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How space-based solar power will solve all our energy needs

How space-based solar power will solve all our energy needs | New Space | Scoop.it
Humanity's demand for energy is growing at an astonishing rate. Combine this with an ever-dwindling supply of fossil fuels, and it becomes painfully clear that something innovative and powerful is required.
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Russian Duma Unanimously Rubber Stamps Government Takeover of Space Industry

Russian Duma Unanimously Rubber Stamps Government Takeover of Space Industry | New Space | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over plans for Vostochny.
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Amid allegations of massive corruption at Roscosmos, Russia's legislature votes for the government to take it over.

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2.25 million dollar NASA and America Makes Challenge for 3D printed habitats

2.25 million dollar NASA and America Makes Challenge for 3D printed habitats | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.
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Competition seeks to inspire designers to develop 3-D printed habitats for other planetary bodies, using indigenous materials.

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Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission - The Planetary Society (blog)

Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission has been paused while engineers wait out a suspected software glitch that has silenced the solar sailing spacecraft.
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Software bug endangers the Planetary Society's LightSail mission.

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ISS module relocation makes way for Commercial Crew spacecraft

ISS module relocation makes way for Commercial Crew spacecraft | New Space | Scoop.it
Houston TX (SPX) May 27, 2015 The International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the future...
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Reconfiguration operations continue on the space station to ready it for the arrival of commercial crew spacecraft in 2107.

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Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017

Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017 | New Space | Scoop.it
Today, XPRIZE and Google have officially confirmed a further extension of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. We continue to see substantial progress from our teams, and after months of discussion, we have decided to provide additional time for teams to plan and make arrangements for a future launch. Securing an available window with a launch provider is a calculated logistical process that can be many months in the making, in some cases more than a year, so an extended schedule will benefit our teams a great deal as they move towards taking the next step in the competition. 
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The XPRIZE Foundation has extended the deadline of the Google Lunar XPRIZE by a year, principally because getting a ride to the moon on a commercial launch vehicle takes a long time to line up. At least one team must line up a ride by the end of 2015 for the competition to continue.

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down, Ending Longest Cargo Run

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down, Ending Longest Cargo Run | New Space | Scoop.it
A robotic SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, ending a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
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Successful completion of another SpaceX Dragon mission to the international space station.

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‘Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus, and Titan

‘Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus, and Titan | New Space | Scoop.it
Artist's conception of Europa's interior, with water rising through cracks in the surface, depositing salts similar to sea salt on Earth. The ocean below may be a habitable environment for...
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The House Appropriations Committee has called upon NASA to mount exploration missions to the worlds in the outer solar system that have subsurface oceans or surface lakes.

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Blastoff! X-37B Space Plane and LightSail Solar Sail Go Into Orbit

Blastoff! X-37B Space Plane and LightSail Solar Sail Go Into Orbit | New Space | Scoop.it
A hush-hush military space plane and a widely publicized solar-sail experiment shared a ride into space on Wednesday aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.
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Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft reaches orbit on an Atlas V launcher.

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Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed - RedOrbit

Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed - RedOrbit | New Space | Scoop.it
Engineers at Northrop Grumman have been exploring the possibility of creating an inflatable aircraft that could travel to Venus for more than two years, and now it appears the company could soon begin work on an actual prototype of the vehicle.
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Northrup Grumman of flying wing fame, plans to propose a robotic craft that could stay aloft in Venus' s atmosphere for up to twelve months, making scientific observations.

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Inflatables filled with water and a steam engine makes perfect sense for non gravity craft  Water filled bladders become ice to protect the craft.  fuel and drinking water 

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Lockheed-Boeing venture lays off 12 executives in major reorganization

Lockheed-Boeing venture lays off 12 executives in major reorganization | New Space | Scoop.it
United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co , on Friday said it was cutting its executive ranks by 30 percent in December through what it called voluntary departures by 12 executives.
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ULA starts the process of addressing a competitive landscape by slashing a top-heavy management structure.

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Moon Express Announces Multi-Mission Payload Agreement

Moon Express Announces Multi-Mission Payload Agreement | New Space | Scoop.it
“MoonLIGHT” Lunar Laser Ranging Array Will Bring New Insights into General Relativity
Frascati, Italy, May 15th, 2015 (Moon Express PR) – Moon Express, Inc.
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Moon Express will take payloads to the moon on multiple missions.

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Sparks Fly in House Science Committee Over Asteroid Property Rights Bill

Sparks Fly in House Science Committee Over Asteroid Property Rights Bill | New Space | Scoop.it
Welcome WRANGLER, a NIAC-funded idea to capture and de-spin asteroids and space debris.
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House Science Committee approves of bill that would allow space miners to keep profits from asteroid mining that they conduct at their own risk. Surely this makes sense.

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House Takes Up Commercial Space, Launch Bills - ExecutiveGov

House Takes Up Commercial Space, Launch Bills - ExecutiveGov | New Space | Scoop.it
ExecutiveGov House Takes Up Commercial Space, Launch Bills ExecutiveGov Two other bills that would require the commerce secretary to submit annual reports on commercial remote sensing license applications and rename the Commerce Department's Office...
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House takes up four bills about commercial space, at least two of which could have far-reaching impacts.

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Flashback: Virgin Galactic Announces Switch From Rubber to Nylon Engine at Parabolic Arc

Flashback: Virgin Galactic Announces Switch From Rubber to Nylon Engine at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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The irony of switching rocket engines in mid-stream and then possibly needing to switch back. At one time Richard Branson bragged that Virgin Galactic was five years ahead of any competitors. Now it looks like the tortoise might overtake the hare and XCOR will be drinking the champagne.

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New Project Aims to Establish a Human Colony on Mars

New Project Aims to Establish a Human Colony on Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2015
MarsPolar, a newly started international venture is setting its sights on the Red Planet. The project consisting of specialists from Russia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, U.S.
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Another  private effort to colonize Mars surfaces. This one headquartered in Dubai.

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Europa Mission Begins with Selection of Science Instruments

Europa Mission Begins with Selection of Science Instruments | New Space | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 27, 2015
NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.
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Instruments for upcoming Europa mission will probe its icy surface to try to determine what lies beneath.

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SpaceX Gets Air Force Certification to Compete for Military Launches

SpaceX Gets Air Force Certification to Compete for Military Launches | New Space | Scoop.it
The U.S. Air Force has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United Launch Alliance.
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A significant milestone for the NewSpace industry.

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NASA new CubeSat concept for planetary exploration | KurzweilAI

NASA new CubeSat concept for planetary exploration | KurzweilAI | New Space | Scoop.it
Technologist Jaime Esper and his team are planning to test the stability of a prototype entry vehicle --- the Micro-Reentry Capsule (MIRCA) --- this summer
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Planetary exploration on the cheap with Cubesats.

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Congress Seeks Significant Shift in NASA Budget Priorities

Congress Seeks Significant Shift in NASA Budget Priorities | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden media briefing at Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida prior to successful Orion EFT-1 launch on Dec. 5, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com[/...
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Republican-controlled House seeks to take proposed commercial crew funding and give it to SLS.

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Enter the 'Warm Titan'

Enter the 'Warm Titan' | New Space | Scoop.it
Our definition of the habitable zone is water-based, focusing on planetary surfaces warm enough that liquid water can exist there. New work by Steven Benner (Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolut...
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We may have to broaden our concept of a habitable zone.

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Komarov to Head Proton Failure Investigation, Second Try For ISS Reboost Tonight EDT

Get up to date on how Russia is responding to the failure of a Proton-M rocket on May 16, 2015 that doomed Mexico's MexSat-1 satellite, and to the failure of Progress M-26M to reboost the International Space Station's orbit that same day.
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The failure of a Russian Soyuz/Proton to launch a Mexican communication satellite on Friday was not the only failure that day. The Proton attached to the International Space Station also failed to fire in an orbit raising maneuver. The head of Roscosmos has taken personal charge of the investigation into both incidents.

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May 15, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions - Spaceflight Now

May 15, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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May 15, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions
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The Falcon 9 is now certified by NASA as a “Category 2″ launch vehicle in the agency's nomenclature.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 v 1.1 has been certified for NASA science missions. Such certification is not required for space station resupply flights, of which SpaceX has flown six to date.

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Russia grounds Proton-M rockets following an accident

Russia grounds Proton-M rockets following an accident | New Space | Scoop.it
Russia grounds Proton-M rockets following an accident - Russia's space program just can't catch a break, it seems. A spokesperson tells RIA that the...
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The vaunted reliability record of Russian launch vehicles has come crashing to the ground. Both Protons and Soyuz have failed this month. Isn't it time to accelerate the schedule of the USA's commercial crew program?

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With failures piling up, Roscosmos looking to retry Phobos-Grunt mission - SpaceFlight Insider

With failures piling up, Roscosmos looking to retry Phobos-Grunt mission - SpaceFlight Insider | New Space | Scoop.it
With the announcement of Roscosmos' plans to launch a second mission to the Martian moon Phobos, the question of can the agency accomplish it must be asked.
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The Russian space agency has been tasked with landing a spacecraft on Phobos and returning a sample of the larger moon of Mars to Earth.

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House Science Committee Gives Industry What It Wants

House Science Committee Gives Industry What It Wants | New Space | Scoop.it
The commercial space industry had a great day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with the Republican-controlled House Science Committee giving it most of what it wanted while swatting away proposed changes from the minority Democrats.
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Space related proposals pass committee on party line vote.

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