Chair Force Engineer

Monday, October 10, 2005

X-Prize Cup (Part 2/4)

There was a tent set up for NASA, educators, space tourism companies, community groups, and other vendors. The pictures herein are a small smattering of what was on display.

Strato-X has an interesting concept for near-space tourism. Two people will ride a balloon to 100,000 feet and stay there for two days. Joe Kittinger might be proud.

NASA models depicting the space shuttle design we got, and a space shuttle design we deserved (in this case, the Grumman-Boeing H33.)

A moon rover mockup.

A NASA helmet, an Apollo glove, and other space artifacts from the era.

A computer from the good old Apollo days.

A candid shot of Pablo DeLeon setting up his company's display. Pablo DeLeon and associates planned on building a space tourism rocket, based on the Little Joe II with hybrid propulsion. The plans are on hold while his company seeks funding. For now, they are focusing on the next generation of space suits. In five years time, the situation may be more favorable.

Analytical Graphics had a booth to promote the uber-powerful simulation software, Sattellite Tool Kit. Having recently taken a week-long course in STK in Long Beach, I can attest to its awesomeness.

Masten Space Systems, one of the event's sponsors.

David Masten explains the difficulties of ballistic suborbital re-entry. Because the spacecraft (XA-1.0) is coming down vertically through the lower atmosphere, the thermal environment is more severe than a typical orbital re-entry.