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Reaction Engines’ Plans for a Mach 5 Point-to-Point Transport

Reaction Engines’ Plans for a Mach 5 Point-to-Point Transport | New Space | Scoop.it
In addition to being able to power a reusable, single-stage-to-orbit space plane, Reaction Engines’ SABRE propulsion technology could help to power a Mach 5 transport that would be able to fly from Brussels to Sydney in less than two to four hours.
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SpaceX To Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 on Return to Flight Mission - SpaceNews.com

SpaceX To Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 on Return to Flight Mission - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, in a couple of months, will also be the first launch of an upgraded version of the vehicle.
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Upgraded Falcon 9, with 30% more lifting power is likely to launch in November.

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View the 2015 Integrated Space Plan | Integrated Space Analytics

View the 2015 Integrated Space Plan | Integrated Space Analytics | New Space | Scoop.it
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Wonder where we're going in space, and when? Some people have already thought about it, in detail.

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The Dwarf Planet Orcus

The Dwarf Planet Orcus | New Space | Scoop.it
Artist’s impression of the Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) 90482 Orcus. Credit: NASA
Since the early 2000s, more and more objects have been discovered in the outer Solar System that resemble planets.
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Not much is yet known about the dwarf planet Orcus or its moon Vanth.

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Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017 | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The first flight of Orbital ATK's Enhanced Cygnus resupply craft for the International Space Station is set to launch in December atop an Atlas V rocket.
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Orbital ATK's new model of the Cygnus spacecraft has enough additional capacity over the older standard version to eliminate the need for an eighth flight to ISS to complete their contract. Followon missions will also use the new enhanced Cygnus.

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Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor

Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor | New Space | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Science Magazine is reporting that physicists working at Tri Alpha Energy in Los Angeles have succeeded in building a device that held a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds, longer than any other effort before, offering proof that it is possible to hold such gases in a steady state. The development represents a possible breakthrough in the development of a fusion reactor as the process involved is a move towards developing technology that can hold gases at temperatures high enough to sustain a fusion reaction.
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Controlled nuclear fusion could take us to the stars. This achievement is a step along the way.

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Major unfinished business in the the US space program - The Space Review

Major unfinished business in the the US space program - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review
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The Space Review · in association with SpaceNews. Lunar base.
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A modest proposal to President Obama aimed at moving ahead in space, without increasing the NASA budget.

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Orion parachute test evaluates failed chute scenarios - NASASpaceflight.com

Orion parachute test evaluates failed chute scenarios - NASASpaceflight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The Orion Program has successfully conducted another parachute drop test over the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in the Arizona desert, testing failure
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Orion drop tests are being conducted in an effort to assure that when the capsule contains humans it will return them to Earth alive and well.

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Virgin Galactic Hires New Pilot

Virgin Galactic Hires New Pilot | New Space | Scoop.it
WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo on the tarmac on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
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Virgin Galactic beefs up its pilot corps with an aviator with outstanding credentials and experience.

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Lynx Flights 6-9 Months Away as XCOR Moves Staff to Midland

Lynx Flights 6-9 Months Away as XCOR Moves Staff to Midland | New Space | Scoop.it
Lynx Mark I with strakes bonded. (Credit: XCOR) The Midland Reporter-Telegraph has an update on XCOR’s progress on the Lynx and its move to Texas: XCOR Aerospace has moved half of its staff to Midland as it attempts to juggle manufacturing demands...
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If the first crewed flight of the XCOR Lynx is indeed no more than nine months away, they could be the first to do that since the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash. That would put XCOR in the lead in the race to space.

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Russia's moon landing plan hindered by financial distress

Russia's moon landing plan hindered by financial distress | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (XNA) Aug 25, 2015
Russia's moon landing project among other space programs will face further budget cuts and even risk of closure following the government's austerity measures, a senior official of Russia's space industry said Monday.
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Russia's financial problems may prevent them from beating China to the moon.

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Six small steps that could add up to giant leaps for spaceships - GeekWire

Six small steps that could add up to giant leaps for spaceships - GeekWire | New Space | Scoop.it
Is there a better way to power a spaceship? Here's the rundown on six technologies that could show up in future interplanetary or interstellar craft.
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Six possible propulsion technologies for the exploration of deep space.

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New drug protects against the deadly effects of nuclear radiation 24 hours after exposure

New drug protects against the deadly effects of nuclear radiation 24 hours after exposure | New Space | Scoop.it
An interdisciplinary research team led by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston reports a new breakthrough in countering the deadly effects of radiation exposure. A single injection of a regenerative peptide was shown to significantly increase survival in mice when given 24 hours after nuclear radiation exposure. The study currently appears in Laboratory Investigation, a journal in the Nature Publishing group.
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New drug could potentially protect astronauts from space radiation.

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How Astronomers Could Observe Light Sails Around Other Stars - MIT Technology Review

How Astronomers Could Observe Light Sails Around Other Stars - MIT Technology Review | New Space | Scoop.it
Light sails are a promising way of exploring star systems. If other civilizations use them, these sails should be visible from Earth, say astrophysicists.
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A clever idea for detecting extraterrestrial intelligence involves capturing the signature of a spacefaring civilization.

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Buzz Aldrin Wants Mankind to Conquer Mars in 25 Years - Realty Today

Buzz Aldrin Wants Mankind to Conquer Mars in 25 Years - Realty Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon and now he wants to see humans live in Mars in 25 years.
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Buzz Aldrin has a plan to put humans on Mars by 2040 and has joined the Florida Institute of Technology to start working on making that happen.

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Bizarre Mars crater reveals huge slab of ice closer to surface than any seen ... - RT

Bizarre Mars crater reveals huge slab of ice closer to surface than any seen ... - RT | New Space | Scoop.it
Scientists have finally solved the mystery of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s puzzling discovery of a perfect, terraced, gigantic crater. And it’s better than ‘aliens’.
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Ice close to the surface on Mars could provide needed water for explorers or colonists from Earth.

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Next Big Future: 1 to 10 billion earthlike planets in the Milky Way Galaxy

Next Big Future: 1 to 10 billion earthlike planets in the Milky Way Galaxy | New Space | Scoop.it
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Earth could be the first planet in the Milky Way upon which civilization has arisen, but it will not be the last.

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Boeing Unveils Air-Launched Space-Access Concept

Boeing Unveils Air-Launched Space-Access Concept | New Space | Scoop.it
Growing interest in small satellites and the problem of how to launch them affordably could provide hypersonic system developers with a long-awaited first step on the way to reusable, routine access to space.
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Boeing looks to launch small satellited for $300,000 per launch using White Knight 2 and three more reusable stages.

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The risks of Mars - The Space Review

The risks of Mars - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review The risks of Mars The Space Review Whether considered from a government or private funding perspective, humans to Mars has come to represent a “bogeyman” of our worst fears, so of course remains as always a bridge too far, one that...
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A Mars settlement manifesto.

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NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel

NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 26, 2015
Superfast journeys to Mars may be one big step closer for humanity, as NASA has sponsored a private company to develop a high-tech, plasma engine.
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Chang-Diaz's VASIMR finally gets some funding from NASA to see whether such an engine will really work for interplanetary flight.

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The Space Review: CubeSats to Mars and beyond

The Space Review: CubeSats to Mars and beyond | New Space | Scoop.it
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CubeSats will soon be on their way to Mars, L2, L5, and other interplanetary destinations.

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Copenhagen Suborbitals dreams big with Spica rocket

Copenhagen Suborbitals dreams big with Spica rocket | New Space | Scoop.it
Meet Copenhagen Suborbitals (CS), the small Danish organization with a big dream – launching a human being into space, and returning them safely to Earth in a shoestring-budget micro rocket.
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Copenhagen Suborbitals plans to give XCOR a run for its money in the race to launch a human into suborbital space and return her safely to Earth.

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Jeff Bezos to Make Commercial Launch Announcement Next Month

Jeff Bezos to Make Commercial Launch Announcement Next Month | New Space | Scoop.it
New Shepard flight test (Credit: Blue Origin)
Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos is set to make a “significant announcement concerning the commercial launch industry” at Cape Canaveral on Sept. 15.
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Could it be that the secretive Blue Origin will be launching people into space before the much-hyped Virgin Galactic?

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Harnessing The Martian - The Space Review

Harnessing The Martian - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
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On October 2, the film adaptation of Andrew Weir's bestselling novel, The Martian, will be debuting in theaters around the country.
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The upcoming movie "The Martian" is close enough to near term reality to awaken the public consciousness to space exploration. Advocates of human expansion into space must take advantage of this rare opportunity to move space exploration up on the national agenda of the USA as well as other countries.

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Superconducting magnetic space radiation shielding

Superconducting magnetic space radiation shielding | New Space | Scoop.it
The European Union SR2S project not only investigates the principles and the scientific problems (of magnetic shielding), but it also faces the complex issues in engineering.
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Magnetic field created by superconducting magnets will protect deep space astronauts from solar hard radiation.

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Club Membership Software - Free Download - Club Membership System

Club Membership Software - Free Download - Club Membership System | New Space | Scoop.it
Program to provide club secretaries with a simple method of tracking their members. Store member details. Print lists, labels, and send emails to members.
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Need to keep track of members in your club or organization? Here's a free trial of a simple program that will do the job.

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