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The cost of putting something into space has been getting a bit cheaper over time, but it’s still not exactly affordable (unless you count the helium balloons that can reach altitudes of around 100,000 feet or roughly 30 km). The edge of space is generally considered to be about 100 km (~62 miles or ~330,000 feet) up. Here are just a few projects making some progress in getting stuff into space on the cheap.
- The International Space Station is scheduled to launch 33 cubesats into space. Some of these tiny satellites will be used for detailed imaging of the Earth’s surface, and a couple of these cubesats will make Lithuania and Peru into spacefaring nations for the first time. [url]
- The concept of a space cannon that can shoot things into space isn’t new, but a guy from Canada wants to build one in his backyard. Richard Graf has a Kickstarter project, looking for $65,000 to help him continue his work. [url]
- Virgin Galactic is getting closer to being able to offer commercial space flights to passengers (maybe later this year?). Virgin Galactic’s third supersonic test flight for SpaceShipTwo has reached an altitude of 71,000 feet, its highest flight yet. [url]
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