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3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space - 3D Printing Industry

3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space - 3D Printing Industry | New Space | Scoop.it
3D Systems Corporation Becomes Core Investor in Planetary Resources Asteroid Mining Project (3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space http://t.co/0HgJfdEl9y)...
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Planetary Resources receives a new investor in 3D Systems.

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Real wizards dream big... and do the impossible every day. You've gotta love these folks, don't you think? I hope they succeed and make billions...but even if they don't, they're paving the way for others.

 

 

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Falcon Heavy prepares for debut flight as Musk urges caution on expectations | NASASpaceFlight.com

Developing rockets is difficult - even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters. Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy.
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Mask manages expectations for first Falcon HEavy flight, citing multiple unknowns.
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Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base

Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base | New Space | Scoop.it
Elon Musk may be focused primarily on Mars, but he'd also like to see a human outpost on a world much closer to home.
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Musk opines that a moon base may be a necessary precursor to Mars colonization. He hints at design modifications to his announced interplanetary transport system.
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HiTechDays.com - Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings off Texas

HiTechDays.com - Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings off Texas | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA astronauts training for a possible mission to Mars have been practicing water maneuvers in a mock-up Orion space capsule in the Gulf of Mexico
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It might break their bubble, but somebody should probably tell NASA that proficiency in water landings will probably not be of much value on Mars.
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I agree with Allen Taylor's assessment and once again I ask: why?
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Starliner meets milestones as ULA switches Atlas booster for maiden flight | NASASpaceFlight.com

As Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew transportation vehicle for NASA continues to meet its processing milestones at the Kennedy Space Center and various test
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Boeing making progress on Starliner spacecraft.
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NASA Just Announced They Can't Afford to Get Humans to Mars

NASA Just Announced They Can't Afford to Get Humans to Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA admitted today that under the current budget they cannot afford to get humans to Mars. NASA's next steps will depend on its funding, but now more than ever, the future of Mars colonization rests in the hands of commercial space companies.
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NASA spent a ton of money on SLS, supposedly to put American boots on Mars. Now there is no money left to fund a vehicle that can actually land those boots on Mars.
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New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis

New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis | New Space | Scoop.it
Last year, astronomers announced the existence of an unknown planet in our solar system. However, this hypothesis was subsequently called into question as biases in the observational data were detected. Now, Spanish astronomer
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Evidence suggests there are one or possible two planets beyond Neptune. Even if they are as big and massive as Earth, they would probably be classified as dwarf planets, according to the IAU definition voted upon in 2006 that demoted Pluto from planethood. How sensible is that?
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VP Pence Vows Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars during KSC Visit - Universe Today

VP Pence Vows Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars during KSC Visit - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Vice President Mike Pence, during a whirlwind visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, vowed that America would fortify our leadership in space under the Trump Administration with impressive goals by forcefully stating that “our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”
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VP Pence tours KSC and promises return to the moon and American boots on the surface of Mars.
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NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase

NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA - Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) logo. June 30, 2017 The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflectio
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NASA is working on planetary protection with a proposed mission to smash into an asteroid to see how its trajectory is affected.
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ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025 - SpaceNews.com

ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025 - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Europe’s Space Rider reusable spaceplane is three years or so from its debut, but the European Space Agency is already making plans to privatize the unmanned orbital vehicle. ESA officials said Space Rider could be operating commercially by 2025, flying science payloads and bringing them back to Earth for roughly $9,200 per kilogram.
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European Space Agency is developing a reusable space plane.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 success with second flight involving BulgariaSat-1 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX launched Bulgaria's first communications satellite on Friday - the first of two Falcon 9 launches in the space of two days - via the company's second
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BulgariaSat-1 launched in recycled Falcon 9 will provide communication services to Bulgaria.
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SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test sets the
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SpaceX set to launch two payloads in two days, one on the West Coast and the other on the East Coast.
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Planetary Resources sets aside Earth observation system - SpaceNews.com

Planetary Resources sets aside Earth observation system - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A year after announcing plans to develop an Earth observation constellation, Planetary Resources has set that effort aside to focus on asteroid prospecting.
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Planetary Resources abandons Earth observation program to concentrate on asteroid mining.
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Air Force budget reveals how much SpaceX undercuts launch prices

Air Force budget reveals how much SpaceX undercuts launch prices | New Space | Scoop.it
Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.
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Government launches by SpaceX ost MUCH less than similar launches by United Launch Alliance.
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Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting | New Space | Scoop.it
"As soon as you don’t have any competition, the sense of urgency goes away."
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Cost-plus contracting drives up costs at NASA, but costs taxpayers much more when applied by DOD.
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NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - Orbital Space Solar Power Option for a Lunar Village

The international community is increasingly interested in returning humans to the Moon and this time establishing a permanent lunar base.
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Will the first operational space solar power satellite supply power to the moon rather than the Earth? Maybe. JPL has worked out the parameters.
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A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off

A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX's long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket is just one of a handful of heavy-lift rockets being developed by companies and NASA.
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An assortment of big rockets are about to start heading skyward.
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Space Mining Law Passes in Luxembourg

Space Mining Law Passes in Luxembourg | New Space | Scoop.it
Luxembourg, Luxembourg – 13 July 2017 – Today, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies passed a law, with near unanimity, regarding the exploration and utilisation of space resources. The new law will enter into force on 1 August. Luxembourg is the first European country to have a legal framework recognising the right to space-based resources that the
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SpaceX goes there—seeks government funds for deep space

SpaceX goes there—seeks government funds for deep space | New Space | Scoop.it
Ideas: Vertical takeoff of rockets on the Moon. Cargo to Mars. Deep space comms.
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SpaceX is lobbying Congress for support in going into deep space in a manner similar to their resupply contracts with the ISS.
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Private company plans to bring Moon rocks back to Earth in three years

Private company plans to bring Moon rocks back to Earth in three years | New Space | Scoop.it
The Moon could soon be open for business.
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Moon Express, after winning the Google Lunar X Prize, plans to go into the business of mining moondust and then selling it back on Earth.
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Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030

Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030 | New Space | Scoop.it
Japan has revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030 in new proposals from the country's space agency.
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Japan wants to join NASA in building a station in cislunar space.
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What’s Up with Tabby’s Star? | SETI Institute

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SETI Institute is monitoring Boyajian's star for artificial signals with the Allen Telescope Array.
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SpaceX Launches Two Missions in Two Days - SpaceRef

SpaceX has upped the ante when it comes to reusable launch systems. Within 49 hours the company launched and recovered two Falcon 9 first stages while putting it's customer's payloads safely into orbit....
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SpaceX performs two launches within two days and recovers the boosters from both. They are racking up quite a collection of flight-proven boosters.
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What will 2030's new space economy look like?

What will 2030's new space economy look like? | New Space | Scoop.it
With private enterprise leading the way out into the solar system, the next few decades could see Amazon-ordered satellites, a lunar economic zone and the moon becoming a launchpad for Mars.
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Forecast of things to come in space, powered by public/private partnerships.
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Europe okays project to seek alien life

Europe okays project to seek alien life | New Space | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) June 21, 2017 - Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host.
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Europe joins the search for life-bearing exoplanets.
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A Drone Flies Through the SpaceX Factory – Parabolic Arc

Hawthorne, California pic.twitter.com/d5qRlN0XQ7 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2017
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No drone, but some pretty interesting views of the inside of the SpaceX rocket factory in operation.
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