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Elon Musk: How SpaceX Saved the Dragon Spacecraft from Certain Doom

Elon Musk: How SpaceX Saved the Dragon Spacecraft from Certain Doom | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

AUSTIN — At a keynote at SXSW 2013, Entrepreneur and SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk described how his team stopped the Dragon spacecraft from tumbling out of control in space by performing the "equivalent of a Heimlich Maneuver."

 

In an interview with Chris Anderson, Musk described the moments after launch as "extremely nerve-wracking," since the rockets could fail and destroy the launch pad. He recalled that in the early days of his rocket launches, they had three failures and one left him picking up pieces of the launch pad from the reef for hours.

 

 

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Nevadan at Work: To the moon and beyond for Las Vegas developer

Nevadan at Work: To the moon and beyond for Las Vegas developer | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The sky isn't the limit for Robert Bigelow.

 

Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, has aspirations well beyond Earth's atmosphere: Bigelow is building and launching space habitats that he says could someday serve as the foundation for a colony on the moon.

 

Space captured Bigelow's imagination at an early age. The Las Vegas High School graduate was intrigued as a child by family stories of close encounters with unidentified flying objects.

Bigelow eventually made his fortune the Las Vegas way - in real estate, developing hotels, motels and apartment complexes in the 1980s and '90s. But that construction was a means to starting a space-exploration company.

 

In 2001, Bigelow launched Bigelow Aerospace. Today, the company has factories in North Las Vegas and Maryland, and a deal with California-based Space Exploration Technologies to put habitats into orbit.

 

 

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Elon Musk: Our future in space depends on reusable rockets

Elon Musk: Our future in space depends on reusable rockets | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Austin, Texas (CNN) -- The future of space travel will depend on our ability to make rockets that can be used more than once, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. And on Saturday, he gave a crowd at the South by Southwest Interactive festival the world's first look at a step in that direction.

 

Musk, whose SpaceX Dragon is currently docked on the International Space Station, showed a packed exhibit hall a two-day-old video of Grasshopper, an experimental rocket. If fully realized, the rocket would propel spacecraft out of the earth's atmosphere, then flip around, sprout landing gear and return intact to the launch pad.

 

In the video, a 10-story-high Grasshopper rocket did just that -- except for the leaving-the-atmosphere part. It blasted off, hovered, and then set itself down at virtually the same spot where it began. The video, with its Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" soundtrack, drew cheers from the crowd.

 

 

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MikeMongo's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:11 AM

Elon Musk describes SpaceX's recent jaw-dropping save of Dragon spacecraft.

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Trent Smith on NASA Commercial Crew

 

Video interview with NASA's Commercial Crew Program Trent Smith.

 

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John Kelly: To move ahead, NASA needs to slim down

John Kelly: To move ahead, NASA needs to slim down | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a new, lean and mean federal budget world, NASA’s going to be crushed under the weight of keeping all 10 of its centers open.

 

The space agency is going to have to take a serious look at its infrastructure costs across the United States, closing unused facilities and starting to give consideration to consolidating work at a smaller number of facilities.

 

The idea of the space agency going through a process similar to what the military has done with Base Realignment and Closure is not new, and it’s come up every few years. The bottom line is, whether painful or not, some buildings need to be closed or even whole centers so that NASA becomes a more modern, more efficient operation. Partially empty or unused multi-million dollar facilities can’t be sustained.

 

 

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We're live at Elon Musk's SXSW keynote

We're live at Elon Musk's SXSW keynote | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Elon: The biggest mistake in general is to put too much of a weight on someone's talent and not there personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart. And i've made the mistake of thinking it's just about the brain.

 

 

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Stratocumulus's comment, March 10, 2013 8:47 AM
It's definitely a little tricky. Try using the Time Line Slider at the top.
Lyle Upson's comment, March 11, 2013 9:22 AM
enough other sites to read
Lyle Upson's comment, March 11, 2013 9:22 AM
does look like a good topic
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PandoMonthly: Fireside Chat With Elon Musk

Sarah Lacy talked to Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX during PandoMonthly and went into detail on what other entreprenuers should do while raising venture capital, why he isn't going to be doing another Internet startup, his thoughts on CleanTech, the launch of SpaceX, and finally, his plans for the future.

 

 

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More on Grasshopper’s “Johnny Cash hover slam” test | NewSpace Journal

Saturday afternoon Elon Musk was the subject a keynote interview at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. It was at the conference that he showed the first video of Thursday’s test flight of SpaceX’s Grasshopper vehicle. How new was this video? “You’re the first people to see that video,” he told an audience that filled the main ballroom and an overflow room at the conference, as well as those watching online. “Even including SpaceX, apart from the video editor who just sent it to me half an hour before this.”

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Space tourism: Chris Hadfield on the final travel frontier

Space tourism: Chris Hadfield on the final travel frontier | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

Canada's number one space traveler astronaut Chris Hadfield recently took the time to answer my questions on space tourism.

 

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Mike Okuda, Golden Spike Indiegogo Campaign

We're the Golden Spike Company, a private business planning to sell an extensive series of expeditions to explore the Moon by nations around the globe--each of which will be able to send their own exploration crews!

 

Test flights are planned to begin in 2017, and landings by 2020. And all of it will be on your big screen TVs, laptops, tablets, and phones. Golden Spike is led by former NASA leaders, our team is also deep in space-industry veterans, world-renowned planetary scientists, Hollywood and other media professionals, and experienced business people.

 

Golden Spike is making it possible for countries to send their explorers to the Moon. And with your help, we're going to give people ringside seats!

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SpaceX continues to eye Texas spaceport | KXAN.com

SpaceX continues to eye Texas spaceport | KXAN.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

AUSTIN (AP) — SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk swung by the Texas Capitol on Friday and told lawmakers he could announce this year that the state will be home to his next ballyhooed spaceport — if the price is right.

 

Bringing rare celebrity wattage to typically dry House Appropriations Committee hearings where the state budget is hashed out, Musk expressed optimism about Texas' chances of beating out Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico for what he says will be "a commercial version of Cape Canaveral."

 

Musk, who was in Austin to speak at the South by Southwest festival and promote his Tesla electric cars, said the winner hinges on which state puts together the best offer. He hinted at competitors offering generous economic incentives yet stopped short of revealing figures.

 

He often spoke, however, as though Texas was the preference. California-based SpaceX already launches unmanned rockets from a launch pad in Florida but Musk said there is an inherent appeal to expanding elsewhere.

 

 

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper flies again | NewSpace Journal

Grasshopper, the reusable launch vehicle (RLV) technology demonstrator developed by SpaceX, made its fourth flight on Thursday, according to government records. The list of flights performed under experimental permits issued by the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation now includes a flight on Thursday, March 7, by Grasshopper from SpaceX’s test site near McGregor, Texas. The entry offers no technical details about the flight other than it was a vertical takeoff and landing flight.

 

SpaceX developed Grasshopper to test technologies it plans to incorporate into a future reusable version of the Falcon 9. The vehicle is a Falcon 9 first stage with a single Merlin engine and fitted with landing legs. The vehicle last flew in December, flying to an altitude of 40 meters and staying airborne for 29 seconds. SpaceX previously flew Grasshopper in September and November.

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3D Printing in Space: Jason Dunn at TEDxEmbryRiddle

Jason Dunn speaks about colonizing the space and additive manufacturing in space. He is the President and Co-Founder at Made in Space, Inc.

"My life purpose is to help colonize the space frontier, because I sincerely believe that the future of humanity relies on our ability to transition to a multi-planet species." - Jason Dunn

 

 

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Reality TV for the Red Planet

Reality TV for the Red Planet | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS — As Wernher von Braun, the rocket scientist, used to say, the most overwhelming obstacle to exploring the cosmos isn’t gravity. It’s the paperwork.

 

Not to mention the money. 

 

So when Bas Lansdorp began dreaming more than a decade ago about establishing the first permanent human colony on Mars, his primary focus was not on overcoming the technological challenges. It was the business model.

 

“All the technology we need exists already — or nearly exists,” he said. “I just couldn’t figure out how to finance it.”

 

 

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SXSW 2013: Elon Musk’s space-travel evangelism enthralls crowd | Toronto Star

SXSW 2013: Elon Musk’s space-travel evangelism enthralls crowd | Toronto Star | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

AUSTIN, TEX.—Humanity’s future lies on planets other than Earth, believe Elon Musk, and he’s intent on getting us there. In his own lifetime, if possible.

 

Musk, the CEO and chief technology officer of commercial-spaceflight company SpaceX, held two entire, vast auditoriums in the Austin Convention Centre enthralled for an hour-long keynote interview at the SXSW Interactive conference on Saturday afternoon in which he talked about his various endeavours in the development of space-travel technologies, solar power and his other company Tesla’s Model S electric car. His increasingly confident ventures into outer space were arguably what the several thousand SXSW attendees were there to hear about, though, and fittingly enough, that was the topic area that had Musk most starry-eyed.

 

 

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SXSW: Elon Musk discusses hovering rocket, Mars and that NYT review

SXSW: Elon Musk discusses hovering rocket, Mars and that NYT review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

AUSTIN -- Elon Musk says if mankind doesn't make it to Mars by the time he dies, it'll be the biggest disappointment of his life.

 

Speaking to a packed crowd of several thousand attendees at South by Southwest on Saturday, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX said he might even consider making the journey himself. 

 

"I'd like to die on Mars, just not on impact," he said.


For now, he's been focusing his attention on something a bit closer to home. Musk revealed to the crowd that SpaceX is one step closer to developing a reusable rocket, saying the company recently launched a 10-story rocket that burst into the sky, rose 262.8 feet, hovered and landed safely on the pad 34 seconds later using thrust vector and throttle control. To cushion its fall back to the launch pad, the Grasshopper has steel landing legs with hydraulic dampers, plus a steel support structure.

 

 

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NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration

NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace spoke with Trent Smith with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. He detailed the basics behind efforts to cede responsibility of delivering crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO), primarily to the International Space Station, to commercial companies. Under this plan, this should allow NASA to focus on sending crews beyond Earth’s influence for the first time in over forty years. 

 

NASA currently has a two-pronged strategy in place in terms of its future human space flight program. The first half, the commercial segment, would handle operations in LEO. This would be comprised of companies such as SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and The Boeing Company.

The second half involves a powerful new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, and the Orion spacecraft. These vehicles are currently being developed and built to send astronauts to destinations that, excluding the Moon, have never been visited before.

 

 

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SpaceX's Elon Musk shows off Grasshopper test rocket's latest hop

SpaceX's Elon Musk shows off Grasshopper test rocket's latest hop | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, gave attendees at the South by Southwest festival in Texas the first public look at the fourth flight test carried out by his company's reusable self-landing rocket, nicknamed the Grasshopper.

 

This latest "hop," conducted on Thursday at SpaceX's rocket test facility in McGregor, Texas, sent the Grasshopper twice as high as it ever went previously: In a statement, the company said the 10-story-tall rocket rose 24 stories off the ground (262.8 feet, or 80.1 meters), hovered for 34 seconds and landed safely on its own.

 

"Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad," SpaceX said. "At touchdown, the thrust-to-weight ratio of the vehicle was greater than one, proving a key landing algorithm for Falcon 9."

 

 

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Grasshopper Hoverslam | Ring of Fire

McGregor, Texas (SpaceX PR) – On Thursday SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control.

 

Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad.  At touchdown, the thrust to weight ratio of the vehicle was greater than one, proving a key landing algorithm for Falcon 9.  Today’s test was completed at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

 

Grasshopper, SpaceX’s vertical and takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle, continues SpaceX’s work toward one of its key goals – developing fully and rapidly reusable rockets, a feat that will transform space exploration by radically reducing its cost.  With Grasshopper, SpaceX engineers are testing the technology that would enable a launched rocket to land intact, rather than burning up upon reentry to the Earth’s atmosphere.

 

This is Grasshopper’s fourth in a series of test flights, with each test demonstrating exponential increases in altitude.  Last September, Grasshopper flew to 2.5 meters (8.2 feet), in November, it flew to 5.4 meters (17.7 feet) and in December, it flew to 40 meters (131 feet).

 

Grasshopper stands 10 stories tall and consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

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SpaceX chief appears before House committee

SpaceX chief appears before House committee | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The next SpaceX launch site will not only be a place to launch rockets: The company would eventually want a site nearby to build them as well.

 

Space Exploration Technologies founder and billionaire Elon Musk made the announcement Friday at a hearing before the Texas House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in Austin, where he explained to committee members what SpaceX, as his company is known, is all about.

 

Musk said the company will continue to build its Falcon 9 rockets in California, but when it begins manufacturing rockets larger than the Falcon 9, they would be built at or near the launch site.

 

“The logical thing is to build near the launch site,” he said. “That is something that will occur wherever the launch site occurs.”

 

 

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Noah Duncan's curator insight, April 12, 2013 12:57 PM

I found this extremely interesting.   I had no idea companies like this even existed! 

Tanner Schatzel's comment, April 14, 2013 8:48 AM
I think that it is cool that there will be a new place to launch rockets in the US. I think that it is really cool that the school district said it was good to build it there. Expecially if those kids could go and tour that place how cool would that be.
Stratocumulus's comment, April 15, 2013 5:44 PM
Pretty cool.
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The Future Of Mining Is Out Of This World

The Future Of Mining Is Out Of This World | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

TORONTO - Asteroids headed for Earth might strike fear into many hearts, but there are others who see business opportunities in the giant space rocks.

 

There were even predictions at a conference this week that mining on asteroids could become a dominant industry in the future.

 

Arny Sokoloff, the head of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, said that mining off the planet will eventually become one of the driving forces in the development of space.

 

"I have no doubt that, someday, space mining will surpass Earth mining," he told the group's annual conference Thursday. The CSCA comprises 50 Canadian companies involved in the space industry.

 

 

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ISS Update: Weekly Recap for March 8, 2013

 

The International Space Station weekly recap video for March 1-8, 2013.

 

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SpaceX chief to Texas: Let's make a deal

SpaceX chief to Texas: Let's make a deal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

AUSTIN — California billionaire Elon Musk remains hopeful that plans to build the world's first commercial spaceport near Brownsville will take flight later this year.

 

But first, Texas faces stiff competition from other states also hoping to land the project.

 

Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico have all presented attractive economic incentives. The final decision will likely hinge on which location makes the best offer, Musk, founder of the Los Angeles-based SpaceX, told state lawmakers Friday.

 

“We're optimistic about making this work in Texas,” he said during a hearing of the state House Appropriations Committee. “Any support that Texas could offer would be absolutely helpful in that direction.”

 

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DIYROCKETS and Sunglass Announce 3D Printed Rocket Engine Design Competition | Parabolic Arc

DIYROCKETS and Sunglass Announce 3D Printed Rocket Engine Design Competition | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

San Francisco, March 8, 2013 (DIYROCKETS/Sunglass PR) -Today DIYROCKETS and Sunglass are announcing a partnership to launch the world’s first open source competition to create 3D printed rocket engines through collaborative design.

 

The competition opens for registration at South By Southwest (SXSW) on March 9, and challenges makers, designers and space entrepreneurs to create open source rocket engines that will serve the growing market for small payload delivery into low earth orbit and ultimately, disrupt the space transportation industry.

 

Although several companies have recently made strides in showcasing the power of the private sector in space exploration, DIYROCKETS is taking this a step further by creating the first of many competitions that encourages the fusion of creativity, technology and collaboration by people across the globe. Utilizing Sunglass’s cloud-based platform to visualize, collaborate, manage versions and exchange feedback on each design with team members and the public from anywhere on the globe, the contest aims to dramatically drive down design costs, while creating innovative technology for all types of space hardware and parts, ranging from space propulsion to space medical sensors. Teams will have the freedom to work in a 3D design environment of their choice such as SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Rhino or CATIA, while syncing their project to the Sunglass cloud.

 

 

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Taking the Long View : A Commerical SpaceX Launch Facility

Taking the Long View : A Commerical SpaceX Launch Facility | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has made no secret of the fact that he would very much like to build a significantly larger launch vehicle, one which presumably could not be moved by either interstate or rail.  Leaving aside impractical air transport, NASA still operates one Super Guppy, and SpaceX’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is immediately adjacent to Jack Northrop Field,  (Hawthorne Municipal Airport), but the lone runway is not built to accommodate heavy aircraft, the remaining options are to follow the lead of NASA and ULA and build the primary stage structure adjacent to water, allowing for barge transport, or to simply build it within short haul distance of the launch pad itself. Although purely speculative,  it is worth considering that if the latter solution is chosen, and SpaceX is famously fond of practical choices, then it seems quite possible that there is more on the line than just a launch facility.  Wherever SpaceX ultimately decides to locate a new commercial spaceport, a manufacturing facility could follow.

 

 

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