December 2013

Budget space trips planned from Canary Islands

December 16th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

European companies plan to 'democratise' access to space, with trials of technology to begin in 2020   A group of European space companies plans to offer "budget" trips to space tourists from Spain's Canary Islands. GrĂ©goire Loretan of Swiss Space Systems, the company leading the push, said trials were expected [...]

Commercial Space Race Revolutionizing Business Off Planet Earth

December 5th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For decades, the space race was seen as being mostly about national pride. Getting there first mattered most, whereas pushing the frontiers of science and technology took a close second. The first man in space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, was proclaimed by the Kremlin as Citizen of the World and [...]

SpaceX reaches milestone in rocket launch from Cape Canaveral

December 4th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

With a thunderous roar, a 224-foot rocket carrying a massive satellite launched from Cape Canaveral and blasted into outer space, hurtling over the Atlantic Ocean as it cut across the night sky. On Tuesday, Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX lifted the SES-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit -- nearly 50,000 [...]