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What We Know About Elon Musk's Proposed Mars Colony | TPM ...

What We Know About Elon Musk's Proposed Mars Colony | TPM ... | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has his sights set higher than the near-Earth orbit space flights achieved by SpaceX's Dragon capsule: He wants to colonize Mars with millions of humans, to do so for cheap, and sooner rather than ...
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The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots | New Space | Scoop.it
The NASA scientists, philosophers, and futurists who believe that the aliens we meet most likely won't be a life form at all.
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Perhaps Earth 2.0 is not the best place to look for alien intelligence after all. Advanced aliens may not need a water world with plate tectonics in the Goldilocks zone of its star.

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Japanese firms to showcase solar power systems at WFES - Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia Japanese firms to showcase solar power systems at WFES Trade Arabia The Japanese pavilion at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is set to showcase space solar power systems (SSPS), under the theme 'Solar Power Energy.'...
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Japan continues to pursue space-based solar power.

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After SpaceShipTwo Tragedy, How Will Virgin Galactic Return to Flight? - Space.com

After SpaceShipTwo Tragedy, How Will Virgin Galactic Return to Flight? - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The fatal crash of a SpaceShipTwo space plane earlier this year sent shockwaves through the world of private space travel, but suborbital spaceship's builder Virgin Galactic is making strides to learn from the tragic accident and move forward.
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Virgin Galactic accelerates work on SpaceShipTwo tail 2, as the breakup of tail 1 in mid-air is investigated by the NTSB.

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QM-1 Test Date Set: SLS Program Joy with Solid Solution - NASASpaceflight.com

QM-1 Test Date Set: SLS Program Joy with Solid Solution - NASASpaceflight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
ATK's test facility in Promontory, Utah is now officially looking forward to the next full-scale test of a five-segment solid rocket motor - set to take place
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ATK believes it has solved the problem that has delayed its five-segment solid rocket booster for the SLS launch vehicle. A test firing is scheduled for next March.

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Russia’s Angara 5 debuts with maiden launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Russia’s Angara 5 debuts with maiden launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Russia's Angara rocket has conducted its first orbital launch on Tuesday morning, flying in its impressive heavy-lift Angara 5 configuration to carry a payload
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Russia's new Angara launcher is their first new large rocket design in decades.

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Mars Curiosity Rover measures a tenfold spike in methane which could mean life on Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover measures a tenfold spike in methane which could mean life on Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.
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Mars rover finds tantalizing spike in methane at a localized spot.

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NASA Delays Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Selection until 2015 - The Planetary Society (blog)

NASA Delays Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Selection until 2015 - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's efforts to capture a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back to lunar orbit will have to wait a little bit longer for a final mission concept.
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NASA will not select a mission concept for the proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission from the two competing proposals until some time in 2015.

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Kepler Proves It Can Still Find Planets

Kepler Proves It Can Still Find Planets | New Space | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 21, 2014
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working.
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Reborn Kepler space telescope finds an extrasolar planet.

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Photos: India test flies new launcher, crew capsule - Spaceflight Now

Photos: India test flies new launcher, crew capsule - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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A powerful new Indian launcher and a precursor to a future piloted space capsule flew to the edge of space on a 20-minute test mission Thursday.
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India launches unmanned crew capsule to space a few days after NASA launches its unmanned Orion capsule into space for the first time. The Orion capsule flew higher and was subjected to greater heating on  reentry.

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I'm Back on the Mainland after a Great Trip

I'm Back on the Mainland after a Great Trip | New Space | Scoop.it
It’s great to be home again after a terrific 15-day cruise from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands on the Grand Princess. The weather was beautiful, the cruise was smooth, and the islands were eve...
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SpaceX Now Expects US Air Force Certification by Year's End - Space News

SpaceX Now Expects US Air Force Certification by Year's End - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News SpaceX Now Expects US Air Force Certification by Year's End Space News Air Force officials have repeatedly said they want to certify the Falcon 9 in time to allow SpaceX to compete for a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office,...
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Air Force certification of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will be a major step forward for SpaceX. The USAF could become a major customer.

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House-Senate Conference Measure To End Pentagon Use of RD-180 - Space News

House-Senate Conference Measure To End Pentagon Use of RD-180 - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
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The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket, one of two vehicles the company uses to launch most U.S.
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Congress moves toward a vote that would eliminate the use of Russian engines on rockets launching national security missions.

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Martian meteorite may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life - CNET

Martian meteorite may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life - CNET | New Space | Scoop.it
A meteorite from Mars that landed on Earth in 2011 contains a carbon compound that is biological in origin.
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Mars meteorite that landed on Earth in 2011 contains a carbon compound that appears to be of biological origin. If true, this would indicate that Mars has hosted life some time in the past.

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Student Team Wants to Terraform Mars Using Cyanobacteria

Student Team Wants to Terraform Mars Using Cyanobacteria | New Space | Scoop.it
Artist concept of a ‘Living’ Mars. Credit: Kevin Gill
While scientists believe that at one time, billions of years ago, Mars had an atmosphere similar to Earth’s and was covered with flowing water, the reality today is quite different.
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German students propose to terraform Mars, starting with the Mars One first colonization flight in 2023.

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The technological path to Mars

The technological path to Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
Can the just-flown Orion spacecraft truly get us to Mars? NASA has been portraying the mission as part of the roadmap to the Red Planet, but there are observers who say a human landing mission is an unrealistic goal given the budget just isn't there right now in Congress.
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Boeing plans to plant humans on Mars in the 2030s. Here's their roadmap.

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Sierra Nevada Alleges Boeing Benefitted From Commercial Crew Criteria Changes

Sierra Nevada Alleges Boeing Benefitted From Commercial Crew Criteria Changes | New Space | Scoop.it
Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)
Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal has an update on Sierra Nevada Corporation’s appeal of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program award to Boeing.
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Sierra Nevada contends it lost out to Boeing in the Commercial Crew competition because a senior NASA official "moved the goalposts" by making the final decision on a gut feeling rather than the stated criteria for the award.

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Humans Explore: We Are Capable of Greatness

This is "Humans Explore: We Are Capable of Greatness" by Space City Films, Inc. on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Carl Sagan presents a hopeful view of humanity over the background of the recent Orion launch.

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The Space Review: What is Orion’s technological significance?

The Space Review: What is Orion’s technological significance? | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @spacecom: The Space Review: What is Orion’s technological significance? http://t.co/UntFfjMO1V
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Systems on the Orion spacecraft have been chosen for proven reliability rather than leading edge performance.

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Recent Mach Effect Theory and Experimental Work from presentation to NASA

Recent Mach Effect Theory and Experimental Work from presentation to NASA | New Space | Scoop.it
Theory and Experimental Work on Mach Effect Thrusters (MET) presentation.
How do METs Mach Effect Thrusters work?
• METs depend on “Mach’s principle” being correct.
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The latest update on Woodward's Mach Effect investigations into producing a reactionless space drive.

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A New Way to Reach Mars Safely, Anytime and on the Cheap - Scientific American

A New Way to Reach Mars Safely, Anytime and on the Cheap - Scientific American | New Space | Scoop.it
Ballistic capture, a low-energy method that has coasted spacecraft into lunar orbit, could help humanity visit the Red Planet much more often
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Avoiding the need to wait two years for a launch window to Mars opens up all kinds of possibilities. Sending more mass for fewer dollars also has value.

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NASA Says SLS and Orion Will Slip to 2018 Despite Extra Funding - Space News

NASA Says SLS and Orion Will Slip to 2018 Despite Extra Funding - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's human spaceflight chief tells Congress that no amount of additional funding at this point would allow Orion and SLS to be ready for a 2017 launch.
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NASA admits that no amount of funding would enable SLS to meet its target launch date of December 2017. Congress continues to pour billions into it anyway. A vehicle mandated by the US Senate continues to suck taxpayer dollars down a black hole.

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December 20, 2014 in Falcon 9: Falcon 9 completes full-duration static fire - Spaceflight Now

December 20, 2014 in Falcon 9: Falcon 9 completes full-duration static fire - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now December 20, 2014 in Falcon 9: Falcon 9 completes full-duration static fire Spaceflight Now “Today, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket in advance of the CRS-5 mission for NASA,” the company said in...
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Static fire test confirms Falcon 9 is ready to deliver Dragon supply ship to space station on January 6.

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The other reusable rocket company Blue Origin says new BE-4 engine should be flying payload to orbit in 2019

Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.
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Jeff Bezos expects his BE-4 engines to be powering operational launches starting in 2019. The means the Atlas V launch vehicle will remain tied to the Russian RD-180 engine until at least 2018.

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Sierra Nevada Completes Commercial Crew Milestone

Sierra Nevada Completes Commercial Crew Milestone | New Space | Scoop.it
SNC and ORBITEC complete RCS testing in vacuum chamber to simulate orbit environment. (Credit: SNC)
SPARKS, Nev., Dec.
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Sierra Nevada closes in on completing all requirements of its CCiC commercial crew contract with NASA. Although not selected for the next phase of the commercial crew program, Sierra Nevada continues to develop the Dream Chaser spacecraft and is seeking commercial customers for it.

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MATROSHKA Experiment: Space Travel is a Bit Safer Than Expected

MATROSHKA Experiment: Space Travel is a Bit Safer Than Expected | New Space | Scoop.it
Analysis of data from the MATROSHKA experiment, the first comprehensive measurements of long-term exposure of astronauts to cosmic radiation, has now been completed.
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The radiation hazard from extended spaceflight might not be quite as dangerous as previously expected.

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