The Civil Aviation Authority has published a report, ‘UK Government review of commercial spaceplane certification and operations’, which has very positive conclusions. Eight specific spaceplane projects are described, including the Bristol Spaceplanes Ascender – see…
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.
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…
22 April 2003
Contact: David Ashford, Bristol Spaceplanes Limited, 3 Forest Hills Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4DN UK
David Ashford, Managing Director of Bristol Spaceplanes Limited, has just released ‘Spaceflight Revolution’, a new book that explores the future of spaceflight. Mr Ashford details the low cost, safety, and reliability of the vehicle destined to replace the ballistic rocket – the spaceplane.
‘Spaceflight Revolution’ describes the enormous economic potential of a new generation of passenger-carrying reusable launch vehicles: space can truly become available to most people by replacing expendable vehicles with spaceplanes. Or, as Mr Ashford himself puts it, “Imagine how much motoring would cost if automobiles could be used for only one journey!”
Mr Ashford draws upon his years as an aerospace engineer to address why the spaceflight revolution has not happened to date. He explains, in plain language, the technical feasibility, safety, and economic benefits of these vehicles. Entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and futurists alike will find ‘Spaceflight Revolution’ a must for their bookshelves.
‘Spaceflight Revolution’, ISBN 1-86094-325-X (softback), ISBN 1-86094-320-9 (hardback), is published by Imperial College Press and is now available in book stores. For more information see: