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“Carbomorph” material to enable 3D printing of custom personal electronics

“Carbomorph” material to enable 3D printing of custom personal electronics | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Warwick have created a cheap plastic composite that can be used even with low-end 3D printers, to produce custom-made electronic devices.
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A New Kind of Propulsion System That Doesn't Need Propellant. It Converts Electricity into Thrust and Vice Versa. - Universe Today

A New Kind of Propulsion System That Doesn't Need Propellant. It Converts Electricity into Thrust and Vice Versa. - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Long aluminum tethers attached to satellites could revolutionize satellite propulsion systems, and help eliminate space junk.
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Spanish academics patent space tether technology. Isn't this something that Bobert Hoyt's Tethers Unlimited has been working on for years?
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Industrialization and Science: Together We Win

Industrialization and Science: Together We Win | New Space | Scoop.it
Musing on how our new generation of scientists and lunar industry supporters are an excellent marriage for science and tech.
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Dennis Wingo makes a strong case from both a scientific and an industrial perspective for siting outposts at the lunar poles.
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Rocketlab Places Three Satellites Into Orbit - SpaceRef Business

Rocketlab Places Three Satellites Into Orbit - SpaceRef Business | New Space | Scoop.it
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RocketLab launch achieves orbit and deploys three satellites. New Zealand has joined the party.
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Planetary Resources Receives Telemetry from Arkyd 6 - Via Satellite -

Planetary Resources Receives Telemetry from Arkyd 6 - Via Satellite - | New Space | Scoop.it
Planetary Resources announced it has begun to receive telemetry from Arkyd 6 spacecraft, a 6U CubeSat containing a demonstration of technology designed to
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Planetary Resources is receiving telemetry from their recently launched Arkyd-6 cubesat.
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Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids

Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids | New Space | Scoop.it
Mining asteroids might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but there are companies and a few governments already working hard to make it real.
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The business case for asteroid mining does not include returning tons of platinum to Earth.
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Researchers Develop a New Low Cost/Low Weight Method of Searching for Life on Mars - Universe Today

Researchers Develop a New Low Cost/Low Weight Method of Searching for Life on Mars - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers at McGill University are developing what they call the Life Detection Platform, a compact, robotic, energy-efficient system for detecting life on other worlds.
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If we can put a mini-lab on Mars that is capable of culturing microbial life, we may not need to wait for a sample return mission to answer the question of whether life exists elsewhere in the Universe.
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PLD Space Receives $2.4 Million for Smallsat Launcher – Parabolic Arc

PLD Space Receives $2.4 Million for Smallsat Launcher – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
PLD Space of Spain has received nearly 2 million euros ($2.4 million) from the European Commission to continue development of its reusable ARION 1
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Spanish company gets support for its launcher development.
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SSTL Confirms the Successful Launch of CARBONITE-2 & Telesat LEO Phase 1 Satellite – Parabolic Arc

SSTL Confirms the Successful Launch of CARBONITE-2 & Telesat LEO Phase 1 Satellite – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
GUILDFORD, England (SSTL PR) — Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has confirmed the successful launch of CARBONITE-2, an Earth Observation technology demonstration mission owned
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India launches two British satellites.
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tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.
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A nuclear reactor small enough to fly to Mars, but also powerful enough to power a base there.
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'Totally Wrong' on Jupiter: What Scientists Gleaned from NASA's Juno Mission

'Totally Wrong' on Jupiter: What Scientists Gleaned from NASA's Juno Mission | New Space | Scoop.it
By the time Juno launched, astronomers had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new images and data it would collect at Jupiter — or so they thought.
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Juno surprises scientists with unexpected data and images from Jupiter.
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NASA Deep Space Exploration Systems Look Ahead to Busy 2018 – Parabolic Arc

NASA Deep Space Exploration Systems Look Ahead to Busy 2018 – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — Engineers preparing NASA’s deep space exploration systems to support missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond are
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Here's what's on tap for SLS in 2018.
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In the footsteps of SpaceX—a Chinese company eyes development of a reusable launch vehicle

In the footsteps of SpaceX—a Chinese company eyes development of a reusable launch vehicle | New Space | Scoop.it
A Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presente
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Private rocket company, based in Beijing, is developing a reusable launch vehicle for small satellites.
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Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing | New Space | Scoop.it
A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet Explorers.
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Ordinary people can discover exoplanets. No PhD required.
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Upcoming Telescopes Should be Able to Detect Mountains and Other Landscapes on Extrasolar Planets - Universe Today

Upcoming Telescopes Should be Able to Detect Mountains and Other Landscapes on Extrasolar Planets - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
According to a new study by a team from Columbia University, the upcoming super telescopes might be able to detect mountains and other features on exoplanets
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The next generation of telescopes will not only find many more exoplanets, it will tell us a lot more about them.
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SpaceX Says Gov’t Shutdown Will Impact Falcon Heavy, ISS Resupply Missions and Others

SpaceX Says Gov’t Shutdown Will Impact Falcon Heavy, ISS Resupply Missions and Others | New Space | Scoop.it
The federal government shutdown currently underway will impact the nation’s ability to launch space missions, and not just government missions either. SpaceX is currently testing their inaugu…
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SpaceX has a busy launch schedule that they cannot move on while the US government is shut down. This is because they use government facilities for launch sites in Florida and California.
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The Space Review: NASA has too much on its plate to return to the Moon

The Space Review: NASA has too much on its plate to return to the Moon | New Space | Scoop.it
A space policy directive signed last month directs NASA to return humans to the Moon, but how? Gerald Black argues that NASA can't afford to do it in traditional ways, and needs to instead work in partnership with the private sector.
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Planetary Resources is receiving telemetry from their recently launched Arkyd-6 cubesat.
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Iceye X1 Microsatellite Transmits its First Image - Via Satellite -

Iceye X1 Microsatellite Transmits its First Image - Via Satellite - | New Space | Scoop.it
Iceye has published the first radar image obtained by its Iceye X1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite. The image depicts Noatak National Preserve, Al
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ICEYE satellite returns first image from synthetic aperture radar, showing terrain in Alaska.
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How a Small Nuclear Reactor Could Power a Colony on Mars or Beyond (Op-Ed)

"Kilopower" could help humanity establish settlements on the moon, Mars and other bodies throughout the solar system.
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NASA is developing a small fission reactor to power Mars bases and other missions in space.
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Luxembourg Deputy PM in China to Sign Agreements on Space Resources – Parabolic Arc

Luxembourg Deputy PM in China to Sign Agreements on Space Resources – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
LUXEMBOURG (Government PR) — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Etienne Schneider will pay a working visit to the People’s Republic of China
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Luxembourg is emerging as a serious player in space enterprise, inking deals with China as well as NewSpace companies such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries.
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Science & Technology Experiments Returned on Dragon – Parabolic Arc

Science & Technology Experiments Returned on Dragon – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, Jan. 13, west of Baja California, with approximately
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Mice return alive from space station aboard Dragon1 capsule, boding well for astronauts making the trip on Dragon 2o.
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First Commercial Flights to ISS Slide Toward 2020 – Parabolic Arc

First Commercial Flights to ISS Slide Toward 2020 – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
by Douglas Messier Managing Editor Early in the classic police comedy, The Naked Gun, Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) is at the hospital with
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Lava Tube Openings Found Near the Moon's North Pole - Universe Today

Lava Tube Openings Found Near the Moon's North Pole - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A series of possibly "skylights" have been spotted in the Moon's norther polar region, offering possibilities for future exploration and maybe even a lunar base someday.
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Lava tube caves near the lunar poles are ideal base locations
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Boeing, SpaceX have razor-thin margins to fly crew missions in 2018

Boeing, SpaceX have razor-thin margins to fly crew missions in 2018 | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has a lot to consider before assigning crews to the first flights.
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Everything has to go right for either Boeing or SpaceX to launch humans to the space station in 2018.
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth After Space Station Delivery

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth After Space Station Delivery | New Space | Scoop.it
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station and headed back to Earth Saturday (Jan. 13) to wrap up a nearly month-long delivery mission for NASA.
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Dragon returns from space station for the second time, making cargo delivery routine.
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Is the Google Lunar X Prize Kaput? – Parabolic Arc

Is the Google Lunar X Prize Kaput? – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
It appears highly likely that the decade-old Google Lunar X Prize will end on March 31 without a winner following reports out of India
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The Google Lunar X Prize competition will end without a winner.
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