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Old 10-20-2010, 04:11 PM   #106
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SpaceRef: "Bigelow Aerospace Begins Testing Life Support Systems with Crew".

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SPACE.com: "Bigelow Aerospace Soars with Private Space Station Deals".

Parabolic Arc: "Photos of Bigelow's Plans to Commercialize Space".

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Old 10-20-2010, 04:42 PM   #107
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Space Tourism is actually growing quite big now, I've seen more than three companies wanna build space station in LEO and even more planning to build Sub Orbital veichles before 2015. Virgin Galactic is in the lead right now.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:04 AM   #108
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BBC: Runway opens at world's first spaceport
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:31 PM   #109
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There's been quite a burst in corporate interest in commercial spaceflight. I know of several companies looking to provide transport to LEO. It's quite exciting. Looks like there's still hope for us!
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:17 AM   #111
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Since the legal definition of space is 100,000m and upwards, does this mean that whoever rides this thing is considered an astronaut?
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:30 AM   #112
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 Since the legal definition of space is 100,000m and upwards, does this mean that whoever rides this thing is considered an astronaut?
Commercial Astronaut. I read an explanation as to why somewhere, but I don't remember where. Buzz also thinks they shouldn't be called just an Astronaut
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:15 AM   #113
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 Commercial Astronaut. I read an explanation as to why somewhere, but I don't remember where. Buzz also thinks they shouldn't be called just an Astronaut
Because "Astronaut" implies at least many years of intensive training, a significant intellect and some courage. My Granny (bless her soul) could ride VSS Enterprise to space, but she could never qualify for a ride on a Space Shuttle, Soyuz, or the X-15.

Engineers don't like technicians stealing their title either

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Old 10-25-2010, 11:17 AM   #114
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An article raising concern about Space Tourism potentially being a big threat for environment:
Space tourism to accelerate climate change
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:21 AM   #115
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I think astronauts should be people who have the skills to travel and work in space themselves, and not just be cattle in the trunk... Which would mean the first cosmonauts would have problems...sorry, this definition isn't fair either.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:51 AM   #116
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 I think astronauts should be people who have the skills to travel and work in space themselves, and not just be cattle in the trunk... Which would mean the first cosmonauts would have problems...sorry, this definition isn't fair either.
Unlike cattle, the first cosmonauts had to perform a scientific program of observations and be sure to memorize everything and be able to report back afterwards. Probably, this is resembling what today's client of Space Adventures have to do, but honestly, I believe that up to these days all clients of Space Adventures earned a right to be called Astronauts (or okay, Cosmonauts, if it isn't someone's liking to call them Astronauts and he sees a difference).
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:23 PM   #117
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 Excited to hear that VSS Enterprise has just landed after a second successful glide flight in Mojave today.
Woo-Hoo!
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:43 PM   #119
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 Since the legal definition of space is 100,000m and upwards, does this mean that whoever rides this thing is considered an astronaut?
I would think that if someone was a pilot, scientist, technician, etc, they would be a Commercial Astronaut. However, if someone was simply riding it for recreation, they would be a spaceflight participant.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:47 PM   #120
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Anyone who rides a tourist craft in a suborbital or orbital trajectory is as much an "astronaut" as a passenger on a commercial airliner is an "aviator".
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