NASA and Boeing have agreed on joint creation of the carrier rocket heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) for manned expeditions beyond low earth orbit and transport cargo. SLS is being developed instead of the carrier rocket Ares V, its first test flight is scheduled for 2017.
National aerospace Agency (NASA ) and the U.S. company Boeing have signed an agreement on the creation of the carrier rocket heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) capable to cargo and manned missions beyond low earth orbit. The price of the agreement amounted to $2.8 billion, according to the English portal RT .
According to the developers, who worked on the project for several years, the first version of the rocket will reach 100 meters in length and orbit nearly 22 tons of cargo. Its launch is planned in 2017.
Second, enhanced version of the SLS will have 20 meters long and its capacity will exceed 113 tons. The rocket should put into space manned spacecraft MPCV astronauts on Board, which is projected on the basis of the ship Orion. First flight is expected in 2021. Continue reading
Much does it cost to fly in space?
Previously the space was the subject of dreams and the destiny of only the elect, now to experience weightlessness or take a journey to the stars almost everyone can have money. To replace professional the orbit space tourism comes. Those wishing to become astronauts does not scare nor a long period of preflight preparation or high risk, so every year this extreme form of recreation is becoming increasingly popular .
Weightlessness for all
The “budget” option space tourism is a program of suborbital flights, in which the ship goes into orbit, the aircraft goes to higher altitude (about 100 km), which is a while, and then falls down, whereby passengers can enjoy all the delights of weightlessness.
Suborbital flights is the near future of space tourism, says academician of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics named after K. E. Tsiolkovsky Alexander Zheleznyakov. According to him, now several companies (Space Adventures, Another day universe and Virgin Galactic – ed.) are developing aircraft with such a dynamics that one can say that in 2014 will begin to be more or less regular flights. Continue reading