In this remarkable new book from Hodder’s All That Matters series, author David Ashford looks back at the story of space exploration, identifying the factors that were a driving force behind the eye-catching programmes of the cold war and showing how now new driving forces are needed.
Read the press release, below.Read More
BSP Managing Director David Ashfored has been appointed Team Leader for the preparation of a technology roadmap for a UK small satellite launcher, as part of a UK Space Agency (UKSA) initiative.Read More
A new paper by David Ashford entitled ‘The Aviation Approach to Space Transportation’ has been published this month in the August 2009 of the Aeronautical Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
The Aviation Approach to Space Transportation shows how the cost of the first lunar base could be reduced by about ten times if priority were given to spaceplane development. The key argument is that operational prototypes of reusable launch vehicles can be built in experimental workshops, leading to great reductions in development cost. You cannot do this with expendable vehicles intended for human spaceflight because of their poor safety record.
To get launch costs down, we have to start thinking aeroplane rather than missile.Read More