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Video: NLV company gets closer to building space stations

Video: NLV company gets closer to building space stations | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas company is moving towards the final frontier at a rocket's pace. Bigelow Aerospace plans to build two space stations by 2016.

Executives at Bigelow say the future in space is focused on privatization. They're building something they say will rival the International Space Station and Boeing plans to be the company sending people into space. It's a giant leap for the commercial sector. Bigelow Aerospace executives say with just a handful of launches they can build something bigger and better than the International Space Station.

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Blue Origin - Replay of Flight 4 Live Webcast

Replay of live webcast of New Shepard flight four of same hardware.

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Review: Pinpoint | The Space Review

Review: Pinpoint | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Satellite navigation services, primarily provided by GPS, have become ubiquitous in our society in recent years. Jeff Foust reviews a book that explores the history of GPS and the various effects, good and bad, it’s brought to out modern-day life.

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Stratolaunch’s Gargantuan Flying Launchpad Edges Toward the Skies

Stratolaunch’s Gargantuan Flying Launchpad Edges Toward the Skies | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, Calif. — The world’s largest airplane by wingspan sits in a cradle of scaffolding as workers fit the remaining parts that will turn it into a flying launchpad for firing rockets into space.

Everything about this project, called Stratolaunch, screams bigness. The slogan “Think Big” is plastered on workers’ T-shirts and on posters around the hangar in the desert outside Los Angeles, where the plane is being assembled. The effort is being financed by the jumbo fortune of Paul G. Allen, the billionaire space enthusiast and a Microsoft founder.

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Stratolaunch seeks launch partners as aircraft nears completion | SpaceNews.com

Stratolaunch seeks launch partners as aircraft nears completion | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, Calif. — As work on its giant aircraft nears completion, Stratolaunch Systems is still working to line up partners to provide launch vehicles to serve the growing small satellite market.

In a rare media tour of the company’s aircraft assembly facilities here June 16, executives said Stratolaunch is still working with a number of unnamed companies on launch vehicles that would be flown from the plane, with plans to eventually work with multiple providers.

“We are developing and fostering lots of different partnerships,” said Chuck Beames, president of Vulcan Aerospace and executive director of Stratolaunch Systems. “I would say that no company is ruled out right now.”

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I think it’s time to bet on the guys with 21st century rockets

I think it’s time to bet on the guys with 21st century rockets | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... Sunday’s launch affirmed a singular, increasingly inescapable fact about the future of spaceflight: reusable rockets represent the future of the aerospace industry. SpaceX has proven that it can safely return large orbital rockets to Earth, both on land and at sea. With Sunday’s flight, Blue Origin has now definitively taken the next step, turning a rocket around and flying it again. Four times.

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Blue Origin flies reusable suborbital rocket for fourth time | Spaceflight Now

Blue Origin flies reusable suborbital rocket for fourth time | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Blue Origin’s suborbital space transport system made another test flight Sunday, launching and landing at the company’s West Texas test facility to prove out the crew capsule’s resiliency to a parachute failure.

The test flight also marked a change in public relations for the once-secretive company. It was the first time Blue Origin has webcast once of its launches live.

The hydrogen-fueled New Shepard rocket, named for Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, took off at 10:36 a.m. EDT (1436 GMT; 9:36 a.m. CDT) from Blue Origin’s test site in rural Culberson County, Texas.

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Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time

Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Blue Origin has successfully completed the fourth launch and landing of their New Shepard rocket and crew capsule. With another nominal flight test, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company is marching toward their goal of becoming the first private company to send tourists into space.

 

And along the way, they’re perfecting the ability to reuse suborbital rockets over and over again – a feat that’s never been done before. After four successful launches and landings with the same New Shepard vehicle, Blue Origin is starting to make this whole suborbital rocket reusability thing look easy.

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Blue Origin conducts fourth consecutive test flight of New Shepard | NASASpaceFlight.com

Blue Origin conducts fourth consecutive test flight of New Shepard | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Blue Origin has conducted the fourth test of its New Shepard reusable rocket and Crew Capsule on Sunday in a flight that launched at 10:35 EDT (14:35 UTC). The launch and landing of the rocket’s stage took place at the company’s test site in West Texas – with an added single-parachute out landing test for the vehicle’s Crew Capsule.

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If We Want to Send Astronauts to Mars, We Must Go Back to the Moon First

If We Want to Send Astronauts to Mars, We Must Go Back to the Moon First | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A few months ago, when European Space Agency director general Johann-Dietrich Woerner laid out a vision for his agency to lead the way in establishing an international Moon Village, I had a feeling of déjà vu. In January 2004 President George W. Bush announced his own Vision for Space Exploration, in which the U.S. would lead the world back to the moon. Once we had gone there, and humans had learned to live and work successfully on another world, we would head on to Mars as the ultimate destination.

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After delay, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin gets set for spaceship test flight on Father’s Day

After delay, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin gets set for spaceship test flight on Father’s Day | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos says it’s all systems go for a live-streamed Father’s Day launch of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard suborbital spaceship, after a postponement due to a leaky O-ring seal.

Blue Origin, the space venture that Bezos founded in 2000, is due to send New Shepard into space from its West Texas launch facility at 7:15 a.m. PT (10:15 a.m. ET) Sunday, Bezos said in a series of tweets. Each of the tweets included a reference to Blue Origin’s motto, “Gradatim Ferociter” (“Step by step, ferociously”).

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BEAM passes initial inspection; interior photos released

BEAM passes initial inspection; interior photos released | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The International Space Station’s (ISS) first expandable addition, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), passed its initial inspection by two of the station’s residents. Additionally, NASA recently released high-resolution photos of the modules interior and exterior.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams first entered the module on the morning of June 6, 2016, followed by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. Both wore basic breathing gear as a standard precaution. Their initial task was to collect an air sample from inside BEAM and begin downloading data from sensors in the 13.2-foot (4.01-meter) long module.

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No-go for show: Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin delays spaceship test due to bad O-ring

No-go for show: Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin delays spaceship test due to bad O-ring | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin space venture is delaying its first live-streamed space launch due to a leaky O-ring seal.

Blue Origin had set the test flight of its reusable New Shepard suborbital spaceship for Friday. It’s now scheduled to lift off from the company’s West Texas launch facility on Sunday, Bezos said today in a tweet.


The tweet included a reference to Blue Origin’s motto, “Gradatim Ferociter” (“Step by step, ferociously”).

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Hearing: Human Spaceflight Ethics & Obligations

Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittees:
Subcommittee on Space (114th Congress)
Human Spaceflight Ethics and Obligations: Options for Monitoring, Diagnosing, and Treating Former Astronauts


Witnesses
Dr. Richard Williams
Chief Health and Medical Officer, NASA

Captain Chris Cassidy
United States Navy (USN); Chief, Astronaut Office, NASA

Captain Scott Kelly (USN, Ret.)
Former Astronaut, NASA

Captain Michael Lopez-Alegria (USN, Ret)
President, Association of Space Explorers-USA; Former Astronaut, NASA

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Chairman, Committee on the Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflights, Board on Health Sciences Policy, National Academies of Sciences

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Why won’t there be a SpaceX in India unless… | The Space Review

Why won’t there be a SpaceX in India unless… | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs in India hope to join the NewSpace movement with space ventures of their own, following in the footsteps of SpaceX. Narayan Prasad argues that, without support from government and investors in India, those ventures won’t be able to pursue their dreams.

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Inside Stratolaunch | The Space Review

Inside Stratolaunch | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Stratolaunch Systems, the company backed by Paul Allen working on an air-launch system, opened the doors to its Mojave hangar to the media last week. Jeff Foust reports on the status of the company’s large aircraft and its plans to enter the smallsat launch market.

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Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch lifts veil on world’s biggest plane — a giant bet on a new way to space

Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch lifts veil on world’s biggest plane — a giant bet on a new way to space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, Calif. – When you walk into the place where Seattle software billionaire Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems is building the world’s biggest airplane, it feels as if you’re stepping into the Starship Enterprise’s construction zone.

 

“It’s jaw-dropping when you walk into that hangar,” said Chuck Beames, Stratolaunch’s executive director and president of Vulcan Aerospace, during a rare tour last week.

 

The plane’s wing, taking shape inside a 103,000-square-foot hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port, stands three stories off the ground and measures 385 feet from tip to tip. That’s three times longer than the distance of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight in 1903. If the Enterprise is ever built to its “Star Trek” TV dimensions, now or in the 23rd century, the starship would be only a few dozen feet wider.

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First Private Moon Landing Slated for 2017 | The Motley Fool

First Private Moon Landing Slated for 2017 | The Motley Fool | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last year, we introduced you to SpaceIL, the Israeli space tech start-up that will attempt to ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the moon next year. If it succeeds in landing a rover on the moon, traveling at least 500 meters across the surface, and beaming back high-definition video to prove its accomplishment, SpaceIL will win Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Lunar XPrize competition -- along with the $20 million prize that comes with a first-place finish.

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'Gradatim Ferociter': Blue Origin tests New Shepard failure mode

'Gradatim Ferociter': Blue Origin tests New Shepard failure mode | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Rising into the West Texas skies for the fourth time in seven months was Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket and capsule. The goal of this un-crewed flight was to test a “failure mode” of the systems crew capsule’s parachute.


New New Shepard system has now successfully flown four times: one in November 2015, January 2016 and April 2016.


In a first for the secretive NewSpace company, the launch was streamed live on the internet in a webcast. While the flight was put on hold for a few minutes due to the heat, it ultimately zipped off the pad at 9:36 a.m. CDT (14:36 GMT) June 19.

“Any day with a rocket landing is a fantastic day,” said Geoff Huntington, a flight sciences engineer at Blue Origin and webcast co-host.

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Blue Origin flies New Shepard again | SpaceNews.com

Blue Origin flies New Shepard again | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin flew its New Shepard suborbital vehicle again June 19, with the vehicle’s propulsion module making its fourth consecutive powered landing while its crew capsule tested its parachute systems.

The vehicle lifted off from Blue Origin’s test site in West Texas at 10:36 a.m. Eastern time, about 20 minutes later than previously announced because of delays in launch preparations caused by high temperatures at the site. The flight was webcast by Blue Origin for the first time, and this was only the second test flight the company announced in advance.

The propulsion module landed safely about 7 minutes and 20 seconds after liftoff, touching down vertically on a landing pad under rocket power. The crew capsule landed under parachutes about two and a half minutes later. The vehicle reached a peak altitude of 101,041 meters, the company said on the webcast, slightly lower than some previous tests but above the 100-kilometer von Kármán line commonly used as the demarcation of space.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin live-streams its spaceship’s risky test flight

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin live-streams its spaceship’s risky test flight | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Something went wrong during today’s successful test flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spaceship, and the world was able to watch it online.

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space venture intentionally disabled one of the three parachutes on the New Shepard capsule, and also introduced some added challenges for the vertical landing of the rocket-powered booster stage after separation. It’s all part of Bezos’ plan to test the safety systems thoroughly before putting people aboard.

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The New Moon Shot | Space Angels Network

The New Moon Shot | Space Angels Network | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... Of course, lunar missions are inevitably going to draw comparisons with Apollo. “Think of this as an example” says Thornton. “Columbus found the New World. Then the Mayflower settled the New World. Apollo was our Columbus in space and right now this transition is the Mayflower moment for the Moon.” It is a thinking which is echoed by others: “This is the new frontier” says McDaniel. “Because of cheaper picks and shovels, it is easier for the private industry to access space”.

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Watch Blue Origin's Rocket Launch And Landing Attempt At 10:15 ET On Sunday

Watch Blue Origin's Rocket Launch And Landing Attempt At 10:15 ET On Sunday | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Jeff Bezos has finally named a time to tune in to Blue Origin’s rocket launch on Sunday. The company’s livestream on blueorigin.com starts at 9:45am Eastern, and liftoff is scheduled for 10:15.

The launch was originally scheduled for Friday but got bumped to Sunday due to some leaky o-rings.

This will be the reusable New Shepard rocket’s fourth time traveling into suborbital space, where it will deploy an uncrewed capsule in a first-of-its-kind parachute test. Blue Origin will deliberately fail one of the craft’s three strings of parachutes, just to see whether the capsule’s other two parachute strings and retrothrusters will be able to carry it safely back to Earth. This is an important fail-safe to test, and a necessary step toward Blue Origin’s ultimate goal of carrying civilians into space.

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Modifications Transforming Pad A for Falcon Launches | Commercial Crew Program

Modifications Transforming Pad A for Falcon Launches | Commercial Crew Program | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Removing hundreds of thousands of pounds of steel and adding robust, new fixtures, SpaceX is steadily transforming Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for use as a launch pad for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. The launchers will lift numerous payloads into orbit, including the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft with astronauts aboard bound for the International Space Station.

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Astronauts Provide Vital Feedback for New Commercial Spacecraft

Astronauts Provide Vital Feedback for New Commercial Spacecraft | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA astronauts are working closely with commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX to analyze designs, try out spacecraft simulators and prepare for missions to the International Space Station. Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley and Suni Williams, the four astronauts selected to train for Commercial Crew Program flight tests, routinely visit both companies' facilities across the country to examine progress up-close and practice all aspects of a mission to the station.

 

The commercial crew astronauts work side-by-side with Boeing and SpaceX engineers to evaluate their systems and trainers as they each prepare to return launches to the International Space Station from American soil. They have performed fit checks in mockup spacecraft, assessed the spacecraft’s display panel and controls among numerous other systems.

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Eutelsat/ABS Mission Hosted Webcast

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered two commercial communications satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites, EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A, are operated respectively by Eutelsat and ABS – two companies that provide global communications services to a variety of users.

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