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New SLS mission options explored via new Large Upper Stage

New SLS mission options explored via new Large Upper Stage | New Space | Scoop.it
As NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues toward its initial debut in 2017, a Boeing proposal for a new Large Upper Stage for the rocket would see

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Boeling proposes a new Large Upper Stage for SLS that would enable lofting more mass to deep space with fewer launches and less need for in-orbit construction. Enhanced missions could include cooperation with RSC Energia hardware.

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Vincent Lieser's curator insight, November 30, 2013 10:15 AM

One of these options, as stated by Boeing, consists in building a translunar outpost, an "important first step in retrieving an asteroid, returning to the moon or venturing to Mars.”

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NASA spacesuits over budget, tight on timeline: audit

NASA spacesuits over budget, tight on timeline: audit | New Space | Scoop.it
Miami (AFP) April 26, 2017 - The United States is in a hurry to send people to Mars by the 2030s, but a key question remains for these deep space explorers: what will they wear?
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Not often covered by the press, spacesuits lie on the critical path for deep space operations, and may cause mission delays.
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How Government Catalyzes Space

How Government Catalyzes Space | New Space | Scoop.it
It's a mistake to think that private industry has taken over space.
Government catalyzes the space economy in three ways: assuming risk,
pushing the bounds of technology, and issuing contracts.
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NASA can be a great complement to American industry.
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Upheaval In Space Access Beginning Now

Upheaval In Space Access Beginning Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Competition for U.S. national security launch business was center stage at recent Space Symposium.
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Competition for national security launches is causing cost reductions and more options to emerge
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Goldman Sachs is Bullish on Asteroid Mining

Goldman Sachs is Bullish on Asteroid Mining | New Space | Scoop.it
           By  Brian Orlotti Marquis US investment firm Goldman Sachs has released a report revealing its bullish outlook o
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When the financial elite start talking about asteroid mining, perhaps a corner has been turned and we are in a new era.
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Russia may abandon International Space Station to join forces with China

Russia may abandon International Space Station to join forces with China | New Space | Scoop.it
The Russian segment of the International Space Station may separate from the station. Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos is also currently looking into the need for the presence of people in orbit
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Russia has never said that they would continue to participate in the ISS beyond 2024. They are looking again at what to do in 2024 when their existing commitment is up.
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How Jeff Bezos is using Amazon’s success to fuel Blue Origin’s space effort, a billion dollars at a time

How Jeff Bezos is using Amazon’s success to fuel Blue Origin’s space effort, a billion dollars at a time | New Space | Scoop.it
Billionaire Jeff Bezos says he's willing to cash in billions of dollars of his Amazon stock to fuel his Blue Origin space venture.
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Jeff Bezos expects Blue Origin to loft its first space tourists into space in 2018, matching Richard Branson's latest estimate for operational flights by Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The race is on.
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New Model: Nearby Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1e May Be Just Right for Life

New Model: Nearby Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1e May Be Just Right for Life | New Space | Scoop.it
A new model suggests that the planet TRAPPIST-1e might be the only one in a system of rocky planets to be able to host liquid water on its surface.
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Climate model shows only one of seven planets in TRAPPIST-1 system could have liquid water on its surface.
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Physicist Wants To Beam Solar Energy Back From Moon's Surface

Physicist Wants To Beam Solar Energy Back From Moon's Surface | New Space | Scoop.it
One man’s decades-long dream of harnessing sunlight from the lunar surface.
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To generate truly large amounts of electrical energy, the moon may be the best place to collect it.
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Exclusive: Boeing's space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts

Exclusive: Boeing's space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts | New Space | Scoop.it
Oxford Performance Materials #3DPrints 600 Parts for Boeing's Starliner #SpaceTaxis #3DPrinting https://t.co/fHKLuoUwqP
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Boeing Starliner will use 3D-printed parts to reduce weight.
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NASA's Deep Space Gateway - SpaceRef

NASA's Deep Space Gateway - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @krystman: New Nasa plans to establish a small Mars transfer station in Lunar orbit are super intriguing. https://t.co/jKusyfeKTr
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Instructive graphics on NASA's step by step plan to send a mission to orbit Mars in the 2030s.
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SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com

SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
In what is anticipated to be the first of many such occasions, SpaceX is preparing for the all-important static fire on Monday of the first stage of the Falcon
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Reflight of used rocket booster to occur tomorrow.
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China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program

China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program | New Space | Scoop.it
China's government is looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival US companies like Elon Musk's Space X to boost prestige at home and abroad.
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China is turning into a serious player in space.
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Travel tips from a space tourist: Medicate early and often

Travel tips from a space tourist: Medicate early and often | New Space | Scoop.it
One of the first tourists to travel in outer space found it to be a bit of a buzzkill. Sure, he loved every minut
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Want to visit the space station? Here are a few things they don't tell you about.
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The not-so-secret plan to genetically modify astronauts

The not-so-secret plan to genetically modify astronauts | New Space | Scoop.it
Some scientists are thinking about what human space travelers will look like in the future. They might be extra-small and radiation-proof.
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How will humans survive space travel? Perhaps a little genetic modification via CRISPR will do the trick.
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New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials - SpaceRef

New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials https://t.co/Vx3RJUUhOA
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Colonists on other worlds are going to need to make tools and building materials out of local materials. A new 3-D printing techniques may be how they do it.
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Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials

Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials | New Space | Scoop.it
div.generic {width:85%;background:#ECECEC;border:1px solid #f55b42;padding:15px;} WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bacterium found on Easter Island is the source of a drug that extends life in lab anima…
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Novartis licenses a rapalog to PureTech to fight immune system aging.
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NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts

NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA is preparing for a future that could include soft robotic spacecraft with flexible surfaces that can anchor to an asteroid, and an artificial gravity device for long-duration, deep space missions, along with other technologies that so far has been limited to the realm of science fiction.
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NASA funds cutting edge projects, including a fusion-powered Pluto orbiter and lander.
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Boeing Powers On Starliner Spacecraft For First Time – Parabolic Arc

Boeing Powers On Starliner Spacecraft For First Time – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — Engineers for the first time powered up the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft that will fly Boeing’s inaugural flight
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Boeing reaches a milestone with its CST-100 spacecraft.
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NextSTEP on the Journey to Mars: Deep Space Habitats

NextSTEP on the Journey to Mars: Deep Space Habitats | New Space | Scoop.it
lockheed martin
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Lockheed-Martin is working on a concept for a habitat in lunar orbit that would host crews for 30 to 60 days at a time.
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Mars' Trojans Show Remains Of Ancient Planetoid - Universe Today

Mars' Trojans Show Remains Of Ancient Planetoid - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A study by an international team of researchers has revealed that Mars' Trojan asteroids could be the remains of ancient planetoids, which could have drastic implications for the history of planetary formation
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Mars has co-orbiting trojan bodies that differ in composition from the asteroids in the asteroid belt and from Jupiter's trojans.
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Finding Earth's Twin In Space May Be Impossible

Finding Earth's Twin In Space May Be Impossible | New Space | Scoop.it
Before you tout the next exoplanet as “the most Earth-like ever,” ask whether that’s true, and whether that’s even a good thing.
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Finding Earth's twin may be impossible, but that's OK. What we really want is not a twin, but a planet harboring complex life.
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Extra portion of SpaceX rocket recovered from launch, Musk says

Extra portion of SpaceX rocket recovered from launch, Musk says | New Space | Scoop.it
Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Thursday salvaged half of the $6 million nosecone of its rocket, in what the space entrepreneur deemed an important feat in the drive to recover more of its launch hardware and cut the cost of space flights.
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SpaceX didn't just recover its Falcon 9 first stage yesterday. They recovered half of the $6 million nose cone as well.
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Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site | NASASpaceFlight.com

Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A newly acquired environmental impact report has provided fascinating insights into Blue Origin's plans to become a major player on the Space Coast. With a
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Blue Origin has detailed plans for launching New Glenn rockets from Florida's Space Coast.
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Finally, some details about how NASA actually plans to get to Mars

Finally, some details about how NASA actually plans to get to Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
“We are ready to start putting pencils to paper and cutting hardware."
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NASA outlines its plans for operations beyond Earth orbit over the next couple of decades. Two big questions remain. Will the Trump administration support the plan? Will Congress fund it?
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NASA thinks there's a way to get to Mars in three days

NASA thinks there's a way to get to Mars in three days | New Space | Scoop.it
We've achieved amazing things by using chemical rockets to place satellites in orbit, land people on the moon, and place rovers on the surface of Mars. We've even used ion drives to reach destinations further afield in our solar system. But reaching other stars, or reducing our travel time to Mars or other planets, will require another method of travel. One that can approach relativistic speeds.
Allen Taylor's insight:
Photonic propulsion is being developed that will greatly speed up space travel.
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Donald Schwartz's curator insight, March 28, 2:49 PM

We're talking commuting distance here. But there will be problems, i.e. space travel lag.