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SpaceX Plans Drone Ship Rocket Landing for Jan. 17 Launch

SpaceX Plans Drone Ship Rocket Landing for Jan. 17 Launch | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

SpaceX hopes to make history again on Jan. 17 by landing a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching a payload into orbit...

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SpaceX Might Build BFR in Los Angeles – Parabolic Arc

SpaceX Might Build BFR in Los Angeles – Parabolic Arc | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX is looking to expand its footprint at the Port of Los Angeles in a move possibly related the manufacturing of its BFR booster.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 22, 9:52 PM
SpaceX is laying the groundwork to expand manufacturing in Los Angeles.
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President Donald J. Trump is Unveiling an America First National Space Strategy

President Donald J. Trump is Unveiling an America First National Space Strategy | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

AMERICA FIRST AMONG THE STARS: President Trump’s National Space Strategy works within his broader national security policy by putting America’s interests first. 


The Trump administration’s National Space Strategy prioritizes American interests first and foremost, ensuring a strategy that will make America strong, competitive, and great...

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Pence: To Lead in Space, US Needs Less Red Tape for Commercial Space Companies

Pence: To Lead in Space, US Needs Less Red Tape for Commercial Space Companies | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
At the second meeting of the newly reinstated National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials emphasized that the U.S. is on top in space, but highlighted that regulation would need to be streamlined to stay in the lead.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 22, 2:28 PM
National Space Council endorses loosening regulations that are slowing down American progress in space.
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SpaceX's Prototype Internet Satellites Are Up and Running

SpaceX's Prototype Internet Satellites Are Up and Running | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX launched two experimental satellites today (Feb. 22) designed to help lay the foundation for Starlink, a network that will consist of thousands of spacecraft providing broadband internet service to people around the world.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 24, 3:48 PM
SpaceX enters the satellite business with real hardware. How many balls can Elon Musk keep in the air at one time?
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The Commercial Space Blog: The Battle of the Space Billionaires

The Commercial Space Blog: The Battle of the Space Billionaires | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The successful launch of SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier this week is a reminder that, where once space was a proxy battlefield between world powers for glory and scientific advancement, the modern space race is more of a business venture waged by eccentric, real life superhero stand-ins who run multi-billion dollar companies...
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Next steps for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy — Air Force qualification

Next steps for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy — Air Force qualification | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SpaceX has said it plans to compete its new Falcon Heavy rocket for national security launches. Here's the process it'll have to go through.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 10, 4:26 PM
With a successful test flight under its belt, SpaceX is one step closer to launching large classified payloads for the USAF.
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Trump’s budget wants the US to stop watching the planet

Trump’s budget wants the US to stop watching the planet | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
NSF and NIH see huge cuts restored, but anything environmental is in trouble.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 13, 4:41 PM
The administration budget proposal for 2019 slashes anything that tries to learn more about the Earth and threats to it.
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Elon Musk's gigantic Mars rocket could launch on Feb. 6

Elon Musk's gigantic Mars rocket could launch on Feb. 6 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

Elon Musk's SpaceX repeatedly missed the promised January launch date of the Falcon Heavy, a massive rocket intended to orbit Mars. Now, the next-generation rocket will fire up its 27 engines by Feb. 6, tweeted Chris Gebhardt, assistant managing editor and writer for NASASpaceFlight.com...

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Here's everything NASA wants to get done in 2018

Here's everything NASA wants to get done in 2018 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Plenty of people like to spend the last few days of an old year planning what they'd like to accomplish in the new one. But typically, that list isn't quite as ambitious as the video to-do list NASA has released recounting its 2018 plans. The video details 18 launches, projects and goals that the agency wants to focus on this year...
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Aerospace Outlook: Opportunity Abounds In 2018

Aerospace Outlook: Opportunity Abounds In 2018 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

What lies ahead for the aerospace industry in 2018? Opportunity abounds in the coming year. Click through to read our predictions for this year...


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Falcon Heavy Rises Atop Pad 39A for First Time

Falcon Heavy Rises Atop Pad 39A for First Time | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
One of the most highly-anticipated rockets in history rose atop its launch pad for the first time today, December 28, 2017, as SpaceX’s triple-barreled Falcon Heavy went vertical in launch po…

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, December 29, 2017 3:26 PM
A long awaited sight: Falcon Heavy on the launch pad.
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Genes in Space-3 Successfully Identifies Unknown Microbes in Space

Genes in Space-3 Successfully Identifies Unknown Microbes in Space | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Being able to identify microbes in real time aboard the International Space Station, without having to send them back to Earth for identification first, would be revolutionary for the world of microbiology and space exploration. The Genes in Space-3 team turned that possibility into a reality this year, when it completed the first-ever sample-to-sequence process entirely aboard the space station. 

Results from their investigation were published in Scientific Reports.

The ability to identify microbes in space could aid in the ability to diagnose and treat astronaut ailments in real time, as well as assisting in the identification of DNA-based life on other planets. It could also benefit other experiments aboard the orbiting laboratory. Identifying microbes involves isolating the DNA of samples, and then amplifying – or making many copies - of that DNA that can then be sequenced, or identified...
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The biggest space missions and rocket launches we'll see in 2018

The biggest space missions and rocket launches we'll see in 2018 | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
There’s a lot going on

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, December 31, 2017 12:34 PM
2018 promises to be a big year for space activity, both by private industry and by national space agencies.
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The Commercial Space Blog: NASA & US Science Programs Win Big in 2018 US Budget

The Commercial Space Blog: NASA & US Science Programs Win Big in 2018 US Budget | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The 2018 omnibus budget passed by both the US Congress and the US Senate this week will allocate NASA $20.7Bln US ($26Bln CDN), significantly more than either the Trump Administration or NASA had originally requested...
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Using satellite technology to feed a growing world

Using satellite technology to feed a growing world | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
Global population is predicted to increase to almost ten billion people by 2050, requiring food production to increase by 70%. At the same time, the amount of land available to grow crops is declining rapidly, with 95% of the world's fare grown in soil. It is, therefore, incumbent that fields are used as efficiently as possible to guarantee security of food supply and long-term sustainability...
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Bigelow Space Operations Announces Partnership with CASIS to Fly Payloads to ISS – Parabolic Arc

Bigelow Space Operations Announces Partnership with CASIS to Fly Payloads to ISS – Parabolic Arc | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS, NV, February 20, 2018 (BSO PR) – Bigelow Space Operations (BSO) is proud to announce a partnership with the Center for the

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 23, 11:48 AM
BSO to help integrate research equipment onto ISS.
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SpaceX's biggest rival has a 'genius' plan to cut its rocket launch costs more than 70%

United Launch Alliance's upcoming Vulcan rocket will parachute its giant engines back to Earth for reuse, lowering launch costs to $100 million per mission.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 24, 4:22 PM
United Launch Alliance's plan for staying viable in the launch business depends on their Vulcan design.
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Sierra Nevada Receives Official NASA Launch Window for Dream Chaser – Parabolic Arc

Sierra Nevada Receives Official NASA Launch Window for Dream Chaser – Parabolic Arc | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
SPARKS, Nev. (February, 7, 2018) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) received NASA’s Authority to Proceed for the Dream Chaser spacecraft’s first mission, with a

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 8, 11:35 PM
Dream Chaser scheduled to lift supplies to ISS in 2020.
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The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows

The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
The White House's plan to end federal support of the orbiting laboratory and privatize it would probably run into strong opposition.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 12, 11:21 AM
The Trump administration wants to get out of the hotel in space (ISS) business. It's a great facility, but who could make a profit operating it?
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The new-age Manhattan Project: How do we protect today’s secrets from tomorrow’s quantum computers? - Fedscoop

The new-age Manhattan Project: How do we protect today’s secrets from tomorrow’s quantum computers? - Fedscoop | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

While quantum computers aren't here yet, there are growing calls to develop the cryptography to protect against them today...

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SpaceX to try and launch the mysterious Zuma satellite again [Updated]

SpaceX to try and launch the mysterious Zuma satellite again [Updated] | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
This flight will clear the way for the much anticipated Falcon Heavy flight.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, January 2, 8:26 PM
Originally intended to launch from Pad 39-A (see figure), Zuma is now slated to launch from Pad 40.
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China's out-of-control space station may crash to Earth in 2 months

China's out-of-control space station may crash to Earth in 2 months | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
China's first space station, called Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace," will soon explode over Earth into a rain of fiery debris. 

Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit research company, predicted last month that the derelict spacecraft would reenter Earth's atmosphere in mid-March, give or take two weeks — so possibly as early as the end of February or as late as April...
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Report calls for ISS research transition plan and use of alternative platforms - SpaceNews.com

Report calls for ISS research transition plan and use of alternative platforms - SpaceNews.com | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it

A recent report recommends that NASA develop ISS transition plans and make use of alternative platforms to carry out critical microgravity research...

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Russia’s space launch failures have the country’s officials concerned

Russia’s space launch failures have the country’s officials concerned | Aerospace and aviation construction | Scoop.it
MOSCOW — Russia’s latest space launch failures have prompted authorities to take a closer look into the nation’s struggling space industry, the Kremlin said Thursday. A Russian weather satellite and nearly 20 micro-satellites from other nations were lost following a failed launch from Russia’s new cosmodrome in the Far East on Nov. 28. 

And in another blow to the Russian space industry, communications with a Russian-built communications satellite for Angola, the African nation’s first space vehicle, were lost following its launch on Tuesday...
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How China is taking on the world in space

China has been developing their space program for almost as long the US starting in 1958 but it's only quite recently that it has caught up with the west and is poised to be a leader in space in the next decade or so. In this video, we look at how China is taking on the world in space...

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