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Interorbital Releases Neptune Rocket Design; Readies for MSL

Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:19 am
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Post Interorbital Releases Neptune Rocket Design; Readies for MSL   Posted on: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:19 am
Mojave, CA----Interorbital Systems (IOS) today made public the design of its manned orbital launch vehicle, Neptune, and passed a major milestone by completing the propellant tank construction of its Sea Star MSLV (microsatellite launch vehicle). Sea Star is a subscale version of and testbed for the Neptune six-passenger orbital tourism ship. Both vehicles employ a novel modular, pressure-fed, two-stage-and-a-half-to-orbit configuration. “IOS is now one step closer to the flight-test phase, and one step closer to launching its orbital tourism services. The Sea Star launches will flight-test and space-validate many of the rocket system design elements that the follow-on vehicle, Neptune, will use.â€

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Post    Posted on: Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:28 pm
From the http://www.interorbital.com/ website:
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The Neptune SAAHTO is now in development and is expected to be certified for orbital tourism operations in late 2009.


Seems great. But what "certified for orbital tourism operations" means? The first launch? Or finishing some paperwork? I'm afraid it may be the latter.

Anyway, it's always good to have another company doing something. And the free ticket concept is clever. Pay 250.000 now, and you get it back after the whole business will be profitable.

Ok, keep up good work.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:34 am
I see the Neptune designs have changed a little bit from the originals.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:13 am
I have spoken with Randa this week, ill try find out some info in my next email!

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