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Commercial Partners Working to Launch U.S. Astronauts from Space Coast | SpaceRef Business

Commercial Partners Working to Launch U.S. Astronauts from Space Coast | SpaceRef Business | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The three commercial space companies working with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) may have very different spacecraft and rocket designs, but they all agreed on the need for the United States to have its own domestic capability to launch astronauts.

 

"Today, there are nine humans on orbit," said Ed Mango, CCP's program manager, at a National Space Club meeting June 11 in Cape Canaveral, Florida "All of those folks got there on a vehicle that did not have a U.S. flag on it. We, and the people in this room, and the people at this table, need to fix that."

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The Call of Mars

The Call of Mars | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"When I view the Moon, there are times when I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to a cherished point in the past — now nearly 45 years ago — when Neil Armstrong and I stood on that bleak, but magnificent lunar landscape called the Sea of Tranquility.

 

"While we were farther away from Earth than humans had ever been, the fact is that we weren’t alone. An estimated 600 million people back on Earth, at that time the largest television audience in history, watched us plant our footprints on the Moon.

 

"Fast forward to today. Now I see the Moon in a far different light — not as a destination but more a point of departure, one that places humankind on a trajectory to homestead Mars and become a two-planet species.

 

"It is time to lay the groundwork for effective global human exploration of space."

 

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Drumming up support for a commercial spaceport

Drumming up support for a commercial spaceport | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace economic development agency, continues to work for a commercial launch site just north of the Kennedy Space Center. The agency, together with the state, has proposed that NASA carve out 150 acres near the Brevard-Volusia border as a site for a commercial spaceport.

 

The location, called Shiloh, would allow Space Florida and partners to operate separately from KSC and Cape Canaveral, offering more flexibility for launches by private space firms and entrepreneurs. During a public meeting in Volusia County in April, Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello outlined the proposal and got a generally favorable reaction from local elected officials.

 

 

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Sierra Nevada starts next phase of Dream Chaser’s rocket tests

Sierra Nevada starts next phase of Dream Chaser’s rocket tests | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SPARKS, Nev. — As Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft continues aerodynamic performance and landing tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California, the company Sierra Nevada completed two tests last week at its rocket test facility in San Diego, Calif.

 

A motor firing and ignition test was completed in preparation for upcoming motor tests under the current Commercial Crew Integrated Capability contract with NASA. The company will conduct another series of hybrid motor firings to meet the next contracted milestone this summer.

 

 

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Cash-Strapped Space Tourists May Find Friend in PayPal

Cash-Strapped Space Tourists May Find Friend in PayPal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

EBay's EBAY +1.44% PayPal unit is shooting for the stars.

 

The payments company is set to announce a payment program for space tourists later this month, known as PayPal Galactic. PayPal has been working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Space Tourism Society and the SETI Institute, whose mission is to search for extraterrestrial intelligence, on the program, said a person familiar with the details.

 

PayPal will likely announce the framework of the program on June 27, according to a media alert sent out today. A spokesman declined to comment on the program.

 

 

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Sierra Nevada Corp. To Build ISS Berthing Hardware for Bigelow Module | SpaceNews.com

Sierra Nevada Corp. To Build ISS Berthing Hardware for Bigelow Module | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Sierra Nevada Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., got a nearly $2 million contract from NASA to build the berthing mechanism Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, Nev., will need to attach an experimental inflatable stowage module to the international space station (ISS) in 2015.

 

Under the terms of the 16-month firm-fixed-price contract awarded May 28, Sierra Nevada will build a passive common berthing mechanism — a piece of hardware that allows spacecraft to be berthed with the international space station — for the Bigelow Expanded Activity Module (BEAM).

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Stratocumulus's comment, June 14, 2013 6:56 PM
A lot of the ISS's modules and major components will begin to face life cycle issues around 2028. Past that point ongoing engineering assessments will have to be made to determine how much longer operation of the station would be viable. By then hopefully we'll have some low-cost Bigelow stations to continue with vital research.
Lyle Upson's comment, June 21, 2013 9:42 PM
planning for those issues now for the purpose of extending beyond 2028 instead of awaiting the life-cycle milestones and discovering too late that some foresight would have added say another decade, is my thinking ...
Lyle Upson's comment, June 21, 2013 9:46 PM
i also am thinking the addition of a second truss and the capacity for all kind of additions from then on ... if some of the original ISS then needs discarding, instead, many uses beyond the present laboratory could develop ... keep it flying for the basis of a craft far bigger, for decades
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Planetary Resources offers a stretch goal to reinvigorate its crowdfunding campaign | NewSpace Journal

Planetary Resources offers a stretch goal to reinvigorate its crowdfunding campaign | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Yesterday, asteroid mining company Planetary Resources announced a “stretch goal” for its ongoing million-dollar crowdfunding effort: if the company can raise at least $2 million, double its original goal, it will enhance its Arkyd-100 series spacecraft to enable searches for extrasolar planets. The additional funds would go to improved stability systems and dedicated observing time to search for exoplanets by the transit method (similar to NASA’s now-disabled Kepler spacecraft) and/or gravitational lensing, used by some groundbased telescopes. “The enhanced Arkyd will be a huge step toward important new scientific discoveries enabled by citizen scientists,” Planetary Resources president Chris Lewicki said in the statement.

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Your Journey To Space Starts Here June 2013

The latest version of Virgin Galactic's 'Your Journey To Space Starts Here' - June 2013

 

 

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Roll up for the Red Planet | Telegraph

Roll up for the Red Planet  | Telegraph | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

Entrepreneurs have extravagant plans to outflank Nasa. Are they realistic? Michael Hanlon investigates.

 

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Toomey supports Penn State Lunar Lion team

Toomey supports Penn State Lunar Lion team | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has written a letter supporting a proposal offered by the Penn State Lunar Lion team to host the 2014 Team Summit for the Google Lunar X Prize.  The Google Lunar X Prize is a competition encouraging privately funded teams to race to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, have the robot travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to the Earth.

 

The Penn State Lunar Lion team is one of 23 teams that are competing for the $30 million in prizes.  Unlike other competitors, the Lunar Lion team is the only university-led participant.  The 2014 Team Summit will allow participating teams to learn and interact about advances in aerospace science and engineering.

 

“I support the Penn State Lunar Lion team’s proposal to host the 2014 Team Summit for the Google Lunar X Prize,” said Sen. Toomey.  “Penn State’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and expertise in aerospace science and engineering make the University an exemplary candidate to host this event.”

 

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Made In Space? 3-D Printer Fit for Microgravity | DNews

Made In Space? 3-D Printer Fit for Microgravity | DNews | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

3-D printing is probably the most exciting new technology being developed in the world today. And it’s not limited to being merely “in the world” either — NASA has recently contracted a company called Made In Space to develop the first ever 3-D printer for microgravity, which they’re planning to use on the International Space Station (ISS) and beyond.

 

While the first working 3-D printer was built in 1984, the technology has come forward in leaps and bounds over the past few years. There’s already a lot of talk about how we could use 3-D printing in human spaceflight and space colonization. Asteroid miners Deep Space Industries are considering using 3D printing for harvested asteroid material, ESA are investigating how to print a moon base, and Cornell University are even considering how to print space food.

 

 

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Embry-Riddle’s New Degree Program in Commercial Space Operations to Sponsor Teachers in Space Summer Workshops | Space Frontier Foundation

Embry-Riddle’s New Degree Program in Commercial Space Operations to Sponsor Teachers in Space Summer Workshops | Space Frontier Foundation | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

June 11, 2013 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new Commercial Space Operations degree program, the first of its kind in the world, will sponsor Teachers in Space summer workshops for the next five years.

 

A project of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), Teachers in Space stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by giving teachers authentic astronaut training and real space science experiences combined with information and resources they can take back with them to their classrooms.

 

“This is an exciting and fitting linkup between Embry-Riddle and Teachers in Space” said Dr. Lance Erickson, coordinator of the university’s Commercial Space Operations program. “Our sponsorship will help students, teachers and organizers collaborate in bringing space education to every level, from K-12 to graduate programs.”

 

 

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Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic: Leave Justin Bieber in space

Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic: Leave Justin Bieber in space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Justin Bieber intends to take a trip to space as a tourist with Virgin Galactic. We, the undersigned, feel that for the sake of the planet Earth and the sanity of its residents, he would be better off remaining there indefinitely.

 

 

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I would urge everyone to sign this petition as many times as possible.

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Testing times for SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 v.1.1 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Testing times for SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 v.1.1 | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Engineers at SpaceX’s Rocket Development and Test Facility in McGregor, Texas are continuing to conduct a series of firings of the company’s upgraded Falcon 9 v.1.1 launch vehicle – which is scheduled to debut this summer. Testing on the core stage – with its new Merlin 1D engines – has proven to be challenging, due to a number of aborted firings.

 

SpaceX have successfully flown the Falcon 9 v1.0 – powered by nine SpaceX Merlin 1C engines arranged in a “tic-tac-toe” pattern – via the first five F9 launches, including four launches of the Dragon spacecraft – three of which resulted in a successful mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

The upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 will utilize a longer first stage, powered by nine Merlin 1D engines arranged in an “octagonal” pattern. The addition performance from the Merlin 1D’s will increase the payload capability to over 29,000 pounds to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

 

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Lucio secures $15 million to lure SpaceX to Brownsville

Lucio secures $15 million to lure SpaceX to Brownsville | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

BROWNSVILLE, June 13 - State Sen. Eddie Lucio says one of his top accomplishments of the 83rd legislative session came right at the end with little fanfare.

 

The Brownsville Democrat is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. He said he was able to put a rider in the state budget that provides a sweetener to lure SpaceX to Texas.

 

“One of the things I am particularly proud of is the $15 million I put in the budget as a rider that will set us up for SpaceX. It was done at the very end and I worked with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Tommy Williams on it,” Lucio told the Guardian.

 

“The rider tells SpaceX that the money is waiting for you but you can’t touch any of it until you commit to set up your program here. We are in competition with Florida for the program and we need to do what we can to help them make the right decision.”

 

 

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City Council buys land to help spaceport process

City Council buys land to help spaceport process | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Midland City Council approved the nearly $4 million purchase of land by the Midland Development Corp. for land for north of Midland International Airport, a move expected to aid the city as it tries to obtain a spaceport designation.

 

Marv Esterly, director of airports for the city of Midland, said the deal wasn’t just about XCOR but other future airport development. Proposed development outside the airport, he said, should be compatible with future development of the airport and spaceport.

 

 

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Study: Asteroids Provide Sustainable Resource | NASA

Study: Asteroids Provide Sustainable Resource | NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The prospects of a robotic manufacturing base operating off Earth is not as far-fetched an idea as it used to be, according to a study published by a team of researchers led by a physicist at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Advances in robotics and remote manufacturing in the form of 3-D printing offer some tantalizing prospects for future designers to consider as they map out the ways to explore and use resources in the solar system. Also, private companies are establishing goals and abilities to use resources available near Earth.

 

 

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Since You Can't Buy Stock in SpaceX... | DailyFinance

Since You Can't Buy Stock in SpaceX... | DailyFinance | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Sorry, folks. Although Tesla and SolarCity have roared in 2013, Elon Musk has no plans to take SpaceX to the public markets. There are plenty of reasons it doesn't really make sense to go public, anyway. The company has a time horizon well beyond the quarterly measuring stick carried by most financial analysts. Launch delayed? There goes the quarter! Besides, can you imagine the panic behind the closed doors on Wall Street created by trying to model the financial ramifications of a multi-year visit to Mars or the construction of a space colony? How hopeless and hilarious that would be!

 

 

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Haven't heard much from ATK about Liberty lately. That 2015 date seems dubious. Also the upcoming launch of Cygnus/Antares is definitely not set for later this week. More like sometime later this year. Orbital Sciences has not yet set a firm date.

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‘By 2050 we’ll have colonies and habitats on the surface of Mars’ – An interview with asteroid miner Chris Lewicki | Spaceanswers.com

‘By 2050 we’ll have colonies and habitats on the surface of Mars’ – An interview with asteroid miner Chris Lewicki | Spaceanswers.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

We spoke to the President and Chief Engineer of Planetary Resources about their plans to create a new trillion-dollar space industry.

 

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SpaceX Takes Another Step into EELV Market

SpaceX Takes Another Step into EELV Market | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... " It will still be some time before SpaceX will be in a position to compete for EELV launches,  and there  is no word on when the Air Force evaluations will begin.  Presumably however,  SpaceX would want to wait until after the new booster has successfully completed the first few flights on its manifest, and in particular delivered its first commercial communications satellite to GTO,  which should come with flight number and the launch of  SES-8 out of Cape Canaveral.  

 

"SpaceX will enter into a separate certification agreement with the Air Force to enable the Falcon Heavy to compete for EELV class launches, a process which will probably quite a bit longer, as the company currently lists three launches on its manifest for the triple core booster; a demo flight which will likely take place in 2014, followed by two flights the following year, one of which is a demonstration flight for the Air Force,  labelled Space Test Program -2, contracted under the  Orbital/Suborbital-3  (OSP-3) program."

 

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VID14348

An imaginative way to reach the moon by Google Lunar X-Prize Team Euroluna.

 

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Vimeo: Ryan McLinko - Conference Organization | The Moonandback Interview Documentary Project

Vimeo: Ryan McLinko - Conference Organization | The Moonandback Interview Documentary Project | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Ryan McLinko talks about his contributions while serving in positions with the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, talks about how he became involved with the Space Frontier Foundation and explains what the Foundation endeavors to accomplish with the NewSpace Conference.

 

 

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Chris Lewicki Introduces Peter Marquez

Chris Lewicki Introduces Peter Marquez the newest addition to the Planetary Resources team who is in charge of Global Engagement. Peter's background includes extensive work at the White House in space policy development.

 

 

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SMC Enters into Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with SpaceX

SMC Enters into Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with SpaceX | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

6/11/2013 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Space and Missile Systems Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company's effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space (NSS) missions. This cooperative agreement facilitates data exchanges and protects proprietary and export-controlled data. The CRADA will be in effect until all certification activities are complete.

A CRADA enables the Air Force to evaluate the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch system according to the Air Force's New Entrant Certification Guide (NECG). As part of the evaluation, SMC and SpaceX will look at the Falcon 9 v1.1's flight history, vehicle design, reliability, process maturity, safety systems, manufacturing and operations, systems engineering, risk management and launch facilities. SMC will monitor at least three certification flights to meet the flight history requirements outlined in the NECG. Once the evaluation process is complete, the SMC commander will make the final determination whether SpaceX has the capability to successfully launch NSS missions using the Falcon 9 v1.1.

SMC anticipates entering into additional CRADAs with SpaceX to evaluate its Falcon Heavy rocket and with Orbital Sciences for its Antares launch vehicle.

 

 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 12, 2013 4:40 AM

A good partnership for science research and development.

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SpaceX, U.S. Air Force Sign Falcon 9 v1.1 Data Sharing Pact | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX, U.S. Air Force Sign Falcon 9 v1.1 Data Sharing Pact | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., has signed a data sharing agreement with the U.S. Air Force as part of a process intended to certify the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to launch national security satellites.

 

The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) allows SpaceX and the Air Force to share data about the rocket while protecting the company’s proprietary information.

 

As part of the agreement, staff at Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., will monitor three Falcon launches and study the vehicle’s flight history, design, reliability, process maturity, safety systems, manufacturing and operations, systems engineering, risk management, and launch facilities, according to a June 11 Air Force press release. 

 

This will help the Air Force determine whether the Falcon 9 v1.1 can launch future Air Force missions, consistent with the service’s so-called New Entrant Certification Guide. Currently, the Delta 4 and Atlas 5 rockets built and operated by United Launch Alliance (ULA) of Denver have a virtual lock on the U.S. national security launch market.

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