Last year, Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin, said he expected to send the first people into suborbital space on the company’s New Shepard rocket in 2018.
Speaking of Virgin Galactic, cofounder Richard Branson would like to keep the momentum going from the first successful test flight and get into suborbital space himself in 2019.
From moon missions to crewed launches, it’s going to be an eventful year for space exploration. Strap yourself in. 2018 ended with a slew of rocket launches.
Assuming there are no major delays, Boeing will follow suit and launch the first people on its rocket a few months after SpaceX.
Virgin Galactic just made it under the wire by sending its first people to the edge of space right at the end of 2018.
From moon missions to crewed launches, it’s going to be an eventful year for space exploration. Strap yourself in.
Another major space milestone for the country is likely to occur with its next lunar mission, Chang’e 5, which aims to return two kilograms of samples from the moon.
If all goes according to plan on the Demo-1 in January, SpaceX will launch the first humans into orbit from US soil since the shuttle program ended in 2011.
While a lot of focus will be on SpaceX and Boeing preparing to launch astronauts from US soil once again, other countries, like China, India, and Israel, have also got some momentous launches planned.
Virgin Orbit, previously the part of Virgin Galactic to focus on satellites, is planning its first test and official launches.
In November of last year, CosmicGirl did its first test flight with LauncherOne under its wing, also known as a captive carry test.
And in the next few years it plans to launch the world’s biggest space telescope, the world’s heaviest rocket, and a space station to rival the ISS.
It’s somehow fitting that this landmark launch will take place at Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (best known as the pad from which Apollo and shuttle missions also departed).
Up next to test its vehicle that’ll carry astronauts to space is Boeing.
There are some exciting milestones left on this list. https://t.co/dBPhxdNmTj— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) June 25, 2019