May 4 cafe scientique 2010 j pelton
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Are we on the verge of a breakthrough in new commercial space ventures? Commercial space today represents about a quarter of a trillion dollar industry worldwide, but new breakthrough promise a surge ...
Are we on the verge of a breakthrough in new commercial space ventures? Commercial space today represents about a quarter of a trillion dollar industry worldwide, but new breakthrough promise a surge in the commercial space industries. New satellites now being launched for broadcast and mobile services have antennas the size of basketball courts. Space adventure flights to become “Citizen Astronauts” are scheduled to start in 2011. There are already tens of millions of dollars in reservation fees already booked by royalty, sports and movie stars. Soon NASA will likely award commercial contracts to develop space plane technology to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station in lieu of the Shuttle. Hypersonic jet flights may one day fly from NYC to Sydney Australia in 3 to 4 hours. Bigelow Aerospace already has already launched prototype commercial space stations (Genesis I and II) to orbit. The start-up company Solaren has signed a contract with energy companies to deliver solar-derived electric power from space starting in 2016. Even game-changing technologies such as “space elevators” and “tether-lift” systems are now under serious commercial study. Come hear--and see--some of these amazing new commercial space technologies that could revolutionize our 21st century world. Come hear from leading space experts,
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