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Asteroid mining boom or bubble? | The Space Review

Asteroid mining boom or bubble? | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

If space tourism seemed at least a little like science fiction, then the idea of asteroid mining seems a lot like it. The idea of individuals, corporate conglomerates, and governments sparring with one another as they seek to harvest the material wealth of asteroids offers writers a rich vein, so to speak, of drama that draws parallels to terrestrial mining rushes in history. Many space advocates have also long hyped the potential wealth in asteroids, from precious metals to volatiles, which could reshape the economics of spaceflight and even terrestrial industries. But the idea of lassoing even a small near Earth object (NEO) and extracting materials from it seemed like, well, science fiction, given the current state of space capabilities.


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Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space | The Commercial Space Blog

Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space | The Commercial Space Blog | Space matters | Scoop.it

On August 20th, Ottawa-based Grafoid Inc, a company involved in the research, development and production of graphene, opened a 225,000 square foot production facility in Kingston, Ontario. The move has Canada positioned to become a world leader in the production of the much-hyped super-material, with effects on many industries, not the least of which is aerospace.


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Battle of the Heavyweight Rockets – SLS could face Exploration Class rival | NASASpaceFlight.com

Battle of the Heavyweight Rockets – SLS could face Exploration Class rival | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

With the recent announcement the Space Launch System (SLS) has become challenged by her schedule, the NASA rocket may soon find herself in a battle with a commercial “alternative”. SpaceX’s super powerful Exploration Class rocket is targeting crewed missions to Mars up to 10 years ahead of SLS – although both vehicles continue to avoid being classed as competitors.

 


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The Space Review: Alternative propulsion concepts power debate

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The Space Review: The ExoLance project and the search for life on Mars

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Panel sees ASTEROIDS Act as step in right direction for space property rights « Space Politics

Panel sees ASTEROIDS Act as step in right direction for space property rights « Space Politics | Space matters | Scoop.it

A bill introduced in the House earlier this month that establishes property rights for resources taken from asteroids is not perfect, but a step in the right direction towards a broader resolution of property rights in outer space, a conference panel argued last week.

 
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Why Buzz Aldrin isn’t crazy about space tourism to Mars

The second man to walk on the moon doesn't want the first man on Mars to be a tourist.
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Espace: La Nasa pourrait envoyer des hommes sur Mars d'ici 2030 — 20minutes.fr

Espace: La Nasa pourrait envoyer des hommes sur Mars d'ici 2030 — 20minutes.fr | Space matters | Scoop.it
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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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Allen Taylor's curator insight, August 2, 12:23 AM

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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En bref : la Russie pourrait rester à bord de l'ISS au-delà de 2020

En bref : la Russie pourrait rester à bord de l'ISS au-delà de 2020 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Les tensions géopolitiques et diplomatiques, nées de la crise ukrainienne, entre les trois grandes puissances spatiales que sont la Russie, les États-Unis et l’Europe ont donné lieu à une série de...
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The Space Review: An outer space solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Basically: Stop the stupid war. Build the Moon base.
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The Space Review: The Moon or Mars?

The Space Review: The Moon or Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it

The National Research Council recently released their report on NASA’s plans for human spaceflight (see “A new pathway to Mars”, The Space Review, June 9, 2014). The report lays out the possible targets for human exploration:

“The technical analysis completed for this report—discussed fully in Chapter 4 of the report—shows clearly that for the foreseeable future, the only feasible destinations for human exploration are the Moon, asteroids, Mars, and the moons of Mars. Among this small set of plausible goals, the most distant and difficult is a landing by human beings on the surface of Mars. Thus the horizon goal for human space exploration is Mars. All long-range space programs, by all potential partners, converge on this goal.”

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La Nasa veut privatiser les télécommunications autour de Mars

La Nasa veut privatiser les télécommunications autour de Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Plutôt que d’investir temps et argent dans le développement, la construction et le lancement d’un système de communication à un ou plusieurs satellites pour la prochaine décennie, la Nasa pourrait...
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This Chart Makes It Obvious Why Planetary Colonization Will Be Tough

This Chart Makes It Obvious Why Planetary Colonization Will Be Tough | Space matters | Scoop.it
UK chemistry teacher Andy Brunning has put together a very sharp looking infographic that explores the atmospheric compositions of our solar system's planets. When you look at it this way, it's pretty obvious why visiting other worlds is going to be a dangerous proposition.
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Futuristic Moon Elevator Idea Takes Aim at Lunar Lifts

Futuristic Moon Elevator Idea Takes Aim at Lunar Lifts | Space matters | Scoop.it
An elevator to the moon might not be as crazy as it sounds, according to one company. A moon-based elevator to space could radically reduce the costs and improve the reliability of placing equipment on the lunar surface.
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Copernical - Northrop Grumman team developing space plane

Copernical - Northrop Grumman team developing space plane | Space matters | Scoop.it
Redondo Beach, Calif. (UPI) Aug 19, 2014A preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for an experimental space plane with a reusable booster is being developed by Northrop Grumman. The space plane, the XS-1, is envisaged for lifting 3,000-pound class spacecraft into low Earth orbit at a lower cost than current launch equipment. The...  
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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

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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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Allen Taylor's curator insight, July 26, 2:42 PM

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.