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Mars Ahead? SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Capsule for Astronaut Trips | NBC News

Mars Ahead? SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Capsule for Astronaut Trips | NBC News | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX unveiled the spaceship it expects to use to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, known as the Dragon V2, at its headquarters on Thursday amid surroundings as glitzy as an auto show.

Maybe that shouldn't be surprising, considering that the company's billionaire founder. CEO and chief designer, Elon Musk, also runs the Tesla electric-car company. His SpaceX venture has even loftier ambitions than Tesla — nothing less than sending colonists to Mars.


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28th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites: August 2nd - 7th in Logan, UT.

28th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites: August 2nd - 7th in Logan, UT. | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

During the 28th year of the AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites we look to learn more about these exciting entrepreneurial endeavors that are enabled by small satellites, including the technical and business challenges of this new era.


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Space technology no longer at the leading edge: David Gump at TEDxCibeles

Deep Space Industries’ CEO talks about the constraint of space tech to ‘proven’ technology and argues that traditional space enterprises are now well behind the curve of innovation.

 

He goes on to say that recent new commercial space enterprises are breaking that mold which, along with in situ resource utilization, is causing the dawning of a golden age of sustainable space exploration and settlement...


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622Mpbs broadband FOUND ON MOON - Register

622Mpbs broadband FOUND ON MOON - Register | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
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NASA has successfully tested a broadband communications system built into its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe, firing data to and from the Moon at rates of up to 622Mbps.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:55 PM

High bandwidth communication across planetary distances is a major leap forward in our ability to operate in space.

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Mining the heavens: In conversation with Planetary Resources' Chief Engineer

Mining the heavens: In conversation with Planetary Resources' Chief Engineer | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

It wasn't long ago that asteroid mining was only found in the pages of science fiction. Now, with increasing interest in the commercial exploitation of space, companies are springing up to turn asteroids from things that Bruce Willis blows up, into raw materials for future travellers and colonists. One such firm is Planetary Resources, which is currently winding up a KickStarter campaign aimed at raising public awareness about asteroid mining by offering the public access to a space telescope. Gizmag visits the company’s Bellevue, Washington headquarters and talks to the President and Chief Engineer, Chris Lewicki.

 

 


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Vincent Lieser's curator insight, June 26, 2013 3:39 PM

This kind of stories tends to make me think this is getting real...

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SL 12 Rocket Body passes by XM 4 1 and 2

SL-12 R/B passes by XM-4, XM-1, and XM-2 on the right side of the view while SATMEX 5 appears as a stationary point of light near the top left of the view an...

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Clinton Clark's curator insight, June 14, 2013 1:41 PM

Another interesting observation from our observatory in Mission Viejo.

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Focus on growing threat of space debris

Focus on growing threat of space debris | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
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The continuing growth in space debris poses an increasing threat to economically vital orbital regions.

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In the search for a “definitive” national space policy, no definitive answers | Space Politics

Thursday evening the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University hosted a panel titled “Lost in Space: The Need for a Definitive U.S. Space Policy.” (The event was webcast, and the video of the event is on the institute’s website.) The panel was predicated on the belief that the US doesn’t currently have a clear national space policy, particularly when it comes to guiding NASA’s activities, and sought to “discuss the need for and the elements of a definitive national civil space policy.” At the end of the over 90-minute event, though, the panel came away with no clear answers of what that “definitive” space policy should be.


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Super-Earth Discovered in Star's Habitable Zone : Discovery News

Super-Earth Discovered in Star's Habitable Zone : Discovery News | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
The exoplanet is one of six believed to be orbiting a dwarf star 42 light-years from Earth. (Potential new planet in the habitable zone? SIGN ME UP FOR THE LONG FREEZE! IMMA GWAN!

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Estonia made a step closer to the space sphere - The Baltic Course

Estonia made a step closer to the space sphere - The Baltic Course | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

The Baltic CourseEuropean Interparliamentary Space Conference is a forum created to design European space policies which gathers together representatives of European parliaments...


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Dramatic New Video Brings You to the Dazzling Lunar Surface

Dramatic New Video Brings You to the Dazzling Lunar Surface | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
This video has been in production for a while and was not meant to honor Neil Armstrong, but it very well could memorialize the first human explorer to set foot on the Moon.

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Five Potential Habitable Exoplanets Now - Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo

Five Potential Habitable Exoplanets Now - Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

New data suggests the confirmation of the exoplanet Gliese 581g and the best candidate so far of a potential habitable exoplanet. The nearby star Gliese 581 is well known for having four planets with the outermost planet, Gliese 581d, already suspected habitable. This will be the first time evidence for any two potential habitable exoplanets orbiting the same star. Gliese 581g will be included, together with Gliese 667Cc, Kepler-22b, HD85512, and Gliese 581d, in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog of the PHL @ UPR Arecibo as the best five objects of interest for Earth-like exoplanets.

 

Doubts about the existence of Gliese 581g appeared only two weeks after its announcement on September 29, 2010 by astronomers of the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey. Scientists from the HARPS Team from the Geneva Observatory, which discovered all the previously known four planets around Gliese 581, were not able to detect Gliese 581g out of their own data, which included additional observations. Further analysis by others scientists also questioned the existence of Gliese 581g in the last two years.

 

Now the original discoverers of Gliese 581g, led by Steven S. Vogt of UC Santa Cruz, present a new analysis with an extended dataset from the HARPS instrument that shows more promising evidence for its existence. The new analysis strengthens their original assumption that all the planets around Gliese 581 are in circular and not elliptical orbits as currently believed. It is under this likely assumption that the Gliese 581g signal appears in the new data.

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Top 10 Ways to Stop an Asteroid : Discovery News

Top 10 Ways to Stop an Asteroid : Discovery News | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
There's more than one way to deal with an asteroid, in theory. Take a look at the top 10 deflection techniques currently under discussion.
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US, UK, Australia and Canada Announce Combined Space Ops

US, UK, Australia and Canada Announce Combined Space Ops | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
Four nations have agreed to a new partnership to facilitate the sharing of space situational awareness information, according to a UK government news release.

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Huntsville's Dynetics will build Earth-observing satellites to image entire planet every day

Huntsville's Dynetics will build Earth-observing satellites to image entire planet every day | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
Satellites will cover 100 percent of the Earth once a day and generate 'analytics-grade' imagery
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The economics of space junk - The Boston Globe

The economics of space junk - The Boston Globe | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
The space thriller “Gravity” may have just ruined the popular image of space as a breathtaking abyss.

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Clinton Clark's curator insight, October 15, 2013 1:32 PM

Love this quote:  Space, in other words, is a classic “tragedy of the commons” problem, in which many individuals benefit from a collective resource but no one has an incentive to bear the cost of maintaining it. Eventually, everyone suffers. But in space, there’s also a twist. Unlike most pollution, space junk is self-perpetuating. More debris increases the likelihood that a satellite will be disabled, prompting the launch of a new satellite to replace it—creating more debris, and spiraling from there.

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A dangerous game of "cosmic roulette"?

A dangerous game of "cosmic roulette"? | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
Scientists say there are more than a million near-Earth objects in space big enough to destroy a city, but they only know where one percent of them are
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Clinton Clark's curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:55 AM

Key point of the article is dead on:  asteroids represent a real and catastrophic threat to the earth...and it is within our power to prevent the catastrophy if we organize to address the problem.

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NASA's Grand Challenge: Stop Asteroids from Destroying Earth

NASA's Grand Challenge: Stop Asteroids from Destroying Earth | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
NASA's planned manned mission to an asteroid is being tied to studying the threat from dangerous space rocks.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, June 18, 2013 4:19 PM

NASA wants YOUR ideas on how to find and if need be divert asteroids that could threaten Earth.

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New moves to tackle growing danger of space junk

New moves to tackle growing danger of space junk | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
European space company Astrium have been commissioned by the French space agency to come up with the best ways to deal with space debris.
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Asteroids vs. comets: Expert sizes up perils

Asteroids vs. comets: Expert sizes up perils | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
Science editor Alan Boyle's blog: NASA's top expert on near-Earth objects says that new telescope systems are gradually getting a handle on potentially threatening asteroids. But comets? That's a completely different story.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:43 PM

Observing program promis that it is unlikely that we will by hit by a civilization-kiolling asteroid any time soon. However a city killer could well be out there with some city's name on it. All bets are off with regard to comets. We won't see one coming until it too late to do anything but evacuate ground zero.

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LEO to GEO: Planetary Resources Reveals Telescope Prototype

LEO to GEO: Planetary Resources Reveals Telescope Prototype | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources, the startup aiming to make billions of dollars mining platinum from asteroids in our solar system, recently revealed their prototype for the Arkyd-100 Space Telescope. A fleet of these telescopes will eventually be launched to search for minable, accessible, asteroids. It is an amazingly small and compact 11 kg satellite with small deployable solar arrays - significantly smaller than the prototype they previously debuted. The telescope is compact for launch, but can be extended several inches once deployed in space, increasing its focal length.


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Chinese Chang'e comes to the moon space race

Chinese Chang'e comes to the moon space race | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

On Oct. 24, 2007, China launched the Chang’e 1, a lunar orbit satellite designed to take high-resolution photographs of the Moon’s surface. The images, first transmitted on Nov. 26, 2007, were made into a three-dimensional map for the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program’s planned lunar landings, which are scheduled to begin launching in 2013.

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CHEOPS Will Study Super-Earths

CHEOPS Will Study Super-Earths | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it
Studying planets around other stars will be the focus of the new Small-class Science Programme mission, Cheops, ESA announced today. Its launch is expected in 2017.
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Leiden Law Blog - Articles - Will YOU own the next space project?

Leiden Law Blog - Articles - Will YOU own the next space project? | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

The space industry is undergoing an interesting process, opening the market to private entrepreneurs and investors.

 

SpaceX provides a good example for a private commercial company with launch capabilities and the ability to operate transportation to and from the International Space Station. Further, private entities hope to lead the exploration of Mars and asteroid mining, recently, a mission to explore deep space was funded by private investors as well. And of course, there are several private companies that will operate sub-orbital flights for private space tourists...


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British space firms looking set to boldly grow

British space firms looking set to boldly grow | Space & Defence Issues | Scoop.it

Britain’s space industry involves around 260 firms, with a combined annual turnover of £7.5bn. Having defied the recession, the sector has been earmarked by government as a key growth area...


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