Doug Vining Web billionaire to open space-ship complex

Kent, Washington - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos expects a rocket-ship complex for his aerospace venture Blue Origin to open early next year, city records show.
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Posted: 3 January 2006 at 07:54

Doug Vining 2020: Let's go to the Moon for Christmas

It's wonderful to see scenarios we imagined years ago starting to take shape. For the Christmas 2005 issue of MindBullets, we published this tongue-in-cheek story of space tourism, featuring Richard Branson and Elon Musk, among others.

Now an organisation called Golden Spike is announcing plans to use SpaceX rockets to take tourists to the moon. It all sounds quite fantastic. Shades of Moonraker?
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Posted: 6 December 2012 at 14:58

Doug Vining Happy birthday NASA

At 55 NASA has been exploring space for over half a century, and revealed fascinating images of other worlds and distant galaxies.

Now it's time for the upstarts, like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic to take over. Here's a great look back at what's been achieved by NASA, and also a MindBullet which gives a peek into the future of commercial space operations!
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Posted: 31 July 2013 at 17:45

Doug Vining Reusable rockets

SpaceX has successfully recovered eight of their first stage boosters, and has also reflown, and recovered again, the rocket known as Core 1021. Now Elon Musk says they want to be able to recover the second stage as well, and reuse almost 100% of the rocket. His vision for human space flight includes landing the crew capsule under power for reuse too!

Soon space tourism will be a regular thing. Oh wait, we said so a while back...
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Posted: 10 April 2017 at 12:43

Doug Vining Reusable rockets

While plenty of organizations are trying their hand at developing ways to reduce the cost of launches, none can match SpaceX’s success to date. Its president, Gwynne Shotwell, said earlier this year that the cost of flying a refurbished booster was potentially less than half that of building a new one for each launch. And its CEO, Elon Musk, knows from experience that those successes are positioning SpaceX to become an incredibly powerful force in the future of space exploration.

“Imagine if we were an aircraft company selling aircraft that could be flown many times, and everyone else was selling aircraft that could be flown once,” he said after the first successful reuse of a SpaceX rocket booster. “I mean, you know, that’s not a very competitive position to be in.” And this point, it looks more than ever as if the commercial space race is SpaceX’s to lose.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608172/spacex-is-making-commercial-space-launches-look-like-childs-play/
Posted: 27 June 2017 at 09:42

Doug Vining Reusable rockets

SpaceX has now landed 13 of their rocket boosters, and reflown two used rockets, also recovering them successfully. It seems the age of reusable rockets is upon us!
Posted: 27 June 2017 at 09:46
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