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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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Space Taxis: Next stop Mars? : Discovery News

Space Taxis: Next stop Mars? : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it

Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies is poised to make a test run to the International Space Station early Tuesday, but visiting the orbital outpost is just the beginning of the company's grand plan to give humanity a toehold on Mars.

 

"Our goal is to revolutionize space transport, so we'll be doing every kind of space transport, except for suborbital. We'll launch satellites of all shapes and sizes, service the space station with cargo and crew, and then the long-term objective is to develop a space transport system that will enable humanity to become a multi-planet species," company founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk said in an interview with SpaceflightNow.com.


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Is sending solar power from space the answer to all our energy needs?

Is sending solar power from space the answer to all our energy needs? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland have made substantial progress toward harnessing the energy of the Sun from space. This solar power from space has the potential to change the future of renewable energy.
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Liberty, un nouveau lanceur agréé « astronautes » | Parmi les étoiles

Liberty, un nouveau lanceur agréé « astronautes » | Parmi les étoiles | Space matters | Scoop.it

Liberty est le nom qu’a choisi de donner ATK à son projet de lanceur et de capsule permettant d’atteindre l’orbite basse de la Terre – celle où se trouve la station spatiale internationale.

 

Et c’est le moteur Vulcain, celui qui équipe le lanceur Ariane, qui a été choisi pour propulser le second étage de la fusée.

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Former Astronaut Criticizes NASA’s Current Course

Former Astronaut Criticizes NASA’s Current Course | Space matters | Scoop.it
Former NASA astronaut Story Musgrave is neither happy nor excited about the current state of the space administration or about the commercial COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) program.

 

“We’re not going anywhere… there is no where, there is no what, and there is no when,” the former astronaut told Atkeison. “There is no Mars program, none. There is also no Moon program. There is no asteroid program… there’s no what we’re gonna do and no when we’re gonna do it.”

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Soaring apce ambition : China plans to dominate the skies of the 21st century

Soaring apce ambition : China plans to dominate the skies of the 21st century | Space matters | Scoop.it

OVER the next few years, China plans to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars building the aerospace industries of the future. The country hosts more than two-thirds of the airports now under construction around the world. It will be the biggest growth market for Boeing and Airbus, though China is investing heavily in developing home-grown rivals in the hope of dominating the aviation markets of the 21st century.

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Private Space Taxi Builders Ponder Future Beyond NASA

Private Space Taxi Builders Ponder Future Beyond NASA | Space matters | Scoop.it

The private spaceflight company SpaceX is poised to launch a robotic capsule toward the International Space Station Saturday (May 19) on a test flight that, if successful, could be a watershed moment for the commercial space industry. But while SpaceX has a NASA contract to provide cargo deliveries to the space station, the company and other private spaceship developers are looking to a future beyond NASA funding.

 

The Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX is one of several aerospace firms who are competing for NASA funding under the third and final phase of NASA's commercial crew development program. Proposals for this stage of the competition, called Commercial Crew integrated Capability(CCiCap), require companies to present a complete launch system — rocket and vehicle — for consideration.


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Will ATK beat everyone into space? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Will ATK beat everyone into space? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | Space matters | Scoop.it

"ATK has announced it will be ready to put humans into orbit by 2015, potentially ahead of Space X. The tech they use for Liberty is based on the now-canceled NASA Ares rocket as well as the European Ariane V vehicle."

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Astronaut joins effort to profit from harvesting raw materials in space

Astronaut joins effort to profit from harvesting raw materials  in space | Space matters | Scoop.it

Planetary scientist and Northern Virginia resident Tom Jones is an astronaut who flew on the space shuttle four times. With a long-standing interest in asteroids, Jones recently signed on as scientific adviser for a new company, Planetary Resources, which has a big, science-fiction-esque goal: profiting from raw materials in space. The company is bankrolled by space business veterans and bigwigs from Silicon Valley and Hollywood, including Google guys Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and filmmaker James Cameron. Jones spoke in a recent interview about this new venture and the future of life in space.— by Brian Vastag

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Asteroid mining: The crazy, awesome plan to grab platinum from outer space

Asteroid mining: The crazy, awesome plan to grab platinum from outer space | Space matters | Scoop.it

Last month, a group of starry-eyed billionaires—including Googlers Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and director James Cameron—told the tech world about their latest, craziest scheme. The Avatar-esque plan: send robotic rocket ships into outer space to chase down asteroids, mount them, and mine them for precious metals. The company they’re backing is called Planetary Resources, and it aims to be prospecting for platinum on space rocks within the next few years.

 

How did the tech world respond? It yawned, rolled over, and returned to its collective dream about the next hot social-media startup. My message to the tech world: Wake up! This is outer space we’re talking about! This is awesome!


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Excitement builds as Orion spacecraft production nears at KSC

Excitement builds as Orion spacecraft production nears at KSC | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Orion spacecraft production line is starting up at Kennedy Space Center, and John Nesbitt is more than ready to begin building the capsule for a first flight test in early 2014.
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Phil Plait: «Exploiter les ressources de l'espace est possible»

Phil Plait: «Exploiter les ressources de l'espace est possible» | Space matters | Scoop.it

INTERVIEW - Le «Bad astronomer» revient sur les plans de la compagnie Planetory Resources qui a annoncé un ambitieux plan dont l'objectif final est de devenir la première compagnie minière de l'espace, en exploitant les ressources des astéroïdes géocroiseurs (dont l'orbite passe près de la Terre).

 

Phil Plait, qui a travaillé plus de 10 ans avec Hubble et tient désormais le blog Bad Astronomy pour le magazine Discovery, explique pourquoi le projet n'est pas aussi fou qu'il en a l'air.

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The "right stuff" for space exploration? It may be a few billion bucks.

The "right stuff" for space exploration? It may be a few billion bucks. | Space matters | Scoop.it

"We're now seeing a new generation of (hundred)-millionaires and billionaires who are interested in space," says space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis. "This is smart money investing in one of the largest commercial opportunities ever: going to space to gain resources for the benefit of humanity."


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Open Space: Wired’s New Portal to the Commercial Space Race

Open Space: Wired’s New Portal to the Commercial Space Race | Space matters | Scoop.it

The future of space travel, exploration and exploitation looks very different from the past. The new space race has a far more diverse list of entrants, with the number of new commercial companies swamping government agencies like NASA and giants like Lockheed Martin.

 

SpaceX is certainly the best known of these new projects, but the cast is big and growing rapidly. To help you make sense of this modern spacescape, Wired Science has launched a new portal called Open Space that will consolidate commercial and private space coverage from around Wired.com as well as the best from around the web.

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SpaceX developing SuperDraco engine for surface landings

SpaceX developing SuperDraco engine for surface landings | Space matters | Scoop.it

The SuperDraco can generate an impressive 15,000 lbs of thrust (120,000 lbs altogether) – not enough to take off from Earth – but enough to allow the craft to navigate to Mars, land, take off again and then return to Earth and perform a powered landing.

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This Is Lunarcrete, a Building Block for Moon Colonies

This Is Lunarcrete, a Building Block for Moon Colonies | Space matters | Scoop.it
So, you are on the moon and need to build a new structure. As one of the first lucky colonists there, what are you going to use? Lunarcrete of course.
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A new frontier for space travel

A new frontier for space travel | Space matters | Scoop.it
For the last half-century, space flight has been the domain of the world's superpowers.

 

Now, Hawthorne firm SpaceX will soon attempt to launch a craft into orbit and dock it with the International Space Station, a first for a private company. Success could alter how the U.S. runs missions.

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2,000 Apply for Jobs Building Asteroid-Mining Robots

2,000 Apply for Jobs Building Asteroid-Mining Robots | Space matters | Scoop.it
More than 2,000 people have applied for jobs with Planetary Resources, officials said.
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NASA intends to use Delta 4 upper stage on moon flights

NASA intends to use Delta 4 upper stage on moon flights | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA says Boeing is best equipped to provide two cryogenic upper stages derived from the Delta 4 rocket to power the agency's Orion capsule on a test flight around the moon in 2017 and send astronauts on a voyage to lunar orbit in 2021, according to documents posted on a federal government procurement website.

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RLV and Space Transport News » ESA seeks studies of a new "self-sustaining" European launch service

ESA wishes to investigate the feasibility of a novel and commercially sustainable approach for access to space for Europe.

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SpaceX and Bigelow Join Forces

Read about Elon Musk's Space X joining forces with Robert Bigelow's Bigelow Aerospace to market opportunities for people to fly into space on SpaceX's crew space transportation system to inflatable space stations built by Bigelow Aerospace.
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Asteroid Mining Value, Profit, and Ranking - Asterank

Asteroid Mining Value, Profit, and Ranking - Asterank | Space matters | Scoop.it

Asterank Estimates the Mining Value of Over 580,000 Asteroid

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Mission to Mars: Why Russia & US Should Tag Team Red Planet

Mission to Mars: Why Russia & US Should Tag Team Red Planet | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia is ready and willing to partner on a mission to Mars, a Russian space official said.

 

"Currently, there is no country that could organize a manned spaceflight to Mars and a safe return," Sergey Saveliev, the deputy head of Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), said April 12 at the United Nations headquarters here to mark theInternational Day of Human Space Flight.

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Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years

Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years | Space matters | Scoop.it
In Star Trek lore, the first Starship Enterprise will be built by the year 2245.

 

Ok. Then, I demand a weekly shuttle to Mars by 2015. Thanks.

 

 

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Un dragon va s’amarrer à l’ISS

Un dragon va s’amarrer à l’ISS | Space matters | Scoop.it

Si tout se passe comme prévu, le 19 mai prochain aura lieu le troisième vol du lanceur Falcon 9 qui doit mettre en orbite une toute nouvelle capsule de ravitaillement de l’ISS : la capsule Dragon de la société privée SpaceX.

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Space veterans offer NASA their Liberty launch system

Space veterans offer NASA their Liberty launch system | Space matters | Scoop.it
The company that built the space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters says it has developed a complete astronaut transportation system using America’s existing launch facilities.

 

J'adore les ricains, "America America NASA, America NASA America" alors que la moitié du lanceur est Européen.

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