Revi Ew

If 1957 was the year of Sputnik, then the following year was the year the Moon race began. It started as the year the Americans caught up. The United States were greatly shocked by the success of the Soviet Union in putting Sputnik into orbit and then, a month later, the first space dog, Laika on Sputnik 2. Many Americans went out into their backyards to watch the two Sputniks tracking across the early winter skies of the United States, an ever-present visual reminder of Soviet superiority in...

Space Observatories

The following four projects are listed in order of planned launch date. The Spektr R (Radioastron) astrophysical observatory will be used to carry out radio -interferometric observations in conjunction with a global ground-based radio telescope network to obtain images, coordinates, motions and evolution in the angular structure of radio emitting objects in the Universe at extremely high angular resolution. Radioastron's main antenna will have a diameter of 10 m, and it will carry out...

Corot

Here are some details for a few of the missions featured on the previous pages. ALOS (January) stands for Advanced Land Observing Satellite and was the third in the series. In the Japanese tradition, it was renamed once it reached orbit and is now called Daichi, the Japanese word for 'Mother Earth'. This tells us about its mission, which is to observe the Earth with radar and optical instruments so as to identify natural resources, monitor disasters and compile maps. Daichi has a 22 m solar...

Space Tourism

Bigelow Nasa Nautilus

DEMAND FOR space tourism was determined by a study conducted by Zogby International for the Futron Corporation which published the Space Tourism Market Study report in 2006. The results of this study in respect of passenger interest and demand forecast for suborbital space tourism are shown in the graphs reproduced overleaf. The Futron study provides a projection of demand based upon responses to a number of factors such as length of training, economics, and the public's willingness to pay. In...