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Ten years after SpaceShipOne made history, still waiting for the future to arrive | NewSpace Journal

Ten years after SpaceShipOne made history, still waiting for the future to arrive | NewSpace Journal | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Ten years ago this morning, a small rocket-powered vehicle with a single test pilot aboard appeared to open a door into the future. SpaceShipOne, carried aloft by its carrier aircraft, White Knight, detached from the plane, fired its hybrid rocket motor and soared to an altitude just above the Kármán line, the 100-kilometer boundary widely adopted as the “beginning” of space. SpaceShipOne then glided back to a safe landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port, entering history as the first privately-developed and -funded crewed vehicle to go into space.


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The EELV launch facilities and vehicles were over 14 years in the making.  Keep the faith.

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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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Trump's NASA Budget Eliminates Crewed Mission to Asteroid

Trump's NASA Budget Eliminates Crewed Mission to Asteroid | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The Obama-era Asteroid Redirect Mission is one of several casualties of the $19.1-billion budget request

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 16, 7:43 PM
On overview of President Trump's budget request for NASA. So long to ARM and to missions related to monitoring Earth's climate.
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An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon

An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

In a paper prepared for NASA, Bezos says his Blue Origin space company could land a delivery vehicle on the moon by 2020...


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Blue Origin Announces First Customer for New Glenn Launcher - SpaceRef

Blue Origin Announces First Customer for New Glenn Launcher - SpaceRef | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Jeff Bezos has a customer for his New Glenn launch vehicle, Eutelsat, which he announced at Satellite 2017 this morning in Washington, DC. While still years away from operations, Blue Origin has been making steady progress in a step-by-step fashion....

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 7, 2:33 PM
Blue Origin books its first customer for an orbital satellite launch.
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An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon

An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
In a paper prepared for NASA, Bezos says his Blue Origin space company could land a delivery vehicle on the moon by 2020.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 3, 5:45 PM
Blue Origin proposes setting up a base camp at the South Pole of the moon.
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SpaceX’s Private Lunar Mission in Work for Last Two Years; Other Opportunities on Horizon

SpaceX’s Private Lunar Mission in Work for Last Two Years; Other Opportunities on Horizon | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX lunar mission

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 2, 11:46 PM
SpaceX has been thinking about sending paying passengers to the moon for at least two years. The fact that next year is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 is purely coincidental, although fortuitous.
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Virgin Galactic Announces New Commercial Space Company Virgin Orbit - SpaceRef Business

Virgin Galactic Announces New Commercial Space Company Virgin Orbit - SpaceRef Business | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 3, 12:07 AM
Virgin looks to book some revenue from space with new Virgin Orbit firm that will launch small satellites from its Launcher 1 rocket, carried aloft by the CosmicGirl 747 aircraft.
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NASA Buys Soyuz Seats from Boeing with Options Through 2019 if Commercial Crew Is Delayed

NASA Buys Soyuz Seats from Boeing with Options Through 2019 if Commercial Crew Is Delayed | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Learn about NASA purchasing additional seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to take crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS). In this case, NASA purchased them through Boeing, which has Soyuz seats available due to a financial settlement with Russia's Energia over the Sea Launch program...


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Russian rocket builder may have replaced special alloys with cheap metals

Russian rocket builder may have replaced special alloys with cheap metals | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Implications for NASA, which relies on Russia for crew transport, remain unclear.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 24, 12:50 PM
Are astronauts who ride Russian rockets into orbit in even more danger than we have thought?
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NASA’s longshot bet on VASIMR may be about to pay off

NASA’s longshot bet on VASIMR may be about to pay off | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

HOUSTON—Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and peers through a porthole cut into the side of a silver, tanker-truck-sized vacuum chamber. Inside, a blueish-purple light shines, unchanging and constant, like a bright flashlight. “It looks kind of boring,” Chang-Díaz admits. “But that plume is 3.5 million degrees. If you stuck your hand in that, it would be very bad.” Truth be told, the plume does not look impressive at all. 


And yet the engine firing within the vacuum chamber is potentially revolutionary...


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Chuck Black's curator insight, February 26, 2:40 PM
For more on Canada's contribution to VASIMR, check out the November 7th, 2009 post, "Our Next Real Canadian Rocket Scientist," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2009/11/next-canadian-rocket-its-interesting-to.html
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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.
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SpaceX Blazes into the Night With Early-Hours EchoStar-23 Launch

SpaceX Blazes into the Night With Early-Hours EchoStar-23 Launch | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
EchoStar-23 launch report

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 16, 4:26 PM
Falcon 9 makes third consecutive 2017 launch into orbit, this time with a communications satellite payload.
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Mineral Points To A Water Rich Mars - Universe Today

Mineral Points To A Water Rich Mars - Universe Today | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
A new experiment conducted by an international team researchers has shown that Martian meteorites may have lost their water, indicating that Mars was wetter in the past than previously thought.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 8, 12:03 PM
Maybe there is more water on Mars than we thought.
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Blue Origin Just Teased a Photo of Its Big Ass Rocket's Engine

Blue Origin Just Teased a Photo of Its Big Ass Rocket's Engine | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Dick-shaped aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin has finally revealed its BE-4 liquid rocket engine—an engine the company has been developing for more than four years. 


The BE-4s will be used in Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket, which founder Jeff Bezos hopes will one day shuttle humans to and from the moon. In true Bezos fashion, the announcement was made without notice on his personal Twitter account...


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Bezos: In Future, Humans Will Build All Heavy Manufacturing In Space

Bezos: In Future, Humans Will Build All Heavy Manufacturing In Space | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos spoke at Aviation Week's Laureate Awards about the importance of expanding into the solar system...


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Forget SpaceX: 10 companies that will change space travel in 2017 & 2018

Forget SpaceX: 10 companies that will change space travel in 2017 & 2018 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Here's a non-exhaustive list of 10 companies mirroring, challenging, or augmenting the work SpaceX is doing by following through on the next steps to getting humanity into space on a more regular basis...


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Chuck Black's curator insight, March 2, 1:21 PM
It's worth noting that none of these companies are Canadian...
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NASA Releases 2017-18 Software Catalog For Free Public Access

The NASA Software Catalog offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications!


You can access the full catalog for FREE at https://software.nasa.gov/


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Commercial rotation plans firming up as US Segment crew to increase early | NASASpaceFlight.com

Commercial rotation plans firming up as US Segment crew to increase early | NASASpaceFlight.com | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
With Dragon now returned to flight and safely berthed to the ISS, time is ticking closer to the start of commercial crew transportation services to the station.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 28, 4:16 PM
Space station staffing is about to get more complicated.
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If you think NASA is frustrated with SpaceX, you’re probably right

If you think NASA is frustrated with SpaceX, you’re probably right | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX's plan to fly around the Moon will stress a mutually beneficial relationship.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 1, 3:26 PM
NASA wants SpaceX to deliver on its contracts to supply the space station with cargo and crew. Recent cargo delivery went just fine, but there is fear that crew delivery may be delayed even further than it already is.
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2017 Yuri's Night World Space Party; Wednesday, April 12th in Toronto, ON

2017 Yuri's Night World Space Party; Wednesday, April 12th in Toronto, ON | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

The Commercial Space blog will be sponsoring a Yuri's Night Party at the Polish Combatants' Hall, 206 Beverley Street in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 from 7pm - 11pm...


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