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Stratolaunch and Orbital – The Height of Air Launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Stratolaunch and Orbital – The Height of Air Launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

New details into the Stratolaunch system have revealed an exciting pairing of a huge carrier aircraft and a highly capable Orbital rocket nicknamed Pegasus II. The “Any Time, Any Orbit” air-launch system will be capable of lofting payloads up to 13,500 lbs to Low Earth Orbit.

 

 

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Stratolaunch is making progress on their launch system using a gigantic airplane for a first stage.

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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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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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NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-day adjustment in the launch date was made to accommodate preparations of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and was coordinated with the station’s partners and managers.


The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies, will lift off at 2:16 a.m. EDT. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 a.m. If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Sunday, Sept. 21 at approximately 1:53 a.m.

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Hearing Raises Questions About Asteroid Mining Bill | SpaceNews.com

Hearing Raises Questions About Asteroid Mining Bill | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A bill that would grant property rights and other protections for commercial asteroid mining ventures received a mixed reception at a hearing of the House Science space subcommittee Sept. 10.


H.R. 5063, the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities In Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act, would grant U.S. companies the rights to resources they extract from asteroids. The bill would also allow companies to take legal action if they suffered “harmful interference” during those activities by other entities under U.S. jurisdiction.

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Virgin Galactic Delays First Commercial Flights to 2015 | SpaceNews.com

Virgin Galactic Delays First Commercial Flights to 2015 | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic now plans to perform the first commercial flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle early next year, the latest schedule slip for the long-delayed program, the company’s founder said in a pair of televised interviews.


“From now until March there will be many test flights,” said Sir Richard Branson in an interview on CBS’s “The Late Show” Sept. 9. He said he planned to be on the first commercial flight, from Spaceport America in New Mexico, in “February or March of next year.”

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NanoRacks Continues Investigation of ISS CubeSat Deployer Problems | Parabolic Arc

NanoRacks Continues Investigation of ISS CubeSat Deployer Problems | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The investigation of the anomalies on the CubeSat deployers continues and has three main components:

    1. To understand the root cause of the behavior of the deployers
    2. To put corrective actions into place
    3. To plan a resumption in CubeSat deployments

We believe we are making progress in understanding the root cause of the anomalies. The team of NanoRacks and the CubeSat deployer manufacturer Quad M are now able to duplicate on the ground the anomalies observed in space.

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SpaceX, Loral win Bulgarian broadcast satellite deal | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX, Loral win Bulgarian broadcast satellite deal | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Bulgaria's first communications satellite will be built and launched in the United States with financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, officials said Monday.


Space Systems/Loral will manufacture the television broadcasting spacecraft in Palo Alto, Calif., and a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the satellite in 2016.

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How a few technical failures can spell success for SpaceX | The Space Review

How a few technical failures can spell success for SpaceX | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

When can failure lead to success? When unanticipated failures are actually expected to happen in a project and are used as opportunities for learning how to do something right. That’s what preliminary experimental test flights are for: trying out different new technologies, seeing various ways these new technologies can fail in actual flight, and devising ways to make such promising technologies work where they have previously failed. Under this methodology, only after a technology appears to be reliable and profitable will a launch vehicle manufacturer offer it to its paying customers.

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NASA Selects U.S. Firms to Provide Commercial Suborbital Flight Services

NASA Selects U.S. Firms to Provide Commercial Suborbital Flight Services | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA has selected four companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space. The selection is part of NASA's continuing effort to foster a viable market for American commercial reusable suborbital platforms that allow testing of new space technologies within Earth's atmosphere.


Through these new awards, selected companies will receive an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for integration and flight services, drawing from a pool of commercial space companies. The three-year contracts have two-year extension options and a minimum value of $100,000. The flights will carry a variety of payloads during five diverse flight profiles to help meet the agency's research and technology needs.

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Falcon 9's fiery climb into space | Spaceflight Now

Falcon 9's fiery climb into space | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Putting on a late summer sky show along Florida's Space Coast, a Falcon 9 rocket climbed into space after midnight Sunday with a commercial communications satellite to connect growing markets in China and Southeast Asia.

Powered by 1.3 million pounds of thrust, the 224-foot-tall rocket lifted off at 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT). These images were taken at a viewing site about 3 miles south of the launch pad.

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SpaceX delivers commercial satellite to orbit

SpaceX delivers commercial satellite to orbit | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat.


The AsiaSat 6 mission was postponed more than a week after a SpaceX test rocket failed in Texas.


But the 224-foot Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station showed no sign of trouble.


After a smooth countdown, the rocket roared from Launch Complex 40 at 1 a.m. with 1.3 million pounds of thrust, slightly later than planned to allow weather to clear.

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AsiaSat 6 prepared for launch | Spaceflight Now

AsiaSat 6 prepared for launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A Falcon 9 rocket is being readied for launch with AsiaSat 6, a satellite to serve video and data networks across China and Southeast Asia.

Owned by AsiaSat, a commercial telecom operator based in Hong Kong, AsiaSat 6 is designed for a 15-year operational lifetime in geostationary orbit at 120 degrees east longitude.

With a full load of propellant, the spacecraft weighs nearly 4,500 kilograms, or about 9,900 pounds.

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Falcon 9 rocket on track for middle-of-the-night launch | Spaceflight Now

Falcon 9 rocket on track for middle-of-the-night launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A commercial communications satellite is folded up inside the nose of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff from Cape Canaveral after midnight Sunday, ready to launch on a 15-year mission to beam broadcast video and data services to China and Southeast Asia.

Owned by AsiaSat, a telecom operator based in Hong Kong, the nearly five-ton spacecraft is fueled, charged and ready for liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad at 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 GMT) Sunday. The launch window extends to 4:04 a.m. EDT (0804 GMT).

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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.


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BREAKING NEWS: Jim Tighe to Depart Scaled Composites | Parabolic Arc

BREAKING NEWS: Jim Tighe to Depart Scaled Composites | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The chief aerodynamicist credited with designing SpaceShipTwo is departing the program on the eve of a crucial series of flight tests designed that Virgin Galactic hopes will lead to the start of commercial suborbital space tourism operations early next year.

Multiple sources have confirmed that Jim Tighe announced on Thursday that he would be leaving his position as chief aerodynamicist at Scaled Composites in two weeks for a job at an unnamed aerospace company. It is not clear what prompted the move.

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SpaceX CRS-4 Launch Slips One Day While ISS Joint Commission Worries About Delays

NASA announced today that the launch of SpaceX's next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed one day to September 20, 2014.  A one-day delay is minor, but at a recent meeting of the U.S.-Russian joint commission that oversees ISS safety and readiness issues, concern was expressed about delays in U.S. resupply missions.


NASA said the "adjustment" in the SpaceX CRS-4 launch date was made to accommodate preparations of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and "was coordinated with the station's partners and managers."  This is the fourth operational SpaceX cargo flight to the ISS (SpaceX CRS-4).  Launch is currently scheduled for 2:16 am ET on September 20 from Cape Canaveral, FL, and NASA has several pre- and post-launch briefings planned.  If the launch does, in fact, take place on September 20, berthing to the ISS will be on September 22.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check | DNews

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check | DNews | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Less than a month ago, Virgin Group chief Richard Branson told Fox Business Network he’d be “bitterly disappointed” if he wasn’t able to take the first commercial ride aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo before the end of the year.


Three weeks later, Branson has changed his tune.


In an interview Tuesday with NBC News TODAY guest anchor Brian Williams, Branson acknowledged he won’t be flying this year.

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Hyperspectral Imaging Startup Orders First Satellites on Boeing’s 502 Phoenix Platform | SpaceNews.com

Hyperspectral Imaging Startup Orders First Satellites on Boeing’s 502 Phoenix Platform | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS — Boeing has landed the first contract for its 502 Phoenix small-satellite platform in a partially vendor-financed deal with a hyperspectral imaging startup called HySpecIQ, the satellite maker announced Sept. 10 at the World Satellite Business Week conference here.


The deal calls for Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of El Segundo, California, to deliver two Phoenix platforms equipped with high-resolution hyperspectral imaging sensors that would be ready for launch within several months of one another starting in the first quarter of 2018, said Erik Daehler, Boeing’s deputy director of remote sensing 502 products.

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Official photos of AsiaSat 6 liftoff | Spaceflight Now

Official photos of AsiaSat 6 liftoff | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Putting on a late summer sky show along Florida's Space Coast, a Falcon 9 rocket climbed into space after midnight Sunday with a commercial communications satellite to connect growing markets in China and Southeast Asia.

Powered by 1.3 million pounds of thrust, the 224-foot-tall rocket lifted off at 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT). These images of launch preparations and the Falcon 9's fiery blastoff were released by SpaceX.

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SpaceX 3D Printer Will Officially Launch in 3,2,1.. | Inside3DP.com

SpaceX 3D Printer Will Officially Launch in 3,2,1.. | Inside3DP.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

After much speculation and testing, it has been announced that the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch on the SpaceX CRS-4 space mission from Cape Canaveral, FL on September 19 at 06:38 GMT. The unmanned spacecraft will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) two days later, carrying operational cargo for the fourth of a minimum of twelve SpaceX operational missions contracted to NASA. Among the cargo on board this time? A 3D printer.

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The startup-ification of commercial space | The Space Review

The startup-ification of commercial space | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As the commercial space industry evolves, many of its most entrepreneurial ventures are taking on different forms. Jeff Foust reports on how many space startups look increasingly like other Silicon Valley technology startups.

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Up to a Point: A ‘Space Corvette’ in Every Garage

Up to a Point: A ‘Space Corvette’ in Every Garage | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


A visit to a private space travel company gives P.J. O’Rourke a look into the future -- and the opportunity to fool around in a rocket ship.

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SpaceX Launches AsiaSat-6, a Month after Lofting AsiaSat-8 | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Launches AsiaSat-6, a Month after Lofting AsiaSat-8 | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS—A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket, in its second commercial flight in a month, on Sept. 7 successfully placed the AsiaSat-6/Thaicom-7 telecommunications satellite into geostationary orbit.


Satellite fleet operators AsiaSat of Hong Kong and Thaicom of Thailand, which have agreed to divide the use of the satellite, confirmed that the spacecraft was healthy in orbit and sending signals after separation from the Falcon 9 upper stage.

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SpaceX achieves back-to-back successes for AsiaSat | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX achieves back-to-back successes for AsiaSat | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Putting on a late summer sky show along Florida's Space Coast, a Falcon 9 rocket climbed into space after midnight Sunday with a commercial communications satellite to connect growing markets in China and Southeast Asia.


The mission began at 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) Sunday with the fiery ignition of the 224-foot-tall launcher's nine Merlin first stage engines. Once the kerosene-burning engines ramped up to full power, the Falcon 9 rocket soared away from Cape Canaveral atop a flickering pillar of red-hot exhaust, piercing through clouds before arcing east over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Falcon 9 poised for liftoff | Spaceflight Now

Falcon 9 poised for liftoff | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Gray skies and rain showers hung over SpaceX's launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Saturday as ground crews readied a Falcon 9 rocket for a middle-of-the-night liftoff with the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite.

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