Private human access to space from Arcachon, France

by | May 27, 2008 | Seradata News | 2 comments

After the long weekend that has been the UK’s spring bank holiday and America’s memorial day weekend I am off to the French town of Arcachon, located on that country’s Atlantic coast south of Bordeaux, for the International Academy of Astronautics’ symposium on private human access to space. So expect commercial human spaceflight news and blogs from me this week and probably next week too

The image above  is of the Aeronautics and Cosmonautics Romanian Association’s (ARCA) Stabilo launch vehicle. I forgot to include ARCA in the list of European suborbital ventures in this posting. Having had an unmanned carrier balloon test of the Stabilo-1b vehicle ARCA now plans for an end of year manned flight

But more recently ARCA has become one of the teams competing for the Google lunar X Prize and announced last week that they intend to test fly a Stabilo vehicle with a prototype of the team’s  “European Lunar Lander” onboard in three months time – see the video of the ARCA announcement about that in the extended portion of the post


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