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SpaceX Grasshopper On-Board Cam Captured Highest Hop Yet | Video

SpaceX Grasshopper On-Board Cam Captured Highest Hop Yet | Video | Space matters | Scoop.it
The reusable rocket's testing continued as it flew more than 130 feet (40 meters) into the air before landing successfully on December 17th, 2012. A camera aboard recorded the view from the rocket.
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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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U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao: America Should Embrace China For Mars Missions

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao: America Should Embrace China For Mars Missions | Space matters | Scoop.it
Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao is a bit of a contrarian. He advocates embracing China, rather than shunning it, in the new space race to Mars. He also says America’s relationship with Russia on travel to the International Space Station (ISS), despite recent turmoil in Ukraine, is a good thing for [...]
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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 matters | 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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'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests | Space matters | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that a "quantum vacuum plasma thruster" system, which requires no propellant, does indeed generate a small amount of thrust. If the technology pans out, it could greatly reduce the cost of spaceflight.
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Former NASA Chief: U.S. Not On A Path To Mars | Space content from Aviation Week

Former NASA Chief: U.S. Not On A Path To Mars | Space content from Aviation Week | Space matters | Scoop.it
Current efforts, focused on NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) as a springboard, are fizzling because the U.S. is not the "spacefaring" nation most assume, according to former NASA administrator Mike Griffin.
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Boeing Unveils America's First Space Taxi, Unlocks Possibilities for Future | YouTube

Promotional video from Boeing on the CST-100:

 

Imagine flying in America's first space taxi, seeing Earth fade into the distance. Boeing is revolutionizing space travel and is one step closer to making it possible for you to experience previously what only astronauts could: space travel. See more Boeing innovations at http://buildsomethingbetter.com.


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The Trillion Dollar Market: Fuel in Space from Asteroids - YouTube

Asteroid sourced hydrogen and oxygen will literally and figuratively fuel expansion of the space economy by providing a locally sourced fuel resource that wi...

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President of Planetary Resources explains how water mined from asteroids has a big market today and will have a much bigger one in the future.

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The Space Review: The 2nd SPACE Conference examines human exploration and habitation in space

The Space Review: The 2nd SPACE Conference examines human exploration and habitation in space | Space matters | Scoop.it

There are numerous space exploration advocacy groups well-known to readers of this publication, such as The Mars Society, the American Astronautical Society, and the National Space Society. Last month, a lesser-known such organization, the Scientific Preparatory Academy for Cosmic Explorers (SPACE), held its second conference in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference was two-fold: to examine the development of space habitation technology and discussion of the vital need for international space exploration education.

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Nasa's Ellen Stofan interview: 'Our plan is to colonise Mars'

Nasa's Ellen Stofan interview: 'Our plan is to colonise Mars' | Space matters | Scoop.it
Dr Ellen Stofan says that missions to the red planet are a priority of the US space agency – and that the best way to search for extraterrestrial life is by setting up a permanent presence. Interview by Nicola Davis
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Elon Musk "Hopeful" First People Can Be Taken To Mars in 10-12 Years

Elon Musk "Hopeful" First People Can Be Taken To Mars in 10-12 Years | Space matters | Scoop.it
The CEO of SpaceX says humans could visit Mars as soon as 2024.
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How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform?

How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Transforming another planet, moon, or other celestial body into a world fit for human habitation may be a key component of our post-Earth survival. But how will we determine which worlds should be terraformed and which should be left alone?
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La NASA teste un impossible moteur sans combustible et il marche !

La NASA teste un impossible moteur sans combustible et il marche ! | Space matters | Scoop.it
L’emDrive de Roger Shawyer est un système de propulsion qui utilise une technologie sans combustible ! Son moteur à micro-onde n'a besoin que d'électricité pour fonctionner.
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La NASA a quand même perdu 10 ans avant d'admettre que le moteur de Roger Shawyer fonctionnait.

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Scotland could host UK spaceport

Scotland could host UK spaceport | Space matters | Scoop.it
The UK government wants to establish a spaceport by 2018, with six of the eight potential locations sited in Scotland.
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This is the Rover of the Future - YouTube

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This could very well be the vehicle that astronauts will drive on Mars

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2014 Bigelow Aerospace Promotional Video | YouTube

Founded in 1999 by visionary entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, the goal of Bigelow Aerospace is to create a new paradigm in space commerce and exploration via the development and use of revolutionary expandable habitat technology. Expandable habitats offer dramatically larger volumes than rigid, metallic structures as well as enhanced protection against both radiation and physical debris. Additionally, expandable habitats are lighter than traditional systems, take up less rocket fairing space, and most important of all in today’s fiscally constrained environment, Bigelow habitats are extremely affordable.


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En vidéo : la Nasa teste LDSD, sa soucoupe volante martienne

En vidéo : la Nasa teste LDSD, sa soucoupe volante martienne | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le 28 juin 2014, la Nasa a testé le LDSD, un engin de rentrée atmosphérique qui préfigure de nouvelles méthodes d’atterrissage sur Mars. Après un vol de 40 minutes, le prototype a amerri sain et...
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The Future of Moon Exploration, Lunar Colonies and Humanity

The Future of Moon Exploration, Lunar Colonies and Humanity | Space matters | Scoop.it
The motives that drove teams to send these robotic emissaries to the moon might be different — ranging from inspiring a country to starting a sustainable, commercial endeavor — but they have all flown the more than 200,000 miles (321,000 kilometers) to the moon, riding on a wave of commercial hopes that rest on the lunar surface. "For the X Prize, we're going to carry multiple X Prize teams with us to the surface," said John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, a team competing for the Google Lunar X Prize private moon race.
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Dream Chaser on track for November 2016 first launch | NewSpace Journal

Dream Chaser on track for November 2016 first launch | NewSpace Journal | Space matters | Scoop.it

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft is “on track for its anticipated first launch in November 2016,” Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC Space Systems, told a press conference on August 5 at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

 

Sirangelo explained “that the first launch, out of Florida’s Space Coast, would be one of two required for certification of the spacecraft, and will be unmanned.” The second launch, scheduled for November 2017, would be manned and piloted.” Sirangelo told the audience that “the tests are on track, and that the launch slots have been obtained.” He noted that SNC would fly “five test flights of Dream Chaser, with three of them being manned, in order to by fully comfortable with the craft’s ability to carry humans into space."


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Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say - Space.com

Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say - Space.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say
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As the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's giant leap to the moon, some people are eyeing the celestial body's bounty of resources.

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The question of who has the right to exploit resources in space and be protected from interference by others is cropping up, both with respect to the moon and to asteroids.

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The Space Review: Spinning to Mars

The Space Review: Spinning to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

Thirty years ago today a group of scientists, grad students, and all around Mars enthusiasts wrapped up the four-day Case for Mars conference in Boulder, Colorado. While there, they drafted plans for a human Mars spacecraft that became enshrined—at least for a little while—in popular culture. A large spinning vessel consisting of three nearly identical ships and their landing craft, it was a serious attempt at defining a human mission to Mars. By the early 1990s, one of the Case for Mars participants, Carter Emmart, produced a beautifully detailed model of the spinning spacecraft that was placed on display in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Now, after a long absence, that model is back in public view.

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The Space Review: Scaling up alternative space funding sources

The Space Review: Scaling up alternative space funding sources | Space matters | Scoop.it

Until recently, space projects had only a couple tried and true—if trying—paths to take to win funding. One was to go the government route, soliciting proposals to various government agencies and, if and when winning a contract, hoping that agency didn’t suffer budget cuts or changes in strategic direction that could cancel that award. The other was to build a business case attractive enough to win investment, something that has long been a challenge given the long time horizons of many space endeavors and their uncertain returns.

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This Mission Plan Could Get NASA To Europa On The Cheap

This Mission Plan Could Get NASA To Europa On The Cheap | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA is currently accepting ideas for a mission to Europa — the moon voted most likely to harbour alien life. But thanks to recent budget cuts, it can only consider the most affordable solutions. The fine minds at Draper Labs may have just come up with the answer.
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How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform?

How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Transforming another planet, moon, or other celestial body into a world fit for human habitation may be a key component of our post-Earth survival. But how will we determine which worlds should be terraformed and which should be left alone?
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A Lunar Discovery Reveals The Secret To Building Deflector Shields

A Lunar Discovery Reveals The Secret To Building Deflector Shields | Space matters | Scoop.it
Radiation in space is one of the major obstacles to human exploration of the solar system. Astronauts on a round-trip to Mars could be exposed to radiation doses 66,000 times higher than on Earth. But recent research into magnetic fields on the Moon could help us design effective radiation shields.
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Living in Space 6: Beyond O’Neill

Living in Space 6: Beyond O’Neill | Space matters | Scoop.it

Work on space colonization has continued to this day – new papers, theories, concepts, and designs for habitats are released every year, and with the sudden interest in asteroid mining, the world is primed for a new look at space colonization.

 

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Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas

Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas | Space matters | Scoop.it
The FAA signed off on SpaceX's plan to build a sic-fi spaceport in Cameron Country, near Brownsville
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