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SpaceX Test Fires Merlin 1-D-equipped Rocket Core in Texas | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Test Fires Merlin 1-D-equipped Rocket Core in Texas | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Hawthorne, Calif., test fired a rocket stage outfitted with nine Merlin1-D engines June 1 at its rocket test facility in McGregor, Texas.

 

The test lasted about 10 seconds, SpaceX spokeswoman Christina Ra said in a June 3 email. The test rig included nine Merlin 1-D engines, the latest in SpaceX’s in-house line of kerosene-fueled rocket motors.

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Stratolaunch firms up its relationship with Orbital for air-launch system

Stratolaunch firms up its relationship with Orbital for air-launch system | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Stratolaunch has solidified its partnership with Orbital Sciences Corp. to develop a new rocket capable of launching payloads into orbit from what will be the world's widest airplane.

 

"We've been together now for nine months and working well as a team ... so we're really excited to see Orbital get started," Gary Wentz, Stratolaunch's CEO and president, told NBC News.

 

Founded bysoftware billionaire Paul Allen, Stratolaunch aims to send payloads into orbit — and eventually, people as well — using rockets that are carried up to high altitude on a 385-foot-wide (117-meter-wide) carrier plane incorporating components from two Boeing 747s. The rocket would be released into the air and then would fire its engines to complete the ascent.

 

 

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SpaceX Conducts First Firing for Falcon 9-R

SpaceX Conducts First Firing for Falcon 9-R | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... "The flight test program is also going to make every upcoming launch a fascinating experience far removed from tightly controlled, extremely conservative commercial space launches.  After separation, and with the payload hopefully safely on its way to orbit,  literally nobody knows what is going to happen next,  and how much of the mystery surrounding the most critical aspect of powered return will be peeled back on any given flight.   In so many aspects, this promises to take us back to  the early years of space flight testing, making it perhaps the summer’s most exciting reality drama."

 

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Astronauts for Hire Announces Six New Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidates | Parabolic Arc

Astronauts for Hire Announces Six New Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidates | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Broomfield, Colorado (A4H PR) –Astronauts for Hire (A4H) proudly announces the selection of its fourth group of commercial scientist-astronaut candidates. The six new recruits were selected through a rigorous process from a pool of 85 highly qualified applicants from 14 countries who responded to the nonprofit organization’s March 2013 call for applications.

 

“The selection of the new class of A4H flight members marks our commitment to a future important role in the commercial spaceflight arena,” said A4H Training Officer Dr. Erik Seedhouse. “The A4H selection committee was inspired by the outstanding talent we saw in the candidates who applied to become flight members, and we wish the new class well in their training. These flight members will continue to motivate and inspire those who want to reach for their dreams.”

 

 

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Dutch startup Space Expedition Corporation is taking on Virgin Galactic (Wired UK)

Dutch startup Space Expedition Corporation is taking on Virgin Galactic (Wired UK) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... When Galactic was launched in 2003, SXC was just a vague idea in the mind of its founder, the Dutch fighter pilot Harry van Hulten. A decade on, there is a chance that SXC -- a tiny company with only a dozen employees -- will beat Galactic in the race to be the first to send tourists into space. "We are," Mol says, "David versus Goliath."

 

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Planetary Resources makes a giant leap in space crowdfunding | The Space Review

Planetary Resources makes a giant leap in space crowdfunding | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Raising funding has been difficult for space ventures over the years, given their high capital costs and limited interest, at best, from more conventional sources of investment, like venture capital firms. A few companies have, within the last year or two, turned their attention to a new form of fundraising called “crowdfunding” that allows them to raise money from individuals in exchange for rewards and, eventually, equity in those companies. Crowdfunding has, until now, looked best suited for small projects, but the impressive results of a campaign that started last week suggest it can do much more.

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NASA Open To Hitching Ride To the Moon | SpaceNews.com

NASA Open To Hitching Ride To the Moon | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- The United States has no plans to orchestrate a mission to send astronauts back to the Moon, but if someone else is going NASA wants a seat.

 

“I have never said the United States is not going back to the lunar surface. I just said that in the foreseeable future, given the budget that NASA currently has and given where we are and what we need technologically if we’re going to go to Mars, then it will not be the United States that leads an expedition to the lunar surface,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told a National Academy of Sciences’ medical committee May 30.

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John Kelly: Shiloh good idea with or without SpaceX

John Kelly: Shiloh good idea with or without SpaceX | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The development of a new commercial launch pad at the north end of Kennedy Space Center is important to the future of our spaceport.

 

It’s important for two reasons, one of them related to the presumed prime operator of a new complex at Shiloh and the other more general.

 

 

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Crowdfunding your next Space Program | Spacevidcast Live 6.15

Planetary Resources introduced a $1,000,000 kickstarter project and raised over 1/2 the funds required in 2 days! Does this mean that crowd funded space programs will start cropping up more often?

In Space News we look at recent launches, radiation in space, Rats on Mars and the Space Launch System. We are joined by Douglas Messier of ParablicArc.com for an update on ISDC as well as what is going on in Mojave. For more information on each story check out our wiki here: http://wiki.spacevidcast.com/en/6.15

 

 

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Jason Silva - Planetary Resources Kickstarter

Jason Silva, the host of National Geographic's Brain Games talks about what the ARKYD space telescope means to him and the world. You can follow Jason on Twitter @JasonSilva

 

 

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Planetary Resources Kickstarter Community Event with Star Trek's Brent Spiner

Find out more on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/19ma7DQ

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Boeing completes wind tunnel tests for CST-100 and Atlas V

Boeing has completed two additional milestones under the commercial crew integrated capability (CCiCap) agreement with NASA, earning the company nearly $60 million.

 

Boeing completed wind tunnel testing of the CST-100 crew capsule while attached to its launch vehicle, a Lockheed Martin Atlas V. CST-100 and its service module rely wholly on the Atlas V and its Centaur upper stage for propulsion into suitable orbit, where it will dock with the International Space Station (ISS).

 

"The CST-100 and Atlas V, connected by the launch vehicle adaptor, performed exactly as expected and confirmed our expectations of how they will perform together in flight," says John Mulholland, Boeing's programme manager for commercial crew.

 

 

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Another American High Frontier First: 3-D Manufacturing in Space | NASA

Another American High Frontier First: 3-D Manufacturing in Space | NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station.

If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will be the first device to manufacture parts in space. 3-D Print will use extrusion additive manufacturing, which builds objects, layer by layer, out of polymers and other materials. The 3-D Print hardware is scheduled to be certified and ready for launch to the space station next year.

"As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we'll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during a recent tour of the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. "In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space."

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Commercial Crew Partners Continue to Reach Milestones | Parabolic Arc

Commercial Crew Partners Continue to Reach Milestones | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) – NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) partners continue to meet all scheduled CCiCap milestones, bringing the nation closer to its goal of having a U.S. capability for human access to space and ending reliance on foreign vehicles. Since August 2012, 15 of the 42 planned milestones have been successfully completed.

 

 

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Boeing's crew capsule tested for launch environment | Spaceflight Now

Boeing's crew capsule tested for launch environment | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Boeing's CST-100 human-rated commercial crew capsule has moved two steps closer to reality with the successful completion of aerodynamic testing in a wind tunnel and a propellant plumbing system for the craft's Atlas 5 launch vehicle, NASA and Boeing announced Friday.

 

The venerable aerospace contractor is working with NASA under an agreement worth $460 million, leading the development of an economical space capsule capable of transporting up to seven people to the International Space Station.

 

The CST-100 spacecraft, one of three vehicles vying to win business to carry NASA astronauts to the space station, will launch on United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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Commercial access to suborbital space still on the horizon | Nature News Blog

Commercial access to suborbital space still on the horizon | Nature News Blog | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

BROOMFIELD, COLORADO — In a packed hotel ballroom within sight of the Rocky Mountains, entrepreneurs and researchers gathered on 3 June to discuss their sky-high dreams for commercial spaceflight. One day soon, they say, private spaceships will zip aloft on a daily or even hourly basis, for a brief taste of zero gravity in suborbital space. Tourists will line up for rides, while scientists hop on board to do planetary science, materials research, and even human physiology studies.

 

The only problem? Commercial suborbital flights remain ever so slightly in the future. And that leaves researchers twiddling their thumbs as they wait for their rides to be ready.

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Tamitha Skov's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:04 PM

As we get closer to making near-Earth space part of our own backyard so to speak, the need for better understanding and prediction of space weather and its deleterious effects on people and spacecraft increases. The time for space weather to be included in our terrestrial weather reporting is now upon us. 

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Duty Calls: ITAR, USML, and NPRMs (Oh My!) | Selenian Boondocks

"While the ostensible purpose of ITAR is to protect us from having dangerous weapons and weapons technologies exported to our potential enemies, the real result so far of ITAR has mostly been to stifle international collaboration on the commercial level, provide NASA and other agencies a fig-leaf to hide information from the public, prevent US companies from employing subject matter experts who happened to have been born on the wrong side of an arbitrary political border, basically subsidizing the creation of foreign competing industries who aren’t hampered by ITAR, and generally strangling the US space industry from being able to sell space-related technologies to even friendly countries outside our border. There’s a reason why people in the industry like to talk about export control laws in the US as being thoroughly ITARded."

 

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Spinning for the prize | The Space Review

Spinning for the prize | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Five years ago, one of the then-active Google Lunar X PRIZE teams quietly signed off, withdrew from the competition, and ceased operations. At the time, it was arguably considered the team to beat in the quest for the prize. This article summarizes that team’s story and highlights a novel advancement in lander architecture derived from this short-lived yet very effective effort.

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International space law and commercial space activities: the rules do apply | The Space Review

International space law and commercial space activities: the rules do apply | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A significant legal backdrop exists in the United States to facilitate commercial space activities such as the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984. However, many advocates of commercial space activities do not understand that the current body of international space law is relevant to commercial space activities and has the power to both facilitate commercial space activities and the potential to impede them as well. This essay will attempt to explain the relationship of international space law to federal law and commercial space and illustrate how even non-binding measures can affect commercial space activities.

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Twitter / @elonmusk: 1st firing of Falcon 9-R advanced prototype rocket.

Twitter / @elonmusk: 1st firing of Falcon 9-R advanced prototype rocket. | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

1st firing of Falcon 9-R advanced prototype rocket. Over 1M lbs thrust, enough to lift skyscraper.

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The reusable Falcon 9 first stage may solve the RLV conundrum

The reusable Falcon 9 first stage may solve the RLV conundrum | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space advocates generally recognize the necessity to develop reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) to achieve affordable access to space, which in turn will make large scale space development affordable. However, many have concerns that the business hurdles to RLV development, particularly those hurdles that arise at its introduction, are as formidable as the technological ones.

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Boeing Completes 2 Test Milestones for NASA Commercial Crew Program | SpaceRef

By successfully completing two significant tests of the integrated Commercial Crew Transportation System, Boeing [NYSE: BA] and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have moved the United States closer to regaining its capability to return humans to space.

The team recently completed the first wind tunnel test for connected scale models of the Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) capsule, launch vehicle adaptor and Atlas V rocket, as well as a thrust test of the Centaur rocket stage.

The CST-100 will be able to transport up to seven people, or a mix of people and cargo, to low Earth orbit destinations such as the International Space Station and Bigelow Aerospace's planned space station.

 

 

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CAEXI BEST's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:39 PM
Boeing finalise 2 jalons d'essai pour la NASA Programme d'équipage commercial | SpaceRef
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Commercial Crew Program Mixes Innovation, Experience | Parabolic Arc

Commercial Crew Program Mixes Innovation, Experience | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA is on the verge of a dramatic and exciting era of spaceflight that will draw on private companies’ innovations in using the agency’s expertise to send astronauts into orbit, managers of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program told a group of employees at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

 

Whether astronauts ultimately fly aboard a Boeing or SpaceX capsule or the winged Dream Chaser under development by Sierra Nevada Corporation – or all three – the steps that get to that point did not come about by accident, said Ed Mango, program manager of CCP.

 

“We had two days to put together a white paper of how we were going to organize that program and execute that program and what we’ve seen in the three years since then fit that almost to a T,” Mango said. “The lesson is that it isn’t about think-tanks and lots of discussions, it’s just takes innovation. Taking the experiences from our past and thinking about it outside the box.”

 

 

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Lyle Upson's comment, June 3, 2013 12:31 AM
when will these freaks state the truth, less meddling politicians mean greater advancements
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Boeing Completes New Spacecraft, Rocket Milestones | NASA

Boeing Completes New Spacecraft, Rocket Milestones | NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, recently performed wind tunnel testing of its CST-100 spacecraft and integrated launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The testing is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers.

Boeing and ULA also worked together to test a newly developed component of the Atlas V's Centaur upper stage. Boeing now has completed two of eight performance milestones under CCiCap and is on track to have completed all 19 of its milestones around mid-2014.

 

 

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