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SpaceX: Scoring a few goals for the home team | NewSpace Journal

SpaceX: Scoring a few goals for the home team | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Of all the companies involved in the CCiCap competition, SpaceX was widely considered to have an inside track to win one of the awards. Just over two months ago it successfully demonstrated its ability to deliver cargo to the International Space Station using its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, vehicles that would be used, with upgrades and safety improvements, to ferry astronauts as well. So did that explain why SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sounded relatively restrained on a conference call with reporters Friday morning, after the awards were announced?

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18th International Mars Society Convention - Debate: Is Mars One Feasible? | YouTube


Public Debate: Is Mars One Feasible?

Bas Lansdorp, President & Founder, Mars One
Barry Finger, Chief Engineer & Director, Life Support Systems, Paragon Space Development Corporation

Sydney Do, Graduate Research Fellow & Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, MIT
Andrew Owens, Graduate Research Fellow & Ph.D. Candidate, Strategic Engineering Research Group, MIT

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Asteroids loom as the new Klondike for Seattle space industry

Asteroids loom as the new Klondike for Seattle space industry | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Seattle could profit from the rush for resources in outer space much as it did during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s: by selling goods and services to the fortune-seekers.

At least that’s the vision laid out by entrepreneurs who are laying the groundwork in Seattle — and in space — for what they hope will be a multitrillion-dollar asteroid mining industry.

“I do believe that the first trillion is going to be made in space,” Peter Diamandis, one of the founders of Redmond-based Planetary Resources, said via video during a Seattle Space Entrepreneurs reception at Kirkland’s Marina Park on Thursday.

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Guest column: Camden Spaceport may impact environment | jacksonville.com


Camden County is on the verge of a big conversation.

The county will partner with the Federal Aviation Authority to evaluate the potential costs and benefits of subsidizing the development of a multi-million dollar spaceport.

As officials contemplate spending millions of tax dollars on this new facility, we must take our head out of the clouds and impartially evaluate the project’s true costs and benefits.

There is a big black hole where specific details should be. about the Camden County Spaceport. We can look to other facilities to understand the potential impact on coastal Georgia.

Currently, there are 10 commercially operated launch sites in the United States. While they are all different, there are common guidelines and impacts.

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U.S. Air Force to Award Integration Studies to SpaceX | SpaceNews.com

U.S. Air Force to Award Integration Studies to SpaceX | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force disclosed plans to award SpaceX a contract worth about $1 million to study the ins and outs of mating national security satellites to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.

According to a justification and approval document posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website Aug. 26, the $962,000 contract would cover 10 studies as the service prepares to enter a new era of competitively awarded launch missions.

For nearly a decade, the Defense Department has relied exclusively on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets to launch its operational military and intelligence satellites. But in May, the Air Force certified the Falcon 9 rocket to launch national security missions.

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Virgin Galactic Appoints Nicola Pecile As Pilot | Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Appoints Nicola Pecile As Pilot | Virgin Galactic | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


MOJAVE, Calif. – August 26, 2015 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Pecile as pilot.

An Italian native from Udine and raised in Fagagna and currently a US Permanent Resident, Pecile will join Virgin Galactic’s growing commercial flight team led by Chief Pilot Dave Mackay.

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Wrapping Up The Future | Commercial Crew Program

Wrapping Up The Future | Commercial Crew Program | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


One of the former processing bays for the space shuttles at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is getting a facelift this week as Boeing wraps the building that will be the production and processing home of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. The interior of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, better known as the C3PF, is being outfitted for the precision demanded in assembling human-rated spacecraft and then processing the craft for flight. The wrap, which will cover the front of the processing bay, will showcase the future Boeing intends to pursue with the CST-100 line. It is expected to take more than a week to complete the detailed illustration.

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Jeff Bezos set to announce big news about Blue Origin's Florida launch plans | GeekWire

Jeff Bezos set to announce big news about Blue Origin's Florida launch plans | GeekWire | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is heading to Cape Canaveral next month to make a “significant announcement regarding the emerging commercial launch industry” — most likely about plans for his Blue Origin space venture to build and launch rockets on Florida’s Space Coast.

The media invitation went out this week for the Sept. 15 event at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. No further details were provided about the subject of the announcement, but Blue Origin has been working for years to secure a Florida facility.

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The risks of Mars | The Space Review

The risks of Mars | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Many people consider a human mission to Mars with trepidation given the risks involved, including the potential loss of life. Frank Stratford argues that humanity needs to accept and even embrace those risks, given the much greater benefits such missions offer.

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Private Space Stations Could Be a Reality by 2025

Private Space Stations Could Be a Reality by 2025 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SAN JOSE, California — There are strong prospects that commercial space stations will become a reality within the next 10 years if entrepreneurs and NASA can properly manage the tricky transition from the government-run International Space Station to privately built and operated facilities, experts say.

"This is an exciting moment," said Alex MacDonald, program executive for NASA's Emerging Space Office. "We are going to have a legitimate opportunity to run that great experiment of privately owned facilities, if you guys are able to raise the money to do it. And that's really the exciting part."

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Virgin Galactic boldly goes into small satellites, telling future astronauts 'you have to wait'

Virgin Galactic boldly goes into small satellites, telling future astronauts 'you have to wait' | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

AC Charania, director of strategy and business development at Virgin Galactic, claims “We are the Uber of small launch.”

“You can’t tell the big rocket where to go and you can’t tell it when to go,” says Charania. “You essentially have to get on a bus.

“With Uber, you go when you want to go, you pick the service you want – UberX or UberXL, it goes exactly where you want and it’s an easy transaction. That’s essentially the model for us.”

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Scott Baker's curator insight, August 23, 9:45 AM

On this, the 50th anniversary of the orbital flight of Gemini (pre-Apollo), none of the commercial space-faring companies can even launch a single astronaut into space. Tell me again why private industry does things better than the public sector?

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International Space Station is to get new INFLATABLE module

International Space Station is to get new INFLATABLE module | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It may seem like a radical idea in the harsh and uncompromising environment of space, but astronauts will soon be living inside an inflatable space station.

A lightweight module that has Kevlar walls filled with gas rather than solid structures is to be launched on the next cargo supply mission to the International Space Station.


The technology, developed by Bigelow Aerospace, could ultimately be used to design inflatable bases on the moon and eventually Mars.

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NanoRacks and Space Angels Network Join Forces to Better Identify Promising Start Ups

NanoRacks and Space Angels Network Join Forces to Better Identify Promising Start Ups | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NanoRacks and Space Angels Network have joined forces to support and invest in STEM education and early stage-space companies by fully using the DreamUp Approved system (www.dreamup.org) of certifying those ventures whose space-based plans are deemed realistic.

DreamUp, powered by NanoRacks, supports student project teams flying science experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) and beyond. Resulting from a partnership first conceived at the CASIS ISS R&D Conference, the goal of DreamUp is to help entrepreneurs integrate into the commercial space community by delivering their projects via NanoRacks to the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the ISS and for space-based projects in general.

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Mexico, Google's Lunar X-Prize, could take them into Space

Mexico, Google's Lunar X-Prize, could take them into Space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The international aerospace industry is capitalizing on past successes to drive commercial efforts to explore the moon. Astrobotic, a technology company focused on affordable planetary access, has signed Mexico's space agency, Agencia Espacial Mexicana, as a payload customer for an upcoming lunar lander mission. The agreement promises to drive interest and innovation in the Mexican aerospace sector and could make Mexico the first Latin American country to reach the moon.

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Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA

Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Saturday will mark 1,500 days since the Space Shuttle touched down for the final time. Grounding human spaceflights was always supposed to be temporary as we made the necessary transition to a new generation of spacecraft, operated by American commercial carriers. Likewise, paying for seats on Russian spacecraft to send our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) was always intended to be a stopgap.

Had Congress adequately funded President Obama’s Commercial Crew proposal, we could have been making final preparations this year to once again launch American astronauts to space from American soil aboard American spacecraft.

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More than $2 Billion Invested in Space Companies since 2012 | SpaceNews.com

More than $2 Billion Invested in Space Companies since 2012 | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Emerging companies in the space industry, ranging from launch vehicle developers to satellite services providers, have raised more than $2 billion from investors since 2012, although the vast majority of that funding came from just two deals earlier this year.

A report released Aug. 28 by CB Insights, a New York-based financial intelligence firm, concluded that investments in space companies since the beginning of 2012 totaled $2.16 billion, including $1.75 billion in the first half of 2015 alone.

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To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Like most investors, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners is always looking for that next big thing to invest in and turn into a significant return. While the global venture capital firm has primarily invested in tech and health care, the fund has significantly ramped up its efforts around investing in space. He sat down with me to talk about boldly going where few people have gone before in investing and what he and his team look for when selecting a startup for funding."

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NASA Assures Congress Orb-3 and SpX-7 Investigations Are Similar


NASA told Congress this week that it is not giving SpaceX special treatment in the investigation of the Orb-3 and SpX-7 launch failures, but that the investigations are quite similar. It said the perception that NASA's role in studying the SpaceX failure is less intense is the result of a misunderstanding.

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) wrote to NASA earlier this month asking a series of questions about NASA's role in finding the causes of the two failures: the October 28, 2014 failure of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket with a Cygnus capsule loaded with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) and the June 28, 2015 failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon capsule also full of supplies for the ISS. Both launches were under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract between NASA and the two companies. The Antares/Cygnus launch was Orbital's third CRS launch, Orb-3. SpaceX's launch was its seventh under the CRS contract -- SpaceX CRS-7 or SpX-7.

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NASA Says No Special Treatment for SpaceX in Falcon 9 Investigation | SpaceNews.com

NASA Says No Special Treatment for SpaceX in Falcon 9 Investigation | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Responding to congressional criticism that suggested NASA was giving SpaceX special treatment, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the agency is conducting an independent review of the company’s June launch failure.

In an Aug. 24 letter to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Bolden said the appearance of special treatment accorded to SpaceX over Orbital ATK was a “misunderstanding” because NASA is taking a different approach to reviews of the two companies’ launch failures.

“First and foremost, I want to assure you that NASA is performing an independent analysis” of the June 28 Falcon 9 launch failure on SpaceX’s seventh cargo mission to the International Space Station under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA, Bolden wrote in the letter, released by the agency Aug. 25.

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How Masten Space will get us to the Moon and Mars - 8.24 | YouTube


This week we bring on Dave Masten, CTO of Masten Space Systems. Dave chats about the different vehicles Masten has created, what their purpose is and how each is a stepping stone to getting humans and payloads to the Moon, Mars and beyond!

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George Goodman's curator insight, August 25, 11:50 PM
Another, less talked about, interplanetary transportation company.
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CubeSats to Mars and beyond | The Space Review

CubeSats to Mars and beyond | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As CubeSats take on an wider range of missions in Earth orbit, some are looking at how such small spacecraft could be used on interplanetary missions. Jeff Foust reports on those efforts discussed at a recent conference, from serving as a communications relay for a Mars lander mission to being Mars landers themselves.

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Major unfinished business in the the US space program | The Space Review

Major unfinished business in the the US space program | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

With less than 18 months left in the current Presidential administration, some argue there’s little chance of major new space initiatives from the White House in that time. However, Vid Beldavs, in an open letter to the President, asks him to support a new emphasis on lunar exploration in cooperation with international and commercial partners.

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Blue Origin Plans September Announcement in Florida | SpaceNews.com

Blue Origin Plans September Announcement in Florida | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Commercial space transportation company Blue Origin said Aug. 24 that it will make an announcement in Florida in September widely believed to be linked to proposals to build and launch rockets from there.

In a statement, the company said that Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Blue Origin, “will make a significant announcement regarding the emerging commercial launch industry” Sept. 15 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The company offered no other details about the nature of the planned announcement.

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Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it?

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NASA Considering More Cargo Orders from Orbital ATK, SpaceX

NASA Considering More Cargo Orders from Orbital ATK, SpaceX | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Having delayed the award of follow-on Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts until at least November, NASA is considering ordering more International Space Station cargo deliveries from Orbital ATK and SpaceX, both of which had already quietly hauled in additional orders under CRS deals signed in 2008.

After contract modifications initiated late last year and finalized this summer, SpaceX is on the hook for a total of 15 flights to the space station, up from the 12 NASA ordered in 2008. Orbital ATK wound up with 10 flights, up from eight, following the latest round of contract modifications, NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz wrote in an Aug. 20 email.

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Inflatable Habitats: From the Space Station to the Moon and Mars?

Inflatable Habitats: From the Space Station to the Moon and Mars? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The upcoming launch of a private inflatable module toward the International Space Station could help pave the way for colonies on the moon and Mars.

Bigelow Aerospace's Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will blast off on SpaceX's next robotic cargo mission to the space station for NASA. That flight was originally scheduled for September, but the disintegration of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket during the company's last cargo run in late June will likely delay it.

Whenever BEAM ends up reaching orbit, the module's addition to the International Space Station (ISS) will be a big milestone for inflatable spacecraft in general and Bigelow Aerospace in particular, company representatives said. [Bigelow's Inflatable Space Station Idea in Photos

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