Monday, January 28, 2013

Sea Launch

Sea Launch operates spacecraft launching systems for inserting satellites into orbit directly from the equator. The website home page presents immediate information about current launch activities. Located in several boxes, you'll find Launch Information including a live countdown, Launch Broadcast availability, Mission archives, Image archives, and a News box. A menu across the top gives access to details on the company, its services, how it works, what they have done, access to images and videos, and an inquiry page. Sales and employment access is also through the contact section. Sea Launch can be found on a large selection of social media services.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Planetary Resources

Planetary Resources plan to put the natural resources of the asteroids to work. In particular, they plan to mine asteroids and bring the products back to where they are needed. The website displays a You Tube video on the main page that explains the plans and mission of the company. A menu at the bottom of the main page takes you to six areas that explain in greater detail the Mission, Technology, the company Team, Asteroid information, employment, investment and partnership opportunities, and News items. As you hover your mouse over a selection a drop down menu will appear and offer "read more" opportunities. The FAQ page (found under the News section) gives a more in-depth look at the companies ambitions. Planetary Resources is on the major social networks.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fourmilab Switzerland

Obviously, John Walker has an interest in space and science. His Fourmilab Switzerland website is full of links to astronomical goodies. The website is easy to navigate with a home button on the upper left (the Fourmilab logo) and four quick buttons on the top right. A large list on the left is divided into categories and provides links directly to specific subjects. When clicked, these appear in the main section. Clicking on items in the main panel will bring up a full page item. Use your 'back' key to return to the menu page. The Astronomy and Space page lists a variety of programs and interactive items as well as documents and images provided by the author. Most of the applications and screen savers are written for Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me and NT/2000/XP. Some work in Windows 7 as well. There are a couple of Unix applications also. All material on the website is in the public domain other than a few clearly marked items.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bigelow Aerospace

Bigelow Aerospace builds commercial space stations. Their unique design makes them very affordable. At this time there are two of their stations in orbit and a contract is in place to build a module for the International Space Station. The website five menu items across the top. A history of the company starts the line with Station Operation information next. News items and a Company Profile give good information about Bigelow. Be sure to check the Careers tab for great job opportunities. Inside the page you'll find quick information about the company, opportunities with them and links to the latest news. Across the bottom are tabs that provide contact and specific information. The can be very interesting to read.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Space Angels Network

Space Angels Network provides capital financing for aerospace and aviation startup companies. It is a place for both investors and entrepreneurs. The website home page provides quick access to membership for investing, submitting your company for funding and learning about the founding members. All site pages are presented on the left hand side of the screen. The right column is dedicated to joining the Space Angel Network, subscribing to the mailing list and a list of upcoming events. The investor and entrepreneur FAQs provide easy to read details of how the organization functions. Existing companies may choose to become a sponsor and take advantage of the networking opportunities in the space and aviation industries. If you're interested, you can join the mailing list or follow Space Angels Network on Twitter.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Virtual Telescope Project

Located in central Italy, The Virtual Telescope Project presents two online, remotely controllable telescopes available through the Internet. Several options are available to access the scopes. First, you can join free public online observing sessions. These are hosted by the projects own astrophysicists. Second, you may buy telescope time and operate either the Celestron C14 or the Planewave 17 telescope yourself. You may use your time to operate the scope personally over the Internet or just pay for the imaging of specific objects. The website is easy to navigate and gets you to buying your telescope time quickly. Be sure to read the Conditions Of Use page as charges are clearly spelled out. The News page acts as a blog of events concerning the project. Images here give a good impression of the capabilities of the system. The Virtual Telescope Project is on all the major social networks.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

United Space Alliance

What happens when major space industry players get together? United Space Alliance! With this team, you can outsource all your space program needs. The website is clean and simple. A menu across the top gives you access to information about the Alliance itself, Products & Services available, and a history of the team's performance. Clicking on the Newsroom tab takes you to a media rich page that includes not only news releases and media coverage, but a video, photo and ad gallery. As jobs with the team become available they are posted on the Careers tab. You can learn a lot about the alliance and what it can do for you from initial research and design to actual payload liftoff and space delivery. United Space Alliance is on both Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, January 4, 2013


LaserMotive is developing 'wireless power delivery systems'. While the systems have many ground based application possibilities, there is a future for space based energy delivery systems. The main page of the website welcomes you and provides a quick overview of what the company does. There is a menu bar across the top (and repeated at the bottom of the page) that will take you to all aspects of the companies pioneering research. The Quick Links box highlights major innovative advances. The From Our Blog section provides links to major blog entries while teasing with interesting subject titles. Each of the five sections on the website provide clear general information about the subject matter. Detailed information can be found in the Technology section under Papers & Reports. You can subscribe to LaserMotive's mailing list through a form on the contact page.