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Blue Origin, SpaceX Bid on Historic NASA Pad 39A

Blue Origin, SpaceX Bid on Historic NASA Pad 39A | New Space | Scoop.it

According to a corrected story in Space News, both SpaceX and Blue Origin have put in a bid for the Kennedy Space Center’s Launchpad 39A.  While SpaceX’s possible interest in the pad has been widely reported, the apparent last-minute participation by  perpetually mysterious Blue Origin adds a bit of speculative intrigue to what looked like a one horse race.

 

Although with so little known (at least publicly)  about what Blue Origin is doing or how far it had progressed, it is difficult to gauge how the massive Apollo and Shuttle pad may fit into its plans, some basic facts do stand out.   First, while the crawler transporter assembly is parked at the pad, it is not considered a part of the pad infrastructure and is not part of the lease.  Second, the lease price,  $0.00 is a pretty good deal, although power and fuel will be charged separately.   The latter point may be the most relevent considering that unlike SpaceX’s RP-1/LOX  architecture,  Blue Origin  is  developing  a hydrogen / oxygen system, so 39A fits in that regard, even if the scale is much smaller.

 

 


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Secretive Blue Origin shows it is still in the game by bidding for the historic shuttle launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, despite the fact that they were not bid for funding under the current commercial crew Space Act agreement.

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Buzz Aldrin Has a Bold Message for NASA - Mic

Buzz Aldrin Has a Bold Message for NASA - Mic | New Space | Scoop.it
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Buzz Aldrin Has a Bold Message for NASA
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"A permanent Mars base should be the most important goal of the U.S. space program," Aldrin said during NewSpace 2014 this week.
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Buzz Aldrin advocates building a permanent settlement on Mars. Steve Jurvetson clearly agrees.

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LEO: Wearable Fitness Intelligence

LEO: Wearable Fitness Intelligence | New Space | Scoop.it
LEO monitors your body's complex biosignals, translating into simple, actionable recommendations.
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Go way beyond what an ordinary fitness tracker can do for you by supporting this Indiegogo project. It will take you to the next level.

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Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say - Space.com

Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say
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As the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's giant leap to the moon, some people are eyeing the celestial body's bounty of resources.
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The question of who has the right to exploit resources in space and be protected from interference by others is cropping up, both with respect to the moon and to asteroids.

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Judge Recommends Mediation in SpaceX-USAF Dispute

Judge Recommends Mediation in SpaceX-USAF Dispute | New Space | Scoop.it
Space News has an update on SpaceX’s lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force over the 36-core bulk buy from ULA:
Judge Susan Braden on July 24 directed the two sides to explore a third alternative: mediation.
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In SpaceX vs. USAF lawsuit, judge denies ULA's request for immediate dismissal and gives both SpaceX and the Air Force tasks and deadlines pursuant to a resolution by mediation.

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Calling for a Debate Over Pluto's Nature

Calling for a Debate Over Pluto's Nature | New Space | Scoop.it
In 2006 the IAU "demoted" Pluto to dwarf-planet status, setting off an outcry of public disappointment, first among schoolchildren but later among all classes of astronomy enthusiasts, and even planetary scientists, who disagree with the IA...
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Is Pluto a planet or not? Was its demotion to dwarf planet status based on flawed logic? Let's have the main proponents of the two postions duke it out with the whole world watching.

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NBC News - Breaking News & Top Stories - Latest World, US & Local News

NBC News - Breaking News & Top Stories - Latest World, US & Local News | New Space | Scoop.it
Go to NBCNews.com for breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in world news, business, politics, health and pop culture.
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Although NASA has specifically stated it will not mount a mission to the moon any time soon, a lot of other organizations are planning to set up operations there.

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LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? - The Planetary Society (blog)

LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What?
The Planetary Society (blog)
LightSail-A, The Planetary Society's solar sailing spacecraft slated for a possible test flight in May 2015, has a blown radio amplifier.
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A blown radio amplifier uncovers a potential problem prior to launch. Hopefully the issue will be resolved in time for the scheduled test launch.

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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket

Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket | New Space | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 23, 2013
One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond.
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Federal auditors claim SLS cannot meet schedule on current budget. This will probably lead to sucking the rest of NASA's programs dry in order to feed the beast.

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No human has ever been to Mars. But NASA wants to put commercial satellites ... - Washington Post (blog)

No human has ever been to Mars. But NASA wants to put commercial satellites ... - Washington Post (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it

Business Reuters UK
No human has ever been to Mars. But NASA wants to put commercial satellites ...

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Business opportunity alert: Put communications satellites in orbit around Mars and charge government space programs for bandwidth.

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Commercial Crew Partners Continue Milestone Work

Commercial Crew Partners Continue Milestone Work | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under...
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Overview of where NASA's commercial crew partners are with respect to their milestones.

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This Red Greenhouse Grows Veggies for Mars - NBC News

This Red Greenhouse Grows Veggies for Mars - NBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers are pioneering menus for Mars by growing vegetables under hot-pink lights in an experimental greenhouse in Germany.The project is being conducted...
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Mars colonists are going to need food. It will be good to know what might possibly be able to grow there.

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See the world from the edge of the space in the ‘Bloon’

See the world from the edge of the space in the ‘Bloon’ | New Space | Scoop.it
With Virgin Galactic inching closer to conduct its first planned flight to the space, we are at the verge of entering into the new era of commercial space (See the world from the edge of the space in the ‘Bloon’: With Virgin Galactic...
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Spanish company offers baloon flights to the edge of space. No astronaut wings, but a much longer lasting experience than Virgin Galactic's five minutes of weightlessness, albeit at a higher price.

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The Space Review: The dog days of summer launch debates

The Space Review: The dog days of summer launch debates | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @TheMarsSociety: The Space Review: The dog days of summer launch debates http://t.co/5bVIM7GdCB
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The contentious RD-180 and EELV block buy situations remain unresolved and probably will stay that way until the end of the year at the soonest.

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SpaceX Roadmap building on its rocket business revolution

SpaceX Roadmap building on its rocket business revolution | New Space | Scoop.it
Following the recent success of the Falcon 9 launch with six ORBCOMM spacecraft, SpaceX is in the midst of speedy turnaround of its Cape Canaveral launch site, ahead of the ASIASAT-8 mission.
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Hot on the heels of a successful Falcon 9 launch of Orbcom satellites, SpaceX is turning around its Florida launch pad for two launches in August and then a Dragon launch in September. Plans for increasing the launch rate further and demonstrating reusability are in the works.

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Cool Infographic Compares the Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

Cool Infographic Compares the Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres | New Space | Scoop.it
“Atmospheres of the Solar System” by Compound Interest’s Andy Brunning Here on Earth we enjoy the nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere we’ve all come to know and love with each of the approximately 24,000 breaths we take each day (not to mention the...
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Plenty of Helium is available for fusion reactors in the atmospheres of the gas giants.

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3D print space probes and asteroids, courtesy of NASA - CNET

3D print space probes and asteroids, courtesy of NASA - CNET | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has released STL files so you can 3D print your own scale models of space probes, asteroids and the surface of the moon.
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Print your own planitary surfaces and spacecraft using these free NASA STL files. 

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SNC Teams Up with Japan’s Space Agency to Further Dream Chaser’s Development and Potential

SNC Teams Up with Japan’s Space Agency to Further Dream Chaser’s Development and Potential | New Space | Scoop.it
Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle is towed across the ramp at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in preparation for tow tests on a Dryden taxiway. The tow...
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Sierra Nevada agrees to cooperate with Japan's space agency on technology and potentially launches from Japan.

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Masten Releases Artist’s Conception of XS-1 Vehicle at Parabolic Arc

Masten Releases Artist’s Conception of XS-1 Vehicle at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Masten concept for XS-1 orbital vehicle show vertical launch but horizontal runway landing configuration.

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Genetically Modified mosquito swarms will be used on a commercial scale to hopefully prevent 50 million incidents of dengue fever per year

Genetically modified mosquitoes will be raised on a commercial scale for the first time, in a bid to stem outbreaks of dengue fever in Brazil. But it is unclear how well it will work.
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Will anti-GMO activists rise up to protest genetically modified mosquitos, thus consigning 50 million people to suffer from dengue fever?

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Most Precise Measurement Yet of an Extrasolar Planet's Size

Most Precise Measurement Yet of an Extrasolar Planet's Size | New Space | Scoop.it
Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system.
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New technique, using both the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes enables extremely precise measurement of planetary radii in faraway solar systems.

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UEA research shows oceans vital for possibility of alien life

UEA research shows oceans vital for possibility of alien life | New Space | Scoop.it
Norwich, UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2014
Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life.
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Research shows that Mars would have a more stable climate if only it had a sizable ocean. For such an ocean to exist, air pressure would need to be much higher, although not as high as Earth's.

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USAF Review of SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle Continues

USAF Review of SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle Continues | New Space | Scoop.it
Falcon 9 in flight with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)
Bloomberg News has an update on the U.S. Air Force’s efforts to certify SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 to launch military payloads.
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Congressional supporters of ULA try to cast doubt on the reliability of the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle despite the fact that all its launches so far have been successful, citing various anomalies that have occurred on those flights.

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Dream Chaser flies through major CCiCAP challenge

Dream Chaser flies through major CCiCAP challenge | New Space | Scoop.it
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) are one step closer from allowing a human crew to fly inside the Dream Chaser spacecraft, as the vehicle passed yet another Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) milestone. While Milestone 9 has the rather...
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Dream Chaser completes another commercial crew milestone.

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New Fort Knox: A means to a solar-system-wide economy - The Space Review

New Fort Knox: A means to a solar-system-wide economy - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review
New Fort Knox: A means to a solar-system-wide economy
The Space Review
The Space Review · Waiting for Launch ebook. DSI Firefly illustration.
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Entrepreneur and publisher calls for an incremental approach to space exploitation, starting with a business that clears orbital debris and deposits it in a junkyard orbit.

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Time to Rethink NASA - National Review Online

Time to Rethink NASA - National Review Online | New Space | Scoop.it
Time to Rethink NASA
National Review Online
In The Space Review, an online weekly, Jeff Foust recently assessed the various justifications the NRC cites: “No single rationale alone seems to justify the value of pursuing human spaceflight.
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Rand Simberg advances a modest proposal that NASA be replaced as the agency responsible for manned American activity in orbital space by a new quasi-military service called the United States Space Guard, which would provide services in space similar to those provided by the United States Coast Guard off the shores of the USA.

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