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Judge Enjoins AF and ULA From Buying RD-180 Engines

A U.S. Federal Claims Court judge issued an injunction late Wednesday night that prohibits the Air Force or United Launch Alliance (ULA) from purchasing RD-180 engines from Russia until the Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce and Department of State determine that it does not violate U.S. sanctions.  The ruling was made in response to a lawsuit filed eariier this week by SpaceX over the Air Force's block buy of rockets from ULA although this was not one of the remedies SpaceX sought.


The three page injunction issued by Judge Susan Braden on April 30 cites Executive Order 13661, which places Russian Deputy Prime MInister Dmitry Rogozin on the list of individuals sanctioned because of Russia's actions in Ukraine, and April 28 restrictions on exports announced by the Departments of State and Commerce.  Rogozin is in charge of Russia's space sector.


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SpaceX CRS-4 Launch | YouTube

After four successful missions to the International Space Station, including three official resupply missions for NASA, SpaceX launched its fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission, CRS-4, to the orbiting lab on Sunday, September 21, at 01:52 EDT from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. If all goes as planned, Dragon will arrive at the station on Tuesday, September 23 for an expected four-week visit. Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-October for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.

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SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Spaceport | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Spaceport | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 22 for its new Texas commercial launch site, but the company’s chief executive said work to build the facility will not ramp up until the second half of 2015.

SpaceX held the groundbreaking, attended by local officials and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on the site of the planned spaceport at Boca Chica Beach on the Gulf of Mexico east of here. The site is planned to host launches of the company’s Falcon 9 and future Falcon Heavy rockets, primarily carrying commercial satellites to geostationary orbit.


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In space no one can hear you sigh | The Space Review

In space no one can hear you sigh | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


It used to be that weekly magazines like Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report were highly relevant, and even at slow times they made substantial contributions to national discussions with their cover stories. That era passed a while ago. Newsweek even stopped producing print copies, but has apparently restarted. Their most recent cover story is a doozy: “Dark Side of the Moon: The Hidden History of Cold War Star Wars” is filled with factual inaccuracies, lazy reporting, sloppy editing, and a rather warped sense of history.

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The ASTEROIDS Act and hearing: some observations on international obligations | The Space Review

The ASTEROIDS Act and hearing: some observations on international obligations | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Given their desire to extract resources from asteroids, US space industry stakeholders seek assurances that whatever is extracted can be processed and sold like terrestrial resources. In order to encourage investment, these businesses need to know that outer space resources can be protected by property rights.


On July 10, 2014, Congressmen Bill Posey (R-FL) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the ASTEROIDS Act.1 The Act seeks to facilitate the commercial exploration and utilization of asteroid resources to meet national needs and to promote the right of US commercial entities to explore and utilize resources from asteroids, in accordance with existing international obligations of the US.

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Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Shindig Set for Mojave | Parabolic Arc

Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Shindig Set for Mojave | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Burt Rutan, Paul Allen and Richard Branson are among those who will gather at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Oct. 4 to mark the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne winning the $10 million Anari X Prize.

X Prize Foundation Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis will preside over the invitation-only event, which is expected to draw hundreds of guests. The foundation sponsored the prize for the first privately-funded vehicle to fly into space twice in two weeks.

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Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race

Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The space race to end America's reliance on Russia escalated this week with a multibillion-dollar NASA award for SpaceX's Elon Musk and an unexpected joint venture for Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos.


At stake for both Internet tycoons, besides money, are the bragging rights of restoring US access to low-Earth orbit, a path that was lost when the US space shuttle retired in 2011 after three decades.


Both men are long-time space enthusiasts, but while Musk is outspoken about his vision to colonize Mars someday, Bezos prefers privacy and rarely divulges his plans or his process.


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SpaceX supply ship takes off with animals, critical cargo | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX supply ship takes off with animals, critical cargo | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX launched a Dragon supply ship packed with mice, an experimental 3D printer, a hurricane research instrument, and a bundle of crew provisions on a two-day pursuit of the International Space Station with a thunderous middle-of-the-night sendoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket booster.

Running a day late after Cape Canaveral was inundated with rain showers early Saturday, the experiment-laden Dragon spaceship lifted off at 1:52 a.m. EDT (0552 GMT) after late night clouds dissipated, clearing a route for the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 launcher to fly into orbit.

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Spaceship Earth Grants

Spaceship Earth Grants | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


What if… you could be part of the next giant leap for humankind?

On April 12th, 1961, humanity took its first step off the planet. This coming April 12th, an unprecedented number of citizens from around the globe will be given the opportunity to follow in those first footsteps.

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NASA views "new space" with hope, support - and wariness

NASA views "new space" with hope, support - and wariness | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The new space movement burns hottest in the Mojave desert, where long ago Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier above its dry, desolate expanses and early NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, flew the famed X-15 to the edge of space.


Modern new space companies have set a bold goal: to open space to the floodgates of humanity. To survive, they feel, humanity must become a multi-planet species. They want to colonize the moon, Mars and beyond. And they believe they can do this by slashing the cost of spaceflight with smaller, reusable spacecraft.

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Richard Branson’s Credibility Begins to Crumble | Parabolic Arc

Richard Branson’s Credibility Begins to Crumble | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Richard Branson is beginning to take a pounding in the British media as the 10th anniversary of his announcement of SpaceShipTwo approaches next Saturday.

When he announced SpaceShipTwo on Sept. 27, 2004, Branson promised to be flying in only three years. “Within five years, Virgin Galactic will have created over 3,000 new astronauts from many countries,” Branson said.

Commercial flights are now running more than 7 years behind schedule, with the first flight unlikely before next February and possibly much later. Now the British media are beginning to notice.


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Hang in there Sir Richard. A successful series of test flights with the new nylon-fueled engine can turn this all around.

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Texas Launch Site Groundbreaking Caps Busy Week for SpaceX


SpaceX will break ground for its new launch site near Brownsville, TX on Monday, September 22, 2014. It will cap quite a busy week-long period for the entrepreneurial space launch company that started with winning a CCtCAP award from NASA and, hopefully, launching a cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this weekend.

On Tuesday, NASA awarded SpaceX one of two Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts (Boeing got the other). The $2.6 billion contract is for SpaceX to complete development of its Dragon V2 spacecraft for taking astronauts to and from the ISS, fly a demonstration mission, and up to six missions thereafter. NASA’s goal is to have SpaceX and/or Boeing commercial crew vehicles operational by 2017.

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SpaceX resupply launch scrubbed by bad weather | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX resupply launch scrubbed by bad weather | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Persistent rain showers and clouds at SpaceX's Cape Canaveral launch base kept a Falcon 9 rocket grounded Saturday, delaying the start of a resupply mission to the International Space Station by at least one day.


Despite a grim forecast, SpaceX ground crews readied the 208-foot-tall booster for a middle-of-the-night launch Saturday, pumping kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the Falcon 9 rocket as the countdown moved toward liftoff at 2:14 a.m. EDT (0614 GMT).

But Mother Nature had other plans as steady rainfall loomed over Florida's Space Coast accompanied by thick clouds that violated launch weather criteria.

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Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast

Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


People in the eastern United States have an opportunity, weather permitting, to see SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule launch on a cargo mission to the International Space Station early Saturday morning (Sept. 20).

The Dragon space capsule will launch into orbit atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:14 a.m. EDT (0614 GMT) on Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As was the case with NASA's space shuttle launches to the station, Saturday's launch will travel nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast. That means the glow from the Falcon 9's engines should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard.

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First Zero-G 3D Printer Is On Its Way To The Space Station

First Zero-G 3D Printer Is On Its Way To The Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


On Tuesday morning, a SpaceX Dragon capsule will berth with the International Space Station. Included in its nearly 2 and a half tons of cargo is a first for the final frontier – a 3D printer.

This 3D printer was developed by a small startup, Made In Space, which was founded in 2010 and incubated at Singularity University. Since 2011, the company has been actively working on development of their printer with NASA. The company has also received $824,597 in Small Business Innovation Research grants from NASA.


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SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.

Musk was joined Monday by Gov. Rick Perry and other officials as SpaceX broke ground at the state's southernmost tip.

The ceremony marked the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville, where commercial satellites will be launched.


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Commercial crew and commercial engines | The Space Review

Commercial crew and commercial engines | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last week, NASA made its long-awaited announcements about the companies that will develop commercial crew transportation systems. Jeff Foust reports that this announcement had to share the spotlight with a surprise commercial partnership that could affect the future of space launch.

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Are solar power satellites sitting ducks for orbital debris? | The Space Review

Are solar power satellites sitting ducks for orbital debris? | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Even conservative estimates of the energy needed in coming years to meet surging world demand are staggering. Energy use, currently over 120,000 billion kilowatt-hours annually, is forecast to double by 2030 or 2040 and to quadruple by 2090 or 2100.1 To meet this growing demand, many space enthusiasts are promoting the idea of space solar power for terrestrial use. Unfortunately, a fierce and growing spoiler lies in wait: orbital debris.

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NASA Commercial Crew Announcements - TMRO 7.29 | YouTube

In this episode we bring on Space Mike from Epic Future Space (https://www.youtube.com/user/OTmikhail) to talk SpaceX and the CCtCap award from NASA.

In Space news we have:
Blue Origin and ULA team up
Global crowd funding spaceflight project
Atlas V launch of CLIO
CRS-4
SpaceX to break ground in Brownsville on Monday
ESA reveals Philae landing site
Golfer wins a trip to space for hole in one!

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Google in Space? Startup Disruption Reaches the Final Frontier

Google in Space? Startup Disruption Reaches the Final Frontier | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Are Google and Facebook a new breed of competitors for aerospace and defense behemoths like Boeing and Airbus Group , or a potentially emerging market?

 

For years, large aerospace and defense companies have rarely had to worry about startup rivals. Barriers to entry are huge on the commercial-aerospace front, where developing new jets can require more than $10 billion in capital outlays, while defense contractors enjoy close ties with their national governments that newcomers struggle to match.

 

The serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has upset that world view, though, with his SpaceX rocket venture, which offers satellite makers launches at rates other Western companies struggle to match...


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SpaceX Sends Dragon (With Mice Inside) to Space Station | NBC News

SpaceX Sends Dragon (With Mice Inside) to Space Station | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX sent a Dragon cargo spaceship to the International Space Station atop a Falcon 9 rocket early Sunday, without a human crew but with 20 live mice packed into one of the payloads. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida went off without a hitch at 1:52 a.m. ET, one day after rainy weather forced a postponement.


The mice are due to live for a month aboard the station inside a contraption called the Rodent Research Facility, as part of an experiment to measure how zero-gravity affects bone strength. The autonomous Dragon capsule is also carrying the first 3-D printer to go into space, a RapidScat radar instrument to observe wind patterns on Earth, and about 5,000 pounds of additional supplies and equipment. The gumdrop-shaped craft is due to rendezvous with the station on Tuesday.

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Moon Prospect: Demand for Commercial Lunar Services

Moon Prospect: Demand for Commercial Lunar Services | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

With a focus on cost reduction the emergence of commercial launch providers is dramatically increasing access to space, enabling new markets like lunar transportation. SpaceX, for example, has already lowered the cost of mass to orbit by a factor of 10 and is projecting another 40 to 60 percent reduction. Additionally, the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize has initiated competition to reach the lunar surface by 2015, and like many competitions before, is spurring the creation of an entirely new industry, this time for lunar services. Of the 23 companies competing there are two established front runners: Astrobotic and Moon Express. Each of these companies are in the competition for more than just the prize money. With long-term aspirations, both companies are looking to capitalize on 40+ years of pent up demand for lunar science and services.

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Beijing Banker Aims to Become China's First Female Space Tourist | NBC News

Beijing Banker Aims to Become China's First Female Space Tourist | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

BEIJING — Fifty years after the late Mao Zedong said communist China could not "even put a potato into space," a 41-year-old female banker is paying $100,000 for just a few minutes of weightlessness.


In the decades after Mao's cutting comments, China went on to develop an ambitious space program, becoming the third country to independently send an astronaut into orbit in 2003. Now, nearly 30 years after the death of China's founding father, Tong Jingjing's ambitions encapsulate her country's fascination with space travel.

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Six years later, Richard Branson's space ship STILL isn't ready

Six years later, Richard Branson's space ship STILL isn't ready | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


... The extraordinary array of facilities, called Spaceport America, was built on an 18,000-acre patch of remote ranch-land between 2006 and 2011.

No expense was spared. Indeed, it cost local taxpayers, who footed the entire bill, almost a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars.

Remarkably, every penny of this huge sum, every brick that was laid, and every tonne of publicly-funded concrete poured into the desert, has been devoted to a singular cause: putting Sir Richard Branson into space.

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Weather Delays SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station | NBC News

Weather Delays SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX scrubbed the launch of a robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station early Saturday, due to rainy and cloudy weather. The next attempt to launch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is set for 1:52 a.m. ET on Sunday, but NASA said the weather outlook is only 40 percent favorable.

This is SpaceX's fifth cargo mission to the space station, and the fourth under the terms of a 12-flight, $1.6 billion resupply contract with NASA. The spacecraft's 2.5 tons of supplies and equipment include a habitat with lab mice and the first 3-D printer to go into space. Earlier this week, California-based SpaceX won NASA's go-ahead to develop a crew-capable version of the Dragon capsule that could start ferrying astronauts in 2017.

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SpaceX preparing to launch Dragon on CRS-4 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX preparing to launch Dragon on CRS-4 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX is set to launch its second Dragon mission of 2014 on Saturday morning, with a Falcon 9 v1.1 carrying the cargo spacecraft into orbit on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is expected to occur at 06:14 UTC (02:14 local time).

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