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Deep Space Industries partners with Luxembourg to test asteroid mining technologies

Deep Space Industries partners with Luxembourg to test asteroid mining technologies | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Deep Space Industries, the asteroid mining company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Luxembourg Government to co-fund the development and launch of DSI’s first spacecraft. Known as Prospector-X, the small spacecraft will test key technologies in Low Earth Orbit that will be necessary for future asteroid prospecting.

The agreement is a small, but important step toward developing the technologies necessary to enable the potentially very lucrative business of asteroid mining.

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Three Camera Angles | Falcon 9 First Stage Landing on Droneship

Three different views of last week's Falcon 9 first stage landing after sending JCSAT-14 satellite on way to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Hot and fast reentry.

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Third recovered Falcon 9 First Stage sails into Port Canaveral | NASASpaceFlight.com

Third recovered Falcon 9 First Stage sails into Port Canaveral | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Fresh from its unique three engine landing success, the Falcon 9 first stage (F9-0024-S1) has arrived back to the Florida coast from where it successfully launched the JCSAT-14 satellite. Proudly stood in the middle of the deck on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), this is the third Falcon 9 first stage to be recovered after a launch.

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Photos: Falcon 9 streaks into space, lands on drone ship | Spaceflight Now

Photos: Falcon 9 streaks into space, lands on drone ship | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX achieved a double success Friday with the launch of a Japanese communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, followed minutes later by the touchdown of the Falcon 9 rocket’s 15-story first stage booster on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket lifted off at 1:21 a.m. EDT (0521 GMT) Friday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, turned east over the Atlantic, and raced into orbit with Japan’s JCSAT 14 spacecraft, a commercial broadcasting platform owned by Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.

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JCSAT-14 Hosted Webcast

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered JCSAT-14, a commercial communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SKY Perfect JSAT is a leading satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region and provides high-quality satellite communications to its customers using its fleet of 15 satellites. After stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully completed an experimental landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship.

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SpaceX does it again! Rocket lands at sea

SpaceX does it again! Rocket lands at sea | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX increased the degree of difficulty for tonight’s Falcon 9 rocket landing attempt at sea after launching a Japanese satellite into a super-high orbit – but the feat came off successfully nevertheless.

The California-based company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, downplayed the odds of success before the launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:21 p.m. PT (1:21 a.m. ET Friday). “Rocket re-entry is a lot faster and hotter than last time, so odds of making it are maybe even, but we should learn a lot either way,” he tweeted.


Moments after the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on a drone ship, hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, Musk tweeted just one word:

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Orbital targets July for 1st flight of redesigned Antares rocket | SpaceNews.com

Orbital targets July for 1st flight of redesigned Antares rocket | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS—Satellite and rocket builder Orbital ATK on May 5 said its re-engined Antares medium-lift launch vehicle likely would make its first flight in July and would be nicely profitable for Orbital even if it wins no other customers beyond its current NASA space station resupply business.

Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital has enough NASA station-resupply work to assure two or three Antares launches per year well into the next decade and the company expects to widen its customer set once the redesigned Antares has proven itself.

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Prospector-X™: An International Mission to Test Technologies for Asteroid Mining | Deep Space Industries

Prospector-X™: An International Mission to Test Technologies for Asteroid Mining | Deep Space Industries | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries, together with the Luxembourg Government and the Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (SNCI), the national banking institution in Luxembourg, have signed an agreement formalizing their partnership to explore, use, and commercialize space resources as part of Luxembourg’s spaceresources.lu initiative.


The Luxembourg Government will work with Deep Space Industries to co-fund relevant R&D projects that help further develop the technology needed to mine asteroids and build a supply chain of valuable resources in space.

The co-funding will be implemented under the Luxembourg space program, (LuxIMPULSE), the national R&D support program, and using financing instruments of the SNCI.

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Photos: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral | Spaceflight Now

Photos: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Crowned with a Japanese telecommunications satellite, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sits atop its Cape Canaveral launch pad hours before its scheduled blastoff Friday.

Standing 229 feet (70 meters) tall, the two-stage rocket rolled out of its hangar at the Complex 40 launch pad Thursday and was erected vertical for liftoff with the JCSAT 14 communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Tokyo.

Launch of the fourth Falcon 9 rocket this year is set for the opening of a two-hour window at 1:21 a.m. EDT (0521 GMT) Friday.

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#RedDragon - 9.15

SpaceX recently announced their plans to send a Dragon 2 on a voyage to Mars as early as 2018. In this episode we chat about their plans and what it means for the future of Mars colonization.

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SpaceX undecided on payload for first Falcon Heavy flight | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX undecided on payload for first Falcon Heavy flight | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As SpaceX engineers put together the first model of the company’s new Falcon Heavy rocket, officials have not ruled out flying a paying customer’s satellite aboard the maiden flight of the humongous launcher scheduled later this year, the company’s president told Spaceflight Now.

The long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket could blast off on its first flight as soon as November from launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, returning the storied Apollo- and shuttle-era launch complex to service for the first time since the last space shuttle mission took off in 2011.

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Stormy weather in Florida delays Falcon 9 launch | Spaceflight Now

Stormy weather in Florida delays Falcon 9 launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX has delayed a planned Falcon 9 launch with a Japanese communications satellite to Friday due to inclement weather on Florida’s Space Coast.

The launch window is unchanged, opening at 1:21 a.m. EDT (0521 GMT) and extending for two hours Friday, to put the JCSAT 14 commercial communications satellite into orbit for SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Tokyo.

The 229-foot-tall rocket could have been exposed to storms streaming over Central Florida on Wednesday if SpaceX went ahead with a launch attempt Thursday morning.

The Falcon 9 will blast off from Cape Canaveral’s seaside Complex 40 launch pad.

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A new chapter for a commercial space pioneer | The Space Review

A new chapter for a commercial space pioneer | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Jeff Greason and two other co-founders of XCOR Aerospace have left the company in recent months and started a new venture, Agile Aero. Jeff Foust reports on Agile’s vision for the future of space vehicle development, as well as where XCOR stands on its Lynx suborbital spaceplane.

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Bridenstine Drafting Legislation to Implement CSLCA Asteroid Mining Provision

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), one of the main architects of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA), is drafting legislation to implement the policies prescribed in that law, especially those regarding property rights to resources mined from asteroids by U.S. companies.

Bridenstine's legislative aide, Christopher Ingraham, discussed the implementation effort during a May 5 seminar held by the Secure World Foundation and the Alliance for Space Development on "Asteroids, Mining, and Policy: Practical Consideration of Space Resource Rights." Ingraham and Jim Dunstan, founder of the Mobius Legal Group, both said that the concept of asteroid mining no longer faces a "giggle factor," but Ingraham said it does still face uncertainty despite the passage of CSLCA. The question now is how to implement the law.

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Flight 3: GH2 Vent Cam

Video from our New Shepard flight on April 2, 2016 showing flight of the booster from just ahead of reentry through descent and landing. Video is from the GH2 vent camera located just below the booster’s ring fin.

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The #EMpossibleDrive - 9.16

This week we bring on Dave Distler to talk about the EMDrive once more. REMEMBER: DAVE IS A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL -- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BUILD YOUR OWN EMDRIVE AT HOME!

Dave advanced through three high-tech RF & Microwave manufacturing companies in 35 years. He started out as a technician, then Quality Control, Sales and Applications Engineering, to Sale and Marketing Manager and finally to Product Line Manager. He has traveled worldwide extensively and met with high level Engineers designing and testing transmission and receive systems for Military, Aerospace, Space and Commercial systems. He holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License and has built and designed a variety of high power RF Systems. Today, he is semi-retired and enjoys returning to his roots in electronics with designing, building and testing what he at first considered an implausible Electromagnetic Propulsion device.

In Space News we have:
* Falcon 9 launches with JCSAT-14 – lands another stage
* Departure of Europe’s First Mars Rover delayed to 2020
* Russian rocket recovery is a bit different than SpaceX
* SpaceX to test recovered stage on SLC-39A
* Rare Transit of Mercury to Take Place on May 9th
* July - 1st flight of new Antares Rocket

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Current debate on ICBM use a throwback to the 1990s | SpaceNews.com

Current debate on ICBM use a throwback to the 1990s | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — An established aerospace company seeks government permission to use retired ballistic motors for commercial satellite launches. It’s opposed by a startup who argues such vehicles constitute unfair competition.

A description of the current debate about use of excess intercontinental ballistic missiles? Try 1990 instead.

The present-day debate, where Orbital ATK seeks a policy change to allow it to use ICBM motors to provide lower cost commercial launches, mirrors one from the early 1990s that established the current policy that restricts those motors’ use. And, in the intervening quarter century, some of the key players have switched sides.

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SpaceX successfully launches JCSat-14 and lands rocket first stage on drone ship | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX successfully launches JCSat-14 and lands rocket first stage on drone ship | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PARIS—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on May 6 successfully placed Sky Perfect JSat’s JCSat-14 commercial telecommunications satellite into transfer orbit, with the rocket’s first stage landing gracefully on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

JCSat-14 manufacturer SSL of Palo Alto, California, confirmed that the 4,700-kilogram satellite was healthy in geostationary transfer orbit and sending signals.

It was the second consecutive drone-ship touchdown by the rocket’s first stage and was accomplished despite what SpaceX officials had said were particularly challenging conditions due to the velocity necessary for the launch. The previous successful drone-ship landing, performed in April, was done following a launch of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule into low Earth orbit.

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Falcon 9 succeeds in middle-of-the-night launch | Spaceflight Now

Falcon 9 succeeds in middle-of-the-night launch | Spaceflight Now | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A Japanese communications rode a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral early Friday, reaching an on-target orbit as the launcher’s first stage booster nailed a high-speed landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean, logging another achievement for SpaceX’s cost-cutting reuse initiative.

The successful satellite deployment marks the Falcon 9’s fifth consecutive flawless flight in less than five months, and the rocket’s 24th mission overall.

The rocket achieved its primary and secondary objective on Friday’s launch, placing the JCSAT 14 communications satellite into orbit, and returning its booster stage to a purely experimental landing on a specially-outfitted ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Orbital ATK Readies Antares for July 2016 Return to Flight

Orbital ATK President David Thompson said today that the new version of the Antares rocket will be rolled out to a launch pad at Wallops Island, VA next week in preparation for a hot fire test later this month and a return-to-flight launch in early July. It will be the first flight of Antares since an October 28, 2014 failure.

A specific date was not provided. Thompson said only that it will be "just after" July 4. If all goes well, a second launch is expected in the November time frame. All of these launches are for NASA's commercial cargo program, taking Cygnus spacecraft loaded with supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The launches take place from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA. MARS is owned by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, part of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Transportation.

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Chris McCormick on PlanetiQ's launch plans, NOAA's commercial weather pilot | SpaceNews.com

Chris McCormick on PlanetiQ's launch plans, NOAA's commercial weather pilot | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

PlanetiQ was formed in 2012 to create a commercial constellation of satellites specifically focused on gathering near real-time, high-quality weather, climate and space weather data.

An initial set of microsatellites are to be deployed in 2017 each toting a novel sensor, the “Pyxis” — a radio occultation device able to regularly ping the lowest layers of Earth’s atmosphere where severe weather action takes place. The PlanetiQ constellation is slated to collect over 30,000 soundings per day, evenly distributed around the globe.

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Falcon 9 set for JCSAT-14 launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Falcon 9 set for JCSAT-14 launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Making its fourth flight of the year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deploy the JCSAT-14 communications satellite Friday. The mission, which will include another experimental attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage, will lift off from Cape Canaveral during a two-hour window that opens at 01:21 local time (05:21 UTC).

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Virgin Galactic - Why We Go

A quick introduction to our human spaceflight program and our small satellite program, the vehicles we fly, and the team that design, builds, and operates it all--and, of course, the things that motivate us.

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U.S. Space sues Orbital ATK over ViviSat venture | SpaceNews.com

U.S. Space sues Orbital ATK over ViviSat venture | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Orbital ATK is facing a lawsuit from its former partner in the ViviSat satellite servicing venture, claiming Orbital improperly shut down the joint venture to pursue the servicing business on its own.

In a suit filed April 29 with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, U.S. Space LLC alleges that Orbital ATK violated the terms of a management agreement regarding operations of ViviSat to take control of the company and dissolve it in April, a maneuver U.S. Space called in court filings “a double-cross of cosmic proportions.” The lawsuit was first reported by the legal publication Law360.

U.S. Space and ATK Space Systems created ViviSat in 2010 to develop and commercialize a satellite servicing system later known as the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV). Under the original teaming agreement, ATK was primarily responsible for technical development of the MEV, while U.S. Space was responsible for financing and business development.

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The US should challenge the EU to lead lunar development | The Space Review

The US should challenge the EU to lead lunar development | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

As ESA seeks to drum up support for its “Moon Village” concept, the US appears content to focus instead on missions to Mars. Vid Beldavs, in an open letter to the president, argues that the US should push Europe to take the lead on lunar development and take on a supporting role that can help support its own Mars ambitions.

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