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Congress Just Ordered NASA To Go To Europa - Twice

Congress Just Ordered NASA To Go To Europa - Twice | New Space | Scoop.it
House tells NASA to stop messing around, start planning two Europa missions "As part of the mission to Europa, Culberson would also like to send a lander to the surface of the heaving, ice-encrusted world.
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The politics of going to Europa.
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NASA’s Orion EM-1 Crew Module Passes Critical Pressure Tests

NASA’s Orion EM-1 Crew Module Passes Critical Pressure Tests | New Space | Scoop.it
The next Orion crew module in line to launch to space on NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) has passed a critical series of proof pressure tests which confirm the effectiveness of the welds holding the spacecraft structure together.
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Orion spacecraft passes pressure test without springing a leak.
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NASA to pay Russia $88 mln to deliver astronauts to world’s sole orbiter in 2018-2019

NASA to pay Russia $88 mln to deliver astronauts to world’s sole orbiter in 2018-2019 | New Space | Scoop.it
MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Russia has signed a contract with the United States to deliver six NASA astronauts aboard Russian-made Soyuz MS spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018-2019, according to a quarterly report released by Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation on Monday.
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NASA agrees to buy more rides to orbit on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, in case American rides are not available as planned.
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How Elon Musk exposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending

How Elon Musk exposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending | New Space | Scoop.it
Ten years after ULA was born, the FTC’s direst warnings have come true, along with outcomes even the skeptics did not predict.
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Pentagon spending for satellite launches has been excessive for years and will continue to be for years to come.
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How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness

How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness | New Space | Scoop.it
Hello, my name is Michael, and I'm a Ring Addict.
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After Month-Long Delivery Mission, SpaceX’s Dragon Returns to Earth

After Month-Long Delivery Mission, SpaceX’s Dragon Returns to Earth | New Space | Scoop.it
The last month ha
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SpaceX Dragon returns experimental results and other cargo from the space station.
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Third recovered Falcon 9 First Stage sails into Port Canaveral

Third recovered Falcon 9 First Stage sails into Port Canaveral | New Space | Scoop.it
Fresh from its unique three engine landing success, the Falcon 9 first stage (F9-0024-S1) has arrived back to the Florida coast from where it successfully launched the JCSAT-14...
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Flown Falcon 9 launchers start to pile up at SpaceX's Florida facility.
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Caltech's 2500 Orbiting Solar Panels Could Provide Earth With Limitless Energy

Caltech's 2500 Orbiting Solar Panels Could Provide Earth With Limitless Energy | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a collaboration between Caltech and Northrup Grumman, has developed a system of lightweight solar power tiles which can convert solar energy to radio waves and can be placed in orbit to beam power to an...
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Here's a solar power satellite concept that just might prove economically feasible, drastically reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
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How will astronauts use augmented reality glasses?

How will astronauts use augmented reality glasses? | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA partners with Microsoft to test drive HoloLens in space, technology that could be critical to manned missions to Mars.
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NASA uses Microsoft HoloLens both in space and on Earth.
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Trump Praises NASA, But Dodges Funding Questions in Aerospace America Q&A

Learn what Donald Trump thinks about NASA's space program, as well as Bernie Sanders' viewpoint, based on responses they made to questions posed by AIAA's Aerospace America magazine.
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Donald Trump indicates he considers fixing potholes more important than space exploration.
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US engineers inspecting all Russian RD-180 engines amid determined anomaly

US engineers inspecting all Russian RD-180 engines amid determined anomaly | New Space | Scoop.it
Moscow (Sputnik) May 04, 2016 US rocket engineers are currently checking all Russian-made RD-180 engines following the determined anomaly that caused premature booster shutdown in the March 22 launch of the Cygnus spacecraft, United Launch Alliance...
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Premature shutdown of first stage of Cygnus launch vehicle attributed to valve on Russian RD-180 engine.
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Will SpaceX Get People to Mars Before NASA?

Will SpaceX Get People to Mars Before NASA? | New Space | Scoop.it
Will the first astronaut on Mars work for SpaceX or NASA — or both?
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NASA could save a lot of taxpayer money by just buying rides to Mars from SpaceX.
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Will SpaceX get people to Mars before NASA? Billionaire Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX is planning on landing humans on Mars using his red dragon capsule as early as 2018. NASA has successfully landed on Mars 7 times, SpaceX has sent things to the iss which is 300 miles away but they have not sent anything to Mars which is 150 million miles away, this is why many people are sceptical about SpaceX succeeding. I believe that SpaceX and NASA should do a joint mission to Mars so we can save money and hopefully get there and succeed on the first attempt.
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Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness | New Space | Scoop.it
Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question—summed up in the famous Drake equation—has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science.
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Turn the Drake Equation upside down and what do you get?
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SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot - Universe Today

SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The focus of space exploration, and exploitation, has long been the technologies required. But there's a legal aspect to space exploration, too.
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When SpaceX goes to Mars in 2018, they will have to make sure they are in compliance with the Outer Space Treaty.
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Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years

Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years | New Space | Scoop.it
Orbiting laboratory could pave the way for a landing party
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First Elon Musk and now Lockheed-Martin project humans to Mars ahead of NASA's rather nebulous timetable of the "mid-2030s."
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2 By Sea, 1 By Land, 3rd Recovered Booster Joins SpaceX Siblings: Up Close Gallery

2 By Sea, 1 By Land, 3rd Recovered Booster Joins SpaceX Siblings: Up Close Gallery | New Space | Scoop.it
Rolling rolling rolling! Yee-haw!
2 By Sea, 1 By Land.
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It will be interesting to see how extensive refurbishment will be for recovered Falcon 9 boosters.
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NASA’s Cost for SpaceX Dragon Mission to Mars: $30 Million

NASA’s Cost for SpaceX Dragon Mission to Mars: $30 Million | New Space | Scoop.it
Aviation Week report’s on NASA’s contribution to SpaceX’s plan to land a Dragon spacecraft on Mars: NASA expects to spend “on the order of $30 million” helping SpaceX send a modified Dragon vehicle to the surface of Mars in the 2018 planetary launch...
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NASA wants to learn how to propulsively land on Mars. Helping fund the SpaceX Red Dragon could be a very cheap way to do that.
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The race to the moon is underway as Astrobotic raises $2.5 million

The race to the moon is underway as Astrobotic raises $2.5 million | New Space | Scoop.it

Astrobotic Technology, the company that plans to deliver payloads to the moon, has completed a $2.5 million seed round led by Space Angels Network.

The company was originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 to compete for the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). As of today, they’ve secured 10 deals from governments, companies, universities, nonprofits and individuals for their first mission to the moon.


Via Stratocumulus
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Update on the private race to the moon. There are five serious competitors.
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Deep Space Industries, Luxembourg Government Announce Prospector-X Mission at Parabolic Arc

Deep Space Industries, Luxembourg Government Announce Prospector-X Mission at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Luxembourg enters the asteroid mining business by partnering with Deep Space Industries.
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SpaceX Maiden Falcon Heavy Launch May Carry Satellite In November - Universe Today

SpaceX Maiden Falcon Heavy Launch May Carry Satellite In November - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
The long-awaited Falcon Heavy from SpaceX may make its inaugural launch in November, 2016. But what will its payload be?
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Falcon Heavy scheduled for inaugural launch in November.
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Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight | New Space | Scoop.it
Move over, Clock Boy. Another swarthy-looking nerd is alarming the authorities.
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Paranoia grounds plane due to a differential equation
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SpaceX looks to future with new pad, USAF contract, and boost for Falcon

SpaceX looks to future with new pad, USAF contract, and boost for Falcon | New Space | Scoop.it
Following a banner week for what was once the new kid on the block, SpaceX has secured a coveted US Air Force launch contract in the same week...
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SpaceX scores a hat trick with three major announcements in a single week.
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SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX has entered into an agreement with NASA for a Dragon mission to Mars, set to take place as early as 2018. Known as "Red Dragon", the variant of the
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NASA cooperates with SpaceX plan to land a Red Dragon on Mars in 2018.
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Three Earth-sized planets

Three Earth-sized planets | New Space | Scoop.it
San Diego CA (SPX) May 04, 2016 An international team of astronomers composed of UC San Diego astrophysicists has discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting near the "habitable zone" of an ultracool dwarf star, the first planets ever discovered...
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A nearby solar system has three planets very nearly the same size as Earth.
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SpaceX Falcon rockets get payload capacity boost

SpaceX Falcon rockets get payload capacity boost | New Space | Scoop.it
It seems the SpaceX project was a bit conservative with its payload predictions for the Falcon spacecraft. Updates to the capabilities of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy published online have revealed the rockets will be able to carry much larger payloads than first thought.
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SpaceX has upgraded the lift ratings of its Falcon rockets by a BIG margin
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