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The Sandman

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Airline vs Spaceline Safety

62 mile club has a writeup of a beta “customer qualification program” for XCOR’s Lynx suborbital craft. This highlights the differences and current state of play. Rocketships will not be as safe as airliners in the near future, and they … Continue reading

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Suborbital is Next to Useless for Point to Point Travel

Spacetransportnews has a link to another in the long list of nontechnical space dreams. Earth’s radius is about 7000 km. The Van Allen belts start somewhat above 500 km from Earth’s surface. Hence, ballistic arcs have to be either very … Continue reading

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BEGIN EDIT Oh well, there actually is more info about the vehicle outside XCOR’s press release (why didn’t they put that there?). Here, at Clark Lindsey’s Hobbyspace. Seems my speculations were a bit off-base, the dry mass was fine but … Continue reading

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European Non-Dinosaur Space Tourism

A Swiss-German undertaking. (Page in German but has pictures even if you don’t understand the language that makes it pretty clear.) Small companies providing different expertise to the project. Liquid engines from SPL, Switzerland, airframe from Extreme Aircraft, a German Extra-like aerobatic plane maker. Prototype looks … Continue reading

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