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Space Entrepreneurs Panel - AIAA 2012 SPACE Conference and Exposition

The AIAA has released the following video, Space Entrepreneurs Panel, from their recent Space 2012 conference. The theme of the panel as per the program was: "... What makes a space entrepreneur and the road they take to success. What paths are space entrepreneur's taking to develop a new frontier? What are their concepts for future space business? What are their vehicles and or capabilities they are creating? Will they be able to succeed in developing businesses of the future?"

 

 

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Baumgartner's Super Sonic Dive

Hank acknowledges the amazing feat performed by Felix Baumgartner and answers many of your questions about why it is so amazing.

 

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Skydiver surpasses speed of sound

Skydiver surpasses speed of sound | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In jumping out of a balloon 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico, the 43-year-old also smashed the record for the highest ever freefall.

 

He said he almost aborted the dive because his helmet visor fogged up.

 

It took just under 10 minutes for him to descend. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute.

 

Once down, he fell to his knees and raised his fists in triumph. Helicopter recovery teams were on hand moments later.

 

"Let me tell you - when I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble. You don't think about breaking records anymore, you don't think about gaining scientific data - the only thing that you want is to come back alive."

 

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Sky Diver Makes Highest Jump Ever

Sky Diver Makes Highest Jump Ever | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Austrian pilot and sky diver Felix Baumgartner set a world record Sunday for the highest parachute jump, safely landing after leaping from a capsule carried by a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet, some 24 miles up.

 

He also broke the sound barrier during his free fall, as he had hoped, reaching a velocity of 833.9 miles an hour—about Mach 1.24—mission officials said. He apparently failed to break the record for the longest free fall.

 

Riding a red and white parasail, Mr. Baumgartner, 43 years old, touched down on a patch of scrubland near Roswell, N.M. He landed on his feet, then dropped to his knees and pumped his fists in triumph, after breaking the jump record that had stood for 52 years.

 

 

 

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Felix Baumgartner's Iconic Jump: Big Pic : Discovery News

Felix Baumgartner's Iconic Jump: Big Pic : Discovery News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

When Baumgartner took a step into the void, an iconic photograph was born.

 

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Favorites Emerge in the New Moon Race

Favorites Emerge in the New Moon Race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Twenty-five teams are officially in the running for the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), the $30 million prize for soft-landing a privately funded unmanned spacecraft on the moon. As the 2015 deadline approaches, however, it has become clear which teams are the early leaders in the chase to pull off a feat achieved only by two world superpowers, and not since the 1970s.

 

"This is really a predictable watershed year for the competition," says Bob Richards, co-founder and CEO of Moon Express, one of the top contenders in the competition. Richards spoke to PM by phone as he drove to his team's headquarters at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Bay Area. A rocket launch must be booked two years in advance, according to Richards, "so if you don't have a launch contract 24 months before the expiry of the prize, you're just not credible."

 

 

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NASA - NASA and ULA Complete Space Act Agreement

NASA - NASA and ULA Complete Space Act Agreement | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with the agency's Commercial Crew Program.

 

The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent.

 

"The ULA team did an outstanding job outlining how it plans to integrate its launch vehicle with completely different spacecraft designs," said Ed Mango, NASA's Commercial Crew Program manager. "We commend ULA for taking on the challenge of human spaceflight, and we look forward to learning more about their innovative and cost-saving solutions as we continue to move forward in developing a crew transportation capability for America."

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NSS Applauds Success of Red Bull/Stratos High-Altitude Jump | SpaceRef

Washington DC - October 14: The National Space Society congratulates Felix Baumgartner and the entire Red Bull Stratos team on the Mission to the Edge of Space, in which Baumgartner successfully completed a record-breaking, high-altitude parachute jump on Sunday afternoon.

 

Unofficially, Baumgartner's jump from approximately 128,100 feet (24.2 miles) enabled him to break the sound barrier and achieve the supersonic speed of 833 mph for several seconds, thus breaking three of four previously set records that he was hoping to shatter: highest manned balloon flight, highest parachute jump, and fastest free fall.

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First Head Cam Video of Supersonic Space Jump - Felix Baumgartner

 

Head Cam footage: Felix Baumgartner - Red Bull Stratos Freefall.

 

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Photos and Video: Xcor Lynx Full-scale Model

Photos and Video: Xcor Lynx Full-scale Model | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On Sept. 3, 2009, upstart rocket company SpaceX announced a major deal for its new launch vehicle. The company would launch 18 ORBCOMM satellites — several at a time — aboard its Falcon 1e rocket, an upgraded version of the Falcon 1 booster that had just notched its second successful flight.

ORBCOMM would get launches for its Generation 2 (OG2) machine-to-machine communication satellites at a bargain rate of $11 million per flight. The first flight would occur “as early as the fourth quarter of 2010″ with the final one in 2014, allowing the company to gradually upgrade its existing satellite constellation. Each OG2 spacecraft promised to increase subscriber capacity by up to 12 times over the first-generation satellites then in orbit.

It all sounded great. But, things didn’t go quite according to plan…

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Mojave Space Port: The ‘Silicon Valley’ of space

Mojave Space Port: The ‘Silicon Valley’ of space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The first thing you see as you drive into the Mojave Air and Space Port is a reminder of how hard it is to get into space.

 

Towering over the entrance is the white cone of the Rotary Rocket, a radical launch system that is half rocket, half helicopter. The fully reusable craft, developed in the 1990s, was supposed to reduce the cost of launching payloads into orbit by a factor of ten. In the end, the rocket failed literally and metaphorically to get far off the ground. But Stuart Witt, CEO of the spaceport, the vehicle is a daily reminder of the ‘can do’ attitude he hopes to encourage.

 

“Humanity needs a place where people are encouraged and allowed to take incredible risks in order to have breakthroughs,” exclaims Witt. “That has turned out to be our greatest magnetism: offering permission to people who are willing to try.”

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When Felix Jumped, the World Jumped With Him: Photos | Discovery News

When Felix Jumped, the World Jumped With Him: Photos | Discovery News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

When Felix Baumgartner took the plunge, millions of people were watching -- here are some memorable social media moments.

 

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Felix Jumps At 128k feet! Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space

 

 

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Companies Developing Near-Space Diving Suit | Parabolic Arc

BALTIMORE, MD, Oct 9, 2012 (Juxtopia/Sol-X PR) –Inside Baltimore’s JUICE Lab, Solar System Express (Sol-X) and Juxtopia LLC are collaborating to transition sci-fi gadgets as seen in Star Trek (2009) and Iron Man (2008) into reality. Technology transfer between the companies will result in a high-tech system to control the fall of skydivers from altitudes above 120,000 feet, near the edge of space, and provide a visual Augmented Reality display during the journey. Product code name – RL Mark VI.

 

Once completed, the RL Mark VI has the potential to solve problems in the movie and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) industries and advance extreme human flight like the Red Bull Stratos project (jumping Oct 9, 2012), the Freefly Astronaut program, and the wingsuit market by increasing safety.

 

During an interview with Sol-X, a pending RL Mark VI customer, Mr. Olav Zipser, stated, “Your product would be a great way to stabilize my decent during the first 30 seconds of free fall, when there is virtually zero atmosphere”.

 

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Space flight leaders gather in Las Cruces for symposium | Las Cruces Sun-News

Space flight leaders gather in Las Cruces for symposium | Las Cruces Sun-News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

LAS CRUCES — Less than 10 years ago, all the talk about the commercial space flight industry was conceptual. Today, it's about the five Ws — who, what, where, when and why.

 

New Mexico has been a major player in the growth of the industry. It is preparing to start operations of Spaceport America, which is supposed to signal the start of everyday people having opportunities to fly commercially into space. Commercial space flight has already started, with cargo and payloads delivered to the International Space Station this summer.

 

To keep the synergy going, commercial space flight leaders will gather in Las Cruces this week for the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. The symposium will be a two-day affair, Wednesday and Thursday at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, but other events associated with the symposium will also be conducted Tuesday and Friday.

 

 

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Images: How Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space

Images: How Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a giant leap from more than 38.6 km up, daredevil skydiver, Felix Baumgartner, shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever — a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert. He hit Mach 1.24, or 1,342 kph on Sunday, according to preliminary data, and became the first man to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 39,045 meters above the Earth. The risks associated with the jump were tremendous. His blood could have boiled, his lungs could have overinflated, the vessels in his brain could have burst and his eyes could have hemorrhaged. And yes, he could have broken his neck too.

 

 

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Baumgartner's space jump a victory for science -- and wonder

Baumgartner's space jump a victory for science -- and wonder | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

We still live in an age of wonder.

 

On Sunday, as the remnants of the United States’ storied space shuttle program spent its day on the ground with the Endeavour moseying through the streets of Los Angeles, an attention-hungry energy drink company and an adrenaline-addicted Austrian did something crazy from the edge of space.

 

Felix Baumgartner, 41, gave a little salute, jumped out of his balloon capsule from roughly 128,000 feet, tumbled pell-mell toward the Earth, and lived.

 

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin Completes Rocket Engine Thrust Chamber Test | SpaceRef

NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin Completes Rocket Engine Thrust Chamber Test | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue's Reusable Booster System (RBS), the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing.

 

The test was part of Blue Origin's work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2). CCDev2 continues to bring spacecraft and launch vehicle designs forward to develop a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability that ultimately could become available for the government and other customers.

 

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SpaceX aims big with massive new rocket

NASA partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with the agency's Commercial Crew Program.

 

The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent.

 

"The ULA team did an outstanding job outlining how it plans to integrate its launch vehicle with completely different spacecraft designs," said Ed Mango, NASA's Commercial Crew Program manager. "We commend ULA for taking on the challenge of human spaceflight, and we look forward to learning more about their innovative and cost-saving solutions as we continue to move forward in developing a crew transportation capability for America."

 

 

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Atlas V completes SAA milestones in preparation for crewed launches | NASASpaceFlight.com

Atlas V completes SAA milestones in preparation for crewed launches | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The famous Atlas rocket continues to show it’s ready to once again launch humans into space, following the completion of NASA’s Space Act Agreement (SAA) milestones. Although the Atlas V is still in a competition to launch US astronauts, this latest milestone “establishes a technical foundation for potentially certifying its Atlas V rocket” as a human-rated launch vehicle.

 

The Atlas V has an esteemed history, including launching astronauts during the early days of the space program. It was an Atlas booster that launched John Glenn into space inside Friendship 7 in 1962, sending the first American into orbit around the planet.

 

While its more recent history – as the Atlas V – has enjoyed a near-flawless record in lofting payloads that have included national security spacecraft uphill, its ambitions to once again launch biological cargo has only become a real possibility in the last few years.

 

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Stratos jump successful! ORIGINAL VERSION

 

The Stratos Jump Scale 1:350

 

Watch the stratos jump - this time in LEGO.

 

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Photos: Berthing A Second Dragon at the ISS | SpaceRef

Photos: Berthing A Second Dragon at the ISS | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft makes its relative approach to the International Space Station prior to grapple by the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, controlled by Expedition 33 crew members.

 

 

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ORBCOMM’s Long, Strange Trip into Orbit with SpaceX | Parabolic Arc

ORBCOMM’s Long, Strange Trip into Orbit with SpaceX | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On Sept. 3, 2009, upstart rocket company SpaceX announced a major deal for its new launch vehicle. The company would launch 18 ORBCOMM satellites — several at a time — aboard its Falcon 1e rocket, an upgraded version of the Falcon 1 booster that had just notched its second successful flight.

 

ORBCOMM would get launches for its Generation 2 (OG2) machine-to-machine communication satellites at a bargain rate of $11 million per flight. The first flight would occur “as early as the fourth quarter of 2010″ with the final one in 2014, allowing the company to gradually upgrade its existing satellite constellation. Each OG2 spacecraft promised to increase subscriber capacity by up to 12 times over the first-generation satellites then in orbit.

 

It all sounded great. But, things didn’t go quite according to plan…

 

 

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Big Risk, Big Reward: Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Deserve All The Marketing Buzz They Get | Forbes

Big Risk, Big Reward: Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Deserve All The Marketing Buzz They Get | Forbes | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Then comes today, with Red Bull. Yeah, as one friend just said to me “I thought it was just some stunt,” — and it was. But what a stunt. Jumping from a balloon in near-space to fall more than 23 miles while breaking the sound barrier, risking his life, setting records, Heroic Stuff! The Right Stuff! And all brought to you by Red Bull."

 

 

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GLXP News: Omega Envoy to Carry Competitor’s Rover to Moon | Parabolic Arc

GLXP News: Omega Envoy to Carry Competitor’s Rover to Moon | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, FLA., Earthrise Space PR (Oct. 12, 2012) –Earthrise Space Inc., the parent company for Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), is extremely proud to announce that fellow GLXP team member Angelicvm has become a customer. Omega Envoy will be delivering a 1kg version of the Angelicvm Dandelion rover to the surface of the Moon, with a target date set towards the end of 2014.

 

“We are extremely pleased to have a fellow GLXP team become part of such an extraordinary mission, “ said Earthrise Space Inc.’s President and Founder Ruben D. Nunez. “The intention of the competition is to reinforce the initiation of several new-space industries and it is mainly targeting lunar exploration.”

 

This alliance provides both teams with a competitive edge that allows for certainty and better chances of accomplishment within the GLXP time frame. Specific details on the transport vehicle and lander would allow the Chilean team to start working out of the prototype phase and begin working on the final primary rover “Dandelion” as well as on the backup, testing it in a series of certifications so that it proves the best chance for success in a travel and destination environment full of challenges.

 

 

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