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The final frontier of investment: meet the space angels | Science Omega

The final frontier of investment: meet the space angels | Science Omega | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Who are the space angels and what role are they likely to play in the future of space-related research? ScienceOmega.com asks Chad Anderson, Principal and Director of European Operations for the Space Angels Network.

 

 

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Bill Nye and XCOR's Andrew Nelson...

...talk life, suborbital research and Lynx at Space Tech Expo in Long Beach.

 

Bill Nye was kind enough to stop by and discuss the near-term future of suborbital space flight and research with XCOR COO Andrew Nelson, and let us know more about what Planetary Society is up to itself!

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Planetary Resources Embarks on First Crowdfunded Space Telescope | SpaceRef

Planetary Resources Embarks on First Crowdfunded Space Telescope | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Less than a couple of hours after announcing its plan to crowd source a space telescope, the Planetary Resources Kickstarter campaign has already reached 10% of its goal of $1,000,000.

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$1 million crowdfunding campaign offers time on a space telescope

$1 million crowdfunding campaign offers time on a space telescope | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Long before it gets into asteroid mining, Planetary Resources plans to let its supporters use the company's first Arkyd-100 space telescope to make astronomical discoveries or just take orbital "selfies" — as long as they come up with at least $1 million in Kickstarter pledges.

 

"If we're successful, we'll go off and create the material we need to do this public activity and make it happen," the venture's president and chief engineer, Chris Lewicki, told NBC News.

 

The crowdfunding campaign was launched Wednesday at Seattle's Museum of Flight, not far from Planetary Resources' headquarters in suburban Bellevue. Like other Kickstarter projects, this one offers a range of pledge levels, starting at $10 and going up to $10,000.

 

 

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Planetary Resources Announces World's First Crowdfunded Space Telescope Campaign | SpaceRef

Planetary Resources Announces World's First Crowdfunded Space Telescope Campaign | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, has launched a campaign for the world's first crowdfunded space telescope to provide unprecedented public access to space and place the most advanced exploration technology into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of citizen explorers.

Planetary Resources' technical team, who worked on every recent U.S. Mars lander and rover, will provide direct access to an ARKYD space telescope making space widely available for inspiration, exploration and research. "I've operated rovers and landers on Mars, and now I can share that incredible experience with everyone. People of any age and background will be able to point the telescope outward to investigate our Solar System, deep space, or join us in our study of near-Earth asteroids," said Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.

 

 

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An Inside Look at SNC's Dream Chaser

Cheryl McPhillips, the NASA Commercial Crew Program partner manager for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), discusses the uniqueness of the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft and the milestones SNC plans to meet during the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative.

 

 

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Former NFL Pro-Bowler launches "Floatball" - The Big Game of the Future on Kickstarter!! | SpaceRef

Reston, Virginia - May 22, 2013: There is a Big Game in every sport, but the BIG GAME of the future is called, "Floatball". What is Floatball? Floatball is a new electrifying, futuristic game whose concept was developed by former 4-time NFL Pro-Bowl linebacker and CEO of JAKA Consulting Group, Ken Harvey; and JAKA President, Allen Herbert, an aerospace engineer.

To introduce the creation of Floatball to the world, along with the intricacies of the game, Harvey and Herbert are creating a graphic novel that will give you a bird's eye view of this revolutionary sport. The story written by Ken and scientifically verified by Allen, will take the reader on a journey through a new futuristic sport, the dynamics of Floatball. What's exciting about Floatball is that it can now be played on earth, in a Zero Gravity plane, in water and on land.

 

 

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The private road to Mars | The Space Review

The private road to Mars | The Space Review | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

President George W. Bush’s 2004 Vision for Space Exploration featured human missions to Mars at an unspecified date after a 2020 return to the Moon, while President Barack Obama in 2010 called for a human mission to orbit Mars in the mid-2030s and a landing to follow presumably shortly thereafter.

 

Yet, recently private ventures believe they can beat NASA and other government agencies in this hardest and costliest of human spaceflight ventures. Inspiration Mars is proceeding with plans to mount a 2018 crewed flyby mission, while MarsOne has plans to land humans on Mars—to stay—as early as 2023. What do they know that the experts in the space agencies don’t?

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3D Printing Could Aid Deep-Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says

3D Printing Could Aid Deep-Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Technological advances are bringing down the cost of space research and exploration, with 3D printing poised to provide a transformative leap, NASA chief Charles Bolden says.

 

During a tour of the space agency's Ames Research Center here Friday (May 24), Bolden lauded the scientific potential of PhoneSats, tiny and inexpensive spacecraft based on off-the-shelf smartphones. And he singled out 3D printing as a promising key enabler of humanity's push out into the solar system.

 

"As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we'll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume," Bolden said. "In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space."

 

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Meet the only company that still thinks a manned spacecraft should fly back to earth

Meet the only company that still thinks a manned spacecraft should fly back to earth | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In a hangar next to an enormous dry lake in the Mojave desert, a new spacecraft that could launch the next generation of space travel is about to begin the testing. What it sets it apart is it’s the only manned spacecraft currently being built that can actually fly back home.

 

What’s more, the Dream Chaser, as its corny name suggests, is that rare piece of technology that is both a leap forward and a throwback.

Stratocumulus's insight:

Actually, SpaceShipTwo from Virgin Galactic and Lynx from XCOR are also both being designed to fly back home.

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Hurtling into Space

A couple of news stories this week about Virgin Galactic's progress in putting tourists into space raises the perennial question: Can it made safe? Flying in space will never be truly safe, but then again, flying in the atmosphere is not completely safe, either. There are risks involved any time you accelerate a person to speeds faster than they can walk, and lift them higher than a few feet above the surface. If things go wrong, people can and will get hurt. I made it my profession to hurtle human beings into low earth orbit for over three decades, with the entire weight and support of the United States government and some of the best operational and engineering minds in the world. Yet we still lost two spacecraft and 14 lives.

 

This needs to be remembered if you are currently holding a reservation or are currently on standby for a flight on Virgin Galactic's Spaceship 2. Or perhaps you know someone considering such a flight. For those frequent travelers who have the entire airline safety briefing memorized and can recite it along with the flight attendant, it would pay to take notice that on a supersonic lob into space, the risks are real. Listening up might be worthwhile.

 

 

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Space tourism industry faces safety concerns | CBC News

Space tourism industry faces safety concerns | CBC News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space-industry watchers expressed concern that the emerging space tourism sector is not being candid enough about the safety risks for travellers.

 

They voiced some concerns during a conference of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, which held three days of meetings in Montreal.

 

Tommaso Sgobba, an aeronautical engineer and the agency's outgoing president, called suborbital flight safety "a serious matter that should be pursued with openness and transparency."

 

 

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Rob Keegan's curator insight, July 17, 2014 2:07 AM

This topic represents my absolute ultimate dream of one day being able to take a passanger flight into Space !! This artcle points out that the safety issues around its development is not transparent.

The safety issues of flying into space to me would be astromically emense, but it is the future. I agree with the intent of this article that the issues of safety around this industry should be open source to keep everybody as informed as possible. 

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One Year Ago Today | Dragon's First Trip to Station

May 25, 2012: Dragon's first flight to the International Space Station.

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The Bioethics of Mars One

The Bioethics of Mars One | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"We have a few thousand hours of experience in living in weightlessness, a few tens of hours at 1/6th of a gravity on the moon, trillions of hours of experience in one gravity, but absolutely none at the 0.38 gravity of Mars. And we have no experience whatsoever of creating offspring in any gravity environment other than our own. We have absolutely no data on whether or not a mammal, let alone a primate, let alone a human, can conceive and gestate in gravity fields other than earth’s. And even if it is possible to do so, we don’t know what the implications would be for the children issued, in terms of birth deformities and resulting health problems. Are you planning to send fertile couples on this mission, with such a risk?"

 

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pvanhouts's comment, May 30, 2013 4:31 PM
Sex in Space. There's absolutely going to be some attention for this topic at some point
pvanhouts's comment, May 30, 2013 4:35 PM
most interesting IMHO is the concluding paragraph. That would be an interesting space lab; having unlimited sex and getting women pregnant to study those events scientifically. Any volunteers? ;-)
Stratocumulus's comment, May 30, 2013 6:47 PM
I think they're planning on starting with hamsters and gerbils first :-)
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Planetary Resources Announces ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

 

Find out more on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/19ma7DQ

 

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Planetary Resources prepares to make a giant leap in space crowdfunding | NewSpace Journal

Planetary Resources prepares to make a giant leap in space crowdfunding | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources, the Seattle-area startup that revealed plans just over a year ago to develop a series of small spacecraft to prospect and, eventually, extract resources from near Earth asteroids, announced plans today to raise $1 million through crowdfunding to provide public access to one of its first spacecraft.

 

The company used an event in Seattle today to reveal plans for what it calls “the world’s first crowdfunded space telescope”: access to one of its Arkyd-100 series small spacecraft in low Earth orbit specifically designed for public outreach. Backers of the crowdfunding campaign, run through the Kickstarter site, will have access to the space telescope for observations or simply a commemorative image, depending on the size of their donation.

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ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

Since the formation of Planetary Resources, our primary goal has been to build technology enabling us to prospect and mine asteroids. We've spent the last year making great leaps in the development of these technologies. These advancements have presented us with the opportunity to engage in another passion of our team: to make space exploration accessible to everyone.

Space has always been something that most people only dream about. Very few ever get the chance to experience space — to feel that overwhelming sense of awe described by astronauts. Our challenge and vision is this: how can we make that a reality?

 

 

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Dream Chaser Unveiled at NASA Dryden | Parabolic Arc

Dream Chaser Unveiled at NASA Dryden | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

EDWARDS AFB, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden visited the agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Wednesday, May 22, taking the opportunity to see the Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser test vehicle that had arrived at the center a week earlier.

 

Bolden, SNC’s Director of Flight Operations and former NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey and Patrick Stoliker, deputy director of NASA Dryden, outlined the coming ground and flight tests for the Dream Chaser to news media representatives gathered in a hangar at the NASA field center. SNC is preparing the vehicle for tow, captive-carry and free-flight tests at Dryden, which is located on Edwards Air Force Base, later this year.

 

 

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Can Earthlings Crowdfund a Moon Colony?

Can Earthlings Crowdfund a Moon Colony? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The idea of moon colony isn't quite so alien anymore.

 

Bigelow Aerospace LLC, a Las Vegas-based company that makes inflatable space habitats, has reached an agreement with NASA to study the possibility of returning men to the moon. It's part of a larger effort to identify government and private investments to advance human space exploration.

 

 

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Is It Time For A Private Space Race?

Is It Time For A Private Space Race? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

With the NASA on Russia for rides to the International Space Station (ISS) at $70.7m a seat until 2017 at the earliest, advocates of space exploration are increasingly looking to the private sector for their jetpack, moonwalk, rocket-powered future.

 

NASA’s designs for the Space Launch System and the Orion capsule could play an important part in future space exploration but they have yet to take flight. Meanwhile for-profit companies are busy launching, designing and, yes, dreaming about humanity’s future in space.

 

 

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3D Printer Launching to Space Station in 2014

3D Printer Launching to Space Station in 2014 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A 3D printer is slated to arrive at the International Space Station next year, where it will crank out the first parts ever manufactured off planet Earth.

 

The company Made in Space is partnering with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on the 3D Printing in Zero G Experiment (or 3D Print for short), which aims to jump-start an off-planet manufacturing capability that could aid humanity's push out into the solar system.

 

"The 3D Print experiment with NASA is a step towards the future. The ability to 3D-print parts and tools on demand greatly increases the reliability and safety of space missions while also dropping the cost by orders of magnitude," Made in SpaceAaron Kemmer said in a statement.

 

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A year after SpaceX's first major launch, space exploration has never been hotter

A year after SpaceX's first major launch, space exploration has never been hotter | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A year ago, space transportation startup SpaceX successfully launched a private unmanned ship into space to bring cargo to the International Space Station.

 

While this moment is just one in many historic moments concerning space, the event’s relative recentness gives it weight. The moment also skyrocketed the company’s net worth to nearly $5 billion — something that showed investors that putting a lot of cash into space could be lucrative and contributing to science.

 

On top of this event, here are a few other awesome developments we’ve seen in the past year concerning efforts to explore space:

 

 

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Buzz Aldrin on Capsules

Buzz Aldrin on Capsules | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

"Every member of Congress who has a NASA center in his district seems to think that makes him an expert on space technology. Fortunately, their opinions may not be relevant much longer. The sooner we take human spaceflight out of the hands of politicians, the better."

 

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Safety Experts Hit Secrecy, Lack of Transparency in Emerging Space Tourism Sector | Parabolic Arc

Safety Experts Hit Secrecy, Lack of Transparency in Emerging Space Tourism Sector | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Space industry safety experts called for more openness in the emerging suborbital space tourism market during a gathering in Montreal over the weekend.

 

 

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Unplugged: Richard Branson's otherworldly space quest

Unplugged: Richard Branson's otherworldly space quest | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

MONTREAL — If you think that civilian space travel is pure folly, then you are probably underestimating the vision and vigilance of two of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time: Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.

 

If anyone is capable of pulling off recreational rocket rides, it is these two.

 

Although they have each launched companies dedicated to bringing suborbital space travel to the pedestrian public, they have yet to share with each other details of their respective commercial forays into the final frontier.

 

But that should soon change.

 

 

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