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SpaceX Works on Seventh Commercial Crew Milestone | Parabolic Arc

SpaceX Works on Seventh Commercial Crew Milestone | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is working toward completing its seventh milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

 

This upcoming milestone will outline the company’s plans for safely flying its crewed Dragon spacecraft in low-Earth orbit, how it could rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station or other orbiting spacecraft, and then re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. The NASA Partner Integration Team, or PIT Crew, working with SpaceX during CCiCap will meet with company representatives in early June to discuss their flight itinerary plans.

 

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SpaceX bill signed into law | mySA.com

SpaceX bill signed into law | mySA.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed into law a proposal to temporarily close a beach on the southern tip of Texas during rocket launches, a move that allows the state to remain competitive for a SpaceX launch site.

 

House Bill 2623 gives state officials permission to close the public Boca Chica Beach, near Brownsville, for up to 12 rocket launches a year. The proposal prohibits beach closures during the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends without approval of the general land office, the legislation states. It passed the Texas House in April, and was approved by senators on May 9.

 

 

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Lyle Upson's comment, May 26, 2013 9:35 AM
oky doky, Mr Musk hinted this to be a favoured site
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Bigelow to test habitat prototype in desert near Las Vegas

Bigelow to test habitat prototype in desert near Las Vegas | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Sen) - Desert dwellers near Las Vegas will receive an unusual addition to the population at some point next year: a habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace.

 

Public details are still few, except for these: it is called The Guide, it's described as a "flight-like" test article that is somewhat smaller than an automobile, and it will be placed in a dry lake near Alamo sometime in the spring or summer of 2014.

 

This is just one of a series of tests that Bigelow is undertaking as it seeks to build one of its inflatable habitats on the Moon someday, said founder Robert Bigelow in a press conference Thursday.

 

"It's the simplest, least expensive base we can construct," he said, describing it as similar to what the company hopes to land on the Moon at some point.

 

"The brass ring for us is having a lunar base — as a company and in conjunction with other companies, and even other, possibly, foreign entities as well," he added.

 

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Lyle Upson's comment, May 26, 2013 10:02 AM
it is good to see the NASA-private discussion becoming something, and kewl to see that is causing more Bigelow news ... on the inflatable to be attached to ISS, I note the talk of it being a closed closet type testing, i assume eventually the crew will decide there are in-house uses for the module
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The NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement

The NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

This Vision embraces both space as a future second home for humanity and the resources of space (such as the Sun’s energy for space-based solar power, extra-terrestrial minerals for raw materials, and low-gravity for manufacturing) being used for the benefit of all of us on the Earth. These two elements of the Vision are intertwined: development of space products and services for the people of Earth will both require human presence in space and will enable and motivate expansion of our species away from the home planet.

 

This Roadmap has been prepared to lay out for the public the major Milestones that will likely have to be passed and the major Barriers that will have to be surmounted in order for humankind to achieve that Vision.

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Commercial human ventures planned for the moon - NASA study

May 23 (Reuters) - Corporate researchers may be living on the moon by the time NASA astronauts head off to visit an asteroid in the 2020s, a study of future human missions unveiled on Thursday shows.

 

The study by Bigelow Aerospace, commissioned by NASA, shows "a lot of excitement and interest from various companies" for such ventures, said Robert Bigelow, founder and president of the Las Vegas-based firm.

 

The projects range from pharmaceutical research aboard Earth-orbiting habitats, to missions to the moon's surface, he said on Thursday, citing a draft of the report due to be released in a few weeks.

 

 

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s SpaceShipTwo Flight Raises $3.8 Million for AIDS Research | Parabolic Arc

Leonardo DiCaprio’s SpaceShipTwo Flight Raises $3.8 Million for AIDS Research | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Vasily Klyukin, a 37-year-old Russian real estate mogul who lives in Monaco, will spend $1.5 million to take a flight into space alongside “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio aboard Sir Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo.

 

Klyukin won the trip at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS charity dinner during the Cannes Film Festival. Two more seats on the same flight were auctioned off for an additional $2.3 million.

 

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Stratolaunch and Orbital – The Height of Air Launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Stratolaunch and Orbital – The Height of Air Launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

New details into the Stratolaunch system have revealed an exciting pairing of a huge carrier aircraft and a highly capable Orbital rocket nicknamed Pegasus II. The “Any Time, Any Orbit” air-launch system will be capable of lofting payloads up to 13,500 lbs to Low Earth Orbit.

 

 

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 26, 2013 5:30 PM

Stratolaunch is making progress on their launch system using a gigantic airplane for a first stage.

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Cannes 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio space flight goes for $1.5 million

Cannes 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio space flight goes for $1.5 million | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A guest at a charity auction at Cannes has paid 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) for a trip into space with Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

AmFAR, a nonprofit devoted to AIDS research, held the auction Thursday night at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc as part of its 20th annual Cinema Against AIDS event at the French film festival.

 

The winning bidder paid to travel into orbit on a Virgin Galactic spaceship in a seat next to DiCaprio's sometime in 2014.

 

 

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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:29 AM

Good cause Leo.  Can't wait to witness the flight in 2014.

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Bigelow Aerospace to Study Moon Base in Deal With NASA

Bigelow Aerospace LLC, a maker of inflatable space habitats, will study the possible return of men to the moon as part of an agreement with NASA that may lead to more public-private partnerships for exploration.

 

The company said it will identify options for government and private investments to advance human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, or more than 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) from Earth’s surface.

 

A lunar base will be part of the study announced today by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, though the space agency isn’t planning to fund a moon mission. NASA instead intends to focus on landing humans on an asteroid by 2021.

 

 

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Bigelow releases NASA-funded study on public-private partnerships

Bigelow Aerospace has formally completed the first phase of a public-private partnership study commissioned by NASA, laying out how the agency can capitalise in private spaceflight efforts.

 

"We typically ask industry how they can participate or be part of [NASA development] activity," says Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human spaceflight. "We thought instead of doing it the typical way we would turn it around a little bit, we would ask industry what they're interested in. look for areas we no longer need to develop capability, and let the market do that."

 

 

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Bolden meets Dream Chaser ETA ahead of her Dryden tests | NASASpaceFlight.com

Bolden meets Dream Chaser ETA ahead of her Dryden tests | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden met with the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) team and their Dream Chaser ETA (Engineering Test Article) at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California on Wednesday. General Bolden, a Shuttle veteran, also got to fly the baby orbiter via the vehicle’s flight simulator.

 

The Dream Chaser ETA’s Californian vacation marks the beginning of a number of key milestones in her goal of becoming the crew transport for NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

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Hale: Logistics Key To Deep Space Human Exploration, and Commercial Space Is The Answer

Former NASA space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale told the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science and Space Thursday that it is difficult for his generation to change its “mental model” of the NASA-funded Apollo program as the way for humans to explore space.   The reality today, he stressed, is that the government and the commercial sector must team together and leverage each other’s capabilities because taxpayers are only willing to spend half-a-percent of the federal budget on NASA, not the 3-4 percent in the Apollo era.

 

 

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Dream Chaser Readies, Gets Set For Flight Testing

Dream Chaser Readies, Gets Set For Flight Testing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

It was surely one of those moments where NASA could hardly wait to tear off the shrink wrap. Sierra Nevada Corp.’s privately constructed Dream Chaser spacecraft engineering test article arrived at the Dryden Flight Research Center last week — wrapped in plastic for shipping protection — ahead of some flight and runway tests in the next few months.

 

“The captive-carry flights will further examine the loads it will encounter during flight as it is carried by an Erickson Skycrane helicopter. The free flight later this year will test Dream Chaser’s aerodynamics through landing."

 

 

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CAEXI BEST's curator insight, May 23, 2013 9:55 PM
Readies Dream Chaser, se prépare pour les essais en vol
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Texas Passes SpaceX Launch Law

Texas Passes SpaceX Launch Law | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"With the bill now signed into law, and an environmental review in the rearview mirror as well, the Lone Star State would appear to stretching its lead over Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico as the home for the SpaceX’s planned commercial launch facility.  It also cannot hurt that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has emerged as a clear supporter of the commercial space industry, a marked change from the position taken by his predecessor, the now retired Kay Bailey Hutchison whose devotion to the Space Launch System was often  expressed in derisive opposition to commercial space.  With Cruz now the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation  subcommittee on Science and Space, (which also includes Florida Senator Marco Rubio) which has NASA oversight,  Texas  may be aligning behind NewSpace in a major way."

 

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 26, 2013 5:09 PM

Texas appears to be poised to move into the commercial space industry in a a bigger way than ever before.

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Perry signs SpaceX law

Perry signs SpaceX law | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

It is now law.

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed House Bill 2623 into law that will allow the temporary closure of Boca Chica Beach for rocket launches, should SpaceX decide to build a launchpad in Cameron County.

 

Perry signed the bill Friday, showing the state’s support for having Space Exploration Technologies — or SpaceX — construct a launch site near Boca Chica Beach.

 

 

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NSS Releases Updated Roadmap to Space Settlement and Development | Parabolic Arc

NSS Releases Updated Roadmap to Space Settlement and Development | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A newly illustrated version of the National Space Society publication Milestones to Space Settlement: An NSS Roadmap is now available in three new formats from nss.org/roadmap: (1) A free downloadable PDF edition [6 MB]; (2) a free online full-screen flip-book edition; and (3) a quality full-color magazine-style printed edition for $9.95 (think Father’s Day?). These new editions provide additional ways to read and distribute this material to help promote the NSS Vision.

 

 

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Private Firm Sets Sights on First Moon Base | DNews

NASA may not be going to the moon anytime soon, but private companies plan to do so, a study by space habitat developer Bigelow Aerospace shows.

 

The study, commissioned by NASA, is intended as a supplemental roadmap for the U.S. government as it charts human space initiatives beyond the International Space Station, a permanently staffed research complex that orbits about 250 miles above Earth.

 

“Instead of being the typical approach where we put together all the plans and we ask for participation, we wanted to look at it the other way and see what’s available,” NASA’s head of space operations, Bill Gerstenmaier, told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.

 

 

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NASA, Bigelow partner to study opportunities for space exploration

NASA, Bigelow partner to study opportunities for space exploration | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Privately developed space stations or moon bases could open opportunities for NASA to broaden its exploration reach more affordably, officials said today.

 

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have partnered to study potential public-private collaborations in space, and they discussed the early results of their work.

 

"We’re realizing there’s other ways of doing business," said Bill Gerstenmaier, head of NASA’s human spaceflight programs.

 

Las Vegas-based Bigelow plans to have two private space station modules ready for launch by 2016, and ultimately wants to establish a commercial lunar base.

 

 

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Planetary Resources to unveil program for public participation in space exploration

Planetary Resources to unveil program for public participation in space exploration | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources’ team of engineers who have designed, built and operated spacecraft throughout the Solar System, including all of the recent U.S. Mars landers and rovers, are now developing the most advanced space technology ever and will make it publicly accessible.

 

A diverse group of supporters, including Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, actor Seth Green, Star Trek’s Brent Spiner (Data) and Rob Picardo (The Doctor), Bill Nye the Science Guy, futurist Jason Silva, and MIT astrophysicist Dr. Sara Seager, have joined forces with Planetary Resources to make access to space widely available for exploration and research.

 

On May 29 at 10:00 a.m. PDT in Seattle, and also streaming live, please join Planetary Resources’ Peter Diamandis, Eric Anderson and Chris Lewicki, as they, along with vlogger Hank Green, announce an unprecedented project that will change the way humanity explores the cosmos.

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NASA, NLV Aerospace Co. to Explore Space Together | I-Team

NASA, NLV Aerospace Co. to Explore Space Together | I-Team | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race.

 

Nevada's Bigelow Aerospace Co. made a joint announcement with NASA Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., that puts the North Las Vegas company in the pilot seat for the exploration and commercial development of the moon, Mars and beyond.

 

 

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Cannes auction of space trip with DiCaprio raises 1.2 million euros for charity

Cannes auction of space trip with DiCaprio raises 1.2 million euros for charity | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - A trip to space with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio raised 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) for charity at a glitzy fundraiser at the Cannes film festival on Thursday.

 

At the 20th annual event organized by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, DiCaprio emerged as the mystery guest to accompany the winner on a Virgin Galactic flight into space.

 

 

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Destination Moon: Private Spaceflight Companies Eye Lunar Bases

Destination Moon: Private Spaceflight Companies Eye Lunar Bases | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Human exploration of deep space is looking more and more like a tag-team affair, with NASA jetting off to asteroids and Mars while the private sector sets up shop on the moon.

 

While NASA has no plans to return humans to the lunar surface anytime soon, private industry is eyeing  Earth's nearest neighbor intently, said Bigelow Aerospace founder and president Robert Bigelow.

 

"The brass ring for us is having a lunar base — as a company and in conjunction with other companies, and even other, possibly, foreign entities as well," Bigelow said during a teleconference with reporters today (May 23). "That is an appetite and a desire that we've had for a long, long time."

 

 

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Private Spaceships for Space Tourists to Launch Big Test Flights

Private Spaceships for Space Tourists to Launch Big Test Flights | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Private suborbital space planes built by two space tourism companies will likely launch some major test flights before this year is out, their builders say.

 

The commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic plans to launch its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft into space for the first time by the end of 2013. The company performed its first rocket-powered test flight in April. Meanwhile, the firm XCOR Aerospace is aiming for the inaugural non-spacebound flight of its Lynx vehicle during that same time period, officials from both companies said on Tuesday (May 21).

 

"We are on a path to hopefully be in outer space by the end of this year and be carrying commercial customers in the back of the vehicle on flights to outer space not too long after," Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic's vice president for special projects, told attendees at the Space Tech Expo here. "It has perhaps been a longer journey than any of us expected, as seems to happen with all of us in the aerospace industry. But we're incredibly pleased with where we are."

 

 

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As NewSpace Prepares to Take Off, Will Congress Let NASA Get On Board?

As NewSpace Prepares to Take Off, Will Congress Let NASA Get On Board? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Even if the proposed budget for Commercial Crew is slashed by its opponents in Congress yet again, such action will only delay the inevitable introduction of the first commercial, passenger carrying space transportation system, and it could even have the opposite effect. Either way, as public awareness of private spaceflight increases though the engine of marketing,  even Congress may reach the understanding that  a threshold has been passed, and that for NASA to maintain its current relevance, policy must be adjusted accordingly. One possible outcome,  mission planners wisely decide to  follow Wayne Hale’s conclusion, that commercial space is the key to affordable logistics for deep space exploration.  If that doesn’t happen,  the terms NASA and science fiction may take on a whole new meaning.

 

 

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China Media Claim Private Mars Colony Mission Is a Scam

China Media Claim Private Mars Colony Mission Is a Scam | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Some people may find it hard to believe that a private mission will succeed in landing four astronauts on Mars in 2023, but several state-run media outlets in China are targeting the project with even harsher terms like "hoax" and "hype."

 

Doubts have been growing in China about the legitimacy of Mars One, the Netherlands-based nonprofit that seeks to establish a colony on the Red Planet 10 years from now. China's People's Daily newspaper, for example, ran a story Tuesday (May 21) headlined "Settlement on Mars a hoax? Over 10,000 Chinese people fall for it."

 

The headline refers to the 10,000 people from China who have applied to become Mars One astronauts since the organization opened its selection process last month. (Mars One charges a non-refundable application fee that varies from nation to nation; it's $11 for Chinese applicants and $38 for United States citizens.)

 

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