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Apollo-Saturn 201 (AS-201), the first Saturn IB launch vehicle developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:12 a.m. on Feb. 26, 1966. The AS-201 mission was an unmanned suborbital flight to test the Saturn 1B launch vehicle and the Apollo Command and Service Modules. This was the first flight of the S-IB and S-IVB stages, including the first flight test of the liquid-hydrogen/liquid oxygen-propelled J-2 engine in the S-IVB stage. During the thirty-seven minute flight, the vehicle reached an altitude of 303 miles and traveled 5,264 miles downrange.


Rocket reuse to space has happened. Blue Origin has successfully flown their New Shepard rocket (the same one that flew to space a few months ago) above the Karman Line (boundary of space).

The crucial idea is that they are helping to prove that we don’t need to build a new rocket every time we launch, which is a huge reason why travel to space is so incredibly pricey.

Another key concept is that this rocket only goes suborbital. Their rivals also working towards reusability are SpaceX, whose rockets are going into orbital space.

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Copenhagen Suborbitals BPM2 engine test


A very cool anon told me about this group a while ago. This is a great short on the group Copenhagen Suborbitals: a nonprofit made of volunteers who make and launch their own homemade spacecrafts.

At certain airline-friendly altitudes, the atmosphere blocks less of the radiation bullshit that space and our own sun throw at us. Experts state that normal fliers “probably” don’t have much to worry about, but pilots, airplane personnel, and hardcore frequent fliers who might be looking at a fistful of cellular fuckery somewhere down the line. Thing is, suborbital space travel is coming faster than you think, both as a space tourism experience and as a super-fast travel method. And there’ll be almost zero safety track record when you buy that economy class ticket on American Suborbital 357 to go visit your friend in Murmansk.

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Artist Roy Lohr, 69, sits in a “spaceship” he built in his back yard from wine and beer bottles in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico May 2, 2014. The world’s first purpose-built commercial space base and soon-to-be site of the first space flights with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is near the town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. The inaugural flight into suborbital space should happen later this year and the first astronauts, who have made reservations and paid $250,000 for the flight, should follow a month later. While it’s not clear what the economic impact will be, many agree that Spaceport America should inject new energy into the town.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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DNA may survive suborbital spaceflight, re-entry
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 27, 2014
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Plasmid DNA attached to the outer surface of a sounding rocket may be able to withstand rocket launch, a period of residence in suborbital space, re-entry, and landing conditions into the Earth’s atmosphere, all the while staying intact and active in its function as carrier of genetic information, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Cora Thiel and Oliver Ullrich
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