Misc: Final Frontiers Design update + George Sowers & the case for space resources + Mars health challenges

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August 10, 2017

Here’s an update from space suit maker Final Frontier Design on various projects in which they are involved: Final Frontier Design: Latest News – Summer 2017.

One of the projects is with Starfighters Aerospace, which operates a fleet of 9 Lockheed Starfighter F-104 aircraft from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

The F-104 is truly a unique and amazing vehicle, capable of cruising at speeds of Mach 2.2 and reaching over 100,000 ft in altitude. In their zoom maneuver, the vehicle can achieve more than 2 minutes of weightlessness. However, many of these unique vehicle characteristics are only possible at high altitudes, requiring the use of a space suit for these flights. For this reason, the F-104 as it operates now cannot exceed 50,000 ft. safely.

Enter FFD’s space suit. With a redundant pressure layer for emergency operations above 50,000 ft, the F-104 could finally realize its full operational potential! We are excited to be working with Starfighters to bring this dream to reality.

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George Sowers, former Chief Scientist for ULA, posts the slides from a presentation he recently gave at the Colorado School of Mines: The Case for Space Resources – Mad Scientist Musings.

A sampling:

The Cislunar Economy

Cislunar Econosphere

The business case

Conclusions

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Meanwhile, Mars continues to pull on the hearts of many and when a colon is one day set up there, they will have a range of health issues to deal with: Planning for health, sex and sleep on a future Mars colony – Room: The Space Journal.

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