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Statements on NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver's Announced Departure | SpaceRef

Statements on NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver's Announced Departure | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"I have had the pleasure and honor of working side by side with Lori for the past four years, as we sought to position the agency for 21st century spaceflight, scientific discovery and deep space exploration.  She has been an indispensable partner in our efforts to keep NASA on a trajectory of progress and innovation.  In a time of great change and challenge, she has been a remarkable leader who has consistently shown great vision and commitment to NASA and the aerospace industry."

 

 

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Lori Garver to Leave NASA | Parabolic Arc

Lori Garver to Leave NASA | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver has confirmed a NASA Watch report that she will be leaving the space agency in September after four controversial years.

 

Garver has been a hero to the NewSpace community for pushing commercial space initiatives at the agency. Less than two weeks ago, she was welcomed warmly by members of the Space Frontier Foundation at the NewSpace 2013 Conference in San Jose, Calif.

 

 

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Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon

The Washington Post Co. agreed Monday to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.

 

Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world’s richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to The Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses.

 

 

Stratocumulus's insight:

Jeff Bezos, also the founder and principal owner of the secretive NewSpace organization Blue Origin, LLC: www.blueorigin.com.

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NewSpace: Meet The Investors | Space Angels Network

NewSpace: Meet The Investors | Space Angels Network | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NewSpace: There are at least 10 prominent billionaires that are making significant investments in private spaceflight (NewSpace) activities. All of them are shrewd businessmen who have demonstrated an ability to identify opportunity that no one else sees, and make a great deal of money from it. The past success of these individuals points to the legitimate business opportunities in NewSpace. There is a fundamental shift in the industry away from the way traditional space companies operate. Space startups are beginning to take risks, acting more like startups, and attracting institutional investment in the process. But investment in NewSpace isn’t only wealthy individuals betting on the future, NewSpace has attracted a good amount of institutional investment as well.

 

 

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NASA Outlines its Plans for Commercial Crew Certification | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA Outlines its Plans for Commercial Crew Certification | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a recent conference with its industry partners, NASA outlined the next phase of its strategy to enable the certification of commercial crew transportation systems to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The goal is to return domestic launch and transportation capability by the year 2017.

 

 

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy Introduces Bill to Streamline Commercial Spaceflight Regulations | SpaceRef Business

Congressman Kevin McCarthy Introduces Bill to Streamline Commercial Spaceflight Regulations | SpaceRef Business | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R) has introduced H.R. 3038, the Suborbital and Orbital Advancement and Regulatory Streamlining (SOARS) Act, intended to streamline the regulatory process associated with commercial spaceflight.

 

The bill was referred to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee where it may get full support from the Republicans on the committee but likely no support from the Democrats.

 

Co-sponsoring the bill is Congressman Bill Posey (R) of Florida, who is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

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Mars One Holds Million Martians Meeting with Few Earthlings in Attendance | SpaceRef

Mars One, the organization attempting to lead a One Way mission to Mars with the goal of colonization, held what it called the Million Martians Meeting at George Washington University last Saturday. Unfortunately for Mars One and its co-founder and CEO, Bas Lansdorp, few people showed up.

 

While Mars One has garnered its fair share of press, it lacks the financial resources to actually make its ambitious plan a success. Like the Mars Direct plan championed by Robert Zubrin in the 90's, and for which he continues to push including at this event, there is no political or financial backing for these types of missions. Until there is either a financial return on investment or a political desire for a manned Mars mission, which would be a return mission, these types of space dreams are but the stuff of science fiction.

 

NASA and other space agencies do plan on sending humans to Mars but no timetable has been set. At the moment they are continuing with robotic precursor missions.

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One-Way Mars Trip: Aspiring Martian Colonists Land In Washington

One-Way Mars Trip: Aspiring Martian Colonists Land In Washington | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A group of volunteers hoping to become the first human Martians congregated in one spot for the first time Saturday (Aug. 3) to discuss their hopes to join the Mars One mission, a project to send colonists on a one-way trip to the Red Planet.

Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp addressed a crowd of about 50 Mars One applicants, almost all male, in an auditorium here at George Washington University. The mood at the event, which was webcast live, was something akin to a gamer's LAN party — excited discussions blended with nerdy banter. But the purpose was serious.

 

 

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Space Investing | Space Angels Network

Space Investing | Space Angels Network | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space investing offers immense opportunity. The global space economy in 2012 was valued at over $300 billion in commercial revenue and government budgets, and is expected to grow to $600 billion by 2030. This growth has been and will continue to be fueled primarily by growth in the commercial sector.

 

The space industry has reached a pivotal moment in its development, where a shift toward private enterprise is enabling the growth of an entirely new industry. Today, exciting new investment opportunities exist in an arena that was once only within the reach of governments. The shift to private industry is also benefitting the public sector, enabling governments to focus their limited resources on aspirations that are not yet economically viable, such as deep space exploration. In an era of declining government budgets, commercial partners with a focus on reducing costs is making public investments in exploration and big science projects more viable, such as missions to Mars.

 

This new approach to the space industry and exploration is known as NewSpace. When we say NewSpace, we are not talking merely of the general commercialization of space, as there has been a commercial element in space activities for decades, but rather the cultural and philosophical shift toward greater private entity participation.

 

 

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Colorado Space Companies Seek to Expand Business Beyond Front Range | Parabolic Arc

Colorado Space Companies Seek to Expand Business Beyond Front Range | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

DENVER (CSC PR) – A group, of Colorado aerospace leaders, is hitting the road to seek additional suppliers and subcontractors as well as develop critical partnerships and dialog on opportunities in the space industry. The inaugural Aerospace Business Development Road Trip is set to roll August 5-9 and is hosted by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable(CSBR), a networking organization of large- and small-aerospace companies.

 

“The fact that Colorado is a leading space state is not very well known, despite the fact that Colorado ranks second nationally in private-sector aerospace employment,” says Edgar Johansson, CSBR President. “This aerospace road trip is one way we are trying to promote Colorado’s strength in the industry.”

 

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NASA EDGE: CubeSat Workshop | YouTube

NASA EDGE: CubeSat Workshop | YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA EDGE and special guest host Tiffany Nail explore the latest developments in nanosat technology at the 10th Annual CubeSat Development Workshop.

 

 

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Spaceport America Readies to Welcome Space Tourists

Spaceport America Readies to Welcome Space Tourists | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. — Spread across 18,000 acres, Spaceport America continues to preen itself here in anticipation of booming business as the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.

The "fit-out" of the Spaceport Operations Center continues at the site. New fire trucks and emergency vehicles are now on station, and field maintenance activities are in full swing. A runway extension effort is complete, now yielding a 12,000-foot "spaceway" to handle the projected comings and goings of anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which plans to begin commercial space tourism flights there in the coming years.

 

Spaceport America tours are treating ticket-holding visitors to up-close-and-personal encounters with the sprawling complex, located adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. Ongoing work continues to flesh out both on- and off-site welcome centers, which are expected to be complete next year.

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SpaceX Appetite for U.S. Launch Sites Grows | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Appetite for U.S. Launch Sites Grows | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is awaiting word from NASA about whether it can take over one of the space shuttle’s launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center here. But even if its proposal is accepted, bringing its current U.S. launch complex tally to three, the company will still pursue another site, most likely in Texas, for its growing commercial business.

 

“Each of the pads has its own niche and we have plenty of business to fill each pad,” said Garrett Reisman, a former astronaut who now oversees SpaceX’s commercial crew programs.

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The Space Launch System: Building the Elephant | Moonandback

The Space Launch System: Building the Elephant | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"NASA is historically prone to the mistake trying to build the biggest rocket possible, rather than a rocket that makes economic sense, because it is isolated from the financial disciple of the market. NASA depends for funding on politicians, a profession that is not generally known for its good financial sense. So, projects such as SLS are justified on the basis of how many jobs they create (i.e., how much money NASA manages to spend) in key Congressional districts, rather than the missions they can perform.

 

"To bring launch costs down, we need market-based competition, not a government-sanctioned monopoly, and commercial vehicles that are designed to commercial specifications, not government specifications."

 

 

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Buys 'The Washington Post' for $250 Million

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Buys 'The Washington Post' for $250 Million | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a surprise move, Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder of Amazon, has purchased The Washington Post and various other newspaper assets from The Washington Post Company for $250 million, it was announced at an all-hands meeting at The Washington Post's offices on Monday afternoon.

 

Bezos is acquiring WaPo as an individual, not by Amazon, the company confirmed in an e-mailed statement.

 

 

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Does the Future of the Space Industry Depend on Kickstarter?

Does the Future of the Space Industry Depend on Kickstarter? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Chris Lewicki would've been perfectly happy with failure.

 

His company's high-reaching Kickstarter project, the ARKYD telescope, certainly had the potential to oblige. With a $1 million funding goal, the crowdfunded "space telescope for everyone" could have very publicly fizzled out.

 

"To say it directly and bluntly, we were completely ready to put out all our ideas and have people be totally uninterested in them," says Lewicki in a Skype interview. "And that would've been as good of a result as success."

 

 

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20th Anniversary of the first DC-X Flight - special event in New Mexico

20th Anniversary of the first DC-X Flight - special event in New Mexico | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The DC-X (Delta Clipper eXperimental) project was a seminal event in the development of the NewSpace approach to space development. Using a 1950′s X-project organizational style, it accomplished all its goals (e.g. repeated vertical takeoffs and landings, rapid turnaround between flights, lightweight hydrogen tank, flight operation with a very small team, etc.) at 1/10th cost that would have been spent if carried out in the standard NASA/USAF procurement manner. The project aimed to be the start of a systematic step-by-step development program leading to a fully reusable orbital launch vehicle. Unfortunately, while DC-X/XA successfully made the first step, the project got derailed with the over-complicated, over-ambitious X-33.

 

 

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SpaceX on a Roll | Parabolic Arc

SpaceX on a Roll | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Continuing our look at recent U.S. launches, we turn our gaze to Elon Musk’s scrappy start-up, SpaceX.

 

In poker terms, the California-based company now holds three of a kind….three 5′s, that is. They’ve had 5 largely successful flights of its Falcon 9 rocket (with one secondary payload placed in the wrong orbit), 5 flights of the Grasshopper test bed, and 5 flights of the Falcon 1 rocket with a pair of successes and a trio of failures. There also have been four successful flights and recoveries of the Dragon spacecraft.

 

 

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Volunteers set sights on Mars mission | YouTube

Volunteers set sights on Mars mission | YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Living on another planet has long been the realm of science fiction - but not anymore. At the Mars One project, researchers are working on putting human beings on the surface of Mars within just ten years. And they don't just want to put people on Mars - they want to establish a permanent human settlement there. Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports

 

 

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Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport  (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport.

 

 

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Space Investing: The Science of Rocket Investing

Space Investing: The Science of Rocket Investing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space investing, it’s not rocket science. Investors are known to demand returns proportional to the risks they assume, but you might be surprised by what convinces them to put their money in NewSpace ventures. For the past two decades we’ve seen early-stage capital flood to Internet and mobile startups, but increasingly, investors are looking for more systemic innovations. While they love financial profit (who doesn’t?) many are in it for more than just the monetary returns.

 

 

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The Impact of SpaceX on Telsa Motors | YouTube

The Impact of SpaceX on Telsa Motors | YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Tesla Motors is challenging the giants of the global auto industry with all-electric cars—and a new approach to building them. Take a look at their assembly lines, and the philosophy behind them.

 

 

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John Carmack’s $8M pipe dream meets reality: Armadillo Aerospace on life support

John Carmack’s $8M pipe dream meets reality: Armadillo Aerospace on life support | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

One day after speaking at the QuakeCon in Dallas, John Carmack—the famed video game designer and space entrepreneur—confirmed to Ars that he’s “winding down” his company, Armadillo Aerospace. The private space company began in 2000, and eventually began doing contract work for NASA, but it turned to developing reusable rockets in recent years.

 

“I laid off most of the full-time employees,” Carmack told Ars on Friday. “[We have a few doing some] minor part-time hours, and there’s one guy still on there. We still have the building, and I own materials there, and I don’t have the funding to continue development.”

 

 

Stratocumulus's insight:

Good luck John. It was a bold effort. Some companies will boom. Some will go bust. Competition and free enterprise.

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One Way Astronaut - Official Trailer

The documentary One Way Astronaut is about the Mars One project’s goal to send private teams on one way trips to the Red Planet to create a permanent settlement. You can download ($4.95) or watch ($2.95) the full movie at onewayastronaut.com. Above is a trailer for the film.

 

One Way Astronaut is about the people who are following this project closely: aspiring astronauts. Stephan, Sara, Henri and Beatriz are 4 people who, like tens of thousands of applicants from all over the world, say they are willing to spend the rest of their lives on Mars. It is the story of Mars One and its founder Bas Lansdorp in the early stages. Space experts answer questions about the likelihood of Mars One succeeding and discuss the kind of risks the astronauts will be taking. The degree of worldwide personal interest this mission has already attracted tells us something about our society today.

 

One Way Astronaut is an independent production by Tetteroo Media.

 

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NASA To Pair Space Taxi Development with Tickets To Ride | SpaceNews.com

NASA To Pair Space Taxi Development with Tickets To Ride | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The company or companies that win the next round of NASA commercial crew development funds will do more than build, test-fly and certify their spaceships. The agreements also are expected to cover up to six operational missions per vendor to ferry crew to the international space station, program managers said at an Aug. 1 industry briefing here to discuss a draft solicitation for the program’s next phase.

 

“It’s really two contracts in one,” said Maria Collura, Commercial Crew Program certification manager. “That is a significant difference from what we do with many contracts with NASA.”

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