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Caution and Boldness: Balancing Risk in Spaceflight, Part II

Featuring:
Dr. Steven J. Dick, astronomer, author and historian of science.
Alan Ladwig, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Public Outreach.
Ken Mattingly, astronaut, Apollo 16, STS-4 and STS-51-C.

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June Scobee Rogers: Greatest Risk in Space Exploration is To Take No Risk

June Scobee Rogers, widow of space shuttle Challenger STS-51-L commander Dick Scobee, believes that the "greatest risk in space exploration is to take no risk."

 

Rogers, the force behind the Challenger Center for Space Science Education that was created as a living tribute to the crew, spoke at the Smithsonian Institution's Udvar-Hazy Center last night.  Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy and the NASA Day of Remembrance 2013 that honors all the crews who lost their lives, including Challenger and the Apollo 1 crew. 

 

Rogers recounted a television interview soon after she and the other Challenger families decided to create the Challenger Center, which teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students through hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities.  The reporter asked what the students would learn about risk.  She and Jane Smith, widow of Challenger pilot Mike Smith, had no reply and the interview ended "clumsily."  

 

She decided that she would never be stumped by the question again and thought through the various types of risk and how to explain it to students.   The next time she was interviewed and asked about risk, she replied "without risk, there's no new knowledge.  Without risk there's no great discovery.   Without risk there is no bold adventure.  That's what it's about with human spaceflight.  Bold adventure helps the human spirit to soar."   The interviewer then asked "what is the greatest risk."  Her reply was "the greatest risk in space exploration is to take no risk."

 

 

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16th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

For the latest information and dialogue on U.S. commercial launch activities, commercial human spaceflight, commercial crew, and commercial spaceports, join us in Washington, DC at the National Housing Center for the 16th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference.  The conference is set to take place on February 6th and 7th, and includes the opportunity to meet and network with key federal officials from DOT, NASA, and DOD, industry leaders, space entrepreneurs, international space partners, legislators, astronauts, educators, and space enthusiasts.  This is the premier event for information about the FAA’s role and the future direction of commercial space transportation

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Orbital Preps for Antares Hot Fire Test | Parabolic Arc

Orbital Preps for Antares Hot Fire Test | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Orbital recently completed an extensive series of cold flow propellant tests, also known as wet dress rehearsals, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch complex at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The series of tests were performed to confirm that the launch complex’s propellant handling systems were performing according to specifications and were fully compatible with the liquid fuel first stage of the Antares rocket. With the completion of these flow tests, the Orbital team will begin to prepare for a “hot fire” test of the first stage, which is the final ground test before the inaugural flight of the Antares rocket. This test is currently scheduled to take place in February.

 

 

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Ten Years After Columbia

Ten Years After Columbia | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"We will never know what thoughts went through the minds of Columbia’s doomed crew in that last minute in which they were becoming aware of their imminent peril. Perhaps, being the rational pilots and engineers that they were, they were simply focused on trying to save the ship. It could have been something as pragmatic as, “I wish that we’d had a better look at the leading edge of that wing.” What we can know is that they died doing something that they had worked years to be able to do, and they loved it, and thought it important. If we now fear to open up the high frontier because of what happened to them, they will have died in vain."

 

 

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One Small Step For Space Travel, One Giant Step For Canadians

One Small Step For Space Travel, One Giant Step For Canadians | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

LAVAL, Que. - There's another space race underway — only this one isn't nearly as ominous as the Cold War competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s to get a man on the moon.

 

The new battle is between private companies that are working to get the space tourism industry off the ground this year.

 

For Canadians dreaming about becoming a space tourist, that's good news because a price war appears to be going on.

 

 

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Plans to 3D print Moon building

Plans to 3D print Moon building | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Architects Fosters and Partners have revealed designs for a building on the Moon that could be constructed from material already on its surface.

 

An inflatable structure would be transported from Earth, then covered with a shell built by 3D printers.The printers, operated by robots, would use soil from the Moon, known as regolith, to build the layered cover.

 

The proposed site for the building is the southern pole of the Moon. It is designed to house four people and could be extended, the firm said.

 

 

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A Look Back at Suborbital Space in 2012 | Parabolic Arc

A Look Back at Suborbital Space in 2012 | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"On October 6, at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, Armadillo Aerospace’s STIG-B suborbital reusable vehicle (SRV) made the only FAA-licensed suborbital launch of 2012. However, six other suborbital vehicles flew under experimental permits or Class 3 waivers.

 

"The STIG-B flight was the first FAA-licensed launch from Spaceport America. The launch experienced an in-flight abort. It did not reach its planned altitude, but the vehicle was successfully recovered intact and later used to conduct launch tests in November and December. Armadillo successfully launched its STIG-A vehicle under a Class 3 Waiver in January, but the vehicle was lost during recovery."

 

 

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Building a lunar base with 3D printing | ESA

Building a lunar base with 3D printing | ESA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it
Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil. “Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said Laurent Pambaguian, heading the project for ESA.

 

“Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat.” Foster + Partners devised a weight-bearing ‘catenary’ dome design with a cellular structured wall to shield against micrometeoroids and space radiation, incorporating a pressurised inflatable to shelter astronauts.

A hollow closed-cell structure – reminiscent of bird bones – provides a good combination of strength and weight.

 

 

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Companies interested in KSC's Shiloh site

Companies interested in KSC's Shiloh site | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Several companies have expressed interest in a proposed state-run commercial launch complex at the north end of Kennedy Space Center, as Space Florida continues to negotiate with NASA to make the land available.

 

NASA recently said the 150 acres the state wants to take over near the Brevard-Volusia county line still serve as a buffer and could support future missions.

 

But Space Florida President Frank DiBello said Wednesday that he hopes to persuade NASA that the commercial complex would fulfill a more pressing need and be mutually beneficial.

 

 

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Blue Origin: Quiet Plans for Spaceships

Blue Origin: Quiet Plans for Spaceships | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Blue Origin is a company working on cone-like space vehicle intended to bring astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

 

The firm, which has funding from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is not only developing a biconic space vehicle,  but is also working on a reusable rocket booster that can head back to its landing site autonomously.

 

NASA has provided Blue Origin with more than $25 million in contracts for the Commercial Crew Development program, which is working to develop privately funded space vehicles to bring people to the International Space Station.

 

 

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GLXP News: White Label Space Replaces Team Leader, Consolidates in Japan | Parabolic Arc

GLXP News: White Label Space Replaces Team Leader, Consolidates in Japan | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Tokyo, Japan, January, 30 2013 (White Label Space PR) – White Label Space, an international team competing in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, announced that it will now be run out of Japan. Previously, the team was operating out of both Japan and the Netherlands.  The team’s pivot to Japan is designed to maximize its chance of being on the winner’s podium. White Label Space is the only Google Lunar X PRIZE team currently active in Japan and has a unique network in that country’s media and space industry. The team will now focus its efforts on furthering the development of its Japanese moon rover, benefiting from the advice of its academic partner, the Space Robotics Laboratory at Tohoku University.

 

 

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Lockheed Martin joins Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser team | Spaceflight Now

Lockheed Martin joins Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser team | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Lockheed Martin has joined Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser team, officials announced Wednesday.

 

The aerospace giant has two contracts with Sierra Nevada for safety certification and construction work, according to Mark Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada's executive vice president and chairman of its space systems division.

 

The companies did not disclose the value of the contracts

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Caution and Boldness: Balancing Risk in Spaceflight, Part I

Featuring:
Dr. Steven J. Dick, astronomer, author and historian of science.
Alan Ladwig, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Public Outreach.
Ken Mattingly, astronaut, Apollo 16, STS-4 and STS-51-C.

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Commercial space travel takes flight at Stanford

Commercial space travel takes flight at Stanford | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

STANFORD -- If all goes well, private entrepreneurs will launch a vibrant new space industry into lofty heights -- replacing the space shuttle, lowering the cost of reaching orbit, creating a space tourism industry, mining asteroids, and even exploring Mars.

 

"We are placing our bets on American industry," said Lori Garver, deputy administrator for NASA. "Cargo flights under way are developing the capability of launching people to space from the U.S. on privately owned and operated rockets over the next three years."

 

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Podcast: The Future of Space Travel, February 01, 2013 | University of Illinois

Podcast: The Future of Space Travel, February 01, 2013 | University of Illinois | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry over Texas, killing seven astronauts. While the shuttle program continued for some years thereafter, state-funded space flight dwindled in the decade that followed. Now, space is becoming more of a private industry. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the future of space travel. Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former astronaut and President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation will be here to talk about his experiences in space and what needs to happen for commercial space tourism and research to become a reality. We’ll also talk with Philippe Geubelle, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the UIUC and the Director of the Illinois Space Grant Consortium about funding for aerospace education for next generation and Jonathan Card, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation.

 

 

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Launch Party: a crowdfunding revolution ignites the next space race

Launch Party: a crowdfunding revolution ignites the next space race | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Inside an old storage warehouse in an abandoned shipyard in Copenhagen, Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen have been building a one-man rocket ship they intend to send on a 15-minute, parabolic trip to the edge of space and back.

 

Von Bengston and Madsen’s non-profit, private space agency is called Copenhagen Suborbitals, and is probably the most extreme do-it-yourself project in the world. Von Bengston is an architect and former NASA contractor. Madsen is an engineer who founded a DIY collective that built three submarines as a hobby.

 

Copenhagen Suborbitals has no government grants, no investors, and no academic affiliation. Instead, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from ordinary people around the world who donated in exchange for a part of their dream.

 

 

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NASA's mission is not safety | USA Today

NASA's mission is not safety | USA Today | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"But should safety be NASA's highest priority? If it is, then that means other things, such as actually accomplishing things in space, are a lower one. The surest way to make sure our astronauts don't die in space is to keep them on the ground. And indeed, that is more and more what we do, choosing robotic exploration over opening the frontier to humanity.

 

"This sad week, perhaps the best way to honor the men and women who gave their lives would be to recognize that they did so willingly, and set forth a bold national frontier-opening policy, including recognizing that it has never happened without human bloodshed. As John Shedd wrote last century, 'A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are for.'"

 

 

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3D-Printing a Future Moon Base (Gallery)

3D-Printing a Future Moon Base (Gallery) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

See images of 3D printing, which could be used in building a future lunar base.

 

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Print Me a Condo on the Moon! | DNews

Print Me a Condo on the Moon! | DNews | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

There have been many plans — some good, some bad, some silly — to build the first manned base on the moon, but many have two key drawbacks: cost and weight. To launch any habitat from Earth to the moon (and, indeed, land it safely on the lunar surface) is costly, therefore novel ideas for habitat construction are needed. Wouldn’t it be great if we could build a lunar base from material mined in-situ (i.e., moon rock and regolith)?

 

 

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Dream Chaser to breathe new life into Michoud | NASASpaceFlight.com

Dream Chaser to breathe new life into Michoud | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Following this week’s announcement of a deal between Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Lockheed Martin, the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) will gain a much-needed boost. The facility, that once built the giant External Tanks (ETs), will soon host composite airframe fabrication for new Dream Chasers.

 

 

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Christine Anderson is Having a Blast Building the World's First Commercial Spaceport | Forbes

Christine Anderson is Having a Blast Building the World's First Commercial Spaceport | Forbes | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Christine Anderson worked for 30 years in the United States Air Force as a civilian, retiring in 2008, having reached the civilian equivalent of General Officer, the highest rank in the Senior Executive Service. But the sky was literally the limit for this charismatic career woman and savvy executive. At the moment, Christine’s busy leading the development and operation of the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport — Spaceport America. And, she’s having lots of fun along the way.

 

 

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SpaceX Wins New Commercial Launch Order

SpaceX Wins New Commercial Launch Order | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX now has a purely commercial manifest of 23 missions scheduled over the next 4 years, exclusive of US government flights, Dragonlab flights and the anticipated demo flight for Falcon Heavy.  Somewhat incongruously, its primary US competitor, United Launch Alliance, still maintains that it requires a large annual subsidy, which neither SpaceX nor Orbital Sciences receives,  in order to remain financially viable, with the reason cited as a lack of market opportunity, a stance which seems to be in conflict with the market itself.

 

 

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Astronauts4Hire and NASTAR Center Announce Partnership | Parabolic Arc

Astronauts4Hire and NASTAR Center Announce Partnership | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Tampa, Florida (A4H PR) –Astronauts4Hire and the National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR®) Center are proud to announce that they have signed a services agreement for NASTAR Center Space Training and to collaborate on developing new A4H-branded training programs for A4H’s commercial astronaut candidates.

 

A4H and the NASTAR Center will work together to develop A4H-specific training courses for astronaut candidates interested in aiding researchers, payload developers, and spaceflight providers with mission planning and operations support during spaceflight missions.

 

“A4H is an ambitious organization that has demonstrated diverse interests in space applications,” stated Brienna Henwood, Director of Space Training and Research at the NASTAR Center. “I look forward to their insight and am happy to support their training goals of conducting research operations in space.”

 

 

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Analysis: Lockheed Martin finally gets onto a genuine runner in commercial space transport race | Hyperbola

Analysis: Lockheed Martin finally gets onto a genuine runner in commercial space transport race | Hyperbola | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The news that Lockheed Martin has finally got back into commercial manned spaceflight transportation by joining the Sierra Nevada led team building the second Dreamchaser spaceplane will probably be a relief to its board.  For while Lockheed Martin beat its main rival Boeing to the glory of building the Orion space capule for NASA's long range manned exploration extravaganzas in truth, this victory was a slightly hollow one.

 

 

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