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SpaceX Wins Court Injunction to Block Russian Rocket Engine Purchases | NBC News

SpaceX Wins Court Injunction to Block Russian Rocket Engine Purchases | NBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting any purchases of Russian rocket engines for U.S. Air Force launches, due to concerns about U.S. sanctions against Russian officials.

The concerns were raised by SpaceX, which is contesting the Air Force's multibillion-dollar plan to purchase rocket cores from the company's main competitor, United Launch Alliance.

In a complaint filed this week in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, SpaceX noted that United Launch Alliance buys RD-180 rocket engines from a Russian state-controlled company, NPO Energomash. The company argued that the arrangement may benefit Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia's space effort and is on a list of officials targeted by economic sanctions arising from the Ukraine crisis.

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Commercial Crew's Path to Flight, AIAA Space 2015, August 31, 2015 | YouTube


On August 31, 2015, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics held a panel titled, "Commercial Crew's Path to Flight." This was part of the AIAA Space 2015 event in Pasadena, California.

Speakers included:

Kathy Lueders
Commercial Crew Program Manager, NASA

Hans Koenigsmann
Vice President Mission Assurance, SpaceX

John P. Mulholland
Vice President & Program Manager, Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company

The AIAA web site is https://www.aiaa.org/.

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Penn State Lunar Lion keeps eyes on the Moon | Penn State University

Penn State Lunar Lion keeps eyes on the Moon | Penn State University | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Lunar Lion team has announced that it is withdrawing from the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition — however, the program continues with the goal of landing a spacecraft on the Moon within the next decade.

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A very British coup: Lessons from the draft UK regulations for CubeSats | The Space Review

A very British coup: Lessons from the draft UK regulations for CubeSats | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The British government, seeking to play catchup in the global space industry, has drafted new regulations that would streamline the licensing of some smallsats. Christopher Newman and Michael Listner explain how those regulations would work and how they compare with existing smallsat regulations in the US.

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SpaceX To Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 on Return to Flight Mission | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX To Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 on Return to Flight Mission | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PASADENA, Calif. — The return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, still a “couple of months” away, will also be the first launch of an upgraded version of the vehicle with increased performance, the company’s president said Aug. 31.

Speaking at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space 2015 conference here, Gwynne Shotwell said the company was working through a series of intensive reviews of the Falcon 9 after its June failure while preparing the latest upgrade to the vehicle to increase its performance.

“Our next flight will be both the return to flight and the first flight of the upgraded vehicle,” she said. “So whenever people ask me what keeps me up at night, it’s getting ready for that flight.”

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NASA And The Politics Of Going Back To The Moon

NASA And The Politics Of Going Back To The Moon | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

It is “fantasy” to think that humanity can make the leap directly to Mars colonization without first setting up bases on the Moon, according to planetary scientist Alan Binder, the principal investigator for NASA’s 1998 orbital Lunar Prospector mission.  The next step, he says, is a $20 billion commercial lunar base.


“For-profit commercial efforts that are going for lunar minerals will eventually lead us to colonization of the moon,” said Binder. “Commercial mining is the key to opening the Moon to global exploration, utilization and colonization.”

Question is, when will any of this actually see fruition?

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Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA

Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Saturday will mark 1,500 days since the Space Shuttle touched down for the final time. Grounding human spaceflights was always supposed to be temporary as we made the necessary transition to a new generation of spacecraft, operated by American commercial carriers. Likewise, paying for seats on Russian spacecraft to send our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) was always intended to be a stopgap.

Had Congress adequately funded President Obama’s Commercial Crew proposal, we could have been making final preparations this year to once again launch American astronauts to space from American soil aboard American spacecraft.

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More than $2 Billion Invested in Space Companies since 2012 | SpaceNews.com

More than $2 Billion Invested in Space Companies since 2012 | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Emerging companies in the space industry, ranging from launch vehicle developers to satellite services providers, have raised more than $2 billion from investors since 2012, although the vast majority of that funding came from just two deals earlier this year.

A report released Aug. 28 by CB Insights, a New York-based financial intelligence firm, concluded that investments in space companies since the beginning of 2012 totaled $2.16 billion, including $1.75 billion in the first half of 2015 alone.

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To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Like most investors, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners is always looking for that next big thing to invest in and turn into a significant return. While the global venture capital firm has primarily invested in tech and health care, the fund has significantly ramped up its efforts around investing in space. He sat down with me to talk about boldly going where few people have gone before in investing and what he and his team look for when selecting a startup for funding."

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NASA Assures Congress Orb-3 and SpX-7 Investigations Are Similar


NASA told Congress this week that it is not giving SpaceX special treatment in the investigation of the Orb-3 and SpX-7 launch failures, but that the investigations are quite similar. It said the perception that NASA's role in studying the SpaceX failure is less intense is the result of a misunderstanding.

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) wrote to NASA earlier this month asking a series of questions about NASA's role in finding the causes of the two failures: the October 28, 2014 failure of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket with a Cygnus capsule loaded with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) and the June 28, 2015 failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon capsule also full of supplies for the ISS. Both launches were under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract between NASA and the two companies. The Antares/Cygnus launch was Orbital's third CRS launch, Orb-3. SpaceX's launch was its seventh under the CRS contract -- SpaceX CRS-7 or SpX-7.

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NASA Says No Special Treatment for SpaceX in Falcon 9 Investigation | SpaceNews.com

NASA Says No Special Treatment for SpaceX in Falcon 9 Investigation | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Responding to congressional criticism that suggested NASA was giving SpaceX special treatment, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the agency is conducting an independent review of the company’s June launch failure.

In an Aug. 24 letter to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Bolden said the appearance of special treatment accorded to SpaceX over Orbital ATK was a “misunderstanding” because NASA is taking a different approach to reviews of the two companies’ launch failures.

“First and foremost, I want to assure you that NASA is performing an independent analysis” of the June 28 Falcon 9 launch failure on SpaceX’s seventh cargo mission to the International Space Station under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA, Bolden wrote in the letter, released by the agency Aug. 25.

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How Masten Space will get us to the Moon and Mars - 8.24 | YouTube


This week we bring on Dave Masten, CTO of Masten Space Systems. Dave chats about the different vehicles Masten has created, what their purpose is and how each is a stepping stone to getting humans and payloads to the Moon, Mars and beyond!

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Another, less talked about, interplanetary transportation company.
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CubeSats to Mars and beyond | The Space Review

CubeSats to Mars and beyond | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As CubeSats take on an wider range of missions in Earth orbit, some are looking at how such small spacecraft could be used on interplanetary missions. Jeff Foust reports on those efforts discussed at a recent conference, from serving as a communications relay for a Mars lander mission to being Mars landers themselves.

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Major unfinished business in the the US space program | The Space Review

Major unfinished business in the the US space program | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

With less than 18 months left in the current Presidential administration, some argue there’s little chance of major new space initiatives from the White House in that time. However, Vid Beldavs, in an open letter to the President, asks him to support a new emphasis on lunar exploration in cooperation with international and commercial partners.

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Branson-Backed OneWeb Eyes $2.5bn Launchpad

Branson-Backed OneWeb Eyes $2.5bn Launchpad | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A satellite venture designed to provide low-cost internet access to billions of people and backed by Sir Richard Branson is preparing to raise billions of dollars as it seeks to get off the launchpad.

Sky News has learnt that OneWeb, whose shareholders include some of the world’s biggest companies, is to hold a beauty parade of investment banks ahead of a fundraising planned for next year.

The talks with bankers, which are at an early stage, follow a $500m investment in OneWeb in June as it seeks to build a network of solar-powered terminals that will be connected to almost 650 ‘micro satellites’ in low-earth orbit.

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The Martian message | The Space Review

The Martian message | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Many space advocates are hoping public interest in the upcoming movie The Martian can translate into interest in real space exploration. Eric Sterner offers a cautionary word, arguing that a good story about a fictional Mars mission doesn’t mean people will start clamoring for the real thing.

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Getting there is still the hardest part | The Space Review

Getting there is still the hardest part | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

While interest in smallsats continues to grow, one factor limiting their growth is launch access. Jeff Foust reports on developments in both dedicated and secondary launches of such satellites discussed at a recent conference.

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Shotwell: Couple More Months Before Falcon 9 Launches Again, Will be New Version


SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said today that it will be a "couple of months" before the Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight, longer than the company anticipated. She also said it would be the first flight of an upgraded version of the rocket.

Speaking on a panel at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2015 conference in Pasadena, CA, Shotwell said the company still believes that the cause of the June 28 Falcon 9 failure was a bad strut in the upper stage. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that preliminary finding in late July, but said the investigation was ongoing. Shotwell said today nothing has changed that diagnosis.

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Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017 | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The first flight of Orbital ATK’s Enhanced Cygnus resupply craft for the International Space Station is set to launch in December atop an Atlas V rocket. Helping Orbital ATK return to flight operations, the Enhanced Cygnus spacecraft will allow the company to meet their initial CRS cargo up-mass contract with NASA in just four more missions.

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Asteroids loom as the new Klondike for Seattle space industry

Asteroids loom as the new Klondike for Seattle space industry | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Seattle could profit from the rush for resources in outer space much as it did during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s: by selling goods and services to the fortune-seekers.

At least that’s the vision laid out by entrepreneurs who are laying the groundwork in Seattle — and in space — for what they hope will be a multitrillion-dollar asteroid mining industry.

“I do believe that the first trillion is going to be made in space,” Peter Diamandis, one of the founders of Redmond-based Planetary Resources, said via video during a Seattle Space Entrepreneurs reception at Kirkland’s Marina Park on Thursday.

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Guest column: Camden Spaceport may impact environment | jacksonville.com


Camden County is on the verge of a big conversation.

The county will partner with the Federal Aviation Authority to evaluate the potential costs and benefits of subsidizing the development of a multi-million dollar spaceport.

As officials contemplate spending millions of tax dollars on this new facility, we must take our head out of the clouds and impartially evaluate the project’s true costs and benefits.

There is a big black hole where specific details should be. about the Camden County Spaceport. We can look to other facilities to understand the potential impact on coastal Georgia.

Currently, there are 10 commercially operated launch sites in the United States. While they are all different, there are common guidelines and impacts.

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U.S. Air Force to Award Integration Studies to SpaceX | SpaceNews.com

U.S. Air Force to Award Integration Studies to SpaceX | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force disclosed plans to award SpaceX a contract worth about $1 million to study the ins and outs of mating national security satellites to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.

According to a justification and approval document posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website Aug. 26, the $962,000 contract would cover 10 studies as the service prepares to enter a new era of competitively awarded launch missions.

For nearly a decade, the Defense Department has relied exclusively on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets to launch its operational military and intelligence satellites. But in May, the Air Force certified the Falcon 9 rocket to launch national security missions.

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Virgin Galactic Appoints Nicola Pecile As Pilot | Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Appoints Nicola Pecile As Pilot | Virgin Galactic | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


MOJAVE, Calif. – August 26, 2015 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Pecile as pilot.

An Italian native from Udine and raised in Fagagna and currently a US Permanent Resident, Pecile will join Virgin Galactic’s growing commercial flight team led by Chief Pilot Dave Mackay.

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Wrapping Up The Future | Commercial Crew Program

Wrapping Up The Future | Commercial Crew Program | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


One of the former processing bays for the space shuttles at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is getting a facelift this week as Boeing wraps the building that will be the production and processing home of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. The interior of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, better known as the C3PF, is being outfitted for the precision demanded in assembling human-rated spacecraft and then processing the craft for flight. The wrap, which will cover the front of the processing bay, will showcase the future Boeing intends to pursue with the CST-100 line. It is expected to take more than a week to complete the detailed illustration.

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Jeff Bezos set to announce big news about Blue Origin's Florida launch plans | GeekWire

Jeff Bezos set to announce big news about Blue Origin's Florida launch plans | GeekWire | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is heading to Cape Canaveral next month to make a “significant announcement regarding the emerging commercial launch industry” — most likely about plans for his Blue Origin space venture to build and launch rockets on Florida’s Space Coast.

The media invitation went out this week for the Sept. 15 event at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. No further details were provided about the subject of the announcement, but Blue Origin has been working for years to secure a Florida facility.

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The risks of Mars | The Space Review

The risks of Mars | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Many people consider a human mission to Mars with trepidation given the risks involved, including the potential loss of life. Frank Stratford argues that humanity needs to accept and even embrace those risks, given the much greater benefits such missions offer.

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