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Debating Support for Commercial Spaceflight

Debating Support for Commercial Spaceflight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This week saw the successful arrival of SpaceX's Dragon at the International Space Station, satisfying the delivery component of the first flight under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract. Earlier this week also saw a posting on The Space Review, “Perceptions vs. reality in NASA's commercial crew and cargo program”, pointing out that support for commercial spaceflight from a policy and law standpoint extends back to previous administrations. (Stone, 2012.) Although this article was an attempt to show that support for commercial spaceflight is not simply a manifestation of the current administration, it does miss part of the equation...

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After SpaceShipTwo Tragedy, How Will Virgin Galactic Return to Flight?

After SpaceShipTwo Tragedy, How Will Virgin Galactic Return to Flight? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The fatal crash of a SpaceShipTwo space plane earlier this year sent shockwaves through the world of private space travel, but suborbital spaceship's builder Virgin Galactic is making strides to learn from the tragic accident and move forward.
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The past, present, and future potential of NASA's nuclear space rocket program - ExtremeTech

The past, present, and future potential of NASA's nuclear space rocket program - ExtremeTech | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Shortly after Apollo 11, Wernher von Braun, one of the fathers of rocket science, proposed that we develop a reusable Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) rocket to colonize the Moon...

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Russia's Glonass to Provide Brazil With Alternative to GPS

Russia's Glonass to Provide Brazil With Alternative to GPS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Dec 26, 2014 The Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) will provide Brazilians with an alternative to the American Global Positioning System (GPS), giving them more localized data and stability, the Glonass...

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Canada's cluttered startup accelerator scene: Handicap or fast-track to success?

Canada's cluttered startup accelerator scene: Handicap or fast-track to success? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In Canada a debate flames higher every year: some accelerators are producing results, but too many aren’t, even as more and more are created every year...

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Angara-A5 Launch Opens New Page in Russia's Space Exploration

Angara-A5 Launch Opens New Page in Russia's Space Exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The successful launch of Russia's newest heavy rocket, the Angara A5, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, is a significant milestone in the history of Russia's rocket industry, providing the state with independent access to space.

 

The collapse of the USSR in the beginning of 1990s resulted in dissolution of the Soviet airspace industry infrastructure: plants and design bureaus located in former republics were divided from Russia by new interstate borders...

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2014: The Year in Space for Canada

2014: The Year in Space for Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With regards to both Dickens and cursing Chinese philosophers, 2014 was certainly the "best of times," the "worst of times," and perhaps even the "most interesting of times" for the Canadian space industry, although the specifics mostly depended on whether you worked at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) or somewhere else.

 

So, with that in mind, here are some of the high and low points for the Canadian space sector in 2014...

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Skunk Works Continues Demos Of Open Architecture Tech

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Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is continuing work to mature and demonstrate its "open system architecture" (OSA) capabilities with flights of various sensors on the venerable U-2 test aircraft at the company’s facility in Palmdale, California.
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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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China, Russia and the United States are Developing Ace-Spay Eapons-Way - Slate Magazine

China, Russia and the United States are Developing Ace-Spay Eapons-Way - Slate Magazine | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When Russia launched into space an object known as 2014-28E in May, no one batted an eye. The object was part of a communications satellite launch, and experts wrote it off as rocket debris...

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FFD signs Space Act Agreement with NASA for Space Suit Development

FFD signs Space Act Agreement with NASA for Space Suit Development | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Final Frontier Design (FFD) is proud to announce the signing of a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA to collaborate on the development, design review, and testing of its launch and re-entry space suit for orbital space flight...

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The net is mightier than the sword | James Corbett

The net is mightier than the sword | James Corbett | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Since the rise of the internet people have changed from mere audiences into authors and editors. With pieces of technology small enough to fit the whole world into your pocket, a revolution might be on its way. The Net is now mightier than the sword.

 

James Corbett started The Corbett Report website in 2007 as an outlet for independent critical analysis of politics, society, history, and economics. Since then he has written, recorded and edited over 1000 hours of audio and video media for the website, including a weekly podcast and several regular online video series...

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Thirty-five years of Ariane: how Ariane was born

Thirty-five years of Ariane: how Ariane was born | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As a new and crucial chapter is being written in the extraordinary Ariane saga, the space community is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first Ariane flight, on 24 December 1979, which made the ambition of European access to space a reality.

 

After the misfortune encountered by Ariane's forerunner, Europa, and the difficulties experienced by the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) in defining a sustainable scenario for the design and production of a European launcher, this triumph was just reward for the combined efforts of the institutional and industrial actors - local, national and intergovernmental alike...

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Photo Gallery: Space in 2014 | Aviation Week

Photo Gallery: Space in 2014 | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

From the lows of the SpaceShipTwo fatal crash and Antares lift-off explosion to the high of Europe’s Rosetta comet-rendezvous and landing mission, 2014 was an eventful year for the space industry...

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Euroconsult's latest report targets satellite value chain

Euroconsult's latest report targets satellite value chain | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, Montreal, Washington D.C., December 22, 2014 - Euroconsult's latest report, Satellite Value Chain: The Snapshot, brings together a selection of key trends and indicators on supply and demand from Euroconsult's 2014 reports complemented by additional dedicated research on the commercial satellite business to give a snapshot of the commercial satellite value chain...

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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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