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GLXP team merger presages a new phase in the competition | NewSpace Journal

GLXP team merger presages a new phase in the competition | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, during a summit of the teams participating in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) competition in Washington, Moon Express announced it was acquiring another team, Next Giant Leap (NGL). The acquisition will “leverage and carry forward the substantial work” done by NGL and its partners, although the release does not go into specifics about how NGL’s technology or other capabilities will be integrated into Moon Express. Moon Express’s Bob Richards tells MSNBC that NGL’s control system, developed by Draper Labs, is perhaps the biggest part of the acquisition.

 

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SpaceX - Dragon C2/3 Splashdown Video from Chase Plane - May 31, 2012

Video Credit: NASA More Information: http://www.spaceflight101.com/dragon-c2-mission-updates.html...

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One moonshot team buys up another

One moonshot team buys up another | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

One of the competitors in the race to send the first private-sector probe to the moon says it's acquired the assets of a rival team, marking what could be considered a "Netscape moment" for the commercial moonshot industry.

 

Moon Express said the acquisition of Colorado-based Next Giant Leap will add to its momentum in the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition, which promises a huge payoff to the first team that sends a rover to the moon for an exploratory trek that includes transmitting high-definition imagery back to Earth. Moon Express and Next Giant Leap are among 26 teams vying for the prize.

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What Does the Success of the Dragon Mean?

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule completed a nearly perfect flight yesterday morning, splashing down as planned in the Pacific Ocean within a mile of its target. It replicated everything that the Gemini series of flights in the sixties did in a single flight — getting to orbit, performing a rendezvous with another object, closely approaching it, berthing to it, detaching from it, and entering the atmosphere to be retrieved by a ship — except that it was entirely unmanned (so no spacewalk — that will await flights with crew aboard). The only problem encountered was an issue with the LIDAR, the laser rangefinder that helps it determine how far away it was from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the two redundant LIDAR systems was being confused by a retroreflector on the Japanese Kibo module, and the software had to be adjusted for it, resulting in a slight delay in the berthing last Friday.

 

What is the significance of this successful flight?

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Dragon Landing and Recovery Photos | Parabolic Arc

Dragon Landing and Recovery Photos | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A scorched Dragon on the deck of the recovery barge. (Credit: SpaceX)

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Dragon: Flown Home!

The SpaceX mission that sent the first commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station is recapped following its return to Earth.

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With Dragon Success, SpaceX Set for More Private Spaceflights

With Dragon Success, SpaceX Set for More Private Spaceflights | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's historic test flight to the International Space Station may be over, but the company's commercial Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket will be flying again in just a few short months.

 

The unmanned Dragon capsule returned to Earth today (May 31), successfully completing a mission that marked the first private flight to the space station. The mission, which launched May 22, was a demonstration to show that Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket are ready to provide bona fide cargo services for NASA.

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CSF Congratulates SpaceX on Successful Dragon Flight | Parabolic Arc

CSF Congratulates SpaceX on Successful Dragon Flight | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Washington D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates SpaceX for the completion of its Commercial Orbital Transportation System demonstration with the successful splashdown of the Dragon capsule today. Dragon departed the Station this morning and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, carrying over 1,000lbs of cargo from the International Space Station.

 

CSF President, Michael Lopez-Alegria said in a statement, “This is an incredible achievement for SpaceX and NASA. Since the retirement of the Shuttle there has been no ability to return a significant amount of cargo aboard any vehicle. Having the capability to ferry payloads to low Earth orbit is essential; having the ability to bring useful cargo such as scientific samples back to Earth will dramatically increase the research capacity of the ISS. CSF commends SpaceX and NASA for the completion of the COTS demonstration, proving that NASA’s use of commercial providers to develop vehicles for the ISS has been a success. NASA and congress should build on this success by robustly funding a competitive commercial crew program that will reduce our dependence on aging Russian infrastructure, ensure the success of the Space Station and keep high-tech jobs here in America.”

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Splash-Down! SpaceX Completes Historic Space Mission | SpaceRef

Splash-Down! SpaceX Completes Historic Space Mission | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, DC - This morning SpaceX successfully landed its Dragon space capsule in the Pacific Ocean after a nine day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) where it berthed with the ISS delivering cargo and supplies to Astronauts conducting experiments in orbit.

 

"I congratulate SpaceX and all its employees for completing their mission to the International Space Station today," said Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge). "This is an important achievement for both SpaceX and the commercial space industry and I'm excited about what the future will hold for space flight."

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns To Earth After First Commercial Flight To Space Station | SpaceRef

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns To Earth After First Commercial Flight To Space Station | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:42 a.m. EDT a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station.

 

"Congratulations to the teams at SpaceX and NASA who worked hard to make this first commercial mission to the International Space Station an overwhelming success," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "This successful splashdown and the many other achievements of this mission herald a new era in U.S. commercial spaceflight. American innovation and inspiration have once again shown their great strength in the design and operation of a new generation of vehicles to carry cargo to our laboratory in space. Now more than ever we're counting on the inventiveness of American companies and American workers to make the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit destinations accessible to any and all who have dreams of space travel."

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down | Discovery News

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down | Discovery News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies aced a practice mission to the International Space Station, completing a nine-day flight of its unmanned Dragon capsule with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

 

Riding beneath a trio of 116-foot wide parachutes, the bell-shaped ship landed about 560 miles west of Baja, California at 11:42 a.m. EDT.

 

Earlier Thursday, astronauts aboard space station used the 58-foot long Canadian robotic arm to fly Dragon out of the docking slip where it had spent the past six days and release it into space for the quick journey back to Earth.

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Dragon and COTS Success v1.1

This is a video dedicated to the men and women of SpaceX and NASA who have had to endure years of ridicule. The COTS 2+ mission was a complete success. Falcon 9, Dragon, Solar Arrays, Approach, Berthing, Cargo Transfer, Departure, and re-entry all worked.

 

This is an example of what happens when you use Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets. A complete and smashing success.

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First Picture of Dragon Landing | Parabolic Arc

First Picture of Dragon Landing | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX's Dragon after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: Michael Altenhofen)

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First SpaceX Dragon Cargo Flight Ends With a Splash

First SpaceX Dragon Cargo Flight Ends With a Splash | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

After a nearly flawless nine-day routine, the Dragon stuck the landing, too.

 

The first commercial mission to ferry supplies into space ended successfully Thursday when a cargo capsule known as the Dragon fell to earth on target in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, NASA officials said.

 

Tethered to three large parachutes, the unmanned capsule, which had carried about 1,100 pounds of food, water, clothing and equipment to the International Space Station, hit the water at the relatively gentle speed of about 10 miles an hour at 8:42 a.m. local time. It came down about 560 miles west of Baja California, witnessed by technicians from the company that built and flew it, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX. They were to load the capsule aboard a barge and haul it back to Long Beach, Calif.

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GLXP Update: Omega Envoy Add Two New Partners to Team | Parabolic Arc

GLXP Update: Omega Envoy Add Two New Partners to Team | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, FL. (Omega Envoy PR) – Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), and its parent company, Earthrise Space Inc (ESI), are proud to announce that the team has secured a sponsorship from Boca Bearings to provide hardware for ESI’s lunar spacecraft and a partnership with CT Social to assist on outreach efforts.

 

Boca Bearings, Inc. is an innovative bearing manufacturing firm focused on producing vehicle components that reduce resistance and conserve energy. The company prides itself in providing a variety of high-quality, miniature ceramic bearings as well as lubrication-based technology which is used in industry, for hobbies and a variety of other purposes. Boca Bearings has agreed to provide bearings for ESI’s lunar rover – for both the prototype as well as the actual flight article.

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Blue Origin Completes System Requirements Review for Innovative Space Vehicle | SpaceRef

Blue Origin Completes System Requirements Review for Innovative Space Vehicle | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENT, Wash. - Blue Origin successfully completed a System Requirements Review (SRR) of its orbital Space Vehicle on May 15-16. Blue Origin is maturing the design of the Space Vehicle in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under the agency's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program.

 

The Space Vehicle will carry astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS). The innovative 'biconic' design is oriented vertically for launch and horizontally for reentry, affording the launch simplicity of a capsule coupled with the reentry advantages of a lifting body. This gives astronauts a larger accessible landing area from any single reentry point, which means more frequent opportunities to conduct an emergency return from the ISS and land safely in the United States, while lowering G-forces the astronauts experience on reentry.

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SpaceX mission success spurs fledgling commercial space industry

SpaceX mission success spurs fledgling commercial space industry | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Computerworld - The success of the SpaceX mission to supply the International Space Station is bolstering the fledgling commercial space industry.

 

"This really is the beginning of a new era in commercial spaceflight," said Alan Lindenmoyer, who manages NASA's commercial space transportation programs. "It's just a super great day for space flight.... It's stimulating the commercial space exploration industry."

 

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean yesterday, wrapping up a mission to bring more than 1,000 pounds of food, clothing and scientific experiments to the space station. This is the first time that the U.S. has sent a commercially built and launched spacecraft to rendezvous with the orbiter.

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Dragon Mission Report | Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth after historic test flight | Spaceflight Now

Dragon Mission Report | Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth after historic test flight | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Placing an exclamation point on a flawless nine-day flight to the International Space Station, SpaceX's commercial Dragon spaceship made an automated pinpoint splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, completing a feat never before achieved by private industry.

 

The gumdrop-shaped capsule, blackened by the heat of a high-speed re-entry, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 560 miles west of Baja California at 11:42 a.m. EDT (1542 GMT).

 

A fleet of recovery vessels, staffed with SpaceX engineers and divers, retrieved the capsule from the sea and set course for the California coast.

 

"This couldn't have gone any better," said Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO and chief designer. "I'm just overwhelmed with joy."

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Musk: "Welcome Home, Baby" as Dragon Mission Ends

Musk: "Welcome Home, Baby" as Dragon Mission Ends | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As Elon Musk's Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning, he was thinking "welcome home, baby" as the mission came to a picture perfect ending.

 

In response to a reporter's question about what he was thinking as Dragon floated in the ocean, he said his thoughts were "welcome home, baby. .... I feel really great, like seeing your kid come home."

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SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth to close out historic mission (UPDATED)

SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth to close out historic mission (UPDATED) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In the final chapter of a history-making space drama, a commercial cargo ship completed a near-flawless test flight to the International Space Station with an on-target splashdown off the Baja California peninsula Thursday, clearing the way for the start of routine cargo delivery missions later this year.

 

Splashdown some 560 miles off the Baja California peninsula came at 11:42 a.m., within sight of a SpaceX recovery team made up of about 16 engineers, technicians and divers, along with contractors operating a 185-foot crane-equipped barge, a crew boat and two inflatables. The recovery crew quickly attached cables and worked to haul the capsule aboard for the long trip back to the Port of Long Beach.

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Mission Accomplished! - Congratulations to SpaceX for Historic Success Opens New Door to the Future | SpaceRef

The Texas Space Alliance proudly congratulates SpaceX and their partners at NASA for achieving a true first in the history of the space program over the past seven days. The successful launch on May 25, 2012 will forever mark entry into a brave new world, and the evolution of the private commercial space world into the workings of US and government space activities.

 

"With the subsequent successful capture and mating of the Dragon vehicle to the ISS, the U.S. once again leads the world in space, by showing how the commercial space world can be a reliable partner, beyond the traditional government contractor mold, to deliver goods and services in space that government paid efforts alone can no longer easily fund," said Wayne Rast, TXA Policy Director. "Today's successful reentry and return of the Dragon vehicle showcases SpaceX as a proven leader of this new industry."

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Dragon Splashdown Marks End of Landmark Flight | NASA

Dragon Splashdown Marks End of Landmark Flight | NASA | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX completed a landmark mission May 31 that saw its Dragon capsule deliver half-a-ton of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station and return safely to Earth.

 

The flight made history as the first privately built spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Its true impact is expected to be seen in coming months as the company sends regular re-supply missions to the orbiting outpost and continues work to launch astronauts into orbit in a few years.

 

"We are hoping to continue working with NASA and hopefully flying crew within three years," said Elon Musk, the founder, CEO and chief designer for the Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX. "This was a crucial step and makes the chances of becoming a multi planet species more likely."

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Private cargo capsule returns from historic space station mission with a splash | collectSPACE

Private cargo capsule returns from historic space station mission with a splash | collectSPACE | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

May 31, 2012 — The first private spacecraft to visit the International Space Station returned to Earth on Thursday morning (May 31), creating a splash in the Pacific Ocean almost as large as the one its mission made in spaceflight history.

 

Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Dragon cargo capsule completed a successful 9 day test flight, landing under parachutes some 560 miles (900 kilometers) off the coast of Baja, California at 11:42 a.m. EDT (1542 GMT). A crane-equipped barge, tow boat and other support ships were reported to be making their way to the splashdown site to retrieve the unmanned spacecraft.

 

"Splashdown successful!!" SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter. "Sending fast boat to Dragon."

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Station Begins Dragon's Release for Flight Home

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is un-berthed from the International Space Station after becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the orbiting laboratory.

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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down

After its successful stay at the ISS, the world's first commercial spacecraft to journey to the orbiting complex returns to Earth with a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

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