The NewSpace Daily
Follow
Find
132.7K views | +80 today
 
Scooped by Stratocumulus
onto The NewSpace Daily
Scoop.it!

SpaceX bill signed into law | mySA.com

SpaceX bill signed into law | mySA.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed into law a proposal to temporarily close a beach on the southern tip of Texas during rocket launches, a move that allows the state to remain competitive for a SpaceX launch site.

 

House Bill 2623 gives state officials permission to close the public Boca Chica Beach, near Brownsville, for up to 12 rocket launches a year. The proposal prohibits beach closures during the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends without approval of the general land office, the legislation states. It passed the Texas House in April, and was approved by senators on May 9.

 

 

more...
Lyle Upson's comment, May 26, 2013 9:35 AM
oky doky, Mr Musk hinted this to be a favoured site
The NewSpace Daily
NewSpace: A New Era In Space Exploration. As one era ends a new one begins: a new golden era in spaceflight. Join us for all the latest headlines in this bold new adventure.
Curated by Stratocumulus
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SpaceX Seattle 2015 | YouTube


SpaceX announced that they are opening an office in the Seattle area to design and manufacture satellites for the long term vision of traveling to Mars. Elon Musk visited Seattle Center and gave a short presentation plus Q&A at the party. This is the full version that has been edited to remove pauses between questions.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Elon Musk Guest Starring on 'The Simpsons' Jan. 25

Elon Musk Guest Starring on 'The Simpsons' Jan. 25 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Elon Musk “appears” as himself in an episode of Fox’s longest-running animated series The Simpsons premiering Sunday, Jan. 25.

In the episode, titled “The Musk Who Fell to Earth,” the SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder “lands in Springfield [where] he and Homer become fast friends and revolutionize the town’s nuclear plant. But when Musk goes overboard and Mr. Burns wants him removed, Homer must figure out a way to break up with him,” according to the official synopsis.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Planetary Resources Parties at Davos | Parabolic Arc

Planetary Resources Parties at Davos | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"A confidential source in Davos reports that Planetary Resources threw one helluva party the other night during the World Economic Forum. The source says it was the same event that Business Insider reports ended early in the morning after the booze and the patience of a neighbor and Swiss police ran out. The website doesn’t identify the company, but my source says it was definitely the space miners from Seattle."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy'

Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy' | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


This Sunday, Elon Musk, the head honcho at Tesla Motors and SpaceX, will enjoy the rare experience of watching himself in a Simpsons episode called “The Musk Who Fell to Earth.” The episode was inspired by a meeting Musk had with James L. Brooks, the longtime executive producer of the show. The men were spitballing ideas, and by the end of their discussion Brooks knew he wanted Musk to play a fictionalized version of himself on the show.


Stratocumulus's insight:


This Sunday at 8pm EST on FOX.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Signs of a Satellite Internet Gold Rush in Burst of ITU Filings

Signs of a Satellite Internet Gold Rush in Burst of ITU Filings | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — The international agency that regulates satellite orbital slots and broadcast frequencies has registered at least a half-dozen filings for massive constellations of satellites in the past eight weeks, a development that suggests a gold-rush mentality may be taking hold.

Behind these registrations, all made through governments, may hide well-known names including SpaceX, Google, Virgin Group, Qualcomm or other investors that in recent weeks have, in different ways, made public their interest in launching hundreds, even thousands, of satellites to provide global Internet service.

more...
Donald Schwartz's curator insight, January 24, 11:42 AM

It's time to start limiting the space junk, boosters etc. that all these launches will create. Can say the movie "gravity?"


Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Musk’s SpaceX Settles With Air Force in Suit Over Launches

Musk’s SpaceX Settles With Air Force in Suit Over Launches | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging U.S. contracts for military satellite launches awarded to a joint venture of Boeing Co. (BA) and Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)


An agreement between the company, known as SpaceX, and the Air Force sets a path “that improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance for national-security space launches,” according to a joint statement on Friday by the company and the Air Force.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against Air Force


SpaceX announced today that it reached agreement with the Air Force on a "path forward" and is dropping its lawsuit against a 2013 Air Force contract with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) for a "block-buy" of 36 launch vehicle cores for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

SpaceX filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in April 2014 arguing that the 2013 contract should not have been awarded on a sole-source basis, but opened for bid. The company's founder and Chief Designer, Elon Musk, said at the time that ULA's prices for launching the two EELVs -- Atlas V and Delta IV -- were "four times as expensive" as a SpaceX launch and the award was "not right."

more...
Jan Vajda's curator insight, Today, 5:31 AM

Přidejte svůj pohled ...

Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Google Lunar XPrize: Blasting off with Moon Express at Kennedy Space Center | CNET

Google Lunar XPrize: Blasting off with Moon Express at Kennedy Space Center | CNET | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The criteria for winning the grand $20 million Google Lunar XPrize seems fairly straightforward: land on the moon, cross a distance of 500 meters and send back high-definition footage to Earth along the way. The natural solution to the problem, indeed the one that most of the GLXP competitors have envisioned, is to gently deposit a rover on the lunar surface and then let it pick its way across the required distance, dodging rocks and other moon junk along the way.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based Moon Express team, however, is taking a rather different approach. If all goes according to plan, the team's lander will make a soft, controlled landing on the moon, look around in high-definition, then lift off again. The lander will touch down a second time at a location at least 500 meters away from the first, completing the challenge and, if it does it before any of the other teams, taking home the $20 million Grand Prize.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Moon-Mining Company to Use Historic Florida Launch Complex

Moon-Mining Company to Use Historic Florida Launch Complex | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A historic launch complex that helped send NASA probes off to explore the solar system is being pressed into service again — this time, by a moon-mining company.


California-based Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36 (SLC-36), a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that was used for 145 Atlas V rocket launches from 1962 to 2005, company representatives announced Thursday (Jan. 22).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Moon Express Signs Agreement for Historic Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 36

Moon Express Signs Agreement for Historic Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 36 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) announced with Space Florida today that it has signed an agreement to begin using the historic Space Launch Complex 36 (SLC-36) at Cape Canaveral for its lunar lander development and flight test operations.

SLC-36 is a launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Brevard County, Florida, that was used for Atlas launches from 1962 until 2005 with a total of 145 launches, including those that sent Surveyors to the Moon, Mariners to Mars and Pioneers to Jupiter, Saturn and beyond. The complex was decommissioned in 2007. In March 2010, the USAF 45th Space Wing issued Real Property Licenses to Space Florida for SLC-36 under a plan to make the facility available to commercial players.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Crash Lands On Its Pad | YouTube


The Falcon 9’s first shot at a live landing was only partially successful. The rocket crashed into its landing pad.

Follow Elizabeth Hagedorn: http://www.twitter.com/elizhagedorn


See more at http://www.newsy.com

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Virgin Galactic Appoints Mark Stucky as Pilot

Virgin Galactic Appoints Mark Stucky as Pilot | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


MOJAVE, Calif. – January 23, 2015 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky as pilot.

Stucky will join Virgin Galactic’s commercial flight team responsible for flying WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo: Chief Pilot Dave Mackay and pilots Frederick ‘CJ’ Sturckow, Michael ‘Sooch’ Masucci, and Todd ‘Leif’ Ericson, who is also Virgin Galactic’s Safety and Testing Vice President. His first day with Virgin Galactic is February 2.

Stucky brings valued hands-on experience with Virgin Galactic’s fleet of vehicles having served in a number of roles in Scaled Composites’ WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo development program, ranging from engineering test pilot for both vehicles to technical adviser, design engineer, instructor pilot, project pilot and mentor.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in Space ready for launch

SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in Space ready for launch | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceBillboard, a supporter of innovative space research, is set to launch the world’s first billboard in space in a milestone that marks the increasing importance of CubeSats in Space Exploration.

Researchers at KU Leuven University in Belgium came up with the novel idea of launching a real billboard into space to help fund their research on a new line up of NexGen satellites called CubeSats.

A CubeSat is small - about the size of a milk carton - and lightweight, which makes them cheaper to build and launch. A CubeSat is the perfect answer for universities and start-ups to get involved in space research, one of the bedrock platforms for research on advanced technology solutions.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

THE SIMPSONS: As Vibrant As Detroit Itself from "The Musk Who Fell To Earth" - ANIMATION on FOX | YouTube

Mr. Burns comes face to face with Elon Musk.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Fight for Space: NASA & Space Exploration Documentary, Final Push | Kickstarter

Fight for Space: NASA & Space Exploration Documentary, Final Push | Kickstarter | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


FIGHT FOR SPACE is a feature length documentary film that explores the economic and cultural benefits of human space exploration, and examines the historical and political events that have led to the decline of human space exploration. FIGHT FOR SPACE presents viewpoints from Astronauts, politicians and staff, scientists, former NASA officials, commercial space entrepreneurs, and many other individuals in the space community.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Full functionality of Crew Dragon's SuperDraco jetpacks demonstrated with hotfire test in McGregor, TX


Vine by SpaceX

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SpaceX-Google Matchup Sets Up Satellite Internet Scramble

SpaceX-Google Matchup Sets Up Satellite Internet Scramble | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — SpaceX’s Jan. 20 confirmation that Google and mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments had invested a combined $1 billion in SpaceX set the stage for what could be a multi-year competition for capital and engineering resources among consortia aiming to build satellite networks for global Internet connectivity.

Google wasn’t talking, but industry officials immediately assumed its SpaceX ownership stake was not based on Google’s newfound attraction for launch vehicles, but rather on SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s decision to build an Internet backbone in low Earth orbit.

In a short note on its website, SpaceX said the funds “will be used to support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability and satellite manufacturing.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SES, O3b Execs Open but Skeptical of Mega-constellations

SES, O3b Execs Open but Skeptical of Mega-constellations | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on Jan. 22 said it would jump into the market for offering global broadband communications from a low-orbiting constellation if the latest efforts announced by SpaceX, Google, Virgin Group and Qualcomm — with others to come — show signs of proving themselves.

Luxembourg-based SES, which believes it surpassed rival Intelsat last year as the world’s largest fixed-satellite services operator by revenue, said that as the only big satellite operator with assets in both geostationary and medium Earth orbit, it is willing to accept that these well-financed companies may be on to something.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

SpaceX, Air Force Settle Lawsuit over ULA Blockbuy

SpaceX, Air Force Settle Lawsuit over ULA Blockbuy | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON – SpaceX will drop its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force in exchange for the service making more national security launch missions available for competition, the two parties announced Jan. 23.

The move comes less than two weeks after the sides entered mediation over an $11 billion sole-source contract the Air Force gave United Launch Alliance of Denver.

SpaceX filed a lawsuit last April asking the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to void a large portion of the deal, under which the Air Force ordered 36 rocket cores from ULA.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

United States and SpaceX Agree to Settlement

United States and SpaceX Agree to Settlement | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The Air Force and SpaceX have reached agreement on a path forward for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program that improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance for national security space launches. Under the agreement, the Air Force will work collaboratively with SpaceX to complete the certification process in an efficient and expedient manner. This collaborative effort will inform the SECAF directed review of the new entrant certification process. The Air Force also has expanded the number of competitive opportunities for launch services under the EELV program while honoring existing contractual obligations. Going forward, the Air Force will conduct competitions consistent with the emergence of multiple certified providers. Per the settlement, SpaceX will dismiss its claims relating to the EELV block buy contract pending in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Moon Express To Take Over Cape Canaveral Launch Site

Moon Express To Take Over Cape Canaveral Launch Site | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Moon Express, a California company competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, announced Jan. 22 that it has signed an agreement to use a former launch site at Cape Canaveral for building and testing its lunar lander spacecraft.

Moon Express said it has signed an agreement with Space Florida, the state space development agency, to use Space Launch Complex 36 (SLC-36) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although the company said it would make an initial capital investment there of as much as $500,000.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Moon Express inks deal for Cape Canaveral launch site | Sen.com

Moon Express inks deal for Cape Canaveral launch site | Sen.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Sen—Moon Express, one of several companies competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize, has signed an agreement to use a decommissioned launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for propulsion development and test flights of its lunar lander.

The privately owned firm has been conducting tests at the space shuttle’s landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center, located just north of the Air Force base. It plans to transition operations to Launch Complex 36, an 80-acre site once used to launch Atlas rockets.

LC 36 was decommissioned in 2007 and later leased it to Space Florida, a state-backed space development agency that already has invested more than $1.8 million to return the complex into operational service.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Spectacular Animation: SPACEX CRS5 | YouTube

Stratocumulus's insight:


Hopefully this is how it will all go down on February 8th.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Sarah Brightman and Satoshi Takamatsu begin preparing for space flight | YouTube

Sarah Brightman and her understudy Satoshi Takamatsu, who started training last week, for six months will be trained in the systems of the Soyuz TMA-M" and the Russian segment of the ISS, training for action in emergency landing in different climatic zones, biomedical and scientific training, and will learn the Russian language.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

Meet the asteroid mining executive of Davos

Meet the asteroid mining executive of Davos | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Chris Lewicki has by far the most out there (literally) job of anyone I have ever met at the World Economic Forum. He is an asteroid miner, or at least he wants to be one. He is the president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, a company that soon hopes to launch rockets into space that will hook up with asteroids and start digging. Trapped in the rocks of asteriods, Lewicki says, is water. His company plans to melt the rocks they get from the asteroids to draw the water. Some of the water could be converted into rocket fuel by splitting off the hydrogen. His goal is to create roaming gas stations in outer space. The gas stations will also sell asteroid water.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stratocumulus
Scoop.it!

2014 in Review: Mojave’s Difficult Year at Parabolic Arc

2014 in Review: Mojave’s Difficult Year at Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Stu Witt had a lot of reasons to be optimistic as 2014 began. The Mojave spaceport was on a roll. On Jan. 10, Scaled Composites conducted the third powered flight of SpaceShipTwo in less than 9 months. XCOR was making steady progress on the Lynx and a new hydrogen engine for ULA, Stratolaunch was busy building the world’s largest aircraft, and other tenants such as Masten and Firestar had successes over the past year.

But the positives of 2014 were greatly overshadowed by the setbacks. The year was marked by an embarrassing financial mess, unexpected departures of key personnel, the loss of tenants, and the tragic deaths of three pilots at the end of October. What Witt had hoped would be a triumphant final year in Mojave was filled with frustrations and personal grief.

more...
No comment yet.