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Virgin spaceship aims to be science lab - BBC News

Virgin spaceship aims to be science lab - BBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
BBC NewsVirgin spaceship aims to be science labBBC News"It's likely we might do some science flights quite early in the programme," explained Will Pomerantz from Virgin Galactic.
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What the SpaceX Success Means for the Moon, Mars, and More | The

What the SpaceX Success Means for the Moon, Mars, and More | The | New Space | Scoop.it
On February 6, 2018, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy took flight, demonstrating a capacity to lift 60 tons to low Earth orbit while playfully sending a Tesla Roadster on a trajectory that will take it beyond the orbit of Mars. To add to the coup, two of the Falcon’s three booster stages flew back to land gracefully together at the Cape, while the third barely missed pulling off a recovery landing on a drone ship stationed downrange.
To understand how extraordinary this accomplishment was, let us recall that in 2009, the Obama administration’s blue-ribbon review committee headed former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine declared that NASA's Moon program had to be cancelled, because the development of the necessary heavy lift booster would take 12 years and 36 billion dollars.
SpaceX has now done that, in half the time and at a thirtieth of the cost. And, to cap it all, the launch vehicle is three quarters reusable.
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The larger implications of the Falcon Heavy test launch.
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Mistakes in the Drake Equation

Mistakes in the Drake Equation | New Space | Scoop.it
Juggling all the factors impacting the emergence of extraterrestrial civilizations is no easy task, which is why the Drake equation has become such a handy
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Bob Zubrin takes issue with the Drake Equation. He sees a LOT more technological civilizations than Frank Drake envisioned.
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Falcon Heavy launch an Apollo moment for SpaceX, former DoD official says - BI

Falcon Heavy launch an Apollo moment for SpaceX, former DoD official says - BI | New Space | Scoop.it
John Young, a former Pentagon undersecretary, says the first launch of Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket could open huge doors for the space industry.
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Is the Falcon Heavy test flight as momentous as the first launch of an Apollo capsule into orbit? A former Pentagon undersecretary thinks so.
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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 | New Space | Scoop.it
NSF and NIH see huge cuts restored, but anything environmental is in trouble.
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The administration budget proposal for 2019 slashes anything that tries to learn more about the Earth and threats to it.
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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 | New Space | 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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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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XCOR Assets to be Auctioned Off – Parabolic Arc

XCOR Assets to be Auctioned Off – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
An update on XCOR from Bloomberg: Motion for Asset Sale Filed by XCOR Aerospace, Inc. Jan. 26, 2018 XCOR Aerospace Inc., filed a motion
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A sad end to a bold initiative.
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Next steps for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy — Air Force qualification

Next steps for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy — Air Force qualification | New Space | 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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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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Elon Musk Does It Again

Elon Musk Does It Again | New Space | Scoop.it
His Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off on the first try, puts a Tesla auto into orbit—and maybe changes the business of space commerce and exploration forever
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Musings on the fate of a Tesla Roadster orbiting the sun.
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SpaceX Launched the World's Most Powerful Rocket. So, What's Next?

SpaceX Launched the World's Most Powerful Rocket. So, What's Next? | New Space | Scoop.it
When SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon Heavy booster Tuesday (Feb. 6) from the same Florida pad used by NASA's Apollo missions, the company claimed the title for the most powerful rocket. But more is on the way.
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After a successful Falcon Heavy launch to the asteroid belt, SpaceX has plenty more on tap for this year.
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SpaceX could save NASA and the future of space exploration

SpaceX could save NASA and the future of space exploration | New Space | Scoop.it
</br></br>The successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is a game-changer that could actually save NASA and the future of space exploration.</br></br>Th
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Lori Garver calls out NASA and the congressional backers of the SLS with the pungent question, "Do you want a space program or a jobs program/"
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NASA Twins Study Confirms Preliminary Findings – Parabolic Arc

NASA Twins Study Confirms Preliminary Findings – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — The Twin Study propelled NASA into the genomics era of space travel. It was a ground-breaking study comparing what happened
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Scott Kelly survives a year in space without significant degradation.
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In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion – Parabolic Arc

In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 30, 2018 (NSR PR) — Northern Sky Research’s industry-first In-Orbit Servicing Markets (IoSM) report, released today, finds the nascent in-orbit servicing
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There's money to be made fixing satellites that have a problem.
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A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options | The Verge

A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options | The Verge | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch for the first time next week. It might be the company’s most anticipated mission yet, and it could open up a new line of business — one that might interest NASA.
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If Falcon Heavy is successful, and start lifting big payloads soon, why would NASA keep waiting and waiting for a ride on SLS?
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Window Wars in Space: Quest for the 'Big View' High Above Earth

Window Wars in Space: Quest for the 'Big View' High Above Earth | New Space | Scoop.it
Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital capsule features the biggest windows in spaceflight history, company representatives say — and that's a big part of the sales pitch.
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In praise of good quality windows.
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News | 5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn

News | 5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn | New Space | Scoop.it
The Sun will rise on NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a robot that continues to provide revelations.
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A true success story for robotic exploration and for hedging your bets by sending two rovers instead of only one.
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The Planetary Protection Racket

The Planetary Protection Racket | New Space | Scoop.it
It isn't just another useless, overpaid bureaucrat, but a crippler to any mission to Mars.
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Do we really need NASA's Planetary Protection Office? Maybe the budget cutters in the Trump Administration should take a look at it.
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What will it take to go to Venus?

What will it take to go to Venus? | New Space | Scoop.it
Undeterred by funding woes, scientists are scraping together ideas to tackle heat, pressure and acidity challenges of landing on Venus.
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Let's go to Venus. We have the technology for our robots to survive there.
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In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion

In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion | New Space | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 06, 2018 -
NSR's industry-first In-Orbit Servicing Markets (IoSM) report finds the nascent in-orbit servicing market poised for growth, and forecasts a total market of over $3B in the next 10 years.

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Why launch a new satellite to replace one that has failed, when you can just fix the existing one for a much lower cost?
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy: Way big and cool, but who wants it?

SpaceX Falcon Heavy: Way big and cool, but who wants it? | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket blew minds with more than 5 million pounds of thrust, two landings and delivery of Elon Musk’s Tesla into deep space.
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Cool as its test launch was, the Falcon Heavy may not have a very long service life. SpaceX is well into development of a much bigger rocket, the BFR.
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Researchers Just Scanned 14 Worlds From the Kepler Mission for "Technosignatures", Evidence of Advanced Civilizations

Researchers Just Scanned 14 Worlds From the Kepler Mission for "Technosignatures", Evidence of Advanced Civilizations | New Space | Scoop.it
In the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), a team of astronomers recently searched through the Kepler field to look for signatures of technologically-advanced civilizations.
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UCLA undergrads search for signs of technological life on Kepler exoplanets.
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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 | New Space | 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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Dream Chaser scheduled to lift supplies to ISS in 2020.
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News | Tiny Crystal Shapes Get Close Look From Mars Rover

News | Tiny Crystal Shapes Get Close Look From Mars Rover | New Space | Scoop.it
Star-shaped and swallowtail-shaped tiny, dark bumps in fine-layered bright bedrock of a Martian ridge are drawing close inspection by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Curiosity finds evidence of long ago water at Vera Rubin Ridge in Gale Crater on Mars.
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This may be the moment SpaceX opened the cosmos to the masses

This may be the moment SpaceX opened the cosmos to the masses | New Space | Scoop.it
“It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable.”
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This is a moment that will be remembered. A privataely funded rocket that is capable of launching major payloads to deep space has flown for the first time. Godspeed, Starman.
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Falcon Heavy Set to Launch on Tuesday – Parabolic Arc

Falcon Heavy Set to Launch on Tuesday – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR)–SpaceX confirmed today that the company is targeting the launch of the Falcon Heavy demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A)
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If this works, it changes everything.
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SpaceX Performs an Experimental High Retrothrust and Survives a Water Landing

SpaceX Performs an Experimental High Retrothrust and Survives a Water Landing | New Space | Scoop.it
Bonus Rocket! This rocket was conducting a very high retro-thrust landing over water, and it wasn't expected to survive that test. But it did, and SpaceX might be able to salvage it.
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That Falcon 9 first stage that SpaceX decided NOT to land on a drone ship, survived anyway. What's up with that?
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