Eight exciting commercial space projects
What is happening in the private space industry?
By Michael Cooney | Network World US | Published: 14:58, 05 October 10
While the recently passed National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorisation Act of 2010, included $1.6 billion for commercial crew and cargo programmes, was not nearly the amount President Obama wanted (about $6 million initially), the move was generally seen as a huge nod toward developing commercial space projects. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the authorisation "launches a commercial space transportation industry." Indeed there are a number of interesting commercial space projects underway. Here we take a look at some them.
The Russians are coming
In what will be an ambitious project, two Russian space companies said they want to build what they called the world's first Commercial Space Station. According to Orbital Technologies and Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, the proposed seven person space station will be utilised by private citizens, professional crews as well as corporate researchers interested in conducting their scientific programs onboard the world's first commercially available human spaceflight platform.