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NASA EDGE CubeSat Launch Initiative

NASA EDGE talks to NASA about how they're helping students and professionals launch their own mini satellites known as CubeSats. The CubeSat Launch Initiative provides new opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by helping people design, launch and collect data. Check it out.

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A New Player in the Return to the Moon

A New Player in the Return to the Moon | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

If all goes according to plan, the moon will soon have its first surface visitor after a three-decade lull. In August 1976, the Soviet unmanned spacecraft, Luna 24, touched down softly on a mission to retrieve some lunar rocks and soil. Since then, humans have only sent spacecraft to orbit or crash into the moon. This is set to change in December 2013, with the anticipated launch of Chang’e 3, China’s first lunar lander. Because of this latest development, those very familiar with the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE have started to ask about an original clause in the competition – the “government landing penalty.”

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SpaceX’s 1st Commercial Comsat Launch Slips Three Days | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX’s 1st Commercial Comsat Launch Slips Three Days | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s (SpaceX) first launch of a commercial telecommunications satellite will be delayed to Nov. 25 from Nov. 22, SpaceX President and Chief Operations Officer Gwynne Shotwell said Nov. 13. 

 

“We wanted a little bit more time to make sure the launch site was ready for us, and we wanted to give the [launch vehicle] crew a little more rest,” Shotwell said during a press event at NASA headquarters here.

 

The event was held to mark the end of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program, a development effort that helped fund new rockets and spacecraft from SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. now being used to resupply the international space station.

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Orbital to Launch First Satellite Designed and Built By High School Students

(Dulles, VA 13 November 2013) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, will launch the first satellite designed and built by high school students into Earth orbit aboard a Minotaur I rocket next week. The small satellite, known as TJCubeSat (TJ⊃3;Sat), will be launched aboard the U.S. Air Force’s ORS-3 mission as one of more than two dozen secondary payloads the Minotaur rocket will carry into orbit. The mission is scheduled to take place from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. The launch is currently scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at approximately 7:30 p.m. (EST).

 

The TJ⊃3;Sat is a small-size CubeSat developed, built and tested by students from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Over the past several years, volunteers from Orbital’s technical staff mentored the student team and provided engineering oversight, while the company made its space testing facilities available and provided financial support for the satellite project. TJ⊃3;Sat was assigned to the ORS-3 mission launch through NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program based on launch manifest availability.

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NASA Hails Success of Commercial Space Program Private Space Station Resupply Underway, Plans Readied for Astronauts | SpaceRef

NASA Hails Success of Commercial Space Program Private Space Station Resupply Underway, Plans Readied for Astronauts | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Wednesday hailed the success of the agency's public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to transport astronauts is set to begin next week.

 

Bolden provided remarks at NASA Headquarters in Washington as agency officials announced the successful conclusion of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, an initiative that aimed to achieve safe, reliable and cost-effective commercial transportation to and from the space station and low-Earth orbit.

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SpaceX’s CRS-3 Dragon recruited for ISS spacesuit relay | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX’s CRS-3 Dragon recruited for ISS spacesuit relay | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

SpaceX’s next Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will involve the delivery of a replacement Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), allowing for the return of a faulty suit on the same vehicle when it returns to Earth. Notably, the returning suit won’t be Luca Parmitano’s EMU, after its water leak issues were resolved via successful troubleshooting efforts.

 

Luca Parmitano safely landed back on Earth in the early hours of Monday morning, marking the end of a six month stay on the ISS that included his first two EVAs on the outside of the Station.

 

It was the second of his spacewalks that became the center of the EMU investigation that has been ongoing for some months now, following the early termination of EVA-23 on July 16.

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Bigelow report calls for use of COTS model for cislunar transportation | NewSpace Journal

Bigelow report calls for use of COTS model for cislunar transportation | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A report prepared by Bigelow Aerospace for NASA concludes that the commercial approach that the space agency used successfully for developing commercial cargo transportation to the International Space Station should also be applied to developing transportation beyond Earth orbit, including in the vicinity of, and to the surface of, the Moon.

 

The report, prepared under a Space Act Agreement between NASA and Bigelow Aerospace announced earlier this year, was formally released on Tuesday at a press conference in Washington. It recommends that NASA pursue a partnership with industry to develop beyond-LEO transportation systems, given NASA’s constrained budgets and the record of success by NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program to develop launch vehicles and spacecraft to supply the ISS.

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Weekend wrap | XCOR Aerospace blog

Weekend wrap | XCOR Aerospace blog | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

We receive a lot of photo inquiries the past few weeks, and have begun to catalog our content, by subject and week, over at Flickr. So this weekend we have a simple update: if you’re interested in the photos from this week’s stories, head over there!

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First family of space: Richard Branson and kids will blaze new trail | NBC News.com

First family of space: Richard Branson and kids will blaze new trail | NBC News.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The family that soars together, scores together: Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is due to become the first father to join his children on a trip to outer space when they ride the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane next year. But he won't be the last.

 

"We've had people like myself who booked the whole spaceship for their families," Branson told NBC News on Friday, "and I think you know it'll be just a magnificent experience for everybody."

 

Branson, the British-born chairman of the Virgin Group, has been saying for years that he'd be on Virgin Galactic's first passenger spaceflight with his family. But now the reality is settling in — not just for the 63-year-old billionaire, but also for his two children: 31-year-old Holly and 28-year-old Sam.

 

 

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NBC to Broadcast Virgin Galactic's First Commercial Space Launch Live

NBC to Broadcast Virgin Galactic's First Commercial Space Launch Live | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

It's official: Virgin Galactic's commercial spaceflight revolution will be televised.


Virgin Galactic's owner, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has inked a deal with NBC ensuring that the network will air live coverage of the inaugural flight of the company's private SpaceShipTwo rocket ship, as well as other special programs in the run up to the historic first flight. Branson and NBCUniversal unveiled the deal today (Nov. 8).


Branson and his two children, Sam and Holly, will be the first passengers on SpaceShipTwo, which is designed to fly six passengers and two pilots on trips into suborbital space and back for $250,000 a piece.

 

 

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Ashton Kutcher's space trip training gets messy

Ashton Kutcher's space trip training gets messy | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Ashton Kutcher encountered an extremely messy training session for his upcoming trip to space, when he fell victim to multiple vomiting fits on a spaceship simulator.

 

The 'Two and a Half Men' star is just one of the celebrities who has signed up for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic project, which offers rich fun lovers the chance to jet into space and experience a few minutes of weightlessness and a view of the earth from nearly 100 kilometres up.

 

And to prepare for the out-of-this-world trip, Kutcher had to train in a Zero Gravity airplane - a session that left him feeling terribly ill.

 

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Recognizing Giant Leaps: Google Lunar XPRIZE Establishes Milestone Prizes (Op-Ed)

Recognizing Giant Leaps: Google Lunar XPRIZE Establishes Milestone Prizes (Op-Ed) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

 

Back in 2007, building upon the successes of the Ansari XPRIZE for suborbital spaceflight and the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, XPRIZE and Google launched the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized competition to date. The concept was easy to explain: land on the moon, move 500 meters and send back video, images and data. The prize requirements were conceived to demonstrate the minimum useful capability a spacecraft would need for future uses in space exploration and scientific research.

 

Thirty teams signed up for this audacious challenge by the close of registration in 2010 — three times as many as the initial concept study had suggested. Going back to the moon had clearly struck a chord!

 

This week, XPRIZE and Google announced a series of Milestone Prizes available to competing teams. The reason for introducing these prizes deserves a little background.

 

 

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Elon Musk, man behind Tesla, Paypal, speaks to packed crowd at CSUB

Elon Musk, man behind Tesla, Paypal, speaks to packed crowd at CSUB | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Elon Musk remembers a Sunday morning just before Christmas 2008 when his entire world had crashed around him.

 

The first three launches of Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, had failed. Financing for his Tesla Motors had failed. The investment bank behind SolarCity couldn't honor its financial agreement. And he had just gotten divorced.

 

"It was dark," he told the estimated 500 people Wednesday night at Cal State Bakersfield's Dore Theatre where he premiered the school's Distinguished Speaker Series.

 

It was, he said, as close as he has come in his life to despair.

 

The next day, NASA called with a more than $1 billion contract offer with SpaceX.

 

"I couldn't even be professional" with them on the phone, Musk said. "I told them, 'I love you.'"

 

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Companies Want a Piece of the Moon | DNews

Companies Want a Piece of the Moon | DNews | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Corporations are interested in partnering with NASA for lunar and other deep-space initiatives, but will want property rights in exchange, a NASA-commissioned report released on Tuesday shows.

 

The U.S. space agency already is relying on private industry to fly cargo to the International Space Station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 250 miles above Earth. NASA has station cargo delivery contracts worth a combined $3.5 billion with privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, and with Orbital Sciences Corp.

 

NASA has a similar program in place to spur development of privately owned space taxis to shuttle astronauts to and from the station as well. The agency currently is backing development of three competing designs, with the aim of selecting one or two for a test flight within about three years. The contenders are SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corp.

 

NASA should forge similar commercial partnerships for transportation beyond the station, including travel to and around the moon, a NASA-commissioned report by startup Bigelow Aerospace shows.

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Moon Mining Rush Ahead?

Moon Mining Rush Ahead? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A private space company's chief, Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace Inc., called for the Federal Aviation Administration to allow property rights for lunar mining, at a Tuesday NASA briefing.

 

The North Las Vegas, Nevada-based firm already has a contract, announced in January, to provide the U.S. space agency with an experimental inflatable habitat for the International Space Station in 2015.

 

Now Bigelow, 69, wants private space companies (such as his own and Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket firm) to take a larger role in expanding NASA's astronaut explorations to beyond the space station's orbit. (See "Moon Exploration.")

 

And he wants the U.S. government to offer those firms a potential payoff—rights to mine the moon, echoing recent calls to mine asteroids. "The time has come to get serious about lunar property rights," said Bigelow, speaking at a briefing with NASA manned spaceflight chief William Gerstenmaier.

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CubeSats Initiative

CubeSats Initiative | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA’s CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI) provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches. These CubeSats are flown as auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.

 

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh about 3 pounds.  To participate in the CSLI program, CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan and the Education Strategic Coordination Framework. The research should address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

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To the moon? NASA passes the torch for space commercialization | NBC News.com

To the moon? NASA passes the torch for space commercialization | NBC News.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA's chief closed out the space agency's first campaign to commercialize spaceflight on Wednesday, marking a transition to more ambitious efforts to create new U.S. spaceships that could send astronauts into orbit — and perhaps back to the moon someday.

 

"We just finished taking the Olympic torch up to space last week, and getting it back down," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during a televised ceremony at the agency's Washington headquarters. "So in a way, this is passing another torch."

 

The seven-year-long, $700 million-plus commercialization program — known as Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, or COTS — resulted in two new launch systems to replace the now-retired space shuttle fleet and transfer cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule made its first delivery in May 2012, and Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus capsule followed suit with a demonstration flight this September.

 

Both companies are moving ahead with resupply missions under the terms of contracts with NASA worth a total of $3.5 billion. Orbital Sciences' first launch covered by that contract is set for December, while SpaceX is due to send the Dragon on its next trip in February.

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NASA IG Final Report: NASA's Management of the Commercial Crew Program | SpaceRef

NASA IG Final Report: NASA's Management of the Commercial Crew Program | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Inspector General Paul Martin today released a report examining NASA's efforts to partner with private industry to develop a "commercial crew" capability to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).  Since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in July 2011, the United States has lacked a domestic capability to transport crew and - until recently - cargo to the ISS.  Consequently, NASA has been relying on the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for crew transportation.  Between 2012 and 2017, NASA will pay Roscosmos $1.7 billion to ferry 30 NASA astronauts and international partners to and from the ISS at prices ranging from $47 million to more than $70 million per person.  After 2017, NASA hopes to obtain transportation to the ISS from American spaceflight companies.

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An FYI Link to the SpaceX man rate program

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From the Bunker: Control | XCOR Aerospace blog

From the Bunker: Control | XCOR Aerospace blog | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

This is the third in a series of posts “from the bunker”, interviews with the people behind the scenes at every hot fire and cold flow that takes place at XCOR. Today we talk about the role of Control with XCOR engineer Jeremy Voigt (and soon with engineer Geoff Licciardello, who also works in this role at XCOR for another program).

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NASA Administrator Bolden to Hail Success of Commercial Cargo Program | SpaceRef

NASA Administrator Bolden to Hail Success of Commercial Cargo Program | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will discuss the success of the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative during a televised news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 13.

 

Through COTS, NASA's partners Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) and Orbital Sciences Corp., developed new U.S. rockets and spacecraft, launched from U.S. soil, capable of transporting cargo to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

 

A successful Orbital Sciences demonstration mission to the space station was completed in October, signifying the end of COTS development. SpaceX made its first trip to the space station in May 2012 and completed its COTS partnership with NASA the same year. The agency now contracts space station cargo resupply missions with both companies.

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NBC Universal to televise first commercial space flight | Virgin.com

NBC Universal to televise first commercial space flight | Virgin.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Richard and Sam Branson appeared on NBC's TODAY to reveal the news that NBCUniversal will broadcast Virgin Galactic’s historic first commercial spaceflight of SpaceShipTwo live.

 

The Virgin Founder and his children Sam and Holly plan to be the first private passengers  to travel into space on SpaceShipTwo from Virgin Galactic’s terminal at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The journey will be shown during a three-hour live event on “TODAY,” hosted by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. NBC News’ award-winning Peacock Productions will also chronicle the journey in a primetime special airing on NBC the night before launch, as well as a myriad of NBCUniversal brands and platforms including CNBC,MSNBC, NBCNews.com, Syfy, The Weather Channel and more.

 

 

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NBC to air Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson's trek to space | TODAY.com

NBC to air Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson's trek to space | TODAY.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NBC and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson on Friday announced an agreement to track the development of the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane on television — climaxing in a flight that will put Branson and his children into outer space.

 

If all the flight tests proceed according to plan, that inaugural passenger spaceflight could take off from New Mexico's Spaceport America during a special edition of NBC's TODAY show next August, said Sharon Scott, president and general manager of Peacock Productions.

 

"They are hoping for August, but it's completely engineering-driven," Scott told NBC News in advance of Friday's announcement on TODAY. "There's no guarantee for that. August is the desire."

 

 

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Interested in space tourism? Participate in Indian version of Space Race | Hindustan Times

Interested in space tourism? Participate in Indian version of Space Race | Hindustan Times | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

On the face of it, this seems like the mother of all reality shows. Come 2014 and a new television show will invite people to compete for a seat on business tycoon Richard Branson’s tourist flight to space.

The Indian version of upcoming American TV show Space Race will chronicle the struggle of 16 competitors vying for the coveted spot on the spacecraft.

 

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NASA Administrator Bolden to Hail Success of Commercial Cargo Program

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will discuss the success of the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative during a televised news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 13.

 

Through COTS, NASA's partners Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) and Orbital Sciences Corp., developed new U.S. rockets and spacecraft, launched from U.S. soil, capable of transporting cargo to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

 

A successful Orbital Sciences demonstration mission to the space station was completed in October, signifying the end of COTS development. SpaceX made its first trip to the space station in May 2012 and completed its COTS partnership with NASA the same year. The agency now contracts space station cargo resupply missions with both companies.

 

 

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Reality Show "Space Race" Aims To Give Ordinary Americans A Shot At Space Travel

Reality Show "Space Race" Aims To Give Ordinary Americans A Shot At Space Travel | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Legendary television producer Mark Burnett is teaming up with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic for a new reality show where ordinary Americans compete to fly into space. On NBC's upcoming Space Race, which still doesn't have air or film dates, the winner's grand prize will be a trip into space courtesy of Virgin.

 

George Whitesides is bullish on a future where space tourism is a fact of life. The CEO of Virgin Galactic and the son of a legendary scientist, Whitesides helms a company whose business plan centers on short trips into space at $250,000 a pop. At a recent presentation at TEDxWallStreet, Whitesides was selling a crowd--many of whom can afford (or have bosses who can afford) to pay the ticket fee for short suborbital space flights--on the virtues of traveling into space. It was an easy sell: the audience was full of science aficionados and thrill junkies who raised their hands eagerly when asked if they'd like to go into space. Virgin Galactic's mission is to make space tourism affordable and doable, and a reality show is just the sort of advertisement they like.

 

 

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