Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.

London to Tokyo in 90 minutes, via space

London to Tokyo in ninety minutes, via space.

As much as I want every space tourism company to succeed, I’ll believe this story only when I see it.

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  • Kelly Starks

    Similar market as what Gary Lantz and I were working on with ArcJet. The tech avalible, he seems to be getting similar cost numbers as we were; and its a potential market thats huge.

  • From the website, they seem to be talking about a price point of about $15,000 – $20,000 for a round trip LON – SYD. Round trip travel time of 4 hours vs. 48 hrs. If the technology is even as reliable as first-generation jets (NOT the Comet), it would be a game-changer.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the SSTSO concept works, and if it does, if it’s scalable. I notice that the re-entry g-forces are estimated to be 4.5g, which is much greater than the Shuttle, and approaches Apollo levels. If we’re going to have commercial sub-orbital travel, that’s not going to work.

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