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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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On-the-Deck Video Shows SpaceX's Rocket Landing Try

On-the-Deck Video Shows SpaceX's Rocket Landing Try | New Space | Scoop.it
A short video clip appears to show how the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket tipped over upon landing on the deck of a floating platform in the Atlanti...
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New video of Falcon 9 landing attempt shows it very nearly succeeded, but the center of mass drifted outside the radius of the landing legs. Some vending of gas at the top was not enough to compensate.

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GoPro Footage From U.S. EVA #31 - YouTube

This footage was taken by U.S. astronaut Terry Virts during a spacewalk on the International Space Station on March 1, 2015. Virts and fellow astronaut Barry...
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Have you ever wondered what it is like to do a spacewalk on the ISS? Here's your chance to find out.

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Why Is Elon Musk so Hellbent on Going to Mars? - Slate Magazine (blog)

Why Is Elon Musk so Hellbent on Going to Mars? - Slate Magazine (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
Why is Elon Musk so hellbent on going to Mars? There are two answers to this. One is the actual answer. The other isn't exactly wrong—it’s technically correct—but it’s incidental. And it turns out that’s not even really the right question.
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Phil Plait tours the SpaceX factory and has an epiphany. He discovers that the SpaceX crew is engaged in something truly important--the survival of humanity.

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AFRL Review Finds Skylon’s SABRE Engine Theoretically Viable

AFRL Review Finds Skylon’s SABRE Engine Theoretically Viable | New Space | Scoop.it
Skylon with the SABRE engine. (Credit: Reaction Engines)
OXFORDSHIRE, England (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines Ltd.
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US Air Force Research Laboratory, after a thorough study, finds the British SABRE engine concept feasible. This provides  key support for the Skylon single-stage to orbit space plane.

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Rocket Lab Unveils Battery-Powered Turbomachinery - Aviation Week

Rocket Lab Unveils Battery-Powered Turbomachinery - Aviation Week | New Space | Scoop.it
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Rocket Lab Unveils Battery-Powered Turbomachinery
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Or did we want to get into the commercialization of space—which is always what I wanted to do?
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Rocket Lab aims to launch small payloads into medium orbits for under $5 million.

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Asteroid miner puts first demonstration spaceship in orbit - MINING.com

Asteroid miner puts first demonstration spaceship in orbit - MINING.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) will spent three month in orbit trying to identify subsystems to explore and prospect for valuable resources on asteroids.
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Planetary Resources prototype asteroid finder is now in orbit Contained within a SpaceX Dragon, heading for the International Space Station, which will launch it into its desired orbit later this year.

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Tricky Elon and the payback of aerodynamics

Tricky Elon and the payback of aerodynamics | New Space | Scoop.it
Nearly perfect could mean perfectly wrongI hesitate for a long time to publish this post on aerodynamics of propulsive decent.  The text was a reaction on inconsistent explanations of crash-landing on January 10 and is may be unduly offensive ( what was the main reason to postpone it).Now, after the new 'very close' but crash landing its conclusions would be useful for understanding a potentially unknown instability phenomenon.I am keeping my doubts that the problem have been fixed or even properly identified
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An interesting analysis of why Falcon 9 first stages keep crashing. Elon Musk take note.

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SpaceX Faces the Hard Truth about Soft Landings—They’re Tough to Do

SpaceX Faces the Hard Truth about Soft Landings—They’re Tough to Do | New Space | Scoop.it
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Falcon 9 first stage came in too fast. It must hover before landing then descend slowly in order to have a chance. Broader-based landing legs might help too.

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Masten’s Xombie Tests Sensors for Future Lunar Mission

Masten’s Xombie Tests Sensors for Future Lunar Mission | New Space | Scoop.it
Launch sequence collage of Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B Xombie suborbital technology demonstration rocket during a NASA-sponsored flight and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.
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Carnegie Mellon stuents build sensor package to investigate pits on the moon that could provide entrance into subsurface lava tube caves.

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LightSail Launch Delayed until at least May 20 - The Planetary Society (blog)

LightSail Launch Delayed until at least May 20 - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft will have to wait at least two more weeks before setting sail on its maiden voyage.
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Planetary Society Lightsail spacecraft launch delayed at the behest of the US Air Force, which has a spaceplane scheduled to launch on the same launch vehicle.

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The International Lunar Decade: Scenarios for long term collaboration in space ... - The Space Review

The International Lunar Decade: Scenarios for long term collaboration in space ... - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
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International Lunar Decade is an initiative proposing the sustainable development of the moon and the space around it.

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Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.
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Curiosity rover finds evidence for salty liquid water on the surface of Gale Crater on Mars.

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SpaceX set for another Falcon 9 landing attempt; new Planetary Resources satellite on board for Space Station - GeekWire

SpaceX set for another Falcon 9 landing attempt; new Planetary Resources satellite on board for Space Station - GeekWire | New Space | Scoop.it
Update, 1:30 p.m.: Monday’s launch has been scrubbed due to weather. Another launch will be attempted on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. Pacific. Launch postponed due to lightning from an approaching… Read More
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SpaceX will attempt a Dragon launch to the space station, carrying a Planetary Resources Cubesat that replaces one lost last year in the Orbital Antares launch failure. Recovery of the Falcon 9 at sea will also be attempted.

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SpaceX To Land Reusable Launcher on Ground

SpaceX To Land Reusable Launcher on Ground | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX hopes that the next attempt to land their Falcon 9 reusable launch vehicle will occur on solid ground.
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SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell says next rocket landing attempt will probably be on land.

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House Space Subcommitee’s Surreal NASA Budget Hearing

House Space Subcommitee’s Surreal NASA Budget Hearing | New Space | Scoop.it
Lamar Smith
I woke up early this morning with a low-grade headache. Checking Twitter, I discovered I’d slept through the beginning of a House Subcommittee on Space’s hearing on NASA’s budget with Administrator Charlie Bolden.
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Ideology blinds Congress critters and could end up destroying NASA. In the fight between beliefs and reality, reality is going to win in the end.

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Will Asteroid 2012 TC4 Hit Earth in October 2017

Will Asteroid 2012 TC4 Hit Earth in October 2017 | New Space | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 17, 2015
On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size.
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Chelyabinsk-class asteroid could strike Earth in 2017. 

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Stratolaunch Considering Using Multiple Launch Vehicles

Stratolaunch Considering Using Multiple Launch Vehicles | New Space | Scoop.it
As it considers using the giant aircraft it is developing to launch several different types of launch vehicles, Stratolaunch Systems is pausing work on a crewed spacecraft.
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Stratolaunch is reassessing its plans for launching payloads into space, putting crewed spaceships on the back burner in order to address opportunities in the commercial satellite launching market.

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The Race to Mars and Back: A Future Tense Event Recap - Slate Magazine (blog)

The Race to Mars and Back: A Future Tense Event Recap - Slate Magazine (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
President Obama has called for Americans to enter orbit around Mars by “the mid-2030s.” To make that happen will require a lot of scientific and technological research, international cooperation, and some very fit, low-drama astronauts.
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There is a lot more involved in going to Mars than what people normally think about, things that could make or break the mission.

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Mars might have liquid water: Curiosity rover finds brine conditions

Mars might have liquid water: Curiosity rover finds brine conditions | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers have long known that there is water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars.
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Curiosity finds that conditions are right for water to condense on the surface of Mars at night, but evaporate when hit by the morning sun.

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Putin Says Russia Will Build Its Own Space Station by 2023

Putin Says Russia Will Build Its Own Space Station by 2023 | New Space | Scoop.it
During an hours-long national call-in program, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is planning to create its own orbital space station by 2023,...
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Russia keeps everybody guessing about what they will do in space. One wonders if they know themselves.

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VIDEO: Chase Plane Captures SpaceX Rocket Landing Attempt After Successful CRS-6 Dragon Launch

VIDEO: Chase Plane Captures SpaceX Rocket Landing Attempt After Successful CRS-6 Dragon Launch | New Space | Scoop.it
The Falcon-9 CRS-6 first stage booster just before touching down on the company's offshore "Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship". According to SpaceX leader Elon Musk, the rocket came down with...
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Video of almost successful Falcon 9 first stage landing on Just Read the Instructions.

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IRS in Space: How Will We Tax a Mars Mission? - Space.com

IRS in Space: How Will We Tax a Mars Mission? - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Taxes are going to play a big role in a Mars mission, both in getting there and upon arrival, one expert says.
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Will the owner of the first tavern on Mars have to pay income taxes to the USA back on Earth? If he was a US citizen before launch, the IRS says he will. Too bad it would be more expensive to send the MarsBucks to Washington than they are worth. How would the IRS spend a MarsBuck anyway? Could they use it to reduce the national debt?

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ULA Unveils Next Generation Launch System with a Little Showmanship - SpaceRef Business

ULA Unveils Next Generation Launch System with a Little Showmanship - SpaceRef Business | New Space | Scoop.it
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ULA has finally taken the threat from SpaceX seriously and announced the start of development of a new launch vehicle to compete with the Falcon 9, using US-manufactured engines.

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Vulcan Aerospace Takes the Next Step in Space - Vulcan

RT @ikluft: Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures VC forms Vulcan Aerospace, including Stratolaunch division. http://t.co/6LhxXohcCV #newspace
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President of Vulcan Aerospace announces the new firm's existence and describes its mission.

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BRICS May Engage in New Int'l Orbital Station Project

BRICS May Engage in New Int'l Orbital Station Project | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 14, 2015
BRICS countries may be invited to participate in setting up a new international orbital space station, Russia's space agency Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov said.
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Russia is looking for new partners in building a new space station after 2024, after NASA denies any involvement in such a project.

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