Suborbital

U.S. Human Suborbital Launch


2017 – U.S. Suborbital

Many countries and organizations have floated plans for human suborbital spaceflight. However, there are very few building suborbital launch vehicles for this purpose, and even fewer... Many countries and organizations…

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2016 – U.S. Suborbital

The promise of humans routinely traversing space for the purposes of business and pleasure has been around for nearly as long as... The promise of humans routinely traversing space for…

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2015 – U.S. Suborbital

NASA’s efforts with its Commercial Crew Program and Space Launch System primarily focus on launching humans into Earth orbit and beyond. However, other organizations and companies are pursuing the goal…

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U.S. Human Suborbital Launch

An annual chronicle of U.S. government and commercial company activities surrounding reusable human suborbital launch. An annual chronicle of U.S. government and commercial company activities surrounding reusable human suborbital launch.

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2014 – U.S. Suborbital

Private companies are developing suborbital reusable launch vehicles as well. Virgin Galactic flight-tested its SpaceShipTwo crewed suborbital vehicle in 2014. The second of the year’s powered test flights of SpaceShipTwo…

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2009 – U.S. Suborbital

Although no suborbital human-rated vehicles flew in 2009, there was considerable progress by several companies actively developing such vehicles. Among the most visible of these was the formal unveiling in…

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2010 – U.S. Suborbital

There has been a surge of interest in crewed suborbital launch vehicles in recent years, owing in large measure to the Ansari X PRIZE. This competition offered a $## million…

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2013 – U.S. Suborbital

Several crewed, reusable suborbital vehicles have been under development during the past decade. These vehicles are being designed and built by commercial companies to carry paying passengers to the edge…

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2012 – U.S. Suborbital

A new aspect of space infrastructure is the development of suborbital reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). Unlike sounding rockets, these vehicles are designed to land intact and be flown again. Stimulated…

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2011 – U.S. Suborbital

Suborbital RLVs are designed to fly multiple times, with or without human passengers, to serve space tourism, research, and other markets. The best-known of these vehicles is SpaceShipTwo, which is…

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