American manned spacecraft. Study 2004. X-Prize suborbital ballistic spacecraft concept of Micro-Space, Inc of Denver, Colorado.
Crusader X was proposed by a team led by Richard Speck of Micro-Space, Inc of Denver, Colorado. The concept used rocket powered vertical takeoff followed by a parachute descent. The Crusader X used a lightweight core frame with seats and windshield resembling a bobsled. This was strapped to the flank of a cluster of rocket motors. The sealed Personal Life Support unit included a backup parachute, communications, and GPS gear. The core frame held the attitude control jets, tiny flight controller, and parachute packages.
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America's Space Prize Following the success of the Ansari X-Prize in motivating flight of the first commercial suborbital manned spacecraft, Robert Bigelow announced the 'America's Space Prize' - $ 50 million - to the first team to fly an orbital manned spacecraft that completes two missions safely and successfully by January 10, 2010. More...
X-Prize The X-Prize competition was an attempt to promote commercial civilian spaceflight in a manner similar to the prizes handed out in the early days of aviation. Ten million dollars was to go to the first team to fly a vehicle capable of launching three people into space (defined as an altitude of 100 km in a suborbital trajectory), twice in a two-week period. The vehicle had to be 90% reusable by dry mass. For purposes of the two flights, the competition accepted flight by one person and ballast equivalent to two others at 90 kg per passenger. More...
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Crusader X Chronology
2003 September 20 -
- Crusader X engine tests. - .
Nation: USA. Program: X-Prize. Spacecraft: Crusader X. Summary: Micro-Space (Denver, Colorado, USA) conducted flight testing of their low thrust, liquid fuel launch system for the 6th and 7th times. Ground support and launch systems have been perfected..
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