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NASA interest in 2024 Mars Sample Return Mission using SLS and Orion

NASA interest in 2024 Mars Sample Return Mission using SLS and Orion | New Space | Scoop.it
The Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) have added meat to the bones of a proposal that would result in the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion and a Mars spacecraft making up the key elements of a Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission.
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Richard Branson reveals Virgin Galactic's latest launch plans

Richard Branson reveals Virgin Galactic's latest launch plans | New Space | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic's first astronauts could go into space 'in about four months.'
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Richard Branson predicts Unity will exceed 50 mile height by end of 2017. We shall see. He has made predictions before.
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Robotic Asteroid Mining: Bootstrapping the Solar System Economy

Robotic Asteroid Mining: Bootstrapping the Solar System Economy | New Space | Scoop.it
Centauri Dreams returns with an essay by long-time contributor Alex Tolley. If we need to grow a much bigger economy to make starships possible one day, th
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Using AI to bootstrap our way to the stars.
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Iridium to Use Flight Proven Falcon 9 First Stages for Next Two Launches – Parabolic Arc

Iridium to Use Flight Proven Falcon 9 First Stages for Next Two Launches – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 19, 2017 (Iridium Communications PR) — Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that the fourth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted
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Iridium shows confidence in flight-proven first stages for Falcon 9 launch services.
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Dream Chaser Designated “Best of What’s New” – Parabolic Arc

Dream Chaser Designated “Best of What’s New” – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
SPARKS, Nev., October 18, 2017 – Popular Science magazine has selected Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft for the 2017 “Best of What’s
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Popular Science magazine recognizes Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser as the "Best of What's New."
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Down to the Wire to Save XCOR From Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – Parabolic Arc

Down to the Wire to Save XCOR From Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
XCOR has a matter of weeks to conclude a deal with a potential partner or face liquidation under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In an Oct.
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Endgame for XCOR. Will their spaceplane survive?
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Bigelow and ULA are Sending a Habitat to Lunar Orbit by 2022 - Universe Today

Bigelow and ULA are Sending a Habitat to Lunar Orbit by 2022 - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced on Tuesday that they’ll be sending their own inflatable habitat to lunar orbit by 2022. They’re calling it the Lunar Depot. Part laboratory, part hotel, the habitat will serve as a destination for anyone planning to visit the Moon. Suddenly the Moon has become all the rage for …
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Some good graphics of the Bigelow 330 lunar depot and the ULA Vulcan rocket that will loft it.
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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite | New Space | Scoop.it

Israel's Spacecom still loves Elon enough to also pay for future launch...


Via Chuck Black
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SpaceX makes up for losing a satellite in a pad accident by giving customer a free ride for another one.
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The Hubble Space Telescope Is Falling

The Hubble Space Telescope Is Falling | New Space | Scoop.it
In its current orbit, if left alone, it will crash in an uncontrolled fashion in under 20 years.
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The Hubble Space Telescope is worth saving. How can we give it a boost?
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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars | New Space | Scoop.it
In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.
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Colliding neutron stars seen for the first time, after gravitational waves detected by LIGO and VIRGO. This is where gold and platinum come from.
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Ion Thruster Prototype Breaks Records in Tests, Could Send Humans to Mars

Ion Thruster Prototype Breaks Records in Tests, Could Send Humans to Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
A thruster being developed for a future crewed mission to Mars broke several records during a recent testing campaign.
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Big ion thrusters are needed for interplanetary commerce. The University of Michigan has one.
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If Mike Pence wants to send NASA back to the Moon, he'll need to find a way to pay for it

If Mike Pence wants to send NASA back to the Moon, he'll need to find a way to pay for it | New Space | Scoop.it
It’s going to require money that NASA doesn't currently have
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Talk is cheap, but putting a base on the moon isn't. How will NASA pay for the moon base that Vice President Pence says the Administration wants?
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Florida Scientists Urge Nelson, Rubio to Oppose Bridenstine Nomination – Parabolic Arc

Florida Scientists Urge Nelson, Rubio to Oppose Bridenstine Nomination – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
A group of more than 40 Florida scientists have signed an open letter to Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to oppose
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National Space Council meets for the first time - SpaceNews.com

National Space Council meets for the first time - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The newly re-established White House National Space Council is holding its inaugural meeting at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center outside Washington. Watch now.
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Jeff Foust live-blogs the first meeting of the National Space Council.
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NASA Continues to Ignore GAO On SLS And Orion - NASA Watch

NASA Continues to Ignore GAO On SLS And Orion - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA Human Space Exploration: Integration Approach Presents Challenges to Oversight and Independence, GAO "The approach that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using to integrate its three human spaceflight programs into one system ready for launch offers some...
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What does SLS/Orion really cost? Don't ask NASA. They won't tell you.
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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... your morning rocket to Shanghai

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... your morning rocket to Shanghai | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX CEO says intercity rocket service is coming soon.
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Musk is thinking of entering the fast long-distance commute market. Branson has his eye on this market too.
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New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds

New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds | New Space | Scoop.it
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017 -
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions
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Habitable zones may extend closer to dwarf stars than previously thought.
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SpaceX, ULA Split Pair of NASA Launch Contracts – Parabolic Arc

SpaceX, ULA Split Pair of NASA Launch Contracts – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch
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NASA books one launch with SpaceX and another with United Launch Services, both to ascend from Vandenberg AFB.
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Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds

Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds | New Space | Scoop.it
New hypothesis suggests that ice-encrusted planets could be bad for interstellar communication
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Ice covered worlds are more common in our solar system than are so-called habitable zone worlds such as Earth. If this is true for other star systems, it might explain why the aliens have not contacted us. They are swimming around under the ice.
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Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode

Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode | New Space | Scoop.it
Spacetime ripples from a stellar cataclysm in a distant galaxy help explain the cosmic origins of gold, and chart the course for a new age of “multi-messenger” astronomy
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A good article on the significance of the recent detection of a neutron star merger in both gravitational and electromagnetic radiation.
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Aerospace firms to put inflatable habitat in orbit around moon

Aerospace firms to put inflatable habitat in orbit around moon | New Space | Scoop.it
New ‘lunar depot’ planned by United Launch Alliance and Bigelow Aerospace could be in place by 2022.
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United Launch Alliance and Bigelow Aerospace agree to put a space station in orbit around the moon in 2022.
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Why We Go to the Moon

Why We Go to the Moon | New Space | Scoop.it

It starts with a mission statement.
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Paul Spudis provides a simple rationale for returning to the moon
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Ancient Hydrothermal Vents Found on Mars, Could Have Been a Cradle for Life - Universe Today

Ancient Hydrothermal Vents Found on Mars, Could Have Been a Cradle for Life - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new report by an international team of scientists has found evidence of hydrothermal activity in an ancient Mars sea, which could mean life once existed there
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Dry former seabed on Mars could hold traces of ancient life.
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Union of Concerned Scientists Issues Action Alert Opposing Bridenstine – Parabolic Arc

Union of Concerned Scientists Issues Action Alert Opposing Bridenstine – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued an action alert urging citizens to write their senators to oppose the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine
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Union of Concerned Scientists opposes Bridenstine as NASA Administrator.
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Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX launched its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying the EchoStar-105/SES-11 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for
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Another buys week for SpaceX, with two Falcon 9 launches.
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Arkyd-301 | Planetary Resources

Arkyd-301 | Planetary Resources | New Space | Scoop.it
About the Exploration Program Planetary Resources is embarking on the world’s first commercial deep space exploration program. The purpose is to identify and unlock the critical water resources necessary for human expansion in space.
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Planetary Resources opens the kimono on their Arkyd-301 prospecting spacecraft, showing it to have ion drive propulsion and landing probes that search for subsurface water.
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