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Commercial Space Race Revolutionizing Business Off Planet Earth

Commercial Space Race Revolutionizing Business Off Planet Earth | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Going to the moon "might not have brought direct commercial value" to the United States, said Chad Anderson, director of European Operations at the Space Angels Network, "but the impact on the economy was huge."

 

That may be especially true now, as the space race shifts from nations to commercial enterprise. Space offers plenty of business opportunities, at least in the eyes of the space enthusiasts coming to the International Space Commerce 2013 Summit in London, where entrepreneurs, investors and state-sponsored space organizations gathered to discuss ways of making space exploration profitable.

 

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When Will Humans Live on Mars? | YouTube


Earth is the only home we've ever known, and it's treated us well so far. But whether it’s climate change, an apocalyptic asteroid, or some horrifying disaster we don’t even know about yet, the Earth won't live forever.

Luckily for us, we’re in the middle of a new space race—one fueled not by countries trying to plant a flag on the Moon, but by explorers looking to get rich on Mars and beyond. The hope of these entrepreneurs is that in their quest for dollars, we'll find a way to help humanity settle on new worlds.

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SpaceX Gets “Partial Win” in Blue Origin Patent Dispute

SpaceX Gets “Partial Win” in Blue Origin Patent Dispute | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A patent board offered SpaceX a split decision on its protest of a reusable launch vehicle patent held by Blue Origin, approving a review of some, but not all, claims of that patent.

In separate decisions issued March 3, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board approved a SpaceX petition for an “inter partes” review of 13 of the 15 claims in a patent governing the landing of reusable launch vehicle stages on ships or other platforms in bodies of water.

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NASA lines up four additional CRS missions for Dragon and Cygnus | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA lines up four additional CRS missions for Dragon and Cygnus | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Updates to master planning schedules have revealed NASA’s intention to add four more Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions. The Flight Planning Integration Panel (FPIP) team have set placeholders for missions that stretch into 2017, with three resupply flights set to take place via SpaceX’s Dragon and one for Orbital ATK’s beefed up Cygnus spacecraft.

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Media Invited to See Bigelow Expandable Space Station Module Ahead of Shipment to NASA

Media Invited to See Bigelow Expandable Space Station Module Ahead of Shipment to NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


NASA and Bigelow Aerospace invite media to a photo and interview opportunity at 10 a.m. PST on Thursday, March 12, at Bigelow Aerospace’s North Las Vegas facility to mark the completion of all major milestones on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).

Reporters will have the opportunity to see and photograph the BEAM before it’s shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch to the International Space Station later this year. Robert Bigelow, president and founder of Bigelow Aerospace, and William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, will conduct a joint question and answer session with media.

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Letter | To Beat SpaceX at 'Simon Says,' Europe Must Change

Letter | To Beat SpaceX at 'Simon Says,' Europe Must Change | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


If European space officials are tired of playing “Simon Says” with SpaceX, they can invest the money and intellectual capital needed to lead in space.

The unfortunate fact is, they almost never do. What Europe has done is to do a better job of marketing the inventions of others — which may be a good way to make money, but does not buy you a leadership role.

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A New Science Officer on the Space Station | SpaceRef

A New Science Officer on the Space Station | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


In space Samantha Cristoforetti honors Leonard Nimoy/Spock by continuing the Vulcan science officer tradition on ISS. Imagery by Michael Okuda.

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Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Orbit

Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Orbit | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists, engineers and sci-fi fans around the world.

Cape Cod and Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy's home town, are visible through the station window.

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Rebooting space advocacy | The Space Review

Rebooting space advocacy | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space advocates have struggled in recent years for major victories in their efforts to increase NASA’s budget or enact other space policy changes. Jeff Foust reports on how a new alliance of space organizations, and the outcome of a separate space summit, seek more targeted efforts to support space development and settlement.

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Iridium COO Scott Smith Joins Bessemer Venture Partners as an Operating Partner


MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bessemer Venture Partners announced today that it has recruited Scott Smith of Iridium Communications, Inc. as a part-time Operating Partner, where he will help identify and advise portfolio companies in what BVP calls the emerging “spacetech” sector.

Smith will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer and a board director of Iridium, operator of the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation. He previously served in the same role at Digital Globe. In addition to his experience at aerospace industry leaders, Smith’s background includes space tech startups: in 1995 he co-founded Space Imaging, and he recently served on the board of Skybox until its acquisition by Google.

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Moon Space Law: Legal Debate Swirls Around Private Lunar Ventures

Moon Space Law: Legal Debate Swirls Around Private Lunar Ventures | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop on the moon.

In late 2014, the FAA's Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) responded favorably to a Bigelow Aerospace's "payload review" request. This query related to commercial development of the moon. Some view the verdict as a necessary step toward creating a legal framework for businesses to set up shop on the moon. But it's also clear more legal conversations are in the offing.

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SpaceX ABS/Eutelsat-1 Mission | YouTube


At 10:50pm EST on Sunday, March 1, 2015, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites to a supersynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Launches All-Electric Satellites

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Launches All-Electric Satellites | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world's first all-electric communications satellites into orbit. The 22-story-tall Falcon 9 booster soared off its seaside launch pad at 10:50 a.m. ET, the third flight in less than two months for the California-based launch company.

Perched on top of the rocket were a pair of satellites, built by Boeing and owned by Paris-based Eutelsat Communications and Bermuda-based ABS. Eutelsat and ABS shared satellite manufacturing and launch costs.

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Spacewalkers install new comms system for future vehicles | NASASpaceFlight.com

Spacewalkers install new comms system for future vehicles | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry “Butch” Wilmore stepped outside the ISS on Sunday on what was the final in a series of three spacewalks to prepare the station for the arrival of future cargo and crew vehicles. EVA-31, which began at 11:52 PM GMT, focused on installing a new communications system for the future vehicles – concluding a hugely successful trio of EVAs.

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Commercial crew demo missions manifested for Dragon 2 and CST-100 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Commercial crew demo missions manifested for Dragon 2 and CST-100 | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Mission planners at NASA have installed four Commercial Crew demonstration missions into the International Space Station (ISS) manifest. Both SpaceX’s Dragon 2 (V2) and Boeing’s CST-100 will conduct uncrewed and crewed qualification missions – beginning as early as December, 2016 – prior to the awarding of the US Crew Vehicle -1 (USCV-1) mission for NASA.

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Thousands Sign Up for Mission to Mars With No Return Plans

Thousands Sign Up for Mission to Mars With No Return Plans | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Kellie Gerardi is training for the mission of her life, one from which she might never return.

Gerardi is one of thousands of applicants vying for a trip to Mars, courtesy of an audacious new company called Mars One.

Only 100 potential astronauts will be finalists, but there’s a pretty massive catch: It’s a one-way ticket.


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British Government Narrows List of Potential Spaceport Sites

British Government Narrows List of Potential Spaceport Sites | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — The British government March 3 trimmed a list of potential sites for a commercial spaceport to six, although the public corporation that operates two airports on the list says it is not interested in pursuing a spaceport.

The British government, in a joint statement by the U.K. Space Agency, the Department for Transport, and other agencies, released the outcome of a consultation on criteria for a commercial spaceport prepared by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 2014. That report identified eight potential locations for a spaceport in the U.K.

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Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race

Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


(Reuters) - Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market.

Using the expertise of a defense industry that created technology such as the "Iron Dome" missile interceptor, Israel plans to move beyond its current focus on spy and military communications satellites into producing civilian devices, some small enough to fit in your hand.

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Autonomous spaceport drone ship


The deck barge Marmac 300 (CG No. 1063184) was built in 1998 by Gulf Coast Fabrication in Pearlington, Mississippi for McDonough Marine Service, a tug and barge company based in Metairie, Louisiana. As built, it was 288 feet in length, with a 100 foot beam and a depth of almost 20 feet. In 2014, it was chartered by SpaceX for use as a landing pad for returning first-stage rockets after launching objects into orbit.

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Reader-submitted shots of Falcon 9 launch | Spaceflight Now

Reader-submitted shots of Falcon 9 launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Spaceflight Now readers sent in photos of Sunday’s blastoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, which lit up a late-night moonlit sky over Florida’s Space Coast on the way to orbit with two communications satellites.

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Understanding the legal status of the Moon | The Space Review

Understanding the legal status of the Moon | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As government and commercial activity at the Moon ramps up, it raises questions about the legal status of some of those efforts, particularly the extraction of resources. Urbano Fuentes examines what one particular phase used in treaties regarding the Moon could mean for those activities.

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Silicon Valley Fund Invests in New Zealand's Rocket Lab

Silicon Valley Fund Invests in New Zealand's Rocket Lab | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A company with offices in the U.S. and New Zealand announced March 2 that it closed a new round of funding to allow it to complete development of a small low-cost launch vehicle by 2016.

Rocket Lab Ltd. said it had completed a second, or Series B, financing round, led by venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) of Menlo Park, California. Two funds that participated in an earlier round, Khosla Ventures of Menlo Park and New Zealand-based K1W1 Ltd., also contributed to the Series B round, Rocket Lab said in a statement.

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Rocket Lab USA, Developer of the Electron Orbital Vehicle, Closes Series B Round

LOS ANGELES, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rocket Lab announced today that it has completed a Series B financing round, led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with full participation from existing investors Khosla Ventures and K1W1 investment fund. In addition, Lockheed Martin will make a strategic investment in Rocket Lab to support the exploration of future aerospace technologies.

The company will use the funding to complete the Electron launch system and plans to begin operations as a commercial launch provider as early as 2016.

David Cowan, a BVP partner and former Skybox Board member, has joined Rocket Lab's Board as part of BVP's funding. "On the South Pacific islands of New Zealand, a world class team of engineers is designing a rocket that will revolutionize aerospace," says Cowan.

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Photos: Falcon takes flight | Spaceflight Now

Photos: Falcon takes flight | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off Sunday with a dual-satellite payload destined for geosynchronous orbits 22,300 miles above the Earth.

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SpaceX Lofts Pair of All-Electric Satellites for ABS and Eutelsat

SpaceX Lofts Pair of All-Electric Satellites for ABS and Eutelsat | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PARIS — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on March 1 successfully launched two telecommunications satellites destined for geostationary orbit – the first dual-geostationary launch for Falcon 9, which inaugurated a new all-electric satellite design from Boeing.

The two satellites’ owners, fleet operators Eutelsat of Paris and ABS of Bermuda, said their spacecraft safely separated from the Falcon 9 upper stage and were healthy and sending signals in orbit. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, occurred at 10:50 p.m. EST.

The launch did not include a SpaceX attempt to recover the Falcon 9 first stage because the requirements of a launch to geostationary transfer orbit demand too much of the stage’s fuel.

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX expects to introduce modifications to the rocket beginning this year so that, ultimately, launches to geostationary orbit would include first-stage recovery.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches debut dual satellite mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches debut dual satellite mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made its sixteenth launch Sunday, carrying a pair of commercial communications satellites in the company’s first dual launch to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Falcon departed at the first attempt from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 at the start of a 44-minute window that opened at 22:50 local time (03:50 UTC).

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