June 22, 2006

other tech: space station resupply ship $500 million contest finalists

There are 6 finalists for space station resupply prize of $500 million.

The finalists are:
tspace - space composite, (burt rutan/spaceship one involved team) entry for the NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services $500 million prize. T-space has made rapid prototypes, full size mockups and 23% scale for air testing.

CXV is in the center

Texas-based Spacehab, which built research modules for the space shuttle and is offering its Apex line of spacecraft.

Apex

Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Kistler, which would adapt the Kistler K-1 reusable launch vehicle.


Rocketplane Kistler K1

California-based Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which is developing its Falcon 9 rocket as well its Dragon capsule for cargo and crew.


SpaceX Dragon capsule

California-based SpaceDev, which worked on SpaceShipOne's hybrid rocket engine and is now proposing its Dream Chaser mini-shuttle concept.

Would look like this design but with updated engines and materials

Andrews Space of Seattle, which already has received an Air Force contract to flesh out its Hybrid Launch Vehicle concept.

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