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Pentagon Opens Up Launch Market to Competition

Pentagon Opens Up Launch Market to Competition | New Space | Scoop.it
Launch of Atlas V NRO satellite on June 20, 2012. (Credit: ULA)
The Pentagon has opened up its launch contracts for both large and small satellites to competition, but in a way that will likely disappoint upstart launch provider SpaceX.
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Rocket Lab to Open 10 Day Launch Window for Electron – Parabolic Arc

Rocket Lab to Open 10 Day Launch Window for Electron – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Rocket Lab announced that it will open a 10-day window beginning on May 22 for the maiden flight of its new Electron small-satellite launch
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Rocket Lab set to launch test flight from New Zealand launch complex.
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Moon Discovered Orbiting Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 - SpaceRef

Moon Discovered Orbiting Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
The combined power of three space observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has helped astronomers uncover a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, catalogued as 2007 OR10....
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Large dwarf planets (oxymoron?) almost always have moons. 2007 OR10 is another case. No moon has yet been found orbiting Sedna.
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Blue Origin Loses Engine Hardware During Testing - NASA Watch

Blue Origin Loses Engine Hardware During Testing - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
We lost a set of powerpack test hardware on one of our BE-4 test stands yesterday. Not unusual during development.— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) May 14, 2017 That's why we always set up our development programs to be hardware rich. Back...
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Blue Origin destroyed a BE-4 engine during testing. Another lesson learned.
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GAO: Improvements in NASA Cost & Schedule Performance Might Not Be Sustainable – Parabolic Arc

GAO: Improvements in NASA Cost & Schedule Performance Might Not Be Sustainable – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that NASA while has continued to improve its cost and schedule performance on major
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SLS and Orion continue to be major risks for cost and schedule overruns at NASA, according the General Accounting Office..
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SpaceX Falcon 9 in flawless Inmarsat-5 F4 launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 in flawless Inmarsat-5 F4 launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX conducted its sixth launch of the year Monday, with a Falcon 9 rocket deploying the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. Liftoff, from the Kennedy
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Successful launch of massive communication satellite showcases the evolution of the Falcon 9 booster into a heavy-duty workhorse.
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Life on Mars? Get Ready With 3D-Printed Habitats in the Desert

Life on Mars? Get Ready With 3D-Printed Habitats in the Desert | New Space | Scoop.it
Mars City Design will use enormous 3D printers to build mock Mars habitats in the Mojave Desert.
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Need a hab for your colony on Mars? 3D print a prototype in Mojave, California to see how it might look.
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Given the hazards of landing on Mars, SpaceX may send two Dragons in 2020

Given the hazards of landing on Mars, SpaceX may send two Dragons in 2020 | New Space | Scoop.it
Elon Musk has spoken favorably about NASA's Mars Exploration Rover missions.
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SpaceX plans to land two Red Dragon spacecraft on Mars in 2020.
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Drone is the first spacecraft in years to use a key Shuttle runway

The Air Force's space drone is the first ship to use the Shuttle Landing Facility since 2011.
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Air Force X-37B finally ends its orbital mission after over 700 days.
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Astrobotic to Develop CubeRover Standard for Planetary Surface Mobility – Parabolic Arc

Astrobotic to Develop CubeRover Standard for Planetary Surface Mobility – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
PITTSBURGH, May 4, 2017 (Astrobotic PR) – Astrobotic, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected by NASA to develop CubeRover, a class
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CubeSats have really democratized low Earth orbit. NASA now wants CubeRovers to lower the cost of exploring planetary surfaces.
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This Week at NASA: The James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Another Milestone and More - SpaceRef

This Week at NASA: The James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Another Milestone and More - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has successfully passed the center of curvature test at Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md....
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James Webb telescope passes critical optical test.
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SpaceX improving launch cadence, testing new goals | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX improving launch cadence, testing new goals | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Following the launch of the NROL-76 spacecraft on Monday - which also included a successful Second Stage extended coast test - SpaceX is already deep into
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SpaceX is about to start launching payloads to orbit more frequently than ever before.
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Cassini's First Fantastic Dive Past Saturn

Cassini's First Fantastic Dive Past Saturn | New Space | Scoop.it
This video was made using images from Cassini's first dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.
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Cassini dives under Saturn's rings to map the cloud tops.
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CRISPR Eliminates HIV in Live Animals | GEN Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - Biotech from Bench to Business | GEN

CRISPR Eliminates HIV in Live Animals | GEN Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - Biotech from Bench to Business | GEN | New Space | Scoop.it
New research reveals that HIV DNA can be excised from the genomes of living animals to eliminate further infection
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CRISPR/Cas9 eliminates HIV in test animals. Application to humans can't come quickly enough.
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Vector Space aims to expand launch ranges with minimal infrastructure pads | NASASpaceFlight.com

Vector Space aims to expand launch ranges with minimal infrastructure pads | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Vector Space Systems, a startup small satellite launch service, is hoping to revolutionize the launch market not just through a dramatic reduction in cost for
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Vector Space will launch small payloads to orbit at low cost. They have already booked over 100 payloads.
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We Will Launch on Reuseable Rocket After Exceptional SpaceX Performance - Inmarsat CEO Tells Universe Today - Universe Today

We Will Launch on Reuseable Rocket After Exceptional SpaceX Performance - Inmarsat CEO Tells Universe Today - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Following SpaceX’s “exceptional performance” launching an immensely powerful broadband satellite on their maiden mission for Inmarsat this week on a Falcon 9 rocket, the company CEO told Universe Today that Inmarsat was willing to conduct future launches with SpaceX - including on a “reusable rocket in the future!”
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Inmarsat CEO heaps effusive praise on SpaceX after successful launch of massive communications satellite.
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How Hard Did It Rain on Mars? - SpaceRef

How Hard Did It Rain on Mars? - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
Heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet's impact craters and carved out river-like channels in its surface billions of years ago, according to a new study published in Icarus....
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Long ago, rainfall on Mars altered the landscape in ways similar to what it has done on Earth.
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Could the Closest Extrasolar Planet Be Habitable? Astronomers Plan to Find Out - Universe Today

Could the Closest Extrasolar Planet Be Habitable? Astronomers Plan to Find Out - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
According to a series of simulations conducted by scientists from the University of Exeter and the Met Office, it is possible that Proxima b is indeed habitable
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Studies support the idea that the nearest extra-solar planet (Proxima b) could have a life-friendly climate.
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Finding Alien Megastructures Around Nearby Pulsars - Universe Today

Finding Alien Megastructures Around Nearby Pulsars - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study addresses the possibility of being able to observe alien megastructures around nearby pulsars using current instruments
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NASA will not put a crew on EM-1, cites cost – not safety – as main reason | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA will not put a crew on EM-1, cites cost – not safety – as main reason | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
In what is a highly welcomed, if not somewhat surprising decision, NASA has officially announced that they will not place a crew onboard the first SLS flight,
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First flight of SLS/Orion delayed to late 2019 and perhaps later. Recent accidents and flawed welds make prospects look even dimmer.
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Falcon 9 readies for Static Fire test ahead of Inmarsat 5 F4 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

Falcon 9 readies for Static Fire test ahead of Inmarsat 5 F4 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is set to demonstrate for a second time just how short a turnaround it can accomplish at LC-39A with Thursday's planned static fire of the Falcon 9 that
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SpaceX is making progress on increasing its launch cadence, to work off its extensive backlog of contracted launches.
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Satnews Publishers: Daily Satellite News

Satnews Publishers: Daily Satellite News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space solar power R&D competion initiated by by NSS and Space Canada _Satnews Publishers: Daily Satellite News https://t.co/TiR2zhCjgY
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Opportunity for students to publish new ideas in space solar power.
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NASA: Lunar Surface Cargo Transportation Services Request for Information (RFI)

NASA: Lunar Surface Cargo Transportation Services Request for Information (RFI) - SpaceRef
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NASA is asking if any domestic service providers are interested in providing transport to the moon for NASA payloads.
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NASA Selects Tethers Unlimited for Four Small Business Awards – Parabolic Arc

NASA Selects Tethers Unlimited for Four Small Business Awards – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Tethers Unlimited (TUI) will being developing a small satellite capable of growing itself in orbit and a metal press and milling system capable of
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Tether's Unlimited secures four SBIR grants to investigate manufacturing in orbit.
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Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat

Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat | New Space | Scoop.it
Paris (ESA) May 04, 2017 -
Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight - proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the M
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Bricks built using moon dust and sunlight, by a 3D printer demonstrate feasibility of using local materials on the moon to build a base.
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Babylon 5 solar system bears striking resemblance to our own

Babylon 5 solar system bears striking resemblance to our own | New Space | Scoop.it
A team of University of Arizona researchers led by Kate Su have used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) flying observatory to take a closer look at a system 10.5 light years away and discovered it has a familiar general structure.
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Epsilon Eridani system found to have structure quite similar to the Solar System.
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