Friday, April 09, 2010

Space Access 2010 - CRuSR (Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research)/Douglas Maclise, NASA

Douglas Maclise started off with the question: "Why CRuSR?"

The goal is to develop a commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry to provide much cheaper access to space. They want to create a tipping point, be a big customer until the industry can survive on their own.

If NASA has access to more frequent, reliable flights, then there will be a lot more experiments that they will be able to run. They are looking at having a standard framework for experiments. They want to have lots of experiments done by students.

Douglas talked about some issues about launching a rocket and having it return in stages. Do you keep the airspace clear until they are both back? They are working with the FAA to resolve.

Safety is an issue.

They are trying to promote space awareness, for example they come to conferences like Space Access. They have a web site. They are trying to use Facebook and Twitter. They especially want to reach out to students.

The full agenda for Space Access 2010, with links

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