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Why Training for a Suborbital Spaceflight Is Just Another Great Story at the Local Chesterfield Club | Wired.com

Why Training for a Suborbital Spaceflight Is Just Another Great Story at the Local Chesterfield Club | Wired.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

You probably know or have heard some millionaire on the radio or on TV saying he or she bought a ticket to one of the many private suborbital space enterprises such as Virgin Galactic or XCOR.

 

Furthermore, you might have heard them talking about the extensive training they have begun with zero-gravity parabola flights, or even g-training in Russian MIG-planes. They are getting prepared…

 

For what?

 

If you were to stay on the International Space Station for 3-6 months, or go to Mars, the 1 percent loss of bone and muscle mass every month might pose a problem – perfect physiological and psychological health is required.

 

But we are talking about a 15-minute ride into space, and I want to tell you why training for such flights is nothing more than another chapter in the I-did-this story-telling at the local golf or chesterfield club.

 

 

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Commercial Crew Progress, Summer 2016

NASA's Commercial Crew Program and its partners are working quickly and carefully to build the new generation of spacecraft, launch systems and infrastructure, all with an eye on launching American astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States.

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NASA brings a unity to the world which is exceptional.
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Under Pressure: Spacesuit Market - Space Angels

Under Pressure: Spacesuit Market - Space Angels | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space Angels Network continually endeavors to understand new market opportunities for investment. Our position, at the forefront of early-stage space investing, gives us a unique vantage point from which to assess nascent markets. And this knowledge provides our investor members with the insights they need to make informed investment decisions in this dynamic industry.

With the proliferation of new in-space destinations coming online (Bigelow BA330, Axiom, ROS, Tiangong, cis-lunar, lunar surface, Mars surface) and new crewed launch vehicles (SpaceX Dragon, Boeing Starliner, Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, Blue Origin New Shepard), we are at an inflection point for human spaceflight. Therefore, we believe the market for spacesuits is growing and could present an attractive opportunity for investment.

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One-out parachute test doesn’t crush Blue Origin’s hopes

One-out parachute test doesn’t crush Blue Origin’s hopes | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Landing with a failed parachute is not a condition a company would normally want their spacecraft to encounter, but that was exactly the scenario Blue Origin planned for the fourth test flight of their New Shepard vehicle last month. After a month of analysis, Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos, gave word in an email update that the test was a success

Blue Origin intentionally hobbled the spacecraft’s landing system for the June 19, 2016, flight by disabling one of the vehicle’s three descent parachutes in order to determine the impact—literally—on New Shepard should such an off-nominal landing occur.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship delivers DNA sequencer and new door to space station

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship delivers DNA sequencer and new door to space station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Two days after its launch, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule was pulled in for its hookup to the International Space Station today as the spacecraft soared 252 miles above the California-Oregon state line.

Among the nearly 5,000 pounds of cargo were the first DNA sequencer destined for use in space, and a 5-foot-wide docking adapter that will accommodate future commercial space taxis – including an upgraded version of the uncrewed Dragon that pulled in today.

“We’ve captured us a Dragon,” said NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, who grappled the capsule with the station’s robotic arm. “We look forward to the work it brings.”

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Republican platform endorses commercial space partnerships | SpaceNews.com

Republican platform endorses commercial space partnerships | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — The new platform of the Republican Party includes language supporting the use of public-private partnerships to develop space capabilities, an approach that has been used by administrations of both major political parties.

The platform, formally approved by delegates at the Republican party convention July 18 in Cleveland, also features language supporting “unfettered access” to space and increasing the number of scientific missions.

The 54-page document includes two paragraphs about space in a section about technology policy nearly one page long. One paragraph focuses on the use of public-private partnerships.

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Dragon Chasing Station with Science, Docking Adapter | Space Station

Dragon Chasing Station with Science, Docking Adapter | Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The SpaceX Dragon is chasing the International Space Station and the Expedition 48 crew is getting ready for its approach and capture Wednesday morning. This follows Monday evening’s rendezvous and docking of the Progress 64 resupply ship from Roscosmos.

Dragon is delivering several science experiments including a DNA sequencing study and the Heart Cells investigation. The private space freighter is also carrying one of two International Docking Adapters. The adapters will enable future crewed vehicles from Boeing and SpaceX to dock to the space station.

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SpaceX Will Attempt to Land Three Rockets at Once

SpaceX Will Attempt to Land Three Rockets at Once | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Having successfully launched and landed a few single rockets, SpaceX is now planning a simultaneous triple rocket landing. This is going to look cool.

SpaceX told The Orlando Sentinel that it’s seeking government permission for two extra landing pads in preparation for the launch of the new Falcon Heavy rocket. The private spaceflight company says that it might attempt to land its Falcon Heavy rockets on one of its drone barges—a protocol that the SpaceX has nearly perfected in the past year. Eventually, however, SpaceX wants to land three rockets on solid ground. The extra two ports SpaceX hopes to build at Cape Canaveral’s Air Force Base, where the company already has one port, would give it the real estate to do that.

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Blue Origin and SpaceX vets raise cash for Relativity Space, a stealthy startup aiming to build rockets ‘with zero human labor’

Blue Origin and SpaceX vets raise cash for Relativity Space, a stealthy startup aiming to build rockets ‘with zero human labor’ | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Two engineers with experience at Blue Origin and SpaceX have raised almost $10 million for their own rocket startup, Relativity Space, which promises to build orbital rockets “with zero human labor.”

The funding rounds are described in two documents filed in May and this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The first filing reports that $1.1 million in equity was sold to investors. The second filing serves as a new notice of $8.4 million in equity sold, out of a $9.6 million offering.

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SpaceX launches Dragon spacecraft, successfully lands first stage | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX launches Dragon spacecraft, successfully lands first stage | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully lifted off early July 18 and placed a Dragon cargo spacecraft in orbit, while the vehicle’s first stage landed on land.

The Falcon 9 lifted off on schedule at 12:45 a.m. Eastern July 18 after a routine countdown. The vehicle placed the Dragon spacecraft into orbit nine and half minutes after liftoff.

The first stage, after stage separation, made a series of three burns to return to Cape Canaveral, landing on a pad at the former Launch Complex 13, a decommissioned launch site at Cape Canaveral now known as Landing Zone 1 by the company. The landing was a success, with video showing the first stage standing upright on the pad after landing, about eight minutes after liftoff.

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CRS-9 Hosted Webcast

On Monday morning, July 18, 2016, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft on Mission CRS-9 to low Earth orbit to deliver critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sends Dragon cargo ship to space station, then returns to land

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sends Dragon cargo ship to space station, then returns to land | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station tonight with a couple of precedent-setting payloads on opposite ends of the size spectrum: a 5-foot-wide docking adapter, which was built by Boeing to accommodate future commercial space taxis; and the first DNA sequencer destined for use in space, which is about the size of a candy bar.

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Timeline for SpaceX’s ninth station resupply launch | Spaceflight Now

Timeline for SpaceX’s ninth station resupply launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will go from Cape Canaveral to low Earth orbit in 10 minutes Monday with a Dragon capsule heading for the International Space Station carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments.

Liftoff is set for 0445:29 GMT (12:45:29 p.m. EDT) Monday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad.

It will be the 27th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, and the seventh launch of the booster’s latest configuration with higher-thrust engines and densified super-cold propellants.

The launch will be the ninth of least 26 resupply missions under contract to SpaceX to depart for the space station.

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Pre-Launch Status of Next SpaceX Mission to the ISS

Published on Jul 16, 2016 - A press briefing was held on July 16 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to provide a prelaunch status update on the next SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is targeting liftoff on the company's Falcon 9 rocket on July 18 at 12:45 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 48 and 49 crew members.

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2016 Advances Mark Commercial Crew's Path to Flight

2016 Advances Mark Commercial Crew's Path to Flight | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Hundreds of engineers and technicians with NASA, Boeing, and SpaceX have ramped up to complete the final designs, manufacturing, and testing as they continue the vital, but meticulous work to prepare to launch astronauts to the International Space Station.

Halfway through the pivotal 2016 year, the companies building the next generation of human-rated spacecraft and launch vehicles are testing systems in more demanding, flight-like environments. Boeing and SpaceX are manufacturing the systems that will return America’s human launch capability, while they simultaneously build and modify launch facilities, and complete mission simulators. All while continuing to test and refine their designs, and analyze the results to ensure they are meeting NASA's requirements.

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The future of spacesuits: Space Angels Network’s fascinating report

The future of spacesuits: Space Angels Network’s fascinating report | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last year, a total of 50 spacesuits were sold globally, amounting to a value of around $100 million. Spacesuits are currently a high margin, low volume business, but according to a report just released by the Space Angels Network, a VC firm that funds space ventures, change is around the corner.

 

As more private manned missions take off, there will be an increased demand for spacesuits. The report predicts that there will soon be a spike in spacesuit innovation, which will reduce the time to bring a new product to market.

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Jeff Bezos touts results from Blue Origin spaceship’s test, even with one less chute

Jeff Bezos touts results from Blue Origin spaceship’s test, even with one less chute | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last month’s test flight of a Blue Origin rocket ship to space and back was aimed at seeing how safely it could land even if one of its three parachutes went out. Today, the results got a thumbs-up from Jeff Bezos, who’s the founder of the Blue Origin space venture as well as the Amazon online retailing giant.

“We’ve designed the capsule to ensure astronaut safety not just for the failure of one parachute, but even for the failure of two parachutes,” Bezos said in an email update that was addressed to fans and potential spacefliers.

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Dragon cargo craft reaches port at International Space Station | Spaceflight Now

Dragon cargo craft reaches port at International Space Station | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A commercial resupply freighter owned and operated by SpaceX wrapped up a two-day trip to the International Space Station on Wednesday, delivering a new docking port and two tons of other equipment to research laboratory more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.

The equipment will support more than 250 science investigations in the coming months, and help ready the space station to receive new U.S.-built space capsules carrying astronauts as soon as next year.

The Dragon spacecraft, measuring 12 feet (3.7 meters) in diameter and nearly 24 feet (7.2 meters) long, approached the space station from below, its outline growing in size backdropped by the blue hues of Earth.

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NASA and SpaceX prepare for Dragon’s arrival at Space Station | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA and SpaceX prepare for Dragon’s arrival at Space Station | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

After just over two days of orbital rendezvous activities, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is preparing for rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of being grappled by the Station’s robotic arm and berthed to the orbital outpost. Grappling is planned for 07:00 EDT, with berthing planned for approximately three hours later.

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SpaceX seeks approval for two additional landing pads on Space Coast

SpaceX seeks approval for two additional landing pads on Space Coast | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Second and third landing zones for incoming SpaceX rockets could be on their way to Florida’s Space Coast.

The space launch company is seeking federal permission for two new areas for landing spent rockets, as SpaceX did early Monday morning.

The company told the Sentinel that the new landing areas are needed to prepare for the possibility of landing three rockets – all within minutes of each other.

“SpaceX expects to fly Falcon Heavy for the first time later this year,” the company said in a statement responding to questions. “We are also seeking regulatory approval to build two additional landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. We hope to recover all three Falcon Heavy rockets, though initially we may attempt drone ship landings” at sea.

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Social media blitzes lift SpaceX, ULA on launch days

Social media blitzes lift SpaceX, ULA on launch days | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance would like a word with you.

The commercial space giants have leveraged social media to encourage direct conversation with the public, using tools that were not available to government space agencies in the days of the lunar landings and the space shuttle.

A major goal for the new space race is to engage a new generation through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Using social media is a way to convey the drama of a launch, communicate accurately and build support for the emerging private space race.

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Post-Launch Status of SpaceX Resupply Mission to the ISS | YouTube

Published on Jul 17, 2016 - A post-launch news conference was held July 18 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, following the launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. Dragon launched atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the station’s Expedition 48 and 49 crews.

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SpaceX conducts second ground landing after launch of CRS-9 Dragon to ISS

SpaceX conducts second ground landing after launch of CRS-9 Dragon to ISS | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Cargo, experiments, and supplies for the International Space Station’s Expedition 48 crew lifted off the pad at 12:45 a.m. EDT (04:45 GMT) July 18 from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the CRS-9 Dragon into the dark skies on a two-day journey to the orbiting laboratory.

Less than 10 minutes after rocketing skyward, a triple sonic boom heralded the return of the first stage of the Hawthorn, California-based company’s Falcon 9. The booster lit up the Cape Canaveral skies for the second time that night to touch down at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1). This was only the second time a rocket booster assisting in sending payload toward orbit, landed back at the landing area.

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SpaceX Launches CRS-9 Cargo Mission to ISS, Lands First Stage at CCAFS

SpaceX Launches CRS-9 Cargo Mission to ISS, Lands First Stage at CCAFS | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX launched its Commercial Resupply Services-9 (CRS-9) cargo mission to the International Space Station at 12:45 am ET this morning on schedule from launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), FL. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket then returned to a successful landing back at a different CCAFS pad about 9 minutes later. It was the second successful SpaceX landing at CCAFS.

SpaceX CRS-9, or SpX-9, is delivering a Dragon spacecraft with 4,976 pounds (2,257 kilograms) of scientific experiments, supplies and equipment to the ISS. Dragon is scheduled to arrive at ISS on Wednesday morning.

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NASA has becoming a Cool organization.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 set for CRS-9 Dragon launch and LZ-1 landing | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 set for CRS-9 Dragon launch and LZ-1 landing | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon 9 rocket early on Monday, carrying the CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) with a cargo of supplies for the outpost and a docking adaptor for future manned missions. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral is planned for 00:44 local time (04:44 UTC), with a first stage landing attempt at LZ-1.

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Falcon 9 launch on schedule despite KSC risk issue | SpaceNews.com

Falcon 9 launch on schedule despite KSC risk issue | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready to launch a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station July 18 despite a risk assessment that led NASA to decide to evacuate part of the center during the launch.

SpaceX performed a static fire test of the upgraded Falcon 9 on the pad at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at around 8:30 a.m. Eastern July 16. That test, part of the company’s standard pre-launch preparations, appeared to go well.

“Everything looks very good right now,” said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of flight reliability for SpaceX, at a NASA pre-launch briefing here several hours after the test. A final decision to proceed with the launch awaited a launch readiness review scheduled for later in the day. “I don’t expect anything at this time other than a go” for the launch, scheduled for 12:45 a.m. Eastern July 18, he said.

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