The NewSpace conference is presented each year by the Space Frontier Foundation. Rocketplane Kistler brought this simple mockup of their cockpit. There is one set of rudder pedals therefore only one pilot. Their vehicle is based upon a Learjet 25, the only Lear certified for single-pilot operation. Rocketplane Kistler and Elon Musk's SpaceX are the main competitors for NASA's COTS contract. COTS will hopefully lead to private vehicles resupplying ISS, leaving NASA to explore further outward.
This week brought news of a tragic explosion at Scaled Composites, builders of Spaceship One. The accident killed three employees and seriously injured three others. No word yet on whether this will delay development of Spaceship Two. Virgin Galactic, Benson Aerospace, Rocketplane Kistler and others are all working on suborbital vehicles to take you into Space.
This week the Liftport Group hosts the latest Carnival of Space!