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Let's Send Justin Bieber to Space!

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Lofting a celebrity of Bieber's stature would generate a lot of interest among the American public, which could help commercial spaceflight pick up some much-needed momentum, said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the ...

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Canadian scientists on Antarctic mission aim to reveal cosmic origins

Canadian scientists on Antarctic mission aim to reveal cosmic origins | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After seven trips to Antarctica, Barth Netterfield knows what to pack:

 

“You want to have good sunglasses because it gets really bright.”

 

The University of Toronto astrophysicist is getting ready to look at the Antarctic sky with a very different set of glasses – one that he hopes will bring him back in time to within a fraction of a second of the Big Bang, the event that spawned the universe as we know it...

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State Spaceports Receive Federal Funding

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The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) will receive half of the $6 million in the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Omnibus Bill (HR83) for state owned spaceports.

 

AAC has been working with the Alaska congressional delegation for the past two years to establish a program to support non-Federal spaceports that provide launch services in support of the national security space program, similar to the funding program used to support launches from Federal launch complexes...

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NASA, SpaceX Update Launch of Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to ISS

NASA, SpaceX Update Launch of Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA and SpaceX report that the launch of SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6.

 

The new launch date will provide SpaceX engineers time to investigate further issues that arose from a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16 and will avoid beta angle constraints for berthing the Dragon cargo ship to the station that exist through the end of the year...

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Its funding is gone, but that didn't stop the MOST space telescope from co-discovering a new planet

Its funding is gone, but that didn't stop the MOST space telescope from co-discovering a new planet | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A suitcase-sized Canadian satellite whose funding has been eliminated by the Canadian Space Agency has co-discovered a new planet in another solar system.

 

The MOST space telescope, just 65 centimetres wide and 25 deep, also confirmed the planet is 2.5 times bigger than Earth, and is probably mostly water or ice.

 

The discovery comes just as the Canadian Space Agency is winding up all funding for MOST, which must now operate as a rent-a-telescope...

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Is the James Webb Space Telescope about to go over budget, again?

Is the James Webb Space Telescope about to go over budget, again? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

“During the past year, delays have occurred on every element and major subsystem schedule—especially with the cryocooler—leaving all at risk of negatively impacting the overall project schedule reserve if further delays occur,” GAO notices. JWST is one of NASA’s most complex and expensive projects, at an anticipated cost of $8.8 billion. With significant integration and testing planned until the launch date, the JWST project will need to address many challenges before NASA can conduct the science the telescope is intended to produce...

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ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015

ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

San Francisco (UPI) Dec 17, 2014
The team of scientists and engineers responsible for this fall's historic comet landing are confident Philae's current slumber is only temporary...

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Robotic Moon Lander Concept Raises $942K, Meeting Goal With A Day To Go

Robotic Moon Lander Concept Raises $942K, Meeting Goal With A Day To Go | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With just over a day to go in their crowdfunding campaign, a British group hoping to put a robotic lander on the moon in 2024 reached their fundraising goal of $932,000 (£600,000) overnight.

The money is supposed to move the project into more concrete phases after the founders spent seven years quietly developing their concept, but many of the details about the design and funding have yet to be unveiled.


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Nanotechnology to outer space: ten top tech innovations of 2014

Nanotechnology to outer space: ten top tech innovations of 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Don’t be mesmerised by cool apps and flashy new gizmos – the top technology inventions of the year are ones that will have a lasting effect. Most are advances in fields that are already changing us...

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NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift

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GULFPORT, Miss. — In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project here in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space.

 

Then, NASA did something odd.

 

As soon as the work was done, it shut the tower down. The project was officially “mothballed” — closed up and left empty — without ever being used...

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2015 to be a busy year, says ISRO chief

2015 to be a busy year, says ISRO chief | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Delhi (IANS) Dec 17, 2014 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also launch a heavy communication satellite, GSAT-15, with around 40 transponders - automatic receivers and transmitters for communication and broadcast of signals...

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Antares upgrade will use Russian RD-181s engines

Antares upgrade will use Russian RD-181s engines | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Orbital Sciences Corp. will buy directly from Russia’s NPO Energomash a new rocket engine with a long heritage, to replace the surplus Russian powerplants tentatively implicated in the Oct. 28 failure of an Antares launch vehicle with a load of cargo for the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Designated the RD-181, the new engine will be used on Antares in shipsets of two to accommodate as closely as possible the two-engine configuration built around the AJ-26 engines supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne, Orbital Sciences managers said Dec. 16...

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MDA signs contract amendment for $17.7Mln CDN to support robotics on the ISS

MDA signs contract amendment for $17.7Mln CDN to support robotics on the ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, BC, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency for CA$17.7 million extending funding for ongoing support of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS) through March 2016...

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ISRO to Test-Fly Heaviest Rocket, Crew Module on December 18

ISRO to Test-Fly Heaviest Rocket, Crew Module on December 18 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Delhi (IANS) Dec 16, 2014
India will test-fly its heaviest and upgraded rocket - the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mark III) - on December 18, space agency ISRO said Friday...

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SpaceX Completes First Commercial Crew Transportation Milestone

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NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency...

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SpaceX hosts "epic" holiday party

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On Saturday, Dec. 13, SpaceX held its annual holiday party in Hawthorne, CA. Many party-goers used social media to post photos, along with their thoughts and comments on the function.
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US Space Launcher to Get 60 Russian Engines in $1Bln Deal

US Space Launcher to Get 60 Russian Engines in $1Bln Deal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Russian design bureau Energomash has signed a contract with the US-based Orbital Sciences Corporation for the delivery of 60 RD-181 rocket engines to be used to power the Antares rocket's first stage, Russia's Izvestiya newspaper reported Wednesday.

 

"We have committed to deliver a total of 60 engines. Currently, there is a firm contract for 20 engines which we have begun moving forward with, since the first two machines are to be delivered next June," a source from Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency, told the newspaper...

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Roscosmos is Assessing its Future Programs

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A series of recent, and often contradictory news reports, originating from Russian media outlets and picked up by western media, are only the latest signs that the Russia's space industry is jockeying for position in anticipation of updates to its long-term space exploration plan.

 

This new plan is expected to be formally released in time for the 2015 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS2015), which will be held in Moscow from August 25th - 30th, 2015...

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India launches biggest ever rocket into space

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Bangalore, India (AFP) Dec 18, 2014
India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.
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NASA Taps SpaceX To Launch TESS Satellite | SpaceNews.com

NASA Taps SpaceX To Launch TESS Satellite | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

WASHINGTON — NASA has selected SpaceX to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in mid-2017, the U.S. space agency announced Dec. 17.

NASA will pay $87 million for the launch, which is slated to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in August 2017. NASA says the contract covers the launch service, spacecraft processing, payload integration, tracking data and telemetry, and other launch support requirements.


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15 Ongoing Space Missions You Should Know About

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Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) landed a robot on a comet. While the exciting news seemed to come out of nowhere, you can be forgiven for sleeping through the initial launch—it happened in 2004.

 

Scientists and engineers at space agencies around the world play very long games. Rosetta traveled 6.4 billion kilometers before rendezvousing with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Even on the starship Enterprise, that’s well over an hour away at warp speed.

 

This raises the question: what else is going on up there? Here are 15 ongoing space missions you might not know about...

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Researchers Can Predict If Kickstarter Projects Will Succeed Within 4 Hours

Researchers Can Predict If Kickstarter Projects Will Succeed Within 4 Hours | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A research team recently put out a report describing a Kickstarter campaign success prediction model. Within four hours, the researchers write, the model can determine if a campaign will succeed with 76 percent accuracy...

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For all the space companies developing kickstarter campaigns.

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Russia, US to Cooperate on Orion Spacecraft Modernization

Russia, US to Cooperate on Orion Spacecraft Modernization | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 17, 2014 Russian Rocket and Space Corporation 'Energia' (Russian for Energy) and the US corporations Lockheed Martin and Boeing will jointly work on modernizing the US Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Orion so that it can dock with...

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O3b satellites integrated on Soyuz For Dec 18 Arianespace flight

O3b satellites integrated on Soyuz For Dec 18 Arianespace flight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 17, 2014 Arianespace's next medium-lift Soyuz to be launched from French Guiana is now complete following the integration of its "upper composite," which consists of four O3b Networks connectivity satellites, their...

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Canadian University sending students to Israel; The ideal place to teach entrepreneurs how to succeed

Canadian University sending students to Israel; The ideal place to teach entrepreneurs how to succeed | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

If you wanted to teach a group of high-achieving Canadian students to become more focused and passionate entrepreneurs, where in the world would you send them?

 

The Lassonde School of Engineering at Toronto’s York University knows where: Israel. Last summer, 21 Lassonde students spent three weeks in the Holy Land, learning essential lessons about business, life and global markets. Their itinerary ranged from business lectures and meeting entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, to pitching their business plans and touring Israel’s modern streets and ancient sites...

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Pittsburgh team wins Google Lunar XPrize awards, but contest may end without launch

Pittsburgh team wins Google Lunar XPrize awards, but contest may end without launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Google's Lunar XPrize contest awarded $750,000 in prizes Tuesday to a Pittsburgh team from Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic, even as the future of the contest is unclear.


The Milestone Prizes, one for imaging and one for mobility, come as Google announced that the $30 million contest to land a rover on the moon has been extended until the end of 2016 ; however, the extension, and the future of the contest, hinge on one of the teams in the competition submitting a launch schedule by Dec. 31, 2015...

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