Startups Envision Lucrative Space Reentry Industry

Outpost Technologies on-orbit demonstration in 2023.
Outpost Technologies is aiming for its first on-orbit demonstration in 2023.
Credit: Outpost Technologies
Dropped from a weather balloon at 102,000 ft. in altitude, it does not take long for SpaceWorks’ reentry test capsule to approach Mach 0.93 before friction from the Earth’s atmosphere, a drogue chute and a paraglider slow its descent to a leisurely touchdown. If all goes right in future test drops...

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