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SFS News: Interorbital Talk with the Space Fellowship

Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:31 pm
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Post SFS News: Interorbital Talk with the Space Fellowship   Posted on: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:31 pm
We last talked to Interorbital (IOS) back in late September when we spoke with CEO Randa Milliron about the Google Lunar X-Prize, progress and landing rovers on the moon (Find article at http://spacefellowship.com/News/?p=3162). Back then we were informed that IOS had two orbital launch vehicles under development the unmanned Sea Star TSAAHTO, and the manned/unmanned Neptune TSAAHTO.

Since that interview the Space Fellowship covered news last week that IOS had joined forces with “Vision Oneâ€

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Post    Posted on: Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:20 pm
Ok, so would IOS consider launching a rover for a team competing for the Google Lunar X Prize? I couldn't understand IOS's position on this? If they would offer launch services how much would they charge?

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Post    Posted on: Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:12 am
IOSde wrote:
We will seriously look at any payload.

Also, to quote Randa,"A lot cheaper than you would think".

That's what IOS is, a launch service for hire.

I gather you work for IOS? I'm currently researching various launch vehicles and was planning on contacting IOS. I'm read through the IOS website. I like IOS's approach. Does IOS has some sort of payload user's guide for potential customers to look at?

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Post    Posted on: Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:56 pm
Yeah i thought the interview seemed pretty positive about using their rockets. I actually put the Google Lunar X-Prize question in because of your interest Rocket Scientist. If IOS could build rockets for the competition then they could have a great little market area there. I believe you previously mentioned potential rockets to use? I remember IOS were one of only a few mentioned. It could also get them some funds for their other projects.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:31 pm
IOSde wrote:
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I gather you work for IOS?


Yes I do Rocket Scientist. As for a payload guide, we will be able to custom integrate just about any type of craft. In the article is a picture of the actual mid-section of the Sea Star. We have talked about a modified Sea Star (re-naming to be anounced later) that will be able to take a small to mid-range payload into Lunar orbit or even landing. (My only problem with it is that it looks like a Delta II, :roll: ) Keep in mind also, we will be able to provide a 30 - 45 day launch-on-demand service once our production is underway.

So what do you do at IOS? I'm definitely keep an eye on you guys. I'm skimmed through your website. So what kind of markets do see your rockets being used for. Is launching GEO satellites one of those market?

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Wow, IOS seems like a fun place to work at. How does IOS get funding? According to your webiste, IOS was founded in 1996. That seems like a long time to be in "development" without selling some kind of product or service. One day I'd like to work for a small aerospace "startup", though.

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Post Hi   Posted on: Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:13 pm
I guess since my name is green, I should introduce myself.
I am the guy who built the yellow capsule and most of the Sea Star.
I am lucky enough to have been able to do this kind of work for IOS.
Great work if you can find it.

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Welcome to the Space Fellowship!

Good to have you on board! I hope you get some time to have a look around the site, we have some really interesting topics at the moment. Ive really enjoyed chatting to everyone ive met at IOS so far so i look forward to hearing what you guys are up to next!

That capsule must have taken some serious time to put together! Looks great though! If you have any other photos around then feel free to post them here! I am sure you will get some interesting comments :)

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