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Virgin Galactic Taking On Satellite Launching | Discovery News

Virgin Galactic Taking On Satellite Launching | Discovery News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Well on its way toward becoming the first commercial spaceliner, Virgin Galactic is unveiling a service for cargo as well.

 

Unlike passengers traveling aboard the suborbital SpaceShipTwo, satellites flying on LauncherOne, won't be coming back home. The new service, announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in London on Wednesday, is intended to put small satellites weighing less than 500 pounds into orbit around Earth.

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Virgin Galactic LauncherOne - Furthering the Space Frontier. July 2012

Virgin Galactic is proud to announce LauncherOne, a revolutionary new launch vehicle dedicated to enabling dramatically more people and users to benefit from space.

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PHOTOS: Grasshopper reusable rocket demo | Spaceflight Now

PHOTOS: Grasshopper reusable rocket demo | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's Grasshopper reusable rocket prototype is assembled on a launch pad in McGregor, Texas. The Grasshopper will launch on short hops, first to altitudes of a few hundred feet, then more than 2 miles high, to demonstrate vertical landing techniques for recovery of the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage.

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Wrapping up XCOR’s deal with Midland | NewSpace Journal

Wrapping up XCOR’s deal with Midland | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... Greason and Andrew Nelson, XCOR’s COO, emphasized that this was an expansion, not a move, and that they would maintain an operations base in Mojave, where they’re currently developing the prototype Mark 1 version of their Lynx suborbital spaceplane. That work will continue in Mojave as Midland renovates the hangar that XCOR will lease there and while the airport gets an FAA spaceport license, a process they expect to take up to 18 months. Mojave will also be a base for operational flights. Nelson said that if they later get a “wet lease” customer for the Lynx flying out of Mojave, “we’d be open to that wet lease customer assuming that operation” from XCOR itself.

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Interview with Miles O'Brien, part 1 - Space Journalism | Moonandback

Interview with Miles O'Brien, part 1 - Space Journalism | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Miles O’Brien, Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and FRONTLINE, talks with MM about his entry into space and science journalism, working for CNN, Spaceflightnow, and eventually PBS.

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SXC Aims for Make the First Stock Trade in Space | Parabolic Arc

SXC Aims for Make the First Stock Trade in Space | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Dutch Space Tourism company, Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) and world renowned financial markets trader Anton Kreil are about to make a giant financial leap and go one step beyond. In an interview with the London based publication Square Mile magazine, Kreil has announced that he will be attempting to become the first person in history to make a financial markets transaction in Space, when he hops aboard the XCOR Lynx MKII shuttle with SXC in 2014.

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News – Spaceport Farnborough? | Virgin Galactic

News – Spaceport Farnborough? | Virgin Galactic | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo provides star attraction at Farnborough International Airshow in preparation for a visit by Sir Richard Branson and many of our future astronauts and friends on Wednesday 11 July, 2012.

 

The Virgin Galactic team will be at Farnborough all week with the full scale SpaceShipTwo replica.

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Perry: XCOR Move “Huge Step Forward” for Texas | Parabolic Arc

Perry: XCOR Move “Huge Step Forward” for Texas | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MIDLAND, Texas (Office of Gov. Perry PR) — Gov. Rick Perry joined XCOR Aerospace and the Midland Development Corp. to announce the creation of XCOR’s new Commercial Space Research and Development Center headquarters at the Midland International Airport. XCOR develops and produces reusable launch vehicles, rocket engines and rocket propulsion systems, and will create 100 jobs at this new facility.

 

“This is a great day for Midland and a huge step forward for the State of Texas. Visionary companies, like XCOR, continue to choose Texas because they know that innovation is fueled by freedom,” Gov. Perry said. “Whether on the cutting edge of biotech, communications, commerce or privatized efforts to serve the needs of the next generation of space explorers, you can find Texas at the forefront of the movement.”

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XCOR AEROSPACE AND MIDLAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCE ESTABLISHMENT OF XCOR’S NEW COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT R&D CENTER HEADQUARTERS

XCOR AEROSPACE AND MIDLAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCE ESTABLISHMENT OF XCOR’S NEW COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT R&D CENTER HEADQUARTERS | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Midland, Texas, July 9, 2012 – The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced today the establishment of XCOR’s new Commercial Space Research and Development Center Headquarters that will be created over the next eighteen (18) months. XCOR manufactures reusable rocket engines for major aerospace prime contractors and is the designer, manufacturer and operator of the Lynx, a winged fully reusable, high performance suborbital space vehicle that is designed to safely carry two persons or scientific experiments to the edge of space and back up to four times per day.

 

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Mark Sirangelo: Dream Chaser lets NASA focus on bigger missions

Mark Sirangelo, Chairman of Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems, explains the strategic vision for the Dream Chaser project in the exclusive interview with euronews scitech.

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SpaceShipTwo Debuts At Farnborough

SpaceShipTwo Debuts At Farnborough | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Farnborough air show has seen plenty of “firsts” over the decades, but the appearance this year of the first passenger-carrying suborbital commercial spacecraft takes this prestigious event into new territory.

 

The show debut of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2), albeit in full-scale replica form, follows a tradition of inaugurals ranging from the 1949 display of the world's first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet 1, to the initial international appearance of the largely composite-built Boeing 787 in 2010. Although the Farnborough show is not best known for its space-related coverage, the display of the SS2 mock-up follows the 2010 establishment of a special Space Zone exhibit which organizers say will be doubled in area this year.

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Slaying Sacred Space Cows

Slaying Sacred Space Cows | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"I spend a fair amount of time discussing space development with people, in presentations, blogs, and in personal conversations. Most people who know me know that one of my prime foci is off planet industrialization, principally beginning with orbital space and then the Moon. One of the most baffling and tragic responses that I get in this realm is the complete dismissal of the entire concept. The back and forth in someone else’s blog thread is never satisfying because you cannot develop more than a short stream of thought and when the other person/persons are simply dismissive, no real progress is made. Thus in this missive I am going to go into some of my basic thoughts regarding lunar industrialization and see if we can get beyond these, in my opinion, misunderstandings regarding how hard it is."

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SST-US collaborates with Virgin Galactic to offer radically cheaper option for developing, launching small satellites

SST-US collaborates with Virgin Galactic to offer radically cheaper option for developing, launching small satellites | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Virgin Galactic optimizing Surrey’s innovative satellites for Virgin’s new launch vehicle, radically lowering the cost of building and launching small satellites.

 

This MOU comes on the heels of Virgin Galactic’s announcement of its new ”LauncherOne” program, an unmanned rocket that will be air-launched by SpaceShipTwo’s carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, and that will be capable of delivering as much as 225 kg to low Earth Orbit. SST-US and Virgin Galactic have agreed to work together to provide SST-US, the world leader in small satellite manufacturing, the information needed to build the most powerful spacecraft that LauncherOne can support, giving satellite customers a powerful and affordable option to put their payloads into space.

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Virgin Galactic Restarts LauncherOne Project | Parabolic Arc

Virgin Galactic Restarts LauncherOne Project | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

FARNBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM (VG PR) – Today during the Farnborough International Air Show 2012, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced “LauncherOne,” a new air-launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. With substantial funding already raised from Virgin Galactic’s partner aabar Investments PJS, and with commercial flights of this new orbital launch vehicle expected to begin by 2016, Virgin Galactic aims to offer frequent and dedicated launches at the world’s lowest prices. Virgin Galactic also announced that four private companies have already put down deposits as future LauncherOne customers, expressing their intent to purchase a total of several dozen launches, which would exceed the level of early commitment of any previous new launch vehicle.

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Reusable rocket prototype almost ready for first liftoff | Spaceflight Now

Reusable rocket prototype almost ready for first liftoff | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's Grasshopper testbed for a reusable rocket booster could fly soon from the company's Texas test facility on a short hop designed to demonstrate its ability to take off and land under thrust on a launch pad.

 

The Grasshopper test vehicle stands 106 feet tall, and its initial flights will reach 240 feet and last about 45 seconds to check the design of the rocket's landing system.

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Interview with Miles O'Brien, part 2 - Commercial Spaceflight | Moonandback

Interview with Miles O'Brien, part 2 - Commercial Spaceflight | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

At the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Washington, D.C., PBS News reporter Miles O’Brien explores whether a competitive atmosphere exists between the different companies involved in commercial spaceflight.

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Yonatan Winetraub: Creating a moon-landing with off-the-shelf technology

Yonatan Winetraub works for the Israeli Aerospace Industries' Space Division. He is the Founder and Co-CEO of Team SpaceIL, which aims to make Israel the third country to land on the moon.

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Commercial crew providers aplenty (part 1) | The Space Review

Commercial crew providers aplenty (part 1) | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Two concepts—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon, and ATK’s Liberty—demonstrate the wide range of not just technical approaches to commercial crew transportation, but the companies and corporate cultures involved.

 

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Flight Opportunities Blog: Flight Opportunities Program Tour

On June 26th we invited NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) staff to participate in a “Flight Opportunities Program Tour” produced as a webinar. We’ve conducted face-to-face Flight Opportunities Program Workshops at Goddard Spaceflight Research Center and JPL, but the webinar format is new for us. It could provide FOP easier access to both a broader or more focused audience, based on our invite distribution and password. We could invite all NASA Centers, or just have one flight provider present a new accommodation capability to researchers who would be most interested. Please provide us your ideas on such use strategies.

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Private Space Plane Builders Pick Texas for New Test Site

Private Space Plane Builders Pick Texas for New Test Site | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A private rocket-building company that is designing a suborbital space plane for future paid trips to the edge of space will open a new test facility in Texas, company officials announced today (July 9).

 

The Mojave, Calif.-based XCOR Aerospace and the Midland Development Corporation unveiled plans today for XCOR's new Commercial Space Research and Development Center Headquarters in Midland, Texas. The research facility will be used to test components for an orbital version of XCOR's Lynx space plane, a reusable, winged spaceship that is designed to carry two passengers and science experiments to the edge of space.

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Gov. Rick Perry’s Prepared Remarks in Midland | Parabolic Arc

Gov. Rick Perry’s Prepared Remarks in Midland | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

This is a great day for Midland and a huge step forward for the State of Texas.

 

We couldn’t be happier to welcome XCOR to the Lone Star State, and we couldn’t be prouder to be home to their new Research and Development center.

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MDC, City Council approve XCOR Aerospace Inc. deal

MDC, City Council approve XCOR Aerospace Inc. deal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Midland Development Corp. and Midland City Council voted unanimously this morning in favor of a $10 million economic development agreement with XCOR Aerospace Inc.

 

The $10 million incentive will go toward improvements and lease payments at the former AMI Hangar as well as toward performance incentives and the establishment of XCOR Aerospace’s headquarters in Midland.

 

Monday morning’s votes to approve the various pieces of the incentive agreement were quick, but Mayor Wes Perry said they represented a tremendous amount of work and commitment by the MDC, airport staff, XCOR leaders and others.

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James Voss explains the Dream Chaser

A veteran of five space flights, James S. Voss tells euronews scitech about the Dream Chaser project he's in charge of as the Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Exploration Systems vice president.

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FARNBOROUGH: Virgin out to steal the show with SpaceShipTwo display

If you're looking out for show stealers at Farnborough, Virgin Galactic (OE23) is likely to be one of the candidates.

 

The company will be lighting up the static display with a mockup of its SpaceShipTwo (SS2), which is set to begin rocket-powered flight trials this summer, with plans to blast its first "astronauts" beyond the atmosphere in early 2013.

 

Sir Richard Branson himself will be appearing at the show on Wednesday to announce an expansion of the company's current business plans for space tourism and research.

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