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Futuristic British Space Plane Engine to Get Flight Test in 2020

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Skylon SABRE engine scheduled to be flight tested in 2020.

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How Do You Handle A Medical Emergency On A Mission To Mars? - Popular Science

How Do You Handle A Medical Emergency On A Mission To Mars?
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And as NASA looks ahead to long-duration space trips, such as a mission to Mars, the need for these devices will become more and more crucial.
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Don't get sick or injured on the way to Mars. If you do, it's a long way to the nearest emergency room.

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April 22, 2015 in News: Decision on new space station cargo contracts deferred - Spaceflight Now

April 22, 2015 in News: Decision on new space station cargo contracts deferred - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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April 22, 2015 in News: Decision on new space station cargo contracts deferred
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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft arrives at the International Space Station on April 17 for its sixth operational cargo delivery.
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NASA decision on ISS cargo supplier for the 2018-2020 time frame is deferred three months until September.

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Moon and Mars are physically and fiscally feasible - The Space Review

Moon and Mars are physically and fiscally feasible - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
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Moon and Mars are physically and fiscally feasible
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Sometimes bad news and negative opinions come in batches. March was not a good month for Mars and human spaceflight proponents, if you listen to the media.
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John Strickland argues that NASA can land on Mars under current budget conditions, but to do so will require them to drastically alter their plans for how to do it.

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Confidentialité- France

Confidentialité- France | New Space | Scoop.it
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Installation of massive welding machine for the Space Launch System was bungled, requiring it to be completely disassembled, the floor under it reinforced, and then reassembled.

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Asteroid Redirect Mission to lay the technology foundations for deep space | NASASpaceFlight.com

Asteroid Redirect Mission to lay the technology foundations for deep space | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
In the face of political uncertainty and public apathy, NASA is beginning to push the case for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The points of the Agency's
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NASA's plan for using the Asteroid Redirect Mission to test out technologies that will be needed to ultimately send astronauts to Mars.

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April 21, 2015 in News: Dragon pad abort test set for early May - Spaceflight Now

April 21, 2015 in News: Dragon pad abort test set for early May - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now April 21, 2015 in News: Dragon pad abort test set for early May Spaceflight Now A major test of the system that would shoot SpaceX astronaut crews away from a failing rocket is scheduled for no earlier than May 5 from a...
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Successful completion of the Dragon 2 pad abort test in May will pass the next to last milestone in the second of three phases of the commercial crew program.

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Fine-tuning Falcon 9 landing focuses on throttle valve response

Fine-tuning Falcon 9 landing focuses on throttle valve response | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is getting ever closer to successfully returning the first stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1, with the latest attempt showing the effort is now focused on fine-tuning.
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More details on the valve problem that contributed to Falcon 9 landing failure.

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Musk: Falcon 9 Landing Failure Due to Throttle Valve Response

Learn why SpaceX's second attempt to land a Falcon 9 first stage on a drone ship (barge) at sea failed. The first test also was unsuccessful.
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One by one, SpaceX identifies the problems that prevent a successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage after a launch.

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No time wasted in SpaceX's rapid-fire launch campaign - Spaceflight Now

No time wasted in SpaceX's rapid-fire launch campaign - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now No time wasted in SpaceX's rapid-fire launch campaign Spaceflight Now The next rocket's first and second stages are now inside the hangar at the southern perimeter of SpaceX's Complex 40 launch pad for final testing, according to...
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The next Falcon 9 launch will follow hot on the heels of the successful sixth resupply mission to the space station. April 27 launch is scheduled.

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On-the-Deck Video Shows SpaceX's Rocket Landing Try

On-the-Deck Video Shows SpaceX's Rocket Landing Try | New Space | Scoop.it
A short video clip appears to show how the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket tipped over upon landing on the deck of a floating platform in the Atlanti...
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New video of Falcon 9 landing attempt shows it very nearly succeeded, but the center of mass drifted outside the radius of the landing legs. Some vending of gas at the top was not enough to compensate.

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GoPro Footage From U.S. EVA #31 - YouTube

This footage was taken by U.S. astronaut Terry Virts during a spacewalk on the International Space Station on March 1, 2015. Virts and fellow astronaut Barry...
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Have you ever wondered what it is like to do a spacewalk on the ISS? Here's your chance to find out.

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Why Is Elon Musk so Hellbent on Going to Mars? - Slate Magazine (blog)

Why Is Elon Musk so Hellbent on Going to Mars? - Slate Magazine (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
Why is Elon Musk so hellbent on going to Mars? There are two answers to this. One is the actual answer. The other isn't exactly wrong—it’s technically correct—but it’s incidental. And it turns out that’s not even really the right question.
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Phil Plait tours the SpaceX factory and has an epiphany. He discovers that the SpaceX crew is engaged in something truly important--the survival of humanity.

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AFRL Review Finds Skylon’s SABRE Engine Theoretically Viable

AFRL Review Finds Skylon’s SABRE Engine Theoretically Viable | New Space | Scoop.it
Skylon with the SABRE engine. (Credit: Reaction Engines)
OXFORDSHIRE, England (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines Ltd.
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US Air Force Research Laboratory, after a thorough study, finds the British SABRE engine concept feasible. This provides  key support for the Skylon single-stage to orbit space plane.

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Buzz Aldrin impressed by Purdue’s plan for Mars

Buzz Aldrin impressed by Purdue’s plan for Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
51 students compiled a 1,000 page paper detailing human colonization of the planet by 2040
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Purdue students take Buzz Aldrin's Mission to Mars plan and fill in the details to show how it could be done.

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Humans to Mars: Time to get on with it! - The Hill (blog)

Humans to Mars: Time to get on with it! - The Hill (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
The greatest obstacle has most certainly been politics.
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Politics is the only thing that is keeping humans from standing on Mars.

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Editorial | Adjust Schedule for RD-180 Phaseout - Space News

Editorial | Adjust Schedule for RD-180 Phaseout - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
The question is not whether the Atlas 5’s Russian-built main engine must go, but when.
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The question of how ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle will be powered from now in is a complex one.

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Going Back to the Moon: Q&A with Planetary Scientist Paul Spudis - Space.com

Going Back to the Moon: Q&A with Planetary Scientist Paul Spudis - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Planetary scientist Paul Spudis has long been calling for humanity to return to the moon. He tells Space.com why manned exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor is so important.
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Paul Spudis provides a rationale for a sustainable presence on the moon. He believes that China is working toward control of the space on and around the moon.

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SpaceX ready for another launch and key Commercial Crew test | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX ready for another launch and key Commercial Crew test | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the next Falcon 9 rocket set to launch out of Florida, tasked with the lofting of the TurkmenistanSat spacecraft on
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Next Falcon 9 launch set for April 27 with a communications satellite payload, heading to geosynchronous orbit.

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Blasting away space junk with freakin' lasers - RedOrbit

Blasting away space junk with freakin' lasers - RedOrbit | New Space | Scoop.it
As space debris becomes an increasing issue, scientists think they have found away to laser it out of harm's way for the astronauts.
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A feasible concept for clearing Earth orbit of a least some of the space debris that is whizzing around our planet, making space safe for astronauts.

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NASA | SDO: Year 5 - YouTube

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day....
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The sun is more than a bright disk up in the sky. It is ACTIVE!

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April 17, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX supply ship joins up with space station - Spaceflight Now

Spaceflight Now April 17, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX supply ship joins up with space station Spaceflight Now “The sixth Dragon resupply spacecraft captured by the crew of Expedition 43 — Samantha Cristoforetti at the controls — the Dragon and its...
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SpaceX Dragon links up with space station, bringing much needed food, clothing, and supplies for the crew.

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SpaceX To Land Reusable Launcher on Ground

SpaceX To Land Reusable Launcher on Ground | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX hopes that the next attempt to land their Falcon 9 reusable launch vehicle will occur on solid ground.
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SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell says next rocket landing attempt will probably be on land.

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House Space Subcommitee’s Surreal NASA Budget Hearing

House Space Subcommitee’s Surreal NASA Budget Hearing | New Space | Scoop.it
Lamar Smith
I woke up early this morning with a low-grade headache. Checking Twitter, I discovered I’d slept through the beginning of a House Subcommittee on Space’s hearing on NASA’s budget with Administrator Charlie Bolden.
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Ideology blinds Congress critters and could end up destroying NASA. In the fight between beliefs and reality, reality is going to win in the end.

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Will Asteroid 2012 TC4 Hit Earth in October 2017

Will Asteroid 2012 TC4 Hit Earth in October 2017 | New Space | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 17, 2015
On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size.
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Chelyabinsk-class asteroid could strike Earth in 2017. 

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