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Virgin Galactic - Andaaz Extended Edition

Sometimes at Andaaz, we have too much content to fit into just one episode. So why not share that missing stuff with the rest of the universe, online.. We go to the Mojave Space Port in Southern California to talk with Virgin Galactic. Space tourism is now a reality. Will you choose to go where only few have gone before?

Check out this amazing interview with George T Whitesides, CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, right here on Andaaz!

 

 

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AsiaSat 6 | Falcon 9 Launch | YouTube

SpaceX successfully launched the AsiaSat 6 satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit on Sunday, September 7, at 1:00 am EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Boeing CST-100 to Transport U.S. Astronauts to the International Space Station | YouTube

The CST-100 spacecraft in development by Boeing Space Exploration of Houston, Texas, will -advance beyond the design phase and be put into manufacturing for flight tests and eventual operational missions to the International Space Station. NASA selected the company's crew transportation system and spacecraft for a contract in the final phase of certification for privately built and operated integrated systems to carry astronauts from American soil to the orbiting laboratory.

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Boeing, SpaceX Win CCtCAP Contracts

Boeing and SpaceX are the two winners of Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts, NASA announced today (September 16).  NASA hopes that through those awards, a U.S. crew space transportation capability will be ready to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for ISS transport services.


The two companies will share $6.8 billion:  Boeing gets $4.2 billion, while SpaceX gets $2.6 billion.  When asked why Boeing is receiving a substantially larger amount, NASA commercial crew program manager Kathy Lueders said only that the awards were based on the proposals that were submitted and both companies proposed to the same set of requirements.

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Boeing, SpaceX share $6.8 billion crew contract | Spaceflight Now

Boeing, SpaceX share $6.8 billion crew contract | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Aerospace giant Boeing and newcomer SpaceX will share $6.8 billion in NASA contracts to build commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the space station starting in 2017, ending reliance on Russia for access to low-Earth orbit and kick starting a new era of commercial space transportation, agency officials said Tuesday.

 
Boeing will receive a $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract to continue development of the company's CST-100 capsule while SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to press ahead with work to perfect its futuristic Dragon crew craft.

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Boeing: Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100

Boeing: Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Boeing CST-100 was designed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. In September, 2014, Boeing was selected to manufacture the CST-100 as NASA’s human spacecraft provider.


The CST-100 is designed to transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit destinations such as the International Space Station (ISS) and the Bigelow planned station.

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American Companies Selected to Return Astronaut Launches to American Soil | NASA Administrator

American Companies Selected to Return Astronaut Launches to American Soil | NASA Administrator | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human space flight.

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Boeing and SpaceX Are Due to Win NASA's Nod for Space Taxis | NBC News

Boeing and SpaceX Are Due to Win NASA's Nod for Space Taxis | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Boeing and SpaceX are expected to win out on Tuesday when NASA announces its selection of the commercial spaceships that will fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Sources familiar with the months-long selection process told NBC News that Boeing's CST-100 capsule and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft are expected to start sending crews to the station in 2017.

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NASA to Make Major Announcement Today About Astronaut Transport to the International Space Station

NASA to Make Major Announcement Today About Astronaut Transport to the International Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA will make a major announcement today at 4 p.m. EDT regarding the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States. The agency will make the announcement during a news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.


A brief question-and-answer session with reporters on site will take place during the event. Media will be able to ask more detailed questions related to the program in a teleconference shortly afterward.

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Rumors Swirl About Imminent CCtCAP Announcement

Rumors are swirling today that NASA will announce the winner(s) of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) award tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16.  Similar speculation abounded at the end of August, but the month came and went with no news.  NASA has been saying for months that it would make the decision in late August or early September, so if tomorrow is not the day, presumably it will be soon.


Andy Pasztor at the Wall Street Journal wrote today that Boeing "appears positioned to beat out two smaller rivals for the bulk" of the award, but cautioned later in the article that NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden could made "a last-minute shift" that "could change the result..."   Pasztor said the announcement could come "as early as" tomorrow."

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The killer app for Space - TMRO 7.28 | YouTube

Main topic this week: What is the "Killer App" for space?

In Space News we have:
Chuangxin 1-04 and Ling Qiao satellites launched via Long March 2D
Yaogan-21 Launch via Long March 4B
Asiasat 6 Launch via SpaceX
Measat and Optus launch via ArianeV
Virgin Galactic moves to 2015
XCor selling tickets to wealthy Chinese
Big solar storm - Should have limited impact
Zero G engines repossessed

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Another wake up call for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport | The Space Review

Another wake up call for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last month, SpaceX announced it would establish a commercial launch site in Texas that will support many of the commercial satellite launches it currently performs from Cape Canaveral. Edward Ellegood enumerates a series of concerns commercial entities have about launching from the Cape.

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How to train to be an astronaut | Virgin.com

How to train to be an astronaut | Virgin.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As Virgin Galacticcontinues its flight test program and puts its spaceships, pilots and crew through its paces, another group has been preparing for their first flights to space: SpaceShipTwo’s Future Astronauts.

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Live Your Dream! Apply to Fly To Space | YouTube

We envision a world where anyone can achieve dreams of spaceflight in an empowering process that supports positive change in the world.


Spaceship Earth Grants. Space. By the People. For the People... and for the Planet.


#FlyMeToSpace

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SpaceX Dragon version 2 to Transport U.S. Astronauts to the International Space Station | YouTube

The Dragon version 2 spacecraft in development by SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, will advance beyond the design phase and be put into manufacturing for flight tests and eventual operational missions to the International Space Station. NASA selected the company's crew transportation system and spacecraft for a contract in the final phase of certification for privately built and operated integrated systems to carry astronauts from American soil to the orbiting laboratory.

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Gemma Milne's curator insight, Today, 6:02 AM

We need more press releases like this - exciting, sexy and inspirational! Great stuff...

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Commercial Crew: Four Years of Progress | YouTube

NASA and its aerospace industry partners have worked together for more than four years to develop subsystems,spacecraft, and launch vehicles that will lead to safe and reliable transportation to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station from the United States on American systems. To learn more about the Commercial Crew Program, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.

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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Commends NASA on CCtCap Awards | Commercial Spaceflight Federation

“With this award, we are one major step closer to restoring our nation’s ability to launch U.S. astronauts to the ISS from American soil,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is developing safe, reliable transportation to low-Earth orbit through the use of innovative contracting mechanisms. NASA’s selection of two companies demonstrates its prudent commitment to both competition and operational redundancy. With these commercial companies developing transportation for astronauts to and from LEO, NASA can focus more of its resources on deep space exploration.”

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NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts | SpaceNews.com

NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — NASA awarded contracts worth $6.8 billion to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. on Sept. 16 to develop commercial crew transportation systems, culminating a long and sometimes controversial selection process.


Under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts, the two companies will continue development of spacecraft capable of transporting NASA astronauts to and from the international space station as early as 2017, ending the agency’s dependence on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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Renata Hill's comment, September 16, 6:22 PM
Since Boeing received twice as much $, I expect them to produce twice as much as SpaceX.
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The have a lot of catching up to do. First they have to actually start building stuff!
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Boeing CST-100 Selected as Next American Spacecraft

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will receive an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft.


Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017. The CST-100 will transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low-Earth orbit destinations.

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THE MISSION IS IN SIGHT | YouTube

NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American systems. To learn more about the announcement and NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.

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CCtCAP Announcement at 4:00 pm ET Today, September 16

NASA has confirmed that the announcement of the winner(s) of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) award will be made today, September 16, 2014.   The announcement will be made at Kennedy Space Center, FL at 4:00 pm ET, followed by a teleconference at 4:45 pm ET with program manager Kathy Lueders.


The 4:00 news conference includes NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, KSC Director Bob Cabana, Lueders and astronaut Mike Fincke.  It will be followed by a brief question and answer session with media, but more detailed questions will be part of the subsequent teleconference with Lueders.

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Boeing-Lockheed venture said teaming with Bezos on rocket engine

Boeing-Lockheed venture said teaming with Bezos on rocket engine | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - A joint venture of Boeing Co (BA.N) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) plans to announce on Wednesday that it will team up with Blue Origin, a company run by Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos, to develop a new rocket engine, a source familiar with the plans said.


Officials at Boeing and Lockheed declined comment. No comment was immediately available from Blue Origin or United Launch Alliance (ULA), the Boeing-Lockheed venture that uses Russian-built engines to power some of its rockets.

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Report: Blue Origin Joined Boeing Commercial Crew Bid | Parabolic Arc

Report: Blue Origin Joined Boeing Commercial Crew Bid | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal reports that Blue Origin has joined Boeing’s commercial crew bid as a partner, although in what capacity remains unclear.

The newspaper also reports that Jeff Bezos’s space company will team with United Launch Alliance to develop a replacement first-stage engine for the Atlas V, which will launch Boeing’s CST-100 crew vehicle to the International Space Station. The new engine would replace the Russian RD-180 engine.

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Getting the rules right: LEO as an economic development region | The Space Review

Getting the rules right: LEO as an economic development region | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA has taken some steps to support the growth of the commercial space industry through measures like commercial cargo and crew development. Mary Lynne Dittmar examines what else governments can, and can’t, do to further enhance the commercial development of low Earth orbit.

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Breaking News | SpaceX ditches landing legs on next Falcon 9 flight | Spaceflight Now

Breaking News | SpaceX ditches landing legs on next Falcon 9 flight | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's next resupply mission to the International Space Station is set for takeoff as soon as Saturday after a rapid rebound from the company's last flight from Cape Canaveral, but the company has abandoned a plan to use the launch as another chance to practice rocket recovery procedures.


Liftoff of a 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for Saturday at 2:16 a.m. EDT (0616 GMT), a day later than previously planned to accommodate flight preparations after SpaceX's Sept. 7 launch of the AsiaSat 6 commercial communications satellite.


If ground crews pull it off, it will bust SpaceX's record turnaround time between Falcon 9 missions as the launch company ramps up its mission cadence to accomplish a jam-packed manifest.

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Facebook Hires Satellite Executive from Google

Facebook Hires Satellite Executive from Google | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

An executive working on Google GOOGL -0.56%’s efforts to deliver Internet service via satellite has jumped to a similar role at Facebook FB -3.74%, underscoring the social network’s efforts in the area and the competition between the two Internet giants.


Michael Tseytlin joined Facebook earlier this month to work on satellite technology for the company’s Connectivity Lab, according to people familiar with the matter. An expert in satellite design, Tseytlin had been working on Google’s satellite efforts being led by Greg Wyler, a high profile satellite entrepreneur who also recently departed Google.


Prior to Google, Tseytlin spent seven years at LightSquared, leading development of satellite and other infrastructure for the now bankrupt startup that hoped to deliver cellular service via satellite.

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Apply to fly: Astronaut-led group launches contest to send public to space | collectSPACE

Apply to fly: Astronaut-led group launches contest to send public to space | collectSPACE | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Sept. 15, 2014 – A new astronaut-led, private space flight training group has launched a contest to redefine the "right stuff" by giving away trips to space in return for the impact those who go can make to the world.

Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG), presented by Star Harbor Space Training Academy, will award one ticket onboard a privately-operated suborbital spacecraft for every 50,000 applications it receives starting Monday (Sept. 15) through the end of the year. As the number of applicants increase, SEG will raise the rate at which space flights are awarded (to as high as one in 25,000).

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Gemma Milne's curator insight, September 15, 4:46 PM

Well this is cool...will be taking a wee look into this!