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SpaceX Plans Drone Ship Rocket Landing for Jan. 17 Launch

SpaceX Plans Drone Ship Rocket Landing for Jan. 17 Launch | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

SpaceX hopes to make history again on Jan. 17 by landing a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching a payload into orbit...


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NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that - Scienmag

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that - Scienmag | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

On Sept. 8, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the unknown surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. 


Like expeditions of old, OSIRIS-REx's mission includes mapping the exotic terrain it explores. Bennu is part of the debris left over from the formation of the solar system and is pristine enough to hold clues to that very early history. 


OSIRIS-REx – which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer – will study Bennu in detail and collect a sample to send to Earth for in-depth analysis...


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The satellite will carry a Canadian built Laser Altimeter...
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Blue Origin's Next Flight Will Crash-Land On Purpose: Jeff Bezos

Blue Origin's Next Flight Will Crash-Land On Purpose: Jeff Bezos | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Blue Origin will attempt to crash-land its New Shepard spacecraft on purpose during its next test flight. CEO Jeff Bezos explains why.

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NIAC Focus: In-Space Construction of 1g Growable Habitat

NIAC Focus: In-Space Construction of 1g Growable Habitat | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Tensegrity Approaches to In-Space Construction of a 1g Growable Habitat NASA Innovative Advance Concepts Phase II Award Robert Skelton Texas Engineering Experiment This proposal seeks to design a rotating habitat with a robotic system that...
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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 26, 4:28 PM
1 g habitat in space concept uses a tensegrity approach.
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SpaceX line up latest Falcon 9 rockets for upcoming missions

SpaceX line up latest Falcon 9 rockets for upcoming missions | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX is working a conveyor belt of Falcon 9 rockets for what it hopes will be a record year of missions and achievements. The Falcon 9 that will...
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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 25, 2:01 PM
SpaceX is accelerating launch frequency.
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SpaceX ‘on track’ to launch astronauts in late 2017 | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX ‘on track’ to launch astronauts in late 2017 | Spaceflight Now | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

SpaceX is on schedule to fly two NASA astronauts on a test flight to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, but there is a lot of work to do to ensure the company’s new Crew Dragon spaceship is up to the task and ready in time, a SpaceX manager said Tuesday.

Benjamin Reed, director of SpaceX’s commercial crew program, said Tuesday that construction workers will install a crew access arm and other infrastructure for human spaceflights at Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A this summer.


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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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Beamed Energy Bootstrapping

Animation created for SunSat Design Competition, held by National Space Society. Concept: Keith Henson

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Keith Henson unveils new concept for space-based solar power.
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Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin’s next spaceflight will test parachute failure

Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin’s next spaceflight will test parachute failure | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos predicts there’ll be a problem with a parachute the next time his Blue Origin venture flies its uncrewed New Shepard spaceship. He’ll make sure of it.

Flying with a bad parachute is part of Blue Origin’s plan to test the suborbital craft under stressful conditions, in preparation for flying passengers to the edge of outer space in as little as two years.


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SpaceX lands fourth booster after successful Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX lands fourth booster after successful Falcon 9 launch | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

SpaceX on Friday landed its third consecutive rocket on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, during a mission that successfully launched a commercial communications satellite to orbit.

“Falcon 9 has landed,” a member of SpaceX’s launch team confirmed about 10 minutes after a 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket's 5:39 p.m. blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

About 20 minutes later, the rocket's upper stage deployed the Thaicom 8 satellite in orbit as planned.

"All looks good," reported SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.


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More Space...in Space

More Space...in Space | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

BEAM will be deployed to its full size this Thursday, May 26, and begin its two-year technology demonstration attached to the space station. The astronauts aboard will first enter the habitat on June 2, and re-enter the module several times a year throughout the test period. While inside, they will retrieve sensor data and assess conditions inside the module.


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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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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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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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