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Dream Chaser Concept of Operations

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser is one of three programs seeded by NASA for commercial crew transport to Space Station. Now in early testing, this reusable vehicle's aerodynamic shape is a descendant of NASA's X-24A lifting body flown from 1969 to 1971.

 

 

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 26, 2013 5:02 PM

Engrossing animation of Dream Chaser mission to the space station and back.

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SpaceX CRS-4 Launch | YouTube

After four successful missions to the International Space Station, including three official resupply missions for NASA, SpaceX launched its fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission, CRS-4, to the orbiting lab on Sunday, September 21, at 01:52 EDT from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. If all goes as planned, Dragon will arrive at the station on Tuesday, September 23 for an expected four-week visit. Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-October for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.

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NASA Commercial Crew Announcements - TMRO 7.29 | YouTube

In this episode we bring on Space Mike from Epic Future Space (https://www.youtube.com/user/OTmikhail) to talk SpaceX and the CCtCap award from NASA.

In Space news we have:
Blue Origin and ULA team up
Global crowd funding spaceflight project
Atlas V launch of CLIO
CRS-4
SpaceX to break ground in Brownsville on Monday
ESA reveals Philae landing site
Golfer wins a trip to space for hole in one!

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Google in Space? Startup Disruption Reaches the Final Frontier

Google in Space? Startup Disruption Reaches the Final Frontier | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Are Google and Facebook a new breed of competitors for aerospace and defense behemoths like Boeing and Airbus Group , or a potentially emerging market?

 

For years, large aerospace and defense companies have rarely had to worry about startup rivals. Barriers to entry are huge on the commercial-aerospace front, where developing new jets can require more than $10 billion in capital outlays, while defense contractors enjoy close ties with their national governments that newcomers struggle to match.

 

The serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has upset that world view, though, with his SpaceX rocket venture, which offers satellite makers launches at rates other Western companies struggle to match...


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SpaceX Sends Dragon (With Mice Inside) to Space Station | NBC News

SpaceX Sends Dragon (With Mice Inside) to Space Station | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX sent a Dragon cargo spaceship to the International Space Station atop a Falcon 9 rocket early Sunday, without a human crew but with 20 live mice packed into one of the payloads. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida went off without a hitch at 1:52 a.m. ET, one day after rainy weather forced a postponement.


The mice are due to live for a month aboard the station inside a contraption called the Rodent Research Facility, as part of an experiment to measure how zero-gravity affects bone strength. The autonomous Dragon capsule is also carrying the first 3-D printer to go into space, a RapidScat radar instrument to observe wind patterns on Earth, and about 5,000 pounds of additional supplies and equipment. The gumdrop-shaped craft is due to rendezvous with the station on Tuesday.

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Moon Prospect: Demand for Commercial Lunar Services

Moon Prospect: Demand for Commercial Lunar Services | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

With a focus on cost reduction the emergence of commercial launch providers is dramatically increasing access to space, enabling new markets like lunar transportation. SpaceX, for example, has already lowered the cost of mass to orbit by a factor of 10 and is projecting another 40 to 60 percent reduction. Additionally, the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize has initiated competition to reach the lunar surface by 2015, and like many competitions before, is spurring the creation of an entirely new industry, this time for lunar services. Of the 23 companies competing there are two established front runners: Astrobotic and Moon Express. Each of these companies are in the competition for more than just the prize money. With long-term aspirations, both companies are looking to capitalize on 40+ years of pent up demand for lunar science and services.

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Beijing Banker Aims to Become China's First Female Space Tourist | NBC News

Beijing Banker Aims to Become China's First Female Space Tourist | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

BEIJING — Fifty years after the late Mao Zedong said communist China could not "even put a potato into space," a 41-year-old female banker is paying $100,000 for just a few minutes of weightlessness.


In the decades after Mao's cutting comments, China went on to develop an ambitious space program, becoming the third country to independently send an astronaut into orbit in 2003. Now, nearly 30 years after the death of China's founding father, Tong Jingjing's ambitions encapsulate her country's fascination with space travel.

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Six years later, Richard Branson's space ship STILL isn't ready

Six years later, Richard Branson's space ship STILL isn't ready | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


... The extraordinary array of facilities, called Spaceport America, was built on an 18,000-acre patch of remote ranch-land between 2006 and 2011.

No expense was spared. Indeed, it cost local taxpayers, who footed the entire bill, almost a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars.

Remarkably, every penny of this huge sum, every brick that was laid, and every tonne of publicly-funded concrete poured into the desert, has been devoted to a singular cause: putting Sir Richard Branson into space.

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Weather Delays SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station | NBC News

Weather Delays SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX scrubbed the launch of a robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station early Saturday, due to rainy and cloudy weather. The next attempt to launch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is set for 1:52 a.m. ET on Sunday, but NASA said the weather outlook is only 40 percent favorable.

This is SpaceX's fifth cargo mission to the space station, and the fourth under the terms of a 12-flight, $1.6 billion resupply contract with NASA. The spacecraft's 2.5 tons of supplies and equipment include a habitat with lab mice and the first 3-D printer to go into space. Earlier this week, California-based SpaceX won NASA's go-ahead to develop a crew-capable version of the Dragon capsule that could start ferrying astronauts in 2017.

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SpaceX preparing to launch Dragon on CRS-4 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX preparing to launch Dragon on CRS-4 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX is set to launch its second Dragon mission of 2014 on Saturday morning, with a Falcon 9 v1.1 carrying the cargo spacecraft into orbit on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is expected to occur at 06:14 UTC (02:14 local time).

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Elon Musk Vs. Jeff Bezos: Rocket Launch Race Taking Off

Elon Musk Vs. Jeff Bezos: Rocket Launch Race Taking Off | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The multibillion dollar battle pitting Elon Musk‘s SpaceX vs. defense industry giants Lockheed Martin/Boeing over Pentagon satellite launch contracts was already one of the most interesting in the national security world, if not all of the federal government. This week, it has gotten even hotter.

First came news that SpaceX was headed toward Defense Department certification, perhaps as soon as Dec. 1.

Next came news that another billionaire was entering the race: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

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A Few Thoughts on Commercial Crew…. | Parabolic Arc

A Few Thoughts on Commercial Crew…. | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It’s been two days since NASA announced commercial crew awards to Boeing and SpaceX. N0w that the blogosphere and Twitterati have had their say, let’s step back and take a closer look at the most misunderstood aspect of NASA’s decision.

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Opinion: NASA misses chance to revitalize space program | CNN

Opinion: NASA misses chance to revitalize space program | CNN | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it
Tuesday's announcement was a modest step forward for the commercial space industry, since it will mark the first time NASA has bought tickets from American companies to send astronauts into space. But NASA will need to embrace new entrants and promote a lot more competition to make sure this one small step for NASA isn't one giant leap backward on the taxpayer dime.
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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Blue Origin/ULA Engine Development Partnership | Commercial Spaceflight Federation


Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Blue Origin on their partnership with United Launch Alliance to jointly fund the development of their new BE-4 rocket engine. The agreement includes a four-year development process with full scale testing in 2016 and first flight in 2019.

“We are pleased to see the commercial space industry step up to the challenges for sustainable space exploration,” stated Incoming President Eric Stallmer. “Blue Origin’s American made engine will provide cost-effective and reliable access to space for national security, civil, and commercial purposes. Congratulations to both Blue Origin and ULA on their announcement, and I look forward to following the progress of the BE-4.”

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Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Shindig Set for Mojave | Parabolic Arc

Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Shindig Set for Mojave | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Burt Rutan, Paul Allen and Richard Branson are among those who will gather at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Oct. 4 to mark the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne winning the $10 million Anari X Prize.

X Prize Foundation Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis will preside over the invitation-only event, which is expected to draw hundreds of guests. The foundation sponsored the prize for the first privately-funded vehicle to fly into space twice in two weeks.


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Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race

Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The space race to end America's reliance on Russia escalated this week with a multibillion-dollar NASA award for SpaceX's Elon Musk and an unexpected joint venture for Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos.


At stake for both Internet tycoons, besides money, are the bragging rights of restoring US access to low-Earth orbit, a path that was lost when the US space shuttle retired in 2011 after three decades.


Both men are long-time space enthusiasts, but while Musk is outspoken about his vision to colonize Mars someday, Bezos prefers privacy and rarely divulges his plans or his process.


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SpaceX supply ship takes off with animals, critical cargo | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX supply ship takes off with animals, critical cargo | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX launched a Dragon supply ship packed with mice, an experimental 3D printer, a hurricane research instrument, and a bundle of crew provisions on a two-day pursuit of the International Space Station with a thunderous middle-of-the-night sendoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket booster.

Running a day late after Cape Canaveral was inundated with rain showers early Saturday, the experiment-laden Dragon spaceship lifted off at 1:52 a.m. EDT (0552 GMT) after late night clouds dissipated, clearing a route for the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 launcher to fly into orbit.

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Spaceship Earth Grants

Spaceship Earth Grants | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


What if… you could be part of the next giant leap for humankind?

On April 12th, 1961, humanity took its first step off the planet. This coming April 12th, an unprecedented number of citizens from around the globe will be given the opportunity to follow in those first footsteps.

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NASA views "new space" with hope, support - and wariness

NASA views "new space" with hope, support - and wariness | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The new space movement burns hottest in the Mojave desert, where long ago Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier above its dry, desolate expanses and early NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, flew the famed X-15 to the edge of space.


Modern new space companies have set a bold goal: to open space to the floodgates of humanity. To survive, they feel, humanity must become a multi-planet species. They want to colonize the moon, Mars and beyond. And they believe they can do this by slashing the cost of spaceflight with smaller, reusable spacecraft.

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Richard Branson’s Credibility Begins to Crumble | Parabolic Arc

Richard Branson’s Credibility Begins to Crumble | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Richard Branson is beginning to take a pounding in the British media as the 10th anniversary of his announcement of SpaceShipTwo approaches next Saturday.

When he announced SpaceShipTwo on Sept. 27, 2004, Branson promised to be flying in only three years. “Within five years, Virgin Galactic will have created over 3,000 new astronauts from many countries,” Branson said.

Commercial flights are now running more than 7 years behind schedule, with the first flight unlikely before next February and possibly much later. Now the British media are beginning to notice.


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Hang in there Sir Richard. A successful series of test flights with the new nylon-fueled engine can turn this all around.

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Texas Launch Site Groundbreaking Caps Busy Week for SpaceX


SpaceX will break ground for its new launch site near Brownsville, TX on Monday, September 22, 2014. It will cap quite a busy week-long period for the entrepreneurial space launch company that started with winning a CCtCAP award from NASA and, hopefully, launching a cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this weekend.

On Tuesday, NASA awarded SpaceX one of two Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts (Boeing got the other). The $2.6 billion contract is for SpaceX to complete development of its Dragon V2 spacecraft for taking astronauts to and from the ISS, fly a demonstration mission, and up to six missions thereafter. NASA’s goal is to have SpaceX and/or Boeing commercial crew vehicles operational by 2017.

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SpaceX resupply launch scrubbed by bad weather | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX resupply launch scrubbed by bad weather | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Persistent rain showers and clouds at SpaceX's Cape Canaveral launch base kept a Falcon 9 rocket grounded Saturday, delaying the start of a resupply mission to the International Space Station by at least one day.


Despite a grim forecast, SpaceX ground crews readied the 208-foot-tall booster for a middle-of-the-night launch Saturday, pumping kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the Falcon 9 rocket as the countdown moved toward liftoff at 2:14 a.m. EDT (0614 GMT).

But Mother Nature had other plans as steady rainfall loomed over Florida's Space Coast accompanied by thick clouds that violated launch weather criteria.

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Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast

Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


People in the eastern United States have an opportunity, weather permitting, to see SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule launch on a cargo mission to the International Space Station early Saturday morning (Sept. 20).

The Dragon space capsule will launch into orbit atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:14 a.m. EDT (0614 GMT) on Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As was the case with NASA's space shuttle launches to the station, Saturday's launch will travel nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast. That means the glow from the Falcon 9's engines should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard.

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SpaceX readies Falcon 9 rocket for cargo launch | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX readies Falcon 9 rocket for cargo launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The International Space Station is ready to receive more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments packed inside a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Saturday.


Ground crews loaded last-minute supplies, including a habitat with 20 mice, sensitive research specimens, and other gear, into the Dragon capsule's pressurized cargo cabin Friday before hoisting the Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad.

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Space Inc.: The Great Beyond is Now Ripe for Brand Commercialization

Space Inc.: The Great Beyond is Now Ripe for Brand Commercialization | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


What is it about space that entrepreneurs want to keep going up there—or at least starting companies that go up there? Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos is the latest king of business buildling who's now gotten a foothold in the great beyond, joining Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson and SpaceX's Elon Musk.

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Sierra Nevada Statement on Commercial Crew Awards | Parabolic Arc

Sierra Nevada Statement on Commercial Crew Awards | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"Sierra Nevada Corporation recognizes that NASA has made a selection of an alternative provider(s) in the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract (CCtCap) competition. SNC is planning to have a debrief session with NASA soon to obtain the source selection statement and decision rationale. When this process is complete and after a thorough evaluation, SNC will elaborate further on its future options regarding the NASA Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract decision and the Dream Chaser program. Due to this pending activity SNC will have no further public statement at this time. We will be providing further information at a later date."

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