Category: Space

$75,000 Space flight aboard pressurized balloons planned for 2016

World View Enterprise balloon space travel

You could soon be taking to the outer space in air balloon by shelling out $75,000 as a veteran space entrepreneurs of Arizona-based World View Enterprises plan to send human beings flying up high in heaven by the year 2016. The dizzying height of 30 kilometers is what these air balloons will take you to beyond the stratosphere giving a spectacular view of planet earth and other celestial bodies. The air balloon are going to be like pressurized gondolas and are currently under development in Tucson and are scheduled for test flights sometime next year. Since the balloons/gondolas will take to outer space away from atmospheric balloon trips, therefore the Federal Aviation Administration will apply the rules governing commercial spaceflight for these rides.

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Elysium memorial spacecraft provides space funeral at just $2000

Memorial spaceflight service on Elysium memorial spacecraft

Nobody knows what happens after one dies, does the energy take another physical form or we simply waste our time in post death ceremonies morning for the deceased? This mystery will remain an unsolved query but since we are emotionally driven beings, having funeral ceremonies gives us a sense of warmth as we assume that the dead person is in another world all happy and satisfied. Some people go to great extents to show their love and in remembrance of the loved one, slashing out huge sum of money to make sure the deceased remains happy for eternity and probably in next life. One such example of memorial actions is sending the ashes of deceased into space but that costs a hell lot and can only be afforded by the superrich. But Elysium Space, a start-up based in San Francisco has other plans as it offers Memorial Spaceflight Services to its customers at just $2000 USD.
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PRIDE-ISV: Miniature unmanned robotic space shuttle all set to shoot into orbit by the end of this decade

By the end of this decade we could be seeing a European-built robot space plane taking the earth’s orbit. The unmanned Innovative Space Vehicle (ISV) will be a small, compact space plane would be able to carry payload in its multi-purpose cargo bay and also perform operations like monitoring of Earth’s service satellites. PRIDE (the Program for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator in Europe) is looking for funding to make this ISV project a reality. PRIDE-ISV would take off from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on a Arianespace Vega rocket which will take it to the 434-mile circular polar orbit.
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Lego Mars Curiosity rover replica made from 1000 Lego bricks is closest to the real thing

NASA successfully managed to land Curiosity rover on the surface of the red planet Mars and this opens even more opportunities for exploring traces of life other than mother Earth. So far so good and Mars rovers will surely bring home images that will change our perspective about the Universe on the whole. But for now the amazing news is that back on Earth there is a Lego replica of Curiosity rover rolling wheels especially for the Future in Space event at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Doug Moran and Will Gorman build this Lego scaled down model of the Curiosity rover from 1000 LEGO Technic and Mindstorms bricks sans any use of glue or adhesive material.
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Be a civilian astronaut for human colonizing Mars mission in 2023

Are you always fascinated by the red planet Mars, then Mars One (Dutch Company) has reason for you to get excited already. They are going to hold a worldwide lottery for 40 positions to be civilian astronauts and ones who’ll be selected will go through three month desert simulation training. After that the number will be filtered down to 10 for the elusive year 2023 mission for the first ever human settlement on Mars. The catch of this mission is that once you’ll set your foot on Mars you’ll not return back on Earth which is a very mind numbing thought in itself, but someone has to do it sometime so why not you?
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DIY Homemade satellite by South Korean artist all set to be launched into space

As unbelievable as it might sound but it is real that a 34 year old South Korean artist, Song Ho Jun is all set to launch his homemade satellite into space. According to him making a satellite is not that difficult with internet and social platforms there to help you out and he proved it all right with his $ 500 OpenSat satellite. The idea of building a DIY satellite struck him while he was working at a private satellite company and the deep rooted contacts with professionals in aerospace industry also helped him a lot.
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Full-scale replica of SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft at Farnborough Airshow

It was just two days back when we saw the world’s first functional jet engine at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England. And it was yesterday that the full-scale replica of SpaceShipTwo (world’s first civilian passenger spacecraft) was seen at the show. Richard Branson’s passenger spacecraft slated to take civilians into space as early as next year would be in England for people to see all this week. Read More…

Live your space fantasies with NASA certified spacesuit

Space Travel is becoming a serious and potential market for huge corporate, especially, after the plans revealed by big guns like SpaceX, Boeing, Sierra Nevada, and Virgin. They’ll be charging a huge part of your wealth to serve you coffee in space. But, these space travel agencies would need some additional things to make it practical and of course space suit is the first most needed thing. Therefore, Final Frontier Design are offering a space suit for $10,000 and the project is on Kickstarter asking for $20,000 for a boost. FFD wants to provide a lightweight, inexpensive, and highly functional space suit and that too with a flight certification from NASA.

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Space Whisky: Researcher preparing zero gravity whisky aboard the ISS

In the bid to discover a new taste of the future; a Scottish distillery Ardbeg, on approach of US-based space research agency has blasted unmatured ingredients for single malt up to the International Space Station to see how they mature in near zero gravity. The Ardbeg distillery based on the west coast island of Islay, sent the ingredient along with particles of charred oak to the Space Station in an unmanned cargo spacecraft sometime back in October 2011.
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