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Cannes 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio space flight goes for $1.5 million

Cannes 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio space flight goes for $1.5 million | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

A guest at a charity auction at Cannes has paid 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) for a trip into space with Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

AmFAR, a nonprofit devoted to AIDS research, held the auction Thursday night at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc as part of its 20th annual Cinema Against AIDS event at the French film festival.

 

The winning bidder paid to travel into orbit on a Virgin Galactic spaceship in a seat next to DiCaprio's sometime in 2014.

 

 


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Good cause Leo.  Can't wait to witness the flight in 2014.

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China Prepares Another Step Toward Own Space Station

China Prepares Another Step Toward Own Space Station | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Chinese human-spaceflight managers are ready to launch their nation’s long-awaited robotic cargo vehicle to the Tiangong-2 orbital outpost...


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These 3 Nations are Aiming Higher in the International Space Race - Via Satellite

These 3 Nations are Aiming Higher in the International Space Race - Via Satellite | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Japan and Canada are making significant changes to how their national space agencies operate, while Australia is examining whether there is a need for national space agency at all. Speakers from each had time to dig deeper into their respective countries’ space industry plans during the 33rd Space Symposium last week in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Chuck Black's curator insight, April 11, 3:42 PM
Here's hoping that CSA president Laporte doesn't put too much stock in the Ukraine rocket company looking to build a spaceport in Nova Scotia
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Luxembourg sets its sights on space resources, with Seattle as launch pad

Luxembourg sets its sights on space resources, with Seattle as launch pad | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Luxembourg’s royal heir and its top economic official got the grand tour of the Seattle area today, deepening a business relationship that could someday turn far-flung asteroids into the next commercial frontier. 


“The exciting field of space technology could enable many more partnerships and economic success stories between Luxembourg and Seattle,” Prince Guillaume told a VIP gathering at Seattle’s Space Needle.


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Chuck Black's curator insight, April 13, 2:23 PM
The Luxembourg initiative in space mining includes a $26.5M investment in Planetary Resources. 

A delegation from Luxembourg recently visited Seattle to check in on their investment..
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New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials - SpaceRef

New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials - SpaceRef | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials https://t.co/Vx3RJUUhOA

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, April 16, 7:59 PM
Colonists on other worlds are going to need to make tools and building materials out of local materials. A new 3-D printing techniques may be how they do it.
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SS John Glenn Launching Science Stash to Space Station atop Atlas V April 18 - Watch Live and 360 Degree Video - Universe Today

SS John Glenn Launching Science Stash to Space Station atop Atlas V April 18 - Watch Live and 360 Degree Video - Universe Today | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - The ‘SS John Glenn’ cargo freighter stands proudly poised for launch at pad 41 from the Florida Space Coast on Tuesday April 18, loaded with a stash of nearly 4 tons of science investigations and essential supplies atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket destined for the multinational crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS)...


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Chuck Black's curator insight, April 18, 5:35 AM
The cargo also includes the Canadian built AlbertaSat, which as outlined in the AlbertaSat website (https://albertasat.ca/projects/) which "will provide a platform for the University of Alberta to demonstrate their newly designed digital fluxgate magnetometer in a space environment."
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China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program

China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
China's government is looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival US companies like Elon Musk's Space X to boost prestige at home and abroad.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 28, 3:10 PM
China is turning into a serious player in space.
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ARCA unveils Haas 2CA rocket in Las Cruces

ARCA unveils Haas 2CA rocket in Las Cruces | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The new rocket, which will be built entirely in Las Cruces, is currently undergoing the FAA licensing process. Developers are collaborating with NASA's Kennedy, Ames, Wallops, Marshall, Stennis, and Johnson Space Centers as part of the Cooperative Opportunity Program, aiming to increase the flight readiness of the vehicle. The first flight is scheduled to launch from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore in 2018...

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There’s great potential for a SpaceX hub in Canada

There’s great potential for a SpaceX hub in Canada | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

As far as I know, SpaceX has not yet approached the Canadian and N.S. governments. However, Marc Garneau will see the potential. The federal Transport Minister is in charge of infrastructure development, including ports of all kinds.Elon Musk’s SpaceX is rapidly reshaping the global economy, and Canada would be wise to get on board


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Chuck Black's curator insight, April 3, 8:21 AM
This is an editorial. 

The author admits that, as far as he knows, "SpaceX has not yet approached the Canadian and N.S. governments," although, transport minister Marc Garneau "will see the potential," mostly because he was once an astronaut...
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SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com

SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

In what is anticipated to be the first of many such occasions, SpaceX is preparing for the all-important static fire on Monday of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the SES-10 mission to orbit next week. Of historic importance is the fact that this first stage has already launched a mission – marking the first time that SpaceX will refly the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket...


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Trump’s biggest budget cuts to NASA: ranked

Trump’s biggest budget cuts to NASA: ranked | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Out of all the federal agencies that received budget plans from President Donald Trump yesterday, NASA fared pretty well. The space agency is only facing a 0.8 percent cut in its overall budget


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A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Pluto

A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Pluto | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Pluto fans are attempting to reignite a contentious astronomy debate: What is a planet?

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 20, 7:56 PM
The debate over Pluto continues.
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Here’s what China has planned for its space program in 2017

Here’s what China has planned for its space program in 2017 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
China is looking set for its most intense year of space activities so far in 2017, taking further steps towards a large space station, launching a complex mission to collect Moon samples, and aiming for a national launch record. @ http://gbtimes.com/china/heres-what-china-has-planned-its-space-program-2017

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It's time for a joint effort with China; why do they have to go over old ground?
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Gigantic Aircraft Backed By Tech Billionaire Could Fly Soon

Gigantic Aircraft Backed By Tech Billionaire Could Fly Soon | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Vulcan Aerospace's massive Stratolaunch aircraft will fly this year.


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Elon Musk wants to make Falcon rockets fully reusable – Spaceflight Now

Elon Musk wants to make Falcon rockets fully reusable – Spaceflight Now | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX chief Elon Musk said last week he is “fairly confident” his company’s Falcon rockets can be made fully reusable within a couple of years, suggesting a renewed emphasis on outfitting upper stages for a scorching re-entry after engineers shelved the idea to focus on landing the launcher’s bigger booster stage.

The launch firm revealed a concept to recover and reuse both stages of the Falcon 9 rocket in 2011, but visible technical progress has been limited to the first stage in the last few years. Landing and relaunching the Falcon 9’s first stage presented a lesser challenge to SpaceX’s engineers, and the booster is the most valuable part of the rocket, representing about 70 percent of its total cost...

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Goldman Sachs is Bullish on Asteroid Mining

Goldman Sachs is Bullish on Asteroid Mining | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
           By  Brian Orlotti Marquis US investment firm Goldman Sachs has released a report revealing its bullish outlook o

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, April 11, 2:40 PM
When the financial elite start talking about asteroid mining, perhaps a corner has been turned and we are in a new era.
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Asteroid Prospects III: In pursuit of a thriving space economy - Space Angels

Asteroid Prospects III: In pursuit of a thriving space economy - Space Angels | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
By Chad Anderson and Kelsey Tollefson | Executive Editor John Lenker This is the third article in a three-part series about the prospects and future of space mining. Part one, “Asteroid Prospects: The Facts and Future of Space Mining” can be found here. “Asteroid Prospects II: Between a Rock and a Hard Place” can be...Read More

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7 Awesome things to know about the webb space telescope

7 Awesome things to know about the webb space telescope | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space telescope ever built, is on schedule to launch on October 2018 at dawn from French Guiana in South America.


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NASA announces the latest of 22 visionary exploration concepts

NASA announces the latest of 22 visionary exploration concepts | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
NASA is preparing for a future that could include soft robotic spacecraft with flexible surfaces that can anchor to an asteroid, and an artificial gravity device for long-duration, deep space missions, along with other technologies that so far has been limited to the realm of science fiction.

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Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site | NASASpaceFlight.com

Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site | NASASpaceFlight.com | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
A newly acquired environmental impact report has provided fascinating insights into Blue Origin's plans to become a major player on the Space Coast. With a

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 30, 12:31 PM
Blue Origin has detailed plans for launching New Glenn rockets from Florida's Space Coast.
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Finding Earth's Twin In Space May Be Impossible

Finding Earth's Twin In Space May Be Impossible | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Before you tout the next exoplanet as “the most Earth-like ever,” ask whether that’s true, and whether that’s even a good thing.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 31, 10:37 PM
Finding Earth's twin may be impossible, but that's OK. What we really want is not a twin, but a planet harboring complex life.
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United Launch Alliance cuts Atlas rocket price amid competition

United Launch Alliance cuts Atlas rocket price amid competition | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance has dropped the price of its workhorse Atlas 5 rocket flights by about one-third in response to mounting competition from rival SpaceX and others, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday...


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NASA thinks there's a way to get to Mars in three days

NASA thinks there's a way to get to Mars in three days | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
We've achieved amazing things by using chemical rockets to place satellites in orbit, land people on the moon, and place rovers on the surface of Mars. We've even used ion drives to reach destinations further afield in our solar system. But reaching other stars, or reducing our travel time to Mars or other planets, will require another method of travel. One that can approach relativistic speeds.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 26, 11:21 PM
Photonic propulsion is being developed that will greatly speed up space travel.
Donald Schwartz's curator insight, March 28, 2:49 PM

We're talking commuting distance here. But there will be problems, i.e. space travel lag.

 

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Stephen Hawking to Visit Space Aboard Virgin Galactic

Stephen Hawking to Visit Space Aboard Virgin Galactic | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The renowned physicist says he has accepted an invitation from Richard Branson to voyage into space on a Virgin Galactic trip, which would be a major milestone in space tourism.

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MDA’s US Subsidiary SSL RESTORE-L Mission Funding Cut

MDA’s US Subsidiary SSL RESTORE-L Mission Funding Cut | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
NASA appears to have been spared a major cut to its budget according to the NASA 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) Budget Blueprint. 

The Trump Administration’s FY2018 budget blueprint would see less than a 1% cut to NASA’s budget and is proposing it be set at $19.1 billion. However, NASA’s Budget Blueprint includes a line item related to the RESTORE-L mission that would see the budget for this mission reduced by US$88 million. 

Specifically the NASA Budget Blueprint states that it “Restructures a duplicative robotic satellite refueling demonstration mission to reduce its cost and better position it to support a nascent commercial satellite servicing industry, resulting in a savings of $88 million from the 2017 annualized CR (Continuing Resolution) level...

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SpaceX in 2nd AF sat pact

SpaceX in 2nd AF sat pact | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Elon Musk's SpaceX has won a $96.5 million contract to launch a military communications satellite.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 16, 6:12 PM
SpaceX books another military launch.