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American Society for Engineering EducationSUMMER 2008Volume 17 | Number 9 PRISM HOMETABLE OF CONTENTSBACK ISSUES
FEATURES
COVER STORY: Earth, Wind and Science - IN JUST SEVEN YEARS, SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING—TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT THE PLANET WHILE RAISING LIVING STANDARDS—HAS CAUGHT FIRE WITH STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS ACROSS THE U.S. - BY CORINNA WU
FEATURE: Double Whammy - SOUTH AFRICA IS DESPERATE FOR TRAINED ENGINEERS, BUT ITS STUDENTS FACE MAJOR OBSTACLES: POOR HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION—A LEGACY OF APARTHEID—AND LOSS OF INSTRUCTORS TO HIGH-PAYING INDUSTRY JOBS. - BY DON BOROUGHS
FEATURE: 3…2…1…- LURING WEALTHY THRILL-SEEKERS INTO SPACE, AN EXPANDING GROUP OF COMPANIES OFFERS OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ADVENTURES, PRICED FROM $100,000 TO $100 MILLION.

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ASEE TODAY
BRIEFINGS
REFRACTIONS: Forgetting the Present BY HENRY PETROSKI
CLASSIFIEDS
LAST WORD: Key Members of the Team BY SANDEEP DILWALI

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FEATURE: 3...2...1... - Luring wealthy thrill-seekers into space, an expandinggroup of companies offers out-of-this-world adventures, priced from $100,000 to $100 million. FEATURE: 3...2...1... - Luring wealthy thrill-seekers into space, an expandinggroup of companies offers out-of-this-world adventures, priced from $100,000 to $100 million.  


EADS ASTRIUM

EADS ASTRIUMResembling a corporate jet but powered by rocket engines, the space plane of this European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. subsidiary will hurtle passengers 60 miles into space for several minutes of weightlessness and spectacular views of Earth, the company promises. The first flight is set for 2012 at a reported cost of $240,000 or more per tourist. The company projects a total market of 20,000 space travelers by the year 2020.

 

VIRGIN GALACTIC

Virgin Galactic

As entrepreneur Richard Branson’s latest venture, Virgin Galactic aims to launch tourists on its six-passenger SpaceShipTwo by 2010. Already, more than 250 people have paid $200,000 upfront for the privilege. Virgin is teaming with the New Mexico government, Foster + Partners architects and URS Corporation engineers to construct an eco-friendly desert spaceport, right.

Virgin Galactic
 


SPACE ADVENTURES

Space Adventures

Space AdventuresAn early entry in high-end space tourism, this company has already sent four civilians to the International Space Station, including telecom entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari, right. A suborbital flight 62 miles up will cost $102,000. Voyagers can join a future ISS mission for $30 million, or go to the far side of the moon for $100 million.

 

XCOR

XCORFor the traveler on a budget, the Lynx rocket plane, right, is designed to take off by itself and carry a pilot and one passenger 200,000 feet skyward, allowing them to experience 90 seconds of weightlessness. Cost per trip: $100,000. Test flights start in 2010.

 

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