A $50,000 contest aims to inspire new ways to hoist you and your luggage into orbit
By Patrick Di Justo
Posted 10.11.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Space travel is relatively cheap compared with the cost of leaving Earth. The space shuttle, for instance, burns more than half a million gallons of fuel blasting into orbit, making every pound of payload cost $10,000. Now the nonprofit Spaceward Foundation, with a $400,000 grant from NASA, hopes to fast-track the technology to reach space on the cheap, without rockets.
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