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NASA Chief: Congress Should Revise US-China Space Cooperation Law

NASA Chief: Congress Should Revise US-China Space Cooperation Law | New Space | Scoop.it
Current rules prohibit joint space projects with China, but change deemed ‘necessary’ by some; others disagree, calling China 'explicit adversary and enemy'
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NASA Administrator says it is time to consider cooperating with China in space, as we did with the Soviet Union in the 1970s and as we continue to do with Russia today.
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SpaceX Prepares for Third Geostationary Mission of 2016

SpaceX Prepares for Third Geostationary Mission of 2016 | New Space | Scoop.it
For the 25th time in a little under six years
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Falcon 9 set to launch satellite on Thursday and land on drone ship.
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Microsoft Doesn’t Want HoloLens to Be the Next Google Glass

Microsoft Doesn’t Want HoloLens to Be the Next Google Glass | New Space | Scoop.it
Early efforts around augmented reality, including Google Glass and Microsoft's own predecessor to HoloLens called Kinect, have sputtered.
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Microsoft's slow roll out of HoloLens takes a lesson from the mistakes of the Google Glass introduction.
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NASA TV to Provide Live Coverage of BEAM Expansion

NASA TV to Provide Live Coverage of BEAM Expansion | New Space | Scoop.it
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be deployed to its full size Thursday, May 26, and begin its two-year technology demonstration attached to the International Space Station.
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Space station astronauts will expand the Bigelow BEAM on the morning of May 26.
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Report: UK Spaceport Competition Scrapped

Report: UK Spaceport Competition Scrapped | New Space | Scoop.it
The Herald reports the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has scrapped a competition to select a single spaceport in favor of a licensing process that would enable multiple locations to apply to host launches.
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UK decides to allow multiple spaceports rather than anointing just one location.
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Congress Just Ordered NASA To Go To Europa - Twice

Congress Just Ordered NASA To Go To Europa - Twice | New Space | Scoop.it
House tells NASA to stop messing around, start planning two Europa missions "As part of the mission to Europa, Culberson would also like to send a lander to the surface of the heaving, ice-encrusted world.
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The politics of going to Europa.
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NASA’s Orion EM-1 Crew Module Passes Critical Pressure Tests

NASA’s Orion EM-1 Crew Module Passes Critical Pressure Tests | New Space | Scoop.it
The next Orion crew module in line to launch to space on NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) has passed a critical series of proof pressure tests which confirm the effectiveness of the welds holding the spacecraft structure together.
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Orion spacecraft passes pressure test without springing a leak.
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NASA to pay Russia $88 mln to deliver astronauts to world’s sole orbiter in 2018-2019

NASA to pay Russia $88 mln to deliver astronauts to world’s sole orbiter in 2018-2019 | New Space | Scoop.it
MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Russia has signed a contract with the United States to deliver six NASA astronauts aboard Russian-made Soyuz MS spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018-2019, according to a quarterly report released by Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation on Monday.
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NASA agrees to buy more rides to orbit on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, in case American rides are not available as planned.
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How Elon Musk exposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending

How Elon Musk exposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending | New Space | Scoop.it
Ten years after ULA was born, the FTC’s direst warnings have come true, along with outcomes even the skeptics did not predict.
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Pentagon spending for satellite launches has been excessive for years and will continue to be for years to come.
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How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness

How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness | New Space | Scoop.it
Hello, my name is Michael, and I'm a Ring Addict.
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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 | New Space | Scoop.it
The last month ha
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SpaceX Dragon returns experimental results and other cargo from the space station.
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Third recovered Falcon 9 First Stage sails into Port Canaveral

Third recovered Falcon 9 First Stage sails into Port Canaveral | New Space | Scoop.it
Fresh from its unique three engine landing success, the Falcon 9 first stage (F9-0024-S1) has arrived back to the Florida coast from where it successfully launched the JCSAT-14...
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Flown Falcon 9 launchers start to pile up at SpaceX's Florida facility.
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Caltech's 2500 Orbiting Solar Panels Could Provide Earth With Limitless Energy

Caltech's 2500 Orbiting Solar Panels Could Provide Earth With Limitless Energy | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a collaboration between Caltech and Northrup Grumman, has developed a system of lightweight solar power tiles which can convert solar energy to radio waves and can be placed in orbit to beam power to an...
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Here's a solar power satellite concept that just might prove economically feasible, drastically reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
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SpaceX line up latest Falcon 9 rockets for upcoming missions

SpaceX line up latest Falcon 9 rockets for upcoming missions | New Space | 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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SpaceX is accelerating launch frequency.
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U.S. lawmaker orders NASA to plan for trip to Alpha Centauri by 100th anniversary of moon landing

U.S. lawmaker orders NASA to plan for trip to Alpha Centauri by 100th anniversary of moon landing | New Space | Scoop.it
Representative John Culberson (R–TX) wants agency to envision a spacecraft that can travel at 10% light-speed
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Sensing a lack of a coherent vision at NASA, Congressman directs the Agency to study a probe mission to Alpha Centauri.
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NIAC Focus: Directed Energy for Interstellar Flight

NIAC Focus: Directed Energy for Interstellar Flight | New Space | Scoop.it
Directed Energy Interstellar Study NASA Innovative Advance Concepts Phase II Award Philip Lubin University of California, Santa Barbara We propose to expand our investigations started in our NIAC Phase I of using directed energy to allow the...
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NASA funds interstellar flight study.
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Air Launch Company Sets Up in Glasgow

Air Launch Company Sets Up in Glasgow | New Space | Scoop.it
A space plane design and operating startup has set up operations at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland.
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Space launch company sets up shop at Prestwick Airport in Scotland.
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Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA’s Orion - Universe Today

Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA’s Orion - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Orbital ATK has unveiled a practical new proposal to build a near term man-tended outpost in lunar orbit that could launch by 2020 and be operational in time for a lunar link-up with NASA’s Orion crew module during its maiden mission, when American...
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A continuing presence in cislunar space is an important stepping stone to Mars. Orbital ATK proposes an outpost in lunar orbit.
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SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot - Universe Today

SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The focus of space exploration, and exploitation, has long been the technologies required. But there's a legal aspect to space exploration, too.
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When SpaceX goes to Mars in 2018, they will have to make sure they are in compliance with the Outer Space Treaty.
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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 | New Space | Scoop.it
Orbiting laboratory could pave the way for a landing party
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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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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 | New Space | Scoop.it
Rolling rolling rolling! Yee-haw!
2 By Sea, 1 By Land.
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It will be interesting to see how extensive refurbishment will be for recovered Falcon 9 boosters.
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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 | New Space | 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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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 | New Space | 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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Update on the private race to the moon. There are five serious competitors.
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Deep Space Industries, Luxembourg Government Announce Prospector-X Mission at Parabolic Arc

Deep Space Industries, Luxembourg Government Announce Prospector-X Mission at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Luxembourg enters the asteroid mining business by partnering with Deep Space Industries.
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SpaceX Maiden Falcon Heavy Launch May Carry Satellite In November - Universe Today

SpaceX Maiden Falcon Heavy Launch May Carry Satellite In November - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The long-awaited Falcon Heavy from SpaceX may make its inaugural launch in November, 2016. But what will its payload be?
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Falcon Heavy scheduled for inaugural launch in November.
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