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Spacex targets reusing the Dragon V2 ten times before refurbishment and targets hundreds of flights per year by 2030 and thousands per year by 2035

Elon Musk describing upgrades to the ship that could allow Dragons to fly up to 10 times without significant refurbishment
Musk doesn't want SpaceX to simply become an orbital taxi service, however.
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How much would reusability reduce the cost per pound to orbit of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches? Quite a bit, depending on how many times you could launch before refurbishment became necessary.

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Buzz Aldrin: SpaceX Failure Shows We Need More Commercial Space Travel ... - TIME

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Aldrin calls for full funding of commercial crew to retain momentum in the aftermath of the recent Falcon 9 launch failure.

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Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? - Space.com

Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.
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If astronauts had been aboard the ill-fated CRS-7 flight, they would in all likelihood have survived, thanks to the Dragon V2 in-flight abort system.

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June 30, 2015 in Mission Reports: Padalka breaks spaceflight endurance record - Spaceflight Now

June 30, 2015 in Mission Reports: Padalka breaks spaceflight endurance record - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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June 30, 2015 in Mission Reports: Padalka breaks spaceflight endurance record
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Padalka is now part of a record-setting mission on the space station.
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Padalka's cumulative spaceflight record is a powerful counter to those who say the radiation hazard going to Mars is too great for us to ethically send people. Granted, the radiation hazard in low Earth orbit is not as great as it is in deep space, but it is a significant fraction of that. Mr. Padalka still seems to be in fine shape.

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Water-Rich Moons Could Form in 'Goldilocks Zone'

Water-Rich Moons Could Form in 'Goldilocks Zone' | New Space | Scoop.it
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 01, 2015
Exomoons are the wildcard in the ongoing chase for habitable worlds.
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We have discovered over 1900 exoplanets and there are likely to be more exomoons in the galaxy than there are exoplanets. Exomoons may be a likelier abode for life than exoplanets are. Let's take a closer look at the Kepler data.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fails during launch following second stage issue | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fails during launch following second stage issue | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX launched its eighth Dragon resupply mission, on a flight that was scheduled to loft cargo to the International Space Station - along with a docking
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An extensive description of the CRS-7 space station resupply mission and its failure.

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SpaceX Fails in Effort to Dismiss Labor Lawsuits

SpaceX Fails in Effort to Dismiss Labor Lawsuits | New Space | Scoop.it
Marlin 1D engines undergoing checks. (Credit: SpaceX) SpaceX has lost a round in its fight against two class action lawsuits: A California judge on Monday rejected Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s bid to shut down a pair of putative class...
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Class action lawsuits against SpaceX move ahead after judge's ruling.

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XCOR's Lynx Spaceplane May Start Flying This Year - Space Pod 06/23/15

TMRO's Space Pod Ambassador, Space Mike discusses recent updates regarding XCOR Aerospace and their Lynx Spaceplane that may fly before Virgin ...
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Status report of XCOR Lynx spacecraft.

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Genesis of ULA’s New Vulcan Rocket Borne of Fierce Commercial and Political Pressures: Interview

Genesis of ULA’s New Vulcan Rocket Borne of Fierce Commercial and Political Pressures: Interview | New Space | Scoop.it
Rendering of the ULA Vulcan rocket blasting off. United Launch Alliance (ULA) next generation rocket is set to make its debut flight in 2019 powered by revolutionary new American-made first stage engines.
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ULA's Vulcan launch concept is being developed on a crash program as their existing Atlas V and Delta IV launchers are rendered obsolete by the SpaceX Falcon 9.

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Reaction Engines Begins New Round of Rocket Testss

Reaction Engines Begins New Round of Rocket Testss | New Space | Scoop.it
WESTCOTT, England (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines Ltd. have begun their latest round of rocket engine testing in Westcott, UK.
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Reaction Engines tests precursor of Skylon's dual-mode engine.

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Senate: Because Commercial Crew Could Slip, We’re Slashing the Budget Request

Senate: Because Commercial Crew Could Slip, We’re Slashing the Budget Request | New Space | Scoop.it
Sen. Richard Shelby
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program must drive Richard Shelby absolutely crazy. It just has to.
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The real reason why Congress is underfunding the commercial crew program, thus guaranteeing that it will slip its schedule.

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Commercial Crew Budget Debate Centers On Program Schedule - SpaceNews.com

Commercial Crew Budget Debate Centers On Program Schedule - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Despite warnings from NASA that any cuts to commercial crew funding would delay the program, Senate appropriators slashed nearly $350 million from the agency’s request because they believed the program was already suffering delays.
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Senate committee justifies slashing commercial crew budget by saying that schedules have slipped and thus progress payments will not be due as originally anticipated. NASA disputes this contention, stating that both Boeing and SpaceX are expected to deliver a functioning space transportation system by September 2017.

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Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging

Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging | New Space | Scoop.it
Want to lose abdominal fat, get smarter and live longer? New research led by USC's Valter Longo shows that periodically adopting a diet that mimics the effects of fasting may yield a wide range of health benefits.
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Short term fasting mimicking diet maybe just as effective as long term calorie restriction, but easier to do.

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Moon Settlers Could Have Access to Water - Big Think (blog)

Moon Settlers Could Have Access to Water - Big Think (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
We have always wanted to colonize it. Of the many things stopping us was a consistent source of water. NASA's new calculations may have solved the issue. 
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Lunar settlers need not confine themselves to craters at the poles to have access to water. Water can be collected anywhere the sun shines.

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Northrop Grumman and Caltech Partner on Space Solar Power Initiative

Northrop Grumman and Caltech Partner on Space Solar Power Initiative | New Space | Scoop.it
Northrop Grumman has partnered with the California Institute of Technology to work together on a space-based solar power system called Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI).
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Northrup Grumman is funding a space solar power initiative with Caltech. They must believe there is a business case for space solar power.

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NASA told to resolve SLS Upper Stage dilemma | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA told to resolve SLS Upper Stage dilemma | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA officials have admitted the interim Upper Stage for the Space Launch System is at the top of their "worry list", as the Agency's key advisory group insists
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Indecision about which SLS upper stage to use of which mission is causing confusion and could cause a further schedule slip.

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NASA prototypes a drone aircraft destined for Mars

NASA prototypes a drone aircraft destined for Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
No, you're not looking at a very sophisticated boomerang -- that may be the first aircraft to fly the Martian skies. NASA has revealed that it's building
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NASA is developing an uncrewed glider to send to Mars in 2024 to survey possible landing sites for humans.

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Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery

Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery | New Space | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring…
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It will be a while before we know exactly what caused the Falcon 9 crash and what to do to correct it.

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SpaceX Primed for Record-Setting Third Space Station-Bound Dragon Flight of 2015

SpaceX Primed for Record-Setting Third Space Station-Bound Dragon Flight of 2015 | New Space | Scoop.it
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A detailed description of Sunday's Launch of a SpaceX Dragon resupply ship to the space station.

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NASA to Broadcast SpaceX Dragon Launch to Space Station

NASA to Broadcast SpaceX Dragon Launch to Space Station | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
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Sunday launch of Dragon resupply vehicle to space station will include docking adapter that will enable Crew Dragon and Boeing ST-100 to dock with the station.

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LightSail: A Revolutionary Solar Sailing Spacecraft

LightSail: A Revolutionary Solar Sailing Spacecraft | New Space | Scoop.it
Unlimited free energy from the sun will provide CubeSat propulsion and revolutionize access to space for low-cost citizen projects.
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Support the LightSail campaign, now in its waning hours. This is a technology that can take us to the stars.

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June 18, 2015 in Falcon 9: Jason 3 satellite shipped to Vandenberg for SpaceX ... - Spaceflight Now

June 18, 2015 in Falcon 9: Jason 3 satellite shipped to Vandenberg for SpaceX ... - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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June 18, 2015 in Falcon 9: Jason 3 satellite shipped to Vandenberg for SpaceX ...
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Weather satellite arrives at Vandenberg for mating with its Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

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TV Coverage Set for Seventh SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

TV Coverage Set for Seventh SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA commercial partner SpaceX currently is targeting Sunday, June 28, for the launch of its seventh cargo delivery to the International Space Station under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.
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Next space station resupply mission by SpaceX Dragon is set for this coming Sunday morning.

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SpaceX Early-adopter SES Ready To Reuse Falcon 9 ­— For the Right Price - SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Early-adopter SES Ready To Reuse Falcon 9 ­— For the Right Price - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SES wants to reuse the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the SES-9 satellite by September for a future, discounted SpaceX launch, and is awaiting the response of SpaceX.
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SES wants to be the first to have a communications satellite launched on a used and refurbished Falcon 9, for an appropriate price discount, of course.

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Waste Flows To Working Mass

Waste Flows To Working Mass | New Space | Scoop.it
One of the most compelling aspects of the spacecoach design pattern is the ability to transform deadweight into propellant. To understand how this works, we can use a very simple model to calculate...
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Here's a spacecraft concept that really is faster, better, and cheaper. NASA needs to give it a serious look.

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NASA Mission to Jupiter's Watery Moon Europa Begins Development

NASA Mission to Jupiter's Watery Moon Europa Begins Development | New Space | Scoop.it
A mission to Jupiter's ice-clad moon Europa has moved from concept stage to active development, NASA announced Wednesday.
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NASA's probe mission to Europa has become active development. The hope is to learn more about the possible life-bearing properties of the icy Jovian moon.

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