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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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Robert Bigelow and His Expandable Space Habs - The Planetary Society

Robert Bigelow and His Expandable Space Habs - The Planetary Society | New Space | Scoop.it
Bigelow Aerospace’s BEAM expandable/inflatable space module will be attached to the International Space Station later this year. Mat travels to the company’s headquarters for a conversation with founder and CEO Robert Bigelow.
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Robert Bigelow talks about his huge space habitats.

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March 31, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX cargo launch now set for April 13 - Spaceflight Now

March 31, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX cargo launch now set for April 13 - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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March 31, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX cargo launch now set for April 13
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File photo of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo carrier prepared for launch on a previous mission.
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Next ISS resupply mission set for April 13. This is the next chance for a first stage landing on the Atlantic Ocean drone ship.

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NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system.
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Want to orbit Vesta? Now you can with a new software tool.

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China considering space-based solar power station - Computerworld

China considering space-based solar power station - Computerworld | New Space | Scoop.it
Chinese scientists say a solar power station in a geosynchronous orbit could supply a constant stream of electricity, avoiding the intermittent issues that come with nighttime back on Earth.
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China joins the nations studying the feasibility of putting a solar power satellite in geosynchronous orbit to provide power 24/7.

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Ad Astra Rocket's breakup with the government puts Costa Rica's hydrogen future on hold

Ad Astra Rocket's breakup with the government puts Costa Rica's hydrogen future on hold | New Space | Scoop.it
Chang said he's been waiting for the past seven months for the state-owned oil refinery to sign off on the final stage of a jointly-developed hydrogen fuel project. In early March, he threw in the towel.
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Ad Astra throws in the towel on hydrogen production from water after extensive delays on the part of CostaRica's state-owned oil refinery.

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NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins

NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's Scott Kelly — one of two people spending a year on the International Space Station — already feels like the orbiting outpost is home.
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Long duration spaceflight begins for one American astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut.

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China plans to build huge space solar power station - The Economic Times

China plans to build huge space solar power station - The Economic Times | New Space | Scoop.it
If realised, it will surpass the scale of the Apollo project and the International Space Station, and be the largest-ever space project.
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China is looking to build solar power stations in space, beaming power down to Earth to mitigate the air pollution they suffer from coal-fired power plants.

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ISS astronauts to test new eye protection for future Mars missions - ExtremeTech

ISS astronauts to test new eye protection for future Mars missions - ExtremeTech | New Space | Scoop.it
Three new technologies will be tested on the ISS over the next year to make sure future Mars pioneers will be able to see where they're going.
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Weightlessness changes the shape of eyeballs, impairing vision. Astronauts need to be able to see clearly when they arrive at a planet, moon, or asteroid. NASA is working on ideas to preserve vision that will be tested out by the astronaut and cosmonaut who were just launched to the space station for a stay of nearly one year.

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Physicists Describe New Class of Dyson Sphere - MIT Technology Review

Physicists Describe New Class of Dyson Sphere - MIT Technology Review | New Space | Scoop.it
Physicists have overlooked an obvious place to search for shell-like structures constructed around stars by advanced civilizations to capture their energy.
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A new kind of Dyson Sphere could be a better place to look for advanced alien civilizations.

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Russia Cuts Space Spending Forecast, Dumps Super Heavy Booster

Russia Cuts Space Spending Forecast, Dumps Super Heavy Booster | New Space | Scoop.it
Inaugural Angara A5 launch (Credit: Khrunichev)
With Russia facing a severe economic downturn, Roscosmos’ 10-year spending plan for 2016-2025 will be cut by 10 percent to 3.4 trillion rubles ($58.6 billion).
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Russia axes their equivalent of an SLS-class booster, for lack of funds to develop it.

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NASA Audit Raises Concerns About SLS/Orion Infrastructure Development

NASA Audit Raises Concerns About SLS/Orion Infrastructure Development | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Launch System on pad. (Credit: NASA) NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that while NASA has been making steady progress on rebuilding Kennedy Space Center’s infrastructure for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion, the...
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Critical Design Review (CDR) for Orion/SLS will slip from March to December 2015 or possibly even later. CDR for both Orion and SLS could also slip.

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Space KSC: Picky, Picky, Picky ...

Space KSC: Picky, Picky, Picky ... | New Space | Scoop.it
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How we got to where we are, with Option B of the Asteroid Redirect Mission. It's not a pretty sight.

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Rocket wars: Rivals battle for military launches

Rocket wars: Rivals battle for military launches | New Space | Scoop.it
ULA put the GPS satellites into space, and it handles all U.S. military and top-secret launches. That is about to change.
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ULA teases with a hint that they will be developing a reusable rocket to answer the challenge of a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9  and a reusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

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Thomas Schiavon's curator insight, March 26, 7:37 AM

Interesting to see these new designs for reusable rockets. Due to the large costs of already launching rockets into space the introduction for reusable rockets will be great for a money saving perspective. It will be interesting to see how they plan to return the rocket parts to earth with minimal damage to the parts and surrounding areas. 

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Icy-Moon Discoveries: What They Mean for Alien Life Search - Space.com

Icy-Moon Discoveries: What They Mean for Alien Life Search - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, researchers made two big announcements: Saturn's moon Enceladus likely harbors hot springs, and Jupiter's huge satellite Ganymede apparently possesses a subsurface ocean that may contain more water than all of Earth does.
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Moons in the outer solar system have vast amounts of water and some could even harbor life.

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Ad Astra Rocket Company Wins NASA Propulsion Contract

Ad Astra Rocket Company Wins NASA Propulsion Contract | New Space | Scoop.it
A VASIMR powered space tug. (Credit: Ad Astra Rocket Company) WEBSTER, Texas (Ad Astra PR) – Ad Astra Rocket Company has been selected by NASA as one of the winners of the space agency’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships...
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NASA to fund further development of the VASIMR rocket engine for the next three years with a $10 million contract.

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We Were Supposed to Be on Mars by Now! Why Aren't We? - Huffington Post

We Were Supposed to Be on Mars by Now! Why Aren't We? - Huffington Post | New Space | Scoop.it
Much of the opposition to Mars exploration is based on disinformation and distraction tactics that imply or even claim outright that Mars would bust the budget or endanger Social Security, which, given actual budgetary facts and context, is...
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At last, the time for Mars has come. There is consensus in the space community that Mars should be humanity's next major goal in space.

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After Accident, Virgin Galactic Takes a Cautious Path to Spaceflight

After Accident, Virgin Galactic Takes a Cautious Path to Spaceflight | New Space | Scoop.it
It's been five months since Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up in flight, killing one of its pilots and injuring the other. The results of ...
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Virgin Glactic has ceased making claims of when they will start launching passengers into space. It's always better to under promise and over deliver.

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The Space Review: NASA rearms in its battle with mission skeptics

The Space Review: NASA rearms in its battle with mission skeptics | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @TheMarsSociety: The Space Review: NASA rearms in its battle with mission skeptics http://t.co/iBDDae85x6
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The battle for hearts and minds continues and NASA attempts to convert the unbelievers to the idea that capturing at least a piece of an asteroid and bringing it back to lunar orbit for astronauts to visit is a good idea.

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Russia: We're building a new space station with NASA. NASA: huh? - Ars Technica

Russia: We're building a new space station with NASA. NASA: huh? - Ars Technica | New Space | Scoop.it
Russia wants to build a replacement for the ISS, but NASA is looking to Mars.
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The announcement of a cooperative effort between Roskosmos and NASA, by a Russian space official for a new space station started after the current station deorbits, may have been a bit premature. NASA apparently has no knowledge of such an agreement.

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See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX

See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX | New Space | Scoop.it
Fidelity has disclosed which of its mutual funds hold stakes in SpaceX.



In late January, Fidelity and Google announced they had invested a total of $1 billion to acquire almost 10 percent of Elon Musk's privately held reusable-rocket company. Google later disclosed its share was $900 mil
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Want to invest in SpaceX, but stymied by the fact that it is a private company? Well you can invest in it now, although not as a pure play. Fidelity has bought a piece and you can buy a piece of one of the funds that Fidelity put those SpaceX shares into.

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Russia & US agree to build new space station after ISS, work on joint Mars project

Russia & US agree to build new space station after ISS, work on joint Mars project | New Space | Scoop.it
In a landmark decision, Russian space agency Roscosmos and its US counterpart NASA have agreed to build a new space station after the current International Space Station (ISS) expires. The operation of the ISS was prolonged until 2024.
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Roscosmos announces that Russia and the USA will cooperate on the construction and operation of a new space state after the ISS is retired in 2024. NASA Administrator announces USA and Russia will coordinate their efforts in working toward crewed missions to Mars.

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U.S. to modify launch capability deal for Lockheed-Boeing venture

U.S. to modify launch capability deal for Lockheed-Boeing venture | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force must modify its annual launch capability contract with United Launch Alliance, to level the playing field for new competitors of the joint venture of Lockheed
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ULA is getting a government subsidy for its ground infrastructure that is not counted in its launches of military satellites. SpaceX has testified to Congress that this prevents a level playing field in competing for Air Force business. The Air Force agrees and states the agreement with ULA must be changed.

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NASA to Spend Over $1 Billion to Move a Space Boulder

NASA to Spend Over $1 Billion to Move a Space Boulder | New Space | Scoop.it
In this concept image, the robotic vehicle descends to the surface of a large asteroid to collect a boulder that it can redirect to a distant retrograde lunar orbit.
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This seems like a lot of money to spend to have astronauts return a box the size of a tackle box full of chunks of boulder. Japan is sending out a robot craft to return an asteroid sample, for a lot less.

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One-Year Mission Underway With Rousing Soyuz TMA-16M Launch

One-Year Mission Underway With Rousing Soyuz TMA-16M Launch | New Space | Scoop.it
Soyuz TMA-16M roars away from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:42 a.m. local time Saturday, 28 March (3:42 p.m. EDT Friday, 27 March), carrying Russian cosmonauts Gennadi Padalka and...
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The launch of Scott Kelly for a one year stay on the ISS will tell us much about what weightlessness does to the body, since his identical twin Mark will be monitored on the ground in all the ways that Scott is monitored in space.

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SpaceX's Shotwell Walks Back Musk's Cronyism Charge

SpaceX's Shotwell Walks Back Musk's Cronyism Charge | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell’s tour of Washington the week of March 16 found her occasionally doing the work of the circus shovel brigade.
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In congressional testimony, Gwynne Shotwell demonstrates why Elon Musk needs her.

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