’s Nautilus-X plans would create a re-usable deep-space vehicle with inflatable components. It would be constructed in space over about 5 years and cost at least $3.7 billion… and it was designed to be affordable. [url]
- The Russians are developing a re-usable space plane that might match the US Air Force’s X-37B. Is there really a need for a nationalistic space race nowadays? [url]
- To discover more links on space exploration, check out what’s floating around in StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.