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CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria Statement on FCC Commercial Space Announcement | Commercial Spaceflight Federation

“The FCC has recognized the potential of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry by streamlining the process of obtaining authorization to use radio frequencies during commercial launches,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “In so doing, they have expressed their support for the commercial space sector. I commend the FCC for taking this step and I look forward to working with the Commission to continue to create a welcoming regulatory environment for this new and promising high-tech industry.”

 

Full text of the FCC public notice can be found here.

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Golden Spike/LPI workshop on human missions to the Moon

Golden Spike/LPI workshop on human missions to the Moon | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it
BOULDER, CO (March 18, 2013) – Golden Spike, the first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, individuals and corporations around the world, announced today that it will hold an international scientific workshop in October to explore the kinds of landing sites, experiments, and geological traverses their astronauts will undertake on the Moon starting by 2020. The theme of the workshop is what lunar science will be like after 20 Golden Spike human expeditions to different places around the Moon. The two-day seminar will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, on October 3rd and 4th, 2013. The program committee includes Dr. Alan Stern, CEO and President of Golden Spike, Dr. Steve Mackwell, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Dr. Clive Neal/Notre Dame University, Dr. William McKinnon/Washington University at St. Louis, Dr. Amand Mahesh/The Open University in the UK, Dr. Daniel Durda/SwRI, and Dr. James Carpenter/European Space Agency.
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The Mars Initiative | Spacevidcast Live 6.08

Want to help get footprints on Mars? Check out this live show where we interview Steve Bassett of The Mars Initiative - http://marsinitiative.org/

 

 

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Sara Brightman’s Space Trip Under Question | Roscosmos

Sara Brightman’s Space Trip Under Question | Roscosmos | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KOROLYOV, Moscow region, March 16 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and NASA may opt against sending music star Sarah Brightman to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015, Russian agency’s head Vladimir Popovkin said on Saturday.

 

Brightman’s trip to orbit depends on the duration of the 2015 visiting flight to the ISS, Popovkin told journalists.

 

The British soprano was set to go on an eight-day trip to the station, but NASA and Roskosmos are considering extending the visiting flight to one month, in which case she would have to give up her seat to a professional spaceman, Popovkin said.

 

 

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Podcast: One-way ticket to Mars | CBC Radio

Podcast: One-way ticket to Mars | CBC Radio | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Ever wonder what life is like on Mars? How about death on Mars? By 2023, some space travelers may know both. A private company called Mars One is working on sending astronauts on a one-way mission to the Red Planet. Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and general director of Mars One, explains his truly out-of-this world plan.

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Not Many Billionaires Focused on Commercial Space | Parabolic Arc

Not Many Billionaires Focused on Commercial Space | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s billionaires. There are a record 1,426 individuals with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion in the world. The table below shows the tiny handful of this group — nine individuals — who are currently or have been previously involved in space projects.

 

 

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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, March 15, 2013 8:09 AM

I think nine Billionaires is substantial for this industry.  Once they start turning profits, more will jump in.  However, a few of these innovators are actually trying to have an impact on mankind and perhaps leave their mark by making this contribution... so maybe it's not just about the ROI....

Lyle Upson's comment, March 15, 2013 9:43 AM
leaving a mark of this nature is certainly a magnitude above standard ROI thinking ...so maybe we need a new phrase/term/description ...
Lyle Upson's comment, March 15, 2013 9:56 AM
oh yes, nice article to read ...thanks
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SpaceX | First 11 Years

 

SpaceX turns 11 years old today—and we've worked hard to make every year count.

 

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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, March 17, 2013 10:15 AM

Imagine what the next 11 years will bring!  

Stratocumulus's comment, March 18, 2013 2:45 AM
Looking forward to it.
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Inspiration Mars: Some Thoughts About Our Plan | SpaceRef

Inspiration Mars: Some Thoughts About Our Plan | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Our IEEE Paper is an attempt to show the feasibility of the simplest possible Mars flyby mission. We chose a simple Mars flyby trajectory (the one from the Patel reference), and will choose a simple ECLSS, heat shield, etc., using existing designs and technologies on a single launch. We may eventually deviate from these assumptions, but only when we have proven that we must.

 

"The paper is not an attempt to flush out every feasible technology that could be made available in the next 5 years nor does it contain all analysis that has been done by the Inspiration Mars team. Our paper represents the work-in-progress that had been done when the paper's deadline for peer-review came. We added additional details for the IEEE conference last week, and more will come out in the following weeks. We intend for our process to be open and public, and invite input from all sources."

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NASA Astronaut Lee Archambault Joins Sierra Nevada as Test Pilot | Parabolic Arc

NASA Astronaut Lee Archambault Joins Sierra Nevada as Test Pilot | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

HOUSTON (NASA PR) – NASA astronaut Lee Archambault is leaving the agency, ending a 15-year career that included more than 27 days in space, including a flight as commander of space shuttle Discovery.

 

Archambault will join Sierra Nevada Corp. as a systems engineer and test pilot. He will work on the company’s Dream Chaser Space System, being developed in conjunction with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

 

 

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The budget battle at NASA | Behind The Black

"Smith and the committee are making it clear that if they need to cut anything, they are going to cut the funds to the commercial space program. This is the program that is providing the U.S. three different commercial systems for getting humans into space, and doing it for about $3 billion total, over the entire life of the program. This is also the program that will likely accomplish this within the next five years, and then be able to provide us routine manned flights to low Earth orbit on a regular basis, repeatedly, for relatively very little additional money.

 

"Instead, these politicians want continue the funding for the Space Launch System (SLS), which is costing us about $3 billion per year, and will only fly its first manned mission in 2021, at the earliest. And even if that first manned mission comes sooner, SLS will only be able to fly once every few years, at the most.

 

"This choice by Congress illustrates several things. First, they have no interest in saving money. They want to fund the pork in their districts, at high levels, and this is best provided by SLS.

 

"Second, they have no interest in getting Americans back into space. Even if SLS finally flies in 2021 — something I seriously doubt — it will not provide us with a practical and cost effective ferry for getting humans to and from ISS, as these Congressmen seem to think. It costs too much to fly. ISS needs a cheap and efficient ferry. SLS can’t do that.

 

"Finally, the decision by Congress to favor SLS means that there will be little money for NASA’s planetary program, unless Congress makes believe that money grows on trees, and funds it anyway. And sadly, that is apparently what they are doing, based on the information in the first story above. The Senate is funding everything.

 

"In the end, nothing will get funded. In the end, this whole charade will fall apart, and the American nation will find that it can do nothing. It will be bankrupt. And this will happen because of a refusal by the American people, and their representatives in Congress, to face reality and deal with it maturely, as adults."

 

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Lyle Upson's comment, March 13, 2013 9:54 PM
SLS to ISS is akin to breaking up a street fight with a tactical nuclear warhead ... ha ha ha, your pollies have all developed stupidity, ha ha ha ... meanwhile before the first launch of SLS to ISS, the 3 players in the game will all have delivered their human payloads several or more times ... this said, SLS with a planned future goes ignored ... ha ha ha
Lyle Upson's comment, March 13, 2013 10:15 PM
oh yeah, lets not mention that commercial crew not only gets US back to the ISS, but more importantly, creates an industrial base for expanding space activity
Stratocumulus's comment, March 13, 2013 10:52 PM
Yes. It's truly amazing what some people can get away with, merely by winning an election.
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Speakers Lined Up for NSRC | Parabolic Arc

Speakers Lined Up for NSRC | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

This year’s NSRC-2013 will be held at the beautiful Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado June 3-5. This meeting will educate researchers and professionals about the capabilities of the new generation of commercially-available reusable suborbital vehicles, funding and flight opportunities for flying experiments on these vehicles, and the kinds of experiments various research communities – including microgravity physics, astrophysics and planetary science, life sciences, and atmospheric science – are planning. The meeting also includes a NASA workshop and multiple networking opportunities.

 

 

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The X-37B: Exploring expanded capabilities for ISS missions | NASASpaceFlight.com

The X-37B: Exploring expanded capabilities for ISS missions | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As NASA and its new commercial partners continue to push toward the era of realized commercial crew transportation to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Boeing has released a paper detailing the potentiality of expanding the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B reusable space plane for cargo and crewed missions to LEO – a proposal, which for unknown reasons, appears to have been pushed aside by NASA’s commercial space division.

 

As stated a Boeing presentation (acquired by L2), the concept of utilizing the X-37B as part of NASA’s COTS and CCDev programs stemmed from the idea that the program would be able to “realize cost savings and acceleration of technology developmental timelines by focusing on the payload.

 

“Non- recurring costs [would be] substantially reduced by taking advantage of a mature spacecraft bus with well defined bus-to-payload interfaces and a ground station supported by seasoned mission operations staff using flight validated operational products."

 

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Lyle Upson's comment, March 13, 2013 5:54 PM
more funds to be taken from the SLS ???
Stratocumulus's comment, March 13, 2013 8:34 PM
Unlikely :-(
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Risk Issues Remain Unresolved as Space Tourism Nears Liftoff | Parabolic Arc

Risk Issues Remain Unresolved as Space Tourism Nears Liftoff | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space is the final frontier for hundreds of high net worth individuals seeking the ultimate tourist thrill. However, as industry delegates to a symposium held at Lloyd’s heard, some risk issues remain unresolved.

 

Suborbital flight – flying higher than 100km above sea level – will soon be a reality for anyone willing and able to pay thousands of pounds for a ticket. There are plenty of people already queuing for the privilege of being among the first 1,000 humans to experience space travel.

 

 

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Xaero B Rises

Xaero B Rises | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Since last summer, even while we focused on Xombie flights for JPL and expanding Xaero’s flight envelope, we were working. Designing, tweaking, and starting to build the next iteration of Xaero that we affectionately (and creatively) call Xaero-B. We’re finally ready to pull the curtain back and share her with you!"

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Sarah Brightman’s ISS Trip in Question

Sarah Brightman’s ISS Trip in Question | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Actress/singer Sarah Brightman is still a cosmonaut in training, but her plans to visit the International Space Station may be in peril, according to an article published by RIA Novosti.

 

The decision is said to rest in the hands of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA.

 

In 2001, NASA attempted to prevent Dennis Tito from becoming the first self-funded citizen space explorer to visit the International Space Station. At the time, NASA’s actions were based on highly charged politics and disagreements between Roscosmos and NASA, as well as apparent personal animosity on the part of NASA Administrator Dan Goldin. United States Senator (and former Mercury astronaut) John Glenn said the time had not yet come for the United States government to “permit more people in space.” (He did not bother to mention how he had used his political office to snag a free ride for himself on the Space Shuttle.) Dan Goldin even questioned Tito’s patriotism.

 

Fortunately, that ugly atmosphere is long past. NASA is generally supportive of citizen space exploration these days, and there is no political opposition to Brightman’s trip. Rather, it is operational considerations that may interfere.

 

 

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Stars align for Orbital’s Antares – A-One debut set for mid-April | NASASpaceFlight.com

Stars align for Orbital’s Antares – A-One debut set for mid-April | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Orbital’s Antares rocket is finally set to make its debut flight into space, following the approval of a launch window that opens on April 16. Dubbed the A-One mission, Antares will be tasked with a 603 second validation mission to loft a Cygnus mass simulator payload to a target orbit of 250 km x 300 km with an inclination of 51.6 degrees.

 

 

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Mars One introduction film (updated version)

This movie shows how Mars One plans to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023. Click on the red button [=] in the bottom to change the subtitles.

 

For more information visit www.mars-one.com

 

 

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Awesome Picture of Latest RocketMotorTwo Test | Parabolic Arc

Awesome Picture of Latest RocketMotorTwo Test | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Another excellent rocket test! This photo from last Friday shows the second in a short series of final qualification tests prior to the first rocket-powered flight of SpaceShipTwo. The photo looks great, and the data looks even better.

 

 

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Podcast - Business Daily, Space: The final frontier | BBC World Service

Podcast - Business Daily, Space: The final frontier | BBC World Service | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The sky is no longer the limit in Business Daily, as we take to the cosmos to chart what might be a new space race. We speak to Chris Lewicki, President of Planetary Resources, a company that's aiming to exploit the billions of dollars worth of water and minerals locked into near-Earth asteroids. But, given the challenges of getting up there, and getting the stuff back, is asteroid-mining anywhere near feasible?

 

 

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Sen. Gerald Dial misses budget vote to lobby for spaceport

MONTGOMERY — Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, didn’t cast a vote on the state’s proposed $1.75 billion General Fund budget Tuesday night — and his excuse is out of this world.

Dial walked away from a deadlocked state Senate late Tuesday evening, boarded a plane and headed for Washington to lobby for the creation of a commercial spaceport in Alabama.

“Fifty or 75 years ago you’d have never thought that I could get onto a plane in Atlanta and be in Washington in a couple of hours,” he said. “Space travel has the potential to grow just as much.”

 

 

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Can Dennis Tito Really Get to Mars for $1 Billion? : Out There

Can Dennis Tito Really Get to Mars for $1 Billion? : Out There | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Dennis Tito’s bombshell announcement that he wants to fly two passengers to Mars–with the mission taking off in less than five years, on January 5, 2018–provoked a lot of intense reactions. Many people were astonished. Many were inspired. Many were deeply skeptical. I was on Fox News \talking with Shepard Smith, who dismissed the idea as “hogwash”; many NASA insiders are more quietly expressing similar levels of skepticism about Tito’s plans.

 

"So let’s break it down and look at the four key questions about the proposed Inspiration Mars mission:"

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Florida should explore building new launchpad

The Space Coast could one day lose its enviable position, earned through decades of launches at Kennedy Space Center, as America's spaceport.

 

Too much is at stake for Florida to dismiss out of hand the newest proposal to set aside 150 acres of the 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for a commercial launchpad.

 

This month SpaceX, one of the premier space companies, launched its third cargo mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX is at the leading edge of what's shaping up to be a booming industry in the future.

 

While there is an existing launch infrastructure at the space center and Cape Canaveral Air Force station to the south, Space Florida says private rocketeers are looking for non-federal sites that aren't subject to NASA or military schedule and security restrictions. That explains why, though SpaceX launches its NASA missions from the space center, the company has been scouting new locations to serve commercial customers.

 

 

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Stratocumulus's comment, March 14, 2013 8:59 PM
Two other companies are also interested in the area, including Blue Origin.
Lyle Upson's comment, March 15, 2013 10:02 AM
i find the whole shift to private space industry leading our future to be so very exciting
Lyle Upson's comment, March 15, 2013 10:03 AM
that first delivery of supplies should rightly be described as a test success
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Brevard spaceport bill on hold as Texas takes lead in competition to land SpaceX launches

Brevard spaceport bill on hold as Texas takes lead in competition to land SpaceX launches | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk told the Texas House Appropriations Committee last Friday that the Lone Star state is now the front-runner as he and his company seek a site for operating a more-bureaucratic-free facility for launching commercial rockets into orbit.

 

"Right now, Texas is in the lead," Musk told the Texas lawmakers, according to the San Antonio Express News.

 

Musk's comment further heightens the competition for space-related businesses between Florida, Texas and other states, including Virginia, Georgia, California and Puerto Rico.

 

 

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Lyle Upson's comment, March 13, 2013 5:58 PM
a more-bureaucratic-free world is the goal, but when will the bureaucrats reply to such ongoing requests for a more-bureaucratic-free world ... or is the point lost on them ???
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Whitesides: Powered SpaceShipTwo Flights Coming “Very Soon” | Parabolic Arc

Whitesides: Powered SpaceShipTwo Flights Coming “Very Soon” | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Virgin Galactic is looking at powered flights into space by the end of this year with commercial ones with paying passengers in 2014, according to Virgin Galactic CEO and President George Whitesides.

 

The Virgin Galactic chief made the comments in a Q&A interview that was put out at the end of last month by XOJET, a private jet company that has established an exclusive private air Concierge Access service to serve Virgin Galactic’s exclusive group of nearly 600 future astronauts.

 

XOJET, by the way, is part of the portfolio of Aabar Investments, the Abu Dhabi-owned company that has provided most of the funding for Virgin Galactic. So, the interview isn’t exactly probing, but it does contain some interesting details:

 

 

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Reality TV paves way for Neil Armstrong of Mars - space | New Scientist

Reality TV paves way for Neil Armstrong of Mars - space | New Scientist | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

To be the first to set foot on Mars may mean becoming a reality TV star. The Mars One project is in the running to send astronauts to the Red Planet in 2023, with the $6 billion mission paid for by selling global TV rights to their adventures, says Bas Lansdorp, the Dutch entrepreneur behind the plan.

 

It sounds wackier even than Inspiration Mars, but Lansdorp is serious. This week, he announced that Paragon Space Development of Tucson, Arizona, would design Mars One's space suits and life-support systems. Paragon is also on the Inspiration team, and the firm has completed life-support projects for NASA and some of its major suppliers.

 

 

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