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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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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
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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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Sprites: A Chip-Sized Spacecraft Solution - Centauri Dreams

Sprites: A Chip-Sized Spacecraft Solution - Centauri Dreams | New Space | Scoop.it
And thus the reason for this Centauri Dreams article from February: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=29963. Humans often do not think big enough. They also don't think small enough. How many aliens are actually out ...
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Really small spacecraft could go places and do things that would be a lot harder and take a lot longer with "normal-sized" spacecaft.

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A Closer Look at the UK’s Commercial Space Review

A Closer Look at the UK’s Commercial Space Review | New Space | Scoop.it
Following the release of the document, “UK Government Review of Commercial Spaceplane Certification and Operations: Summary and Conclusions,” almost all media attention focused on one element of the report: the 8 candidate sites for the nation’s...
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The UK's commercial space review goes far beyond the mere naming of eight potential spaceport sites. It discusses the many reguatory things that must be put in place before spaceplane operations from the UK can commence.

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Space Systems/Loral conducting technology studies for NASA

Space Systems/Loral conducting technology studies for NASA | New Space | Scoop.it
Palo Alto, Calif. (UPI) Jul 18, 2013
Space Systems/Loral reports it has been chosen by NASA to study system concepts and technologies for the NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission.
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SSL will study how to liberate a boulder from the surface of an asteroid.

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Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning

Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning | New Space | Scoop.it
The big news for future planetary exploration this month is likely to be the announcement of the instrument selection for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover that will define how it will fulfill its scientific goals.  In the meantime, there have been several...
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A good analysis of potential missions to Mars and Europa over the next couple of decades, with Mars action occuring considerably sooner.

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Russian recoverable spacecraft prepared for launch - Spaceflight Now

Russian recoverable spacecraft prepared for launch - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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Russian recoverable spacecraft prepared for launch
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Russian recoverable spacecraft prepared for launch. BY STEPHEN CLARK SPACEFLIGHT NOW Posted: July 18, 2014.
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Russia is launching geckos for a two-month sojourn in orbit. They will not visit the ISS. Perhaps this is a precursor to Russia's announced intent to abandon the ISS in 2020.

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Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa - The Planetary Society (blog)

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa - The Planetary Society (blog) | New Space | Scoop.it
Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa
The Planetary Society (blog)
It was 1:45pm on Tuesday, July 15th, more than an hour away from the start of The Planetary Society's special event on Capitol Hill: The Lure of Europa.
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The Planetary Society put on an event to raise congressional awareness of the value of exploring Europa.

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H.R. 5063: To promote the development of a commercial asteroid resources industry

U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) have introduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities and protections for private space companies looking to explore space.
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Proposed legislation aims to assure that entities that invest in exploiting resources in space be able to reap the benefits of their endeavors.

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Middle East Mars Mission: Why Not?

Middle East Mars Mission: Why Not? | New Space | Scoop.it
A bold announcement by the United Arab Emirates is more than just an idle boast (United Arab Emirates says it will go to Mars by 2021 http://t.co/To6HV3mS38)...
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Here's how the United Arab Emirates could send a mission to Mars in 2021.

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Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts

While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes - steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's...
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More than 200 pits have been found so far penetrating the surface of the moon. Some may be skylights into underground lava tubes, while others may have formed as a result of meteorite impacts. In either case, they might provide great habitats for visiting astronauts.

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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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Several respected astronomers predict that we will discover alien life within 20 years. Such a discovery would be among the greatest in human history. Something well worth sticking around to see.

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Colorado and Alabama Members of Congress Attack SpaceX

Colorado and Alabama Members of Congress Attack SpaceX | New Space | Scoop.it
House members press NASA for information on "epidemic of anomalies" with SpaceX missions, Space Politics "Three members of Congress from Alabama and Colorado have asked NASA to provide information on what they receive to be an "epidemic of...
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Turf-protecting Congressmen attack SpaceX, citing an "epidemic of anomalies" even though all SpaceX missions for NASA so far have delivered the goods. Surely they know that "space is hard" and anomalies are going to happen. They certainly did with NASA's space shuttles, as well as with all of the launch vehicles that preceded them.

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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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NASA Mission To Reap Bonanza of Earth-sized Planets

NASA Mission To Reap Bonanza of Earth-sized Planets | New Space | Scoop.it
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2014
Set to launch in 2017, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than half a million stars over its two-year mission, with a focus on the smallest, brightest stellar objects.
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Set to launch in 2017, the TESS space telescope should find nearby Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of their stars. A year later, the James Webb space telescope will be able to characterize those planets more precisely.

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Yes, Space Solar Power Is A Real Thing

Yes, Space Solar Power Is A Real Thing | New Space | Scoop.it
The US Navy is all over space solar power, so yes it really is a real thing and no, the Navy hasn't suddenly lost its way to the ocean.
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If the USA is ever to deploy space solar power, it will probably be the Navy rather than commercial enterprises or NASA that does it first.

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NRC Report: Too Soon for 3-D Printing to Significantly Enhance Space Operations

NRC Report: Too Soon for 3-D Printing to Significantly Enhance Space Operations | New Space | Scoop.it
Made in Space tests a 3D printer in microgravity.
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National Research Council recommends that NASA cooperate with the Air Force to develop 3-D printing technology in space, using the resources of the ISS.

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Palazzo Hopes To Update Commercial Launch Law this Year - Space News

Palazzo Hopes To Update Commercial Launch Law this Year - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
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Palazzo Hopes To Update Commercial Launch Law this Year
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“It is my hope, before this Congress is finished, that we will be able to get some updates to the [Commercial Space Launch Act] passed,” U.S.
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Chair of responsible subcommittee expresses hope that legislation will pass this year that removes some impediments from the US commerical space industry.

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A Closer Look at Altius Space Machines Projects — Part II

A Closer Look at Altius Space Machines Projects — Part II | New Space | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Goff
CEO and President
Altius Space Machines
Part 2 of 2
In the last post, I introduced the two SBIR Select Phase 1 contracts that Altius has commenced work on.
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Altius describes some of its technologies for grabbing boulders off the surfaces of near Earth asteroids.

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Canada joins mission to collect rocks from asteroid that could hit Earth - Regina Leader-Post

Canada joins mission to collect rocks from asteroid that could hit Earth - Regina Leader-Post | New Space | Scoop.it
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Canada joins mission to collect rocks from asteroid that could hit Earth
Regina Leader-Post
To find natural resources not found on Earth. Already a private firm, Planetary Resources, plans to mine asteroids.
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Canada will participate in NASA's robotic mission to asteroid Bennu.

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Rover images hint at a warm and wet Mars - Futurity: Research News

Rover images hint at a warm and wet Mars - Futurity: Research News | New Space | Scoop.it
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Rover images hint at a warm and wet Mars
Futurity: Research News
Images from the Mars rover Curiosity show ancient fossilized Earth-like soils that suggest the possibility of microbial life.
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Curiosity finds soils on Mars that hint at microbial life.

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8 Years to Copy a 50 Year Old Russian Engine? Really?

8 Years to Copy a 50 Year Old Russian Engine?  Really? | New Space | Scoop.it
Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power, The Hill
"The United States must now respond decisively and provide our own domestic capacity to launch our crew and cargo into space," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.
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Keith Cowing asks whether NASA is as lame as it claims to be, estimating it will take 8 years to reverse engineer the Russian RD-180 rocket engine. If NASA really is this lame, perhaps Congress should provide more funding to the domestic commercial space industry, which has shown that it knows how to design and build rocket engines.

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RS-25 engine installed for Stennis testing amid SLS schedule debate | NASASpaceFlight.com

RS-25 engine installed for Stennis testing amid SLS schedule debate | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The Stennis Space Center is just weeks away from returning to RS-25 engine testing, following the installation of Engine 0525 on the A-1 Test Stand.
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Although NASA has not officially changed the schedulle, the first launch of the SLS will slip at least six months into 2018.

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Solar Sail Spacecraft to Hitch a Free Ride on a Light Breeze in 2016

Solar Sail Spacecraft to Hitch a Free Ride on a Light Breeze in 2016 | New Space | Scoop.it
LightSail 1 will launch onboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to demonstrate propellant-free propulsion
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The Planetary Society's LightSail cubesat spacecraft could blaze the trail to low cost access to the solar system.

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