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Monday, April 03, 2006

Dateline April 3, 2006, News from the Internet

  • The new Space Review is out. In it Taylor Dinerman argues that conservatives and libertarians should support the return to manned exploration. As a conservative and quasi-libertarian, I agree.
  • Tom Hill talks about the Falcon I launch and what it means in the long term. Basically, it is not uncommon for the first launch of new hardware to fail. The Atlas A, for example, failed three times before it launched successfully. The Atlas B, built on the Atlas A, succeeded.
  • Dwayne Day talks about what would have happened if the Saturn V ever exploded on the launch pad. Glad it didn't.
  • Apparently the Japanese really like Rocketplane.
  • Sam Dinkin talks about his company, SpaceShot, Inc, and its plan to launch a skill game with the prize being suborbital trips. MSNBC has the story.
  • Charles Simonyi, a former Microsoft developer, is planning to be the 5th space tourist aboard the ISS.
  • The USAF has award contracts for its STP-SIV program. The SIV is "a small spacecraft with a non-proprietary standardized payload-to-experiment interface." Sounds like a good idea. Standard interfaces are usually good things in the Software world.
  • Virgin Galactic has $13 million in deposits from 157 passengers.
  • SpaceX isn't doing tourism in the near future, but it isn't saying it won't do it later.

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