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By Mindy Allan
Posted Apr 29, 2012 in Technology
Space ships? Is technology at a point where it is capable to build one? Dr. Michio Kaku reveals how one day we could all be using the aliens' favorite mode of transport. Dr. Kaku believes it is time to build a starship powered by anti-matter, and not rocket fuel.
"Skylon" a British designed space plane, plans to use hydrogen-power and would take off from a conventional runway, and accelerate to Mach 5.4 at 26 kilometres (16 mi) altitude using atmospheric air before switching the engines to use the internal liquid oxygen (LOX) supply to take it to orbit. It would then release its payload, which can weigh up to 15 tonnes, and re-enter the atmosphere.
Costing about £6.3 million per flight the 270 foot-long craft can carry up to 24 passengers into space. It could be available for commercial use within a decade. A simulated version of what the flight, gives an idea of flight into space
British company Reaction Engines Limited, still has a ways to go before the Skylon is ready for a test run. REL takes a step closer with an upcoming test of one of the key components on the craft's engine planned for the summer of 2012.
Virgin Galactic Airways owned by Sir Richard Branson plans to make commercial galactic space travel available in October of 2012, for the mere cost of $200.000 per passenger. The mother-ship, Branson claims is finished. On May 7, 2012 Space X "Dragon" will launch the first commercial demonstration flight to the International Space Station, delivering supplies on its first mission. "Space X" is the private company of billionaire Elon Musk.
Antonio Neves of "the.News" reports how NASA has paved the way for commercial space exploration.