The New Space Age
Currently, there are more new manned spacecraft than any other time in history. The New Space Age will change how we work and play in space. The Earthrise Space Foundation prides itself to provide students with hands-on experience and prepare them for the New Space workforce. Here are a few advancements being made by the pioneers of an emerging market:
The XCOR Aerospace Lynx can reach Mach 2.9 following a parabolic trajectory in suborbital space with the possibility of making four flights per day.
Blue Origin's New Shepard has a res-usable propulsion module that propels the craft, deploys the crew capsule into space, and can perform a vertical landing near the launch site.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is planning to provide provide about 4 minutes of weightlessness to space tourists in 2014.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule is being transformed into the DragonRider, increasing its windows, adding SuperDraco thrusters, and outfitting the interior for a 7 manned crew.
Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems is building Dream Chaser, or what you might call the "Son of the Shuttle" due to is resemblance.