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Global Warming: Earth's Orbit Blamed For Ancient Hot Spells - Huffington Post

Global Warming: Earth's Orbit Blamed For Ancient Hot Spells - Huffington Post | New Space | Scoop.it
Daily MailGlobal Warming: Earth's Orbit Blamed For Ancient Hot SpellsHuffington PostA team of scientists is proposing that it came from the melting of permafrost, frozen soil packed with organic matter, after cycles in the Earth's orbit warmed up...
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The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon

The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon | New Space | Scoop.it
Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future
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Elon Musk opens up on his passion for colonizing Mars. To him, it's the most important thing that humanity could be preparing to do right now.

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The Space Review: ULA, Blue Origin and the BE-4 engine

The Space Review: ULA, Blue Origin and the BE-4 engine | New Space | Scoop.it
ULA, Blue Origin and the BE-4 engine http://t.co/DnkjcF2jns #The Space Review
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Contrary to recent news stories, the recent agreement between Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance, to use Blue Origin's forthcoming BE-4 engine, is not meant to replace the Russian RD-180 engine on the Atlas V booster. It is meant to power ULA's next generation booster. This means that there is still no replacement in sight for the RD-180.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation to Introduce Dream Chase... | Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation to Introduce Dream Chase... | Sierra Nevada Corporation | New Space | Scoop.it
Sierra Nevada Corp. to announce Dream Chaser Global Project. Newspace for the world? http://t.co/2BBuhWS6X8 #DreamChaser #ESA #JAXA
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Sierra Nevada moves on after being snubbed by NASA, offering the Dream Chaser to the world as an economical means of getting to and working in low Earth orbit.

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Beijing start-up plans to offer 'low-cost' space travel in ultra-high balloon

Beijing start-up plans to offer 'low-cost' space travel in ultra-high balloon | New Space | Scoop.it
A private company in Beijing is hoping to build a craft to take people 40km above the earth
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Chinese startup gets into the NewSpace game by offering balloon rides to 40 km. Seems like a waste of precious helium, which would be vented to allow return to Earth.

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"A private mainland company plans to offer near-space tourism for ordinary people in a high altitude balloon."

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Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA's Space Taxi Deal With SpaceX, Boeing - NBC News

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA's Space Taxi Deal With SpaceX, Boeing - NBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
Sierra Nevada Corp. says it's challenging NASA's $6.8 billion award to Boeing and SpaceX for the development of space taxis that would transport astronauts t...
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Now that Sierra Nevada has protested the commercial crew award, the government will have to address the protest, which could take as much as 100 days, before awarding any funding in the program. This could stretch the first operational flight out by the same 100 days. If Sierra Nevada wins the protest, the delay could be even longer.

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NASA Exoplanet Mission to Hunt Down Earth-sized Worlds

NASA Exoplanet Mission to Hunt Down Earth-sized Worlds | New Space | Scoop.it
Following its 2017 launch, NASA's TESS mission should collect a wealth of information on new exoplanets, the majority of which should be available for follow-ups with ground-based telescopes.
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The TESS space telescope is specifically designed to detect nearby Earth-sized worlds. These are places we may ultimately want to go.

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Sierra Nevada Protests Commercial Crew Award, Lays Off Staff - Space News

Sierra Nevada Protests Commercial Crew Award, Lays Off Staff - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
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Sierra Nevada Protests Commercial Crew Award, Lays Off Staff
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SNC maintains that its Dream Chaser system would offer substantial cost savings over the combination NASA selected.
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In protesting the commercial crew award to Boeing and SpaceX, Sierra Nevada reveals that their bid undercut Boeing's by $900 million, but promised delivery of equivalent performance.

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DWave Systems implies that conclusive quantum speedup will be shown with their next 1152 qubit quantum chip

DWave Systems CEO Vern Brownell says we are at the dawn of the quantum computing age, so things will change over time, and we’ll see a broader and broader set of applications.
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DWave expects the next generation of their quantum computer, currently in testing, will blow past classical supercomputers in certain key areas of investigation.

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ESA Euronews: Close Encounters With Venus

ESA Euronews: Close Encounters With Venus | New Space | Scoop.it
Venus is our mysterious neighbour, a strange world where the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east, and a day lasts longer than a year.
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The latest news on Venus comes to us courtesy of the European Space Agency.

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Join Me in Hawai'i in December

Dear Friend,

 

I am writing to let you know that I will be serving as an enrichment speaker on the Princess Cruise Line’s Grand Princess, departing Los Angeles on December 4 on a 15-day cruise to each of the four main Hawaiian Islands, and then back to Los Angeles via Ensenada, Mexico. This will be the third 15-day cruise that I have taken this year, stopping at some really interesting ports. If you would like to take a great cruise and attend some of my talks while at sea, I would love to meet you and spend some time with you. Here's the link: http://www.princess.com/find/cruiseDetails.do

 

You may wonder how I get to cruise so much. My wife Joyce and I cruise for free in exchange for me giving enrichment talks on the ship. I love giving talks on topics I am passionate about, and that will be the case in December, when I will be talking about astronomy and space travel. Astronomical discoveries are being made at a great pace and I will be covering all the latest news on that front.

 

Speaking isn’t the only thing that cruise lines will exchange for free cruises. There are many others, one or more of which might apply to you. Because I enjoy cruising so much, I have written a book revealing the secrets of how to cruise for free. Appropriately enough, it is titled “Cruise for Free, I Do and You Can Too.” It is available in either paperback or Kindle editions from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Cruise-Free-You-Can-Too/dp/1500936073/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411702711&sr=8-1).

 

I would like to send you a sample consisting of the first few chapters to give you an idea of what the book is about.

 

In addition to the chapters I am sending, I would also like to send you an article I wrote about one of the biggest challenges I have ever had to face, and how I changed as a result. If you would like the article, just send me your email address and I will send to you.

 

Best regards,

 

Allen Taylor

allen.taylor@ieee.org

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Hawai'i is great in December. I hope you will be able to join me in having a great time on a great ship, sailing through beautiful waters.

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Arianespace's lightweight Vega launcher is readied for its mission with the European IXV spaceplane

Arianespace's lightweight Vega launcher is readied for its mission with the European IXV spaceplane | New Space | Scoop.it
Paris (SPX) Sep 25, 2014 Another lightweight Vega launcher has begun its build-up at the Spaceport, initiating preparations for Arianespace's mid-November liftoff from French Guiana with the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle...
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Europe prepares to launch their new spaceplane in mid-November, not lot after Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spaceplane lost out in a competition for NASA funding.
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Sierra Nevada Space Systems' Dream Chaser employees laid off

Sierra Nevada Space Systems' Dream Chaser employees laid off | New Space | Scoop.it
Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Space Systems lets about 90 workers go after losing NASA bid to develop the Dream Chaser craft to shuttle astronauts to th (Sierra Nevada Space Systems' Dream Chaser employees laid off:
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In the wake of its failure to receive a follow-on commercial crew contract from NASA, Sierra Nevada Space Systems has laid off 90 workers.

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Japanese construction giant Obayashi says they will build a 60,000 mile long space elevator by 2050

a bacThe Japanese construction giant Obayashi says they will build a space elevator that will reach 96,000 kilometres into space.

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Brian makes a back-of-the-envelope calculation that seems to show that Earth-based space elevators will never be competitive with Falcon Heavies with first stages that can be reused as few as 15 times. This is technology that is close to existing right now, as opposed to an idea with huge technological, financial, and safety hurdles.

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Planets with Oddball Orbits Like Mercury Could Host Life

Planets with Oddball Orbits Like Mercury Could Host Life | New Space | Scoop.it
Moffet Field CA (NASA) Sep 29, 2014
Mercury has an oddball orbit - it takes longer for it to rotate on its axis and complete a day than it takes to orbit the sun and complete a year.
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Planets orbiting in the habitable zone of red dwarf stars could harbor life, but conditions would be very different from those on Earth.

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National Space Society Launches “Enterprise In Space”

National Space Society Launches “Enterprise In Space” | New Space | Scoop.it
The National Space Society (NSS) is launching a new project called “Enterprise In Space” (EIS).  This project will design, build, launch, orbit, re-enter, tour, and display a science-fiction-inspired satellite as a science education and technology...
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Send an experiment to space and then analyze its results when it returns to Earth. The National Space Society will put your experiment on the satellite. Get involved now.

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New Horizons Web Site

New Horizons Web Site | New Space | Scoop.it
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Beware the rings of Pluto!

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Legal Challenge Filed: Dream Chaser versus Boeing, SpaceX Decision

Legal Challenge Filed: Dream Chaser versus Boeing, SpaceX Decision | New Space | Scoop.it
The developer of the Dream Chaser --Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) -- has filed a legal challenge to the award of contracts to Boeing and SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program. SNC’s filing seeks a further detailed review and evaluation of the submitted proposals and capabilities. Dream Chaser was the only vehicle remaining…
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More details on Sierra Nevada's protest of the commercial crew award to Boeing, even though the Boeing bid was significantly more expensive and not notably superior in any other way.

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"Cruise for Free" by Allen G Taylor

"Cruise for Free" by Allen G Taylor | New Space | Scoop.it
Cruising the world on a luxurious cruise ship is one of the best travel experiences available today. This book describes how I make several dream cruises a year for free, and how you can do the same. This isn't magic. It is merely that you have something that is of value to the cruise line that you can exchange for free passage to exotic ports around the world, all the while enjoying the lifestyles of the rich and famous while on board.
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I will be giving a series of talks on astronomy and space travel on the Grand Princess, sailing round-trip from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands on December 4. Giving talks is one way to score a free cruise. Giving bridge or computer lessons are others, as are arts and crafts classes. My new book explains how to score one of these great assignments. Go here for the book: https://www.createspace.com/4965681 ;

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DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane - Space News

DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane Space News Jess Sponable, DARPA XS-1 program manager, said he believes there will be significant demand for the XS-1 from both industry and government, given its...
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DARPA, which is funding three companies to develop concepts for the XS-1 space plane, is investigating how best to turn the finished vehicle over to private enterprise. The government would then buy missions on it in the same way that commercial customers would.

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SpaceX Bringing the Right Stuff to Patent Slog with Blue Origin, Expert Says - Space News

SpaceX Bringing the Right Stuff to Patent Slog with Blue Origin, Expert Says - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News SpaceX Bringing the Right Stuff to Patent Slog with Blue Origin, Expert Says Space News WASHINGTON — One patent attorney said a recently approved Blue Origin patent for landing rockets on water-going barges stands a good chance of being...
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Legal opinion seems to bolster SpaceX's contention that Blue Origin's patent for a barge landing of a returning rocket stage is invalid due to the existence of prior art that was not disclosed on the Blue Origin patent application.

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NASA Issues RFP for ISS Cargo Deliveries

NASA Issues RFP for ISS Cargo Deliveries | New Space | Scoop.it
Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)
WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S.
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NASA asks for bids for cargo delivery to the ISS after the current cargo delivery contracts with Orbital and SpaceX are completed in 2016.

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It's outer space, but with filling stations

It's outer space, but with filling stations | New Space | Scoop.it
Businesses want to mine asteroids for fuel and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help them, if passed.
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BBC News gives a international perspective on American forays into asteroid mining and the currently being considered ASTEROIDS Act.

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The Space Review: Are solar power satellites sitting ducks for orbital debris? (page 1)

The Space Review: Are solar power satellites sitting ducks for orbital debris? (page 1) | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review: Are solar power satellites sitting ducks for orbital debris? http://t.co/Hw5UlaxHMc
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A proposal to protect space assets by moving orbital debris to orbiting scrapyards where it would be out of the way, and potentially recyclable.

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The Multiverse According to Ben: Semihard Takeoff

The Multiverse According to Ben: Semihard Takeoff | New Space | Scoop.it
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If it is true that the Singularity is near, it may take the form of Ben Goertzel's semi-hard takeoff. He argues that it is much more likely than the scary prospect of Eliezer Yudkowsky's Foom.

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Kilmer-backed bill sets sights on space with promotion of asteroid mining - Peninsula Daily

Kilmer-backed bill sets sights on space with promotion of asteroid mining - Peninsula Daily | New Space | Scoop.it
Kilmer-backed bill sets sights on space with promotion of asteroid mining Peninsula Daily “We certainly have no expectation that government money will ever be provided for this, which is why our investors have chosen to take it up for themselves,”...
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Sponsors of the ASTEROIDS Act span the continent from Washington State to Florida.

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