DailyDirt: Space Race Continues

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Recently, some cool new space efforts are lining up to deliver people and payloads into orbit. For example, SpaceX shipped some supplies to the International Space Station, and it’s on track to providing a rocket system for ferrying astronauts to the ISS as well. More and more commercial space ventures are competing with government space programs, and this new space race will hopefully continue and create even more inspiring space technologies over the next decade and beyond. Here are just a few other interesting developments along the way.

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abc gumsays:

With irresponsible corporate interests in outer space there will be renewed interest and need for junk collectors. To date little has been accomplished in this field other than empty promises. Gee, let’s test our new sat killer on this broken satellite, I’m looking at you China – not that they are any worse than the multitudes of other self interests. Based upon an exponential growth rate, how many decades will it take for the earth to have its very own rings, pretty!

Wallysays:

Why the FAA will regulate weather balloon rocket launches

“NASA and the FAA have reached a tentative agreement to provide better guidelines for regulating all kinds of space launches. Virgin Galactic has been granted a license, but it might be interesting to see if all those amateur weather balloons and sub-orbital rocket projects will run into any regulatory problems.”

Not that anybody will complain but:
I can think of a couple very good reasons for this.
1.Weather balloons are hard to predict where they will land where rockets are.
2. Any one familiar with the name “Lary Walters” and his story would know this is a very good idea.

btr1701says:

Jurisdiction

NASA and the FAA have reached a tentative
agreement to provide better guidelines for regulating
all kinds of space launches. Virgin Galactic has been
granted a license, but it might be interesting to see if all
those amateur weather balloons and sub-orbital rocket
projects will run into any regulatory problems.

I wonder why the FAA and NASA think they have the jurisdiction to regulate all space launches.

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