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John Kelly: SpaceX takes hops toward a lofty goal

John Kelly: SpaceX takes hops toward a lofty goal | Space matters | Scoop.it
Here's something to keep an eye on if you're interested in the long-term sustainability of space flight: Grasshopper.
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News from all over the solar system to people living in the early 21st Century / Chroniques de la conquête du système solaire
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Peter Diamandis: Entrepreneur reaches to skies to benefit Earth

Peter Diamandis: Entrepreneur reaches to skies to benefit Earth | Space matters | Scoop.it

Peter Diamandis stands at a whiteboard in an empty conference room at Moffett Field and excitedly sketches a diagram of the solar system, with messy lollipop-like dots for Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. His eyes light up when he draws a certain asteroid known to come close to Earth every few years.

 

"We're going to send out a flotilla of small spacecraft, dock on the asteroid, prospect it and lay claim to it," Diamandis said. "The goal is to make rocket fuel from a class of asteroids rich in hydrogen and oxygen, and use 3-D printers in space to build the equipment to mine the rock for rare metals like platinum."

 

The benefits, he said, will be nothing less than protecting planet Earth, creating the world's first trillionaires, and paving the way for humans to live off the planet.


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ESA Weighs Ariane 6 Options as Major Satellite Operator Seeks Industry Overhaul, Price Cuts

ESA Weighs Ariane 6 Options as Major Satellite Operator Seeks Industry Overhaul, Price Cuts | Space matters | Scoop.it
Artist’s conception of Ariane 6. (Credit: ESA)
Space News reports that ESA is weighing two options for its next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle as Arianespace cuts prices in response to competition from SpaceX.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, July 4, 10:17 AM

ESA responds to competition from SpaceX by proposing a new launch vehicle, developed with less regulation and red tape. The red tape they want to eliminate is very similar to the red tape Senator Shelby wants to add back in to NASA's commercial crew program.

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Entrepreneurs Smell Profits In Low Earth Orbit | Aviation Week

Entrepreneurs Smell Profits In Low Earth Orbit | Aviation Week | Space matters | Scoop.it

It has been three years since the International Space Station was completed and made available for full-time use, or as full-time as possible given the demands of keeping its crew and hardware functioning in the harsh environment above the atmosphere. Now the shakeout appears to be over, and ISS managers seem to have found their way to relatively efficient use of the unique facility. More important, business types are starting to report early evidence that the terrestrial economy can indeed move into low Earth orbit—on the station and elsewhere.

 


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Derniers tests d'endurance pour la mininavette spatiale européenne IXV

Derniers tests d'endurance pour la mininavette spatiale européenne IXV | Space matters | Scoop.it

"L'Agence spatiale européenne s'apprête à mettre à rude épreuve l'IXV, démonstrateur de véhicule de rentrée atmosphérique. Table vibrante et chambre d'essais acoustiques vont constituer les ultimes tests avant le vol expérimental, prévu en novembre, d'un engin bardé d'instruments de mesure."

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Mars One Solicits Payloads for 2018 Lander | Parabolic Arc

Mars One Solicits Payloads for 2018 Lander | Parabolic Arc | Space matters | Scoop.it

AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands, June 30, 2014 (Mars One PR) – Mars One is extending a formal invitation to universities, research bodies, and companies to contribute to the payload of the 2018 unmanned Mars Lander. The best ideas will be chosen by a panel of experts. This mission will act as a staging point for the first-ever human mission to the red planet in 2025.

Mars One is soliciting proposals for four demonstration payloads that will demonstrate technologies for the human mission in 2025, proposals for one payload that will be elected in a world wide university competition, and proposals for two payloads that are for sale to the highest bidder. These last two payloads can be used for scientific experiments, marketing activities or anything inbetween.


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Stratocumulus's comment, July 1, 2:16 PM
I urge all adults to determine for themselves whether Mars One is a "scam" or not. I will provide the latest information on this organization, whether critical or non-critical, as I come across it. If you are not an adult, then I urge you to go somewhere else.
Ron Morris's comment, July 4, 8:56 AM
I'm adult enough to believe in a return trip instead of a slow, painful death in space or on Mars.
That being said, you are reporting industry news, and it's not for me to decide what you report on. I'm adult enough to apologize, and I appreciate your coverage.
Stratocumulus's comment, July 5, 9:09 PM
We're agreed. Return trips are always preferable :-) Do they have a chance? On a scale from 1 to 100 I'd give them about a 6. That may be way too high. I wish them all the luck in the world. They're going to need it. Just doing the best I can to keep everyone informed on this fascinating industry. I appreciate your support.
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How NASA Can Run The International Space Station Without Russia

Russia announced today that they would be terminating their involvement in the ISS as of 2020, something we guessed would happen. Some news outlets framed this as them just ending their participation, others suggested they'd "kill" the station. The US has been planning on using the station until 2024. Can we do it without them?
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Student-Designed Space Colonies

Student-Designed Space Colonies | Space matters | Scoop.it
High school students from around the world enter NASA's annual design contest to dream of large-scale orbital space settlements. This year, each station also features a method to capture lucrative asteroids for in-space resource mining. The Grand Prize winners are totally awesome.
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8 Tips for Surviving on Mars

8 Tips for Surviving on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

By Andy Weir

So you want to live on Mars. Perhaps it’s the rugged terrain, beautiful scenery, or vast natural landscape that appeals to you. Or maybe you’re just a lunatic who wants to survive in a lifeless barren wasteland. Whatever your reasons, there are a few things you should know:

 

 

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I've only read the first chapter of the novel on io9 so far. The book seems quite worth a read!

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How a private mission could bring back a piece of Mars by 2020

How a private mission could bring back a piece of Mars by 2020 | Space matters | Scoop.it
The BoldlyGo Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit, is developing a mission to scoop up some dust from the Martian atmosphere.
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Ten years after SpaceShipOne made history, still waiting for the future to arrive | NewSpace Journal

Ten years after SpaceShipOne made history, still waiting for the future to arrive | NewSpace Journal | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ten years ago this morning, a small rocket-powered vehicle with a single test pilot aboard appeared to open a door into the future. SpaceShipOne, carried aloft by its carrier aircraft, White Knight, detached from the plane, fired its hybrid rocket motor and soared to an altitude just above the Kármán line, the 100-kilometer boundary widely adopted as the “beginning” of space. SpaceShipOne then glided back to a safe landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port, entering history as the first privately-developed and -funded crewed vehicle to go into space.


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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, June 22, 6:16 AM

The EELV launch facilities and vehicles were over 14 years in the making.  Keep the faith.

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Why Extroverts Could Cause Problems on a Mission to Mars : DNews

Why Extroverts Could Cause Problems on a Mission to Mars : DNews | Space matters | Scoop.it
As NASA focuses considerable effort on a mission to send humans to Mars, psychology researchers are looking at what types of personalities would work the best on such a long trip.
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La Nasa n'arrivera pas à envoyer des Hommes sur Mars, dit le NRC

La Nasa n'arrivera pas à envoyer des Hommes sur Mars, dit le NRC | Space matters | Scoop.it
Envoyer des Hommes fouler le sol de Mars restera un rêve durant de nombreuses décennies si le programme martien de la Nasa reste en l'état. C'est la conclusion du dernier rapport du Conseil...
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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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Allen Taylor's curator insight, June 7, 11:19 AM

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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Magnetic bubbles could shield astronauts from radiation - Science News

Magnetic bubbles could shield astronauts from radiation - Science News | Space matters | Scoop.it
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If successful, the idea could offer scientists a solution to one of NASA's stickiest problems: how to shield astronauts from harmful cosmic rays and solar eruptions.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, June 30, 9:23 AM

Could it be that one of the  major objections to manned interplanetary flight could be quashed by the mere act of generating a magnetic field around the spacecraft?

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Masten Wins $3 Million Contract for DARPA XS-1 Reusable Vehicle | Parabolic Arc

Masten Wins $3 Million Contract for DARPA XS-1 Reusable Vehicle | Parabolic Arc | Space matters | Scoop.it

Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif. has won a $3 million contract for work on DARPA’s XS-1 program, according to an award announcement at www.FedBizOpps.gov.

The objective of the XS-1 program “is to demonstrate a reusable first stage launch vehicle capable of carrying and deploying an upper stage that inserts 3,000 to 5,000 lb. payloads into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), designed for less than $5M per launch for an operational system."

 


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Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon. - National Journal

Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon. - National Journal | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon.
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It would also allow astronauts to launch humankind's first attempts to utilize extra-Earth resources, including extracting water from the moon's dust.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, July 2, 7:48 PM

Polarized politics could end up preventing either asteroid redirect or a moon base from ever happening. Americans will sit in their space station and wave as other nations break earth orbit and move out to explore the solar system.

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Weightlessness is like rapid aging. Of the 100s of experiments on ISS, we learn much from this

Weightlessness is like rapid aging. Of the 100s of experiments on ISS, we learn much from this | Space matters | Scoop.it

Initial results from a study of Chris Hadfield and other astronauts who spent months aboard the International Space Station have turned up changes like those seen in someone developing Type 2 diabetes on Earth.

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Could Asteroids Solve The Fuel Problem In Space? Planetary Resources Video

Could Asteroids Solve The Fuel Problem In Space? Planetary Resources Video | Space matters | Scoop.it
While we as a community love exploring space, we also recognize it can be expensive. Launch costs, manufacturing and keeping a mission going all take money, which is why NASA (for example) runs reviews every couple of years to figure out which ongoing missions are providing the best return. Planetary Resources -- one of the…
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The Astronomer Who Wanted to Rearrange the Solar System, Using Nukes

The Astronomer Who Wanted to Rearrange the Solar System, Using Nukes | Space matters | Scoop.it
CalTech astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first to conceive of dark matter, supernovas and neutron stars. He also had a theory about colonizing the solar system using nuclear bombs. We could terraform other planets, he argued, by pulverizing them and then moving them closer or further from the sun.
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What Happens When You Cook French Fries in Space

What Happens When You Cook French Fries in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Space is full of mysteries, but one in particular has been weighing on our minds lately: How's the food up there? We're taking a look at how space meals get made, the best astronaut food hacks, and the experiment that showed just where the best french fries in the galaxy would really be found.
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The Space Review: A new pathway to Mars

The Space Review: A new pathway to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Time to mine the moon, says European Space Agency

Time to mine the moon, says European Space Agency | Space matters | Scoop.it
A key figure at the European Space Agency says we must look at how we exploit the moon's resources before it is too late, as missions begin to map its surface and Nasa calls for bids to mine in space.
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These Inflatable Modules Could Change Space Exploration

These Inflatable Modules Could Change Space Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The International Space Station’s upcoming non-rigid BEAM module may be the key to making the future of space more roomy and affordable.
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Tourisme spatial : bientôt la Lune ?

Tourisme spatial : bientôt la Lune ? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space Adventures et l'Agence spatiale russe Roscosmos, qui proposent une mission habitée autour de la Lune, sont dans les starting-blocks. La société états-unienne qui commercialise deux places payantes vient de trouver le second passager prêt à débourser 150 millions de dollars, tarif du premier billet pour la Lune. L’équipage, maintenant au complet, se compose de ces deux touristes et d’un cosmonaute russe qui pilotera l’engin lunaire. Le vol autour de la Lune est prévu fin 2017 ou début 2018, après un vol d’essai inhabité

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Des projets futuristes pour l'exploration spatiale

Des projets futuristes pour l'exploration spatiale | Space matters | Scoop.it
Un vaisseau captant des protons solaires par des câbles de 30 km, un sous-marin plongeant dans les lacs de Titan et un engin à hélices volant dans son atmosphère, ou encore une technique pour...
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