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Spaceworks Envisions Astronaut Stasis Pods

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NASA Funding Deep-Sleep Studies for Mars Transit
by edward wright
Spaceworks Engineering is studying a concept that would put astronauts into a deep sleep (hibernation or torpor) for long-duration space missions.
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Take a short nap and wake up in Mars orbit.

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Take a short nap and wake up in Mars orbit.

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When mediated by superconductivity, light pushes matter million times more

When mediated by superconductivity, light pushes matter million times more | New Space | Scoop.it
When a mirror reflects light, it experiences a slight push. This radiation pressure can be increased considerably with the help of a small superconducting island. This was revealed by the joint research done in the Aalto University and the Universities of Jyväskylä and Oulu. The finding paves a way ...
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What if you could get a million times for thrust from a solar sail than is now possible? Would that open up the solar system?

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What if you could get a million times for thrust from a solar sail than is now possible? Would that open up the solar system?

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SpaceX, NASA Discuss Forthcoming Dragon Pad Abort Test

SpaceX, NASA Discuss Forthcoming Dragon Pad Abort Test | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX Vice President of Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann (left) and NASA Commercial Crew Program Partner Manager Jon Cowart take questions during today's Pad Abort Test Briefing at the...
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Upcoming Crew Dragon pad abort test set for May 6.

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Bezos’ Blue Origin Conducts Maiden Test Flight of ‘New Shepard’ Space Vehicle

Bezos’ Blue Origin Conducts Maiden Test Flight of ‘New Shepard’ Space Vehicle | New Space | Scoop.it
The New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. The crew capsule reached apogee at 307,000 feet before beginning...
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Blue Origin test flight reaches the edge of space. Capsule floats back to earth at 24 feet per second for a hard landing on the Texas prairie.

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Blue Origin test flight reaches the edge of space. Capsule floats back to earth at 24 feet per second for a hard landing on the Texas prairie.

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New Horizons' Pluto Pictures Reveal Surface Details -- and Polar Cap?

New Horizons' Pluto Pictures Reveal Surface Details -- and Polar Cap? | New Space | Scoop.it
Newly released, highly processed images of Pluto show light and dark regions of the dwarf planet — and what looks like a bright polar ice cap.
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Pluto is starting to look like a world as the New Horizons spacecraft approaches it.

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Russia to Continue Development of Nuclear Engine for Deep Space Flights

Russia to Continue Development of Nuclear Engine for Deep Space Flights | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 29, 2015
Russia will continue its plans to create a nuclear engine for deep space flights, according to the country's 2016-2025 Federal Space Program.
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Russia plans to develop a nuclear rocket for exploration beyond the Earth-Moon system. It could become operational by 2030.

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Paragon Awarded CST-100 Contract

Paragon Awarded CST-100 Contract | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing CST-100 docking at ISS. (Credit: Boeing)
TUCSON, Ariz.
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Paragon wills commercial crew subcontract from Boeing to produce the CST-100's humidity control system.

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Mikulski Vows To Increase NASA's 2016 Budget - Space News

Mikulski Vows To Increase NASA's 2016 Budget - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Calling the Obama Administration’s 2016 budget request for NASA “too skimpy,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski said April 27 she would seek to raise NASA's budget.
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Senator Mkulski promises to fight for a balanced space program, rather than the House proposal that is heavily biased in favor of SLS and Orion.

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House Science Committee Whacks NASA Science Budget

House Science Committee Whacks NASA Science Budget | New Space | Scoop.it
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The House Science Committee would whack nearly a half billion dollars out of NASA’s proposed Earth Science budget in order to boost funding for deep space exploration under a two-year authorization legislators will mark up on Thursday.
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House Science Committee once again recommends boosting spending for SLS and Orion above the President's request, slashing Earth science spending to pay for it. I guess they figure we already know enough about the Earth, since clearly, the climate is not changing and we have nothing to worry about on our home planet.

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Search for Extraterrestial Life Included in Russian Space Program

Search for Extraterrestial Life Included in Russian Space Program | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2015 Projects for searching for extraterrestial life forms, studying climate changes on Earth, and defining the level of threat from dangerous comets and asteroids have been included in Russia's space program for 2016-2025,...
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Russia plans to land cosmonauts on the moon in 2029.

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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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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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New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space

New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space | New Space | Scoop.it
Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive , or EM drive.
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Em Drive produces thrust in vacuum at NASA Eagleworks lab. It's time for other labs to duplicate this work and then scale it up.

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April 29, 2015 in Mission Reports: Progress failure probe narrows in on ... - Spaceflight Now

April 29, 2015 in Mission Reports: Progress failure probe narrows in on ... - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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File photo of a Russian Progress supply ship during rendezvous with the International Space Station.
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Speculation abounds regarding the failure of the Russian Soyuz/Progress resupply flight to the space station.

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Watch: Video Essay Highlights The Smart Storytelling Of 'Back To The Future'

Watch: Video Essay Highlights The Smart Storytelling Of 'Back To The Future' | New Space | Scoop.it
A new video essay by Vimeo channel Must See Films recalls “Back to the Future” as “a fun-filled adventure, sci-fi masterpiece, and at the same time, a very inti
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Wow! I never registered any of this on a conscious level, but it was all there, infiltrating my unconscious mind.

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Hidden water below Antarctica provides hope for life on Mars - The Verge

The McMurdo Dry Valleys form the largest ice-free region in Antarctica. They also make up the coldest and driest environments on the planet. Yet, despite these extreme conditions, the valleys'...
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Subsurface water in Antarctica exists in conditions very similar to those on Mars, and contains microbial life. Perhaps Mars might host similar life.

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April 28, 2015 in Mission Reports: Russians scramble to restore cargo ship ... - Spaceflight Now

April 28, 2015 in Mission Reports: Russians scramble to restore cargo ship ... - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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It appears that the Russian Progress resupply craft that was just launched cannot be saved. On top of the October failure of the Orbital-ATK Cygnus resupply craft, the space station will start eating into their supplies reserve margin.

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Humans to Mars: further delay undermines support - The Space Review

Humans to Mars: further delay undermines support - The Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review Humans to Mars: further delay undermines support The Space Review After many years of division within the space advocacy community, there have been unprecedented efforts over the past two years to bring the community together in...
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There is still no consensus on what humanity's goals in space should be. Mars? Moon? Sooner? Later? Red Dragon? Fusion-powered fantasy craft? VASIMR-powered fantasy craft? 

 

Until there is more agreement, nothing is going to happen.

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The Space Review: Battle of the Collossi: SLS vs Falcon Heavy

The Space Review: Battle of the Collossi: SLS vs Falcon Heavy | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @TheMarsSociety: The Space Review: Battle of the Collossi: SLS vs Falcon Heavy http://t.co/QdhzHGhqTi
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For big payloads to low Earth orbit and beyond, does it make more sense to use a Falcon Heavy or a Space Launch System?

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SpaceX successfully lofts Turkmenistan satellite

SpaceX successfully lofts Turkmenistan satellite | New Space | Scoop.it
Turkmenistan heralded a new era of communications with the successful launch of their first national satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
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Another successful launch for SpaceX, only 13 days after the previous Falcon 9 launch.

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Air Force Seeks "Holy Grail" in New Space Engine. Is SABRE the Answer? - Motley Fool

Air Force Seeks "Holy Grail" in New Space Engine. Is SABRE the Answer? - Motley Fool | New Space | Scoop.it
Look! Up in the air! Is it a bird? A plane? No. It's a... spaceplane. - Rich Smith - Industrials
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US AIr Force is giving a serious look at Reaction Engines' SABRE engine for possible single state to orbit (SSTO) use.

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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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