Want a Lift To The Moon?
I saw a Tweet for a Cassini update on spaceref.com and thought I’d see if there was any cool new images or Earth (Saturn?) shaking science that I could comprehend. After spending several minutes reading through it, and understanding about half of it, I decided that there wasn’t anything in there that I could comment on intelligently. Sure, it was cool! Make no mistake! But it’s was all very routine and if I noted any of it here in my blog then I’d have to do so every routine week and…well…I just don’t want to do that.
So I was about to put it all away and hit the sack when I found this banner ad at the bottom…
Now being the gaming junkie that I am I suddenly became less tired, late is it was, thinking that this was an ad for a video game.
I clicked on it.
It’s not a video game, or any other manner of fiction.
The page reads: “Welcome To Spaceflight Services, your provider of routine access to space. Rideshare missions to GTO and LLO.” In short, they intend to launch a mission by 2014 to carry payloads into Low Lunar Orbit, with other drop offs along the way in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
I knew that there were companies planning on selling space to Low Earth Orbit, but I hadn’t heard of any plans for a private moon shot, let alone seen any ad space for it.
I looked and I couldn’t find a price list, but it does say, “low cost”.
I just think it’s cool.
- Beyond Low Earth Orbit (nextbigfuture.com)
- This week in science (dailykos.com)
- New Race to the Moon Heats Up (cbsnews.com)
- What if the hubble telescope was on the dark side of the moon. i say this because the telescope then wont have the reflections of light from our planet from the sun (wiki.answers.com)
- 55 Space Leaders to Congress: Support Private Spaceflight Now (space.com)
- The First Ever Solar Sailing Spacecraft Worth Looking for (scienceray.com)
- Lift11: Jennifer Magnolfi, Programming space habitat (climbtothestars.org)
- President Obama Freezes NASA’s Budget at 2010 Levels (space.com)
- Why does the moons orbit look different (wiki.answers.com)
- Saturn’s Moon Mimas Bears a Nasty Scar (scienceray.com)