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Christmas Day lift-off into space for Virgin Galactic and Abu Dhabi - The National

Christmas Day lift-off into space for Virgin Galactic and Abu Dhabi - The National | New Space | Scoop.it
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Christmas Day lift-off into space for Virgin Galactic and Abu Dhabi
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DUBAI // Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company co-owned by Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments, will stage its first flight on Christmas Day this year.
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Richard Branson proclaims first public flight to space of SpaceShipTwo will happen on Christmas Day 2013 and that he will be on it. This puts the pressure on the Scaled Composites team doing the flight testing.

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The Commercial Space Blog: ULA vs SpaceX: An Empire Strikes Back!

The Commercial Space Blog: ULA vs SpaceX: An Empire Strikes Back! | New Space | Scoop.it
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Under new leadership, ULA comes out swinging to address competition from SpaceX for launch business.

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NASA Releases Redacted Commercial Crew Contracts

NASA Releases Redacted Commercial Crew Contracts | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA released redacted versions of the contracts the agency signed with Boeing and SpaceX in September 2014 to begin the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability phase of final development and certification work.
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Redacted versions of NASA's commercial crew contracts with Boeing and SpaceX have been released and you can read them here.

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What Would It Be Like to Live on Jupiter's Moon Europa? - Space.com

What Would It Be Like to Live on Jupiter's Moon Europa? - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Jupiter's moon Europa suffers from extreme cold and deadly radiation, but its astronomical and geological sights are unique in the solar system.
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Living on Europa would be challenging, but the view would be terrific.

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Statement by NASA Administrator at House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing (with video) | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference

Statement by NASA Administrator at House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing (with video) - SpaceRef
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NASA Administrator testifies to House Budget Committee, laying out the agency's plans for the money requested in the 2016 budget.

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The Space Review: “We don’t take girls”: Hillary Clinton and her NASA letter

The Space Review: “We don’t take girls”: Hillary Clinton and her NASA letter | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review: “We don’t take girls”: Hillary Clinton and her NASA letter http://t.co/uI4uEKNuXp
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As a teenager, Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA about her desire to become an astronaut. She was told NASA did not take women astronauts.

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March 3, 2015 in News: NASA eyes ion engines for Mars orbiter launching in 2022 - Spaceflight Now

March 3, 2015 in News: NASA eyes ion engines for Mars orbiter launching in 2022 - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now March 3, 2015 in News: NASA eyes ion engines for Mars orbiter launching in 2022 Spaceflight Now NASA officials want the agency's next Mars orbiter to pull double duty as a communications relay station for a fleet of surface landers...
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Ion propulsion will open up a whole universe of new mission possibilities that have not been possible heretofore.

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NASA lines up four additional CRS missions for Dragon and Cygnus

NASA lines up four additional CRS missions for Dragon and Cygnus | New Space | Scoop.it
Updates to master planning schedules have revealed NASA’s intention to add four more Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission.
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Four new ISS resupply missions to be added to the 20 currently contracted to SpaceX and Orbital-ATK, with three of the four going to SpaceX.

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Why we should all be thrilled about the FDA starting to embrace innovation

Why we should all be thrilled about the FDA starting to embrace innovation | New Space | Scoop.it
On Feb. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a huge step towards patient-centric medicine when it approved the marketing of genetics testing company 23andMe’s carrier test for Bloom...
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Hopefully FDA granting permission to 23andMe to sell genetic test for one serious disease is only the beginning. I am able to handle finding out my own genetic propensities, thank you very much. Give me the information and I will decide what to do with it.

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Dwarf Planet Ceres to Be Revealed in 'Stunning Detail' by NASA Probe

Dwarf Planet Ceres to Be Revealed in 'Stunning Detail' by NASA Probe | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's Dawn probe is scheduled to slip into orbit around Ceres — the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) Friday, wrapping up a deep-space chase that lasted two-and-a-half years.
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Due to enter orbit around Ceres on Friday, the Dawn spacecraft snaps the best pictures yet of the dwarf planet.

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SpaceX launches two communications satellites

SpaceX launches two communications satellites | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) March 2, 2015
US space transportation company SpaceX launched two commercial communications satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday evening.
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SpaceX adds a sixteenth consecutive launch of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. operating at a launch tempo of more than one launch per month.

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The Curiosity robot confirms methane in Mars' atmosphere which may hint that existed life

The Curiosity robot confirms methane in Mars' atmosphere which may hint that existed life | New Space | Scoop.it
The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.
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Curiosity's detection of methane in the Martian atmosphere is definitive. It's origin must now be traced. A biological origin is possible.

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NASA Learned Many Lessons From Orion Flight

NASA Learned Many Lessons From Orion Flight | New Space | Scoop.it
Orion splashed down safely in the Pacific after its first test flight.
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NASA claims to have learned a lot from the successful test flight of the Orion spacecraft.

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Space Station’s Commercial Users Hitting Bottlenecks

Space Station’s Commercial Users Hitting Bottlenecks | New Space | Scoop.it
As NASA continues to encourage the commercial use of the ISS, some potential customers are running into problems making full use of it.
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More organizations want to put packages on the ISS than it is currently capable of handling. Many of these packages are cubesats that would be launched from the station.

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SpaceX CCtCap & CCiCap Milestones

SpaceX CCtCap & CCiCap Milestones | New Space | Scoop.it
Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)
SpaceX CCiCAP Milestone Status
Milestones: 20
Milestones Completed: 18
Milestones Remaining: 2
Total Possible Award: $460 Million
Total Award to Date: $400 Million
Total Award Remaining: $60 Million
NO.
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SpaceX is behind schedule on two CCiCAP commercial crew milestones, but on schedule with its CCtCAP milestones.

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Boeing CCtCap Milestones

Boeing CCtCap Milestones | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing CST-100 docking at ISS. (Credit: Boeing) Boeing CCtCap Milestone Status Milestones: 23 Milestones Completed: 2 Milestones Remaining: 21 A couple of notes on the table below: In January, Boeing said it was planning an automated test flight of...
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Boeing appears to be slipping a little in maintaining schedule of their commercial crew contract.

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ULA Targets 2018 for Delta 4 Phase-out, Seeks Relaxation of RD-180 Ban - Space News

ULA Targets 2018 for Delta 4 Phase-out, Seeks Relaxation of RD-180 Ban - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
ULA intends to phase out all but the heavy-lift Delta 4 as early as 2018 as it seeks to sharpen its competitiveness in the face of a challenge by SpaceX.
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ULA wants to continue using Russian RD-180 rocket engines for national security payloads, despite the fact that Congress has passed legislation mandating that they not be used beyond 2019.

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SpaceX Barge Landing Patent Petition Challenge Denied

SpaceX Barge Landing Patent Petition Challenge Denied | New Space | Scoop.it
US Patent and Trademark Office: SpaceX V Blue Origin
"Space Exploration Technologies Corp. ("SpaceX") filed a Petition ("Pet.") for inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 8,678,321 B2 ("the '321 patent").
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SpaceX loses initial round of litigation against Blue Origin's patent of barge landings of reusable space boosters. Next up: round two.

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The Mars One plan is totally delusional - Business Insider

The Mars One plan is totally delusional - Business Insider | New Space | Scoop.it
It's not happening.
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The Mars One plan to put astronauts on the surface of Mars is not totally crazy, but it is not going to happen in 2025. If they slip the schedule to 2027, that is not going to happen either.

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SpaceX Profitable as Musk Pulls In NASA Contracts, Google Cash

SpaceX Profitable as Musk Pulls In NASA Contracts, Google Cash | New Space | Scoop.it
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SpaceX is booking business and riding high, with a cost structure that no competitor can touch.

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Bigelow Ready to Ship BEAM to Cape for Launch

Bigelow Ready to Ship BEAM to Cape for Launch | New Space | Scoop.it
The BEAM module docked at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)
NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have scheduled a media availability next Thursday to mark the completion of all major milestones on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).
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Bigelow inflatable module is on tract to launch later this year on a SpaceX Dragon cargo flight.

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Iridium Next Deployment Delayed, Adding to SpaceX's 2017 Backlog - Space News

Iridium Next Deployment Delayed, Adding to SpaceX's 2017 Backlog - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Iridium has pushed back the inaugural launch of its Iridium Next constellation to October, saying payload-software issues need more time to validate.
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SpaceX contracts to  launch 70 Iridium Next communication satellites by the end of 2017, even though it won't launch the first ten until the beginning of 2016. Added to their existing backlog of orders this implies a launch tempo unlike any ever seen.

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Weather satellite explodes in space - The Weather Network

Weather satellite explodes in space - The Weather Network | New Space | Scoop.it
The explosion has sent dangerous debris into the earth�s orbit.
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More space junk for satellites to dodge.

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February 28, 2015 in News: Could these bright spots on Ceres be ice volcanoes? - Spaceflight Now

February 28, 2015 in News: Could these bright spots on Ceres be ice volcanoes? - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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February 28, 2015 in News: Could these bright spots on Ceres be ice volcanoes?
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Bright spots on Ceres mystify researchers. 

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Is there life beyond Earth? Do we even want to know?

Is there life beyond Earth? Do we even want to know? | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers want to send messages toward newly discovered planets in deep space. But some worry we may contact Klingons instead of E.T.
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Recent meeting of astronomers debated the question of whether we should actively try to contact alien civilizations in space.

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Envisioning the moon as a launch pad to explore the outer solar system - Phys.Org

Envisioning the moon as a launch pad to explore the outer solar system - Phys.Org | New Space | Scoop.it
For years, Arlin Crotts has been an iconoclast among his peers in the world of lunar science.
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New book makes the case for establishing a permanent base on the moon.

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