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Amendments to defense authorization bill cover export control and NASA policy « Space Politics

RT @ISCOSEU: Amendments to defense authorization bill cover export control and NASA policy: The Senate is debating this week ...
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“Elon is a Hero” Says Mars Society President, Robert Zubrin

“Elon is a Hero” Says Mars Society President, Robert Zubrin | New Space | Scoop.it
“Musk is not looking to use problems as excuses. He’s looking to knock problems out of the way. And it's that attitude that’s going to take him to Mars.”
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Zubrin credits Musk with expanding the possible.
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SpaceX's Big Fucking Rocket – The Full Story - Wait But Why

SpaceX's Big Fucking Rocket – The Full Story - Wait But Why | New Space | Scoop.it
It's gonna take you to Mars.
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Musk's plan for Mars
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Virgin Galactic Announces Sky And Space Global As Newest LauncherOne Customer | Rocketeers

Virgin Galactic Announces Sky And Space Global As Newest LauncherOne Customer | Rocketeers | New Space | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic Announces Sky And Space Global As Newest LauncherOne Customer https://t.co/4wm3R9k09D
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Virgin Galactic books a customer for LauncherOne.
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SLS Flight Software Safety Issues at MSFC (Update) - NASA Watch

SLS Flight Software Safety Issues at MSFC (Update) - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @NASAWatch: #NASA MSFC employees blackballed for raising @NASA_SLS software safety issues https://t.co/83WkccYOgE #JourneyToMars https:/…
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Would you want to ride a rocket whose flight safety software is suspect?Would you want to ride a rocket with an 8% probability of failure?
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Reaction Engines Refines Hypersonic Engine Demonstrator Plan

Reaction Engines Refines Hypersonic Engine Demonstrator Plan | New Space | Scoop.it

Freshly infused with government and industry funding, and riding a wave of interest in Europe and the U.S., Reaction Engines Ltd. is firming up plans to build a fighter engine-size ground demonstrator of its reusable hypersonic propulsion system...


Via Chuck Black
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If this engine works, it changes everything.
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GLXP Update: XPRIZE Verifies Launch Agreement for Team SYNERGY MOON at Parabolic Arc

GLXP Update: XPRIZE Verifies Launch Agreement for Team SYNERGY MOON at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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A third competitor for the Google Lunar X-Prize reaches a milestone in the process.
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The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space

The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space | New Space | Scoop.it
Enough argument. It's time to actually test this crazy thing.
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If this works, it changes everything.
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SpaceX to launch SES-10 on previously flown Falcon 9 this year - SpaceNews.com

SpaceX to launch SES-10 on previously flown Falcon 9 this year - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Satellite fleet operator SES on Aug. 30 said its 5,000-kilogram SES-10 telecommunications satellite would be the first customer to launch on a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage, with the launch to occur late this year.
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The contract has been signed for the first sale of a satellite launch on a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 first stage
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They’re not saying it’s aliens, but signal traced to sunlike star sparks SETI interest

They’re not saying it’s aliens, but signal traced to sunlike star sparks SETI interest | New Space | Scoop.it
SETI researchers are buzzing about a strong spike in radio signals that seemed to come from the direction of a sunlike star in the constellation Hercules.
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Seti Institute is checking star in Hercules where anomalous signal came from, with the Allen Telescope Array.
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Japan to Upgrade HTV Cargo Ship at Parabolic Arc

Japan to Upgrade HTV Cargo Ship at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Commercial Crew providers are proceeding according to schedule.
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An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules

An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules | New Space | Scoop.it
A candidate signal for SETI is a welcome sign that our efforts in that direction may one day pay off. An international team of researchers has announced the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595” in a
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SETI search detects interesting signal coming from the direction of a sun-like star with at least one known planet.
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Concrete poured for Blue Origin’s orbital space complex in Florida

Concrete poured for Blue Origin’s orbital space complex in Florida | New Space | Scoop.it
Work is progressing on the orbital space complex that's being built in Florida for Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture.
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Blue Origin's orbital launch complex is starting to take shape.
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CRS-9 Dragon completes homecoming, concludes successful mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

CRS-9 Dragon completes homecoming, concludes successful mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX's CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, following a highly successful Commercial Resupply Services (CRS)
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Dragon successfully returns from space station with experiment results.
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Guess What Could Be Totally Missing From the New U.S. President’s Intel Briefing

Guess What Could Be Totally Missing From the New U.S. President’s Intel Briefing | New Space | Scoop.it
Oh, just the entire outer-space thing
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Space is more important than Washington policy wonks think.
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How to See Proxima b

How to See Proxima b | New Space | Scoop.it
Astronomers are racing to get the first historic image of another possibly Earth-like planet. Here’s how they’ll do it
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What can we tell about the nearest extrasolar planet?
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“Statistically significant evidence” for water emissions from Europa | NASASpaceFlight.com

“Statistically significant evidence” for water emissions from Europa | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has confirmed “statistically significant evidence” from the Hubble Space Telescope indicating the presence of salty watery ejecta plumes from the Jovian
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NASA finds strong evidence for a salt-water ocean on Europa.
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SpaceX continuing to press toward Amos-6 failure root cause | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX continuing to press toward Amos-6 failure root cause | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is still working towards a root cause into the failure of its Falcon 9 during a Static Fire test. The failure, which resulted in the destruction of the
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Helium pressurization system suspected in Falcon 9 failure.
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Op-ed: We love you SpaceX, and hope you reach Mars. But we need you to focus.

Op-ed: We love you SpaceX, and hope you reach Mars. But we need you to focus. | New Space | Scoop.it
Thursday's accident confirms that SpaceX should double down on commercial crew.
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In light of Thursday's accident, SpaceX must now focus tightly on man-rating the Falcon 9. Commercial Crew is too important to NASA for SpaceX to be splitting its attention to other things.
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Ukraine Looks to Operate Cyclone 4 Launcher in North America at Parabolic Arc

Ukraine Looks to Operate Cyclone 4 Launcher in North America at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Another entrant into the low(er)-cost launch market. This should bring down prices and make legacy providers even less comfortable than they are now.
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NASA OIG Report On Commercial Crew Certification - NASA Watch

NASA OIG Report On Commercial Crew Certification - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA OIG: NASA'S Commercial Crew Program: Update on Development and Certification Efforts "Moreover, both companies must satisfy NASA's safety review process to ensure they meet Agency human-rating requirements.
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NASA inspector general concludes both SpaceX and Boeing will slip their commercial crew schedules. This will probably require the US to buy more expensive Soyuz seats from Russia.
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DNA Can Be Edited without Being Cut | GEN News Highlights | GEN

DNA Can Be Edited without Being Cut | GEN News Highlights | GEN | New Space | Scoop.it
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system drops nuclease activity, gains cytidine deaminase activity, achieves efficient target-specific mutagenesis without resorting to cleavage.
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A refinement to CRISPR/Cas9
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SpaceX's biggest rival is developing "space trucks" to ferry cargo in an orbital economy

SpaceX's biggest rival is developing "space trucks" to ferry cargo in an orbital economy | New Space | Scoop.it
The big kahuna of American rocket companies is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin that until this year held a monopoly on the lucrative business of launching rockets for the US Air Force. But that monopoly is no more. The company faces a new era of competition as Elon Musk'
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ASAP Update on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at Parabolic Arc

ASAP Update on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Commercial Crew providers are proceeding according to schedule.
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Lots and Lots of Concerns About SLS & Orion at Parabolic Arc

Lots and Lots of Concerns About SLS & Orion at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Advisory panel identifies hazards that could lead to a catastrophic outcome of a SLS/Orion launch.
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Shields Up, Mr. Sulu! Cruising At 20% Speed Of Light Has Some Inherent Risks - Universe Today

Shields Up, Mr. Sulu! Cruising At 20% Speed Of Light Has Some Inherent Risks - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A recent study by funded by Starshot attempts to address one of the biggest challenges in interstellar travel - the risk of collisions
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We could send a probe to a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri and get data back within the lifetime of those in elementary school today.
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