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Karla Lant reports that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has chosen The Boeing Company to design and build its Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1), an unmanned, reusable space plane expected to improve national security by making low-cost, launch-on-demand access to space a reality.

If successful, the XS-1 project will give birth to a completely new kind of space plane, but many of its features would be reminiscent of an ordinary earthbound plane. About the size of a commercial jet airplane and powered exclusively by self-contained cryogenic propellants, the cra... More →
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Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.

Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. More →
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Lunar Station is the newest entrant into the New Space private sector. Lunar Station has three objectives ...

First, bring a better understanding of the Moon surface via orbital reconnaissance,

Second, expand our understanding of the Moon resources from the lunar surface with landers and rovers, and

Third. deploy our Resource Processing Robots on the Moon surface to gather, process and supply resources for others.

Lunar Station is strategically focused on being the water and air vendor of choice for upcoming manned missions to the Moon. We are li... More →
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The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum where the governments of 30 democracies work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization.

The OECD is also at the forefront of efforts to understand and to help governments
respond to new developments and concerns, such as corporate governance, the
information economy and the challenges of an ageing population. The Organisation
provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to
common problems, identify g... More →
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Each year, Spinoff highlights NASA technologies that are benefiting life on Earth in the form of commercial products. They have profiled nearly 2,000 spinoffs since the publication began in 1976.

Spinoff profiles NASA technologies that have transformed into commercial products and services. About 50 spinoff technologies are featured annually in the publication, demonstrating the wider benefits of U.S. investment in its space program.

Spinoff is available online in multiple digital formats, and print copies are distributed to the public and to politicians, representatives ... More →
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Bill Ambrose reports that although a human mission to Mars is the focus of much current discussion, a host of technical challenges for safe and successful future human settlement of Mars have yet to be addressed. These challenges include 1) risks of ionizing radiation during long-term transit in interplanetary space, 2) aerobraking in the Martian atmosphere with potential Mars lander instabilities, 3) surface radiation and weather hazards, and 4) resource extraction.

These challenges can be quickly and more cost-effectively addressed with lunar missions that involve similar tasks t... More →
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Patrick Caughill reports that NASA is looking to get deeply involved in the Moon in the coming decades. The space agency has recently delivered a request for information to private agencies seeking to collaborate in future missions to the Moon. In the request, NASA writes, NASA has identified a variety of exploration, science, and technology demonstration objectives that could be addressed by sending instruments, experiments, or other payloads to the lunar surface. To address these objectives as cost-effectively as possible, NASA may procure payloads and related commercial payload delivery ser... More →
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Leonard David opines whether the U.S. sends humans back to the Moon, or should the nation go full-throttle and send crews all the way to Mars, where none have gone before? U.S. scientists and policy makers have grappled ad nauseam with the next great otherworldly destination for decades, without making much meaningful progress. Now that it is approaching a half-century since an American last left low Earth orbit, the debate seems lost in space.

Soon that shall change, many advocates of human spaceflight believe, through a hybrid of new initiatives by the new administration as well a... More →
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Tyagarajan S opines that Professor Udupi Ramachandra Rao, better known as U R Rao, is one of the key architects of India space program. He has worked alongside the likes of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, Dr Homi Bhabha and professor Satish Dhawan. As chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) between 1984 to 1994, he built the Indian space program, brick by brick, starting from the Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV) to internationalizing India most successful launcher, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). He drove the launch of India first satellite, Aryabhata, and followed it up with... More →
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Deep Space Industries is an Asteroid Mining company, developing the technologies to find, harvest, and supply the asteroid resources that will transform the space economy.
DSI also delivers robust technology products for the most demanding space applications. High-performance spacecraft components, developed in support of asteroid mining, enhance and enable innovative satellite missions in Earth orbit.

The business of space is growing rapidly. It is currently a $330 billion industry with accelerating growth. The number of new private companies being created to use space commerc... More →
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KosmoKurs is engaged in the creation of reusable sub-orbital space complex for tourist flights into space. Reusable sub-orbital space complex consists of a reusable suborbital launch vehicle and reusable suborbital spacecraft, designed to provide a wide space tour to the height of the Gagarin orbit on an open path.

Permission to participate in the cosmic trips bidder will receive after a three-day training and medical examination. Space tourists will be offered a flight duration of 15 minutes in a group of six tourists, in which every tourist will be able to be in a state of weight... More →
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The StratoBus project may immediately call to mind Google Project Loon. But the advantage of StratoBus is that it offers long endurance and complete autonomy from a fixed position, while the high-altitude balloons in Loon move around the Earth and will offer only limited autonomy. StratoBus, a vehicle design halfway between a drone and a satellite, will be able to carry out a wide range of missions, including observation, security, telecommunications, broadcasting and navigation and it offers a lifespan of five years.

The StratoBus project is led by Thales Alenia Space, along with p... More →
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Video published on Sep 8, 2016. The last humans to visit the Moon left the lunar surface in Apollo 17 in 1972, since then no humans have been further than low earth orbit missions and to the variety of space stations that have existed since then.

The question is now, where shall we go next, do we make Mars the next great step forward or do we go back to the Moon to practice our new technology (both in habitation and in mining off world).

This time it is not down to the space race or national pride (but then again ...?), but it is in expanding the human horizon to living... More →
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Space law is an area of the law that encompasses national and international law governing activities in outer space. The inception of the field of space law began with the launch in October 1957 of the world first artificial satellite, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic Sputnik. Since then, space law has evolved and assumed more importance as humankind has increasingly come to use and rely on space-based resources.

The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) was founded in 1960. The purposes and objectives of the Institute include the cooperation with appropriate internation... More →
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Space travel as the bloggers know it is plagued by a few problems, most of which boil down to striking a balance between speed and time. The faster one travels, the more energy one needs. Without gravitational assists, that means more fuel will be required, and that has to be carried somehow. Faster speeds, required to reach long distances in a reasonable timeframe, also mean more difficulty slowing down.

So far, New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever in terms of launch velocity. Its launch speed was about 58,000 km per hr. After a flyby of Jupiter, New Horizons picked up a gra... More →
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NSV personnel believe it is important to always be looking toward the future and follow market and industry trends. Seeing the new products, services, and capabilities can reveal new insights and inspire new ideas. And the earlier you discover them, the better.

More than 100 Companies, products and services in our archive, and counting...

NSV has one simple goal ... Share, discover, and discuss new and interesting NewSpace products and companies to spur excitement, generate ideas, and further entrepreneurial NewSpace ambitions.

Contributors simply submit a link... More →
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Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone interested about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in Space.

You are invited to become a part of this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration, as they unleash NASA data to problem solvers across the globe. Join us on April 29-30 for the 2017 International Space Apps Challenge, with challenges to better understand our home planet, Earth.

Last year hackat... More →
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The 4th Planet goal is to create and test various habitats from naturally occurring terrestrial lava tubes analogous to the Moon and Mars. The advantage of this approach is that it reduces the amount of construction materials required to be placed in orbit and then relocated on a lunar and or martian surface.

Currently, 4th Planet Logistics objective is an evaluation of the practicality of pressurizing terrestrial lava tubes directly by creating atmospheric barriers that utilize the lava tube naturally occurring regime as a primary or secondary structural shell. This approach will... More →
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The Ukrainian Yuzhnoye SDO is one of the most well-known and recognized scientific and design companies in the world in the field of space technology development. This recognition is based on the exceptional experience in space technology development, gained during almost 60 years of the company life and reinforced by the capability to grow in modern economic and political environment, while providing flexible response to the needs of the global space launch market.

Yuzhnoye is proud of a lot of successful developments, many of which became achievements at the world level. Among the... More →
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The SpaceVault mission is to enable everyone to participate in the development of a human-based Space economy via an empowering and community directed financial institution.

Their mission is ultimately to create a humanity dedicated Bank of Space.

They plan to accomplish their mission by using conservative, accountable, and transparent financial and business management practices to ...

1. Maximize capital investments into the commercial Space industry

2. Help steer and stimulate economic development of the Space Frontier

3. Finance milli... More →
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Justin Bachman opines that one never sees the space surrounding our pale blue dot as a cosmic junkyard. Debris abounds, moving at high speeds and presenting plenty of difficulties for satellite operators who do business in orbit.

This pollution poses a risk to greater commercialization of space, from the grand ambitions of Elon Musk of SpaceX Corp. and Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, to other players who see promising futures for an array of space activities, from tourism, to imaging, to pharmaceutical research.

In low-earth orbit, space debris travels at velocities approaching ... More →
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Space News Stories ...

SpaceX Files to Put up Another 7,000 Satellites, OneWeb, 2,000

Virgin Branches into Orbit

$17,000,000 For Blue to Upgrade Launch Complex in Florida

ESA Pouring $91,000,000 into Reusable Methane Engine Design

SpaceX CRS-10, Turbopump Cracks, and Lunar Cruises

Orbital ATK Awarded $78,000,000 Contract, sues DARPA

Aerojet Rocketdyne AR1 Engine Production to Add 100 Jobs in Huntsville, Alabama

Nanoracks, Boeing to build commercial ISS airlock

SolAero Expanding in Albuquerque
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June Javelosa opines that each century has an individual that redefines our world, a person who transforms the way that we think and act, a person who fundamentally reshapes our understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos. This century, that man seems to be Elon Musk.

He is the man behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and the Chief Executive of SpaceX, a company that has ushered us into the era of reusable rockets and which has made no secret of its intent to send people to Mars. Yes, SpaceX plans to create a permanent Martian settlement. Musk has made it clear that he thinks... More →
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Tariq Malik reports that the administration released its 2018 budget request March 16, a proposal that calls for the cancellation of NASA astronauts-to-an-asteroid mission along with four Earth Science missions and the NASA Office of Education.

The White House budget request for NASA offers $19.1 billion for the space agency in 2018, a 0.8% decrease from 2017 space-spending levels, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

The 2018 budget request cancels the NASA project to bring part of an asteroid near the Moon so astronauts could visit the space rock and retrie... More →
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Karla Lant opines that billionaire space entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are racing to the moon and beyond. Musk and SpaceX announced plans to bring two paying space tourists into orbit for a weeklong trip circumnavigating the Moon by the end of 2018. We learned that Amazon Prime really would be everywhere by 2020 when word leaked that Blue Origin and Bezos plan to begin delivery of human habitats, science experiments, and other gear to the Moon.

This progress characterizes the new space race, in which private companies are fueling innovation as much, or more than, countries ... More →
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