There are only a handful of vehicles that have launched people into space (or even just provided shelter) for space-faring people. A few more ships and space stations would be nice to see, and there are a few in various stages development (unfunded proposals, ahem). If you’re interested in people (not just robots) exploring outer space, here are just a few links on some of the ships that might transport more folks to at least the edge of space.
- Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company just launched and landed a rocket — again — and this particular rocket was actually re-used. This accomplishment is still not quite on par with SpaceX’s feat, but it’s a solid step towards cheaper spaceflight for human passengers. [url]
- Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft has a NASA contract to become yet another backup way to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The lifting body design of the Dream Chaser can be traced back to Soviet-era experimental space planes — and maybe someday we’ll see this vehicle transporting astronauts. [url]
- Perhaps you’ve seen comparisons of the sizes of various fictional spaceships (eg. NCC-1701 vs. Firefly class transport ship), but a size comparison of actual (or proposed) space vessels compared to the International Space Station is pretty cool. All the real spacecraft (and even the ones that are still very much in development, like Skylon) are much smaller than the original Starship Enterprise, but the ISS is probably a bit more sprawling than you might think. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the size comparisons of fictional ships, check it out. [url]
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