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Inflatable Private Space Stations: Bigelow's Big Dream

Inflatable Private Space Stations: Bigelow's Big Dream | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA's decision to buy an inflatable new room for the International Space Station may push the module's builder —commercial spaceflight company Bigelow Aerospace — one step closer to establishing its own private stations in orbit.

 

Last week, NASA announced that it will pay $17.8 million for the Nevada-based company's Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which will be affixed to the huge orbiting lab as a technology demonstration.

 

NASA and Bigelow will discuss the deal during a media event Wednesday (Jan. 16) in North Las Vegas, where the company is headquartered. BEAM could help prove out the viability of inflatable crew habitats, potentially jump-starting Bigelow's ambitious plans in low-Earth orbit and, perhaps, on the surface of the moon.

 

 

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Mark Sirangelo - Dream Chaser Development | Moonandback

Mark Sirangelo - Dream Chaser Development | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In an exclusive interview with Moonandback, Mark Sirangelo, Chairman of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, talks about the Dream Chaser vehicle’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability program (CCiCap) milestones, former NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey’s role in the vehicle’s development, integration with the Atlas V launch vehicle, and the capability to safe abort to a runway landing throughout the flight profile.

 

 

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John Kelly: SpaceX takes hops toward a lofty goal

John Kelly: SpaceX takes hops toward a lofty goal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Here’s something to keep an eye on if you’re interested in the long-term sustainability of space flight: Grasshopper.

 

Grasshopper is a vertical take-off and vertical landing launch vehicle being developed, and test flown, by SpaceX in Texas.

 

In December, Grasshopper blasted off on a what might seem like a short flight a little more than 130 feet above ground. Then, the vehicle returned to the ground intact. The 29-second flight is a big deal because it’s the beginning of a nascent effort by the groundbreaking space-launch venture to go after one of the holy grails of more affordable space launch: reusability.

 

 

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Unilever Buys 22 Flights on XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx® Suborbital Spacecraft For Global AXE® Campaign

Unilever Buys 22 Flights on XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx® Suborbital Spacecraft For Global AXE® Campaign | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

United Kingdom-based Unilever Group (NYSE: UL, Unilever N.V. and NYSE: UN, Unilever PLC), and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) announced a 22 flight purchase on XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx® Mark II suborbital spacecraft for Unilever’s space-themed AXEApollo™ campaign for the AXE ® brand of men’s cologne, body spray, shower gels and other personal care products.

 

Unilever will award the first flight to a lucky winner selected from a drawing just after the Super Bowl on February 3rd, and the 21 other winners will come from a year long, 60 country promotional campaign. That larger campaign includes a 100+ person December 2013 space camp for early stage winners in Orlando called the AXE Apollo™ Space Academy (A.A.S.A.). The campaign also includes legendary Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin and a 30 second Super Bowl advertisement. For a chance to win, register at www.AXEApollo.com.

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Bigelow Aerospace's Inflatable Space Station Idea (Photos)

Bigelow Aerospace's Inflatable Space Station Idea (Photos) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

See images and photos of space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow's vision for private inflatable space stations.

 

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Ride-Along View: Grasshopper 12-Story Test Flight 12/17/12

SpaceX's Grasshopper takes a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper, a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTVL), rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered and landed safely on the pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds. Grasshopper stands 10 stories tall and consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merlin 1D engine, four steel landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

 

 

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Buzz Aldrin Announces the LYNX Space Academy

 

Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin announces the creation of the LYNX Space Academy. Join now at http://www.lynxapollo.com for your chance to go to space.

 

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NASA Safety Panel Worries About Commercial Crew Planning-Funding Disconnect

NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) issued its annual report yesterday.   NASA's commercial crew program received considerable attention again this year, especially the "disconnect" between how much funding NASA requests for the program versus what Congress approves.  ASAP worries that a continued disconnect will "again drive a change to acquisition strategy, schedule, and/or safety risk."

 

 

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ASAP: Inadequate Commercial Crew Funding Risking Unacceptable Safety Compromises | Parabolic Arc

ASAP: Inadequate Commercial Crew Funding Risking Unacceptable Safety Compromises | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On the same day that NASA and its commercial partners held a press conference to highlight progress in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), the space agency’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released a report spotlighting worries about chronic Congressional underfunding of the program will lead to decisions that diminish safety standards for the new spacecraft.

 

“The ASAP is concerned that some will champion an approach that is a current option contained in the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. There is risk this optional, orbital flight-test demonstration with a non-NASA crew could yield two standards of safety—one reflecting NASA requirements, and one with a higher risk set of commercial requirements. It also raises questions of who acts as certification authority and what differentiates public from private accountability,” wrote ASAP Chairman Joseph W. Dyer in the report’s cover letter.

 

 

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4 Spaceships Vying to Visit the ISS

4 Spaceships Vying to Visit the ISS | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it
In a press conference today, NASA and four private companies briefed the press on their progress in developing private vehicles to send crews to the International Space Station. To date, NASA has spent $1.5 billion fostering the development of the new vehicles, and plans to up the ante in the next couple of years.

 

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Company test pilots slated for first commercial space flights | Spaceflight Now

Company test pilots slated for first commercial space flights | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The first American rockets and spacecraft to fly in the wake of the shuttle's retirement will be crewed by company test pilots -- not NASA astronauts -- in part to give space agency managers better insight into flight readiness and safety, officials said Wednesday.

 

Assuming NASA gets the funding managers say they need -- a big if in today's political environment -- Space Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, hopes to launch a manned version of its Dragon cargo ship in the mid 2015 timeframe, followed by a crewed flight to the International Space Station later that year.

 

A top Boeing manager told reporters the company's CST-100 capsule should be ready for an initial three-day orbital test flight, with company pilots, in 2016. A senior manager with Sierra Nevada, which has pinned its hopes on a winged orbiter similar in appearance to a mini space shuttle, said both manned and autonomous sub-orbital test flights will be used to pave the way to orbital missions.

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NASA: Commercial Crew Program Moving Along Nicely | Parabolic Arc

NASA: Commercial Crew Program Moving Along Nicely | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Commercial Crew Briefing

 

Participants:

 

Phil McAlister, NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development director

 

Ed Mango, NASA Commercial Crew Program manager

 

Rob Meyerson, Blue Origin president and program manager

 

John Mulholland, The Boeing Co. Commercial Programs Space Exploration vice president and program manager

 

Mark Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada Corp vice president and SNC Space Systems chairman

 

Garrett Reisman, Space Exploration Technologies Commercial Crew project manager

 

 

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A (New) Mexican Standoff at the Old Spaceport | Parabolic Arc

A (New) Mexican Standoff at the Old Spaceport | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Starting on Tuesday, the taxpayers of New Mexico will begin to see the first returns on their $209 million investment in Spaceport America – the futuristic launch base they funded in the desert for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic suborbital tourism company.

 

Virgin Galactic’s first monthly payments – $83,333 in facilities rent and $2,500 in ground rent – are dwarfed by the cost of the spaceport and the space plane that will fly from it. However, they constitute a major milestone in a bold and risky effort to jump start a suborbital space tourism industry that, to date anyway, has been all bucks and no Buck Rogers.

 

 

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NASA's commercial crew partners set for further tests in 2013

NASA's commercial crew partners set for further tests in 2013 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Sen) - NASA and its commercial partners are rapidly working towards late-stage spacecraft development tests in 2013, according to an update delivered by the various companies late last week.

 

Calling 2012 "an unbelieveable year for the commercial crew program", NASA commercial crew manager Ed Mango pointed out that the program is more than meeting expectations.

 

The agency is undertaking the program as a facilitator, rather than a leader, officials pointed out in a press conference held on January 9. NASA provides money to the commercial contractors as well as billable use of its facilities. Meanwhile, the commercial crew candidates must meet certain design and safety milestones throughout the development process to ensure they are on track to receive the funding they are promised.

 

NASA hopes that the companies will ferry astronauts into Earth orbit by 2017 or 2018, which will at last give the United States full human launch capability again after the shuttle retired in 2011.

 

 

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Expanding on Bigelow’s inflatable module for the ISS | NASASpaceFlight.com

Expanding on Bigelow’s inflatable module for the ISS | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA managers are set to provide details on the deal they have signed with Bigelow Aerospace for an inflatable module to become part of the International Space Station (ISS). The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be a vital testbed for future applications and may ride to the ISS inside the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon.

 

The announcement comes two years after International Space Station Program (ISSP) managers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston held a two-day meeting to discuss the prospect of adding a Bigelow Aerospace inflatable module to the ISS.

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Attachment of a Bigelow inflatable module to the ISS will test a technology, give the space station additional storage capability, and gain experience and confidence toward an eventual Bigelow space hotel.

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NASA Buys Private Inflatable Room for Space Station

NASA Buys Private Inflatable Room for Space Station | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA has officially signed a deal to attach an inflatable private module to the International Space Station, space agency officials confirmed today (Jan. 11).

 

Under the new deal, NASA will pay $17.8 million to the Nevada-based private spaceflight firm Bigelow Aerospace for the company's Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which will be affixed to the orbiting lab as a technology demonstration.

 

"This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in U.S. commercial space innovation," NASA deputy chief Lori Garver said in a statement.

 

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NASA - NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module

NASA - NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors.

"The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. "This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in U.S. commercial space innovation."

 

 

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LYNX Space Academy - Space Camp

 

Nothing beats an astronaut. Ever. Pick up your can of LYNX Apollo in stores now! And visit http://www.lynxapollo.com for your chance to go to space.

 

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Virgin Galactic to make first Spaceport America rent payment

LAS CRUCES — Virgin Galactic will make the first-ever rent payment this month for use of Spaceport America, state officials said Wednesday.

 

Also, they said a funding shortfall to build a southern road to the spaceport, important to Las Cruces, is prompting them to seek another $3 million from the Legislature for the project.

 

Virgin Galactic rent will begin accruing Jan. 15, said Christine Anderson, executive director for the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.

 

 

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SpaceX Crewed Dragon: Pressing home the advantage | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Crewed Dragon: Pressing home the advantage | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

With all three Commercial Crew partners providing a status update at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week, SpaceX have outlined their path towards launching a crew on their Dragon spacecraft in 2015. With the advantage of already flying cargo missions on a near-human rated Dragon, SpaceX are leading the drive to return domestic crew launch capability to the United States.

 

 

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LYNX Space Academy - Space Flight

 

LYNX and SXC are teaming up to give you a chance to go to space! Check out the flight and join now at http://www.lynxapollo.com.

 

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Commercial Crew Progress Status Update

The progress of NASA's partnership with industry to establish safe, affordable and commercially-viable access to low Earth orbit for humans is outlined in this news briefing held on Jan. 9 at the Kennedy Space Center.

 

 

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U.S. spaceship ventures plan to send test pilots into orbit as early as 2015

U.S. spaceship ventures plan to send test pilots into orbit as early as 2015 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Americans could be flying into orbit on U.S.-built spaceships again as early as 2015 — but the first fliers won't be NASA astronauts or millionaire space tourists. Instead, they'll be commercial test pilots, employed by the Boeing Co., Sierra Nevada Corp., SpaceX or maybe even a dark-horse company like Blue Origin, the venture funded by Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos.

 

Those four companies provided updates on their efforts to build new spaceships capable of carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station during a Wednesday news briefing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. One of the companies, Blue Origin, is wrapping up its work for NASA and is no longer receiving money through the Commercial Crew Program, or CCP. But SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada are splitting more than $1 billion that's to be paid out through 2014.

 

 

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Commercial spaceflight companies lay out 2013 plans

Representatives from Boeing, Sierra Nevada, Blue Origin and SpaceX updated the status of their current programmes and laid out plans for 2013 at a 9 January NASA press conference. Three of the companies - Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX - are participating in what is effectively the third round of CCDev, called commercial crew integrated capability (CCiCap), while Blue Origin is wrapping up its involvement with CCDev.

 

 

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