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(T-20 Min To Webcast End) SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Makes Its First Launch From Vandenberg Air Force Base

Video is from T-20 Minutes until the end of the webcast. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 makes its first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base and successfully places six satellites into orbit. The primary payload was Canada's 800-pound CASSIOPE communications and science satellite built by the Canadian Space Agency and MDA. Source: SpaceX Webcast.

 

 

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Elon Musk interview at MIT, October 2014 | YouTube


A conversation with Elon Musk at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department's Centennial Symposium, October 24, 2014.

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Wayward Boat Scrubs Antares Launch | SpaceNews.com


WASHINGTON — A boat that entered restricted waters forced Orbital Sciences Corp. to postpone the launch of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft Oct. 27.

The launch of the Antares rocket, scheduled for 6:45 pm EDT, was scrubbed when a sailboat entered a restricted zone off the coast from the launch site at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The boat was not able to leave the zone before the ten-minute launch window closed.

There were no technical issues reported with the Antares rocket or the Cygnus spacecraft prior to the scrub, and weather conditions were favorable. Orbital Sciences and NASA announced the next launch attempt would be Oct. 28 at 6:22 pm EDT. Forecasts call for a 95 percent chance of acceptable weather at the new launch time.


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Orb-3 Launch Scrubbed Due to Boat


The weather was perfect, the rocket was perfect, the spacecraft was perfect, but the launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Orb-3 cargo mission to the International Space Station was scrubbed this evening because a boat was in restricted waters off the launch site at Wallops Island, VA.

Waters off any of the U.S. launch sites are restricted during launches to protect people and property from debris in case of an accident. Apparently the operators of this one did not heed notices that the area was restricted.


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Successful Launch Readiness Review for Antares CRS-3

Successful Launch Readiness Review for Antares CRS-3 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it
At a Launch Readiness Review Sunday, Oct. 26, managers for Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia, and NASA gave a “go” to proceed toward the Monday, Oct. 27, launch of the Orbital CRS-3 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Orbital is targeting a 6:45 p.m. EDT launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 5:45 p.m.
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NASA Sets Coverage for Cygnus Launch on Monday | Parabolic Arc

NASA Sets Coverage for Cygnus Launch on Monday | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch at 6:45 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Launch Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch coverage begins at 5:45 p.m.

A prelaunch status briefing will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, followed at 2 p.m. by a briefing to preview the mission’s science cargo. A post-launch briefing will be held approximately 90 minutes after liftoff.

The public may submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

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CRS-4: SpaceX Dragon returns back to Earth | NASASpaceFlight.com

CRS-4: SpaceX Dragon returns back to Earth | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has concluded her successful mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with a return to Earth on Saturday. The EOM (End Of Mission) events began with an unberthing and release of the CRS-4/SpX-4 spacecraft from the orbital outpost, ahead of a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at around 15:38 Eastern.

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Planetary Resources to Launch First Spacecraft on Monday | Parabolic Arc

Planetary Resources to Launch First Spacecraft on Monday | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources will launch its first satellite, the Arkyd A3, aboard the Cygnus spacecraft on Monday.

The A3 is the Arkyd 100’s technology demonstrator, and the mission will provide for early testing and serve to validate the spacecraft’s core technology and software in the development of the program.

Planetary Resources is under contract with NanoRacks, through its Space Act Agreement with NASA, to release the A3 from the International Space Station’s Kibo airlock.

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Next Falcon 9 Launch Could See First-stage Platform Landing | SpaceNews.com

Next Falcon 9 Launch Could See First-stage Platform Landing | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean on its next mission, although the company’s chief executive warned of potentially low odds of success.

In an on-stage interview Oct. 24 during a symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology marking the centennial of the university’s aeronautics and astronautics department, Elon Musk revealed the company was building a large floating platform that will be used as the landing pad for the Falcon 9 first stage.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reveals Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Science Mission Variant

Sierra Nevada Corporation Reveals Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Science Mission Variant | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SPARKS, Nev. (Oct. 23, 2014) – Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems presents the Dream Chaser Science Mission Mock-Up at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) conference in Pasadena, California, through Oct. 26. In addition to the primary function of transporting crew and cargo to and from low-Earth orbit (LEO), SNC’s Dream Chaser® program team has been developing a science mission variant which leverages the inherent capabilities of the vehicle to offer a free-flying microgravity science laboratory.

The Dream Chaser for Science, or DC4Science, spacecraft is designed to fly independently for short and extended durations to provide customers in such fields as biotech and pharmaceuticals, biology and life science, and material and fluid science with a flexible and evolvable vehicle easily suited for individual mission requirements.

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Building 3D printers capable of 3D printing in space

Building 3D printers capable of 3D printing in space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it
Made in Space is working on creating a unique 3D printer capable of 3D printing materials under zero gravity conditions.
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Win a Space Adventure Trip with Land Rover and Virgin Galactic

Win a Space Adventure Trip with Land Rover and Virgin Galactic | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Are you ready for the biggest adventure yet? Here's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you and three friends to win a flight to space.

You could be boarding a Virgin Galactic spaceship and blasting off into the great unknown.

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October 27 Confirmed as Orb-3 Launch Date


NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation have confirmed the October 27, 2014 launch date for Orbital's Orb-3 cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch date was dependent on whether a tracking station on Bermuda withstood Hurricane Gonzalo. Inspectors have determined it will be ready for the launch next week.

This is Orbital's third operational cargo mission to the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Orbital launches its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the coast of Virginia. The Bermuda tracking station is required for such launches.

Launch is scheduled for 6:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 27.

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Spaceport America at ISPCS 2014 | YouTube


Christine Anderson gave the audience a quiz at ISPCS to help teach them the lessons she has learned as Executive Director of the world’s first purpose built commercial spaceport.

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SPACEX COMPLETES 100TH MERLIN 1D ENGINE

SPACEX COMPLETES 100TH MERLIN 1D ENGINE | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Less than two years after SpaceX began producing the Merlin 1D engines that power the Falcon 9 rocket, the 100th Merlin 1D engine is complete. SpaceX is currently the largest private producer of rocket engines in the world.


The Merlin 1D is an all-American engine designed and built in-house at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Engines are currently manufactured at a rate of four per week, projected to rise to five per week by the end of 2014.


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Antares 130 debut with fourth Cygnus to the ISS scrubbed | NASASpaceFlight.com

Antares 130 debut with fourth Cygnus to the ISS scrubbed | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Orbital Sciences Corporation – with their new version of their Antares rocket – will have to wait 24 hours to begin their fourth Cygnus mission to the International Space Station due to a scrub on Monday. Liftoff, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia, could not occur due to a boat failing to get out of the Range Safety area in time.


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Dragon Departs Space Station as Cygnus Prepared for Launch | SpaceNews.com

Dragon Departs Space Station as Cygnus Prepared for Launch | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — In an unusually busy period of visiting vehicle activity at the international space station, one commercial cargo vehicle returned to Earth Oct. 25 as another was prepared for an Oct. 27 launch.

The station’s robotic arm detached the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon vehicle from the ISS and released it at 9:59 am EDT Oct. 25. The spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere later the same day, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean about 500 kilometers west of Baja California, Mexico, at 3:39 pm EDT.


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Do You Have What It Takes to Go Into Space? (Probably)

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Into Space? (Probably) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


AMERICA’S FIRST CORPS of astronauts, known as the Mercury Seven, had it pretty rough back in 1959. Selected from hundreds of elite pilots, they had to endure a battery of grueling tests: running on treadmills for hours, blowing up balloons repeatedly to gauge their lung capacity, being exposed to extreme heat, vibration and loud noises. None could weigh over 180 pounds or be taller than 5-foot-11. And they needed to have logged at least 1,500 hours of flying time in a traditional aircraft.

The bar has since lowered drastically, especially for ordinary citizens hoping to catch a ride aboard the commercial “space-tourism” flights that have either launched or have plans to do so as soon as early next year. Just ask the 700 ticket holders who’ve paid up to $250,000 to ride with Virgin Galactic 50 miles above the earth, or the 300 who have signed up for a similar offering by XCOR (at a cost of $95,000). Overweight? Probably not a problem. Heavy smoker? The sky may still be the limit. Even if you think you haven’t got the right stuff, you might. It could just take a bit of training to get you there.

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SpaceX Dragon Comes Home After Space Mouse Delivery | NBC News

SpaceX Dragon Comes Home After Space Mouse Delivery | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship ended a monthlong stay at the International Space Station on Saturday and made a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore used the station’s robotic crane to release the capsule, built and operated by California-based SpaceX, as the two vehicles soared 260 miles (418 kilometers) over Australia.

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Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS).

A boat will take the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA within 48 hours. Dragon will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing.

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OECD Takes Look at Quarter Trillion Dollar Global Space Industry | Parabolic Arc

OECD Takes Look at Quarter Trillion Dollar Global Space Industry | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The global space sector is a high‑technology niche with a complex ecosystem, which employed at least 900 000 persons around the world in 2013, including public administrations (space agencies, space departments in civil and defence‑related organisations), the space manufacturing industry (building rockets, satellites, ground systems); direct suppliers to this industry (components), and the wider space services sector (mainly commercial satellite telecommunications). But these estimates do not take into account universities and research institutions, which also play a key role in R&D, as receivers of public contracts and initiators of much of the space sector’s innovation.

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Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record

Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


ROSWELL, N.M. — A well-known computer scientist parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere on Friday, falling faster than the speed of sound and breaking the world altitude record set just two years ago.

The jump was made by Alan Eustace, 57, a senior vice president of Google. At dawn he was lifted from an abandoned runway at the airport here by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium.

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SNC reveals the DC4Science Dream Chaser variant | NASASpaceFlight.com

SNC reveals the DC4Science Dream Chaser variant | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is continuing to realign its Dream Chaser spacecraft’s aspirations, after losing out on future Commercial Crew Program funding from NASA. The company announced the Dream Chaser for Science, or DC4Science, a variant that would offer a free-flying microgravity science laboratory to commercial and international customers.

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Mark Sirangelo talking about Siemens PLM Software and Sierra Nevada Corporation Partnership | YouTube


At IMTS 2014, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser® Scale Replica was at display. Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, SNC's Space Systems talked about the role of private companies in future space missions. He also talked about the role of PLM in space systems development.

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Orbital Sciences cleared for final Antares launch preps | Spaceflight Now

Orbital Sciences cleared for final Antares launch preps | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Orbital Sciences Corp. is set to launch its next commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station on Monday after inspections revealed a rocket tracking station in Bermuda weathered a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo last week.

Liftoff of Orbital's third commercial cargo flight to the orbiting research laboratory is set for 6:45 p.m. EDT (2245 GMT) Monday from launch pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va.

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NASA Tracking Facility Survives Hurricane, Ready To Track Orbital Cargo Launch | SpaceNews.com

NASA Tracking Facility Survives Hurricane, Ready To Track Orbital Cargo Launch | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- NASA’s radar tracking facility in Cooper’s Island, Bermuda, escaped damage from Hurricane Gonzalo and will be ready to support Orbital Sciences Corp.’s scheduled Oct. 27 cargo launch to the international space station from Wallops Island, Virginia, the company said Oct. 22.


“Following an inspection of the tracking station in Bermuda used for Antares launches after Hurricane Gonzalo, Orbital and NASA together have established October 27 as the launch date for the upcoming Orb-3 Commercial Resupply Services,” the Dulles, Virginia, company wrote in a post on its website.


Hurricane Gonzalo struck Bermuda Oct. 17, but crews from NASA Wallops had already battened down the agency’s Cooper’s Island radar tracking station ahead of the storm. On Oct. 21, Wallops personnel flew out to investigate the damage and, ultimately, deemed the facility fit to support the upcoming launch.

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