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Is Another Moon Mission Written In The Stars? | NPR

 

It's been 40 years since NASA launched Apollo 17, its final human mission to the moon. The commander of that mission says he'd love to give up his claim to fame as "the last man on the moon" but concedes that it probably won't happen in his lifetime.

 

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Paragon SDC Building Spacesuits, Life Support System for Golden Spike’s Moon Voyages | Parabolic Arc

Paragon SDC Building Spacesuits, Life Support System for Golden Spike’s Moon Voyages | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Paragon, of Tucson, AZ, is working with Golden Spike to design and provide the space suit systems for lunar surface operations as well as the environmental control and life support systems for the transit spacecraft and lunar lander. The space suit, thermal control and life support technologies will be a mix of systems developed by NASA and industry, providing a safe, robust and low cost, commercial solution for Golden Spike Company.

 

 

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WSU researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock

Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful - like a needed wrench or replacement part.

 

"It sounds like science fiction, but now it's really possible," says Amit Bandyopadhyay, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.

 

 

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With a view from beyond the moon, an astronaut talks religion, politics and possibilities

With a view from beyond the moon, an astronaut talks religion, politics and possibilities | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

THE PASSAGE of time has rounded the sharp edges of some details. But on certain nights, Maj. Gen. William A. Anders, USAF, Ret., stands outside his Orcas Island home, gazes across the ink-black night sky over San Juan Channel and feels a brilliant new moon pull his mind all the way back into its orbit.

 

When you are one of the first three of your species to leave your planet and travel to another, certain things tend to stick with you, even a half-century later. For Anders, the brightest highlights of his historic flight on Apollo 8, from the Earth to the moon, 44 years ago this month, are more vivid than the most recent mooring of his boat, Apogee, at Deer Harbor.

 

 

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Andrew Nelson -- XCOR's Lynx Development Updates | Moonandback

Andrew Nelson -- XCOR's Lynx Development Updates | Moonandback | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

In an interview at ISPCS in Las Cruces, XCOR Aerospace’s Andrew Nelson shares updates on the progress of Lynx spaceplane development, discusses key subcontracting decisions and outlines the differences between projected models.

 

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Working On The Railroad

Working On The Railroad | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

For those of you not familiar with the American history of Westward expansion, the “golden spike” refers to the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. It signified the opening of the West, and allowed us to transition from pioneering to something more permanent.

 

The railroad made life easier for settlers who before could only live off the land, and allowed more people from “Back East” to head West.

 

Today, “Golden Spike” also refers to a new company intent on getting people back to the Moon by the end of this decade.

 

 

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New company to offer moon flights -- for just $1.5 billion

New company to offer moon flights -- for just $1.5 billion | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The architects of a new aerospace company say they plan to do what kids have dreamed about since the Apollo age: create a business that can blast tourists to the moon — maybe by the end of the decade.

 

"This sounds like science fiction. We intend to make it science fact," said Alan Stern, a former NASA science director who is now leading the company behind the moonshot effort, dubbed Golden Spike.

 

Stern said the company's intent is not to attract eccentric billionaire tourists — though they would be welcome — but instead sell seats to other countries' space agencies looking to see their astronauts' boot prints on the lunar surface.

 

"It is going to energize people around the world," said Stern, adding that he hoped regional rivalries could spur countries to fight for the prestige of reaching the moon. "It's not about being first or second; it's about being part of the club."

 

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U.S. Needs Near-term Results in Human Space Exploration | SpaceNews.com

Next January will see the eighth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), which set the nation on a renewed course to send Americans to explore beyond Earth orbit.

 

Eight years — that’s about how long it took from John Kennedy’s lunar landing challenge in 1961 to the accomplishment of that goal in 1969. Yet, eight years after the 2004 VSE announcement by another, we are hardly closer to venturing beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) with humans than we were when these goals were first announced.

 

The reasons for the lack of quicker progress are many, as are those who share the blame. But identifying either those reasons or their culprits isn’t what is most important.

 

 

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Golden Spike Aims to Return Humans to the Moon | Parabolic Arc

Golden Spike Aims to Return Humans to the Moon | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2012 (Golden Spike PR) -–On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, the last human exploration of the Moon, Former Apollo Flight Director and NASA Johnson Space Center Director, Gerry Griffin, and planetary scientist and former NASA science chief, Dr. Alan Stern, today unveiled “The Golden Spike Company” – the first company planning to offer routine exploration expeditions to the surface of the Moon.

 

At the National Press Club announcement this afternoon, Dr. Stern, Golden Spike’s President and CEO, and Mr. Griffin, chairman of Golden Spike’s board of directors, introduced other members of Golden Spike’s leadership team and detailed the company’s intentions to make complete lunar surface expeditions available by the end of the decade.

 

“A key element that makes our business achievable and compelling is Golden Spike’s team of nationally and internationally known experts in human and robotic spaceflight, planetary and lunar science, exploration, venture capital formation, and public outreach,” said Dr. Stern.

 

 

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How Golden Spike's Moon Landing Plan Works (Infographic)

How Golden Spike's Moon Landing Plan Works (Infographic) | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Golden Spike Company announced in December 2012 a plan to begin launching commercial passenger flights to the moon by 2020. The flights would cost $1.5 billion each.

The company plans to use existing rocket boosters, but has not chosen a specific vehicle. The module for landing on the moon and the spacesuits that would be worn by the astronauts have yet to be designed.

 

Unlike the Apollo moon landings of the 1960s and '70s, the Golden Spike plan is to split up the moon lander and crew vehicle, which will be sent on separate rockets. In contrast, the entire Apollo spacecraft, including the Lunar Module, was lofted on a single Saturn 5 booster.

 

 

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Revisiting the Golden Spike questions | NewSpace Journal

Revisiting the Golden Spike questions | NewSpace Journal | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

This morning I posted some things to look for in today’s unveiling of Golden Spike, the company planning commercial human lunar missions as early as 2020. With the company’s Washington press conference now complete, let’s quickly revisit those topics:

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PRESS RELEASE: TEA Party in Space Congratulates the Golden Spike Company | Tea Party In Space

(Cape Canaveral, FL) — Tea Party in Space (TPiS), a non-partisan organization wishes to congratulate The Golden Spike Company (GSC) on their announcement detailing their plans to return humanity to the Moon. Today’s announcement is a victory for not only the people of the United States, but people around the globe. GSC has an all-star lineup of proven space professionals who not only understand the engineering and science, but also realize the fiscal reality we live in.

 

“We are starting to see the private sector step up to the plate and start putting forth ideas filled with American Exceptionalism and innovation,” said Andrew Gasser, President of TPiS. “We now have multiple companies in various stages of design, development, testing, and evaluation with the sole mission to open up the next chapter of space exploration. Just as important, the Golden Spike Company is writing the prologue to permanent settlement of the Moon.”

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'Golden Spike' Plans to Fly People to the Moon : Discovery News

'Golden Spike' Plans to Fly People to the Moon : Discovery News | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A Colorado company run by former NASA managers plans to offer missions to the moon at a cost of about $1.5 billion.

 

By making use of existing rockets and commercial spaceships already in development, the company expects it will need raise between $7 billion and $8 billion to set up operations, said Alan Stern, a former NASA associate administrator who serves as president and chief executive of Golden Spike.

 

"There's a hunger out there for lunar exploration," Stern told reporters during a press conference on Thursday unveiling the venture.

 

"We can fly human missions for the cost of a robotics one," he said.

 

In addition to wealthy tourists, Golden Spike says its market research identified 25 nations that are in a position to afford and have the desire for lunar expeditions.

 

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Private Company Golden Spike Wants to Fly You to the Moon and Back for $750 Million

Private Company Golden Spike Wants to Fly You to the Moon and Back for $750 Million | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Wanna go to the Moon? It’ll cost you $750 million.

 

That’s the announced price by the private company Golden Spike, which plans on using existing hardware as well as specifically designed spacesuits and landers to put people back on the Moon.

 

The President and CEO is Alan Stern, a planetary scientist, former associate administrator for science at NASA (the scientific top dog at the agency), astronaut in training, and—full disclosure—a friend of mine. Have no doubts, Alan is a go-getter. He spearheaded a nationwide rally to restore funding to NASA’s Planetary Science program and started Uwingu, a private company that takes donations to help fund research.

 

So he’s not some guy with big dreams and nothing to back them up. Think of him more as a sciencey Elon Musk.

 

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Praise for the Golden Spike Company’s Plan | Parabolic Arc

Praise for the Golden Spike Company’s Plan | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

“Conquering the space frontier requires leadership at NASA and a partnership between commercial companies and governments,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “I’m thrilled to see the Golden Spike announcement, which harnesses space leaders with years of experience to launch an exciting new private space venture. In the last few years we’ve learned that commercial space, by speaking to the dreams and aspirations of people around the world, can create new excitement for space travel, bringing us ever closer to our shared goal of sustainably extending human activity beyond Earth.”

 

 

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3-D Printer Used to Make Parts from Moon Rock | SpaceRef

3-D Printer Used to Make Parts from Moon Rock | SpaceRef | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Three-dimensional fabrication technology, also known as additive manufacturing, allows researchers to produce complex three dimensional objects directly from computer-aided design (CAD) models, printing the material layer by layer. In this case, the material is heated using a laser to high temperatures and prints out like melting candle wax to a desired shape.

 

 

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Too early to announce Sarah Brightman's visit to ISS - Roscosmos | Russia Beyond The Headlines

The Russian Federal Space Agency has not yet decided whether a space tourist, British soprano singer Sarah Brightman, or a professional crewmember will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015, Roscosmos manned programs chief Alexei Krasnov said, answering a question from Interfax-AVN.

 

"It is premature to say for certain whether Sarah Brightman, a European astronaut or a Russian cosmonaut will fly there. This issue is still open. We will be able to give more concrete information a little later," he said.

 

 

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Governments 'too inefficient' for future Moon landings

Governments 'too inefficient' for future Moon landings | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

One of the last men to set foot on the Moon has said that private enterprise will be the driving force for a return to the lunar surface.

 

Harrison Schmitt told the BBC that governments are "too inefficient" to send humans back to the Moon.

 

Mr Schmitt's comments come on the 40th anniversary of Nasa's last manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 17.

 

The veteran astronaut said that companies would soon embark on a new commercially-driven space race.

 

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Golden Spike Company Unveils Plans to Fly Commercial Crews to the Moon | Wired.com

Golden Spike Company Unveils Plans to Fly Commercial Crews to the Moon | Wired.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A private enterprise named the Golden Spike Company announced today that they have plans to fly manned crews to the moon and back for a price of $1.5 billion per flight by 2020.

 

Golden Spike, whose board includes former NASA engineers and spaceflight experts, has been working under the radar for the last two and a half years to develop their mission architecture, and unveiled their company after several weeks of internet rumors. Their intended clients are not private individuals for a space tourism scheme, but rather governments.

 

 

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Golden Spike announce Phase A for commercial lunar landing missions | NASASpaceFlight.com

Golden Spike announce Phase A for commercial lunar landing missions | NASASpaceFlight.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Golden Spike Company team have revealed their initial work to create commercial lunar expeditions to the surface of the Moon. Led by a heavyweight board of directors, the company is currently in Phase A of their evaluations into the hardware that will enable crewed landings on the Moon as early as 2020.

 

The company, formed in 2010, has an impressive board of directors, led by Board Chair Gerry Griffin – a former Director of Johnson Space Center and Apollo Flight Director – and President/CEO Alan Stern, the well-known Planetary scientist, and former head of all NASA science missions.

 

 

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Spiking the Moon | Space Frontier Foundation

Humanity took a giant leap toward the economic development of the Solar System with today’s unveiling of Golden Spike Corporation’s lunar exploration business. Golden Spike today announced its plans to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2020 using existing rockets and spacecraft. This demonstrates that American industry has the ability to take humans beyond earth orbit, and that American entrepreneurship and innovation can build on NASA’s historic achievements.

 

“Golden Spike is the right name” said Jonathan Card, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation. “Alluding to the first transcontinental railroad makes it clear that they are not planning single flight, flag and footprint missions. Instead we see a strategy that utilizes existing infrastructure, and builds on that incrementally and sustainably.”

 

 

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Golden Spike Moon Venture Introduced to Public but Business Details Kept Private | SpaceNews.com

Golden Spike Moon Venture Introduced to Public but Business Details Kept Private | SpaceNews.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A U.S. company called Golden Spike on Dec. 6 unveiled plans to launch privately financed missions to the lunar surface sometime next decade but kept substantially all of the details of its ambitious business venture close to the vest.

 

Golden Spike plans to use existing rockets and other space hardware to send paying customers to the surface of the Moon. The group bills itself as a “commercial space company” but it is counting for now on foreign governments to provide it with the $7 billion to $8 billion in advance sales it will need in order to launch its first mission around 2020.

 

If the company can secure a stable of customers on top of those it needs to finance the nonrecurring costs associated with the first mission, subsequent lunar landing missions would cost about $1.5 billion each, Golden Spike chief executive Alan Stern said Dec. 6 during a press conference at the National Press Club here. Stern led NASA’s Science Mission Directorate from 2007 to 2008.

 

“We’ve found a way to send humans to the Moon for the price of a mid-sized scientific flagship mission,” Stern said. “That’s a game changer.”

 

 

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Golden Spike Announcement video

 

On December 6, 2012 the Golden Spike Company announced plans for private funded commercial exploration of the moon.

 

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Golden Spike Team Includes Technical Experts, Media Figures and Politicians | Parabolic Arc

Golden Spike Team Includes Technical Experts, Media Figures and Politicians | Parabolic Arc | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The Golden Spike Company has an experienced and eclectic group of people involved in its operations. This group ranges from former Apollo Flight Director Gerry Griffin and former space shuttle program chief Wayne Hale to best-selling author Andy Chaikin and Star Trek set designer Mike Okuda.

 

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Esther Dyson sits on the Board of Directors with NewSpace veterans Taber MacCallum and Max Vozoff. The company’s advisors include astronaut Pete Conrad’s widow Nancy, former Congressmen Newt Gingrich and Bob Walker, and former New Mexico Governor and Spaceport America champion Bill Richardson.

 

Partner companies include Moon Express, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Masten Space Systems and others.

 

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Golden Spike space venture wants to fly you to the moon ... for $1.4 billion

Golden Spike space venture wants to fly you to the moon ... for $1.4 billion | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A group of space veterans and big-name backers today took the wraps off the Golden Spike Company, a commercial space venture that aims to send paying passengers to the moon and back at an estimated price of $1.4 billion or more for two.

 

The venture would rely on private funding, and it's not clear when the first lunar flight would be launched — but the concept received a vote of support from NASA, which canceled its own back-to-the-moon plan two and a half years ago.

 

Golden Spike's announcement came on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, the last manned moonshot. Backers of the plan, including former NASA executive Alan Stern and former Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin, discussed the company's strategy at a National Press Club briefing in Washington.

 

"The time is ripe for commercial human lunar exploration," Griffin told journalists.

 

Stern said Golden Spike's experienced team of board members and advisers gave him confidence that they'd be able to make good on what sounds like a supremely overambitious plan. "We realize this is the stuff of science fiction," he said. "We intend to make it science fact."

 

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