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The new space race is about to take-off

Space - it's the final frontier of human exploration, a mysterious eternity of distance, all around us and yet so tantalizingly out of reach. In its dark recesses hide the secrets of extraterrestrial life, planets yet to be explored, and it's reasonable to assume, some sort of future home for the human race once we're finished stuffing this planet up. Although mankind has been fascinated with space since we first saw the twinkling of night-time stars, it's only in the last half century that we have developed spaceships that allow us to take both ourselves and our equipment and technology outside the Earth's atmosphere. While the exhilaration of early space exploration seems to have faded in the public imagination over the past three decades, the scene is now set for a whole new space race. Loz Blain looks at where the 21st Century space Odyssey will take us and how we'll get there. Listen to the Podcast or  Read More

Gizmag Podcast #6: Virgin Galactic and the start of the Commercial Space Race

In this week's podcast, Loz Blain takes a look at commercial space travel with Virgin Galactic and the start of a new space race for the 21st century. Noel McKeegan talks to us about quantum computing and a new unmanned Nano Air Vehicle that weighs just ten grams and flies by flapping its tiny wings like a hummingbird. And Geoffrey Baird gives us a roundup of four environmentally friendly gadgets for around the home. Plus, we're finally on iTunes! To subscribe, jump into the iTunes store and search for "Gizmag."  Read More

Terminal Hanger Concept, Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic may be spending over USD$300 million on a commercial space vehicle, but only now has it actually got a place to land. Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, broke ground in New Mexico on June 19th. The 110,000 square foot facility, designed by Foster and Partners, will cost around $200m and is expected to host the first commercial space flight by 2011.  Read More

The engine rocket for the SpaceShipTwo is put through its paces

Commercial sub-orbital spaceflight has taken another step towards reality with Virgin Galactic announcing the completion of phase one testing on the rocket motor that will propel SpaceShipTwo into suborbital space. The Virgin Galactic project to provide sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public will also act as a stepping stone to the company’s plans for future orbital flights and will almost certainly lead to a dramatic decrease in long haul international flight times – a couple of hours from Sydney to London anyone?  Read More

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