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SpaceVidcast SpacePod 7.7.10

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While the Space Shuttle Program may be winding down, the Russian Soyuz program is in high demand. This is your SpacePod for July 7th, 2010. Not only has the U.S. purchased tickets aboard Russian-built Soyuz rockets to help ferry astronauts to the international space station after shuttle retires, but now Canadian and European officials are looking to purchase dedicated Soyuz capsules for their own astronauts. This is really great news! Now that shuttle is retiring, there is a need to fill that gap with human rated rockets and spaceships. The doors of opportunity will be opening up for companies such as SpaceX and Orbital to come in and provide not just cargo services but crew as well. Sure, it does kinda suck that we're losing the Space Shuttle Program, but in its place we're forming a space industry. Just imagine what this whole new industry will look like 5 to 10 years from now. It's very exciting stuff! And speaking of the Soyuz rockets, Arianespace is working on finishing up their all new launch pad designed designed specifically for the Russian designed Soyuz craft. This new launch complex is being built in the Guiana Space Center which is a French run spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. This has been the launch site of over 200 Arianespace rockets since 1979 and soon it will be the launch site of Soyuz rockets as well. This is the first time a Soyuz rocket will launch from outside of Russia or the Baikonur Cosmodrome ever. There's a lot of really interesting and cool stuff happening over at Arianespace. Now for starters, the Ariane 5 launch coverage is some of the best in the world. They really do know how to put on a great show. Now they will be adding Soyuz rockets to their lineup. Then in early 2011 Arianespace will be adding the all new Vega launcher to their bag of tricks. Vega is designed to be a small launcher for satellites. This means that in early 2011, Arianespace will have a full lineup of rockets able to launch just about any payload you have at very affordable prices. Vega for the smaller satellites, Ariane 5 for the medium lift needs and of course Soyuz for your heavy lift needs. Now throw in a little competition from companies like SpaceX, BlueOrigin and Orbital. Well, you have the beginning of a space industry, not just a space program. More at

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Duration: 2 minutes and 31 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Benjamin Higginbotham
Views: 68
Posted by: spacevidcaster on Jul 14, 2010

While the Space Shuttle Program may be winding down, the Russian Soyuz program is in high demand.

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