DailyDirt: Abandoned Space Vehicles

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The space race created a lot of ambitious plans and designs for spaceships that never actually made it into space. While we're entering a new era of a space race, which includes commercial ventures and fragile alliances with certain countries, it's fascinating to look back at some government-funded projects that could have been taken to the next step. Would anyone even consider nuclear-bomb propulsion systems today? Here are just a few plans to ship people to the moon or Mars (or farther!) that are just gathering dust. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    BS Simon (profile), Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 6:03pm

    Cheops was insufficiently ambitious

    The key to Orion was to think BIG

     

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    zip, Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 6:30pm

    the solar sail

    My favorite is the solar-sailing spaceship, an environmentally-friendly idea which never ..... got off the ground.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_sail

     

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    alternatives(), Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 6:31pm

     

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