Per Ardua Ad Astra
This week is the one-year anniversary of this little blog. Thanks to the hundreds of people who visit every single day! This month will also see unveiling of technology that will make spaceflight safer, easier and more comfortable. More excitement coming soon!
EADS is Europe's dominant aerospace company and builder of the Ariane boosters. At the paris Air Show, their Astrium division announced a project to build a commercial spaceplane. It will take off from commercial airports (De Gaulle? Honolulu?) carrying passengers 100 kilometres into Space. The design is very similiar to the Piaggio P 180 business aircraft (below).
EADS has joined a competition that includes Virgin Galactic, Benson Aerospace, Rocketplane Kistler and many others. Developing the vehicle will cost in excess of a billion dollars. Given EADS' ability to sink large amounts of money into a project (like the A-380) this one stands a good chance of flying. Perhaps EADS Astrium recognises a growing market.