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3D printer creates objects from NASA moon material

3D printer creates objects from NASA moon material | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers at Washington State University have successfully 3D printed basic shapes with simulated moon rock, offering the first glimpse of a future in which off world explorers or colonists may be able to fabricate parts and components composed...
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NASA's Deep Space Gateway - SpaceRef

NASA's Deep Space Gateway - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @krystman: New Nasa plans to establish a small Mars transfer station in Lunar orbit are super intriguing. https://t.co/jKusyfeKTr
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Instructive graphics on NASA's step by step plan to send a mission to orbit Mars in the 2030s.
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SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com

SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
In what is anticipated to be the first of many such occasions, SpaceX is preparing for the all-important static fire on Monday of the first stage of the Falcon
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Reflight of used rocket booster to occur tomorrow.
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China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program

China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program | New Space | Scoop.it
China's government is looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival US companies like Elon Musk's Space X to boost prestige at home and abroad.
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China is turning into a serious player in space.
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Travel tips from a space tourist: Medicate early and often

Travel tips from a space tourist: Medicate early and often | New Space | Scoop.it
One of the first tourists to travel in outer space found it to be a bit of a buzzkill. Sure, he loved every minut
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Want to visit the space station? Here are a few things they don't tell you about.
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CRS-10 Dragon completes homecoming to conclude successful ISS mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

CRS-10 Dragon completes homecoming to conclude successful ISS mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The latest SpaceX Dragon spacecraft concluded her mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Unberthing of the CRS-10 Dragon from the orbital outpost on
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SpaceX wraps up another successful space station resupply mission.
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COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results

COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results | New Space | Scoop.it
COBALT will help spacecraft avoid hazards and land closer to prime science targets.
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When landing on a planetary body, you don't want one of your landing lets to land in a hole or on a big rock. This team is working on technology to avoid such mission-ending scenarios.
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SpaceX in 2nd AF sat pact

SpaceX in 2nd AF sat pact | New Space | Scoop.it
Elon Musk's SpaceX has won a $96.5 million contract to launch a military communications satellite.
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SpaceX books another military launch.
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Sky’s the limit if space program revived under Trump | Toronto Star

Sky’s the limit if space program revived under Trump | Toronto Star | New Space | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump is now in charge of the space program, and no one in Washington seems to have a clear idea what’s going to happen next.
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Where do we go from here? A lot depends on what Donald Trump has in mind.
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Blue Origin’s new engine isn’t good enough for some congressmen

Blue Origin’s new engine isn’t good enough for some congressmen | New Space | Scoop.it
Instead of the BE-4, Alabama representative wants an engine built in his state.
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More Congressional shenanigans interfering with the free market.
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Blue Origin to Launch OneWeb Satellites – Parabolic Arc

Blue Origin to Launch OneWeb Satellites – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
.@JeffBezos we're looking forward to @BlueOrigin helping #OneWeb bridge the digital divide. Nice to be neighbors in Exploration Park FL! pic.twitter.com/xIrKTgjeRq — Greg Wyler
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Blue Origin books more business.
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ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions – Parabolic Arc

ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
By Steven Siceloff, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida Extensive evaluations are underway on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests as NASA
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SpaceX is testing Crew Dragon life support system with prototype vehicle.
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China Readies Resupply Mission; Robotic and Human Moon Flight News (Updated)

China Readies Resupply Mission; Robotic and Human Moon Flight News (Updated) | New Space | Scoop.it
  China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reports today that the final preparation for launching China's first cargo spacecraft has begun. The Tianzhou-1’s launcher has arrived at the Wenchang space complex. Second phase Tianzhou-1 is slated to be rocketed into Earth orbit atop a Long March-7, then dock with the now unoccupied Tiangong-2 space lab. A…
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China has big plans for major expansions of its space exploration plans, both in orbit and on the moon.
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Mineral Points To A Water Rich Mars - Universe Today

Mineral Points To A Water Rich Mars - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new experiment conducted by an international team researchers has shown that Martian meteorites may have lost their water, indicating that Mars was wetter in the past than previously thought.
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Maybe there is more water on Mars than we thought.
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Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site | NASASpaceFlight.com

Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A newly acquired environmental impact report has provided fascinating insights into Blue Origin's plans to become a major player on the Space Coast. With a
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Blue Origin has detailed plans for launching New Glenn rockets from Florida's Space Coast.
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Finally, some details about how NASA actually plans to get to Mars

Finally, some details about how NASA actually plans to get to Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
“We are ready to start putting pencils to paper and cutting hardware."
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NASA outlines its plans for operations beyond Earth orbit over the next couple of decades. Two big questions remain. Will the Trump administration support the plan? Will Congress fund it?
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NASA thinks there's a way to get to Mars in three days

NASA thinks there's a way to get to Mars in three days | New Space | Scoop.it
We've achieved amazing things by using chemical rockets to place satellites in orbit, land people on the moon, and place rovers on the surface of Mars. We've even used ion drives to reach destinations further afield in our solar system. But reaching other stars, or reducing our travel time to Mars or other planets, will require another method of travel. One that can approach relativistic speeds.
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Photonic propulsion is being developed that will greatly speed up space travel.
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We're talking commuting distance here. But there will be problems, i.e. space travel lag.

 

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There and back again: SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket

There and back again: SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket | New Space | Scoop.it
Ars has confirmed that the reused Falcon 9 booster will attempt a drone ship landing.
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SpaceX set to refly a used Falcon 9 first stage. If successful, it opens the door to significantly cheaper access to space.
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A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Pluto

A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Pluto | New Space | Scoop.it
Pluto fans are attempting to reignite a contentious astronomy debate: What is a planet?
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The debate over Pluto continues.
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Trump's NASA Budget Eliminates Crewed Mission to Asteroid

Trump's NASA Budget Eliminates Crewed Mission to Asteroid | New Space | Scoop.it
The Obama-era Asteroid Redirect Mission is one of several casualties of the $19.1-billion budget request
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On overview of President Trump's budget request for NASA. So long to ARM and to missions related to monitoring Earth's climate.
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SpaceX Blazes into the Night With Early-Hours EchoStar-23 Launch

SpaceX Blazes into the Night With Early-Hours EchoStar-23 Launch | New Space | Scoop.it
EchoStar-23 launch report
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Falcon 9 makes third consecutive 2017 launch into orbit, this time with a communications satellite payload.
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Private Space Stations Could Orbit the Moon by 2020, Robert Bigelow Says

Private Space Stations Could Orbit the Moon by 2020, Robert Bigelow Says | New Space | Scoop.it
Bigelow Aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow says private lunar refueling depots could orbit the moon by 2020. Here's how.
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Robert Bigelow proposes fuel depot in lunar orbit.
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The Space Review: Human flight around the Moon: An opportunity to cooperate, not compete

The Space Review: Human flight around the Moon: An opportunity to cooperate, not compete | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @TheMarsSociety: The Space Review: Human flight around the Moon: An opportunity to cooperate, not compete https://t.co/Zw4jdwoBA3
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Should NASA and SpaceX cooperate on a circumlunar mission rather than have each send their own mission? What are the considerations?
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House Passes NASA Authorization Act – Parabolic Arc

House Passes NASA Authorization Act – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
by Douglas Messier Managing Editor For the first time in more than six years, Congress has passed an authorization act for NASA that calls
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More details on NASA's new budget, including how much money is going to various priorities.
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NASA Selects Over 100 Small Business Projects for Funding – Parabolic Arc

NASA Selects Over 100 Small Business Projects for Funding – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 133 proposals from U.S. companies to conduct research and develop technologies that will enable NASA’s future
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NASA makes over 100 SBIR Phase II grants.
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Congress just passed a bill that tells NASA to send humans to Mars by 2033

Congress just passed a bill that tells NASA to send humans to Mars by 2033 | New Space | Scoop.it
It also gives NASA a $19.5 billion budget, cancels a mission to capture an asteroid, and calls on the space agency to search for aliens.
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Congress passes NASA funding authorization with some changes in priorities and a bumpin dollars that probably is not enough to cover inflation. At least it is not a cut.
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