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SpaceX lands first US military launch contracts

SpaceX lands first US military launch contracts | New Space | Scoop.it
Startup rocket company Space Exploration Technologies, which flies NASA cargo to the International Space Station, has landed its first launch contracts for the U.S. military, the company said on Wednesday.
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The other reusable rocket company Blue Origin says new BE-4 engine should be flying payload to orbit in 2019

Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.
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Jeff Bezos expects his BE-4 engines to be powering operational launches starting in 2019. The means the Atlas V launch vehicle will remain tied to the Russian RD-180 engine until at least 2018.

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Sierra Nevada Completes Commercial Crew Milestone

Sierra Nevada Completes Commercial Crew Milestone | New Space | Scoop.it
SNC and ORBITEC complete RCS testing in vacuum chamber to simulate orbit environment. (Credit: SNC)
SPARKS, Nev., Dec.
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Sierra Nevada closes in on completing all requirements of its CCiC commercial crew contract with NASA. Although not selected for the next phase of the commercial crew program, Sierra Nevada continues to develop the Dream Chaser spacecraft and is seeking commercial customers for it.

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MATROSHKA Experiment: Space Travel is a Bit Safer Than Expected

MATROSHKA Experiment: Space Travel is a Bit Safer Than Expected | New Space | Scoop.it
Analysis of data from the MATROSHKA experiment, the first comprehensive measurements of long-term exposure of astronauts to cosmic radiation, has now been completed.
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The radiation hazard from extended spaceflight might not be quite as dangerous as previously expected.

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Amazon.com: Cruise for Free: I Do, and You Can Too eBook: Allen G. Taylor: Kindle Store

Cruise for Free: I Do, and You Can Too - Kindle edition by Allen G. Taylor. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Cruise for Free: I Do, and You Can Too.
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HUGE SALE!!! Find out how to cruise the world for free at a steep discount. Starting Friday, December 5, the Kindle version will be only 99 cents. Sunday it goes up to $1.99, and then Tuesday up to $2.99. I would appreciate your comments on the book. Please file an Amazon reader review after reading it. It is a quick read, and tells you all you need to know to put yourself on a course for free cruises.

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NASA Homing in on Mission Design for Asteroid Relocation Excursion - Space News

NASA Homing in on Mission Design for Asteroid Relocation Excursion - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
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Plan A of the Asteroid Redirect Mission entails capturing an asteroid small enough to fit inside a 15-by-12-meter inflatable bag.
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NASA continues to beaver away on its proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), despite probable skepticism from upcoming Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate. If this project is killed, it becomes even harder to justify the ongoing expense of developing the SLS mega-rocket.

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Republican Budget Cuts Threaten NASA's Space Exploration Plans

Republican Budget Cuts Threaten NASA's Space Exploration Plans | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 02, 2014 NASA's space program is facing budget cuts from a Republican-controlled Congress from January, which will likely have in its sights a controversial plan to redirect an asteroid around the Moon as a stepping stone to a...
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Moscow speculates of what effect a Republican-controlled Senate will have on NASA's space program. It will be interesting to see if they are right.

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Cool NASA Animation Beautifully Details Every Step of Orion’s First Launch!

Cool NASA Animation Beautifully Details Every Step of Orion’s First Launch! | New Space | Scoop.it
Video Caption: Animation details NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission launching on Dec. 4. 2014. Credit: NASA
It’s not Science Fiction! It’s Not Star Trek!
No. It’s a really, really big NASA Mission!
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This is indeed a cool animation, particularly the rendering of the water after splashdown.

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Cruise for Free: I Do, and You Can Too: Allen G. Taylor: 9781500936075: Amazon.com: Books

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My new book is currently being offered at a 30% holiday discount at Amazon.com. Do you have any friends who like to travel or wish they could? This book makes a great holiday gift.

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'Eye of Sauron': Using supermassive black holes to measure cosmic distances

'Eye of Sauron': Using supermassive black holes to measure cosmic distances | New Space | Scoop.it
One of the major problems in astronomy is measuring very large distances in the universe. The current most common methods measure relative distances, but now research from the Niels Bohr Institute demonstrates that precise distances can be measured using supermassive black holes. The results are published ...
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This is a major breakthrough for astronomy and cosmology. The precise measurement of cosmic distances will greatly enhance our understanding of the universe we live in.

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SNC, Stratolaunch expand on proposed Dream Chaser flights

SNC, Stratolaunch expand on proposed Dream Chaser flights | New Space | Scoop.it
As Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) continues forward with efforts to develop numerous mission scenarios for its Dream Chaser space plane, a study – in collaboration with Stratolaunch Systems – expands on the scaled-down version of Dream Chaser...
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Downsized Dream Chaser, launched from a Stratolaunch carrier plane provides unique capabilities in Earth to LEO transportation of both cargo and crew.

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Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space

Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space | New Space | Scoop.it
For many decades, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible.
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Charles Platt visits James Woodward's lab at Cal State Fullerton and witnesses a demonstration of the Woodward Effect. It certainly looked like reactionless motion in one direction. Is this how we will finally open up the solar system?

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Antares Rocket Failure Pushes Tiny Satellite Company To Hitch Ride With SpaceX

Antares Rocket Failure Pushes Tiny Satellite Company To Hitch Ride With SpaceX | New Space | Scoop.it
Orbital Sciences Antares rocket explodes violently and is consumed in a gigantic aerial fireball seconds after blastoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA, on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.
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Orbital's Antares failure pushes some replacement cargo onto the SpaceX Dragon for delivery to the ISS.

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Orion Exploration Flight Test No. 1 timeline - Spaceflight Now

Orion Exploration Flight Test No. 1 timeline - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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The first orbital test flight of NASA's Orion crew capsule will lift off on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral's Complex 37B launch pad.
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Upcoming flight of Orion crew capsule beyond low Earth orbit is chronicled in a series of illustrations.

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SpaceX Now Expects US Air Force Certification by Year's End - Space News

SpaceX Now Expects US Air Force Certification by Year's End - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News SpaceX Now Expects US Air Force Certification by Year's End Space News Air Force officials have repeatedly said they want to certify the Falcon 9 in time to allow SpaceX to compete for a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office,...
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Air Force certification of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will be a major step forward for SpaceX. The USAF could become a major customer.

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House-Senate Conference Measure To End Pentagon Use of RD-180 - Space News

House-Senate Conference Measure To End Pentagon Use of RD-180 - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
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The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket, one of two vehicles the company uses to launch most U.S.
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Congress moves toward a vote that would eliminate the use of Russian engines on rockets launching national security missions.

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Martian meteorite may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life - CNET

Martian meteorite may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life - CNET | New Space | Scoop.it
A meteorite from Mars that landed on Earth in 2011 contains a carbon compound that is biological in origin.
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Mars meteorite that landed on Earth in 2011 contains a carbon compound that appears to be of biological origin. If true, this would indicate that Mars has hosted life some time in the past.

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Airbus Negotiating SpaceX Launch for ESA-supported Laser Relay Satellite - Space News

Airbus Negotiating SpaceX Launch for ESA-supported Laser Relay Satellite - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
RedOrbit Airbus Negotiating SpaceX Launch for ESA-supported Laser Relay Satellite Space News Gerd Gruppe of DLR's executive board said Germany does not intend to stop investment in laser communications, especially now that it is on the verge of...
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SpaceX is looking to pick up some launch business from a European organization.

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Firefly Space Systems charges full-speed toward low Earth orbit

Firefly Space Systems charges full-speed toward low Earth orbit | New Space | Scoop.it
True believers build rockets, engines, and space dreams on the Texas prairie.
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Another NewSpace company grows in Texas, this one making some pretty big technological leaps.

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Boeing Completes First Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

Boeing Completes First Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Systems | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.
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Between CCtC contracators Boeing and SpaceX, Boeing is the first to complete a milestone.

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UPDATED: Philae's Instruments Confirm Presence Of Organic Molecules On Comet 67P/C-G - Space News - redOrbit

UPDATED: Philae's Instruments Confirm Presence Of Organic Molecules On Comet 67P/C-G - Space News - redOrbit | New Space | Scoop.it
Before the Philae lander’s batteries depleted late last week, one of its instruments was able to detect organic molecules on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P/C-G), scientists involved with the mission have confirmed.
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Comet 67P is rich in organic molecules, the building blocks of life.

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Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024

Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024 | New Space | Scoop.it
The proposed mission to send two astronauts to a captured asteroid near the Moon won’t occur until the middle of the next decade, according to an overview provided to NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).
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First crewed Orion + SLS flight now slated to occur no earlier than 2024. Will the team now preparing to launch Orion from a Delta IV Heavy have all retired by then? I would be leery about being one of the astronauts on that flight.

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November 26, 2014 in Falcon 9: SpaceX hopes to recover rocket intact after ... - Spaceflight Now

November 26, 2014 in Falcon 9: SpaceX hopes to recover rocket intact after ... - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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SpaceX is making a serious effort to recover the first stage intact from its next ISS resupply mission. If successful, and the rocket is subsequently re-used, the economics of spaceflight changes overnight.

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SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action

SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action | New Space | Scoop.it
The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments by SpaceX’s Elon Musk.
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If must can land a Falcon 9 core on his drone ship, and then refurbish and reuse it, it is game over. Nobody will be able to compete with the economics of what will essentially be a fully reusable first stage.

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Sierra Nevada Shuts Down Poway, Lays Off More Than 100

Sierra Nevada Shuts Down Poway, Lays Off More Than 100 | New Space | Scoop.it
Dream Chaser hybrid motor test firing. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation) Sources report that Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has shut down its rocket engine test facility in Poway, Calif., where the company has tested propulsion systems for the...
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This shutdown marks a major milestone for NewSpace. It was the acquisition of the startup in Poway, California that put Sierra Nevada into the NewSpace business. Prior to that, Sierra Nevada was strictly an OldSpace company.

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Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing | TechCrunch

Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing | TechCrunch | New Space | Scoop.it
by Darrell Etherington (@drizzled) Let’s face it: Elon Musk is probably a time traveller sent back to help us leave earth behind and achieve the next phase of human evolution.
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Elon tweets photo of the ship he intends the Falcon 9 first stage to land on after delivering the Dragon spacecraft to orbit.

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