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Andrew Nelson — XCOR’s Lynx Development Updates | Moonandback Interview

Andrew Nelson — XCOR’s Lynx Development Updates  |  Moonandback Interview | New Space | Scoop.it
In a XCOR Aerospace’s Andrew Nelson shares updates on the progress of Lynx spaceplane development, discusses key subcontracting decisions and outlines the differences between projected models.
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SpaceX Fail? Great!

SpaceX Fail? Great! | New Space | Scoop.it
Testing a truly new rocket has always involved failure. In fact, the development of any complex and innovative product should feature an iterative development process. By definition such a process is "failure driven."...
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Viewed in the proper light, the recent explosion of a SpaceX test vehicle shows that the company is willing to take setbacks in order to advance the state of the art. No one else is even trying to develop a fully reusable launch vehicle capable of achieving orbit.

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An aggressive SpaceX puts commercial space rivals on notice - Fortune

An aggressive SpaceX puts commercial space rivals on notice - Fortune | New Space | Scoop.it
An aggressive SpaceX puts commercial space rivals on notice
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Old line launch providers are finally taking SpaceX seriously, however it is unclear what they can do to meet the threat of SpaceX's ultra-low pricing.

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Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test - NBC News

Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test - NBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
For decades, visionaries have dreamed about building space elevators that could carry payloads into orbit for a fraction of what it costs for a rocket launch...
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Enthusiasts gathered to discuss the potential and the problems with space elevators. At present, no material has been found that is strong enough to support a space elevator.

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SpaceX gets 10 years without taxes; $13 million from state fund

SpaceX gets 10 years without taxes; $13 million from state fund | New Space | Scoop.it
Cameron County’s incentive package proposal for SpaceX has begun to take shape after officials on Thursday approved agreements concerning the company’s plans to construct a launch pad on Boca Chica Beach.
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Texas gave SpaceX some really good reasons to site their spaceport near Brownsville rather than going to Florida, Puerto Rico, or somewhere else.

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SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Satellite Launch After Rocket Blowup - NBC News

SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Satellite Launch After Rocket Blowup - NBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX says it's delaying this week's Falcon 9 rocket launch by a day to review the circumstances behind a test flight that ended in a spectacular explosion ...
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Just in case there is any relationship between the anomaly that caused the safety destruct of the experimental reusable Falcon test vehicle and the non-reusable Falcon 9 that is set to launch an AsiaSat communications satellite, the launch as been delayed until next Wednesday.

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Particle beam propulsion offers fast interplanetary transits

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James Benford analyzes a proposal for interstellar propulsion and finds that although it is not feasible for reaching other stars, it would provide very fast transit between planets in our solar system.

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Boeing Completes Final Two Commercial Crew Milestones

Boeing Completes Final Two Commercial Crew Milestones | New Space | Scoop.it
Commercial interior of the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) next-generation manned space capsule, (Credit: Boeing)
HOUSTON, Aug.
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Boeing has completed all its milestones in the second phase of the commercial crew competition and qualifies for the full $480 million of its NASA contract. They now await NASA's decision of which suppliers will be carried into phase 3.

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Long-term spaceflights challenged as harm to astronauts' health revealed

Long-term spaceflights challenged as harm to astronauts' health revealed | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Aug 22, 2014
NASA is looking into whether astronauts can survive long-term spaceflight, with the latest study identifying possible health risks including asymptomatic infections, increased allergies and persistent rashes.
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NASA research finds that long-term weightlessness disregulates the immune systems of astronauts.

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Russian RD-180 rocket engines delivered to ULA - Spaceflight Now

Russian RD-180 rocket engines delivered to ULA - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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"Today, United Launch Alliance received two RD-180 engines at our factory in Decatur, Alabama, that will support critical near-term U.S.
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First Russian RD-180 rocket engines delivered to ULA since Rogozin's threat to cut off the supply.

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Northrop Grumman Developing XS-1 Spaceplane For DARPA

Northrop Grumman Developing XS-1 Spaceplane For DARPA | New Space | Scoop.it
Redondo Beach CA (SPX) Aug 20, 2014 Northrop Grumman with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane...
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OldSpace and NewSpace are combining on DARPA's XS-1 spaceplane concept.

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In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs

In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs | New Space | Scoop.it
More than 1,500 asteroids are in near reach of the Earth and are packed full of valuable resources from water to platinum. If we were able to access
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Work on asteroid mining is being actively pursued at Planetary Resources in Washington State.

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CCtCap: NASA won’t abandon Commercial Crew loser | NASASpaceFlight.com

CCtCap: NASA won’t abandon Commercial Crew loser | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
As NASA closes in on the next major milestone of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP), the Agency has noted its desire to continue the "sharing of knowledge" with (RT @QuantumG: Commercial Crew, only 3 years away...
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NASA is about to select among SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, and Boeing to receive funding for the next phase of the commercial crew program. Any of the three not selected for funding may continue development without NASA funding, but with unfunded NASA cooperation.

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Transatomic Power got $2 million in funding

Transatomic Power, developers of a molten salt nuclear reactor design, announced today that FF Science, an investment vehicle of Founders
Fund, has invested $2 million to assist the company with its seed stage development.
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Founder of Transatomic Power explains how their walk-away safe technology delivers carbon-free power and destroys highly radioactive nuclear waste, all at a cost that is less than that provided by polluting coal-fired power plants.

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Russia May Continue ISS Work Beyond 2020

Russia May Continue ISS Work Beyond 2020 | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 26, 2014
Russia may continue working at the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020, Izvestia newspaper reported Monday.
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Izvestia reports that Russia will probably not follow through on one official's threat to discontinue participation in the International Space Station in 2020.

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SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for at least several days.
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SpaceX delays launch of AsiaSat-6, playing it super safe after the failure of a test rocket in Texas. Engineers will check to see if there is any commonality between what failed on the text vehicle and the launcher for AsiaSat-6.

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The Space Review: The downhill slide of NASA’s “rocket to nowhere”

The Space Review: The downhill slide of NASA’s “rocket to nowhere” | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review: The downhill slide of NASA’s “rocket to nowhere” http://t.co/HXhGYMVcas
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The announced schedule slip of the SLS shows that it is starting to take the first steps down the same slippery slope that doomed its Constellation predecessor. It is going to hit a funding wall when the contractors start to bend metal in earnest. The money just isn't there to build such an expensive system. The congressional sequester of funds across the board is just a small part of the problem, but even so is enough to scupper the project.

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SpaceX Has Opportunity in Rocket Test That Ended in Detonation - NBC News

SpaceX Has Opportunity in Rocket Test That Ended in Detonation - NBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
Although a SpaceX prototype reusable rocket exploded in dramatic fashion Friday during a test flight in Texas, the test wasn’t the failure that it might appe...
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The deliberate destruction of the SpaceX reusable test vehicle was not necessarily a failure. They were pushing the vehicle farther than it had ever gone before, trying to gauge its limits. They found one. That data may turn out to be more valuable than if the entire test had gone off as planned. You want to find weaknesses in the test program, not after the vehicle has entered service.

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Oops! Soyuz Places 2 Galileo Satellites in Wrong Orbits

Oops! Soyuz Places 2 Galileo Satellites in Wrong Orbits | New Space | Scoop.it
Soyuz launches two Galileo satellites (Credit: ESA)
After much celebratory rhetoric on Friday over the launch of two Galileo navigation satellites from Kourou, European officials realized the spacecraft were placed in the wrong orbits.
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Mess-ups with Russian rockets continue, this time with a Soyuz rather than a Proton booster. This calls into question the safety of American astronauts lofted to the space station on Soyuz boosters. Isn't it about time that American commercial crew vendors were fully funded. There are three strong contenders, which should all be funded to ensure American access to space in a safe and reliable manner.

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Eventful Friday for SpaceX amid Static Fire and Test Failure | NASASpaceFlight.com

Eventful Friday for SpaceX amid Static Fire and Test Failure | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX has had a dramatic end to the week, with a successful Static Fire test of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at Cape Canaveral, concluded just hours after the (SpaceX promised to "tunnel one of those [rockets] into the ground by trying something...
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SpaceX completes successful static fire test of vehicle that will launch AsiaSat-6, but then loses their reusability test vehicle in a  test flight in McGregor, Texas.

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Swiss Space Systems Seeking Investors

Swiss Space Systems Seeking Investors | New Space | Scoop.it
SOAR spaceplane atop an A-300. (Credit: S3) PAYERNE, Switzerland, August 20, 2014 (S3 PR) -- Swiss aerospace company Swiss Space Systems – S3 aims to become the world leader in the small satellite launch segment, a market bound for impressive...
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Swiss Space Systems joins the fray in the small satellite launch business, targeting satellite launches for less than $10 million. They will generate early revenue by offering zero-g flights on their first stage carrier aircraft.

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Hypertelescope spread over 1 AU would allow imaging to 100 light years down to 2 meter resolution

Seth Shostak describes a very large optical interferometry space telescope array Using interferometry to pool data from thousands of small mirrors in space spread out over 100 million miles to image exoplanets 100 light years away down to 2 meter...
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Concepts for orbital telescopes consisting of many small mirrors may be easier to realize in practice than upsizing mega-telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope. If so, we may directly image life-bearing worlds orbiting nearby stars before too much time has elapsed.

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Smashwords – Cruise for Free – a book by Allen G. Taylor

Smashwords – Cruise for Free – a book by Allen G. Taylor | New Space | Scoop.it
I make several dream cruises a year for free, and you can too. This isn't magic. It is merely that you have something that is of value to the cruise line that you can exchange for free passage to exotic ports around the world, all the while enjoying the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
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My latest ebook, Cruise for Free, is now published and available for purchase at www.smashwords.com. If you have ever dreamed of going on a luxury cruise, but felt you couldn't afford it, this book is for you.

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Forget Space Travel: Build This Telescope

Forget Space Travel: Build This Telescope | New Space | Scoop.it
If the type of telescope described here can be built, then the tyranny of distance is vanquished. You can forget deep space probes and their long travel times. We could explore alien worlds in the comfort of our own homes, as our laptops scroll and z...
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Want to see a Honda Accord on a planet 100 light years away? No problem! All you need is a big enough telescope.

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The Space Review: Small satellites, small launchers, big business?

The Space Review: Small satellites, small launchers, big business? | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review: Small satellites, small launchers, big business? http://t.co/c70s3rbI9W
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A whole array of startup companies propose to launch small satellites cheaply. It will be interesting to see who survives.

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Origami in Space: BYU-designed solar arrays inspired by origami - YouTube

Origami is a source of inspiration for BYU mechanical engineers who are working with the National Science Foundation, NASA/JPL and origami master Robert Lang... (Origami could be useful in utilising space solar power 4 Earth-based purposes.
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Here's another way to create deployable space structures that are much bigger once deployed than they were during launch.

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