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    SUMMARY: SpaceDev, the company that designed and built the hybrid rocket engine for Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne, announced that they've been awarded a contract by NASA to design a low-cost suborbital spaceship. The SpaceDev Dream Chaser would take off vertically, and carry up to three people to an altitude of 160 km (100 miles). If everything goes well, the spacecraft would be built by 2008, and would demonstrate a set of launch and flight technologies. Further versions of the spacecraft would eventually be able to go into orbit and transfer crew to and from the International Space Station.

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    (Drooling)

    This is the stuff!

    SpaceDev is a publicly listed company (you can invest in it) and now it is getting really serious about human flight.

    From NEAR to Dream Chaser, can't think of a better small company that deserves to succeed!

    On the con, only three people at once? If it is going going to make frequent trips I guess it will do the job.

    It does beg the question, is the ISS going to introduce a Hotel Module?

    Dreamchaser is the commercialisation of human space travel, if it grows, to carrying seven to 14 passengers, and the Hilton opens the first orbiting hotel, I will, then, accept that humanity can progress past the mobile phone! :angry:

    Somthing that I have been very skeptical of for the last decade now.

    I have a lot of confidence in SpaceDev, if anyone finds out what there minium investment is, let me know, I have a liver and some kidneys to sell.

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    Yes, I agree. This is the beginning of the future in human space travel for people other than astronauts, people who want to stay on the ISS Hilton! If you have loads of dosh, you can travel to space. I just wish I would be around long enough to be able to afford to go. In the future people will have the choice of having a break on the ISS of maby Mars! I know Mars won't be in my lifetime. That would be one excellent holiday! B)

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    The above reply was done by Eyeinthesky77. I stupidly forgot to log myself in!!

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    SpaceDev's a public company. You can buy shares on the stock market.

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    Dreamchaser is the commercialisation of human space travel, if it grows, to carrying seven to 14 passengers, and the Hilton opens the first orbiting hotel, I will, then, accept that humanity can progress past the mobile phone!
    Not really. If NASA hands a load of government money to any one of the space companies, it would kill all the rest of them. The company would then in effect become another arm of NASA, the space tourism branch, and would become dependent on government funding.

    Part of the great space bust of 98, all those private orbital access companies going up in a big simultaneous fireball, was NASA's announcement that when the Venture-Star (a spaceship that was never very feasable) came online, governmnet subsidies would allow cheap access to space through NASA!
    Poof. There went the market, and there went Beal, Kelly, Kistler, ect, some of whom may have had working orbital vehicles by now. . .

    I fully expect any move of that nature to handily kill all the space tourism companies that are up and coming. And then, when NASA forgets that it was supposed to do something with SpaceDev, the route of supply through NASA will be cut. It would leave behind a falsely discredited market with unsatisfied demand.

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    This particular spacecraft is only an engineering test, which is why it carries only 3 and goes up to only 100 miles. Advocates of private spacecraft are the very ones who celebrate NASA funding of private companies, making the companies into NASA contractors. It seems self-contradictory. I think the only change they really want is for NASA contractors to be smaller companies than Lockheed and Boeing, so that some ego-tripping fliers can run little subsidized companies for fun.

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