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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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The Next Space Race: Video

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(Bloomberg) -- “The Next Space Race” is a journey through the booming business of space exploration. The International Space Station is a near zero-gravity laboratory dedicated to scientific research. The end of NASA's shuttle program left the world with only one way to get there, buy a seat from the Russians. Now NASA is holding a billion dollar competition challenging private enterprise to build America's next spacecraft. Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada are all multi-billion dollar aerospace companies and are each determined to win the NASA contract in order to become the leader in the emerging space industry. Bloomberg gets rare access to these space pioneers, including a tour of SpaceX with CEO Elon Musk.


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Photo Gallery: Land of Opportunity in Space | Aviation Week

Photo Gallery: Land of Opportunity in Space | Aviation Week | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

The boom in small Earth-observation satellites is expanding a market in which businesses and governments alike can gather valuable insight for monitoring climate change, political hot spots, business activities and disaster zones...


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Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race | YouTube


Watch our cool movie about going back to the Moon. In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Narrated by Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear), this is a complete behind-the-scenes feature on the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history. Adapted from the award-winning digital planetarium show, the 24-minute movie chronicles 18 teams from around the world looking to make history by landing a privately funded robotic spacecraft on the Moon. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world. 


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Elon Musk settles with the US Air Force, smoothing the way for competition in spy-satellite missions

Elon Musk settles with the US Air Force, smoothing the way for competition in spy-satellite missions | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
It only took John Ashcroft.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 28, 12:28 PM

SpaceX didn't win its suit against the US Air Force, but the suit made its point and it may now be easier for SpaceX to compete for military launch business.

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Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space

Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Miami (AFP) Jan 26, 2015: Boeing will be the first commercial company to carry a NASA astronaut to space in July 2017 under a contract with the US space agency, followed by its competitor SpaceX, officials said Monday...


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Reaction Engines Reaches SABRE Engine Milestone

Reaction Engines Reaches SABRE Engine Milestone | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Skylon with the SABRE engine. (Credit: Reaction Engines) ABINGTON, England (Reaction Engines PR) – This year, the Reaction Engines team are expanding in staff and activities to complete the SABRE demonstrator programme, with delivery on track for...

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 26, 5:06 PM

Skylon engine passes preliminary requirements review. Alan Bond predicts fully functioning SABRE engine by 2019.

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Video: Space-X, Boeing, NASA joint announcement

Video: Space-X, Boeing, NASA joint announcement | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - To the International Space Station and beyond! That's where America's astronauts are headed with the help of private industry.

Johnson Space Center was the location of a joint news conference Monday with SpaceX, and Boeing, the two companies under contract now to transport astronauts to and from the ISS. Both companies are still testing their astronaut capsules, but manned missions are expected to begin in 2017.

"As a result of the performance of our providers, this is not a hoax. This is not a myth. Not a dream," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

This would also mark the end of the United States dependence on Russia for astronaut transportation. Both companies say they can do so for millions of dollars less than the US pays the Russians on a per astronaut basis.


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USAF Blinks and SpaceX Wins EELV Concessions

USAF Blinks and SpaceX Wins EELV Concessions | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
United States and SpaceX Agree to Settlement, SpaceX "The Air Force and SpaceX have reached agreement on a path forward for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program that improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance...

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 24, 12:57 AM

SpaceX drops its suit against air force after reaching an agreement that facilitates competition in the EELV launch market.

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Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner - Los Angeles Times

Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner - Los Angeles Times | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
After last year's fatal crash, Richard Branson 's Virgin Galactic will now test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket without its longtime aerospace partner that designed and built the first plane.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 24, 1:28 AM

Virgin Galactic to carry on without Scaled Composites.

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Fight for Space: NASA & Space Exploration Documentary, Final Push | Kickstarter

Fight for Space: NASA & Space Exploration Documentary, Final Push | Kickstarter | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it


FIGHT FOR SPACE is a feature length documentary film that explores the economic and cultural benefits of human space exploration, and examines the historical and political events that have led to the decline of human space exploration. FIGHT FOR SPACE presents viewpoints from Astronauts, politicians and staff, scientists, former NASA officials, commercial space entrepreneurs, and many other individuals in the space community.


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Here's Why Google Wants To Invest Up to $1 Billion In SpaceX

Here's Why Google Wants To Invest Up to $1 Billion In SpaceX | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Google is close making a major investment of as much as $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX, sources told The Information and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Although SpaceX is most well-known for its work on reusable rockets, Google is interested in Musk's recently announced ambitions to use satellites to beam low-cost internet around the world...


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Who Will Win the Internet Space Race?

Who Will Win the Internet Space Race? | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Up until a week ago, the crazy idea that a company would beam internet service around the entire planet from the sky was just that: a crazy idea.

 

Then, in the span of a few days, we've heard details from not one but three tech behemoths that want to do just that. This fantasy is becoming a reality, and fast...


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Russia Could Export 30 More Rocket Engines to US

Russia Could Export 30 More Rocket Engines to US | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jan 20, 2015 Russian rocket manufacturer Energia is currently in talks with US space launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) over a contract to deliver 30 additional RD-180 rocket engines, Energia head Vladimir...

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 21, 12:48 PM

Russian rocket manufacturer Energia plans to continue supplying rocket engines to United Launch Alliance and Orbital Technology. These US companies are by far its best customers.

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The Plan to Launch America | YouTube


On Monday, January 26th, 2015, NASA, Boeing and SpaceX held a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems. Under Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts for NASA’s Launch America initiative, Boeing and SpaceX will develop safe and reliable crew transportation to and from the International Space Station on American spacecraft launched from the United States.


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Christian Albrecht's curator insight, January 27, 3:56 PM

Very exciting times ahead!

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Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation - YouTube


Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket, a launch vehicle of scale and capability unequaled by any other currently flying.


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Christian Albrecht's curator insight, January 28, 4:40 PM

Absolutely Amazing!

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3D Printing In Space: Four Months of Made in Space experiments aboard the ISS

3D Printing In Space: Four Months of Made in Space experiments aboard the ISS | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

The world’s first Zero-Gravity 3D Printer has completed its initial task. Fourteen unique objects have now been additively manufactured on the International Space Station as part of the 3D Printing in Zero-Gravity Technology Demonstration...


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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to Station Flights

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to Station Flights | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it


American spacecraft systems testing followed by increasingly complex flight tests and ultimately astronauts flying orbital flights will pave the way to operational missions during the next few years to the International Space Station. Those were the plans laid out Monday by NASA's Commercial Crew Program officials and partners as they focus on developing safe, reliable and cost-effective spacecraft and systems that will take astronauts to the station from American launch complexes.



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Virgin Galactic Now On its Own

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Takeoff! (Credit: Douglas Messier)
The Los Angeles Times has a story on how Virgin Galactic is proceeding after the loss of SpaceShipTwo.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 26, 3:45 PM

Virgin Galactic, now divorced from Scaled Composites, will make it or break it on its own.

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Commercial Crew To Be Ready by 2017, But NASA Will Keep Flying on Soyuz Too

NASA held a press conference on Monday with its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) partners Boeing and SpaceX to highlight progress on developing U.S. systems to take astronauts to space.  Both companies said they will be ready by the end of 2017, but CBS News adds that NASA still plans to use one seat on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft for the duration of the space station program and for Russians to fly on the U.S. systems.


Launching American astronauts on American vehicles from American soil has been a NASA goal since the Obama Administration terminated the space shuttle program in 2011.   NASA currently pays Russia approximately $75 million per seat to launch U.S. astronauts (and those from its Canadian, European and Japanese ISS partners) on Soyuz spacecraft.  Russia is the only ISS partner capable of launching humans into space today.


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Economic crisis in Russia lowers prices for suborbital space tourism

Economic crisis in Russia lowers prices for suborbital space tourism | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

The Russian space tourism company may change the price it charges tourists for tickets to outer space. It had originally planned to offer a five-minute experience in zero gravity for $200,000-$250,000 per person...


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Ted Cruz is now the 'Chairman of Space'

Ted Cruz is now the 'Chairman of Space' | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is now in charge of NASA budget. Given the Senator's prior comments on science, concerns have been raised about the agency's future...


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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems...


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Elon Musk Guest Starring on 'The Simpsons' Jan. 25

Elon Musk Guest Starring on 'The Simpsons' Jan. 25 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it


Elon Musk “appears” as himself in an episode of Fox’s longest-running animated series The Simpsons premiering Sunday, Jan. 25.

In the episode, titled “The Musk Who Fell to Earth,” the SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder “lands in Springfield [where] he and Homer become fast friends and revolutionize the town’s nuclear plant. But when Musk goes overboard and Mr. Burns wants him removed, Homer must figure out a way to break up with him,” according to the official synopsis.


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Elon Musk's Scary Plan to Rebuild the Internet in Space: Funded by Google, Made for Mars


There's a lot we don't know about Elon Musk's most recently not-announced-but-announced plans to build a huge global satellite network to improve the speed of the Internet. But the scope and scale are huge, bigger than any of Musk's current ventures and will alter the landscapes of the telecommunications and space industries if everything comes together as planned—a BIG "If."


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Liftoff! SpaceX Gets $1 Billion From Google and Fidelity

Liftoff! SpaceX Gets $1 Billion From Google and Fidelity | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX, the California-based rocket company that now has its sights set on a globe-spanning satellite constellation, says it has received a $1 billion invest...

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 21, 11:53 AM

SpaceX attracts major investment from financial titan Fidelity and from tech behemoth Google, valuing the company at $10 billion in the process.