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Spacex targets reusing the Dragon V2 ten times before refurbishment and targets hundreds of flights per year by 2030 and thousands per year by 2035

Elon Musk describing upgrades to the ship that could allow Dragons to fly up to 10 times without significant refurbishment
Musk doesn't want SpaceX to simply become an orbital taxi service, however.
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How much would reusability reduce the cost per pound to orbit of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches? Quite a bit, depending on how many times you could launch before refurbishment became necessary.

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Can MENA Do NewSpace?

Can MENA Do NewSpace? | New Space | Scoop.it
The interest in the NewSpace movement has been gaining momentum all over the world and the MENA region is no exception. With talk of space ranging from enabling emerging nations to enhance their communications infrastructure to missions to Mars, this is a fertile region for NewSpace, with varying ambitions from country to country.
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Multiple African and Middle Eastern nations are moving into NewSpace, initially with CubeSats.
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Russia has a plan to compete with SpaceX—but it has a flaw

Russia has a plan to compete with SpaceX—but it has a flaw | New Space | Scoop.it
The Russian plan seems to depend on SpaceX standing still.
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Russia looks to recover space launch market share lost to SpaceX, but will their next generation Soyuz be too little, too late?
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NASA Moves Up Critical Crew Safety Launch Abort Test - SpaceRef

NASA Moves Up Critical Crew Safety Launch Abort Test - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test in April 2019 of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS)....
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Orion launch abort test scheduled for 2019.
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Dream Chaser Flies Long-Awaited Second Free-Flight Test

Dream Chaser Flies Long-Awaited Second Free-Flight Test | New Space | Scoop.it
The engineering test article for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ flew its long-awaited second free flight test this weekend (Nov 11, 2017) over NASA’s Armstrong Flight R…
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Dream Chaser flies again.
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SLS managers rally the troops to avoid EM-1 slip into 2020 | NASASpaceFlight.com

SLS managers rally the troops to avoid EM-1 slip into 2020 | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
With the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) launch date now officially set for the end of 2019, Space Launch System (SLS) managers have been sending out memos to the
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SLS/Orion managers send encouragement to workers to get everyone to work toward a 2019 launch date for the first flight of an SLS vehicle.
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OSIRIS-REx probe snaps Earth photo on way to space mining adventure — PBS NewsHour

OSIRIS-REx probe snaps Earth photo on way to space mining adventure — PBS NewsHour | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe offers a new vantage of Earth on its way to the asteroid Bennu.
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OSIRIS-REx flies by Earth on its way to killer asteroid Bennu.
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The Space Review: A contentious confirmation

The Space Review: A contentious confirmation | New Space | Scoop.it
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, the nominee for NASA administrator, responds to questions from senators at a confirmation hearing November 1. (credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky) A contentious confirmation by Jeff Foust Monday, November 6, 2017 What should people be looking for in a NASA administrator?
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Whither NASA? I guess we will find out.
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White House: Commercial Rockets Are Actually Not Commercial - NASA Watch

White House: Commercial Rockets Are Actually Not Commercial - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
Q&A: Plotting U.S. Space Policy with White House Adviser Scott Pace, Scientific American "Heavy-lift rockets are strategic national assets, like aircraft carriers. There are some people who have talked about buying heavy-lift as a service as opposed to owning and...
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Scott Pace explains where White House policy is pointing in space.
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What Is Really Behind The SpaceX Bashing - NASA Watch

What Is Really Behind The SpaceX Bashing - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
Breitbart, other conservative outlets escalate anti-SpaceX campaign, Ars Technica "The central canard of these attacks is that John McCain did not, in fact, add "Section 1615" to the Defense Authorization Act, which is now being finalized by a conference between...
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Breitbart and other conservative sources are attacking SpaceX. Why?
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Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study finds heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core.
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New study, based on Cassini data explains how Enceladus could maintain a liquid ocean over billions of years. That is enough time for complex life to evolve.
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SpaceX aims for late-December launch of Falcon Heavy | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX aims for late-December launch of Falcon Heavy | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A major question for SpaceX’s end of year manifest appears to be gaining some answers as the company aims to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket in the late-December
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SpaceX is on track to launch Falcon Heavy before the end of 2017.
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The Mars Ice House

Want to build a habitat on Mars? Why not 3-D print on out of ice. It's cold enough to keep the ice stable.
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Here's some exciting thinking outside of the box.
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SpaceX Static Fires Falcon 9 for Koreasat 5A mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX Static Fires Falcon 9 for Koreasat 5A mission | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is in the business end of the processing flow for its next mission with the launch of the Koreasat 5A satellite. The launch is scheduled to take place on
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SpaceX set to launch communications satellite on Monday afternoon.
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NASA wants your help naming New Horizons’ next destination

NASA wants your help naming New Horizons’ next destination | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA’s New Horizons mission team is asking the public to vote on a nickname for the spacecraft’s next destination.
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Your chance to name the most distant object in the Solar System that has ever been visited by a spacecraft.
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Closest Potentially-Habitable World Found Around "Quiet" Star

Closest Potentially-Habitable World Found Around "Quiet" Star | New Space | Scoop.it
The ESO has announced the discovery of an exoplanet around a nearby "quiet" red dwarf star, which makes it more likely to be habitable
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Nearby red dwarf hosts Earth-sized planet in it habitable zone.
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Old human cells rejuvenated in breakthrough discovery on ageing

Old human cells rejuvenated in breakthrough discovery on ageing | New Space | Scoop.it
A team led by Professor Lorna Harries, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter, has discovered a new way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells. Within hours of treatment the older cells started to divide
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Sirtuins found to return youthful vigor to old yeast cells.
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Blue Origin remains on course for 2020 debut of New Glenn heavy lift rocket | NASASpaceFlight.com

Blue Origin remains on course for 2020 debut of New Glenn heavy lift rocket | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
With their large production facility on Merritt Island nearing completion of its initial build, construction of their launch pad and testing facilities
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Blue Origin is moving ahead smartly toward operational status of their New Glenn orbital launch vehicle. Plan is to reuse New Glenn first stages up to 100 times before retiring them.
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Virgin Galactic Promises New Mexico that 2018 will be the Year – Parabolic Arc

Virgin Galactic Promises New Mexico that 2018 will be the Year – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
by Douglas Messier Managing Editor Virgin Galactic Vice President Richard DalBello was in Sante Fe, NM on Wednesday with an optimistic message about the company’s plans to fly tourists to space from the state-owned Spaceport America.
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Will 2018 be the year that Virgin Galactic "astronauts" finally see the curve of the Earth's horizon from above? Promises. Promises.
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Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' | New Space | Scoop.it
As if you needed more proof that "2001: A Space Odyssey" is one of the greatest, most influential films i
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What to today's top film directors think of 2001: A Space Odyssey?
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OIG To NASA: Empty Goals, No Strategy, Not Enough Money - NASA Watch

OIG To NASA: Empty Goals, No Strategy, Not Enough Money - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's 2017 Top Management and Performance Challenges, NASA OIG "... In the long term, NASA's plans beyond EM-2 for achieving a crewed Mars surface mission in the late 2030s or early 2040s remain high level, serving as more of a...
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NASA's Office of the Inspector General points out major flaws in the Agency's plans for deep space operations.
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Five companies develop next generation space solar power

Five companies develop next generation space solar power | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has chosen five US companies to look at power systems that could be used as part of a deep space gateway.
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NASA moving ahead with plans for deep space operations.
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Dream Chaser readies for major Approach & Landing Test milestone | NASASpaceFlight.com

Dream Chaser readies for major Approach & Landing Test milestone | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser is preparing for a second go at its all-important Approach and Landing Test when it will be dropped into free-flight from a
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Dream Chaser is about to conduct its second approach and landing test (ALT-2).
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Iridium satellite communication aids Caribbean/Puerto Rico recovery efforts | NASASpaceFlight.com

Iridium satellite communication aids Caribbean/Puerto Rico recovery efforts | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The unprecedented destruction and humanitarian crises spawned by Hurricanes Maria and Irma revealed the significant role satellite communications play in
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Iridium satellite phones give communication capability to Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes.
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Proxima Centauri Dust Indicates a Complicated System

Proxima Centauri Dust Indicates a Complicated System | New Space | Scoop.it
Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration
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The closest star to us (other than the sun of course) may have multiple planets.
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MIT's prize-winning Mars city concept topped by domed tree habitats

An MIT team has come up with a plan for a Mars city based on the architecture of a tree. The Redwood Forest concept is intended to provide settlers with not only protection against the harsh Martian environment, but open public spaces filled with plants and abundant water.
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Concept for a Mars city wins design prize.
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