Human Space Launch


2010 – U.S. Suborbital

There has been a surge of interest in crewed suborbital launch vehicles in recent years, owing in large measure to the Ansari X PRIZE. This competition offered a $## million…

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2013 – U.S. Suborbital

Several crewed, reusable suborbital vehicles have been under development during the past decade. These vehicles are being designed and built by commercial companies to carry paying passengers to the edge…

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2012 – U.S. Suborbital

A new aspect of space infrastructure is the development of suborbital reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). Unlike sounding rockets, these vehicles are designed to land intact and be flown again. Stimulated…

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2011 – U.S. Suborbital

Suborbital RLVs are designed to fly multiple times, with or without human passengers, to serve space tourism, research, and other markets. The best-known of these vehicles is SpaceShipTwo, which is…

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2008 – U.S. Suborbital

The SpaceShipTwo vehicle, scheduled to begin commercial service by 2010, is the product of The Spaceship Company, a joint venture between Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic. The design of SpaceShipTwo…

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