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Branson Visits Mojave, Renames Spaceship Company | Parabolic Arc

Branson Visits Mojave, Renames Spaceship Company | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, CA – Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, today dropped into his Mojave, Calif.-based Virgin Galactic space company as part of a visit to the Los Angeles area. During his visit, Sir Richard, accompanied by his daughter, Holly, toured the extensive facilities and met informally with the Mojave-based workforce now numbering more than 175 Virgin Galactic employees. Sir Richard announced to staff that Virgin Galactic’s Mojave-based sister organization, The Spaceship Company, which will manufacture and assemble a fleet of commercial space vehicles, is to be renamed and brought under the Virgin Galactic brand.

 

 

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I saw Atlas V launch and now I'm in love with NASA | YouTube


On Jan. 20, we headed to Cape Canaveral, Florida to watch the Atlas V rocket launch, a communications satellite for the US Navy.

While there, we spoke with a retired NASA shuttle astronaut and representatives for the United Launch Alliance, ESA, and Sierra Nevada Corp. about the future of human exploration.

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3:50 - "... the early days of Apollo(?)" Other than that a pretty good video.

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Legless Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of Sunday launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Legless Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of Sunday launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 has conducted a Static Fire – or Hot Fire – test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 ahead of Sunday’s mission to loft the ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites into orbit. This mission won’t involve a propulsive landing on the company’s ASDS, although it will still provide another milestone for SpaceX – via the first dual passenger launch for the Falcon 9.

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SES reserves two Falcon 9 launches from Texas | Spaceflight Now

SES reserves two Falcon 9 launches from Texas | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Two communications satellites owned by SES are booked to fly into orbit from South Texas on a pair of Falcon 9 rockets in 2017, giving SpaceX its first two confirmed payloads assigned to launch from the new commercial spaceport, officials said Wednesday.

SES announced SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the two satellites — SES 14 and SES 16/GovSat — nine days after the company unveiled an order for three spacecraft to be manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, Boeing Satellite Systems and Orbital ATK.

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Russia -- and its Modules -- To Part Ways with ISS in 2024

Russia -- and its Modules -- To Part Ways with ISS in 2024 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, on Feb. 24 announced that it will remain a part of the international space station until 2024 before detaching the Russian modules and forming its own outpost in low Earth orbit.

The statement followed a meeting the Scientific and Technical Council, under the chairmanship of Yuri N. Koptev, Roscosmos’ head of manned space flight and the agency’s former chief in the 1990s.

The statement gave no precise motive for Russia’s wanting to create an all-Russian space station beyond an ambition to provide “secure access to space for Russia.”

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First Cruz Space Hearing Inquisitive, Not Confrontational


Sen. Ted Cruz’s first hearing as chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees NASA and commercial space activities was politely inquisitive and not confrontational as some expected. Cruz (R-TX), a leading Tea Party activist, is a relative unknown quantity on space issues. The hearing exhibited that he is an advocate of U.S. leadership in space, ending U.S. reliance on Russia, and supporter of commercial space.

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Falcon Heavy rocket hangar rises at launch pad 39A | Spaceflight Now

Falcon Heavy rocket hangar rises at launch pad 39A | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX began erecting a new hangar at a former space shuttle launch pad in Florida last week, moving the historic facility closer to launching astronauts again.

Positioned at the south perimeter of launch pad 39A, the hangar sits on the gravel crawlerway used to transport Saturn 5 moon rockets and space shuttles from the nearby Vehicle Assembly building to the launch pad.

SpaceX has no plans to use the mammoth VAB, the crawlerway or NASA’s huge diesel-powered crawler-transporters, which are being upgraded for the Space Launch System, an enormous government-owned launcher designed to take humans into deep space, and eventually Mars.

The rocket SpaceX plans to send up from launch pad 39A is not as big as NASA’s mega-rocket, but it will be the most powerful launcher flying when it debuts. The Falcon Heavy rocket, fitted with 28 kerosene-fueled engines, is scheduled for its first test launch in the second half of 2015.

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'NASCAR on the Moon': Hakuto and Astrobotic Pair Up for Prize

'NASCAR on the Moon': Hakuto and Astrobotic Pair Up for Prize | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


This is definitely a new kind of space race: Two teams competing in a private moon competition have paired up to get to the lunar surface by the end of next year, potentially sowing the seeds for a sort of lunar NASCAR race.

The new Google Lunar X Prize partnership between the U.S.-based team Astrobotic and the Japanese group Hakuto means that the two teams — and perhaps additional groups, if they decide to sign on — could duke it out in a "Formula 1 race on the surface of the moon," said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton.

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I remember a SG-1 episode that featured a race in space. These little contest might be really popular with your grandchildren! The test runs should be quite interesting.

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Mars One Loses Television Deal | SpaceNews.com

Mars One Loses Television Deal | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A private venture to send humans on a one-way journey to Mars has suffered another setback with the loss of a television deal, although the venture’s leader said it won’t affect the ongoing selection of crews for the mission.

Mars One co-founder and chief executive Bas Lansdorp said Feb. 24 that Mars One had terminated an agreement with entertainment company Endemol announced in 2014 to develop a “worldwide TV event” for the selection of the first Mars One crews. New Scientist first reported the terminated contract Feb. 20.

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New Moon Rovers Will Race in a Lunar Grand Prix

New Moon Rovers Will Race in a Lunar Grand Prix | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Teams of scientists and engineers around the world have been figuratively racing one another to the moon as they try to win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million contest meant to spark a new generation of moon rovers. Now, they may wind up literally racing one another on the surface of moon. Rovers will be rolling side-by-side toward the finish line to claim the prize in what may be the first-ever moon motorsports event.

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Two Google Lunar XPRIZE Teams Announce Rideshare Partnership For Mission To The Moon In 2016


TOKYO, Japan (February 23, 2015) – HAKUTO, the only Japanese team competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, has announced a contract with fellow competitor, Astrobotic, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., to carry a pair of rovers to the moon. Astrobotic plans to launch its Google Lunar XPRIZE mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the second half of 2016. HAKUTO’s twin rovers, Moonraker and Tetris, will piggyback on Astrobotic's Griffin lander to reach the lunar surface. Upon touchdown, the rovers will be released simultaneously with Astrobotic’s Andy rover, developed by Carnegie Mellon University, travel 500 meters on the moon’s surface and send high-definition images and video back to Earth, all in pursuit of the $20M Google Lunar XPRIZE Grand Prize.

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Meet Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne Point Man

Meet Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne Point Man | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


As if trying to establish the world’s first suborbital space tourism business weren’t enough of a technical and market challenge, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture also wants to get in the game of launching small satellites.

The tourism side naturally commands the most attention — that was the case even before last year’s fatal crash of Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo rocketship during a test flight. But the company, whose backers include Aabar Investments of the United Arab Emirates, also has been plugging away quietly on a dedicated air-launched rocket that would deliver small satellites to low Earth orbit for $10 million or less.

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Frank DiBello: Pushing for a Florida spaceport for private liftoffs

Frank DiBello: Pushing for a Florida spaceport for private liftoffs | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"I suspect a half dozen to maybe eight [states] have their own space agencies. Florida was among the first and was clearly a leader in recognizing that space was an industry that should be driven from the state level. States are all recognizing that they all have a role to play. As markets become more commercial, they will have an increasing role."

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Mars Missions Are A Scam

Mars Missions Are A Scam | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last week, the nonprofit reality-television project Mars One announced its selection of 100 volunteers who may get one-way tickets to Mars. It’s only the latest in decades of celebrated Mars colonization projects. And just like all the rest, this one is unlikely to ever happen, experts say.


“It looks like a scam,” John Logsdon, a space policy expert at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., told BuzzFeed News. “They don’t have any technology, they don’t have any agreements with the space industry. It looks very shaky.”

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Right now, if anyone has any chance of ever getting us anywhere close to Mars it's probably Elon Musk.


Back in the 1960's the US Government initiated the NERVA Project, the goal of which was to ultimately develop nuclear engines for interplanetary travel. Sadly, this promising program was cancelled in the 1970s. If we're really serious about ever getting to Mars then that's the sort of propulsion system we'll one day need.

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Chris Quilty Handicaps Silicon Valley-fueled Space Race

Chris Quilty Handicaps Silicon Valley-fueled Space Race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The recent flood of investment in audacious commercial space projects is spookily reminiscent of the late-1990s satellite gold rush, which famously turned into a rout.

Google stepped up last year with its nearly $500 million purchase of satellite imaging startup Skybox and followed that up with a $900 million investment in SpaceX’s newly announced plan to deploy a 4,000-satellite Internet-delivery constellation, which is also being backed by Fidelity Investments. Meanwhile, chipmaker Qualcomm and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group have cast their lot with the 650-satellite OneWeb Internet venture led by O3b founder Greg Wyler.

These proposed mega-constellations bear a striking resemblance to the Teledesic and Skybridge Internet-in-the-sky ventures of yesteryear, which never got off the drawing board. By contrast, mobile telephony ventures Globalstar — Qualcomm was a ground-floor investor — and Iridium, along with machine-to-machine (M2M) messaging service provider Orbcomm, did manage to launch large low-orbiting constellations, only to declare bankruptcy shortly thereafter.

The new crop of financiers, a combination of venture capitalists, institutional investors and well-heeled technology giants, are not oblivious to the history — clearly they are betting that a different set of circumstances will carry the day this time around.

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Successful spacewalk ends with water leak | Spaceflight Now

Successful spacewalk ends with water leak | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts floated outside the International Space Station Wednesday for the second of three spacewalks to help ready the lab complex for dockings by commercial crew capsules being built by Boeing and SpaceX. Back inside the station’s airlock, Virts reported a small amount of water in his space helmet, but officials said he was never in any danger.

Even so, given a near-catastrophic helmet leak in July 2013, engineers will need to troubleshoot the latest issue to make sure the suit’s internal systems are healthy enough for Virts and Wilmore to carry out a third planned spacewalk Sunday.

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SES Books Falcon 9 Launches for SES-14 and SES-16/GovSat

SES Books Falcon 9 Launches for SES-14 and SES-16/GovSat | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 25 said two of the three satellites it ordered the previous week will be launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets in 2017.

Luxembourg-based SES, which was the first established commercial satellite fleet operator to use Falcon 9 and has another launch scheduled with SpaceX this summer, said its SES-14 and SES-16/GovSat satellites would be launched on separate Falcon 9 vehicles.

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Ted Cruz Makes Few Waves in Debut Hearing

Ted Cruz Makes Few Waves in Debut Hearing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — The new chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee offered few surprises in his first hearing Feb. 24, calling for NASA to refocus on human space exploration but expressing his support for one of the current administration’s major space policy priorities, commercial crew transportation.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who became chairman of the space subcommittee after Republicans won control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, discussed both government and commercial spaceflight in the subcommittee’s first hearing of the new Congress.

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The Pork is Falling! | Space KSC

The Pork is Falling! | Space KSC | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"Five years ago today, the House Science Committee held a hearing to discuss the Obama proposal released three weeks before. For more than two hours, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was the target of accusations and distortions. Many of them falsely claimed that the Administration had proposed the end of U.S. human spaceflight. In reality, the Administration proposed cancelling a boondoggle program to replace it with one that introduced competition and innovation to reduce the cost and open space to the private sector, so more people could go into space."

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Lunar X Prize Teams Partner To Share Risks and Rewards

Lunar X Prize Teams Partner To Share Risks and Rewards | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Two teams competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition announced plans Feb. 23 to work together in an arrangement that could ultimately result in several teams sharing the prize purse.

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology said it reached an agreement with Tokyo-based Team Hakuto to carry the Japanese team’s two small rovers to the moon on Astrobotic’s lander. The Hakuto’s rovers, named Moonraker and Tetris, will fly with Andy, a rover being built by Carnegie Mellon University for Astrobotic.

In a conference call with reporters, Astrobotic Chief Executive John Thornton said that the three rovers will race each other after landing to achieve the prize requirement of traveling at least 500 meters across the lunar surface. “It will be like a Formula One race on the surface of the moon,” he said.

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Red Planet or Bust? Private Mars One Mission Faces Earthly Challenges

Red Planet or Bust? Private Mars One Mission Faces Earthly Challenges | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Dutch-based Mars One venture is closing in on choosing its crews for one-way trips to the Red Planet, but will they be all dressed up in spacesuits with no place to go? Over the past week, there's been a string of reports that highlight the huge challenges facing Mars One.

Space News reports that the project's leaders haven't followed up on concept studies for robotic missions aimed at sending a lander and an orbiter to Mars in 2018. The Daily Mail says Mars One's deal with Endemol's global TV production team has fizzled out. Meanwhile, the Guardian quotes one of Mars One's initial supporters, astronomer Gerard 't Hooft, as saying the mission "will take quite a bit longer and be quite a bit more expensive" than advertised.

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100th Merlin 1D engine flies on Falcon 9 rocket | Spaceflight Now

100th Merlin 1D engine flies on Falcon 9 rocket | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Depending on how you count it, SpaceX launched its 100th kerosene-fueled Merlin 1D rocket engine on a Falcon 9 rocket Feb. 11, underscoring what it says is an accelerated flight regime for the centerpiece of the company’s propulsion shop.

The Falcon 9 rocket uses 10 Merlin engines on every mission — nine standard Merlin 1D powerplants on the launcher’s first stage and a single modified Merlin 1D optimized for firing outside the atmosphere on the second stage.

If you’re a purist, the 100th flight of a Merlin 1D engine on the Falcon 9’s booster stage will come this weekend with the launch of two communications spacecraft for Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite — a mission currently targeted for no sooner than Feb. 27.

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Google Lunar XPrize teams partner for a 2016 SpaceX moonshot | CNET

Google Lunar XPrize teams partner for a 2016 SpaceX moonshot | CNET | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The Google Lunar XPrize , a $30 million purse of prizes encouraging private teams to put lunar rovers on the moon, this morning took if not quite a giant leap, then at least a big step. Two of those teams, Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and Japan-based Hakuto, signed on to share a rocket ride to the moon in late 2016.

Hakuto, which developed a pair of rovers to explore the lunar surface, will hitch a ride on Astrobotic's lander, which plans to set down in Lacus Mortis, located in the northeastern portion of the moon. Once on the surface, both teams will deploy their rovers and go exploring. The first to cover 500 meters (around 550 yards) while broadcasting high-definition footage will take home the $20 million grand prize.

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Space Frontier Foundation and National Space Society Announce the Formation of the Alliance for Space Development | Space Frontier Foundation


Washington, D.C. - The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and the National Space Society (NSS) will announce the formation of the Alliance for Space Development (ASD) at a media event on February 25th in Washington, D.C. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Representative Chaka Fattah (D) will co-host the press conference in the House Space Subcommittee hearing room in the Rayburn office building. The ASD (http://allianceforspacedevelopment.org/) is dedicated to influencing space policy toward the goals of space development and settlement. At press time, the LifeBoat Foundation, The Mars Society, The Mars Foundation, The Space Development Steering Committee, The Space Tourism Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Students on Capitol Hill, Tea Party in Space, and the Texas Space Alliance have joined the ASD.

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Wall St. Grills Fleet Operators Over Mega-Constellation Threat

Wall St. Grills Fleet Operators Over Mega-Constellation Threat | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — Wall Street analysts are peppering established satellite fleet operators with questions about how they plan to survive after the likes of Google, SpaceX, Facebook and OneWeb have launched hundreds or thousands of satellites, drones, balloons and other Internet-delivery platforms.

Demonstrating a penchant for staying ahead of a curve that may or may not exist, some analysts take it as a given that these companies will raise the billions of dollars of infrastructure costs, clear regulatory hurdles and bring platforms into service before the end of the decade.

The three largest commercial satellite fleet operators – SES, Intelsat and Eutelsat – have all told investors they welcome big-name interest in global connectivity but question whether stratospheric balloons or mega-constellations of low-orbiting satellites is economically feasible.

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Reality TV show to document life on Mars has been shelved

Reality TV show to document life on Mars has been shelved | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Last week Mars One announced a list of 100 people who will train on Earth for a one-way mission to the red planet in 2025.

But the venture's accompanying reality TV show - which was to be made by the makers of Big Brother to document their training and new lives on the red planet - has been shelved after the companies were 'unable to reach an agreement on details', MailOnline has learned.

Instead, Mars One is working with a new production company to record the colonists' progress.

The proposed mission has been widely criticised ever since it was first announced in 2011, leading some experts to speculate that it was never more than a pipe dream.

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The Outer Space Treaty - 8.06 | YouTube


This week we are joined by Dr. Christopher J. Newman to talk space law and the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Dr. Christopher J. Newman is a Reader in Law at the University of Sunderland. He has been active in the teaching and research of Space Law for a number of years and has recently worked with academics from other disciplines on a publication examining the ethical underpinnings of Space Governance. Chris is currently working on research examining United Kingdom and European Space Policy and has made numerous appearances on British Radio and Television in relation to space law matters. In addition to being a senior member of the law team at the University of Sunderland, Chris is also a full member of the International Institute of Space Law and a member of the British Interplanetary Society.

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