Contest Directions: So, the Canadians want to get into the rocket business. Time for us to create scenes that display how the Canadians will impact space missions. Design Canadian rocket, or show them in space. Grab a Molson Golden, load up Photoshop and start creating those space missions you hosers.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The $10 million competition to send a private manned rocket into space started looking more like a race Thursday, when a Canadian team announced plans to launch its rocket three days after an American group intends to begin qualifying for the Ansari X prize. Leaders of the Canadian da Vinci Project plan to launch their Wild Fire rocket Oct. 2 from Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The da Vinci Project's Wild Fire has a traditional rocket configuration, with a capsule on top of a booster, but it will be carried up to about 80,000 feet by a reusable balloon before it is released and its rocket motor is ignited. The capsule and booster are designed to separate and descend beneath parachutes for reuse.
Military space program:
Different countries use space vehicles for satellite surveillance, distant detection of ballistic missiles, communications & navigation. Counter-satellite weapon systems were also developed.
Main article: List of space agencies
Brazilian Space Agency Founded in 1994;
European Space Agency (ESA) - 1964;
Indian Space Research Organization 1969;
Canadian Space Agency 1989;
China National Space Administration 1993;
National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU) 1996;
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) - 1958;
Federal Space Agency of Russia (FSA RF) - 1990;
Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAEA) - 2003.
Stages of space exploration in USSR: Voyage to the Stars was laid by Communists, 1964
Important space programs & flights of Space Agencies of various countries:
Artificial Earth Satellites (AES):
Satellite first series of satellites in the world (USSR);
o Sputnik -1 First vehicle, which was launched by human into space (USSR);
Vanguard series of first American satellites (USA).
List of satellites of USSR & Russian Federation: Electron, Polyot, Meteor, Ekran, Raduga, Horizon, Molniya, Geyser, Altair, Coupon, GLONASS, Parus, Photon, Oka, Strela, Resource, Selina, Bion, Romb, Cicada.
Robotic interplanetary probes:
Pioneer Program to study the Moon, interplanetary space, Jupiter & Saturn (USA);
Voyager Program to study the gigantic planets (USA);
Mariner Study the Venus, Mars & Mercury (USA);
Mars Study Mars, first soft landing on its surface (USSR);
Venera Program to study the atmosphere of Venus & its surface (USSR);
Viking Program to study the surface of Mars (USA);
Vega Program to study Comet Halley, landing of sounding weather balloon on Venus (USSR);
Phobos mission to study the satellites of Mars (USSR);
Mars Express artificial satellite of Mars, landing of Mars rover "Beagle-2" (ESA);
Galileo mission to study Jupiter & its satellites (NASA);
Huygens Probe for studying the atmosphere of Titan (ESA);
Rosetta landing of space craft on nucleus of comet Churyumov Gerasimenko (ESA);
Hayabusa soil sample from asteroid Itokawa (JAEA);
MESSENGER mission to study Mercury (NASA);
Magellan spacecraft mission to study Venus (NASA);
New Horizons mission to study Pluto & its satellites (NASA);
Venus Express probe to study Venus (ESA);
Phoenix program to study surface of Mars (NASA).
Luna program to study the Moon, transportation of soil from Moon, Lunakhod-1, Lunakhod-2 (USSR);
Ranger receiving TV images of Moon during hard-landing on its surface (USA);
Explorer 35 (Lunar Explorer 2) study of Moon & circumlunar space from selenocentric orbit (USA);
Lunar Orbiter exit onto orbit around Moon, mapping of Moon surface (USA);
Surveyor soft-landing probe on Moon, study of Moon soil (USA);
Lunar Prospector mission to study the Moon (USA);
Smart-1 Program to study the Moon, spacecraft is equipped with ion engine (ESA);
Kaguya Program to study Moon & circumlunar space (Japan);
Chang'e -1 mission to study the Moon, mapping of lunar surface (China).
Vostok Trying out the first human spaceflights (USSR, 19611963);
Mercury Trying the human spaceflights (USA, 19611963);
Voskhod manned orbital flights; first exit into open space, first multi-seater spacecraft (USSR, 19641965);
Gemini twin-seater space shuttle, first docking in circum-terrestrial orbit (USA, 19651966);
Apollo manned space flights onto Moon (USA, 19681972/1975);
Soyuz Manned expeditions (USSR/Russia, since 1968)
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, ASTP, 1975.
Space Shuttle reusable space shuttle (USA, from 1981);
Buran reusable space shuttle (USSR, unmanned probe flight in 1988);
Shenzhou orbital human spaceflights (China, from 2003)
Salyut First series of space stations (USSR);
Skylab space station (USA);
Mir First modular type space station (USSR);
International Space Station (ISS).
SpaceShipOne First private space craft