Airbus Group a signé un accord de partenariat financier et technologique avec la société américaine Perlan Project pour soutenir Perlan II, un planeur spatial dont le premier vol d'essais est prévu en 2016.
Vincent Lieser's insight:
Un planeur spatial par @Airbus et d'ex-pilotes de la @NASA qui pourrait voler sur Mars
We mere earthlings may not get to see it live in action, but regardless the impact could be huge. This August, a team of astronauts with the help of research organization Made In Space will launch a 3D printer to the International Space Station and test out printing conditions under zero gravity. Since its announcement earlier this year, the news prompted zero-gravity 3D printing speak everywhere, with media outlets avidly discussing the possibilities. We joined them ourselves, reporting on possible developments such as 3D printed space food and on-demand printing of spare parts on the moon. The possibilities seemed endless, but unfortunately our hopes may have been too far out of this world.
PARIS — Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the French space agency, CNES, used a SpaceX comparison to describe the defects of Europe’s current launch-vehicle sector. Europe’s problem, he said, is an excess of linoleum.
“At the ground level you have a linoleum-covered floor where they do rocket production and integration,” Le Gall said of the SpaceX building. “On the next level, with the carpeting, you have the design offices. And on an upper floor you have the sales and marketing team, with the parquet floor. In Europe, we have far too much linoleum.”
45 years ago, America landed a man on the moon, and years from now, NASA and Tesla founder Elon Musk hope to have already landed a man on Mars, using Musk's SpaceX rocket in a public-private partnership that turns the Apollo program model on its head.
A future lunar probe could be setting China up for a manned mission next decade. After details were released late last month of the Chang’e 5 mission—a robotic lander that will collect samples from the lunar surface and return them to Earth in 2017—several international observers noticed that it looked like a smaller version of…
Science News Magnetic bubbles could shield astronauts from radiation Science News 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.
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."
Space Fellowship Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon. National Journal It would also allow astronauts to launch humankind's first attempts to utilize extra-Earth resources, including extracting water from the moon's dust.
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.
MANQUE D’ESPACE – Une expédition vers une exoplanète devrait compter au moins 20 000 personnes
Vincent Lieser's insight:
"Un argument tout aussi valable, d’après l’étude, s’il s’agissait de se rendre un peu moins loin, sur Mars, où une installation durable demanderait elle aussi un très large champ de compétences, balayant l’idée d’une équipe de pionniers réduite au stricte minimum."
La Station spatiale internationale vient de recevoir deux smartphones développés par Google dans le cadre de son projet expérimental Tango. Grâce à leur capacité de modélisation en 3D, ils vont servir à cartographier l’intérieur de l’ISS puis seront ensuite connectés aux Spheres, des petits robots cubiques autonomes, qui vont pouvoir naviguer dans la station et accomplir certaines tâches pour assister les astronautes.
"Creating an economic zone of influence that encompasses our solar system will be the single most difficult endeavor the human race has ever attempted.
The biggest hurdle isn’t the engineering. It’s not that we don’t dream big enough and it has little to do with national government. Rather, it’s that we simply cannot comprehend the economics. Let’s put it another way: we will not achieve this until we convince the investment community that there is that substantial return on investment (ROI) that they require."
“I just have to say pretty bluntly here, we’ve been there before,” the President said, raising his right hand for emphasis. “Buzz has been there before.”
With this single line from his 2010 speech Obama reinforced the modern zeitgeist of the moon as a dead end on humanity’s path to the stars.
Yet much of the spaceflight community, many planetary scientists and all other space-faring nations do not share that view. The President, they say, had it all wrong. The moon, rather, offers an essential base camp for human exploration deeper into the solar system. From an outpost there explorers could fuel rockets, take on supplies and venture deeper into the solar system.
Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum are planning a trip to Mars. They’ve been hashing out the details for 20 years now, and alternate between being extremely excited and utterly terrified by the prospect, refusing to discuss it after 5 p.m. to avoid nightmares. The couple’s far-out dreams of space travel differ from those of many…
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.
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.
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.
"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."