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The great state space race | The Space Review

The great state space race | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

It’s not uncommon for states to compete against one another to attract a company’s newest factory or offices, or to lure a company to move from one state to another. Tax breaks, sweetheart deals on land or buildings, or other incentives are all standard tools of the trade to win factories, distribution centers, and office complexes. Local and state agencies work every day to attract various businesses, willing to absorb costs in the near term for promised long-term economic benefits.

 

It’s a sign of the maturation of the commercial space industry, though, that cities and states are making more of an effort to attract such companies. There’s been some activity in the last year, as XCOR Aerospace agreed on a deal to move its headquarters to Midland, Texas (see “Texas warms to NewSpace”, The Space Review, July 16, 2012) while signing a separate deal to later establish in Florida a manufacturing and operations base. Florida also lured a smaller suborbital vehicle company, Rocket Crafters, to set up operations in Titusville. But even bigger deals—and possibly fiercer competition—are on the horizon.


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Solar Winds Could Stymie Manned Space-Age Missions

Solar Winds Could Stymie Manned Space-Age Missions | Space matters | Scoop.it
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists. In...
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due to a highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths, which causes dangerous levels of hazardous radiation to pervade the space environment.

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Les astronautes iront-ils sur Mars en dormant ?

Les astronautes iront-ils sur Mars en dormant ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Une société américaine primée par la NASA propose de mettre les occupants des futures missions martiennes dans un état de sommeil léthargique pour diminuer la taille (et le coût) des vaisseaux d'exploration.
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Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts

Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts | Space matters | Scoop.it
The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking. Instead of the bulky spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT researchers want to "shrink-wrap" the spaceflyers of tomorrow.
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The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon

The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon | Space matters | Scoop.it
Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future
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NASA’s In-space 3D Printer Launches Tomorrow – The Unheard of Inside Scoop & Ultimate Goal of 3D Printing on Mars

NASA’s In-space 3D Printer Launches Tomorrow – The Unheard of Inside Scoop & Ultimate Goal of 3D Printing on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's Niki Werkheiser's prediction for 3D Printing in space within 10 Years: "On Mars building everything from hand tools to radiation shielding habitats –
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NASA Says They Will 3D Print Martian Bases in Under 10 Years

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Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer

Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

"Soon" is the watchword. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides says his passenger rocket plane should get into sub-orbital space within the next few months. Finally.

It's been a long road for the project, but you get the sense now that the light really could be starting to grow at the end of the tunnel.

Whitesides, who's always preferred to talk about "milestones" rather than "schedules", mentions the end of the year for a possible first powered flight to space.

A series of "proficiency" outings would then follow before Virgin Group boss Richard Branson inaugurates a service for which 700 people have so far paid substantial deposits.


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Find out what layer of the atmosphere the Galactic will go to!

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Aller simple pour Mars : les pionniers mourront au bout de 68 jours

Aller simple pour Mars : les pionniers mourront au bout de 68 jours | Space matters | Scoop.it
Une étude menée par le prestigieux MIT montre que les pionniers prêts à effectuer le voyage pour Mars que propose la société néerlandaise Mars One mourront rapidement par asphyxie.
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Defiant Sir Richard Branson insists he will be in space 'by spring' after rocket delays | Telegraph

Defiant Sir Richard Branson insists he will be in space 'by spring' after rocket delays | Telegraph | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

Sir Richard Branson has rejected claims by critics after the latest delay in lift-off that his Virgin Galactic commercial spaceship business will never make it off the ground.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the entrepreneur was in typically ebullient mood as he insisted that he would be aboard the first passenger flight of his new “spaceline” by next spring.

“I know the first question everyone has,” he said as he sat inside dome of the planetarium of the National History Museum in Manhattan. “They want to ask, ‘Richard, when the **** are you going into space?’” But this celestial-inspired location was not as close as he would make it to the stars, he promised, despite major hold-ups in the rocket development for the spaceship.


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NASA awards commercial crew contracts to Boeing and SpaceX

NASA awards commercial crew contracts to Boeing and SpaceX | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA announced on Tuesday that the Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft have been selected as the commercial crew vehicles to take astronauts to and
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ESA Ministerial in Doubt as France, Germany Remain Far Apart on Future Launcher | SpaceNews.com

ESA Ministerial in Doubt as France, Germany Remain Far Apart on Future Launcher | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

PARIS — The French and German governments remain so far apart on a future space-launch policy for Europe that officials are now privately talking about canceling a December conference of European space ministers or stripping it of concrete decisions.

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Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test - NBC News

Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test - NBC News | Space matters | Scoop.it
For decades, visionaries have dreamed about building space elevators that could carry payloads into orbit for a fraction of what it costs for a rocket launch...
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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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Voyage vers mars: vaudrait-il mieux envoyer des femmes?

Voyage vers mars: vaudrait-il mieux envoyer des femmes? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour la journaliste scientifique et écrivaine californienneKate Green, les femmes feraient de meilleures candidates pour un voyage vers laplanète Mars.
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Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans

Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans | Space matters | Scoop.it

Nasa's plans to work on two new commercial spacecraft face a delay following a formal protest about the contract award process.

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DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane | SpaceNews.com

DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — As technical work ramps up on an experimental military spaceplane program, government and industry are studying how to eventually commercialize the vehicle, an effort that includes chartering a study by a space advocacy organization.

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Peut-on cultiver des plantes sur Mars et sur la Lune ?

Peut-on cultiver des plantes sur Mars et sur la Lune ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Il est des moments jubilatoires dans la science, quand les chercheurs rattrapent la science-fiction et tentent de voir si elle peut s'accorder avec la réalité. C'est un peu ce qui se passe dans une étude néerlandaise publiée le 27 août par PLoS ONE. Dans son cas, la science-fiction, ce sont ces récits qui mettent en scène la colonisation de la Lune et de Mars. Et pour ce qui est de la science, les premières phrases du résumé de l'article annoncent clairement la couleur : "Quand les humains s'installeront sur la Lune ou sur Mars, il faudra qu'ils y mangent. La nourriture pourrait y être envoyée. Une autre solution consisterait à cultiver des plantes sur place, de préférence sur les sols de là-bas." Après tout, le colon doit savoir gagner son indépendance, au moins alimentaire, non ? Ces chercheurs néerlandais ont donc voulu déterminer si l'on pourrait faire pousser quelque chose sur la Planète rouge et sur notre satellite. Pour ce faire, ils ont entrepris la première culture à grande échelle de végétaux sur des reconstitutions de sols martien et lunaire.
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NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission

NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
A NASA-backed study explores an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars -- put the crew in stasis.

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"Torpor" is the new "cryosleep". 

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NASA investigates cooling down Mars astronauts in the way Stanley Kubrick did in 1968's movie, 2001 a Space Odyssey.

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La Chine réagit à l'arrivée de l'Inde autour de Mars

La Chine réagit à l'arrivée de l'Inde autour de Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
L’Inde est devenue le premier pays d’Asie à atteindre la planète Mars. Un exploit d’autant plus remarquable que les agences spatiales japonaise et chinoise sont financièrement mieux loties et...
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ESA spaceplane on its way

ESA spaceplane on its way | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready to fly and left the Netherlands today for the launch site in French Guiana.

The spaceplane will reach an altitude of around 420 km before starting its descent. Using its sleek aerodynamic shape, thrusters and two tail flaps, it will return through the atmosphere as if from a low orbit.

The measurements collected by IXV during its hypersonic and supersonic flight to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean will be invaluable for designing future reentry vehicles.


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Hearing Raises Questions About Asteroid Mining Bill | SpaceNews.com

Hearing Raises Questions About Asteroid Mining Bill | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A bill that would grant property rights and other protections for commercial asteroid mining ventures received a mixed reception at a hearing of the House Science space subcommittee Sept. 10.

 

H.R. 5063, the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities In Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act, would grant U.S. companies the rights to resources they extract from asteroids. The bill would also allow companies to take legal action if they suffered “harmful interference” during those activities by other entities under U.S. jurisdiction.


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U.S. aims to fund alternative to Russian rocket engine in 2016

U.S. aims to fund alternative to Russian rocket engine in 2016 | Space matters | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government hopes to add funding to its 2016 budget for alternatives to Russian-made rocket engines to launch sensitive satellites, a key Pentagon official said Wednesday.
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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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