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Virgin Galactic preparing for busy LauncherOne future | NASASpaceFlight.com

Virgin Galactic preparing for busy LauncherOne future | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
While Virgin Galactic prepare to restart test operations with its SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the company has revealed an ambitious future for its LauncherOne system
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Virgin Galactic is pivoting to emphasize the commercial small satellite market, while continuing work on SpaceShipTwo for the space tourist market.
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QM-2: Orbital ATK fires up SLS booster for final qualification test | NASASpaceFlight.com

QM-2: Orbital ATK fires up SLS booster for final qualification test | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Orbital ATK and NASA have conducted the last planned full-scale Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster test firing prior to the first SLS launch in
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Orbital ATK conducts final ground test of SLS SRB
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Former NASA space station manager makes plans for commercial outpost

Former NASA space station manager makes plans for commercial outpost | New Space | Scoop.it
Former NASA manager Mike Suffredini says he wants to set up a private-sector outpost in low Earth orbit that would follow the International Space Station.
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Mike Suffredini wants to build a commercial space station.
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Next Big Future: An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus's icy surface which is thinner than early estimates

Next Big Future: An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus's icy surface which is thinner than early estimates | New Space | Scoop.it
With eruptions of ice and water vapor, and an ocean covered by an ice shell, Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the most fascinating in the Solar System, especially as interpretations of data provided by the Cassini spacecraft have been...
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Enceladus icy shell may be only 5 km thick at the South Pole.
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SpaceX discusses progress toward human missions of Dragon/Falcon 9 | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX discusses progress toward human missions of Dragon/Falcon 9 | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
While continuing to impress even themselves with their ability to successfully propulsively land Falcon 9 first stages on land and in the ocean, SpaceX is
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A rundown on Commercial Crew progress by SpaceX, working toward a 2017 crewed launch to the space station.
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NASA attempting to put the “meat on the bones” on its Mars plan

NASA attempting to put the “meat on the bones” on its Mars plan | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA managers have told the Agency’s safety oversight board that they are continuing to put together the plan for Mars missions while warning the nation is now heavily...
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NASA has the beginnings of a plan to go to Mars in the mid-2030s.
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Landers, laws, and lunar logistics | The Space Review

Landers, laws, and lunar logistics | The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it

Astrobotic and Moon Express are two of the leading companies involved in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, and each is dealing with a variety of technical and regulatory issues. Jeff Foust reports on their progress, and how feasible it is for either company to be ready to fly by the end of next year.


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Current status of the Google Lunar X Prize.
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Commercial Crew Manufacturing Gains Momentum Coast to Coast

Commercial Crew Manufacturing Gains Momentum Coast to Coast | New Space | Scoop.it
By Steven Siceloff, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida Manufacturing facilities are in operation on the east and west coasts to build the next generation of spacecraft to return human launch capability to American soil.
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Both Boeing and SpaceX are bending metal on multiple spacecraft to fulfill their Commercial Crew contracts with NASA.
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Iridium's SpaceX launch slowed by Vandenberg bottleneck - SpaceNews.com

Iridium's SpaceX launch slowed by Vandenberg bottleneck - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on June 14 said the launch of the first 10 second-generation Iridium Next satellites had slipped by another month, to Sept.
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Iridium launches delayed one month due to congestion at Vandenberg.
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OA-6 Cygnus ends Space Station mission; prepares for post-release tests

OA-6 Cygnus ends Space Station mission; prepares for post-release tests | New Space | Scoop.it
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have bid farewell to Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-6 spacecraft, the Rick Husband. Unberthing and separation operations began around 09:30 EDT (13:30 UTC)...
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Cygnus spacecraft, having left the space staton, will now conduct a deliberately set fire test, to see how the fire behaves in space.
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SpaceX set for Falcon 9 dual satellite launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX set for Falcon 9 dual satellite launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX will launch its sixth mission of the year Wednesday, with a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a pair of communications satellites - Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A
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SpaceX set to launch two communication satellites with one Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday.
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Planetary Resources and the Government of Luxembourg Partner to Advance the Space Resource Industry

Planetary Resources and the Government of Luxembourg  Partner to Advance the Space Resource Industry | New Space | Scoop.it
Company establishing European headquarters in Luxembourg Redmond, Washington, USA – June 13, 2016 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the...
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Planetary Resources partners with Luxembourg in asteroid resource development.
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SpaceX readies another Falcon 9, close in on reuse testing

SpaceX readies another Falcon 9, close in on reuse testing | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX’s next mission is moving into the business end of its pre-launch flow with the next Falcon 9 involved with a Static Fire test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40....
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SpaceX set to make another communications satellite launch on Wednesday.
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Enters Talks with the United Nations on a Dedicated Dream Chaser Spacecraft Mission

Sierra Nevada Corporation Enters Talks with the United Nations on a Dedicated Dream Chaser Spacecraft Mission - SpaceRef
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Sierra Nevada wants to give UN member countries cheap access to space with its Dream Chaser reusable spacecraft.
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Next Big Future: Spacecoach concept is to use urine and gas as propellent for electric engine propulsion for long duration space missions to reduce mass by 20 times

Next Big Future: Spacecoach concept is to use urine and gas as propellent for electric engine propulsion for long duration space missions to reduce mass by 20 times | New Space | Scoop.it
On an 800 day space mission, astronauts would need 24 tons for six people for consumables (water, oxygen and food). McConnell and Alex Tolley have an idea is to deploy electric engines that use reclaimed water and waste gases to do the job.
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Spacecoarch idea of using recycled water for fuel makes Mars journey much cheaper.
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The Droid That NASA Should Be Sending To Mars - NASA Watch

The Droid That NASA Should Be Sending To Mars - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
Keith's note: While NASA pours money into its goofy R5 robot that cannot walk unless it is on a hoist, controlled by a human, and is always broken, Boston Dynamics continues to make astonishing progress on autonomous robots.
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Attention Elon! When Red Dragon goes to Mars, be sure it has one of these Boston Dynamics robots on board.
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Can Boeing Launch A Crewed Starliner By February 2018? - Universe Today

Can Boeing Launch A Crewed Starliner By February 2018? - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
According to Boeing, the first test launch of its Starliner crew capsule will take place in February 2018, a four month delay from its original date of October 2017.
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Boeing's first flight of Starliner slips to February 2018.
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SpaceX may face $15,000 port fee for booster return

SpaceX may face $15,000 port fee for booster return | New Space | Scoop.it
Port Canaveral is considering charging SpaceX $15,000 every time the company brings a booster to port.
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Port Canaveral wants to charge SpaceX $15K every time the drone ship returns to port with a Falcon first stage. This could get expensive.
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JEFF BEZOS NAMED HEINLEIN PRIZE RECIPIENT | The Heinlein Prize

JEFF BEZOS NAMED HEINLEIN PRIZE RECIPIENT | The Heinlein Prize | New Space | Scoop.it
Congrats to our founder @JeffBezos on @HeinleinPrize – very cool https://t.co/sozRF62bTl https://t.co/SkIoPWFfoI
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Jeff Bezos is the third awardee of the Heinlein Prize.
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Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley

Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley | New Space | Scoop.it
"Marathon Valley," slicing through a large crater's rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA's Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on.
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Opportunity rover still makeing discoveries on Mars, 12 years after landing.
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Amazing Photo Shows Likely Alien Planet 1,200 Light-Years Away

Amazing Photo Shows Likely Alien Planet 1,200 Light-Years Away | New Space | Scoop.it
A jaw-dropping new photo captured by a huge telescope in Chile shows a probable alien planet orbiting a star that lies 1,200 light-years from Earth.
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If this is a planet it must be huge, huge enough to be a brown dwarf.
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Jeff Bezos Update on BE-4 Engine Progress

Jeff Bezos Update on BE-4 Engine Progress | New Space | Scoop.it
We’re making multiple copies of the BE-4 to take us through our development campaign, along with a healthy amount of hardware spares to mitigate schedule and technical risks encountered along the way – – a “hardware rich” approach to development.
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Blue Origin pulls back the kimono on some of their engine production.
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Senate Reaches Agreement on Russian RD-180 Engines

Download the text of an amendment brokered by Sen. Bill Nelson that resolves for the Senate the issue of how many Russian RD-180 rocket engines may be used by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) for national security satellites. The amendment passed as part of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Agreement still must be reached with the House.
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Impasse in the Senate on the use of Russian engines on national security satellite launches has been cleared by a compromise offered by Senator Bill Nelson.
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A Review of SpaceX’s Launch Manifest History

A Review of SpaceX’s Launch Manifest History | New Space | Scoop.it
For SpaceX, the last year has been a time of struggle and success. After launching six customers into orbit i
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How is SpaceX doing on fulfilling the commitments in its launch manifest? It's behind, but working hard to catch up. 
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NASA exploring additional cooperation with SpaceX’s Red Dragon mission - SpaceNews.com

NASA exploring additional cooperation with SpaceX’s Red Dragon mission - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA’s science and space technology directorates are considering cooperation with SpaceX's Red Dragon mission, including flying payloads on that Mars lander
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NASA would like to put some experiments on the SpaceX Red Dragon mission to Mars scheduled to launch in 2018.
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