t/Space returns; Commercial spaceflight talk

Alan Boyle reports that t/Space (Transformational Space Corp.) has come back to life and submitted a proposal to NASA’s CCDev-2 program: Let’s talk about the final frontier – Cosmic Log.

According to Gary Hudson, they are proposing an 8-person crew spacecraft that could be launched on a variety of available rockets including Atlas V 401 and SpaceX Falcon 9. The system has a “Soyuz-like architecture (recoverable reusable crew element, expendable orbital/cargo module)”. The goal

> is to be the lowest-price provider on a per-seat basis. Nominal land recovery with water backup (not revealing the technique until after CCDev 2 awards).”

In the 2004-2005 period before Mike Griffin came and eliminated all competition to his Constellation architecture, t/Space participated in the studies for the Crew Exploration Vehicle and with only a small amount of money carried out a several hardware projects. Some info about their work can be found on this t/Space Wikipedia page . === According to the above Cosmic Log item, Alan will be participating in two on-line discussions this weekend. One program will focus on the Kepler findings. In the other, Alan Boyle will be joined by Robin Snelson and Tim Pickens to discuss the growing wave of commercial space development : Virtually Speaking Science 2/13/2011, 8:00 PM – Jay Ackroyd | Internet Radio | Blog Talk Radio.

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