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What should be next?

Posted by: Microspace - Tue Jun 22, 2004 1:55 pm
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Post What should be next?   Posted on: Tue Jun 22, 2004 1:55 pm
Hi all

Once Spaceshipone goes up again and claims the x-prize, what should be the next thing?

How about a prize for the first privately finanzed microsatellite to go into orbit?

I think that far more amature teams would be able to compeat for something like that.

What do you think?

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Post    Posted on: Tue Jun 22, 2004 1:57 pm
The first privately funded microsat went into orbit in 1961. It was called Oscar 1. Here's a history of the first amateur satellite program.


http://www.spacetoday.org/Satellites/Ha ... asics.html

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Post    Posted on: Tue Jun 22, 2004 2:21 pm
Maybe an "X2-Prize" for something like a manned trans-Pacific sub-orbital hop.

Somewhat less demanding than going all the way to orbit, and it would demonstrate the technology for true suborbital passenger transport, as opposed to straight-up-and-down "barnstorming" trips like SpaceShipOne's...


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Post    Posted on: Tue Jun 22, 2004 4:53 pm
bad_astra:

What I ment(but didn`t write) was:

That the microsatellite would have to be placed into orbit by a privately finanzed/designed/manufactured rocket system.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Jun 22, 2004 6:08 pm
I think that's about to happen fairly soon. SpaceX's first payload is going to be a government customer, but IIRC they have a private payload going up pretty soon. SpaceDev will be close at their heels with the Streaker rocket (which will use a first stage with a developmental heritage that goes back to the engine on SpaceShipOne, just to keep things topical). I'm not sure if Kistler counts as a privately developed LV since it uses old soviet engines, and has used NASA money towards its development.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 23, 2004 11:52 am
bad_astra wrote:
The first privately funded microsat went into orbit in 1961. It was called Oscar 1. Here's a history of the first amateur satellite program.


http://www.spacetoday.org/Satellites/Ha ... asics.html

-Jon, KB4UHK



Yes, the OSCAR satellites (Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio) were great. I had the privilege of listening and even making a few radio contacts through them back in the 1070s.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:11 pm
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contacts through them back in the 1070s.

Wow, Ralph ... that was quite some time ago ... :lol:

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:49 pm
I was three years old at the time. :lol:

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:54 am
author wrote:
I was three years old at the time. :lol:

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Whauu, that makes you like 937 years old... :lol:


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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 25, 2004 12:35 pm
only in experience :lol:

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Post    Posted on: Mon Jun 28, 2004 6:38 pm
:shock:

1070's = 1970's?


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Post    Posted on: Mon Jun 28, 2004 6:48 pm
Texan wrote:
:shock:

1070's = 1970's?


no, I rode with William the Conqueror back in 1066 during that little rumble at Hastings... but i wuz real young at the time. :lol:

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