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Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp answers questions about mission feasibility | YouTube


http://www.mars-one.com/news/press-re... - Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp answers questions about mission feasibility and finance situation. He also announces a 2 year delay in Mars One's schedule which means that the first crew is now scheduled to land in 2027.

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See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX

See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Fidelity has disclosed which of its mutual funds hold stakes in SpaceX.


In late January, Fidelity and Google announced they had invested a total of $1 billion to acquire almost 10 percent of Elon Musk’s privately held reusable-rocket company. Google later disclosed its share was $900 million, leaving Fidelity with $100 million.


In their monthly portfolio updates, five Fidelity funds showed SpaceX holdings. All are growth-oriented funds and each invested about 0.04 percent of its assets in SpaceX.

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Vega To Launch Peruvian Imaging Satellite Along with Skybox Craft

Vega To Launch Peruvian Imaging Satellite Along with Skybox Craft | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — Europe’s Arianespace launch consortium will use a Vega small-satellite rocket to launch Peru’s high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellite in the first half of 2016 under a contract signed March 25 with Airbus Defence and Space, the satellite’s builder.

Airbus won the PeruSat-1 contract in April 2014 after a heated competition among European and Israeli satellite builders.

The 450-kilogram PeruSat-1, owned by Peru’s Ministry of Defense, will share a Vega launch with four 110-kilogram satellites for Skybox Imaging, now owned by Google. Skybox booked its Vega launch a week earlier.

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Smallsat Constellations Spark Investor Interest, Regulator Concerns

Smallsat Constellations Spark Investor Interest, Regulator Concerns | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A new wave of small-satellite constellations for communications and remote sensing applications is attracting growing amounts of venture capital funding, but regulators worry they will struggle to keep up with the licenses these systems require.

During one panel at the Satellite 2015 conference here March 18, investors and entrepreneurs said the business cases for smallsat systems, coupled with some early success stories, have made space attractive to venture capital (VC) firms that previously shied away from the industry.

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NASA agrees to aid Dream Chaser development to CDR level | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA agrees to aid Dream Chaser development to CDR level | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


As was promised, NASA is not abandoning Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its Dream Chaser vehicle, despite the spaceplane losing out on the lucrative Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) award last year. An agreement has been was reached for SNC to continue to work with NASA through to the Critical Design Review (CDR) level of maturity for the vehicle.

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For commercial cargo, ideas old and new | The Space Review

For commercial cargo, ideas old and new | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

At least five companies have said they have submitted proposals to NASA for commercial cargo contracts. Jeff Foust describes the proposals made by two companies seeking to enter this market, one repurposing a crewed vehicle concept and the other offering a novel approach that could be used beyond Earth orbit as well.

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Review: After Apollo | The Space Review

Review: After Apollo | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Many people still consider John F. Kennedy as the president with the great influence on the American space program. Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines the historical record of another president who, in the long run, may have had a more significant effect on NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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SpaceX Aims To Debut New Version of Falcon 9 this Summer | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Aims To Debut New Version of Falcon 9 this Summer | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON – SpaceX plans to inaugurate its new, more-powerful Falcon 9 rocket this summer, using the same Merlin 1D engine with a modified fuel mix and other changes to extend the company’s planned reuse of the first stage to cover all SpaceX launches, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said.

In March 16 and 17 appearances at the Satellite 2015 conference here, Shotwell said the new-version Falcon 9, which has yet to be named, will be about 30 percent more powerful than the rocket’s current version.

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Experience the next SpaceX launch

Experience the next SpaceX launch | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Social media users are invited to apply for credentials to attend the targeted April 10 launch of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This is the next cargo resupply to the International Space Station.

If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you. Take the opportunity to be on the front line to blog, tweet or Instagram everything about SpaceX's sixth commercial resupply mission to the space station. The rocket will deliver several tons of supplies, including new science experiments and technology research.

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As new space grows up, a start-up rocket company gets a CEO

As new space grows up, a start-up rocket company gets a CEO | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A lot of the new space companies with the most buzz have dotcom billionaire backers — places like SpaceX, Blue Origin and Stratolaunch.

Not so much XCOR, which is building a spacecraft to take people to the edge of space. It began with four people around a kitchen table in 1999, and a shoestring budget.

The company has plugged along for 15 years, and finally this year its Lynx spacecraft should make its first test flights. It’s a schedule that could see XCOR beat its much-hyped competitor Virgin Galactic into the space tourism business.

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Mars One Delays Timetable for Red Planet Trips Amid Criticism

Mars One Delays Timetable for Red Planet Trips Amid Criticism | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Dutch-based Mars One venture says it's delaying its timetable for one-way trips to Mars by two years, but insists that its plan will still be viable.

The new schedule calls for a robotic lander to be sent to the Red Planet in 2020 as a preparatory mission, with the first four-person crew landing on Mars no earlier than 2027. Both those dates are two years later than previously planned.

The schedule shift was mentioned Thursday in Mars One's response to a string of sharply critical reports about its long-shot plan to fund and launch one-way trips to Mars. It's not clear whether the response will quell questions about the project's finances and technical underpinnings — or lead to even more criticism.

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Competition To Build OneWeb Constellation Draws 2 U.S., 3 European Companies

Competition To Build OneWeb Constellation Draws 2 U.S., 3 European Companies | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Two U.S. and three European companies have submitted bids to build some 900 small Internet-delivery satellites for OneWeb LLC in a competition that is forcing all of them to revamp their ways of doing business, industry officials said.

The five companies — Airbus Defence and Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, OHB AG, Space Systems/Loral and Thales Alenia Space — all arrive at the competition armed with arguments about how their recent history has given them the needed skills to do the work.

But OneWeb, based in Britain’s Channel Islands, would rather hear how they are going to escape their status-quo histories as major space hardware contractors and remake themselves into producers capable of producing multiple satellites per month, each with a cost of less than $500,000.

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U.S. Air Force Initiative To Put Commercial Seats in JSpOC

U.S. Air Force Initiative To Put Commercial Seats in JSpOC | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON – Commercial representatives could sit side-by-side with U.S. Air Force personnel in the Defense Department’s Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) by the end of the year under an initiative designed to give military operators a more complete and accurate picture of the space environment.

Having a so-called commercial integration cell within the JSpOC, the Defense Department’s nerve center for space operations, would give the Air Force a better sense of how commercial satellites are operated and how they could more closely coordinate with military space capabilities, according to the Air Force and industry sources.

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Bigelow Module Ready To Fly to Space Station | SpaceNews.com

Bigelow Module Ready To Fly to Space Station | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A module built by Bigelow Aerospace will join the International Space Station later this year in a test of both the company’s technology and NASA’s use of alternative contracting techniques.

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace marked the completion of all the development milestones for the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) in a ceremony March 12 at the company’s North Las Vegas, Nevada, headquarters. Bigelow built BEAM under a $17.8 million contract NASA awarded in late 2012.

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SpaceX's Shotwell Walks Back Musk's Cronyism Charge

SpaceX's Shotwell Walks Back Musk's Cronyism Charge | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell’s tour of Washington the week of March 16 – a luncheon speech, participation in the Satellite 2015 conference and testimony to a U.S. congressional panel – found her occasionally doing the work of the circus shovel brigade.

When you work for a guy who shoots from the hip as often as SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, it’s an unavoidable part of the job.

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One giant leap for...inflatable space houses

One giant leap for...inflatable space houses | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It's showtime for Robert Bigelow.

The real estate developer and hotel magnate estimates he's spent $275 million of his own fortune researching, building, and testing expandable living areas for outer space at Bigelow Aerospace, a company he founded in North Las Vegas 16 years ago.

NASA wants to see if he's right. It's paying him almost $18 million for one of his inflatable habitats to go to the International Space Station later this year.

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Russian space agency offers half-year space tourist flights to ISS

Russian space agency offers half-year space tourist flights to ISS | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has offered a seat, traditionally occupied by a Russian space crew member, to a space tourist for a term of six months, Head of the Roscosmos scientific-technical council Yuri Koptev told journalists on Tuesday.

"It has been recommended to look into the problem of lowering the budgetary load and possibly, even sell a long, rather than short expedition, to a space tourist at the expense of cutting Russia's presence," Koptev said.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA Amend CCiCap Partnership Agreement for Dream Chaser® Space System

Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA Amend CCiCap Partnership Agreement for Dream Chaser® Space System | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SPARKS, Nev. (March 23, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is pleased to announce it has amended its current Space Act Agreement (SAA), adding a significant development milestone to the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) partnership with NASA. The amendment, which extends the period of performance through March 2016, introduces unfunded Milestone 41, Design Analysis Cycle-6 Closeout Review – demonstrating the advancement of the Dream Chaser® Space System design from a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) level of maturity toward a Critical Design Review (CDR) level.

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The return of the satellite constellations | The Space Review

The return of the satellite constellations | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In the 1990s, a number of ventures tried to develop constellations of dozens or hundreds of communications satellites; they either ended up in bankruptcy reorganization or failed outright. Yet, Jeff Foust reports, there are today a number of firms, with significant financial support, trying even more ambitious systems.

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Rockets for Commercial Crew Launches Begin to Come Together

Rockets for Commercial Crew Launches Begin to Come Together | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The codes AV-073 and AV-080 may not mean much to many, but they mean a whole lot to former astronaut Chris Ferguson and the team of engineers and technicians who will assemble the first Atlas V rocket to launch a crew to the International Space Station. That test and a precursor flight without crew are part of the final development work Boeing is completing with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to certify a new crew transportation system for low-Earth orbit.

On its factory floor in Decatur, Alabama, United Launch Alliance, or ULA, is beginning to fabricate parts for the two rockets that are to launch Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft in 2017.

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SpaceX swaps order of next two Falcon 9 launches | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX swaps order of next two Falcon 9 launches | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Confronted with pesky problems in the Falcon 9 rocket’s helium pressurization system, SpaceX has shuffled the order of the next two launches, choosing to go ahead with the liftoff of a Dragon supply ship on a cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station around April 10.

The launch of a European-built communications satellite for the government of Turkmenistan, originally set for March 21, will now occur no sooner than late April, tentatively around April 24, officials said this week.

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president chief operating officer, said in Washington this week the extra time will allow engineers to complete an assessment of an issue with helium storage bottles inside the Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket uses helium gas to pressurize its propellant tanks.

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Sierra Nevada proposes all-in-one solution for ISS resupply | Spaceflight Now

Sierra Nevada proposes all-in-one solution for ISS resupply | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Leveraging progress made to build a human-rated space plane for NASA’s commercial crew program, Sierra Nevada Corp. said this week it has offered a cargo-carrying version of the Dream Chaser spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station beginning in 2018.

The Dream Chaser would launch without a crew inside the nose fairing of an Atlas 5 or Ariane 5 rocket, fly on autopilot and dock with the space station, delivering up to 5,500 kilograms — 12,125 pounds — of pressurized and unpressurized cargo per mission, officials told reporters Tuesday at a press conference in Washington.

The spaceship would return to Earth and glide to a runway landing, bringing back up to 1,750 kilograms — 3,858 pounds — of experiment specimens and other gear for analysis and refurbishment.

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Venture Capitalist Steve Jurvetson Eyes Space Boom

Venture Capitalist Steve Jurvetson Eyes Space Boom | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Steve Jurvetson, a partner at venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, is a self-confessed space nut. That's one reason DFJ was an early investor in SpaceX, the manufacturer of rockets and space capsules that was founded by Elon Musk, who is also the founder and CEO of electric car company Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) and chairman of solar installation leader SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY).


DFJ began investing in SpaceX five years ago. It has invested in other commercial space startups as well, such as Planet Labs, the maker of miniature imaging satellites. Jurvetson recently spoke with IBD about the space business.

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Spaceport America set for SpaceX reusability testing | NASASpaceFlight.com

Spaceport America set for SpaceX reusability testing | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX’s reusability aspirations will receive further testing at Spaceport America, in the shape of the first successfully recovered Falcon 9 first stage. The New Mexico spaceport will host the recovered booster – potentially the core stage from the upcoming CRS-6 mission, if recovered – for an additional flight to find hardware limits, paving the way for the first full reuse of a stage during a future launch in 2016.

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Sierra Nevada Hopes Dream Chaser Finds “Sweet Spot” of ISS Cargo Competition

Sierra Nevada Hopes Dream Chaser Finds “Sweet Spot” of ISS Cargo Competition | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Sierra Nevada Corp., looking to rebound from a failed commercial crew bid, said March 17 it has proposed to NASA a variant of its Dream Chaser vehicle for shuttling cargo to and from the International Space Station.

At a press conference during the Satellite 2015 conference here, company officials offered details of its Dream Chaser Cargo System, based on the Dream Chaser vehicle the company had been developing for NASA’s commercial crew program.

“We believe that it’s the best cargo system that currently exists or will exist, because it’s capable of meeting all of NASA’s cargo requirements in the same system,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems.

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