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Nice overview of Commercial Space in 2012 by James Oberg #COTS #CCDev via @Suborbi_Science

Nice overview of Commercial Space in 2012 by James Oberg #COTS #CCDev via @Suborbi_Science

You can also expect to hear more about Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos's secretive spaceflight company, Blue Origin , based in Kent, Wash. Little was known about its spacecraft, New Shepard , which takes off and lands vertically, until an unmanned supersonic test flight this past summer ended in an emergency engine shutdown and the crash-and-burn loss of the vehicle. Another craft from the company is expected to fly this year and at some point could carry one or more test pilots. While it's unknown what altitude pilots will be aiming for, breaking the 100-km barrier is the likely goal for selling seats to passengers. Up and down isn't the only human spaceflight game in town. The more important work, from a commercial and scientific perspective, is orbital flight. And that arena, too, could pass real milestones this year. Some suborbital tourist firms have dreams of eventual ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/aviation/private-space...

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