Thursday, June 14, 2007

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.

7 Comments:

Blogger Kea said...

Happy Anniversary! And may many more follow.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Darnell Clayton said...

Happy Birthday to your blog!

This month will also see unveiling of technology that will make spaceflight safer, easier and more comfortable. More excitement coming soon!

Has this technology anything to do with space elevators, magnetic lifters or teleportion devices?

Kidding aside, I am looking forward towards your "unveiling," as the only current alternative that I see is (gasp!) nuclear.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Brickmuppet said...

Happy Blogiversary!


Regards things that would reduce launch costs....

Someone might have been working on DC-X type vehicles and got them or a 2 stage variant to work.

A cheap, safe way of metalizing hydrogen might be discovered.

Improvements in scramjet tech aproaching what they were thought capable of in the '50s.

As you say, a breakthrough in materials tech regards space elevators.

Breakthroughs in heat exchangers to make nookewler engines on a thorium cycle a viable air/ramjet/thermal rocket.

Or, of course..Dr Bussard is right

But given that we're talking about cosmology...the theory involved is likely to be "interesting" to say the least.

:)

3:23 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Congratulations Louise!

And guys, there really has only been one thing that she thinks much different from the standard versions, and that would be small black holes. Maybe you could get one from an asteroid. How you get from there to spaceflight is engineering above my pay scale.

But there's some pretty good evidence that the holes are out there. Maybe I'll have the opportunity to visit some of those exoplanets that the astronomers are discovering BEFORE I get too old to climb their mountains.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

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5:41 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thank you Kea, darnell, brickmuppet, carlb. I enjoy your blogs too. Not to worry darnell, it is not nuclear-powered.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I hope these commercial spaceplanes will not be taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport, it's bad enough when they lose my bags on an trans-atlantic flight, who knows where they would end up if they were free to send them off into space.

Sorry, you can tell I'm still bitter.

1:31 PM  

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