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Triumph of His Will

Triumph of His Will | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.

 

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Orbcomm Lines Up For Falcon 9 Despite Launch Anomaly

Orbcomm Lines Up For Falcon 9 Despite Launch Anomaly | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS — Satellite messaging services provider Orbcomm will be the second customer to launch atop the new Falcon 9 rocket that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is developing to deliver commercial telecom satellites to geostationary orbit.

 

During a Nov. 8 conference call with investors, Orbcomm Chief Executive Marc Eisenberg said the New Jersey-based company has full confidence in SpaceX despite the total loss last month of its prototype second-generation, messaging-service satellite, OG2.

 

The precursor to what will be a constellation of 18 low Earth-orbiting spacecraft flew as a secondary payload on NASA’s Oct. 7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), but was placed into the wrong orbit following the loss of one of the Falcon 9’s nine Merlin 1C engines.

 

SpaceX is working on a complete overhaul of the medium-lift rocket, dubbed Falcon 9 v1.1, that will feature new and more powerful Merlin 1D engines, extended fuel tanks, a wider payload fairing and a new configuration for the rocket’s nine engines.

 

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Spaceport America work enters final phase | New Mexico Business Weekly

Spaceport America work enters final phase | New Mexico Business Weekly | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

New contracts were approved this week in a $1.13 million final phase of construction work at Spaceport America.

 

According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Spaceport Authority selected SDV Construction of Albuquerque for a $647,389, 18-month contract to oversee and manage the phase 2 construction activities at Spaceport America.

 

 

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A trip to outer space — for just $95,000

A trip to outer space — for just $95,000 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Why settle for another ho-hum cruise around the globe or even an expedition to Mount Everest when a truly out-of-this-world travel experience is at hand? That’s what Netherlands-based Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) is promising — a suborbital journey that will qualify you as an official astronaut, all for the “bargain” price of $95,000. Of course, it’s a deal only in a relative sense — the closest competition is a similar suborbital program being offered by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic (think Virgin Atlantic airline gone outer space), but that runs $200,000.

 

 

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Patrik D'haeseleer's comment, November 13, 2012 5:33 PM
Suborbital does not equal "outer space". People that don't even know this essential difference probably shouldn't be reporting on space issues to begin with.
Stratocumulus's comment, November 13, 2012 8:24 PM
Tell that to Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. In addition, V-2 missiles fired against England from Germany during WWII never reached orbit but they most certainly reached outer space.
Asti Toro's comment, November 15, 2012 6:47 PM
Adventurers highest escalation
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SpaceX Vandenberg facility update

SpaceX Vandenberg facility update | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX expects to complete the refurbishment of Space Launch Complex-4 (SLC-4) East at Vandenberg Air Force Base by early 2013.

 

The first SpaceX launch at Vandenberg witll also be the first launch of the Falcon 9 V1.1, which will use the new Merlin 1-D engines. The payload will be the Canadian CASSIOPE satellite, a hybrid science probe and commercial communications spacecraft. The contract with MDA was signed seven years ago.

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Space Cadets

Space Cadets | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Once the Curiosity rover had settled safely on the Gale Crater of Mars, engineers at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory went nuts—hugging, cheering, and letting out huge sighs of relief. “If anybody has been harboring doubts about the status of U.S. leadership in space, well, there’s a one-ton, automobile-size piece of American ingenuity, and it’s sitting on the surface of Mars right now,” presidential science adviser John Holdren said at a news conference. The doubts were understandable. Aerospace, which had been Southern California’s go-to industry since the 1920s, fell on hard times after the Cold War. Companies consolidated and moved out of town. By the mid-1990s local employment had plummeted. What stayed, though, was brainpower: Southern California has among the largest concentrations of aerospace engineers in the world, and that talent is being put to good use, not only for the ambitious Mars mission but for all sorts of space travel.

 

 

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SpaceX claims its first victims as Rocketdyne lays off 100

SpaceX claims its first victims as Rocketdyne lays off 100 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Not SpaceX directly. NASA is backing off from running its own missions - and is turning over the servicing of the International Space Station to commercial space companies like SpaceX. Elon Musk's Hawthorne-based startup just recovered the capsule from its first mission to the ISS on a $1.6 billion contract.

 

But the money that NASA is spending on SpaceX and others who are offering lower-cost private missions is money it won't be spending on Rocketdyne, which was sold in July by parent company United Technologies to GenCorp for $550 million.

 

 

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Modifications planned for Atlas V SLC-41 Pad and SLS Mobile Launcher | NASASpaceFlight.com

Modifications planned for Atlas V SLC-41 Pad and SLS Mobile Launcher | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance (ULA) have recruited Hensel Phelps to design the modifications to their Atlas V pad at Space Launch Complete 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral ahead of hosting human rated vehicles. The Orlando company previously constructed the Ares Mobile Launcher (ML), which is also set to be modified to host the Space Launch System (SLS).

 

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) are currently planning to launch two commercial spacecraft to destinations such as the International Space Station via their reliable Atlas V rocket – namely Boeing’s CST-100 and SNC’s Dream Chaser, both of which are currently under development within NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) program.

 

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Ohio Honors Citizen Astronaut Candidate

Ohio Honors Citizen Astronaut Candidate | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Dayton, OH) – Lieutenant Colonel Steve Heck (USAF-ret.) is being honored by the State of Ohio for his work with Citizens in Space, a non-profit project that promotes citizen science and citizen space exploration.

 

Steve Heck is one of three astronaut candidates selected by the United States Rocket Academy to fly on the Lynx, a suborbital rocketship being built by XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, California. The United States Rocket Academy has acquired an initial contract for 10 flights on the Lynx and plans to acquire additional flights on the Lynx and other vehicles in the future.

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Atlas 5 pad modifications add astronaut accommodations | Spaceflight Now

Atlas 5 pad modifications add astronaut accommodations | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Rocket-maker United Launch Alliance is putting in motion efforts to modify its Atlas 5 rocket pad at Cape Canaveral into a human launch site capable of loading astronaut crews in commercial spacecraft of the future.

 

The firm announced this week it has hired Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando, which built the site a dozen years ago, to manage the upcoming project.

 

"Hensel Phelps brings significant experience working major construction projects including the original construction for Atlas 5 at SLC-41, as well as Atlas modifications at SLC-3 in California," said George Sowers, ULA vice president of Human Launch Services. "We are honored that The Boeing Company with its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft has selected our flight-proven Atlas 5 launch vehicle and will be our partners as we move into this next phase of development."

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Robert Dickman, AIAA

 

Robert Dickman's Keynote Address at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, New Mexico, October 2012.

 

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Changing the Course of the Solar System: Dr. Ed Lu at TEDx Marin 2012

A NASA Astronaut -- with a compelling new mission to change the course of the solar system.

 

 

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Joel Howell -- Supporting Commercial Spaceflight | Moonandback

Joel Howell -- Supporting Commercial Spaceflight | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

Joel Howell talks about supporting NASA, the Commercial Crew Program, and their commercial partners with their communication needs.

 

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Branson Visits Mojave, Renames Spaceship Company | Parabolic Arc

Branson Visits Mojave, Renames Spaceship Company | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, CA – Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, today dropped into his Mojave, Calif.-based Virgin Galactic space company as part of a visit to the Los Angeles area. During his visit, Sir Richard, accompanied by his daughter, Holly, toured the extensive facilities and met informally with the Mojave-based workforce now numbering more than 175 Virgin Galactic employees. Sir Richard announced to staff that Virgin Galactic’s Mojave-based sister organization, The Spaceship Company, which will manufacture and assemble a fleet of commercial space vehicles, is to be renamed and brought under the Virgin Galactic brand.

 

 

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Virtual SpaceTV 3D - November 2012

Virtual presenter Amanda Bush reports on the recent SpaceX Dragon cargo delivery mission to the ISS and on the short hover flight of the SpaceX Grasshopper reusable first stage prototype. She concludes with a brief update on the Curiosity rover's latest activities:

 

 

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John Kelly: NASA needs to live with the money it gets

Space exploration advocates are passionate. They believe strongly that journeys beyond Earth’s orbit, especially human missions, are an investment for our country and humankind.

 

They’re right about the potential gains from sending humans deeper into space. But, I fear, they’re off base and hurting their cause when they lecture government leaders and taxpayers about inadequate funding and argue that space exploration should get the kind of money provided in the 1960s.

 

NASA and the advocacy groups supporting space exploration — some funded by big space contractors that would land lucrative contracts if more money were given to NASA — need to redouble their efforts on making good use of what is available. The budget is not going to grow for a variety of reasons.

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Made in Space 3-D Printing Project Selected for Phase II SBIR Award | Parabolic Arc

Made in Space 3-D Printing Project Selected for Phase II SBIR Award | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On Thursday, NASA announced the selection of 39 proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards. Parabolic Arc will be looking at several of the proposals being undertaken by companies we have been following. This post looks at Made in Space, a Silicon Valley company working on 3-D manufacturing in space.

 

 

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How has Space X shaken up the local aerospace business?

How has Space X shaken up the local aerospace business? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Elon Musk's company is hiring lots of people (close to 2,000 workers at last check) and snapping up most all available property near the giant Hawthorne headquarters. It also leads the way in the privately funded space business, having made two successful trips to the International Space Station. Still, the company remains a work in progress - as does the refashioned space business. Establishment war horses like Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop are trying to figure out how to co-exist with the upstart Space X, whose business model is radically different from the way aerospace has worked for decades. I write about the changes in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine:

 

 

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George Sowers -- Human Rating Atlas V | Moonandback

George Sowers -- Human Rating Atlas V | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

George Sowers talks about how the Atlas V rocket will be upgraded to support ULA's Commercial Crew Program partners.

 

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UB grad working in space industry - UB Reporter

UB grad working in space industry - UB Reporter | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

When the private company SpaceX launched its Dragon space capsule into orbit at the end of 2010, UB master’s student Jared Kuhl was watching from his computer in Buffalo. It was the first time a commercial firm successfully sent a vehicle into space and returned it to Earth.

 

“They did a live webcast of the launch,” remembers Kuhl, who was studying mechanical engineering at the time. “So I remember sitting in my office at UB and being like, ‘Oh god, that was awesome.”

 

Thrilled by the spectacle, Kuhl sent his resume to SpaceX. He landed a phone interview, and then was invited to tour the company’s California headquarters and its rocket development facility in Texas.

 

He got the job.

 

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George Sowers -- ULA's Commercial Spaceflight Future | Moonandback

George Sowers -- ULA's Commercial Spaceflight Future | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

George Sowers, Vice President, United Launch Alliance, reviews ULA's part in the CCDev2 program and discusses their future in the commercial crew program.

 

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Colonel Rick Searfoss to Address Space Education Conference

Colonel Rick Searfoss to Address Space Education Conference | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Houston, TX) – Colonel Rick Searfoss (USAF-ret.) will address teachers at the Space Exploration Educators Conference, which takes place at Space Center Houston on February 7-9, 2013. Colonel Searfoss will speak during a session on “Citizen Science and Citizen Space Exploration” presented by Citizens in Space.

 

As a NASA Shuttle pilot and commander, Colonel Searfoss flew into space three times. As chief test pilot for the Lynx reusable spacecraft, now under construction by XCOR Aerospace, he expects to fly into space much more often.

 

“The suborbital Lynx spacecraft is designed to fly up to four times a day,” Colonel Searfoss said. “We need to dispel the myth that American spaceflight is ending. The real space age is about to begin. In the next decade, thousands of Americans will travel into space.”

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Commercial Crew Launch Complex Mods Could Bring 300 New Jobs to Florida | Parabolic Arc

Commercial Crew Launch Complex Mods Could Bring 300 New Jobs to Florida | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a move that could bring 250 to 300 skilled aerospace and construction jobs to the hard-hit Florida Space Coast, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando to help plan modifications to Space Launch Complex (SLS) 41 to support commercial crew missions to the International Space Station.

 

During the 21-month contract, Hensel Philips will work with ULA in the design and development of an access tower and other improvements that will allow the Atlas V to launch human crews for SLS-41.

 

“Hensel Phelps brings significant experience working major construction projects including the original construction for Atlas V at SLC-41, as well as Atlas modifications at SLC-3 in California,” said Dr. George Sowers, ULA vice president of Human Launch Services, in a press release.

 

 

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Roger Krone, President of Network and Space Systems, The Boeing Company

Speaking at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, New Mexico, October 2012.

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Joel Howell -- Space Communications | Moonandback

Joel Howell -- Space Communications | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

Joel Howell, Engineer, Harris Corporation, shares his experiences at NASA and Harris working on communications satellites and solving space communication problems.

 

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