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X-33/VentureStar – What really happened | NASASpaceFlight.com

X-33/VentureStar – What really happened | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The VentureStar may now be nothing more than a memory, but it nearly became part of NASA, the commercial fleet and indeed even the US Air Force, had it of not (And here's what happened to that interesting engine @BrianDunning found.)...
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Space Elevator Advocates Take Lofty Look at Innovative Concepts

Space Elevator Advocates Take Lofty Look at Innovative Concepts | New Space | Scoop.it
See how the International Space Elevator Consortium is working to advance space-elevator tech and science to make the future now.
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Groups from around the world, most notably Japan, are working on making space elevators a reality.

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Richard Branson’s Credibility Begins to Crumble

Richard Branson’s Credibility Begins to Crumble | New Space | Scoop.it
Richard Branson and then-Gov. Bill Richardson at Spaceport America in New Mexico in 2010.
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With one disappointment after another, would be astronauts are starting to question whether Virgin Galactic is their best chance to earn astronaut wings. Perhaps XCOR with get them there sooner.

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Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race

Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2014
The space race to end America's reliance on Russia escalated this week with a multibillion-dollar NASA award for SpaceX's Elon Musk and an unexpected joint venture for Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos.
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Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are both vying for dominance in the commercial space industry. We are seeing the clash of the titans. Who will win is anybody's guess.

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Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With? - Huffington Post

Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With? - Huffington Post | New Space | Scoop.it
Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With? Huffington Post Finalizing crew roles for the Mars One mission is a long ways down the road (interviews for the 705 candidate finalists have yet to be scheduled), but you can be assured that everyone involved...
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Important aspects of space colonization that are not usually talked about, but which may be more important than the things that are talked about.

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NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX | The Planetary Society

NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX | The Planetary Society | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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The competition between Boeing and SpaceX to be the first to fly a NASA astronaut to the space station will tell us a lot about what is the best way to do space travel. The winner will "capture the flag" that rode along on the very first space shuttle flight, STS-1.

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Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist

Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist | New Space | Scoop.it
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Space Adventures, which brokers the deals that put space tourists on the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz spacecraft has agreed to work with Boeing in putting space tourists onto Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, which just received a $4.2 billion contract award from NASA to fly NASA astronauts to the space station.

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NASA asteroid tracking program takes a hit - CBS News

NASA asteroid tracking program takes a hit - CBS News | New Space | Scoop.it
CBS News NASA asteroid tracking program takes a hit CBS News From 2000 to 2013, the B612 Foundation, an organization of former NASA astronauts who want to build a comprehensive asteroid detection system, says 26 meteorites big enough to equal the...
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Congress tasked NASA to discover 90 % of the asteroids bigger than 140 meters in diameter by 2020. Now after a considerable time has elapsed since that mandate, only about 10 % have been discovered. More resources need to be applied to the problem.

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NASA is supposed to spot 90% of dangerous asteroids by 2020. It's at 10% - Vox

NASA is supposed to spot 90% of dangerous asteroids by 2020. It's at 10% - Vox | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA is supposed to spot 90% of dangerous asteroids by 2020. It's at 10%
Vox
A rendering of the proposed Sentinel telescope. (B612 Foundation).
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You can't parry threats that you don't see coming. Right now, we can't see 90 percent of the asteroids that could destroy an entire American state or an entire country such as the United Kingdom. 

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NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts - Space News

NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
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NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX for Commercial Crew Contracts
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SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to build its Dragon V2 spacecraft (left) and Boeing will receive $4.2 billion to build the CST-100 spacecraft (right).
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Salient details of the selection of Boeing and SpaceX on the ongoing commercial crew development program.

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Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill The Void Left by NASA’s Retired Space Shuttles

Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill The Void Left by NASA’s Retired Space Shuttles | New Space | Scoop.it
The vehicles which will fill the void left by the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet for low-Earth orbit and ISS crew transport, the Boeing CST-100 and Dragon V2 space capsules. Photo:...
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Now that the final commercial crew contract has been awarded, it is full speed ahead for Boeing and SpaceX. One of them will be the first to dock with the space station. The race is on.

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SpaceX Reports Surge in Launch Orders

SpaceX Reports Surge in Launch Orders | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX closed 9 deals, w/possible 2-3 heavies. Four more in the next few weeks, incl one non-GEO, then maybe 4 more before end of the year.
— AvWeek Paris (@AvWeekParis) September 9, 2014
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With a pretty hefty launch manifest already, SpaceX has recently closed quite a few additional deals. They are going to have to really accelerate their launch rate.

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SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20

SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20 | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2014
SpaceX's next unmanned cargo trip to restock supplies at the International Space Station is scheduled for September 20, the US space agency said Friday.
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The next Dragon launch to the space station is scheduled to lift off this week. Among other things it will carry a 3-D printer, some small animals and plants. Hopefully these life forms will fare better than the recently deceased Russian space lizards.

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NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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The next SpaceX Dragon resupply mission to the space station is scheduled to launch at 2:15 am Eastern Time on Saturday, September 20.

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GLXP Update: Tuxera Sponsors Hungary’s Team Puli Space

GLXP Update: Tuxera Sponsors Hungary’s Team Puli Space | New Space | Scoop.it
Helsinki, Finland and Budapest, Hungary, September 15, 2014 (Tuxera/Team Puli PR) – Tuxera Inc., the market leader in file system and streaming technologies, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Hungary’s Team Puli Space in its mission to...
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Hungarian team receives sponsorship in its bid to win the Google Lunar X Prize next year. If successful, it would put Hungary on the map of leadership in space. 

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NASA Commercial Crew Awards Leave Unanswered Questions | SpaceNews.com

NASA Commercial Crew Awards Leave Unanswered Questions | SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
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Does NASA have enough budget authority to fund both Boeing and SpaceX for the next phase of commercial crew. They claim that they do, if Congress goes along with the President's budget request.

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SpaceX cargo ship blasts off toward space station

SpaceX cargo ship blasts off toward space station | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Sept 21, 2014
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship blasted off toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying a load of supplies and science experiments for the astronauts living there.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster successfully launched the fourth of twelve contracted deliveries to the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft is now chasing the ISS and will berth with it soon much to the joy of space station crew members, who will gain fresh underwear among other things, such as a 3-D printer and a load of mice.

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MIT’s BioSuit: Well Suited for Space

MIT’s BioSuit: Well Suited for Space | New Space | Scoop.it
  It’s a tight fit – but if you’re sauntering around on Mars that’s a fashion statement. Space designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are stitching together plans for shrink-wrapping spacesuits. So much so that spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin. The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers…
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MIT may have developed the spacesuit of the future. Increased mobility, lighter weight, and ease of donning and doffing are major benefits.

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OIG Report on Extending ISS Operations Until 2024 - NASA Watch

OIG Report on Extending ISS Operations Until 2024 - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
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NASA's Office of the Inspector General sees some serious challenges in extending the life of the space station beyond 2020 as proposed. If the station can indeed not be supported beyond 2020, the space taxis from Boeing and SpaceX will not have much chance to go there beyond the two to six flights specified in the recently awarded contract.

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Blue Origin BE-4 Rocket Engine Fact Sheet

Blue Origin BE-4 Rocket Engine Fact Sheet | New Space | Scoop.it
BE-4 Rocket Engine — Fact Sheet
From Blue Origin
American Boost Propulsion System
The BE-4 is an American-made liquid rocket engine currently under development by Blue Origin for orbital launch vehicle boost applications.
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With availability of Russian RD-180 engines in doubt for use on ATLAS V boosters, ULA looks to Blue Origin's BE-4 engine as a possible replacement.

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Guest column: Mining asteroids - Florida Today

Guest column: Mining asteroids - Florida Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Guest column: Mining asteroids
Florida Today
What's more, people are working toward recovering it.
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ASTEROIDS Act, if passed by US Congress, clarifies the legal status of asteroid mining. The bottom line is, "If you mine it, you can keep it."

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ULA and Blue Origin To Team Up for RD-180 Replacement - Space News

ULA and Blue Origin To Team Up for RD-180 Replacement - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News ULA and Blue Origin To Team Up for RD-180 Replacement Space News Jeff Bezos (above), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, and Tory Bruno, the new chief executive of United Launch Alliance, will announce a strategic partnership...
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Blue Origin leaps out of self-imposed obscurity to partner with United Launch Alliance in the development of a replacement for the Russian RD-180 rocket engine that currently powers ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle. At the same time, it is revealed that Blue Origin is working with Boeing on Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, which was just green-lighted by NASA for continued funding.

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Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through | NASASpaceFlight.com

Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Just weeks ago, it was widely believed both SpaceX's Dragon V2 and SNC's Dream Chaser spacecraft were likely to progress into the Commercial Crew (Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through
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Although not selected for the next NASA commercial crew contract, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser has attracted the interest of other nations. It might also provide a very cool way to visit a Bigelow space hotel.

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NASA Gives $6.8 Billion to Boeing and SpaceX for Apollo-Style Spaceships - NBC News

NASA is going back to the future with $6.8 billion in backing for Apollo-style spaceships designed by Boeing and SpaceX. Both companies have been given the g...
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Boeing and SpaceX win commercial crew contracts. Both were awarded the amount of money they proposed they would need to fulfill the objectives. Boeing got more because they asked for more, not because they were considered more favorably.

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As Allen Taylor said in his post, "Both were awarded the amount of money they proposed they would need to fulfill the objectives. Boeing got more because they asked for more, not because they were considered more favorably..."
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Masten Space: from start-up to serious player

Masten Space: from start-up to serious player | New Space | Scoop.it
MOJAVE AIR AND SPACE PORT -- The CEO of this center of commercial aerospace in eastern Kern County once referred to resident rocket scientist Dave Masten as "one of the new Einsteins" of the commercial space race.
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Masten Space Systems is building reusable rockets on a budget, and competing with well-heeled established players.

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An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones - The Planetary Society (blog)

An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones
The Planetary Society (blog)
Sometime this month, NASA is expected to announce which private spaceflight company (or companies) will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Current status of commercial crew milestones. Boeing has completed all of theirs, but their milestones are not as aggressive as those of SpaceX or Sierra Nevada, both of which had a milestone that entails actually flying.

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