A European Space Agency (ESA) designed to collect data on polar
ice caps broke up in flight Saturday after the booster system on
the converted Russian ballistic missile launch vehicle failed to
by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose"
Alamogordo, NM, October 7 -- PlanetSpace Corporation plans to
launch paying customers into space in the Canadian Arrow suborbital
spacecraft starting in 2007; the first manned launches will take
place with professional astronauts aboard. When they begin to
retire their reusable vehicles after several flights each, in 2008,
they will restore one to resemble a V-2 and donate it to the White
Sands Missile Range Museum.
R2D2 may be a lot closer to reality than ever imagined,
according to JSC Robotics Division Director Rob Ambrose. Speaking
at a keynote session at the second annual RoboNexus conference in
San Diego, Ambrose said NASA is developing sophisticated robotic
machines that could perform almost any kind of task a person could
do -- with far less risk.