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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Suffers Glitch After Launch to Space Station

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Suffers Glitch After Launch to Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A privately built unmanned spacecraft launched for NASA by the commercial spaceflight company SpaceX blasted into orbit Friday (March 1), but has experienced some sort of malfunction after separating from its rocket, the company says.

 

The robotic Dragon space capsule launched into orbit atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket in what appeared to be a smooth liftoff from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. ET (1510 GMT). But once in orbit, SpaceX officials reported a problem just after spacecraft separation, when the Dragon capsule was expected to deploy its solar arrays.

 

 

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From Twitter: 1 March 2013, 1043am EST: @elonmusk: Issue with Dragon thruster pods. System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override.

 

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Elon musk discusses Falcon 9 failure investigation


Listen to "Elon Musk discusses Falcon 9 failure investigation" by Spaceflight Now on SoundCloud.

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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy | NASASpaceFlight.com

Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy their parachutes after an off-nominal launch scenario. Such software may have allowed the CRS-7 Dragon to save herself after she was thrown free of the failing Falcon 9 during June’s ill-fated launch.


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NTSB Ready To Vote on Final Report on SpaceShipTwo Crash

NTSB Ready To Vote on Final Report on SpaceShipTwo Crash | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet in public session on Tuesday, July 28, to deliberate and vote on its report on the probable cause of the October 31, 2014 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) crash. The meeting begins at 9:30 am ET and will be webcast on the NTSB website.

The NTSB ordinarily has five members, but there is one vacancy at the moment. The Tuesday meeting is an opportunity for all four members to hear from the NTSB staff at the same time about their findings, conclusions and recommendations. The Board members have had access to factual reports and draft staff reports already, but this is the formal unveiling and opportunity for debate. The Board will vote to adopt or modify the staff's draft. The Board can make changes to the recommendations, although an NTSB spokesman told SpacePolicyOnline. com on Friday that typically they add or suggest rewordings to staff-developed recommendations rather than making wholesale changes.

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Safety Panel Commends NASA For ISS Cargo Planning | SpaceNews.com

Safety Panel Commends NASA For ISS Cargo Planning | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Members of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) said the agency has done a good job dealing with the loss of three cargo missions to the International Space Station in eight months.

“The cumulative effect of the three cargo mission losses are, in our opinion, significant, but the ISS program was well positioned to mitigate the impacts,” said ASAP member Brent Jett, a former astronaut, at a July 23 meeting of the panel at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

Jett said a few key pieces of station hardware lost of those missions “put the ISS in a little bit of a tough position.” That included filtration beds for the station’s water processing system, two of which were lost on the October failure of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft and two more on the June failure of a Dragon cargo spacecraft. Jett said that NASA was able to procure replacement filtration beds that will fly on a Japanese H-2 Transfer Vehicle mission launching to the station in August.

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How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet

How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Just like the personal computer paved the way for a new category of software companies or Amazon Web Services spawned scores of cloud applications, private spacecraft is the infrastructure enabling businesses that never before could have existed. Amazon.com founderJeff Bezos even has his own space company, Blue Origin, which flew its first successful test flight in April.


Combine that with the rapid growth of cloud computing, big data analytics, the collapse in prices for electronic components in mobile devices and a thriving ecosystem of coders, and suddenly space is attainable and affordable.

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Aerospace Corp. is Thinking Big on Small Satellites | SpaceNews.com

Aerospace Corp. is Thinking Big on Small Satellites | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The Aerospace Corp. did not set out to establish an organization focused on designing and building miniature satellites. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, engineers who began building spacecraft weighing a few kilograms or even less worked in multiple departments. That changed in 2007 when the company established its Mechanics Research Department.

“At the time, the Mechanics Research Department seemed like a good home for microsatellite activity,” said Richard Welle, who led the department and now serves as Microsatellite Systems Department director. “Then the microsatellite activity just outpaced everything else in that department.”

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Intelsat Asks FCC To Block SpaceX Experimental Satellite Launch | SpaceNews.com

Intelsat Asks FCC To Block SpaceX Experimental Satellite Launch | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat asked U.S. regulators to block a SpaceX launch of two small satellites to test technologies for a future low-orbiting Internet-delivery constellation, claiming SpaceX has refused to disclose sufficient information relating to potential frequency interference and collision risk.

SpaceX has apparently accepted at least part of Intelsat’s argument and has disclosed specific data on how its satellites will avoid interference with Intelsat and other geostationary-satellite fleet operators.

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX is in the early phase of development of a constellation of small satellites – as many as 4,000, company Chief Executive Elon Musk has said – to speed the transport of large chunks of data around the world, avoding the detours and bottlenecks of terrestrial fiber networks.

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A competitor is trying to force SpaceX to reveal its secret satellite internet plans

A competitor is trying to force SpaceX to reveal its secret satellite internet plans | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Intelsat has asked US telecom regulators to reveal confidential parts of SpaceX’s application to fly experimental internet satellites, citing fears of orbital gridlock.

In the objection, Intelsat, a European firm that operates a major global satellite network, says it doesn’t understand “how the proposed [SpaceX satellites] could operate on a non-interference basis or meet the requirement to avoid collision with other satellites.” The company also filed a Freedom of Information Act request to reveal the confidential information, which includes technical details on SpaceX’s antennae, ground stations and “power flux density.”

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First flight of Falcon Heavy delayed again | Spaceflight Now

First flight of Falcon Heavy delayed again | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX has slowed development of the Falcon Heavy rocket, a mega-booster made of three Falcon 9 booster cores strapped together, as the company recovers from a launch failure last month, delaying the new rocket’s inaugural flight until early 2016.

“Given our focus on Falcon 9, we’ve de-prioritized Falcon Heavy to probably launch in the spring next year, maybe April or so,” SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk told reporters Monday.

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Review: How We’ll Live on Mars | The Space Review

Review: How We’ll Live on Mars | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As space agencies like NASA make long-term plans for human missions to Mars, some expect private ventures to get there faster. Jeff Foust reviews a book, pattered after a TED talk, that argues that SpaceX in particular could get there faster.

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Is “NewSpace” obsolete? | The Space Review

Is “NewSpace” obsolete? | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

For about a decade, commercial space advocates have been promoting the term “NewSpace” to describe a new wave of entrepreneurial space ventures. As those ventures now reach critical market and funding mass, Jeff Foust explains that some think the term may now be outdated in some respects.

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Falcon 9 Failure Linked To Upper Stage Tank Strut | SpaceNews.com

Falcon 9 Failure Linked To Upper Stage Tank Strut | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A strut in an upper stage propellant tank that failed at a fraction of its rated strength is the leading explanation for the June 28 loss of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the company’s chief executive said July 20.

In a teleconference with reporters, Elon Musk said the preliminary conclusion of the three-week investigation was that a steel strut, designed to hold a bottle of helium in place within the upper stage’s liquid oxygen tank, snapped while the first stage was still firing. That released enough helium gas to overpressurize the tank, causing it to burst and destroying the upper stage.

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SpaceX's Elon Musk Traces Rocket Failure to Busted Strut

SpaceX's Elon Musk Traces Rocket Failure to Busted Strut | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The unexpected breakdown of a tank strut apparently caused last month’s failure of a Falcon 9 rocket launch to the International Space Station, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reported Monday.

The June 28 loss of the Falcon, plus SpaceX’s robotic Dragon capsule and more than two and a half tons of cargo, will set back the company’s launch schedule by at least a few months and is likely to result in hundreds of millions of lost revenue, Musk told reporters.

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Cutting the costs of a human return to the Moon | The Space Review

Cutting the costs of a human return to the Moon | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Governments have largely deferred plans for human missions to the Moon, citing their cost, while private ventures offer more affordable concepts but struggle to raise funding. Jeff Foust reports on a new study that argues that a combination of the two, through public-private partnerships, could reduce the cost of human missions by as much as an order of magnitude.

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Domes Arrive for CST-100 Test Article Assembly | Commercial Crew Program

Domes Arrive for CST-100 Test Article Assembly | Commercial Crew Program | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The first two domes that will form the pressure shell of the Structural Test Article, or STA, for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft have arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The STA Crew Module will be assembled inside the former space shuttle hangar, known as Orbiter Processing Facility-3, so the company can validate the manufacturing and processing methods it plans to use for flight-ready CST-100 vehicles. While the STA will not fly with people aboard, it will be used to determine the effectiveness of the design and prove its escape system during a pad abort test. The ability to abort from an emergency and safely carry crew members out of harm’s way is a critical element for NASA’s next generation of crew spacecraft.


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Report Argues Commercial Partnerships can Slash Costs of Human Lunar Missions | SpaceNews.com

Report Argues Commercial Partnerships can Slash Costs of Human Lunar Missions | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A new report concludes that public-private partnerships, like those NASA has used in its commercial cargo and crew programs, could return humans to the moon for as little as $10 billion and within seven years.

The 100-page study, funded by NASA, concluded that an “evolvable lunar architecture” could eventually lead to a permanent human base at the lunar poles to convert water ice there for propellant that could be sold to NASA or other customers. However, those involved in the study acknowledge that the biggest obstacle to this approach may be convincing policymakers of the plan’s effectiveness.

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SES’s 2016 Outlook Clouded by Falcon 9 Failure | SpaceNews.com

SES’s 2016 Outlook Clouded by Falcon 9 Failure | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on July 24 said the rapid rise in the U.S. dollar has been good news for its revenue and profit but bad news for certain customers operating in developing nations.

Luxembourg-based SES also said it could not provide a forecast of 2016 revenue until SpaceX sets a firm date for the launch of the large SES-9 satellite.

Originally scheduled for mid-2015, then delayed to September earlier this year, the satellite’s launch has now slipped into to-be-determined category since the June 28 failure of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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How One Woman Is Democratizing the Final Frontier

How One Woman Is Democratizing the Final Frontier | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"The co-founder and president of Escape Dynamic, Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is a true role model of business leadership in science & technology. Escape Dynamics is building an electromagnetically-powered space launch system that will enable reusable single-stage-to-orbit spaceplanes, and plans to reduce costs of access to space by 100x for small payloads. They will do this by abandoning the path that all chemical rockets have used for the last 50 years, and instead will beam energy wirelessly to the rocket from ground to space," says Azam Shaghaghi, the President of Space Tourism Society of Canada, who had the rare opportunity to sit down with Laetitia during the International Space Development Conference 2014.

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Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK! | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Elon Musk wants to use his commercial SpaceX rockets to put satellites into orbit that will bring broadband to the next billion, but one of SpaceX's own customers has thrown a wrench into the works.

Musk's plan involves encircling the globe with a few thousand high-capacity, low-latency satellites that the Tesla Motors boss says should be able to deliver broadband internet at speeds comparable to optical fibre.

But Musk isn't the only one with an internet-in-space scheme. Richard Branson-backed OneWeb has a similar idea, as does Luxembourg's Intelsat – and here's where things get dicey.

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Rival Claims SpaceX Internet Satellites Could Block Its Own

Rival Claims SpaceX Internet Satellites Could Block Its Own | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Satellite internet provider Intelsat has asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject an application from Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX for permission to test its proposed satellite internet service.

SpaceX hopes to build a large constellation of small, low earth orbit satellites capable of blanketing the globe in wireless internet coverage. Such a service would obviously be a threat to Intelsat’s existing business model. But at the moment, Intelsat’s concerns are technological. It’s worried that SpaceX’s experimental satellites could interrupt its own services and is asking the FCC to require SpaceX to disclose more information about its plans, even though the company has requested to keep much of this information confidential.

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XCOR To Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Flights | SpaceNews.com

XCOR To Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Flights | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SAN JOSE, Calif. — XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.

The company, currently based in Mojave, California, but in the process of moving to Midland, Texas, said that the price of tickets for flights on its Lynx vehicle will increase from $100,000 to $150,000 effective Jan. 1, 2016.

“With the Lynx Mark I spacecraft closer to completion and first flight, the price will be raised to align more closely with the current market value of a commercial spaceflight,” said XCOR Space Expeditions, the Amsterdam-based subsidiary of XCOR Aerospace that serves as the sales office for Lynx tickets.

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CRS-7 Investigation Update

CRS-7 Investigation Update | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


On June 28, 2015, following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight, resulting in loss of mission. This summary represents an initial assessment, but further investigation may reveal more over time.

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Flash foresight, hard trends, and commercial space business | The Space Review

Flash foresight, hard trends, and commercial space business | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX’s pursuit of reusable launch vehicles has prompted other companies to also study reusability. Anthony Young sees this as evidence of a “hard trend” that makes it all the more likely that reusability will become reality.

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Support strut probable cause of Falcon 9 failure | Spaceflight Now

Support strut probable cause of Falcon 9 failure | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


A faulty support strut inside the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage liquid oxygen tank likely broke free during a June 28 space station resupply launch, destroying the booster minutes after liftoff in a cloud of debris over the Atlantic Ocean, SpaceX chief Elon Musk said Monday.

While noting the investigation into last month’s failure is not complete, Musk told reporters Monday the evidence shows a weakened bracket holding a high-pressure helium vessel inside the Falcon 9’s second stage is the likely culprit.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 failure investigation focuses on COPV struts | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 failure investigation focuses on COPV struts | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission. The preliminary findings point to a support strut in the Second Stage LOX tank breaking, releasing a helium pressurization bottle (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) that began the series of events that resulted in the loss of the vehicle.

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