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Dramatic Improvements Can Be Made in Spaceflight Safety

15 Dec 2009, 23:24 UTC
Dramatic Improvements Can Be Made in Spaceflight Safety
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Robert Talmage, BSAE, is president of TAAS Company in Acworth, Georgia and our second "Guest" Author-Analyst. He has long been focused on the development of new escape systems and flight testing. His original proposal for a two stage rocket plane was published in Design News, Omni and Popular Mechanics. TAAS Company developed the Aircraft Escape Cabin (AEC) to offer a new option for crew recovery. Talmage recently presented the AEC technology and it’s value in flight testing and new space development at the AIAA International Space Plane Conference and AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference. His goal is to see these crew recovery techniques realized across multiple applications including military aircraft and spaceflight transportation.

Various NASA spokespersons, astronauts and managers are seeking a tenfold increase in flight safety standards for future astronauts. Several of their comments can be seen in “NASA Clamors for Safer Launchers”, by Todd Halvorson and published by Florida Today (November 29, 2009). Wayne Hale, NASA Deputy Administrator for Strategic Partnerships, went even further when speaking to the commercial space industry at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, (ISPCS) in October this year. Hale suggested that it was highly likely that NASA would require a crew escape ...

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