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Polar Melting is Accelerating, So Is Sea Level Rise

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are shrinking three times faster than they were in the 1990s, and their contribution to global sea level rise is growing, according to a new study by many of the world's top ice experts.
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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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UAE to Form Astronaut Corps – Parabolic Arc

UAE to Form Astronaut Corps – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
The UAE has announced it is forming its own astronaut corps in time for the 50th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2021. In
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United Arab Emirates will develop an astronaut corps.
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Sierra Nevada Expands DLR Partnership – Parabolic Arc

Sierra Nevada Expands DLR Partnership – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
SPARKS, Nev. (September 28, 2017) — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, expanding its relationship with
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Sierra Nevada expands cooperation with German compahy.
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Starburst Insights Reveals New Era in Aerospace as Start-ups Close $551M in Venture Capital – Parabolic Arc

Starburst Insights Reveals New Era in Aerospace as Start-ups Close $551M in Venture Capital – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2017 (Starburst Insights PR) — A new report released today from Starburst Insights, the investment briefing and report service from
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New report shows NewSpace industry entering a less glamorous, but more mature phase.
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Crewed Starliner test flight could slip to 2019 - SpaceNews.com

Crewed Starliner test flight could slip to 2019 - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing says it's making good progress on its CST-100 Starliner, but said the first crewed test flight might not take place until early 2019.
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First crewed launch of Boeing Starliner could slip to early 2019.
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SpaceX realign near-term manifest ahead of double launch salvo | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX realign near-term manifest ahead of double launch salvo | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is deep into pre-launch preparations for two upcoming missions that are set to lift off within a couple of days of each other. Both target launch dates
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SpaceX to launch two and possibly three orbital missions in October.
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Lockheed Unveils Plans for Orbiting Mars Base Camp and Lander Within 10 Years

Lockheed Unveils Plans for Orbiting Mars Base Camp and Lander Within 10 Years | New Space | Scoop.it
Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, officials with Lockheed Martin today revealed their vision for what they believe is a sound, safe and compelling m…
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Lockheed unveils their plan for an orbital outpost at Mars, to launch within a decade.
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First tests of world's largest plane's massive engines

​Back in June, the world’s largest plane emerged from its hangar for the first time. Now the team has crossed another milestone by completing the first round of engine testing, continuing the groundwork needed to get the beast into the air in 2019.
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Stratolaunch passes a major milestone. Engines turn on for the first time.
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Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion | New Space | Scoop.it
FALLS CHURCH and DULLES, Va. – Sept. 18, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation and Orbital ATK today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire …
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Two major players combine to give Boeing and Lockheed-Martin some competition.
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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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Spaceflight Awarded First NASA Contract for Launch of U-Class Payloads – Parabolic Arc

SEATTLE, October 2, 2017 (Spaceflight PR) – Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA
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Spaceflight lants launch contract for 24 payloads in 2018.
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NASA May Extend BEAM’s Time on International Space Station – Parabolic Arc

NASA May Extend BEAM’s Time on International Space Station – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA is exploring options with Bigelow Aerospace to extend the life of the privately owned Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.
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After a successful test, NASA now wants to actually start using the Bigelow BEAM module on the ISS.
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NASA Glenn Tests Thruster Bound for Metal World – Parabolic Arc

CLEVELAND (NASA PR) — As NASA looks to explore deeper into our solar system, one of the key areas of interest is studying worlds
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Hall Effect thruster is being tested for use on a mission to asteroid Psyche, a solid metal body in the asteroid belt.
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Lockheed Martin adds lander to Mars Base Camp concept - SpaceNews.com

Lockheed Martin adds lander to Mars Base Camp concept - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Lockheed Martin gave an update to its Mars mission concept Sept. 29, adding a reusable lander to make multiple trips between Mars orbit and the surface.
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Reaction Engines Receives DARPA Contract for Precooler Tests – Parabolic Arc

Reaction Engines Receives DARPA Contract for Precooler Tests – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
CASTLE ROCK, Colo., September 25, 2017 (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Reaction Engines, today announced that it has
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DARPA endorses Reaction Engines precooler technology with a contract to test precooler performance.
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Elon Musk Tweaks His Audacious Plan to Put People on Mars

Elon Musk Tweaks His Audacious Plan to Put People on Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
The SpaceX CEO is now aiming to send humans to the red planet by 2024.
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Musk outlines how he intends to fund development of his Mars rocket.
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Russia Says They'll Be Pitching in on the Deep Space Gateway - Universe Today

Russia Says They'll Be Pitching in on the Deep Space Gateway - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and NASA announced today that Russian will be contributing modules and a docking system to the Deep Space Gateway, scheduled for construction over the next decade.
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Russian cooperation with NASA on the Dee[ Space Gateway could bring the concept into reality sooner and lower costs for the United States.
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In the footsteps of SpaceX—a Chinese company eyes development of a reusable launch vehicle

In the footsteps of SpaceX—a Chinese company eyes development of a reusable launch vehicle | New Space | Scoop.it
A Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presente
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A startup in China is working toward orbital rocket first stage reusability, following in the footsteps of SpaceX.
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