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ANA, H.I.S. plan outer-space tours in 2023 for 14 million yen:The Asahi Shimbun

ANA, H.I.S. plan outer-space tours in 2023 for 14 million yen:The Asahi Shimbun | New Space | Scoop.it
Airline operator ANA Holdings Inc. and travel agency H.I.S. Co. plan to send tourists into outer spa
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Competition is just below the horizon for Virgin Galactic. ANA Holdings of Japan plans a vehicle and service very similar to that of Virgin Galactic, but with a ticket price half that of VG.
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SpaceX Targeting Dec. 16 Return to Flight from Vandenberg with First Iridium NEXT Satellites

SpaceX Targeting Dec. 16 Return to Flight from Vandenberg with First Iridium NEXT Satellites | New Space | Scoop.it
File photo of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket in a processing hangar. The company is now targeting Dec. 16, 2016, for their "Return to Flight" to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenber
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Next Falcon 9 launch scheduled for two weeks from today.
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Trump's First 100 Days: Space

Trump's First 100 Days: Space | New Space | Scoop.it
The new administration will likely shift NASA resources away from Earth exploration and into deep space. But many questions remain about how the agency will be led and funded
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What will Trump do about NASA in his first 100 days? It's anybody's guess, but funding is likely to decrease, regardless.
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Congressional Moves To Gut OSTP - NASA Watch

Congressional Moves To Gut OSTP - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
Key legislator disses White House science office, Science "The White House science office hasn't been very productive under President Barack Obama, says the chairman of a key congressional research spending panel.
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t appears Republican Congress is already moving to deemphasize science in favor of an ideological agenda.
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How Virgin Galactic will launch satellites from an old 747

Virgin Galactic has announced it will launch satellites from a trans-Atlantic aircraft repurposed as an aerial rocket platform.
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Virgin Galactic recycles an old Virgin Atlantic 747 as an airborne launch platform for Launcher One satellite launcher.
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Virgin Galactic DEP/ARV from MHV 11-01-16

Virgin Galactic DEP/ARV from MHV 11-01-16
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Virgin Galactic spaceship in the air over Mojave.
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Smith, Babin Request Info on ARM Press Release, Report

Smith, Babin Request Info on ARM Press Release, Report - SpaceRef
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It appears that the asteroid retrieval mission (ARM) is toast under a Trump presidency and Republican-controlled Congress.
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Let's Colonize Titan

Let's Colonize Titan | New Space | Scoop.it
Saturn's largest moon might be the only place beyond Earth where humans could live
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Titan may be a better place for human colonization than either the moon or Mars.
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The Space Review: Zero-g or why not?

The Space Review: Zero-g or why not? | New Space | Scoop.it
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Are the physiological effects of zero-G the 800 pound gorilla in the room whose existence nobody acknowledges?
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Bigelow Calls on Trump to Sharply Increase NASA Spending

Bigelow Calls on Trump to Sharply Increase NASA Spending | New Space | Scoop.it
Space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow said Nov. 17 that he believes that the Trump administration should as much as double NASA's budget in the coming years and make plans for a human return to the moon.
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Bigelow urges Trump administration to change NASA's priorities and to double its budget.
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What Is The Interplanetary Transport Network? - Universe Today

What Is The Interplanetary Transport Network? - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Sure, if you've got lots of energy, you can zip around the Solar System. But if you’ve got time and rocket fuel is in short supply, you can take the Interplanetary Superhighway.
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The low energy route to the planets.
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Zubrin improves Spacex Mars plan; says reusable Falcon heavy can be a globespanning rocketplane with 737 capacity

Zubrin improves Spacex Mars plan; says reusable Falcon heavy can be a globespanning rocketplane with 737 capacity | New Space | Scoop.it

Robert Zubrin, Longtime Mars Colonization advocate, gives a Critique of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System...


Via Chuck Black
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Bob Zubrin describes his problems with Elon Musk's Mars plan and what he would do to improve it.
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Ancient "ice cauldron" on Mars could be a bull's-eye for finding life

Ancient "ice cauldron" on Mars could be a bull's-eye for finding life | New Space | Scoop.it
As the search for life on Mars moves further underground, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have found another promising place to look: a strange formation that could be the remains of an ancient “ice cauldron” that would have provided a warm, chemical-rich, life-friendly environment.
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There might be life in the slush below the surface of Mars.
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Second SpaceShipTwo performs first glide flight | SpaceNews.com

Second SpaceShipTwo performs first glide flight | SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first free flight Dec. 3, a glide test that begins the next phase in testing of the commercial suborbital spaceplane.

SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity, and its carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California at about 9:50 a.m. Eastern. The spaceplane separated from WhiteKnightTwo at 10:40 a.m. Eastern, gliding back to a runway landing in Mojave ten minutes later, according to updates provided by the company.

At the controls of SpaceShipTwo were David Mackay, Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot, and Mark Stucky, a former Scaled Composites pilot who flew a number of test fights of the first SpaceShipTwo before joining Virgin Galactic in 2015.


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Virgin Galactic is at last flying a spaceship again.
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The Zetetic Forum

The Zetetic Forum | New Space | Scoop.it
Making connections, expanding minds.
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My latest book is now out, at a 30% discount for a limited time. Go to www.apress.com, search for the title, then enter discount code TAYLOR30.
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10 SLS Flights And No Footprints on Mars - NASA Watch

10 SLS Flights And No Footprints on Mars - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
After 10 SLS flights no one is walking on Mars. #JourneyToMars https://t.co/DIzZXK44bL— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) November 30, 2016 Notional schedule of future missions, through EM-10 in 2030.
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Seems like a lot of money and a lot of time to not actually go anywhere or build anything.
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Problem Occurs During Launch of Soyuz Progress 65 Resupply Mission to the ISS - SpaceRef

Problem Occurs During Launch of Soyuz Progress 65 Resupply Mission to the ISS - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
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Supplies could get tight on the space station if the Progress resupply craft fails to arrive due to a launch glitch
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Culprit Found In Blurry Astronaut Vision Mystery - Universe Today

Culprit Found In Blurry Astronaut Vision Mystery - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study released by the Radiological Society of North America has determined why astronauts who take part in long-duration missions experience problems with their eyesight.
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Microgravity impairs astronaut eyesight. Now we know why.
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Virgin Galactic at MHV 11-01-16

Virgin Galactic at MHV 11-01-16
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Virgin Galactic spaceship on the tarmac at Mojave.
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GLXP Moon-Race Team Reserves Rocket to Land Rovers Near Apollo 17 Site

GLXP Moon-Race Team Reserves Rocket to Land Rovers Near Apollo 17 Site | New Space | Scoop.it

A Berlin-based group of rocket scientists and engineers are aiming to land a pair of privately funded Audi-branded robotic rovers on the moon and drive them to inspect NASA's Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle.


PTScientists (Part Time Scientists), one of 16 teams still in the running for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, has been developing its Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) lunar lander and Audi lunar quattro rovers since 2008. Now, the team has secured a launch contract with Spaceflight Inc., a rocket rideshare broker in Seattle...


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Audi plans to drive on the moon in 2017. Will visit Apollo 17 site to pay homage to lunar rover parked there.
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SpaceX prime Falcon 9 rockets for December return | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX prime Falcon 9 rockets for December return | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
In preparation for a December return to launch operations, SpaceX has delivered one Falcon 9 rocket to its Vandenberg launch site, while another undergoes
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SpaceX preparing to return Falcon 9 to flight in December.
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Solar Cells Will be Made Obsolete by 3D rectennas aiming at 40-to-90% efficiency

Solar Cells Will be Made Obsolete by 3D rectennas aiming at 40-to-90% efficiency | New Space | Scoop.it
A new kind of nanoscale rectenna (half antenna and half rectifier) can convert solar and infrared into electricity, plus be tuned t
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Once this is perfected, imagine what it could do to space solar power.
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With Trump, Gingrich and GOP calling the shots, NASA may go back to the moon

With Trump, Gingrich and GOP calling the shots, NASA may go back to the moon | New Space | Scoop.it
The moon is a red destination, an asteroid is a blue destination.
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Shift of focus back to the moon is likely under the incoming Trump administration.
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Software and Service Module cited as main critical paths to EM-1 launch date | NASASpaceFlight.com

Software and Service Module cited as main critical paths to EM-1 launch date | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A top level overview at NASA's Advisory Council (NAC) has shown most of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft flows are on track for a 2018 launch
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Orion faces challenges that could affect its ability to make its 2018 launch window.
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Was physics really violated by EM drive in 'leaked' NASA paper?

Was physics really violated by EM drive in 'leaked' NASA paper? | New Space | Scoop.it
Ever since NASA announced that they had created a prototype of the controversial Radio Frequency Resonant Cavity Thruster (aka. the EM Drive), any and all reported results have been the subject of controversy. And with mos
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Is our current understanding of the universe wrong, or is it just incomplete?
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