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Stratolaunch Systems is a space transportation venture specializing in air launch to orbit , with its corporate headquarters located in Huntsville, Alabama . It was founded in 2011 by Microsoft co-founder Paul G.
NASA has picked seven private spaceflight companies, each working to build a commercial spaceship, as its transportation of choice for launching experiments to the edge of space and back. The space agency announced the selections Tuesday (Aug. 9), as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program.
XCOR Aerospace is an American private rocket engine and spaceflight development company based at the Mojave Spaceport in Mojave, California . [ 2 ] XCOR was formed by former members of the Rotary Rocket rocket engine development team in September, 1999. XCOR is headed by Jeff Greason who is the CEO . [ 3 ] [ 4 ] In 2012 XCOR signed Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) as their General Sales Agent For Space Tourism Flights. [ 5 ] [ edit ] History
UP Aerospace, Inc. is a private spaceflight corporation based out of Denver, Colorado . UP Aerospace provides ultra-low cost space access and payload transportation for corporate, military and educational payloads, via their SpaceLoft XL Sounding rocket launch vehicles. [ 1 ]
XA0.1E "Xoie" rocket on the competition-winning landing in the Lunar Lander Challenge at Mojave on Oct 30, 2009 XA0.1B "Xombie" lander tethered flight test on Sept 11, 2009
The X PRIZE Foundation is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit mankind.
Orbital Sciences Corporation ( OSC , though commonly referred to as Orbital ) is an American company which specializes in the manufacturing and launch of satellites . Its Launch Systems Group is heavily involved with missile defense launch systems.
The Ansari X Prize was a space competition in which the X Prize Foundation offered a US$ 10,000,000 prize for the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. It was modeled after early 20th-century aviation prizes, and aimed to spur development of low-cost spaceflight.
The Wirefly X Prize logo The X Prize Cup is a two-day Air & Space Expo which was the result of a partnership between the X Prize Foundation and the State of New Mexico that began in 2004 when the Ansari X-Prize was held. This led to plans to build the world's first true rocket festival.
The Google Lunar X Prize , abbreviated GLXP , sometimes referred to as Moon 2.0 , [ 2 ] [ 3 ] is a space competition organized by the X Prize Foundation , and sponsored by Google . It was announced at the Wired Nextfest on 13 September 2007. [ 4 ] The challenge calls for privately -funded spaceflight teams to compete to successfully launch a robotic spacecraft that can land and travel across the surface of the Moon while sending back to Earth specified images and other data. [ edit ] Competition summary
Google Lunar X PRIZE
Excalibur Almaz is a private spaceflight company which plans to provide a variety of deep space crewed exploration missions, micro-gravity science, and payload delivery.
In a surprise move that may see Lockheed frozen out of a Bigelow, Commercial Crew Development progamme collaboration the Boeing company has announced its teaming with Bigelow
Boeing + Bigelow Aerospace
Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos . The company is developing technologies to enable private human access to space with the goal of dramatically lower cost and increased reliability. They employ an incremental approach from suborbital to orbital flight, with each development step building on their prior work.
The Blue Origin New Shepard reusable launch vehicle is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL), [ 1 ] suborbital manned rocket that is being developed by Blue Origin , a company owned by Amazon.com founder and businessman Jeff Bezos , as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism . The New Shepard makes reference to the first United States astronaut in space, Alan Shepard . [ citation needed ] As of 2006 [update] the launch vehicle was to be assembled at the Blue Origin facility near Seattle , Washington .
As anyone who has studied business knows, corporations merge and divide like amoebae in a Petrie dish, often to the point where we cannot even tell who is merging with whom.
Orbital Sciences + Virgin Galactic + SNC