A high level delegation led by Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency board and the agency’s director general, Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, has visited key stakeholders within the space sector in several European countries. The meetings aimed to strengthen the framework of cooperation and partnership between the UAE Space Agency and important stakeholders across Europe. The chairman, director general and delegation discussed opportunities of cooperation with various institutions working in the sector, in order to exchange knowledge and experience in space technology and science.
The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA have signed a historic agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. The two agencies will collaborate to expand efforts that provide a stable framework for the United States space industry, avoid conflicting requirements and multiple sets of standards, and advance both public and crew safety.
Virgin Galactic and Aabar Investments have announced the appointment of Steve Landeene to the role of chief advisor, Spaceport Abu Dhabi. Between 2007 and 2010, Landeene was executive director of Spaceport America in New Mexico and oversaw the development of Virgin Galactic’s operational hub and the world’s first purpose built commercial spaceport.
Jamaica is home to some of the most famous spas in the world, from the FieldSpa at Goldeneye, to the Fern Tree, Rock Resorts Spa at the Half Moon – it’s no wonder visitors return again and again to experience authentic Jamaican pampering. With its ancient healing remedies of native herbs, fruits and botanicals, BTN takes a look at some of the latest spa developments taking place across this premier Caribbean spa destination.
Orbital Technologies has released further details of its plan to offer guests accommodation at the first space hotel. Situated some 350 kilometres above the earth, the Commercial Space Station will have accommodation for seven guests and will be serviced by the Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.
Space tourism for the masses has taken another step closer to reality with the opening of the world’s first commercial spaceport in New Mexico, USA.
Russian space group Energiya in partnership with America’s Orbital Technologies have won the tender to build the world’s first space hotel, complete with a menu devised by celebrity chefs. The CSS hotel will house up to seven space tourists, and also double up as an emergency refuge for astronauts.
Virgin Galatic’s attempt to launch its space tourism venture from a UK base has been given heavyweight public and private sector backing.
Commercial spaceships could be taking travellers to the moon by 2020 under new proposals set by the Obama administration. The “historic decision” to devote $6 billion over the next five years to commercial spaceflight could also create 5,000 jobs.
Spacecraft could be built to surf along gravitational corridors between planets and moons, allowing longer and cheaper journeys around the solar system, scientists have revealed. Scientists in the United States are trying to map the twisting tubes so they could be used to cut the cost of space travel.