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Lawmakers propose U.S. alternative to Russian engine | Spaceflight Now

Lawmakers propose U.S. alternative to Russian engine | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A draft bill proposed by House lawmakers would direct the Pentagon to develop a U.S.-built rocket engine as a domestic alternative for the Russian RD-180 engine used on the Atlas 5 rocket.

The legislation passed by a House subcommittee Wednesday calls for up the U.S. military to spend up to $220 million next year to kick off full-scale development of the engine, which could be ready for flights no later than 2019.

The bill states the Defense Department "should develop a next-generation liquid rocket engine that is made in the United States, meets the requirements of the national security space community, is developed by not later than 2019, is developed using full and open competition, and is available for purchase by all space launch providers of the United States."

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The Plan to Launch America | YouTube


On Monday, January 26th, 2015, NASA, Boeing and SpaceX held a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems. Under Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts for NASA’s Launch America initiative, Boeing and SpaceX will develop safe and reliable crew transportation to and from the International Space Station on American spacecraft launched from the United States.

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NASA expects continued use of Soyuz in era of commercial spaceships | Spaceflight Now

NASA expects continued use of Soyuz in era of commercial spaceships | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


NASA hopes to begin launching U.S. and partner astronauts to the space station aboard Boeing and SpaceX ferry craft in the 2017 timeframe, but agency managers expect to continue sending crew members up aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft — and Russian cosmonauts aloft aboard U.S. vehicles — as a hedge against problems, like crew illness, that could force some station crew members to make an emergency return to Earth.

Without mixed crews, an illness could force everyone who came up with the sick crew member to depart aboard the vehicle that brought them to the station. If it was a U.S. or partner crew member, everyone who launched with that astronaut aboard a Boeing or SpaceX ferry craft would have to return to Earth, leaving the station in the hands of Russian cosmonauts who launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft and who are not trained to operate NASA systems.

And vice versa.


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UrtheCast Expands After Signing $65 Million Contract | Parabolic Arc

UrtheCast Expands After Signing $65 Million Contract | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The Earth-imaging company UrtheCast has opened a second office in Vancouver, Canada, with the help of a recently signed deal. And the company is hiring.

“With an infusion of data, projects, and engineers, it was time to expand our office. Our Vancouver headquarters has been busting at the seams for quite some time now, so we’re looking forward to having more room and welcoming even more people to our team,” said UrtheCast’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Larson. “Our entire system continues to grow as we look for video specialists, GIS experts, and infrastructure experts to help build out our cloud for the data we are collecting.”

The new office in downtown Vancouver includes more than 5,000 square feet and will house up to 40 engineers. It is set to open in March.


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Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race | YouTube


Watch our cool movie about going back to the Moon. In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Narrated by Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear), this is a complete behind-the-scenes feature on the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history. Adapted from the award-winning digital planetarium show, the 24-minute movie chronicles 18 teams from around the world looking to make history by landing a privately funded robotic spacecraft on the Moon. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world. 

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SpaceX Pad Abort Test Article Readied For Flight | Commercial Crew Program

SpaceX Pad Abort Test Article Readied For Flight | Commercial Crew Program | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX is preparing a test version of its Crew Dragon for an upcoming flight that will simulate an emergency abort from the launch pad. The Crew Dragon is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, and the ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely carry crew members out of harm’s way is a critical element for NASA’s next generation of crewed spacecraft. The pad abort test will take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in under its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with NASA, but some data gathered during the development flight will be critical for the company as it continues on the path to certification.

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Boeing expected to win first operational space taxi order | Spaceflight Now

Boeing expected to win first operational space taxi order | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Boeing is poised to win NASA’s first order for operational commercial missions to send up astronauts to the International Space Station, a NASA official said Monday.

The aerospace giant is one of two companies NASA selected to build commercial space taxis to transport crews to and from the space station. SpaceX, a newcomer to human spaceflight, cinched a separate contract with NASA.

NASA announced Boeing and SpaceX as the winners of deals worth a maximum combined value of $6.8 billion. The contracts guarantee each company at least two full-up crew rotation missions to the space station — plus options for up to six flights — through 2019.

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Editorial | Finding the Right Formula for Certification


U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was wise to order up an independent review of the service’s ponderous process for certifying new entrants in the national security launch market.

The study was prompted by delays in certifying SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to carry military payloads. Air Force officials, who as of mid-December were still hoping to complete the process by the end of 2014, recently acknowledged that SpaceX would have to wait a while longer, perhaps until the middle of this year.

The delay appears to have held up what would be the Air Force’s first truly competitive launch contract award in some 15 years. Bids for that National Reconnaissance Office launch — presumably from SpaceX and arch-nemesis United Launch Alliance — were due last August and industry sources were expecting a contract award in early January.

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The Next Space Race: Video

The Next Space Race: Video | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


(Bloomberg) -- “The Next Space Race” is a journey through the booming business of space exploration. The International Space Station is a near zero-gravity laboratory dedicated to scientific research. The end of NASA's shuttle program left the world with only one way to get there, buy a seat from the Russians. Now NASA is holding a billion dollar competition challenging private enterprise to build America's next spacecraft. Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada are all multi-billion dollar aerospace companies and are each determined to win the NASA contract in order to become the leader in the emerging space industry. Bloomberg gets rare access to these space pioneers, including a tour of SpaceX with CEO Elon Musk.

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SpaceX preparing for the crewed Dragon abort tests | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX preparing for the crewed Dragon abort tests | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX has revealed more details into its upcoming drive to bring the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft on line, in its bid to return a domestic crew transportation system to the United States. Near term milestones include two abort tests, ahead of launching a crew on the Dragon V2, following what SpaceX estimates will have been after 50 flights of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

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10 More Things To Know About Commercial Crew Transportation

10 More Things To Know About Commercial Crew Transportation | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


American industrialization has long shown the benefits to customers of competitive markets, and NASA is capitalizing on that approach through the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts. The agency selected two independent systems designed by Boeing and SpaceX that, once certified, will add to the fleet of ships serving the International Space Station. Multiple awards maximizes meeting the program objectives, provides more options and flexibility for the agency throughout contract performance, reduces overall risk to the program, and best ensures successfully accomplishing safe, reliable missions to the station. Boeing and SpaceX are moving forward on their respective plans, providing NASA options for its transportation service needs while meeting the agency’s rigorous demands for safety.

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Video: Space-X, Boeing, NASA joint announcement

Video: Space-X, Boeing, NASA joint announcement | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - To the International Space Station and beyond! That's where America's astronauts are headed with the help of private industry.

Johnson Space Center was the location of a joint news conference Monday with SpaceX, and Boeing, the two companies under contract now to transport astronauts to and from the ISS. Both companies are still testing their astronaut capsules, but manned missions are expected to begin in 2017.

"As a result of the performance of our providers, this is not a hoax. This is not a myth. Not a dream," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

This would also mark the end of the United States dependence on Russia for astronaut transportation. Both companies say they can do so for millions of dollars less than the US pays the Russians on a per astronaut basis.

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to Station Flights

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to Station Flights | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


American spacecraft systems testing followed by increasingly complex flight tests and ultimately astronauts flying orbital flights will pave the way to operational missions during the next few years to the International Space Station. Those were the plans laid out Monday by NASA's Commercial Crew Program officials and partners as they focus on developing safe, reliable and cost-effective spacecraft and systems that will take astronauts to the station from American launch complexes.

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With innovators from around the globe digging in, moon travel may be only 20 years away

With innovators from around the globe digging in, moon travel may be only 20 years away | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Five teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE have just been awarded a combined $5.25 million for meeting significant milestones in developing a robot that can safely land on the surface of the moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send mooncasts back to the Earth. A tiny startup from India, Team Indus, with no experience in robotics or space flight just won $1 million of this prize. It stood head to head with companies that had been funded by billionaires, had received the assistance of NASA, and had the support of leading universities.


The good news is that governments no longer have a monopoly on space exploration. In two or three decades, we will have entrepreneurs taking us on private spaceflights to the moon. That is what has become possible.

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Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation | YouTube


Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket, a launch vehicle of scale and capability unequaled by any other currently flying.

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SpaceX releases new animation of mighty Falcon Heavy | Spaceflight Now


A new animation of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket set for a debut flight later this year shows how the powerful launcher will blast off from Kennedy Space Center’s famed Apollo-era launch pad 39A, and could eventually fly back to Florida’s Space Coast for refurbishment and reuse.

Driven skyward by 27 kerosene-fueled booster engines, the Falcon Heavy will generate nearly 4 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, making it the most powerful operational rocket in the world. SpaceX says it can deliver up to 53 metric tons (116,845 pounds) into low Earth orbit or more than 21 metric tons (46,738 pounds) to geostationary transfer orbit, a common destination for commercial communications satellites.


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Moon Express Completes Initial Flight Tests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center | Parabolic Arc

Moon Express Completes Initial Flight Tests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) – During November and December 2014, Moon Express successfully conducted its lander test vehicle hot fires and initial flight tests at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, with the support of NASA’s Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (CATALYST) initiative.

Through an increasingly complex series of tests following vehicle integration, the Moon Express “MTV-1X” proved out its fundamental guidance, navigation and control systems and achieved controlled flight profiles.


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$6 Million Milestone Prize Awards | YouTube


XPRIZE and Google have incorporated Milestone Prizes into the Google Lunar XPRIZE in order to reward teams who achieve key milestones on their way to ready their subsystems for launch.

The Milestone Prizes, totalling US$6 million, are for demonstrating (via actual testing and analysis) robust hardware and software to overcome key technical risks in the areas of imaging, mobility and lander systems — all three being necessary to achieve a successful Google Lunar XPRIZE mission.

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SpaceX confirms first Crew Dragon flights will return to ocean landings | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX confirms first Crew Dragon flights will return to ocean landings | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The human-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft being developed by SpaceX will return to Earth under parachutes for splashdowns in the ocean, and not execute helicopter-like propulsive touchdowns on land, a SpaceX official confirmed Monday.

SpaceX unveiled the Crew Dragon spaceship — also called the Dragon V2 — in a glitzy event held at the company’s Southern California headquarters in May 2014.

Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, said the capsule would be outfitted with powerful new SuperDraco thrusters that double as a launch escape system and braking rockets for landing.

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ATK and Orbital Shareholders Approve Merger | SpaceNews.com


WASHINGTON — Shareholders of ATK and Orbital Sciences Corp. approved the merger of the two companies in separate votes Jan. 27, clearing the way for the merger to close in early February.

ATK announced that approximately 97 percent of votes cast by its shareholders, representing 77 percent of the company’s outstanding shares, were in favor of the merger. Orbital said that about 99 percent of votes, representing 85 percent of its shares, approved the merger.

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An exclusive live chat with Google Lunar XPrize teams! - YouTube


The Milestone phase of the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize is coming to a close, so we're gathering representatives from the five prize-winning teams to talk about how they plan to get to the moon by next year.

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Boeing, SpaceX on track for commercial crew flights to station in 2017 | Spaceflight Now

Boeing, SpaceX on track for commercial crew flights to station in 2017 | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


NASA expects to spend some $5 billion underwriting development of commercial spacecraft built by Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, officials said Monday, ending sole reliance on the Russians for crew ferry flights and eventually lowering the average cost per seat to around $58 million.

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Share More Details on Commercial Crew Plans | SpaceNews.com

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Share More Details on Commercial Crew Plans | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — With a legal challenge now behind them, two companies that won NASA contracts offered more details Jan. 26 about their plans to develop and test commercial crew vehicles, while the agency expressed optimism those vehicles will be ready for service by 2017.

At a press conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, both NASA and company officials offered new details about Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts the agency awarded to Boeing and SpaceX in September. Those details had largely been under wraps while a third company, Sierra Nevada Corp., filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

On Jan. 5, the GAO denied the protest, a decision NASA commercial crew program manager Kathy Lueders described as a “late Christmas present” for the program. “It’s great to be able to finally talk openly about what the commercial crew program is doing,” she said.

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'Orange is Not Going To Be the New Black for Shotwell'

'Orange is Not Going To Be the New Black for Shotwell' | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


At a NASA press conference Jan. 26 to discuss the U.S. space agency’s commercial crew transportation efforts, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said that SpaceX anticipated performing at least 50 launches of its Falcon 9 rocket before the first test flight of a Dragon spacecraft carrying crew, planned for early 2017.

During a question-and-answer session that followed, one reporter asked Shotwell if that estimated number of Falcon 9 launches included Air Force missions that the company might win as a result of a settlement the Air Force and SpaceX reached Jan. 23, about which neither side has revealed many details.

Shotwell, in her response, indicated no desire to get into trouble with the government by offering more details about that settlement.

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Commercial Crew To Be Ready by 2017, But NASA Will Keep Flying on Soyuz Too

NASA held a press conference on Monday with its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) partners Boeing and SpaceX to highlight progress on developing U.S. systems to take astronauts to space.  Both companies said they will be ready by the end of 2017, but CBS News adds that NASA still plans to use one seat on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft for the duration of the space station program and for Russians to fly on the U.S. systems.


Launching American astronauts on American vehicles from American soil has been a NASA goal since the Obama Administration terminated the space shuttle program in 2011.   NASA currently pays Russia approximately $75 million per seat to launch U.S. astronauts (and those from its Canadian, European and Japanese ISS partners) on Soyuz spacecraft.  Russia is the only ISS partner capable of launching humans into space today.

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Google Lunar Xprize Awards $5.25 Million In Competitive Race To The Moon

Google Lunar Xprize Awards $5.25 Million In Competitive Race To The Moon | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Google Lunar Xprize wants to do something that has never been done before in the history of mankind: land a private spacecraft on the moon that can travel at least 500 meters and transmit both high-definition video and imagery back to Earth, once there.


Today, Xprize handed 5 of the competing teams a combined $5.25 million of the $30 million total in prize money for overcoming key technical risks in landing, mobility and imagery.


The prize money is part of a series of interim Milestone Prizes meant to reward teams who meet certain requirements necessary at this stage in the competition. They are an optional reward, designed to recognize advanced progress in each team’s spacecraft.

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