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Is Big Government our best chance to explore the cosmos? | Spacevidcast Live 6.16

In this episode we answer a viewer comment: Will Big Government be our only hope to get off this rock? Historically, that seems likely, but how much as NewSpace change the equation?

In Space News we look at the Planetary Resources Kickstarter, which you can pledge to here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1..., NRC is looking for your comments on Human Space Flight and we have a Wiki article helping to write a response here: http://wiki.spacevidcast.com/en/The_R..., a couple of awesome launches and Atlantis is just weeks away from being revealed in her new home.

 

 

Stratocumulus's insight:

In my humble opinon... "No."

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Virgin Galactic, XCOR Race To Be Coolest In Space

Virgin Galactic, XCOR Race To Be Coolest In Space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The space race is back. But this time it's not a battle between the USA and the USSR but rather a race between private companies to become the coolest brand in space travel.

 

Recently, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic auctioned off the chance to sit with "The Great Gatsby" actor Leonardo DiCaprio aboard a space flight. The winning bidder paid $1.5 million for a seat on the spacecraft that has yet to make its first commercial flight.

 

 

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SpaceX IPO: 'Possible in the Very Long Term'

SpaceX IPO: 'Possible in the Very Long Term' | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sorry, Elon Musk fans. You're going to have wait a while for SpaceX to go public.

 

Musk, who is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors (TSLA_), said that the nature of the businessis very divergent from Wall Street's mentality, and an initial public offering would do more harm than good at this point.

 

"No near-term plans to IPO @SpaceX," Musk said in a tweet. "Only possible in very long term when Mars Colonial Transporter is flying regularly."

 

 

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NewSpace: at the edge of growth?

Richard David , CEO of NewSpace Global, participated in this discussion of New Space growth prospects, which was moderated by Annelie Schoenmaker of Zero2Infinity. It also included Arno Wielders of Mars One and Max Vozoff of mv2space and Golden Spike (and, before that, SpaceX):

 

 

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That Was Then, This Is Now | Space KSC

That Was Then, This Is Now | Space KSC | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Those who witnessed Apollo as children of the 1960s are now in Congress, and for the most part they seem to think that the Kennedy-era paradigm is what NASA should always be. They do not understand that the 1960s were an anomaly of history that won't happen again. The Soviet Union is gone, and its successor republic has been our partner in space for over twenty years. The perceived threat of an external enemy capable of destroying the U.S. with ICBMs no longer exists, so there is no incentive for Congress to properly fund an aerospace R&D agency, much less Starfleet.

 

"I think NASA needs to go back to what it was intended to be upon its founding in 1958."

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Andrew Nelson | XCOR Aerospace blog

Andrew Nelson | XCOR Aerospace blog | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

At the end of May, the Department of State published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (or NPRM) Rule 78 FR 31 444 (pdf)– that did a great thing. The DoS proposed a move of commercial satellites from the US Department of Defense (DoD) Munitions List to the Department of Commerce’s commerce control list (CCL).  This is a great step for the industry. Since the time commercial satellites were placed on the munitions list in 1999, the commercial satellite industry was almost wiped out.

 

Unfortunately, there were some “not so good” inclusions in the Department of State NPRM … it has explicitly proposed to put manned commercial space flight vehicles on the Department of Defense Munitions List. This is the same backward path provided to the US satellite manufacturing and launch community two decades ago that almost decimated that industry.

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Musk douses down expectation of imminent SpaceX IPO | Flightglobal

Having previously hinted that he would make an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock in his SpaceX rocket firm after the success of the IPOs of the Tesla electric car firm and the SolarCity firm, billionaire entrepeneur Elon Musk now appears to have back tracked on the plan. Or rather he has noted that a SpaceX IPO will be a long time into the future.  His response on Twitter to suggestions that an IPO was imminent was: "No near term plans to IPO @SpaceX. Only possible in very long term when Mars Colonial Transporter is flying regularly." From this it has been taken that any SpaceX IPO could be years away.

 

 

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Begins Dream Chaser Main Hybrid Rocket Motor Testing

Sierra Nevada Corporation Begins Dream Chaser Main Hybrid Rocket Motor Testing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Sparks, NV – June 6, 2013 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces the successful start of the latest phase of hybrid rocket motor qualification testing for the Dream Chaser® flight vehicle.  SNC completed two tests this 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 (CCiCap) award. SNC will conduct another series of hybrid motor firings to meet the next CCiCap contracted milestone beginning this summer.

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SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Milestones Progress | Parabolic Arc

SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Milestones Progress | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

Dragon captured at ISS. (Credit: NASA TV) SpaceX CCiCAP Milestone Status End of May 2013 Award Period: August 2012 - April 2014.

 

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Planetary Resources Aims to Make 'Smartphone of Space'

Planetary Resources Aims to Make 'Smartphone of Space' | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Peter Diamandis – along with the likes of Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Dennis Tito, and Jeff Bezos – is one of a handful of entrepreneurs who can rightfully claim to have jump-started the young but growing private space exploration industry.

 

The co-founder of the X Prize Foundation, Zero-Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures, Planetary Resources, and the International Space University, Diamandis is a tireless advocate for investment in cutting-edge technology and space education.

 

PCMag caught up with Diamandis, who holds a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT and a medical degree from Harvard, to discuss his latest project, a Planetary Resources-initiated Kickstarter campaign which seeks to raise $1 million to build and launch "the world's first crowd-funded space telescope."

 

 

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AstroAllie5's curator insight, June 6, 2013 4:11 PM

Great profile, Peter!

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Sierra Nevada Commercial Crew Milestone Progress | Parabolic Arc

Sierra Nevada Commercial Crew Milestone Progress | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Former NASA space shuttle astronaut Steve Lindsey, now Director of Flight Operations for Sierra Nevada Corporation, points out features of the firm’s prototype Dream Chaser flight test vehicle to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Patrick Stoliker, deputy director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. (Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

 

 

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Orbital Tapped To Build Stratolaunch Rocket | SpaceNews.com

Orbital Tapped To Build Stratolaunch Rocket | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch Inc., the Huntsville, Ala., company created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen seeking to develop a low-cost satellite launching system, has given Orbital Sciences Corp. a contract to build the world’s largest air-launched space rocket.

 

In the process, Stratolaunch significantly scaled back the role of Huntsville-based Dynetics in the program.

 

Stratolaunch had initially tapped Dynetics to build a mating and integration system for a liquid-fueled rocket the company had planned to buy from Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif. But SpaceX and Stratolaunch parted ways last year, and Dulles, Va.-based Orbital came onboard with a different rocket design that does not require Dynetics hardware.

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AstroAllie5's curator insight, June 6, 2013 4:10 PM

Not a PanAm spaceplane yet, but getting closer, Orbital!

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3D-Printed Toolbox Headed to the Space Station | SpaceRef

3D-Printed Toolbox Headed to the Space Station | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The first rule of DIY: know where your tools are. Astronauts on the International Space Station are about to have that task made much simpler, with a purpose-designed 3D-printed toolbox that was just launched on ESA's latest ATV resupply spacecraft.

 

The strong, lightweight multitray toolbox was printed in ULTEM 9085 thermoplastic by Thales Alenia Space in Turin through an ESA contract.

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How I Made It: SpaceX exec Gwynne Shotwell

How I Made It: SpaceX exec Gwynne Shotwell | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The president and operations chief of rocket builder SpaceX parlayed her childhood interest in machines into a career in engineering and aerospace.

 

"I knew early on, if these guys [at SpaceX] couldn't make it in the space industry, nobody will," Shotwell said. "If we hadn't achieved success, I was willing to leave the aerospace industry altogether, and go sell real estate or something. Fortunately, that didn't happen."

 

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SpaceX IPO Cleared For Launch? Elon Musk Says Hold Your Horses

SpaceX IPO Cleared For Launch? Elon Musk Says Hold Your Horses | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Companies attached to Elon Musk have been on fire of late, with Tesla Motors TSLA +4.93% and SolarCity SCTY -5.54% among the market’s best performers. But investors hoping to get their hands on another Musk marvel will have to be patient.

 

The rally in Tesla and Solarcity has prompted speculation that the billionaire could send another business , private space exploration venture SpaceX, onto the public market sooner rather than later. Musk took to Twitter Thursday morning to hit the brakes on such hopes.

 

 

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ARKYD: One Million by Monday with New Pledge Levels

 

Support ARKYD - A Space Telescope for Everyone: http://kck.st/16pT1q6

 

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Space Tourism Isn’t Just a Thrill Ride for the Rich

Space Tourism Isn’t Just a Thrill Ride for the Rich | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The sub-orbital tourism industry may seem extravagant, but it’s following a similar path the airline industry started on more than 100 years ago. In 1913, flying in a plane — any plane — was more of an unsafe thrill ride available only to the few adventurers willing to risk life and limb. They were flying for the excitement of being at the leading edge of a dangerous new form of travel. By the 1920s and 1930s flying was safer, but it was mostly a luxury reserved only for the wealthy. Fifty years later it had become a boring commodity sold at rock bottom prices to the masses. Space tourism will likely follow the same trajectory, only at a much steeper flight path.

 

We may be too cheap to fly faster, but we’re not too cheap to fly a lot higher. And in the end the desire of a few to fly higher, may help those wanting to fly faster.

 

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Vincent Lieser's curator insight, June 13, 2013 2:38 AM

Well this could have me change my mind about the usefullness of suborbital flights and the ´not really space-traveĺ´ thing. 

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NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program Selects 21 Additional Space Technology Payloads | Parabolic Arc

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program Selects 21 Additional Space Technology Payloads | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (NASA PR)–NASA has selected 21 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons, and a commercial parabolic aircraft.

 

This latest selection represents the sixth cycle of NASA’s continuing call for payloads through an announcement of opportunity. More than 100 technologies with test flights now have been facilitated through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program.

 

“This new group of payloads, ranging from systems that support cubesats to new sensors technology for planetary exploration, represent the sorts of cutting-edge technologies that are naturally suited for testing during returnable flights to near-space,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology in Washington. “NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program continues to mature this key technology development pipeline link, thanks to America’s commercial suborbital reusable vehicles providers.”

 

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Lori Garver Surprises Suborbital Conference

Lori Garver Surprises Suborbital Conference | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver surprised attendees (including some NASA employees) during her keynote address to the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference on Monday.

 

Garver, who addressed the conference via videolink due to travel restrictions, revealed changes to the NASA Flight Opportunities Program which buys rides for payloads on commercial suborbital spacecraft (as well as sounding rockets, balloons, and parabolic aircraft).

 

At present, the Flight Opportunities Program (run by the Office of the Chief Technologist) is limited to technology experiments, leaving science payloads out in the cold. Garver acknowledged that NASA “could do more” and promised a new joint solicitation, from the Space Technology Mission Directorate and Science Mission Directorate, that would cover both technology and science payloads.

 

 

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Qualification testing begins on Dream Chaser’s rocket motor | NASASpaceFlight.com

Qualification testing begins on Dream Chaser’s rocket motor | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have begun qualification testing on the hybrid rocket motor that will provide propulsion to their Dream Chaser vehicle in space. The initiation of testing is part of the company’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) milestones, as they continue to set their sights on transporting NASA astronauts to the ISS.

 

 

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NASA Willing To Fund Flights of Suborbital Researchers | SpaceNews.com

NASA Willing To Fund Flights of Suborbital Researchers | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

BROOMFIELD, COLO. — NASA officials said this week that, for the first time, they are open to funding flights of people, and not just experiments, on commercial human suborbital launch vehicles expected to enter service as early as next year.

 

Speaking via videoconference at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) here June 3, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver indicated that the agency’s Flight Opportunities Program, which funds the flights of experiments on suborbital vehicles as well as high-altitude balloons and aircraft that fly reduced-gravity parabolas, would be open to future proposals that included flying researchers as payload specialists on suborbital vehicles.

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Red dreams

Red dreams | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

ON JULY 20th 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon, it capped half a century of extraordinary progress in aviation. In the six and a half decades since the Wright brothers’ Flyer had staggered into the air near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, aeroplanes had shrunk the world, revolutionised warfare and created the modern travel industry. Technical records for altitude, speed and endurance had fallen helter-skelter.

 

For that reason, many of those watching the two astronauts on their black-and-white televisions could have been forgiven for thinking that going to the Moon was simply the first step in a human expansion into the solar system.

 

But it was not to be. The Apollo Moon programme was shut down early, and the world’s astronauts have spent the past 41 years pootling around in low-Earth orbit. Now, though, spurred by the rise of the buccaneering, private-sector “New Space” industry, which is offering access to the cosmos at prices far lower than government-backed rockets can manage, the old dream is enjoying a resurgence. Elon Musk, whose rocket firm SpaceX already flies cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), makes no secret of his Martian ambitions. Two privately run organisations in particular—Inspiration Mars, brainchild of Dennis Tito, an American tycoon who became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, and Mars One, run by Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur—have announced plans to send people to Mars without relying on the resources of a state.

 

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Sierra Nevada Builds Up To Lifting-Body Drop Tests

Sierra Nevada Builds Up To Lifting-Body Drop Tests | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Just over 50 years ago a high-powered Pontiac convertible charged across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards AFB, Calif., towing a primitive lifting body. This month, Sierra Nevada Corp's (SNC) Dream Chaser, a descendent of the pioneering M2-F1, will repeat almost identical tests at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center as part of a program aimed at an orbital demonstration before 2017.

 

While the Pontiac and plywood-and-steel-built M2-F1 of 1963 have given way to a Ford truck and the advanced composite structure of the Dream Chaser, the aim of proving the viability of a lifting body for space transport is unchanged. Sierra Nevada's test comes as part of NASA's competitive Commercial Crew Program (CCP) to develop U.S. human space launch capability to low Earth orbit. It is widely viewed as providing the best chance yet for the first practical application of a design that can reenter the atmosphere and land on a runway using lift generated by the shape of the airframe rather than wings—the mode used by the space shuttle and Boeing's X-37.

 

 

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Stratolaunch and OSC

Stratolaunch and OSC | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Stratolaunch announced yesterday that following a 9 month courtship, it is entering into a development arrangement with Orbital Sciences Corporation to secure the booster for the behemoth, twin boomed aircraft currently being built by Scaled Composites at Mojave.

 

NBC News Science Editor Alan Boyle shed a little more light on the arrangement yesterday on his Cosmic Log site, based on an interview which Stratolaunch CEO Gary Wentz. According to Boyle, the OSC supplied launch vehicle will be a three stage rocket consisting of solid fueled first and second stages, topped (sort of, horizontally speaking) by a liquid fueled third stage,  which would likely be required in any event to achieve precise orbital insertion. Intended payload capability is 13,500 lbs. into low Earth orbit with first launch date target of 2018.

 

 

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What is Musk building in there? | Hyperbola

What is Musk building in there? | Hyperbola | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A few days ago Elon Musk tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9-R(eusable) 'advanced prototype' on the engine test stand, nine Merlin 1D engines firing away. Despite notices to the local community that the test could last several minutes, SpaceX says it only went 10s. Rumor is that a problem with the gas generator caused an early abort, and that the company is resetting for another run in the near future.

The interesting question is just what relationship the F9-R (F-Niner) has to do with the Falcon 9 v1.1, SpaceX's new standard rocket. The company no longer calls the rocket v1.1 -- it was always a temporary handle -- but has apparently not settled on a new name yet. Is the F9-R just a redubbed v1.1, or a scaled-up Grasshopper test bed?

 

 

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