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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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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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Will SETI's unprecedented new program finally find E.T.?

Will SETI's unprecedented new program finally find E.T.? | New Space | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life called "Breakthrough Listen." They will be using two of the world's largest radio telescopes (Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia) to listen for radio messages from intelligent alien species. Scientists have chosen to target the nearest million stars as well as the nearest 100 galaxies. This project will also monitor the Galactic plane for months at a time. This unprecedented effort is a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and employs an international team of astronomers and data scientists, including Frank Drake – the father of SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence).
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New private funding supercharges the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. At last we will start listening in a comprehensive way.

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Suggestion: The EM Drive Is Getting The Appropriate Level Of Attention From The Science Community

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A rational response to the hype and counter-hype surrounding the EM Drive.

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Experts: FAA Review Process for SpaceShipTwo Flawed, Subject to Political Pressure

Experts: FAA Review Process for SpaceShipTwo Flawed, Subject to Political Pressure | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceShipTwo fuselage (Credit: NTSB) By Douglas Messier Managing Editor The Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental permit to Scaled Composites to begin flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in 2012 despite serious...
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Safety experts contend that proper safety checks were never performed in SpaceShipTwo, either before or after they made major structural changes to accommodate the new nylon engine. In addition, scenarios involving human error were not investigated.

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Blame a Catastrophic Blindspot for the Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash @ Weeder

Blame a Catastrophic Blindspot for the Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash http://t.co/ZrchowEUX6 #tech #science
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The proximate cause of the fatal SpaceShip 2 crash was pilot error. However, more serious was the fact that the design of the spacecraft did not anticipate that such an error could be made.

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Mission to Phobos – The precursor to human Mars landing

Mission to Phobos – The precursor to human Mars landing | New Space | Scoop.it
The next great adventures for human space exploration have been touted as missions to asteroids and to the Martian surface.
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A human mission to Phobos could serve as a valuable stepping stone to landing explorers on Mars.

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Q&A with Chris McKay, Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center - SpaceNews.com

Q&A with Chris McKay, Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it

Chirs Christopher McKay, one of NASA’s most recognizable names in the field of astrobiology, argues that Mars probes to date have, quite literally, barely scratched the surface. The answers, he suggests, lie much deeper than the nuclear-powered Mars Curiosity rover has drilled to date.

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Chris McKay expresses frustration at the way life is NOT being searched for on Mars. The public largely things that scientists are scientists. It's not clear to them that geologists are not a kind of life scientist.

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Chris McKay expresses frustration with the way life is NOT being searched for on Mars.

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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy

Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy their parachutes after an off-nominal launch scenario.
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A small software modification might have saved the seventh Dragon station resupply vehicle, if it had been implemented. Dragon survived the destruction of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, but was destroyed upon impact with the Atlantic Ocean. It was carrying parachutes, but could not deploy them without the software mod.

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Moon Seen as Gateway to Lower Space Exploration Costs

Moon Seen as Gateway to Lower Space Exploration Costs | New Space | Scoop.it
  A new study had outlined how best to cut the cost of human space exploration by a factor of 10. The report’s top line finding is that, enabled by public-private partnerships, NASA’s current human spaceflight budget is sufficient to return humans to the surface of the Moon and develop a permanent lunar base. Furthermore,…
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Report details how to send humans to Mars on the cheap, using the moon as a waystation.

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Testing Pykrete As Debris Shielding Material

Testing Pykrete As Debris Shielding Material | New Space | Scoop.it
One of the interesting things about the spacecoach architecture is the way these ships will use water for many purposes prior to consuming it for propulsion. Water is an excellent radiation shieldi...
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The Spacecoach people are investigating a way to shield their spacecraft from orbital debris or interplanetary material, without adding significant mass. This is the kind of out of the box thinking that is needed to move humanity out into the solar system.

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First flight of Falcon Heavy delayed again - Spaceflight Now

First flight of Falcon Heavy delayed again - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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Artist's concept of the Falcon Heavy rocket, which will lift off powered by 27 Merlin main engines, generating nearly 4 million pounds of thrust.
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Falcon Heavy inaugural flight delayed in the face of the recent Falcon 9 failure.

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XCOR Launches New Website, XCOR Science as New Brand

XCOR Launches New Website, XCOR Science as New Brand | New Space | Scoop.it
Mojave, CA, July 22, 2015 (XCOR PR) – XCOR today announced the redesign and re-launch of its flagship domain, XCOR.com.
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XCOR expands beyond space tourist business to include customers in scientific research.

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Finding Another Earth

Finding Another Earth | New Space | Scoop.it
Kepler's newest planetary find joins a pantheon of planets with similarities to Earth.
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Which exoplanet is really most like Earth?

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NASA Could Return Humans to the Moon by 2021

NASA Could Return Humans to the Moon by 2021 | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jul 24, 2015
Humans could return to the Moon in the next decade, and for "approximately 90% less than the previously estimated $100 billion," according to a new study by NextGen Space.
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Study shows Americans could return to the moon within NASA's current budget for human spaceflight.

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Is Space About To Experience A Design Renaissance?

Is Space About To Experience A Design Renaissance? | New Space | Scoop.it
Will SpaceX and Virgin Galactic push the boundaries of space exploration? Two aerospace experts weigh in.
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What can New Space do that NASA can't? Try, fail, learn, repeat.

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Imaging tool lets scientists look inside brain at nanoscale resolution

Imaging tool lets scientists look inside brain at nanoscale resolution | New Space | Scoop.it
A new imaging tool promises to open the door to all sorts of new insights about the brain and how it works. The tool lets scientists see each of the human brain's 100 trillion synapses and 100 billion neurons, individually, plus all other cellular objects and many of their sub-cellular components.
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If you can image the brain at nanometer scale, can you see the memories stored there? What about the motivations and character traits?

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Asteroid Impact Early Warning System: First Scope Up and Running

Asteroid Impact Early Warning System: First Scope Up and Running | New Space | Scoop.it
The first Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope is now in operation on Haleakala – on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA. When ATLAS is completed in 2015, it will consist of two telescopes, 100 miles…
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Telescope designed to find and track "town killer" asteroids is up and running in Hawaii.

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Asteroid Miners Can Learn a Lot From Philae's Bumpy Landing - Wired

Asteroid Miners Can Learn a Lot From Philae's Bumpy Landing - Wired | New Space | Scoop.it
Philae's bumpy landing has importance for asteroid mining companies eager to excavate small bodies in space.
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Would-be asteroid miners go to school on Philae landing on a comet.

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Air Force Closely Monitoring Probe of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explosion

Air Force Closely Monitoring Probe of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explosion | New Space | Scoop.it
A top general says the Air Force is involved in a SpaceX-led investigation into the explosion that destroyed an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket.
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The enemies of SpaceX in Congress re-emerge to ask if the Air Force plans to de=certify SpaceX as a supplier of launch services.

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Robotic Servicing Demonstrations Continue on Space Station

Robotic Servicing Demonstrations Continue on Space Station | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission is back, it's updated, and it's making great progress – all on the International Space Station.
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NASA is investigating in-space satellite repair and upgrading.

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Domes Arrive for CST-100 Test Article Assembly | Commercial Crew Program

Domes Arrive for CST-100 Test Article Assembly | Commercial Crew Program | New Space | Scoop.it
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First component of Boeing CST-100 Structural Test Article arrives at Kennedy Space Center for processing.

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New Spectacular Images of Pluto from New Horizons Reveal an Exotic, Dynamic World

New Spectacular Images of Pluto from New Horizons Reveal an Exotic, Dynamic World | New Space | Scoop.it
A breathtaking, dramatic image of Pluto backlit by the distant Sun, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft a few hours after its closest approach, on July 14, while at a distance of 2...
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Summary of findings one week after the New Horzons' Pluto encounter.

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New Horizons Discovers Flowing Ices on Pluto

New Horizons Discovers Flowing Ices on Pluto | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA’s New Horizons mission has found evidence of exotic ices flowing across Pluto’s surface, at the left edge of its bright heart-shaped area.
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Pluto is an active world, with glaciers flowing across its surface at the western margin on Tombaugh Regio.

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Pluto's Atmosphere is Swept Back Like a Comet's Tail : Discovery News ... - Discovery News

Pluto's Atmosphere is Swept Back Like a Comet's Tail : Discovery News ... - Discovery News | New Space | Scoop.it
Not only has NASA’s New Horizons mission confirmed that Pluto has an extended atmosphere, after its historic flyby on July 14, the spacecraft observed a “cavity” in the solar wind, revealing a long plasma tail reminiscent of a comet’s ion tail.
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The solar wind is eroding Pluto's tenuous nitrogen atmosphere.

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Kepler Finds 12 Earth-sized Worlds In Stellar Habitable Zones

Kepler Finds 12 Earth-sized Worlds In Stellar Habitable Zones | New Space | Scoop.it
Scientists analyzing four years of data from NASA's Kepler mission have released a new catalog of exoplanet candidates.
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Kepler Space Telescope finds 500 new exoplanet candidates, including 12 in their star's habitable zone. One, Kepler 452b, has already been confirmed by an independent observation.

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What SpaceX's launch failure means for the private space industry - Fortune

What SpaceX's launch failure means for the private space industry - Fortune | New Space | Scoop.it
The recent SpaceX explosion is just one more sign that the new (and growing) private space industry is far from perfect.
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Recent launch failures highlight the thinness of the commercial launch industry. None of its competitors is able to capitalize on the failure of SpaceX's launch of CRS-7.

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