Let the dreamers wake the nations. Dumitru Popescu gazing over his native Romania. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
He dropped out of school because time was ripe to start a major company. So did Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison (Oracle). "I knew my priorities," Dumitru told ExplorersWeb. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
IAR-111 supersonic high altitude airplane will carry the rocket to altitude in its belly. It has three safety systems: a crew capsule ejection system, a plane recovery parachute and an anti stall parachute. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
The "rockoon" concept: one of ARCA's early projects involved the world's largest solar hot air balloon lifting the spaceship to altitude. Image by Arcaspace.com courtesy Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
About another ballooner: "Felix Baumgartner is very courageous. His accomplishment will always remain a useful study for space related activities and for aeronautic medicine," Dumitru said. courtesy Red Bull Stratos, SOURCE
"You need to interview this guy," insisted mountaineer and Nangpa La whistle blower Romanian Alex Gavan (right in image with Kazakh Denis Urubko) about his friend Dumitru. "We intend to open space travel to everyone and especially explorers like Alex Gavan," Dumitru told ExplorersWeb. "We need people like him for their courage and vision."
The Executor: simple, smart and insourced makes cost effective. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
2013 will mark the maiden flight of the Haas 2C rocket. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
Genesis of a new Space: ARCA works independent of government and across borders. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
Privately funded, ARCA recently signed a 1.1 million dollar contract with the European Space Agency to test flight equipments for the program that aims to explore Mars in 2016 and 2018. Image by Arcaspace.com, SOURCE
Watching from above: another bunch of dreamers, shaped differently only by their times. Regarded as a father of space travel Romania born Hermann Oberth is to the right of the rocket. German Wernher von Braun stands far right. Von Braun would apply Oberth's technology for the construction of the V2-missile ordered by Hitler. After the war he would bring his crew to US becoming the first director for NASA and paving way for the American Apollo flights to the moon. Image by Hugo Portisch, Osterreich II, Bd. 3, Kremayr & Scheriau, Vienna 1996, SOURCE
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(Tina Sjogren) Russia and China hustle to colonize the moon and no one is sure what NASA is up to. Meanwhile rocket science goes private, and it's a global thing. His company joined the Ansari X PRIZE in 2002 and went on to become one of the leading contenders. Now he wants to build a supersonic high altitude airplane and win the Google Lunar X Prize competition. Here goes an ExWeb interview with Romanian engineer Dumitru Popescu who dropped out of school to take on a national space industry at the tender age of 21....