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Next Gen Falcon 9 Static Fire

SpaceX completed a successful static fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch Vehicle earlier today at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This opens a 10-day window for SpaceX to attempt a launch of the newly-modified vehicle, carrying the Canadian CASSIOPE satellite, sometime later this month.

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AstroViews: Mike Fincke | YouTube

Former International Space Station commander and space shuttle astronaut Mike Fincke shares the inspiration and excitement building as NASA's Commercial Crew Program works with aerospace industry to launch astronauts again from Florida's Space Coast.

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SpaceX cargo launch now set for April 13 | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX cargo launch now set for April 13 | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The launch of SpaceX’s next resupply run to the International Space Station has been rescheduled for April 13, officials said Tuesday.

The Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff from Cape Canaveral was due for no earlier than April 10, but the launch date has been delayed to April 13. Officials did not provide a reason for the delay.

Blastoff from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT). The 20-story rocket will have one second to lift off when the space station’s orbital path passes over Florida’s Space Coast.

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After Accident, Virgin Galactic Takes a Cautious Path to Spaceflight

After Accident, Virgin Galactic Takes a Cautious Path to Spaceflight | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

It's been five months since Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up in flight, killing one of its pilots and injuring the other. The results of the investigation have not yet been released, and for that reason the company's executives are reluctant to say much about the lessons learned. But there's one lesson they're willing to share: Don't say too much about what you're planning to do before you do it.

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Robert Bigelow and His Expandable Space Habs

Robert Bigelow and His Expandable Space Habs | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Bigelow Aerospace’s BEAM expandable/inflatable space module will be attached to the International Space Station later this year. The Planetary Society travels to the company’s headquarters for a conversation with founder and CEO Robert Bigelow.

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SpaceX invests $90 million in SolarCity solar bonds


SpaceX is one of the world's most innovative companies. Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is revolutionizing space technology, with the ultimate goal of making humans a multi-planetary species. It is the only private company to send a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely to Earth, and the only private company to fly supplies to and from the International Space Station. Soon it will begin launching astronauts into orbit.

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has invested $90 million in solar bonds. Solar bonds are issued – and backed – by SolarCity and powered by monthly solar payments from thousands of solar customers across the country. SpaceX is effectively getting paid by the sun.

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#SpaceOdyssey2015 Live | YouTube


Learn how our NY entrepreneurs, investors, academics and enthusiasts are looking to commercialize the space industry.
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NewSpace In New York. A great evening and a great discussion.

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Review: The Science of Interstellar | The Space Review

Review: The Science of Interstellar | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Several months after its theatrical release, the movie Interstellar will be available on DVD this week. With the risk of spoilers now subsided, Jeff Foust reviews a book that goes into detail about the science that formed the basis for the movie.

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Op-ed | Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon

Op-ed | Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Recently, several space advocacy groups joined forces to form the Alliance for Space Development. Their published objectives include a mention of obvious near-term goals such as supporting the commercial crew program, transitioning from use of the International Space Station to future private space stations and finding ways to reduce the cost of access to space.

What is notably missing from these objectives and those of many other space agencies, companies and advocacy groups is any mention of building a permanent settlement on the moon. It’s as if the lunar surface has become our crazy uncle that we all acknowledge exists but we’d prefer not to mention (or visit).

What made the next logical step in mankind’s progression beyond the bounds of Earth such a taboo subject?


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See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX

See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Fidelity has disclosed which of its mutual funds hold stakes in SpaceX.


In late January, Fidelity and Google announced they had invested a total of $1 billion to acquire almost 10 percent of Elon Musk’s privately held reusable-rocket company. Google later disclosed its share was $900 million, leaving Fidelity with $100 million.


In their monthly portfolio updates, five Fidelity funds showed SpaceX holdings. All are growth-oriented funds and each invested about 0.04 percent of its assets in SpaceX.

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Vega To Launch Peruvian Imaging Satellite Along with Skybox Craft

Vega To Launch Peruvian Imaging Satellite Along with Skybox Craft | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — Europe’s Arianespace launch consortium will use a Vega small-satellite rocket to launch Peru’s high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellite in the first half of 2016 under a contract signed March 25 with Airbus Defence and Space, the satellite’s builder.

Airbus won the PeruSat-1 contract in April 2014 after a heated competition among European and Israeli satellite builders.

The 450-kilogram PeruSat-1, owned by Peru’s Ministry of Defense, will share a Vega launch with four 110-kilogram satellites for Skybox Imaging, now owned by Google. Skybox booked its Vega launch a week earlier.

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Smallsat Constellations Spark Investor Interest, Regulator Concerns

Smallsat Constellations Spark Investor Interest, Regulator Concerns | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A new wave of small-satellite constellations for communications and remote sensing applications is attracting growing amounts of venture capital funding, but regulators worry they will struggle to keep up with the licenses these systems require.

During one panel at the Satellite 2015 conference here March 18, investors and entrepreneurs said the business cases for smallsat systems, coupled with some early success stories, have made space attractive to venture capital (VC) firms that previously shied away from the industry.

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NASA agrees to aid Dream Chaser development to CDR level | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA agrees to aid Dream Chaser development to CDR level | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


As was promised, NASA is not abandoning Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its Dream Chaser vehicle, despite the spaceplane losing out on the lucrative Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) award last year. An agreement has been was reached for SNC to continue to work with NASA through to the Critical Design Review (CDR) level of maturity for the vehicle.

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For commercial cargo, ideas old and new | The Space Review

For commercial cargo, ideas old and new | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

At least five companies have said they have submitted proposals to NASA for commercial cargo contracts. Jeff Foust describes the proposals made by two companies seeking to enter this market, one repurposing a crewed vehicle concept and the other offering a novel approach that could be used beyond Earth orbit as well.

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Virgin Galactic - Introducing our Spaceship Propulsion Team | YouTube


An introduction to our Spaceship Propulsion Team, narrated by Propulsion Program Manager, Jarret Morton, including behind the scenes shots of our manufacturing facilities.

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Report Highlights Misunderstandings Between Air Force on SpaceX Certification

Report Highlights Misunderstandings Between Air Force on SpaceX Certification | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — By the first week of January, when U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James called SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the relationship between their two camps was already knotted and tense.

The Air Force and SpaceX were still tangled in a lawsuit over the service’s sole-source contract to the company’s archrival, United Launch Alliance, for a large batch of rockets. Meanwhile, the Air Force still had yet to certify SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to carry national security satellites despite pledging to do so by the end of 2014.


Now, James had bad news. She told Musk that it would take another six months to certify the Falcon 9, effectively taking SpaceX out of the running for a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launch contract worth more than $100 million.

SpaceX executives — and even some Air Force officials — were surprised. “The company thought (they) were there,” one industry official said.

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Op-ed | Align U.S. Space Policy with National Interests

Op-ed | Align U.S. Space Policy with National Interests | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It is my argument that international space cooperation, space commerce and international space security discussions could be used to reinforce each other in ways that would advance U.S. interests in the sustainability and security of all space activities. At present, however, these activities are largely conducted on their individual merits and not as part of an integrated national strategy.

There is a line from the movie “The Right Stuff” in which the actor playing Gordon Cooper says: “You boys know what makes this bird go up? Funding makes this bird go up.” I would go further and say: “What creates funding? Bipartisan support creates funding.”

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NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities

NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites.

Through these public-private partnerships, selected companies will partner with NASA to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavors in space and human exploration to deep-space destinations such as the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cis-lunar space, and Mars.

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Falcon 9 Evolves

Falcon 9 Evolves | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX developed the two-stage Falcon 9, a family of launch vehicles that consists of the Falcon 9 v1.0, Falcon 9 v1.1, and the partially-reusable Falcon 9-R.

Both stages of each vehicle employ liquid oxygen (LOX) and RP-1 propellants. The Falcon 9 v1.1 can lift payloads of up to 13,150 kg to low Earth orbit (LEO), and 4,850 kg to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

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Cosmic Lifestyle - 8.10 | YouTube

This week we are joined by Samuel Coniglio the COO and Visionary of Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation. We'll chat about what CLC is doing to make trips in space a bit less like a camping trip and more like an epic adventure with creature comforts.

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The Ides of Mars One | The Space Review

The Ides of Mars One | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Mars One, the private venture planning one-way human missions to Mars, has suffered from setbacks and bad publicity recently. Dwayne Day describes how one aspect of the venture’s plan, the development of a reality TV show about the mission, would have been difficult to pull off even without the recent problems.

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Bigelow Module Ready To Fly to Space Station | SpaceNews.com

Bigelow Module Ready To Fly to Space Station | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A module built by Bigelow Aerospace will join the International Space Station later this year in a test of both the company’s technology and NASA’s use of alternative contracting techniques.

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace marked the completion of all the development milestones for the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) in a ceremony March 12 at the company’s North Las Vegas, Nevada, headquarters. Bigelow built BEAM under a $17.8 million contract NASA awarded in late 2012.

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SpaceX's Shotwell Walks Back Musk's Cronyism Charge

SpaceX's Shotwell Walks Back Musk's Cronyism Charge | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell’s tour of Washington the week of March 16 – a luncheon speech, participation in the Satellite 2015 conference and testimony to a U.S. congressional panel – found her occasionally doing the work of the circus shovel brigade.

When you work for a guy who shoots from the hip as often as SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, it’s an unavoidable part of the job.

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One giant leap for...inflatable space houses

One giant leap for...inflatable space houses | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It's showtime for Robert Bigelow.

The real estate developer and hotel magnate estimates he's spent $275 million of his own fortune researching, building, and testing expandable living areas for outer space at Bigelow Aerospace, a company he founded in North Las Vegas 16 years ago.

NASA wants to see if he's right. It's paying him almost $18 million for one of his inflatable habitats to go to the International Space Station later this year.

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Russian space agency offers half-year space tourist flights to ISS

Russian space agency offers half-year space tourist flights to ISS | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has offered a seat, traditionally occupied by a Russian space crew member, to a space tourist for a term of six months, Head of the Roscosmos scientific-technical council Yuri Koptev told journalists on Tuesday.

"It has been recommended to look into the problem of lowering the budgetary load and possibly, even sell a long, rather than short expedition, to a space tourist at the expense of cutting Russia's presence," Koptev said.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA Amend CCiCap Partnership Agreement for Dream Chaser® Space System

Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA Amend CCiCap Partnership Agreement for Dream Chaser® Space System | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SPARKS, Nev. (March 23, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is pleased to announce it has amended its current Space Act Agreement (SAA), adding a significant development milestone to the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) partnership with NASA. The amendment, which extends the period of performance through March 2016, introduces unfunded Milestone 41, Design Analysis Cycle-6 Closeout Review – demonstrating the advancement of the Dream Chaser® Space System design from a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) level of maturity toward a Critical Design Review (CDR) level.

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