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Aviation Week Podcast: Is There Room for Entrepreneurs in Aerospace and Defense?

Aviation Week Podcast: Is There Room for Entrepreneurs in Aerospace and Defense? | Space | Scoop.it

This week, Senior Space Technology Editor Frank Morring, Jr., wrote about a new venture that is developing a low-cost launch vehicle to orbit small satellites. But Managing Editor for Technology Graham Warwick highlighted the challenges two smaller companies faced when they bid for – and ultimately lost – contracts to build technology demonstrators for the U.S. Army’s next-generation rotorcraft. Listen in as Morring and Warwick discuss the state of entrepreneurship in aerospace & defense on this week’s Check 6 podcast.


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Northrop Unveils XS-1 Spaceplane Design For Darpa | Aviation Week

Northrop Unveils XS-1 Spaceplane Design For Darpa | Aviation Week | Space | Scoop.it

Northrop Grumman has unveiled its vertical-launch, horizontal-landing reusable booster design for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (Darpa) XS-1 experimental spaceplane program.

 

Northrop, teamed with subsidiary Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, is working under a 13-month, $3.9 million Phase 1 preliminary-design contract, awarded in July. Contracts also went to Boeing with Blue Origin, and Masten Space Systems with XCOR Aerospace.

 


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Yes, Space Solar Power Is A Real Thing

Yes, Space Solar Power Is A Real Thing | 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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Allen Taylor's curator insight, July 20, 2014 11:34 AM

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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Joie Warnock: Union takes a stand for future young aerospace workers

Joie Warnock: Union takes a stand for future young aerospace workers | Space | Scoop.it

Cascade is demanding that new hires receive fewer benefits and fewer vacation days. It’s called two-tiering, and employers are increasingly using it as a divide-and-conquer technique, since the pain is borne by future employees who aren’t voting on the bargaining proposals.

 

Two-tiering is an aggressive tactic and a new one to Cascade employees. The tactic was almost certainly ordered from the very top by the new owners, Halifax-based IMP Group...


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Andrew Nelson on #WorldCup2014 | XCOR Aerospace blog

Andrew Nelson on #WorldCup2014 | XCOR Aerospace blog | Space | Scoop.it

With the Dutch squad entering the semifinals tomorrow against Argentina, and Germany and Brazil just about to determine which will make it to the final match of the World Cup, we sit down with XCOR’s Andrew Nelson to discuss #NED v #CRC, soccer and family, the USA-Belgium match, #BEL v #GER, #NED v #ARG, and of course, that flight giveaway should the Netherlands take it all...


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Boeing completes delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks

Boeing completes delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks | Space | Scoop.it

Ridley Township, Pennsylvania – Boeing and the Royal Canadian Air Force have celebrated the delivery of the 15th CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter, ensuring advanced operational capability for the Canadian Chinook fleet. “The Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter project is making an exemplary contribution to the Canada First defense strategy,” said Col. Andrew Fleming, program manager for the Medium Heavy Lift Helicopter Project Management Office. “The combined efforts of the Government of Canada, Boeing, and all partners involved in delivering this new capability, on time, and an on budget, serve as a model for future Canadian defense acquisitions...


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Far more accurate satellite images on the way as US lifts restrictions

Far more accurate satellite images on the way as US lifts restrictions | Space | Scoop.it

Satellite images have always been a bit fuzzy, thanks to the US government. But now the agency in charge is relaxing its rules, allowing mapping services like Google Maps or Bing Maps bring crystal clear pictures to their users.

 

DigitalGlobe, currently the only provider of commercial satellite imagery in the US, appealed to the Department of Commerce last year to lift its resolution restriction on satellite imagery that limited objects smaller than 50-centimeter (1.64 feet) from being shown in the photographs, Space News reported...


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Astrotech Space Operations now a Lockheed Martin subsidiary

Astrotech Space Operations now a Lockheed Martin subsidiary | Space | Scoop.it
Bethesda, Md. (UPI) Aug 25, 2014
Lockheed Martin has announced the completion of its acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations, previously part of Astrotech Corporation.

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The 2014 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!"

The 2014 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" | Space | Scoop.it

Time marches on, and those of us looking for gainful employment in the space sector will notice quite a few changes from the August 13th, 2013 post "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" For those who'd like to keep up to date,  here's the latest listing of places you should be approaching if you'd like to work in the space industry...


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The New Space Race, and Why Nothing Else Matters

The New Space Race, and Why Nothing Else Matters | Space | Scoop.it

Forty-five years ago this July 20th, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.  Their mission represented an emphatic American victory in the first space race, which began in earnest in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched a notably unattractive satellite, Sputnik, into orbit.

Since then, however, America’s national space program has essentially foundered.  It improved space travel by building and then scrapping the Space Shuttle, without ever accomplishing – or attempting – a mission as bold or impactful as the one in 1969.  It’s time for a new one.  To win the next space race, the US should announce its support for private property rights in space, and NASA should take a back seat.


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Canadian aerospace industry poised for growth - Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

Canadian aerospace industry poised for growth - Aerospace Manufacturing and Design | Space | Scoop.it

Ottawa, Canada – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), in partnership with Industry Canada, has released its annual State of the Aerospace Industry report. The report contains updated data and analysis of the Canadian aerospace industry, including new data related to the space and defense sectors. “The numbers illustrate the continued growth and vibrancy of Canadian aerospace and the important role that our industry plays as an innovative manufacturing leader at home and around the world,” said Jim Quick, president and CEO of AIAC. “By offering highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs, driving industrial innovation, and posting growing revenues, our industry is proud to be a strong contributor to Canadian jobs, communities, and our economy...


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Google Lunar XPrize: The world's next great space race | CNET

Google Lunar XPrize: The world's next great space race | CNET | Space | Scoop.it

When innovation stalls, sometimes it just needs a little push. A bit of force applied in the right direction and then, momentum imparted, the rest takes care of itself. That push can come from many sources, but one tends to be the most effective: money.

 

It was a monetary prize that spurred Charles Lindbergh to strap into the Spirit of St. Louis and become the first to cross the Atlantic in one shot. It was a monetary prize that encouraged Scaled Composites to build SpaceShipOne, ultimately spawning Virgin Galactic. And, next year, it will be a monetary prize that puts the first non-government-funded rover on the moon. Or, possibly, multiple rovers.

 


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Tekrighter's curator insight, July 2, 2014 9:01 AM

The next great challenge for private industry!

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Inside Virgin Galactic's plan to take civilians to space

Rick Reichmuth gets hands on training

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