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Golden Spike to Unveil Plans Next Thursday

Golden Spike to Unveil Plans Next Thursday | New Space | Scoop.it
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The mysterious Golden Spike Company — which is said to be planning a privately-funded landing on the moon by 2020 — will hold a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., next Thursday, Dec.
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SpaceX Tests Crew Dragon Parachutes at Parabolic Arc

SpaceX Tests Crew Dragon Parachutes at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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You want to make sure those parachutes work as intended.
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Habitable Terrestrial Exoplanet Confirmed Around Nearest Star! - Universe Today

Habitable Terrestrial Exoplanet Confirmed Around Nearest Star! - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The ESO has officially confirmed the discovery of terrestrial planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, making it the closest exoplanet to our Solar System ever discovered
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This is it, folks. The nearest star to the sun has an Earth-mass planet in the habitable zone. This is an eminently reachable place and we should go check it out.
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To Trump, Even Losing Is Winning

To Trump, Even Losing Is Winning | New Space | Scoop.it
Grabbing people’s attention seems to be his real objective, and it might provide a good payoff.
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Is this the end of the Republican Party as we know it?
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NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission Completes Design Milestone as Cost Rises at Parabolic Arc

NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission Completes Design Milestone as Cost Rises at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Asteroid boulder capture mission passes a milestone.
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Asteroid Mining Starting to Look Real

Asteroid Mining Starting to Look Real | New Space | Scoop.it
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Asteroid mining is starting to move from science fiction to science fact.
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SpaceX conducts static fire test on JCSAT-16’s Falcon 9 | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX conducts static fire test on JCSAT-16’s Falcon 9 | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Preparations for SpaceX's next launch completed a major milestone late on Wednesday, via the Static Fire test of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral's SLC-40 pad.
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SpaceX preparing for communication satellite launch as well as another commercial launch and an ISS resupply mission.
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Latest study of Tabby's star offers more weirdness

A pair of researchers has added more evidence regarding the oddity of KIC 8462852, aka Tabby's Star. Benjamin Montet with the California Institute of Technology and Joshua Simon with Observatories of the Carnegie Institutio
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Tabby's Star is about to get more attention.
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Astronauts Test Orion Docking Hatch For Future Missions

Astronauts Test Orion Docking Hatch For Future Missions | New Space | Scoop.it
Engineers and astronauts conducted testing in a representative model of the Orion spacecraft at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to gather the crew's feedback on the design of the docking hatch and on post-landing equipment operations.
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Astronauts check to see whether they can egress the Orion spacecraft while wearing spacesuits.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets preparing for JCSAT-16 and Amos-6 launches | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets preparing for JCSAT-16 and Amos-6 launches | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is lining up its next two missions, with Falcon 9 hardware currently in pre-launch preparations for launch. In Florida, the Falcon 9 tasked with the
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SpaceX looking to increase launch cadence with the possibility of two Falcon 9 launches in August.
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Virgin Galactic is going to restart tests to carry passengers to the edge of space

Virgin Galactic is going to restart tests to carry passengers to the edge of space | New Space | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company owned by billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, has been granted a license by U.S. authorities to restart testing of its rocket plane following a fatal crash in 2014.
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SpaceShipTwo scores operator's license from FAA, will start flight tests.
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New Heart and DNA Research in Space Benefiting Health at Parabolic Arc

New Heart and DNA Research in Space Benefiting Health at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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physiology research is taking place on ISS.
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Starliner Service Module Engines at Parabolic Arc

Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Starliner Service Module Engines at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Starliner reaction control system rockets are tested in vacuum chamber.
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Sierra Nevada achieves second Commercial Cargo milestone

Sierra Nevada achieves second Commercial Cargo milestone | New Space | Scoop.it
Sierra Nevada Corporation has completed its second Integration Certification Review of the Dream Chaser spacecraft for NASA’s Commercial Cargo Program.
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Sierra Nevada is knocking down Commercial Crew milestones.
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House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Has Been Hijacked - NASA Watch

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Has Been Hijacked - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
.@LamarSmithTX21, w/ support of @SenRonJohnson, issues subpoenas to Hillary Clinton's private email server companies https://t.co/ianKTvfQWl— Sci,Space,&Tech Cmte (@HouseScience) August 22, 2016 What does this have to do with...
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It seems Hillary Clinton used her own private email server, after advice from Colin Powell and Condi Rice, because the security of the government servers was inadequate. By not coming out and saying this, she has been protecting those government servers from even more attacks than they have already endured.
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NASA Funds Plan to Turn Used Rocket Fuel Tanks Into Space Habitats

NASA Funds Plan to Turn Used Rocket Fuel Tanks Into Space Habitats | New Space | Scoop.it
NanoRacks explains why rocket upper stages should get a second life as space habitats instead of having them burn up in the atmosphere
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Does it make sense to turn an expended Centaur into an ISS module? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Spacewalk set to install docking adapter to ready ISS for commercial crew | NASASpaceFlight.com

Spacewalk set to install docking adapter to ready ISS for commercial crew | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The International Space Station (ISS) is set to finally receive a new docking adapter to enable the orbital outpost to welcome the first of a new generation of
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More than you ever wanted to know about the installation of the ISS docking port that will mate with arriving Dragon 2 and Starliner spacecraft.
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By sea, land and space – Busy week for SpaceX hardware

As the landed booster from the JCSAT-16 mission sailed into Port Canaveral on Wednesday, the next first stage – set to launch September’s Amos-6 mission – is expected...
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Lots of SpaceX operations going on in parallel, at sea, on land, and in space.
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SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX has entered into an agreement with NASA for a Dragon mission to Mars, set to take place as early as 2018. Known as "Red Dragon", the variant of the
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Details on SpaceX plans to land on Mars as early as 2018.
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Orbital ATK Antares 'Return to Flight' ISS Launch Postponed To September For Further Analysis - Universe Today

Orbital ATK Antares 'Return to Flight' ISS Launch Postponed To September For Further Analysis - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The ‘Return to Flight’ launch of Orbital ATK’s re-engined Antares rocket on a cargo resupply launch for NASA bound for the space station has been postponed for at least another month into September due to the need for further analysis of the revamped booster and other factors.
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Orbital ATK launch to space station delayed for additional testing
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Boeing Starts Assembly of 1st Flightworthy Starliner Crew Taxi Vehicle at Kennedy Spaceport - Universe Today

Boeing Starts Assembly of 1st Flightworthy Starliner Crew Taxi Vehicle at Kennedy Spaceport - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - The next generation of America’s human spaceships is rapidly taking shape at the Kennedy Space Center as Boeing and NASA showcased the start of assembly of the first flightworthy version of the aerospace giants...
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Boeing is working toward a February 2018 crewed orbital launch of Starliner spacecraft.
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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Supply Electrical Power System for Dream Chaser at Parabolic Arc

Aerojet Rocketdyne to Supply Electrical Power System for Dream Chaser at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Rocketdyne subcontracts on the Dream Chaser.
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NASA positive over synergistic approach for Dream Chaser goals | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA positive over synergistic approach for Dream Chaser goals | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SNC's Dream Chaser crew vehicle is preparing for another California adventure, highlighted by a second free flight, approach and landing test in December.
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Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser will fly again, and knowledge gained will be applied to the Sierra Nevada ISS resupply ship.
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GAO: NASA Facing Challenges on SLS, Exploration Ground Systems at Parabolic Arc

GAO: NASA Facing Challenges on SLS, Exploration Ground Systems at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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SpaceX Test Fires Used First Stage Booster at Parabolic Arc

SpaceX Test Fires Used First Stage Booster at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Video of first full-duration test firing of a landed booster.
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The Space Review: A stepping-stone to commercial space stations

The Space Review: A stepping-stone to commercial space stations | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA hopes that, by the time it's ready to retire the International Space Station in the 2020s, one or commercial space stations will be ready to support researchers and others using the ISS today.
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