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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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MIT’s BioSuit: Well Suited for Space

MIT’s BioSuit: Well Suited for Space | New Space | Scoop.it
  It’s a tight fit – but if you’re sauntering around on Mars that’s a fashion statement. Space designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are stitching together plans for shrink-wrapping spacesuits. So much so that spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin. The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers…
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MIT may have developed the spacesuit of the future. Increased mobility, lighter weight, and ease of donning and doffing are major benefits.

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OIG Report on Extending ISS Operations Until 2024 - NASA Watch

OIG Report on Extending ISS Operations Until 2024 - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
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NASA's Office of the Inspector General sees some serious challenges in extending the life of the space station beyond 2020 as proposed. If the station can indeed not be supported beyond 2020, the space taxis from Boeing and SpaceX will not have much chance to go there beyond the two to six flights specified in the recently awarded contract.

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Blue Origin BE-4 Rocket Engine Fact Sheet

Blue Origin BE-4 Rocket Engine Fact Sheet | New Space | Scoop.it
BE-4 Rocket Engine — Fact Sheet
From Blue Origin
American Boost Propulsion System
The BE-4 is an American-made liquid rocket engine currently under development by Blue Origin for orbital launch vehicle boost applications.
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With availability of Russian RD-180 engines in doubt for use on ATLAS V boosters, ULA looks to Blue Origin's BE-4 engine as a possible replacement.

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Guest column: Mining asteroids - Florida Today

Guest column: Mining asteroids - Florida Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Guest column: Mining asteroids
Florida Today
What's more, people are working toward recovering it.
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ASTEROIDS Act, if passed by US Congress, clarifies the legal status of asteroid mining. The bottom line is, "If you mine it, you can keep it."

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ULA and Blue Origin To Team Up for RD-180 Replacement - Space News

ULA and Blue Origin To Team Up for RD-180 Replacement - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News ULA and Blue Origin To Team Up for RD-180 Replacement Space News Jeff Bezos (above), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, and Tory Bruno, the new chief executive of United Launch Alliance, will announce a strategic partnership...
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Blue Origin leaps out of self-imposed obscurity to partner with United Launch Alliance in the development of a replacement for the Russian RD-180 rocket engine that currently powers ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle. At the same time, it is revealed that Blue Origin is working with Boeing on Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, which was just green-lighted by NASA for continued funding.

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Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through | NASASpaceFlight.com

Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Just weeks ago, it was widely believed both SpaceX's Dragon V2 and SNC's Dream Chaser spacecraft were likely to progress into the Commercial Crew (Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through
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Although not selected for the next NASA commercial crew contract, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser has attracted the interest of other nations. It might also provide a very cool way to visit a Bigelow space hotel.

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NASA Gives $6.8 Billion to Boeing and SpaceX for Apollo-Style Spaceships - NBC News

NASA is going back to the future with $6.8 billion in backing for Apollo-style spaceships designed by Boeing and SpaceX. Both companies have been given the g...
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Boeing and SpaceX win commercial crew contracts. Both were awarded the amount of money they proposed they would need to fulfill the objectives. Boeing got more because they asked for more, not because they were considered more favorably.

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As Allen Taylor said in his post, "Both were awarded the amount of money they proposed they would need to fulfill the objectives. Boeing got more because they asked for more, not because they were considered more favorably..."
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Masten Space: from start-up to serious player

Masten Space: from start-up to serious player | New Space | Scoop.it
MOJAVE AIR AND SPACE PORT -- The CEO of this center of commercial aerospace in eastern Kern County once referred to resident rocket scientist Dave Masten as "one of the new Einsteins" of the commercial space race.
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Masten Space Systems is building reusable rockets on a budget, and competing with well-heeled established players.

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An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones - The Planetary Society (blog)

An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones
The Planetary Society (blog)
Sometime this month, NASA is expected to announce which private spaceflight company (or companies) will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Current status of commercial crew milestones. Boeing has completed all of theirs, but their milestones are not as aggressive as those of SpaceX or Sierra Nevada, both of which had a milestone that entails actually flying.

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Spaceflight Offers First Deep Space Rideshare Opportunity

Spaceflight Offers First Deep Space Rideshare Opportunity | New Space | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (Spaceflight PR) — Spaceflight is proud to announce the first ever commercial rideshare opportunity to deep space in Q3 2016. We are manifesting customers up to 300 kilograms on a commercial Earth Escape mission.
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Have a small payload you want to launch into space for a price that won't bankrupt you? Contact these guys.

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Proton Launches May Compete on Price With US Falcons

Proton Launches May Compete on Price With US Falcons | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 12, 2014 Future commercial launches of Russian Proton launch vehicles will be able to compete with the US Space X's Falcon 9 rockets but on certain conditions, the Deputy Director General in charge of Economics and Finance...
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Russian official claims Proton rockets could be cost competitive with SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. Fine, but what about all those recent Proton launch failures?

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Planetary Resources’ Letter to Members of Congress Regarding H.R. 5063 – the ASTEROIDS Act

Below and linked here (Planetary Resources Letter to Congress) is the letter submitted by Planetary Resources to Representatives Steven Palazzo and Donna Edwards, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Science, Space, and...
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Planetary Resources weighs in with strong support for the proposed ASTEROIDS Act. With Congress deadlocked on so many key issues, perhaps this is one about which a majority of legislators can agree.

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Orion spacecraft ready for launch preparations - Spaceflight Now

Orion spacecraft ready for launch preparations - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now Orion spacecraft ready for launch preparations Spaceflight Now Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now The heavy-lifter, made up of three Delta 4 first stage boosters strapped together, will loft the capsule 3,600 miles above Earth...
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Orion test flight scheduled for December 4. It will be lofted 3,600 miles above the Earth and then slam back into the Earth's atmosphere at 20,000 mph. This is to test the craft's thermal protection system to survive temperatures almost as high as those that would be encounter on a return from Mars.

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NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX | The Planetary Society

NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX | The Planetary Society | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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The competition between Boeing and SpaceX to be the first to fly a NASA astronaut to the space station will tell us a lot about what is the best way to do space travel. The winner will "capture the flag" that rode along on the very first space shuttle flight, STS-1.

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Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist

Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist | New Space | Scoop.it
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Space Adventures, which brokers the deals that put space tourists on the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz spacecraft has agreed to work with Boeing in putting space tourists onto Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, which just received a $4.2 billion contract award from NASA to fly NASA astronauts to the space station.

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NASA asteroid tracking program takes a hit - CBS News

NASA asteroid tracking program takes a hit - CBS News | New Space | Scoop.it
CBS News NASA asteroid tracking program takes a hit CBS News From 2000 to 2013, the B612 Foundation, an organization of former NASA astronauts who want to build a comprehensive asteroid detection system, says 26 meteorites big enough to equal the...
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Congress tasked NASA to discover 90 % of the asteroids bigger than 140 meters in diameter by 2020. Now after a considerable time has elapsed since that mandate, only about 10 % have been discovered. More resources need to be applied to the problem.

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NASA is supposed to spot 90% of dangerous asteroids by 2020. It's at 10% - Vox

NASA is supposed to spot 90% of dangerous asteroids by 2020. It's at 10% - Vox | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA is supposed to spot 90% of dangerous asteroids by 2020. It's at 10%
Vox
A rendering of the proposed Sentinel telescope. (B612 Foundation).
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You can't parry threats that you don't see coming. Right now, we can't see 90 percent of the asteroids that could destroy an entire American state or an entire country such as the United Kingdom. 

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NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts - Space News

NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now
NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts
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SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to build its Dragon V2 spacecraft (left) and Boeing will receive $4.2 billion to build the CST-100 spacecraft (right).
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Salient details of the selection of Boeing and SpaceX on the ongoing commercial crew development program.

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Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill The Void Left by NASA’s Retired Space Shuttles

Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill The Void Left by NASA’s Retired Space Shuttles | New Space | Scoop.it
The vehicles which will fill the void left by the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet for low-Earth orbit and ISS crew transport, the Boeing CST-100 and Dragon V2 space capsules. Photo:...
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Now that the final commercial crew contract has been awarded, it is full speed ahead for Boeing and SpaceX. One of them will be the first to dock with the space station. The race is on.

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SpaceX Reports Surge in Launch Orders

SpaceX Reports Surge in Launch Orders | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX closed 9 deals, w/possible 2-3 heavies. Four more in the next few weeks, incl one non-GEO, then maybe 4 more before end of the year.
— AvWeek Paris (@AvWeekParis) September 9, 2014
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With a pretty hefty launch manifest already, SpaceX has recently closed quite a few additional deals. They are going to have to really accelerate their launch rate.

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SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20

SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20 | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2014
SpaceX's next unmanned cargo trip to restock supplies at the International Space Station is scheduled for September 20, the US space agency said Friday.
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The next Dragon launch to the space station is scheduled to lift off this week. Among other things it will carry a 3-D printer, some small animals and plants. Hopefully these life forms will fare better than the recently deceased Russian space lizards.

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NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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The next SpaceX Dragon resupply mission to the space station is scheduled to launch at 2:15 am Eastern Time on Saturday, September 20.

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Strategies for space settlement and NASA’s survival « Space Politics

Strategies for space settlement and NASA’s survival « Space Politics | New Space | Scoop.it
@Robotbeat @Rand_Simberg @SpaceKSCBlog @rocketrepreneur Curious when "flexible path" will come back to life? i.e. http://t.co/iFlocD6x8M
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Jeff Greason says that NASA lacks an overall strategy and as a result is just spinning its wheels rather than going anywhere meaningful. He suggests a strategy of step-wise, incremental, achievement of ever more challenging achievements in space, producing rocket fuel at every point along the way. Sounds like a reasonable plan to me. Is there any chance NASA will do it? Key constituencies must be appeased for anything like this to happen. 

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Asteroid Initiatives LLC Intends to Dramatically Lower the Price of Asteroid Prospecting by Asteroid Initiatives Llc

Asteroid Initiatives LLC Intends to Dramatically Lower the Price of Asteroid Prospecting, Asteroid Initiatives LLC, the asteroid prospecting company, today launched its first crowdfunding effort, as part of its plan to bring the spacecraft miniaturization revolution to deep space, and become the first company to directly prospect asteroid for material resources. The current Asteroid Initiatives crowdfunding campaign seeks a total of $65,000 and will last for the remainder of the month.
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The asteroid mining business is heating up, as another player emerges.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check : DNews

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check : DNews | New Space | Scoop.it

TLess than a month after saying he'd be "bitterly disappointed" if Virgin Galactic flights don't start by the end of the year, Richard Branson admits that we'll need to wait a little longer.

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Three weeks after claiming he would be "bitterly disappointed" if he was not flying in space before the end of 2014, Richard Branson admits that it is not going to happen. He has reset the timeline to "early" 2015. This is yet another in a string of failed Branson predictions on how long it would take to get Virgin Galactic flying commercially.

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