Starry Critters is hosting the Carnival of Space 171
This site provided the interview of John Hunter of Quicklaunch.
Quicklaunch is hoping to create a method for launching unmanned payloads into orbit for $500 per pound. The Quicklaunch approach shoots payloads into orbit using a large hydrogen powered cannon.
This site also provided an update of the Reaction Engines work towards the Skylon Spaceplane
Reaction Engines has been undergoing internal preparations for significant events, which are to be covered in their September update. UK officials will meet next week at a special two-day workshop next week, which will investigate how it can be developed commercially.
A new study announced in the magazine Applied Physics Letters in August 2010 (published by the American Institute of Physics), explains how solar power could potentially be collected by using oxide materials that contain the element selenium. A team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, inserted selenium in zinc oxide, a relatively low-priced material that could make more economical use of the sun’s energy