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Arianespace Surpassed SpaceX in Commercial Launch Orders in 2015 | SpaceNews.com

Arianespace Surpassed SpaceX in Commercial Launch Orders in 2015 | SpaceNews.com | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

 

PARIS — The chief of Europe’s Arianespace launch consortium on Jan. 5 said competitor SpaceX’s recovery of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket, spectacular though it was, does not demonstrate the economic viability of stage reuse.

The proof of the pudding, Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel said, will come only after a thorough assessment of the stresses incurred by the stage as it traced what time-lapse photos show as a giant “X” in the sky — a line for its ascent, and then another, broken line as it powered its way back from about 75 kilometers in altitude.


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2 By Sea, 1 By Land, 3rd Recovered Booster Joins SpaceX Siblings: Up Close Gallery

2 By Sea, 1 By Land, 3rd Recovered Booster Joins SpaceX Siblings: Up Close Gallery | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Rolling rolling rolling! Yee-haw!
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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 18, 5:07 PM
It will be interesting to see how extensive refurbishment will be for recovered Falcon 9 boosters.
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Next Big Future: Nuclear Fusion comany Tri-alpha Energy has raised $500 million to make a prototype reactor in the 2020s

Next Big Future: Nuclear Fusion comany Tri-alpha Energy has raised $500 million to make a prototype reactor in the 2020s | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Makes Major Move for U.S. Return to Human Space Flight

In an operation at Kennedy Space Center involving minute movements and precise placement, the pieces of the first CST-100 Starliner test article became a capsule. The test article will help verify the manufacturing method, the materials, and the parts being created by Boeing and the project’s suppliers and help study the design of the Starliner.


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NASA releases dozens of patents into the public domain

NASA releases dozens of patents into the public domain | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The US space agency makes 56 patents freely available for anyone to use.

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Dream Chaser: The Return of the Spaceplane

Dream Chaser: The Return of the Spaceplane | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Podcast:

We’re back at Space Symposium for a conversation with SNC’s Mark Sirangelo, leader of that company’s effort to build the Dream Chaser. We’ll also hear a few moments of Bill Nye’s session at the annual gathering as he hosted Bernard Foing and Amy Mainzer.

Listen to the full show:


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A launch company, and industry, in transformation | The Space Review

A launch company, and industry, in transformation | The Space Review | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance found itself on the hot seat last month after a executive made controversial comments at a university seminar that leaked out. Jeff Foust reports that behind the controversy are insights into the transformation that company, and the broader launch industry, are undergoing.


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NASA Looks to Commercialize Solar Sail Technology at Parabolic Arc

NASA Looks to Commercialize Solar Sail Technology at Parabolic Arc | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Allen Taylor's curator insight, April 27, 5:32 PM
NASA will share solar sail design information with commercial entities.
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Aerojet Rocketdyne tapped to build high-power ion drive | Spaceflight Now

Aerojet Rocketdyne tapped to build high-power ion drive | Spaceflight Now | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Aerojet Rocketdyne has won a $67 million NASA contract to build an advanced electric propulsion system with double the thrust of today’s ion thrusters that could drive future expeditions to asteroids and Mars.

The high-power propulsion system will be based on Hall thrusters, which accelerate xenon gas through an intense electric field to generate thrust with better fuel efficiency than conventional chemical rocket engines.

NASA said work under the Aerojet Rocketdyne contract will lead to a propulsion system could increase fuel efficiency for space missions 10 times over existing chemically-fueled rocket thrusters.


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Space Is Cold, Vast, and Deadly. Humans Will Explore It Anyway

Space Is Cold, Vast, and Deadly. Humans Will Explore It Anyway | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
From space madness to crash landings, here's how we'll beat the 13 most difficult challenges to space exploration.

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Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos Turned Down a $200 Million Trip Around the Moon

Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos Turned Down a $200 Million Trip Around the Moon | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Russia offered to fly Jeff Bezos beyond the moon for a mere $200 million, but the billionaire entrepreneur said no...


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Private Space Habitat to Launch in 2020 Under Commercial Spaceflight Deal

Private Space Habitat to Launch in 2020 Under Commercial Spaceflight Deal | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Two aerospace companies are teaming up to launch giant space habitats to orbit, with the first such liftoff targeted for 2020...


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Blue Origin’s Bezos: ‘More The Merrier’ In Space Access

Blue Origin’s Bezos: ‘More The Merrier’ In Space Access | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Lowering the cost of orbiting payloads is the missing infrastructure link blocking an explosion in commercial space applications comparable to the internet boom that started in the 1990s, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos told the annual Space Symposium...
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AstroAllie5's curator insight, April 13, 10:07 AM
Robust competition equals lower access costs. Which means more stuff in space. 
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Flight Three: Pushing the Envelope

New Shepard flew again on April 2, 2016 reaching an apogee of 339,178 feet or 103 kilometers. It was the third flight with the same hardware. We pushed th

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, April 7, 12:51 AM
Blue Origin demonstrates repeatability with a three-peat.
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Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years

Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Orbiting laboratory could pave the way for a landing party

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 18, 8:21 PM
First Elon Musk and now Lockheed-Martin project humans to Mars ahead of NASA's rather nebulous timetable of the "mid-2030s."
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NASA’s Cost for SpaceX Dragon Mission to Mars: $30 Million

NASA’s Cost for SpaceX Dragon Mission to Mars: $30 Million | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Aviation Week report’s on NASA’s contribution to SpaceX’s plan to land a Dragon spacecraft on Mars: NASA expects to spend “on the order of $30 million” helping SpaceX send a modified Dragon vehicle to the surface of Mars in the 2018 planetary launch...
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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 13, 6:56 PM
NASA wants to learn how to propulsively land on Mars. Helping fund the SpaceX Red Dragon could be a very cheap way to do that.
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The race to the moon is underway as Astrobotic raises $2.5 million

The race to the moon is underway as Astrobotic raises $2.5 million | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Astrobotic Technology, the company that plans to deliver payloads to the moon, has completed a $2.5 million seed round led by Space Angels Network.

The company was originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 to compete for the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). As of today, they’ve secured 10 deals from governments, companies, universities, nonprofits and individuals for their first mission to the moon.


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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 13, 4:51 PM
Update on the private race to the moon. There are five serious competitors.
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After Month-Long Delivery Mission, SpaceX’s Dragon Returns to Earth

After Month-Long Delivery Mission, SpaceX’s Dragon Returns to Earth | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The last month ha

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 11, 5:22 PM
SpaceX Dragon returns experimental results and other cargo from the space station.
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Can SpaceX really land on Mars? Absolutely, says an engineer who would know

Can SpaceX really land on Mars? Absolutely, says an engineer who would know | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

In September, 2014, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida carrying a Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. 


The capsule carried some notable cargo, including the first 3D printer to be tested in space as well as 20 mousetronauts to study muscle loss. Yet the most far-reaching part of that mission came after the Falcon 9 deployed its upper stage and began falling back to Earth...


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From zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds, the SuperDraco thruster delivers

From zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds, the SuperDraco thruster delivers | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Ars takes a closer look at SpaceX's innovative and essential engine.

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20 new small launch vehicles currently available internationally

20 new small launch vehicles currently available internationally | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Apr 26, 2016 - Recent reports indicate there are roughly 20 launch vehicles that are either ready or under development around the world designed to serve the small satellite market for payloads weighing up to 1,00...
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NASA Selects Orbital ATK to Begin Negotiations

NASA Selects Orbital ATK to Begin Negotiations | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

NASA has selected Orbital ATK Inc. of Dulles, Virginia, to begin negotiations on an agreement to use High Bay 2 in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The prospective property use agreement, which also will include a mobile launcher platform, reflects Kennedy’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport supporting both government and commercial organizations.


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Aerojet's ion drive destined to visit asteroid

Aerojet's ion drive destined to visit asteroid | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s next-generation ion thrusters could well make their debut in space during NASA’s robotic mission to grab a piece of an asteroid and bring it back to lunar orbit in the 2020s.

Earlier this week, NASA announced that Aerojet’s operation in Redmond, Wash., would be getting in on a 36-month, $67 milllion contract to develop a high-power electric propulsion system for future spacecraft. Today, NASA officials explained what the system would be used for.

“Basically, we’re building a whole new drive train for deep-space exploration,” Bryan Smith, director of NASA’s Space Flight Systems Directorate at Glenn Research Center in Ohio, told reporters.


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Falcon 9 first stage sails into Port Canaveral atop ASDS – ahead of big plans

Falcon 9 first stage sails into Port Canaveral atop ASDS – ahead of big plans | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The Falcon 9 first stage that successfully landed on the deck of the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) barge on Friday sailed into Port Canaveral early on Tuesday. Riding atop...
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Allen Taylor's curator insight, April 14, 5:49 PM
Falcon first stage back on dry land after drone ship landing.
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Why Mars should be independent from Earth

Why Mars should be independent from Earth | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
If we build a colony on Mars, should its citizens be their own masters? Rose Eveleth considers the case for the Red Planet’s declaration of independence.

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Ariane 6 designers say they'll beat SpaceX prices on per-kilogram basis | SpaceNews.com

Ariane 6 designers say they'll beat SpaceX prices on per-kilogram basis | SpaceNews.com | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

LES MUREAUX, France – Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket remains on track for a 2020 first launch with a cost structure allowing the heavier Ariane 64 version to advertise per-kilogram prices below today’s Space X Falcon 9, European government and industry officials said April 6.

They said they saw no roadblocks to the 2020 first-flight date despite what they described as noncritical delays that have no impact on the rocket’s design, performance or cost targets.

These issues include a delay of several months in the ramp-up of Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), which is the Ariane 6 prime contractor, due to tax issues in France, and an extended antitrust review by the European Commission of ASL’s plan to become the dominant shareholder of the Arianespace commercial launch consortium.


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