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SpaceX's New Spin on Falcon 9 | Aviation Week

SpaceX's New Spin on Falcon 9 | Aviation Week | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell talked about the upgraded version of the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket that is expected to debut this summer, complete with fully optimized Merlin 1D engines. In a luncheon talk at the Satellite 2015 show in Washington March 17 Shotwell detailed how the modifications will fit into the design of the Falcon Heavy launcher the company hopes will see its first flight later this year.

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Vega To Launch Skybox Satellites | SpaceNews.com

Vega To Launch Skybox Satellites | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Arianespace has signed the first American customer for its Vega small launch vehicle, agreeing to launch several Skybox Imaging satellites in 2016, the launch services company announced March 17.

Arianespace said it will launch a “block” of Skybox Imaging satellites some time in 2016. Details of the contract, including the number of satellites to be launched and a more specific launch date, were not disclosed.

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Innovative satellites begin maneuvers with all-electric thrusters | Spaceflight Now

Innovative satellites begin maneuvers with all-electric thrusters | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Two ion-driven communications satellites launched from Cape Canaveral on March 1 have begun novel maneuvers using electric propulsion to reach operating posts 22,300 miles over the equator.

The Boeing-built satellites will need at least six months slowly climb in altitude and adjust their orbital paths closer to the equator — maneuvers typically conducted by liquid-fueled rocket engines instead of an ion propulsion system.

Owned by Paris-based Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite of Hong Kong and Bermuda, the twin spacecraft launched March 1 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Like most telecom satellite launches, the Falcon 9 rocket deployed the satellites in an egg-shaped transfer orbit.

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Starfleet was closer than you think | The Space Review

Starfleet was closer than you think | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

More than half a century ago, Project Orion offered the potential to open up the solar system with nuclear propulsion technologies, only to be shelved. Brent Ziarnick and Peter Garretson discuss, based on recently declassified memos, that the Air Force was closer than previously believed in deciding to fund work on Orion.

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Failure to launch: the technical, ethical, and legal case against Mars One | The Space Review

Failure to launch: the technical, ethical, and legal case against Mars One | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Mars One has garnered publicity in recent weeks with the selection of 100 candidates to be members of their first one-way Mars crew in the mid-2020s. Michael Listner and Christopher Newman argue that Mars One has yet to deal with a number of major technical and other challenges that makes their venture unlikely to succeed.

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How OneWeb's Satellite Internet Could Weather Future Disasters

How OneWeb's Satellite Internet Could Weather Future Disasters | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


The founder of the OneWeb satellite venture says his mission is to bring affordable Internet services to the entire globe — and that also means beefing up the connectivity for the first responders and survivors facing deadly disasters like Cyclone Pam.

That powerful storm ripped through the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu this week, leaving widespread death and destruction in its wake. Responding to the disaster has been difficult in part because the cyclone wiped out communication links. And that's where satellite-based connectivity could be a life-saver, said OneWeb founder and CEO Greg Wyler.

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Child of Barge Landing: Blue Origin’s Reissue Patent Application Is Public

Child of Barge Landing: Blue Origin’s Reissue Patent Application Is Public | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The plot, as they say, thickens in the continuing battle between SpaceX and Blue Origin over rocket sea landing technologies. On the heels of decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board regarding SpaceX’s challenges of Blue Origin’s original “barge landing” patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,678,321 (“’321 Patent”), the USPTO has made public a child patent application of the ‘321 Patent via its Public PAIR service.

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Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne - 8.09 | YouTube


This week we bring on William Pomerantz of Virgin Galactic to talk about LauncherOne and what is happening with their small payload launching system.

In Space News we have:
* Atlas V Launches MMS Satellites
* QM-1 Solid Motor test firing
* Rosetta listening for Philae
* Curiosity rover back in action
* Lockheed's CRS-2 Proposal
* Total Solar Eclipse on March 20th
* World Record Rocket

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Lockheed Pitches Reusable Tug for Space Station Resupply

Lockheed Pitches Reusable Tug for Space Station Resupply | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin confirmed March 12 that it submitted a proposal for NASA’s commercial cargo competition, offering a system that includes a reusable tug that can be used for other applications, including supporting human missions beyond Earth orbit.

“We’re unveiling a solution that goes beyond the space station, a solution that will allow us to set the stage for a revolution in commercial exploration,” said Jim Crocker, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems International, in an event here to announce their system.

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UK Space Agency Boosts Cubesat Space Internet Plan

UK Space Agency Boosts Cubesat Space Internet Plan | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The UK Space Agency announced Friday that it will collaborate with space tech companies Clyde Space and Outernet on the latter's ambitious plan to provide worldwide space-based Internet access.

"A partnership with the UK Space Agency is a very exciting step for Outernet," the company's CEO, Syed Karim, said in the news release. "It not only demonstrates a meeting of the minds on the importance of information access, but shows that there can be very concrete economic windfalls from doing enormous good in the world."

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Research Ramps Up When Commercial Crew Launches

Research Ramps Up When Commercial Crew Launches | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The International Space Station (ISS) represents a key milestone for NASA in exploration research for future missions, in economic development of low-Earth orbit (LEO), and in developing commercial research and development for the ISS National Laboratory. Each of these three areas depends on getting the maximum research knowledge out of the facilities and infrastructure that has been built.

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What Is CRS-2?

What Is CRS-2? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


"Our Commercial Resupply Service -2 (CRS-2) solution will fulfill NASA’s need for on time, affordable, and safe cargo transport to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Together, the Atlas V launch vehicle, Jupiter spacecraft, and Exoliner cargo carrier, will provide delivery and disposal of up to 6,500 kg cargo with each mission."

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Bitcoin Pioneer Inks Contract for Satellite Constellation

Bitcoin Pioneer Inks Contract for Satellite Constellation | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Atlanta, GA – March 12, 2015. Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin pioneer and CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems (DSS) announced he has signed a contract with Deep Space Industries (DSI) to build a 24 BitSat satellite constellation as the first element of a new strategic alliance between the two firms. The nanosats to be used in the Dunvegan constellation designed by DSI provide an order of magnitude cost advantage over traditional telecommunication satellites. Based on the industry standard Cubesat form factor, BitSat enables a cost and performance framework that supports the open platform business model employed by Dunvegan.

“Just as Bitcoin is revolutionizing financial exchanges, Dunvegan will do the same for space systems with this project,” said Garzik. “To do it right we needed a partner that was both visionary and technically capable. Once I began to work with Deep Space we realized we had found that partner.”

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Unveils New Dream Chaser® Cargo System

SPARKS, Nev. (March 17, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)  unveiled a new Dream Chaser® mission variant today, the Dream Chaser Cargo System, SNC’s complete system solution for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.

The Dream Chaser Cargo System features include: an innovative folding-wing design which allows the Dream Chaser spacecraft to fit inside existing fairings, making it compatible with a suite of launch vehicles; the ability to exceed all of NASA’s cargo requirements for pressurized and unpressurized cargo during flights to the International Space Station (ISS); high reusability, allowing it to serve the required number of missions for the full life expectancy of the ISS; non-toxic, non-hypergolic propulsion system and other fluids; low-g entry to a runway landing with immediate access to cargo.

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Lockheed Martin throws its hat into ISS cargo competition | Spaceflight Now

Lockheed Martin throws its hat into ISS cargo competition | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Lockheed Martin has proposed a semi-reusable resupply platform to send up cargo to the International Space Station beginning in 2018, adding another competitor to a crowded list of companies bidding to win multibillion-dollar contracts from NASA.

The robotic logistics carrier would loft heftier cargo than any other vehicle currently servicing the space station and use a long-lived satellite to pick up supply containers launched into orbit, then fly the equipment to the crew aboard the 250-mile-high research laboratory.

Officials pitched the idea Thursday in a presentation at Union Station in Washington, D.C., promoting the resupply platform as an affordable way to transport cargo and as a concept that could assist NASA’s plans to send astronauts on voyages into deep space in the 2020s.

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14.0 Starfleet Deferred: Project Orion in USAF Space Plan 1962 | YouTube


Third Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Nov 10-11, 2014, Oak Ridge, Dr. Brent Ziarnick, Major, USAFR

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This YouTube video is an accompaniment to The Space Review Article of 16 March 2015: "Starfleet was closer than you think."

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Review: Asteroid Mining 101 | The Space Review

Review: Asteroid Mining 101 | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The last few years have seen companies attempt to turn asteroid mining from a topic of science fiction to a profitable business. Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines the science and technical issues associated with the field.

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Mars One Finalist Explains Exactly How It’s Ripping Off Supporters

"We Do Kindly Ask For You To Donate 75% Of Your Profit To Mars One."" - Matter - Medium


When Joseph first signed up with Mars One — the media-hyped, one-way mission to colonize the red planet being floated by a Dutch non-profit — he didn’t think much of it. The former NASA researcher said he never really took the application seriously; he was just putting his hat in the ring mostly out of curiosity, and with the hope of bringing public attention to space science.

But eventually Joseph — who is actually Dr. Joseph Roche, an assistant professor at Trinity College’s School of Education in Dublin, with a Ph.D. in physics and astrophysics — found himself on the group’s shortlist of 100 candidates all willing to undertake the theoretical journey. And that’s when he started talking to me about the big problems he was seeing with Mars One.

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Orbital Insight Raises $9 Million for AI Imagery Processing

Orbital Insight Raises $9 Million for AI Imagery Processing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON – Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley startup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to expedite the processing of huge amounts of imagery, has secured $8.7 million in fresh financing from an investor group led by Sequoia Capital, the company announced March 16.

The cash infusion will enable Mountain View, California-based Orbital Insight to hire more engineers and scale up its operations, which to date have been limited mostly to pilot projects funded by an initial $1.5 million in Sequoia-provided seed capital, said James “Jimi” Crawford, who founded Orbital Insight in December 2013.

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XCOR Aerospace Announces Jay Gibson as New Chief Executive Officer

XCOR Aerospace Announces Jay Gibson as New Chief Executive Officer | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


Mojave, CA, March 16, 2015 – XCOR Aerospace, Inc. announced today that executive John H. (Jay) Gibson II has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. Mr. Gibson succeeds Jeff Greason, who is transitioning to Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Greason will dedicate his time to Lynx development, XCOR’s orbital system and other crucial projects.

“After a thorough search for the ideal candidate, we decided on Jay Gibson.” said Mr. Greason. “There could not be a more opportune moment for XCOR to welcome Jay on board. With his prominent leadership and management roles at Beechcraft Corporation, the United States Air Force, The Department of Defense as well as other industries and organizations, Jay delivers the depth and breadth of leadership and experience necessary to elevate XCOR to the next level.”

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Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world

Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea of an Earth-orbiting broadcast satellite, he neglected to patent it: he couldn’t imagine one being built in his lifetime. He wasn’t the only one caught off guard when the Soviet Union sprung a satellite on the world just 12 years later – sleek, silvery Sputnik 1, begetter of a million fancy light fittings and a slew of teen dances.


Since then, thousands more have been flung at the heavens, of which roughly 1,200 remain active. Over the next decade, however, that number is set to double for the simple reason that no technology is more tied to our connected, accelerated third millennium world than this. Yet satellites remain remote and mysterious, drivers of a second space race very few people see.

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Bigelow Aerospace Shows Off Its Vision for Expandable Space Stations

Bigelow Aerospace Shows Off Its Vision for Expandable Space Stations | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The International Space Station's next module looks like a hot tub wrapped up in bulletproof fabric, sitting on the floor of a Las Vegas warehouse — but when the module goes into orbit later this year, NASA plans to unfold it into the outer-space equivalent of a rec room.

"This could be a very nice module potentially for the crews to go hang out in. ... It may become a very popular place," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told journalists who gathered Thursday at Bigelow Aerospace's Las Vegas headquarters for the module's unveiling.

But that's just the start. If the experimental module works out the way NASA and Bigelow Aerospace hope it does, we could be seeing even bigger and better expandable spacecraft, including monster space blimps that have twice as much volume as the International Space Station.

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ITU Grapples with Small-satellite Regulatory Challenge

ITU Grapples with Small-satellite Regulatory Challenge | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it


PRAGUE — The astonishing increase in the number of small satellites being launched singly or by the dozen has caused friction between international regulators on the one side and, on the other, satellite developers and some national governments that look the other way instead of enforcing the rules, industry and regulatory officials said.

Officials at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency that regulates orbital slots and radio frequencies, said they are girding for even more regulatory challenges as ostensibly well-financed companies planning low-orbiting constellations to offer global Internet access seek frequency coordination at the agency.

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‘Jupiter’ Space Tug Could Deliver Cargo To The Moon | Aviation Week

‘Jupiter’ Space Tug Could Deliver Cargo To The Moon | Aviation Week | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

An international team headed by Lockheed Martin hopes to parlay a modular “general-purpose space utility vehicle” it has proposed for NASA’s second-round commercial-cargo competition into a human-spaceflight services business ranging from low Earth orbit (LEO) to Mars.

Dubbed “Jupiter” for one of the locomotives that met in the Utah desert to complete the U.S. transcontinental railroad, the proposed vehicle would marry the spacecraft bus Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company builds for its interplanetary probes with a robotic arm supplied by Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA) and a pressurized module built in Italy by Thales Alenia Space.

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Lockheed Martin CRS-2 Solution | YouTube


This video explains Lockheed Martin’s safe, reliable, and affordable solution for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program. This solution will deliver and dispose of a large quantity of International Space Station (ISS) cargo. In addition to ISS servicing, the solution proposed by Lockheed Martin develops technologies that are needed to support future human-rated deep space missions. Learn more about our Commercial Resupply Services 2 program: www.lockheedmartin.com/crs2

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