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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:37 pm
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Post SFS News: Interorbital Talk to the Space Fellowship about...   Posted on: Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:37 pm
I recently spoke with Randa Milliron CEO of Interorbital about their progress. I thought it would be interesting to see what they thought about the new Google Lunar X-Prize as well as their other progress at the moment.

Two orbital launch vehicles are currently under development at IOS: the unmanned Sea Star TSAAHTO, and the manned/unmanned Neptune TSAAHTO. Each utilizes the innovative and efficient Two-Stage-And-A-Half-To-Orbit (TSAAHTO) configuration. The six-passenger Neptune TSAAHTO will serve as the primary carrier in Interorbital Systems' orbital tourism operations and Lunar exploration ventures.

I asked Randa what was thought about the new Google Lunar X-Prize and the return was “The Google prize is nice, but it really should have another zero at the end of it, or at least be $100,000,000. If we look at the X Prize and its relatively easy requirements, and the $10 million prize that was offered for that, should we not expect real spaceflight to have a bigger payoff?â€

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:56 am
Wow, it seems Mojave, CA is the place to be for private space travel! Scaled Composites, XCOR, Interorbital Systems, and Masten Space Systems just to name a few companies. I'd never heard of Interorbital Systems until today.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:24 am
Yeah im glad to hear that in some ways, it's good when we can cover things and offer teams publicity. Ive told Interorbital i will pass on any comments to them from this forum so if you have any Qs put them in and ill be sure to get some responses.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:09 pm
I'm a big fan of IOS, always checking back to there site for regular updates, they have a new picture on their front page of the Sea Star TSAAHTO Flight Demonstrator Modular Tankage Section.
Looks good, can't wait to see whats next!

http://www.interorbital.com/


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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:16 pm
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I'm a big fan of IOS, always checking back to there site for regular updates, they have a new picture on their front page of the Sea Star TSAAHTO Flight Demonstrator Modular Tankage Section.


Take a look at Rob's Story on the Frontpage ;) http://spacefellowship.com/News/?p=3162

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:29 pm
Yeah, i have a lot of questions:
- Does the team actually exists out of 3 persons as the website suggests?
- Why have you choosen the option to sell tickets allready when you haven't done any real hardware tests with launching?
- I never understand the mixed openess with companies regarding news updates or lack there of. Check Armadillo, they have regular big newsupdates with lots of intruiging details. And Scaled, is totally closed on that perspective. Can we see some more updates or none at all in the near future? (But since you're selling tickets, what's the harm in actually telling customers how far you actually are)
- How do you get funding these days in contrast before 2004? Or is there no different 'atmosphere' 'out there'?

Don't mind my saying, but afaik you're way behind SpaceX, on the verge of non-comparable. Why continue after all these years? I know it is good to have a lot of launch vehicles up there, but since all the required funding and extreme difficulties, isn't it more beneficial for everybody if you would say to focus on something else, let's say spacehabs or anything that can actually be used in space? As i see it now (general view, nothing specific to you guys), there are a lot of small companies/groups that are working on launch vehicle, which is not realistic from my perspective, while they would be better of building and designing stuff that can actually be used in space. SpaceX has a huge lead on everyone, and will remain there for quiet some time.

Perhaps a silly question, is that two stage and a half a marketing-concept or is it actually an existing term?

Anyway, good luck with everything. I do really hope that you guys can make it happen.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:05 pm
Stefan Sigwarth wrote:
Perhaps a silly question, is that two stage and a half a marketing-concept or is it actually an existing term?


I think I can answer this. It's an exisiting term. The first Atlas rockets were e.g. called one-and-a-half stage launchers as they quite similar to Interorbitals' concept jettisoned two of their three engines during the launch phase.

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Post    Posted on: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:25 pm
Does the team actually exists out of 3 persons as the website suggests?

From what i can see there is

Randa Relich Milliron, IOS’ co-founder

Rain Sherman, BA Accounting, University of Eastern Washington

Roderick W. Milliron, Chief Designer, President, Systems Engineer

Eric Gullichsen: Guidance Hardware/Software Designer

Donald P. Bennett: Manned Orbital Structures Systems Specialist

From http://www.interorbital.com/Team%20%20Page_1.htm

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Post    Posted on: Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:06 pm
Rob Goldsmith wrote:
Does the team actually exists out of 3 persons as the website suggests?

From what i can see there is

Randa Relich Milliron, IOS’ co-founder

Rain Sherman, BA Accounting, University of Eastern Washington

Roderick W. Milliron, Chief Designer, President, Systems Engineer

Eric Gullichsen: Guidance Hardware/Software Designer

Donald P. Bennett: Manned Orbital Structures Systems Specialist

From http://www.interorbital.com/Team%20%20Page_1.htm


Guess i had to specify engineering-team ;)


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Post    Posted on: Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:56 am
IOSde wrote:
Actually, the "team" is much larger than you would expect. The problem with regular updates, for us right now, is:

1. We have 5 different companies working together. The other companies' websites are often updated more than the IOS site.

2. It's been busy the past 2 years...i.e. 6 projects on the boards.

3. Honestly, until we heard from Rob Goldsmith recently, we didn't think we had people interested in our work.

4. IOS is not just the Milliron's by themselves anymore and there are somethings people are just going to have to wait to find out.

Now that I've been invited in to the Fellowship maybe I can shed a little more light on whats up.


Thanks for shedding some light on your inner workings so to speak. Simply awesome to have another company onboard. I do admit that there might not be many out there that actually ask questions, but i sure do know that the active people here do care a great deal. But i let everyone speak for themselves.

I can understand that the website hasn't been updated in a long time and i know i wouldn't consider it as a primary priority obviously. But it depends on how you look at it. Look at Armadillo Aerospace, they haven chosen to be practicly completely open to the public, even detailing their production processes and R&D. SpaceX is probably at least trying to give as much insight to the public as possible. Apart from trying to show the world that this isn't vaporware, it's also sparkling imagination. In some people that is ;)

Anyways. I do have one additional question though, but feel free to decline to answer. How do you keep the company cash-positive / running? What's your current core business that actually make money so you can continue on all of your projects?


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Post    Posted on: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:16 pm
Greg,
Just a quicky here, i read this earlier:

"Greg Jones has worked on several Department of Defense and NASA projects, including the successful Mars Rover effort"

Also in my interview i was told that a modified SEA STAR will be able to land a small rover on the Moon. Is there any plan to go for this sort of collaboration of technology in the not too distant future? It must be hard not too get carried away with ideas and dreams! all the best to you and welcome onboard :)

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I love the look of interorbitals rocket. I just wish the folks from other ventures would join them and Bill sprague--unify behind pressure-fed boosters.


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