Armadillo Aerospace (founded and run by the guy who made the Doom games) did a demo launch of his lunar lander; if he does what he did with this test at the XPrize Cup in New Mexico in October, he’ll win a million bucks. The video is here:

Armadillo Lunar Challenge

I thought it was pretty cool; the test vehicle is about as tall as a person. More info here:

Cosmic Log

Meanwhile, the owner and CEO of has his own space program, too:

Blue Origin

There’s video of his vertical take off and landing rocket there, too. Just scroll down and you’ll see where to click.

And, Bigelow Aerospace (owned by the CEO of Budget Suites of America) has a test space station in orbit and plans to launch another one later this month. For more info (pictures and video), go here:

Bigelow Aerospace

Things remain very busy in space. NASA is scheduled to launch the next Shuttle to the International Space Station on Friday, June 8.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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