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iPhone, iPad, CCiCap? | NewSpace Journal

Those who have closely followed NASA’s Commercial Crew Program may have noticed something a little unusual about the latest phase of the effort. Previous phases of the program were known as Commercial Crew Development, or CCDev, but this latest phase is called the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability. It’s known not as CCIC, or CCICap, but instead CCiCap, with a lowercase “i”. What’s up with that?

 

Speaking at the SpaceVision 2012 conference in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, Ed Mango, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, offered an explanation: it’s an homage of sorts to a company outside the space industry. “I purposely put the little ‘i’ in there—I get to do that, as a program manager—because most of us have iPhones, and a lot of us might have iPads,” he said, referring to two of the most popular products made by Apple. Those products, he said, revolutionized communications. “They transformed the way we do information sharing. So, in my mind, what we’re doing today is an integrated capability and we’re trying to change the way the world, the way the United States, is going to focus on low Earth orbit.”

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Reusable Falcon 9 Launcher from Space X | YouTube

Just in case  you never saw this one before.

Don't give up SpaeX. Don't ever give up.

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SpaceX Rocket Explosion: Can The Commercial Space Industry Recover From The Falcon 9 Rocket Failure?

SpaceX Rocket Explosion: Can The Commercial Space Industry Recover From The Falcon 9 Rocket Failure? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A spacesuit, a flexible exercise band, toilet paper, a projector screen, two Microsoft HoloLens headsets and a water filtration system – these are just a few of the supplies that were packed inside the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that exploded just moments after liftoff on Sunday. The astronauts that were patiently awaiting the delivery at the International Space Station will have to do without for a while longer.

Meanwhile, industry leaders are dealing with a different kind of post-explosion reality as it tries to temper public skepticism and spread the message that the commercial space sector is wholly prepared to withstand and overcome such failures.

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Op-ed - Humans to Mars in 20 Years: An FBC Sequel?

Op-ed - Humans to Mars in 20 Years: An FBC Sequel? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


In the 1990s, NASA’s Faster, Better, Cheaper (FBC) mantra almost drove the U.S. robotic Mars exploration program into oblivion. And the recent drumbeat from “boots on Mars” advocates appears to have human spaceflight headed toward the same end circa 2033, if not sooner.

It seems optimizing the aerospace trade space between schedule, quality and cost always requires a dynamic equilibrium among these attributes, typically with razor-thin stability margins. Performing this unnatural balancing act over protracted time intervals, human nature gives rise to a culture in which deviance becomes normalized to the point that “dodging bullets” and Russian roulette become routine practice. Sooner or later, this unwitting pattern of risk acceptance results in disaster. Following loss of the robotic explorers Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander within about 10 weeks of each other in 1999, it became lore among aerospace workers that expecting to maximize more than two attributes in the FBC trade space is unrealistic, even delusional.


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Understanding The Aftermath Of SpaceX’s Failed Falcon Launch

Understanding The Aftermath Of SpaceX’s Failed Falcon Launch | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


On Sunday morning, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket broke apart nearly 30 miles above Cape Canaveral just a few minutes after launch, marking its first full mission failure. The rocket was taking the Dragon capsule, carrying more than 4,000 pounds of supplies, to the International Space Station (ISS).

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SpaceX Commercial Crew Will Have Launch Escape Route | DNews

SpaceX Commercial Crew Will Have Launch Escape Route | DNews | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


In the video of the fireball that engulfed SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket Sunday, a little capsule, still intact, can be seen falling through the sky, a poignant reminder that rocket explosions can be survivable.

That’s an important and painful lesson NASA learned following the loss of two space shuttles and 14 astronauts, one that it is incorporating into the next generation of human spaceship currently under development.

The Dragon capsule that flew aboard the ill-fated Falcon rocket Sunday is nearly the same as one SpaceX is designing to fly people. Crew Dragon, however, will have an escape system that will enable the capsule to fly away from an exploding rocket and parachute to safety.

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Satellite owners among bystanders in Falcon 9 accident | Spaceflight Now

Satellite owners among bystanders in Falcon 9 accident | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The long queue of satellites waiting on launches aboard SpaceX’s Falcon rockets — a backlog the company says is worth $7 billion — will stay grounded while investigators determine what caused a Falcon 9 booster to disintegrate after liftoff Sunday with supplies heading for the International Space Station.

Commercial and government satellite operators — from telecom giant SES to NOAA’s climate research team — were lined up to fly on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in the coming months, and they will have to wait longer than bargained for when they signed on to launch on the commercial booster.

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Senate Bill Provides Partial Funding Increase For FAA Commercial Space Office | SpaceNews.com

Senate Bill Provides Partial Funding Increase For FAA Commercial Space Office | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A Senate appropriations bill approved last week provides a modest increase in funding for the federal office that licenses commercial launches, but industry officials argue that the office requires more funding, particularly after the recent SpaceX launch failure.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a transportation and housing and urban development bill June 25 on a 20–10 vote. The bill, which funds the Federal Aviation Administration among other agencies, includes $17.425 million for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, the office that regulates commercial launch activities in the United States.

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Untangling the knot: fix Congress, pioneer space | The Space Review

Untangling the knot: fix Congress, pioneer space | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Opening up the frontier of space is a bold and exciting prospect. Yet, without denigrating America’s outstanding civil space program, the “system” is hardly tapping our nation’s collective potential. We all know that we can be achieving much more in space and doing so on faster timescales. Political impediments, including the new entrant of mounting polarization, continue to hamper potential progress. Decent people are operating within a flawed system. What could America accomplish in space if it aligned its program closer to national popular interest, while subjugating partisan and narrowly defined interests, including geography and campaign contributions?

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Range Safety Destruct Signal Was Sent To Falcon 9, But Too Late


SpaceX officials confirmed today that although a range safety destruct signal was sent to the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday, it was 70 seconds too late. The "mishap" had already occurred and the signal played no role in the loss of the vehicle.

Until this statement from SpaceX, it was not clear if the rocket malfunctioned, veered off course, and was destroyed by the Range Safety Officer, or if the rocket exploded on its own. Rockets are equipped with Flight Termination Systems that can be activated by sending an abort signal in order to protect public safety.

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Government Agencies Differ on Use, Usefulness of Cubesats | SpaceNews.com

Government Agencies Differ on Use, Usefulness of Cubesats | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — As interest in the use of cubesats continues to grow, U.S. government agencies are taking very different approaches regarding their use, with some openly embracing them as useful scientific tools and others more skeptical about their effectiveness.

One of the biggest advocates for cubesats has not been NASA but the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has funded a small program for space science cubesat missions since 2008. “Cubesats can help us provide some of these measurements that we badly need,” said Therese Moretto Jorgensen, who manages NSF’s cubesat program. “Cubesats can’t do everything, but they can help.”

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House Plans ISS Hearing for July 10 Amid Reactions to SpaceX Launch Failure

In a statement on the SpaceX launch failure today, the House Science, Space and Technology (SS&T) Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on the status of the International Space Station (ISS) on July 10.   The statement, from the chairs of the full committee and its space subcommittee, was one of several expressing disappointment about the failure but determination to learn what went wrong and continue to support the ISS.

The failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket 139 seconds after launch this morning (Sunday, June 28) marked the third failure in eight months of the systems that resupply the ISS with food, water, science experiments, spare parts and other equipment needed to sustain the station and its crew.  Usually six people inhabit the ISS although only three are there now because they are in the middle of a crew rotation. It was SpaceX's seventh operational cargo mission to the ISS under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA -- CRS-7 or SpX-7.  The first six were successful.

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Statement from Space Florida President Frank DiBello Regarding SpaceX CRS-7 Launch

Statement from Space Florida President Frank DiBello Regarding SpaceX CRS-7 Launch | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"I was saddened to learn of the failure of the Falcon 9 after launch this morning. But this is the space business, where complex vehicles fly in unforgiving environments. From time to time mishaps will happen. In its short history SpaceX has built an impressive record of success and I have no doubt that the company will get to the bottom of the problem, fix it and continue on successfully."

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Docking Adapter, Satellites, Student Experiments Lost In Dragon Failure | SpaceNews.com

Docking Adapter, Satellites, Student Experiments Lost In Dragon Failure | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — The cargo lost on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft when its Falcon 9 launch vehicle failed June 28 range from a key piece of hardware for future commercial crew spacecraft to an experiment developed by middle school students, but NASA officials said none of the cargo was critical to the near-term operations of the International Space Station.

The Dragon, flying on the seventh mission under SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, carried 1,867 kilograms of pressurized cargo intended for the ISS, a total that increases to 1,952 kilograms when the weight of the cargo’s packaging is included. That total included 676 kilograms of crew supplies, 461 kilograms of hardware for the ISS, and 529 kilograms of scientific investigations.


The largest, and perhaps most valuable, item lost on the Dragon was an International Docking Adapter (IDA), a 526-kilogram item transported as unpressurized cargo in the “trunk” section of the Dragon spacecraft. The IDA, one of two built by NASA, would have been attached to the station to serve as a docking port for future commercial crew vehicles and potentially other spacecraft.

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SpaceX Won't Give Up

SpaceX Won't Give Up | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


There was a puff of white smoke overhead. A lengthy silence. And then a NASA rep on the PA, befuddlement in his voice, pronouncing what had happened a "non-nominal" event. For SpaceX, the aerospace startup that had been supplying the International Space Station without incident for some time, the explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket was surely a shock -- all the more worrisome because the company intends to start ferrying humans to space come 2017.

"It happens," said our bus driver, distilling the essence of the event. It does happen: Of all our scientific pursuits, perhaps none is more prone to spectacular failure than space travel. Yet the impulse to explore seems to endure. The occasional tragedy is the cost of the larger triumphs.

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Spire Raises $40 Million For Weather Satellite Constellation | SpaceNews.com

Spire Raises $40 Million For Weather Satellite Constellation | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Spire, a company developing a constellation of cubesats to provide weather data to commercial and government customers, announced June 30 it has raised $40 million to complete work on the satellites and begin launching them later this year.

Peter Platzer, chief executive of San Francisco-based Spire, said the money raised in its Series B round, which included both new and existing investors, will fund the company through the launch more than 100 satellites by the end of 2017. The company previously raised $25 million in a July 2014 financing round.

“It allows us to be the world’s first commercial weather satellite constellation,” Platzer said in a June 29 interview. Much of the funding will be used to hire additional staff, he said. The company currently has 56 employees working at offices in San Francisco, Singapore, and Glasgow, Scotland.


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Houston Airport System plans for spaceport approved by FAA

Houston Airport System plans for spaceport approved by FAA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Houston, Texas June 30, 2015. - The Houston Airport System (HAS) has been granted a Launch Site License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that enables Ellington Airport (EFD) to establish itself as a launch site for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV), making it the 10th commercial spaceport in the United States.

Nearly two years after Houston City Council members gave their overwhelming support for the project, the FAA’s formal approval opens the door for plans that could see Ellington Airport become a focal point for aerospace operations, such as the launching of micro satellites, astronaut training, zero gravity experimentation, spacecraft manufacturing and a host of other potential activities.


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Another major rocket failure for a space industry out to prove itself

Another major rocket failure for a space industry out to prove itself | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It was a beautiful day on the cape, sunny and hot with patchy clouds — good weather for rocketry. SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket looked great as it tore a hole in the sky, propelling 4,000 pounds of cargo in a Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station.

NASA’s Twitter account offered the play-by-play: “And we have liftoff of @SpaceX #ISScargo resupply mission to the @Space_Station.”

Two minutes later, Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 blew up like a bottle rocket. Food, supplies, hardware and dozens of student science experiments rained to the sea off the Florida coast.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Failure Adds to the Pressure on Space Station

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Failure Adds to the Pressure on Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, says there'll be no quick answers to the questions surrounding Sunday's loss of his company's Falcon 9 rocket and its cargo for the International Space Station.

The cause of the mishap is "still unknown after several thousand engineering-hours of review," Musk tweeted overnight. "Now parsing data with a hex editor to recover final milliseconds."

He said that the problem was traced to excessive pressure in the upper stage's liquid oxygen tank — but that the cause of that condition appeared to be "counterintuitive." His comments led to deep discussions on such forums as Reddit and NASASpaceflight.com.

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Photos: Falcon 9 blasts off, then breaks apart in mid-air | Spaceflight Now

Photos: Falcon 9 blasts off, then breaks apart in mid-air | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Cameras positioned around SpaceX’s launch facility at Cape Canaveral captured stunning photos of the Falcon 9 rocket’s picturesque blastoff into a sun-splashed sky Sunday morning, but the photogenic launch went awry minutes later.

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The aftermath of a launch failure | The Space Review

The aftermath of a launch failure | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On Sunday, SpaceX suffered the first failure of its Falcon 9 rocket in 19 launches, losing a Dragon cargo spacecraft bound for the ISS. Jeff Foust reports on what’s known about the failure and its implications for the company, the space station, and broader space policy.

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SpaceX failure adds another kink in station supply chain | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX failure adds another kink in station supply chain | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Managers in charge of International Space Station say the massive orbiting laboratory and its residents can keep going despite Sunday’s failure of a SpaceX resupply launch, which destroyed a new docking adapter critical to NASA’s commercial crew program, a spacesuit, and a part to repair the lab’s water purification system.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, marking the commercial launcher’s first failure in 19 missions and destroying more than 4,000 pounds of gear needed on the space station.

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SpaceX Failure Leaves Long List of Customers in the Lurch | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Failure Leaves Long List of Customers in the Lurch | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — The June 28 failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is almost certain to deal a blow to the revenue projections of numerous SpaceX commercial customers that had been basing their results on being in orbit this year or early in 2016.

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Space KSC: The Fall

Space KSC: The Fall | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"Today I met a 12-year old from a Colorado middle school who had an experiment aboard SpaceX CRS-7. I told her I was sorry she lost her experiment, but she was undeterred. Grinning from ear to ear, she said, 'We'll build another one and do it again!'

"That is what SpaceX will do. Build another one. And do it again."

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Statement: Space Frontier Foundation Expresses Condolences on Falcon 9 Loss, High Hopes for Spaceflight


“Today, our thoughts go out to the hard working team at SpaceX. It’s important to see this event as yet another learning experience for the commercial space industry that will only increase the probability of SpaceX’s success with the Falcon 9 in the future,” said Jeff Feige, Chairman of the Board of the Space Frontier Foundation. “Space is hard, incredibly hard, just as aviation and ocean voyages were in their infancies, but with the unwavering determination of companies like SpaceX and the NewSpace community, I have no doubt we will overcome the inevitable setbacks only to return stronger and even more determined.”

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Ranking Members Johnson and Edwards Statements on SpaceX CRS-7 Launch Vehicle Failure

Ranking Members Johnson and Edwards Statements on SpaceX CRS-7 Launch Vehicle Failure | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

“The loss of today’s SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station is a reminder that spaceflight is still not a routine undertaking. While the loss of the mission is disappointing, I am grateful that no one was hurt. I am confident that SpaceX and NASA will determine the cause of today’s failure and take the necessary corrective actions. In the meantime, NASA has assured us that the crew on the International Space Station is in no danger as a result of today’s accident.”

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