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Generation Orbit Wins NASA Contract for Dedicated CubeSat Launch | Parabolic Arc

Generation Orbit Wins NASA Contract for Dedicated CubeSat Launch | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

ATLANTA, September 30 2013 (GO PR) — Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) has been selected to launch a group of three 3U CubeSats to a 425 km orbit under NASA’s Enabling eXploration and Technology (NEXT) contract.

 

Under this competitively awarded, $2.1M commercial procurement, NASA will become the inaugural customer for the company’s new GOLauncher 2 vehicle, currently in development. The NEXT flight is scheduled to take place in 2016. NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center will be responsible for program management.

 

The GOLauncher 2 is a flexible air-launched system combining a business jet with expendable rocket stages. Generation Orbit’s team of innovative small business partners includes SpaceWorks Enterprises Inc., Ventions LLC, Calspan Corporation, Tyvak Nano-satellite Systems LLC, and mv2space LLC. GO also has key strategic relationships with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Cecil Field Spaceport in Jacksonville, Florida will serve as GO’s initial base of operations.

 

 

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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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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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Return of SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft delayed | Spaceflight Now

Return of SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft delayed | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Rough seas in the Pacific Ocean will keep SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule in space a few days longer than planned, with the unpiloted supply ship's return to Earth now set for Saturday hauling a load of research specimens from the International Space Station back to the ground.

Landing was scheduled for Tuesday in a splashdown zone in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California, but officials opted to delay the return to Saturday due to high sea states in the area, NASA said Monday.

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Fox Plans Billionaire Space Race TV Drama | Parabolic Arc

Fox Plans Billionaire Space Race TV Drama | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Fox is going for a new take on space race with a drama from writer Eli Attie (The West Wing), Pete Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 and 20th Century Fox TV. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Attie is under an overall deal, has received a script commitment with penalty. It falls under a deal Film 44 inked with the Fox network at the beginning of the summer. Written by Attie, the present-day drama us about a space race — but between people instead of nations, as two wildly ambitious egos with a long and ugly personal history battle to control the future of space exploration. Attie, Berg and Aubrey executive produce.

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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, October 23, 11:53 AM

Hopefully this will raise public interest....

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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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Allen Taylor's curator insight, October 23, 1:54 PM

A well-written mini-biography of SpaceX. For a more detailed account, read Stewart Money's "Here Be Dragons."

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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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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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9 Decisions That Shaped Elon Musk's Extraordinary Career

9 Decisions That Shaped Elon Musk's Extraordinary Career | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

There's a name for the feeling that it all turned out like it should have: narrative bias


But the thing about charting a career — especially one as remarkable

as that of Elon Musk — is that you can never know the results of a decision before you make it.


That's why we thought it would be useful to pinpoint the moments when the billionaire found himself at a crossroads and see which path he chose.


Here are nine of those critical turning points:

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Court Rejects Sierra Nevada Motion to Reinstate Commercial Crew Stop-Work Order | SpaceNews.com

Court Rejects Sierra Nevada Motion to Reinstate Commercial Crew Stop-Work Order | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A federal court ruled against a motion by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Oct. 21 to reinstate a suspension of work by two companies on commercial crew contracts awarded by NASA last month.

Judge Marian Blank Horn issued the order after a hearing earlier in the day on a motion filed by Sierra Nevada with the Court of Federal Claims here Oct. 15 requesting that a stop-work order on two Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts that NASA overrode earlier this month be restored.

“Given the urgency to resolve the override issue, the court provided the parties with a verbal decision declining to overrule the override,” Horn wrote in a brief order issued by the court. The order did not explain the rationale for the decision, and the hearing was closed to the public.

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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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