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Futuristic British Space Plane Engine to Get Flight Test in 2020

Futuristic British Space Plane Engine to Get Flight Test in 2020 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Flight tests of an engine for the giant space plane Skylon are expected by 2020.

The British government and European Space Agency (ESA) are providing $100 million in funding, which will be matched by private financing to complete the propulsion system's development and test.

Two Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engines (SABRE) will power the Skylon space plane — a privately funded, single-stage-to-orbit concept vehicle that is 276 feet (84 meters) long. At take-off, the plane will weigh about 303 tons (275,000 kilograms).

 

 

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Ansari XPRIZE 10th Anniversary Webcast | YouTube


Webcast of the 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Ansari XPRIZE for Suborbital Spaceflight.

Watch XPRIZE Founder and CEO, Peter Diamandis and the visionaries who made history and revolutionized private spaceflight.

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What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 737 fuselages for Boeing. When you get through the front doors, past security and a cubicle farm stretching the width of the building, there it is: Science fiction being wrought into shape, right in front of you.

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Powering cislunar spaceflight with NEO powder | The Space Review

Powering cislunar spaceflight with NEO powder | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission plans to use xenon as the propellant for ion propulsion systems that will nudge a small asteroid into lunar orbit. Ronald Menich argues that using NEO materials themselves is a more sustainable approach to developing long-term cislunar infrastructure.

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NASA TV Coverage Set for U.S. Cargo Ship’s Departure from International Space Station

NASA TV Coverage Set for U.S. Cargo Ship’s Departure from International Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to detach from the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony module and unberth through commands sent by robotic ground controllers in mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston operating the Canadarm 2 robotic arm. Mission control will maneuver Dragon into place then turn it over to Expedition 41 robotic arm operators Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore of NASA for release, which is scheduled for 9:56 a.m. EDT.

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Virgin Galactic - Behind the Hangar Doors | YouTube


On October 4th 2014 Virgin Galactic celebrated the anniversary of the Ansari X-Prize victory by inviting special guests for a 'Behind the Hangar Doors' tour.

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Richard Branson Responds To Elon Musk's Criticism; 'We're About To Prove Him Wrong'

Richard Branson Responds To Elon Musk's Criticism; 'We're About To Prove Him Wrong' | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"Richard Branson, one of the most exuberant and successful entrepreneurs of the last 50 years, stopped by our offices recently. As the conversation below suggests, one of his greatest strengths may be his ability to grasp all that's thrilling and inspiring to people, be they his customers, his employees or anyone he happens to meet."

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A Decade into a New Spaceflight Era, a Mixture of Frustration and Optimism | SpaceNews.com

A Decade into a New Spaceflight Era, a Mixture of Frustration and Optimism | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Ten years after the completion of the Ansari X Prize appeared to open a new era of commercial human spaceflight, company executives and government officials at a commercial space conference expressed a mixture of optimism about the future of the industry and impatience at the perceived lack of progress over the last decade.

“I’m actually quite frustrated with the pace of commercial space,” said Brett Alexander, director of business development and strategy for Blue Origin, the privately funded spaceflight company led by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

“It really has been frustrating to be 10 years into commercial space, 10 years from the X Prize, and not see a proliferation of activity, of people flying regularly,” he said in a presentation at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) here Oct. 15.

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Whitesides Explains Flight Test Plan for SpaceShipTwo | Parabolic Arc

Whitesides Explains Flight Test Plan for SpaceShipTwo | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


“We expect to get to space altitude in a short number of flights, assuming the rocket performs as expected. Scaled made it to space in four flights with SpaceShipOne. I believe it will be a little more than that for us, but not dramatically so.”

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SNC v NASA: Boeing and SpaceX Alllowed to Intervene, Next Hearing Date Set

At Friday's hearing before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Boeing and SpaceX were granted their requests to intervene in Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC's) lawsuit to force NASA to reinstate a stop-work order on the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts.

SNC filed suit on Wednesday asking the court to declare "illegal and void" NASA's October 9 decision to override provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) so that work could proceed under the CCtCAP contracts despite SNC's protest of the award. Friday was the first hearing in the case.

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Intuitive Machines to Provide Science Sample Return Vehicle for ISS National Laboratory

Intuitive Machines to Provide Science Sample Return Vehicle for ISS National Laboratory | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Intuitive Machines in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been selected by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to develop a Terrestrial Return Vehicle (TRV) that will enable on demand, rapid return of experiments from the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. Through this commercial service, Intuitive Machines will enable researchers to regularly and quickly return small samples and components from the ISS to Earth. The timely delivery of critical or perishable samples is essential in enabling new and exciting research aboard the ISS National Laboratory.

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Falcon 9 Ocean Landing Animation | YouTube

This Falcon 9 video combines videos of the returning Falcon 9 first stage, from a range of Space X video sources for the CRS3 and Orbcomm missions, and features a NASASpaceflight.com animation of the ocean landing.

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zero2infinity Plans to Launch Nanosats | Parabolic Arc

zero2infinity Plans to Launch Nanosats | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


BARCELONA, Spain (zero2infinity PR) – The Spanish company zero2infinity, based in Barcelona, known for its extensive Near-Space ballooning experience, announced it’s been working to expand its capabilities to include a nanosatellite launch vehicle, named bloostar, to offer reliable, dedicated, launch on demand for 21st century small satellites.

zero2infinity has been operating high-altitude balloons since 2009. Flying technical, scientific and commercial payloads to over 30km altitude is its current operational activity. Using balloons as a first-stage for a nanosatellite launcher is the logical and necessary next step to address this booming and underserved market.

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Sierra Nevada Files Suit to Reinstate Stop-Work Order on CCtCAP


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims yesterday asking the court essentially to overturn NASA's decision to allow work to proceed under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts. SNC is protesting NASA's award of those contracts to Boeing and SpaceX and ordinarily work would stop until the protest was resolved. NASA initially told the companies to stop work, but rescinded that order about a week later, triggering SNC's lawsuit. A hearing on SNC's suit is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Friday, October 17).

Sierra Nevada, Boeing and SpaceX are all being funded under the current phase of NASA's commercial crew program -- Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCAP). Those three companies, at least, bid for the CCtCAP phase which will lead to operational commercial crew systems to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX for CCtCAP on September 16.

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Court Declines SNC's Motion to Overrule NASA on CCtCAP Authorization to Proceed

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued a verbal decision today declining to overrule NASA on its decision to allow SpaceX and Boeing to proceed in executing the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts.  Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is suing the government over NASA's October 9 decision to rescind a previously issued stop-work order while SNC's protest of the contract awards is under consideration by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).


In a terse statement, Judge Marilyn Blank Horn said:


"On October 21, 2014, the court held a hearing in the above captioned protest.  Given the urgency to resolve the override issue, the court provided the parties with a verbal decision declining to overrule the override."

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Commercial crew’s extended endgame | The Space Review

Commercial crew’s extended endgame | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last month, NASA awarded contracts for commercial crew systems that were expected to end months of uncertainty about the program’s future. However, Jeff Foust reports that the uncertainty lingers today, as one company protests those awards while also working on alternative plans for its vehicle design.

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Podcast: Could The Fusion Age Be Upon Us? | Aviation Week


Joe Anselmo and Graham Warwick ask Guy Norris about his story on Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and their Compact Fusion Reactor.

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Behind the scenes of Virgin Galactic | Virgin.com

Behind the scenes of Virgin Galactic | Virgin.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


As Virgin Galactic celebrated the anniversary of the Ansari X-Prize victory earlier this month, we invited special guests for a 'Behind the Hangar Doors' tour.

It was a great chance to show the huge progress being made as we prepare for commercial space travel.

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Cat 4 Hurricane Gonzalo Threatens Bermuda and Delays Antares Launch to Space Station

Cat 4 Hurricane Gonzalo Threatens Bermuda and Delays Antares Launch to Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Hurricane Gonzalo, the first major Atlantic Ocean basin hurricane in three years, has strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 storm, threatening Bermuda and forcing a postponement of the upcoming launch of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket to the space station from the Virginia shore to no earlier than Oct. 27.

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Commercial Rocket Test Helps Prep for Journey to Mars | YouTube


NASA successfully captured thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched in September from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars.

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Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race

Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Call it the New Space Age. There's a reignited fervor for all things extraterrestrial, and entrepreneurs are leading the charge. From zero-gravity tourism to satellite and software development, themed entertainment and beyond, commercial enterprises are capitalizing on opportunities in the burgeoning space industry. As costly and risky as these endeavors may be, the possibility for reward is out of this world.

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Court Holds Initial Hearing on Sierra Nevada’s Effort to Reimpose Commercial Crew Stop Work Order | Parabolic Arc

Court Holds Initial Hearing on Sierra Nevada’s Effort to Reimpose Commercial Crew Stop Work Order | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Marian Blank Horn heard initial arguments on Friday on a motion by Sierra Nevada Corporation to stop Boeing and SpaceX from continuing work on recently awarded NASA commercial crew contracts pending an appeal of the awards.

The judge did not rule on the motion, but set an additional hearing on Tuesday to hear further arguments, according to press reports.

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Boeing Finishes Commercial Crew Space Act Agreement for CST-100/Atlas V

Boeing Finishes Commercial Crew Space Act Agreement for CST-100/Atlas V | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing’s crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket.


NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board milestone for Boeing’s crew transportation system, confirming the detailed designs and plans for test and evaluation form a satisfactory basis to proceed with full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and testing. It is the culmination of four years of development work by Boeing beginning when the company partnered with NASA during the first round of agreements to develop commercial crew transportation systems. To get to this point, extensive spacecraft subsystem, systems, and integrated vehicle design work has been performed, along with extensive component and wind tunnel testing.

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Need for Commercial Space Travel Pilots Driving Changes to Aviation Education

Need for Commercial Space Travel Pilots Driving Changes to Aviation Education | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Before commercial space travel can get big, it will need to get more pilots in aircraft cockpits, and university’s are responding to the need by creating programs to get students pointed in the right direction.

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NASA, SpaceX Share Data On Supersonic Retropropulsion | Aviation Week

NASA, SpaceX Share Data On Supersonic Retropropulsion | Aviation Week | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

An innovative partnership between NASA and SpaceXis giving the U.S. space agency an early look at what it would take to land multi-ton habitats and supply caches on Mars for human explorers, while providing sophisticated infrared (IR) imagery to help the spacecraft company develop a reusable launch vehicle.


After multiple attempts, airborne NASA and U.S. Navy IR tracking cameras have captured a SpaceX Falcon 9 in flight as its first stage falls back toward Earth shortly after second-stage ignition and then reignites to lower the stage toward a propulsive “zero-velocity, zero-altitude” touchdown on the sea surface (see images).


Engineers at NASA and SpaceX are now correlating that data with company telemetry from the Sept. 21 Falcon 9 launch of a Dragon cargo carrier to the International Space Station to learn exactly what the vehicle was doing in terms of engine-firing and maneuvering when it generated the signatures collected by the aircraft.

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Sierra Nevada Files Suit To Reinstate Hold on Commercial Crew Contracts | SpaceNews.com

Sierra Nevada Files Suit To Reinstate Hold on Commercial Crew Contracts | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


LAS CRUCES, N.M. — In the latest round in the legal dispute regarding NASA’s commercial crew contracts, Sierra Nevada Corp. filed suit in federal court Oct. 15, seeking to overturn a NASA decision to lift a stop-work order on contracts it awarded to two other companies.

In filings with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, Sierra Nevada filed requests for both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to overturn a NASA decision Oct. 9 lifting an order stopping work on Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts awarded Sept. 16 to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

NASA had issued a stop-work order shortly after Sierra Nevada filed a protest regarding the CCtCap awards with the U.S. Government Accountability Office Sept. 26. On Oct. 9, NASA lifted the order, citing “statutory authority available to it” in order to keep the program on schedule.

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Spaceport America has 'gold mine' future, space industry leader says

Spaceport America has 'gold mine' future, space industry leader says | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


LAS CRUCES -- Stuart Witt, chief executive officer and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, had a message Tuesday for all those who have started to get cold feet about Spaceport America: We're committed.

Speaking at the Community Partnership Luncheon on the opening day of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, Witt stressed the business opportunities available at Spaceport America, even as anchor tenant Virgin Galactic continues testing on the vehicles expected to take passengers into sub-orbital space from there.

"When I read in the papers and I hear, 'do we want to continue to invest, it's going to be a while before (Virgin Galactic) is operational.' Well, let me tell you what, you're in it," Witt said. "You made a $200 million investment, and you're sitting on a facility like I've never seen.

"You're sitting on a gold mine at Spaceport America."

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