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20th Anniversary of the first DC-X Flight - special event in New Mexico

20th Anniversary of the first DC-X Flight - special event in New Mexico | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The DC-X (Delta Clipper eXperimental) project was a seminal event in the development of the NewSpace approach to space development. Using a 1950′s X-project organizational style, it accomplished all its goals (e.g. repeated vertical takeoffs and landings, rapid turnaround between flights, lightweight hydrogen tank, flight operation with a very small team, etc.) at 1/10th cost that would have been spent if carried out in the standard NASA/USAF procurement manner. The project aimed to be the start of a systematic step-by-step development program leading to a fully reusable orbital launch vehicle. Unfortunately, while DC-X/XA successfully made the first step, the project got derailed with the over-complicated, over-ambitious X-33.

 

 

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SpaceX on a Roll | Parabolic Arc

SpaceX on a Roll | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Continuing our look at recent U.S. launches, we turn our gaze to Elon Musk’s scrappy start-up, SpaceX.

 

In poker terms, the California-based company now holds three of a kind….three 5′s, that is. They’ve had 5 largely successful flights of its Falcon 9 rocket (with one secondary payload placed in the wrong orbit), 5 flights of the Grasshopper test bed, and 5 flights of the Falcon 1 rocket with a pair of successes and a trio of failures. There also have been four successful flights and recoveries of the Dragon spacecraft.

 

 

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Volunteers set sights on Mars mission | YouTube

Volunteers set sights on Mars mission | YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Living on another planet has long been the realm of science fiction - but not anymore. At the Mars One project, researchers are working on putting human beings on the surface of Mars within just ten years. And they don't just want to put people on Mars - they want to establish a permanent human settlement there. Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports

 

 

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Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport  (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport.

 

 

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Space Investing: The Science of Rocket Investing

Space Investing: The Science of Rocket Investing | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space investing, it’s not rocket science. Investors are known to demand returns proportional to the risks they assume, but you might be surprised by what convinces them to put their money in NewSpace ventures. For the past two decades we’ve seen early-stage capital flood to Internet and mobile startups, but increasingly, investors are looking for more systemic innovations. While they love financial profit (who doesn’t?) many are in it for more than just the monetary returns.

 

 

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The Impact of SpaceX on Telsa Motors | YouTube

The Impact of SpaceX on Telsa Motors | YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Tesla Motors is challenging the giants of the global auto industry with all-electric cars—and a new approach to building them. Take a look at their assembly lines, and the philosophy behind them.

 

 

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John Carmack’s $8M pipe dream meets reality: Armadillo Aerospace on life support

John Carmack’s $8M pipe dream meets reality: Armadillo Aerospace on life support | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

One day after speaking at the QuakeCon in Dallas, John Carmack—the famed video game designer and space entrepreneur—confirmed to Ars that he’s “winding down” his company, Armadillo Aerospace. The private space company began in 2000, and eventually began doing contract work for NASA, but it turned to developing reusable rockets in recent years.

 

“I laid off most of the full-time employees,” Carmack told Ars on Friday. “[We have a few doing some] minor part-time hours, and there’s one guy still on there. We still have the building, and I own materials there, and I don’t have the funding to continue development.”

 

 

Stratocumulus's insight:

Good luck John. It was a bold effort. Some companies will boom. Some will go bust. Competition and free enterprise.

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One Way Astronaut - Official Trailer

The documentary One Way Astronaut is about the Mars One project’s goal to send private teams on one way trips to the Red Planet to create a permanent settlement. You can download ($4.95) or watch ($2.95) the full movie at onewayastronaut.com. Above is a trailer for the film.

 

One Way Astronaut is about the people who are following this project closely: aspiring astronauts. Stephan, Sara, Henri and Beatriz are 4 people who, like tens of thousands of applicants from all over the world, say they are willing to spend the rest of their lives on Mars. It is the story of Mars One and its founder Bas Lansdorp in the early stages. Space experts answer questions about the likelihood of Mars One succeeding and discuss the kind of risks the astronauts will be taking. The degree of worldwide personal interest this mission has already attracted tells us something about our society today.

 

One Way Astronaut is an independent production by Tetteroo Media.

 

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NASA To Pair Space Taxi Development with Tickets To Ride | SpaceNews.com

NASA To Pair Space Taxi Development with Tickets To Ride | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The company or companies that win the next round of NASA commercial crew development funds will do more than build, test-fly and certify their spaceships. The agreements also are expected to cover up to six operational missions per vendor to ferry crew to the international space station, program managers said at an Aug. 1 industry briefing here to discuss a draft solicitation for the program’s next phase.

 

“It’s really two contracts in one,” said Maria Collura, Commercial Crew Program certification manager. “That is a significant difference from what we do with many contracts with NASA.”

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Doing Impossible Things - The Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Summit 2013 |YouTube

Doing Impossible Things - The Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Summit 2013 |YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Summit 2013 took place in Santiago Chile this year. The competitors met to discuss the status of the Google Lunar XPRIZE and their progress in the competition. The team members sat down to discuss their dreams and how they plan on achieving them.

 

 

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Armadillo Out of Money, in “Hibernation” | Parabolic Arc

Armadillo Out of Money, in “Hibernation” | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

... The current situation was the result of a decision Carmack said he made two years ago to stop accepting contract work and push for the development of a suborbital reusable sounding rocket. “We thought we were within striking distance of the suborbital cargo markets, the NASA CRuSR payloads,” he said, a reference to NASA’s Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research program (now part of the Flight Opportunities program) that funded launches of vehicles like Armadillo’s STIG rockets for carrying various experimental payloads. The contract work Armadillo had was generating an operating profit, Carmack said, but “I reached the conclusion that we just weren’t going to get where we needed to go with that.”

 

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Commercial Crew Looks Forward to Future Flights

Commercial Crew Looks Forward to Future Flights | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Since its inception, the procurement strategy of NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) has been based on reaching common ground with industry partners as they work together to establish safe and cost-effective American crew launch capabilities to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

 

"The success of this program is directly related to the success of our industry partners," said CCP Manager Ed Mango. "While our program priorities have not changed, it's important that we have this open dialogue now and set expectations together so that NASA can have the highest quality crew transportation system come 2017."

 

 

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CCP: Charting New Adventures, Seeking New Ships

NASA's Commercial Crew Program captures the rich history of human spaceflight and the American spirit as it works with the aerospace industry to chart new adventures and seeks to find safe and cost-effective ships to sail to the International Space Station.

 

 

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NASA Outlines its Plans for Commercial Crew Certification | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA Outlines its Plans for Commercial Crew Certification | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a recent conference with its industry partners, NASA outlined the next phase of its strategy to enable the certification of commercial crew transportation systems to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The goal is to return domestic launch and transportation capability by the year 2017.

 

 

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy Introduces Bill to Streamline Commercial Spaceflight Regulations | SpaceRef Business

Congressman Kevin McCarthy Introduces Bill to Streamline Commercial Spaceflight Regulations | SpaceRef Business | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R) has introduced H.R. 3038, the Suborbital and Orbital Advancement and Regulatory Streamlining (SOARS) Act, intended to streamline the regulatory process associated with commercial spaceflight.

 

The bill was referred to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee where it may get full support from the Republicans on the committee but likely no support from the Democrats.

 

Co-sponsoring the bill is Congressman Bill Posey (R) of Florida, who is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

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Mars One Holds Million Martians Meeting with Few Earthlings in Attendance | SpaceRef

Mars One, the organization attempting to lead a One Way mission to Mars with the goal of colonization, held what it called the Million Martians Meeting at George Washington University last Saturday. Unfortunately for Mars One and its co-founder and CEO, Bas Lansdorp, few people showed up.

 

While Mars One has garnered its fair share of press, it lacks the financial resources to actually make its ambitious plan a success. Like the Mars Direct plan championed by Robert Zubrin in the 90's, and for which he continues to push including at this event, there is no political or financial backing for these types of missions. Until there is either a financial return on investment or a political desire for a manned Mars mission, which would be a return mission, these types of space dreams are but the stuff of science fiction.

 

NASA and other space agencies do plan on sending humans to Mars but no timetable has been set. At the moment they are continuing with robotic precursor missions.

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One-Way Mars Trip: Aspiring Martian Colonists Land In Washington

One-Way Mars Trip: Aspiring Martian Colonists Land In Washington | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A group of volunteers hoping to become the first human Martians congregated in one spot for the first time Saturday (Aug. 3) to discuss their hopes to join the Mars One mission, a project to send colonists on a one-way trip to the Red Planet.

Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp addressed a crowd of about 50 Mars One applicants, almost all male, in an auditorium here at George Washington University. The mood at the event, which was webcast live, was something akin to a gamer's LAN party — excited discussions blended with nerdy banter. But the purpose was serious.

 

 

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Space Investing | Space Angels Network

Space Investing | Space Angels Network | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space investing offers immense opportunity. The global space economy in 2012 was valued at over $300 billion in commercial revenue and government budgets, and is expected to grow to $600 billion by 2030. This growth has been and will continue to be fueled primarily by growth in the commercial sector.

 

The space industry has reached a pivotal moment in its development, where a shift toward private enterprise is enabling the growth of an entirely new industry. Today, exciting new investment opportunities exist in an arena that was once only within the reach of governments. The shift to private industry is also benefitting the public sector, enabling governments to focus their limited resources on aspirations that are not yet economically viable, such as deep space exploration. In an era of declining government budgets, commercial partners with a focus on reducing costs is making public investments in exploration and big science projects more viable, such as missions to Mars.

 

This new approach to the space industry and exploration is known as NewSpace. When we say NewSpace, we are not talking merely of the general commercialization of space, as there has been a commercial element in space activities for decades, but rather the cultural and philosophical shift toward greater private entity participation.

 

 

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Colorado Space Companies Seek to Expand Business Beyond Front Range | Parabolic Arc

Colorado Space Companies Seek to Expand Business Beyond Front Range | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

DENVER (CSC PR) – A group, of Colorado aerospace leaders, is hitting the road to seek additional suppliers and subcontractors as well as develop critical partnerships and dialog on opportunities in the space industry. The inaugural Aerospace Business Development Road Trip is set to roll August 5-9 and is hosted by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable(CSBR), a networking organization of large- and small-aerospace companies.

 

“The fact that Colorado is a leading space state is not very well known, despite the fact that Colorado ranks second nationally in private-sector aerospace employment,” says Edgar Johansson, CSBR President. “This aerospace road trip is one way we are trying to promote Colorado’s strength in the industry.”

 

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NASA EDGE: CubeSat Workshop | YouTube

NASA EDGE: CubeSat Workshop | YouTube | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

NASA EDGE and special guest host Tiffany Nail explore the latest developments in nanosat technology at the 10th Annual CubeSat Development Workshop.

 

 

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Spaceport America Readies to Welcome Space Tourists

Spaceport America Readies to Welcome Space Tourists | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. — Spread across 18,000 acres, Spaceport America continues to preen itself here in anticipation of booming business as the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.

The "fit-out" of the Spaceport Operations Center continues at the site. New fire trucks and emergency vehicles are now on station, and field maintenance activities are in full swing. A runway extension effort is complete, now yielding a 12,000-foot "spaceway" to handle the projected comings and goings of anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which plans to begin commercial space tourism flights there in the coming years.

 

Spaceport America tours are treating ticket-holding visitors to up-close-and-personal encounters with the sprawling complex, located adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. Ongoing work continues to flesh out both on- and off-site welcome centers, which are expected to be complete next year.

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SpaceX Appetite for U.S. Launch Sites Grows | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Appetite for U.S. Launch Sites Grows | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is awaiting word from NASA about whether it can take over one of the space shuttle’s launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center here. But even if its proposal is accepted, bringing its current U.S. launch complex tally to three, the company will still pursue another site, most likely in Texas, for its growing commercial business.

 

“Each of the pads has its own niche and we have plenty of business to fill each pad,” said Garrett Reisman, a former astronaut who now oversees SpaceX’s commercial crew programs.

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A Brief History of NewSpace Suborbital Launches | Parabolic Arc

A Brief History of NewSpace Suborbital Launches | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The FAA has on its website lists of the 216 licensed and 28 permitted launches the agency has approved since 1989. They provide fascinating insights into the state of the U.S. launch industry during that period.

 

In this excerpt, we will examine permitted and licensed “NewSpace” suborbital launches by Armadillo Aerospace, Blue Origin, Scaled Composites and SpaceX. We will see how prizes and competitions have helped to spur on launch vehicle development, the long gaps that can follow initial spurts of progress as companies take the next steps, and how few flights some billionaires are actually getting for their money.

 

 

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Carmack: Armadillo Aerospace in “hibernation mode” | NewSpace Journal

Carmack: Armadillo Aerospace in “hibernation mode” | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Armadillo Aerospace, the suborbital vehicle company founded and funded by video game designer John Carmack, has kept a low profile in recent months. The company did not participate in the recent Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Colorado, an event where Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, Virgin Galactic, and XCOR Aerospace all had special sessions. The last news from the company was in late February, when it reported on the launch of its STIG-B rocket at Spaceport America in early January. That launch failed when the main parachute snagged and didn’t deploy properly, causing the rocket to hit the ground at high speed.

 

There is a good reason for that silence over the last five months: the company is, for the time being, effectively out of money. “The situation that we’re at right now is that things are turned down to sort of a hibernation mode,” Carmack said Thursday evening at the QuakeCon gaming conference in Dallas. “I did spin down most of the development work for this year” after the crash, he said.

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With the shuttle done, a co-founder of Microsoft sees an opening in space

With the shuttle done, a co-founder of Microsoft sees an opening in space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Start with the largest aircraft ever built, with a wingspan longer than a football field and a split fuselage fitted with six Boeing 747 jet engines — enough thrust to get 1.3 million pounds off the ground, about 425,000 pounds more than a fully loaded 747. Sling a 120-foot, three-stage rocket below the aircraft, and when the plane reaches 30,000 feet, fire the rocket into space. Then the plane flies back to Earth.

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen calls his newest venture Strato­launch, a system designed to lift 13,500-pound payloads — satellites, science experiments, cargo and, eventually, humans — into low-Earth orbit, where the space shuttle used to fly and where the international space station still dwells. Construction of the aircraft is underway in California, with test flights planned for the end of 2016 and the first mission to occur in late 2017 or early 2018.

 

 

Stratocumulus's insight:

According to the article:

 

"It is always desirable to launch to the east to capi­tal­ize on the direction of the Earth’s spin. The Earth travels about 1,000 mph west to east at the equator; you need to reach a speed of 17,000 mph to get to low-Earth orbit, so there’s no point in penalizing yourself 1,000 mph by heading in the wrong direction."

 

"No, not 'always.'" says Rand Simberg, of TransterrestrialMusings.com. "Only for low-inclination orbits. For very high inclination, or retrograde, it’s actually preferable to launch from a high latitude (ideally, for a retrograde orbit, you’d like to launch from a pole, to eliminate any earth rotation, because it’s rotating in the wrong direction)."

 

http://www.transterrestrial.com/?p=50610&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

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SSMS Science's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:03 PM

Well if you didn't read the article then you should because this astronomical jet is the largest jet to ever made(of any jet). It has a wing span longer than a football field and 747 engines it tackes 425,000 more thrust then a fully loaded jumbo jet when it is completly empty. It also has a 120 foot long 3 stage rocket underneath it. The jet's main mission is to launch the rocket once it reaches 30,000 feet. Paul Allen calls his newest venture "Stratolaunch", it is desind to lift 13,500 pounds payloads in satelites, experiments, cargo and humans. But it's not going to hapen any time soon.TP