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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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Dom Galeon and Abby Norman opine that where there is water, life abounds, at least, that has been the experience here on Earth. As such, many planetary probes have been designed to look for the presence of water, or signs of it. In our solar system, there are celestial bodies that have been found to contain great amounts of water. These so-called ocean worlds include Jupiter moons.... Europa and Ganymede, and the Saturn moon Enceladus.

Now, NASA has just made its plans to explore deeper into these ocean worlds official. NASA hosted the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, where p... More →
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Abby Norman and Karla Lant opine that NASA current plans, first outlined in 2010 and later in 2015, place humans on the red planet in the 2030s. They are currently developing the necessary capabilities to make it happen in tandem with other agencies and private companies. NASA is collaborating with private innovators, like engineering professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, to 3D print structures on the Moon with the eventual goal of creating similar structures that can withstand the radiation of the Martian atmosphere.

Elon Musk sees colonizing Mars as a necessity, and SpaceX has a congruent... More →
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Dom Galeon reports that China wants to take a shortcut in sending their rockets into space. Instead of the usual take off from the ground, Chinese engineers are working on designing a space rocket that can be launched from an aircraft, according to a senior official talking to state-run newspaper China Daily.

Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, explained that the rockets are meant to send hundreds of low-orbit satellites into space for military and research purposes. The academy designers already have a ready-for-produ... More →
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Neil C. Bhavsar reports that SpaceX well-known competitor in the private space industry, Blue Origin, is making strides in its effort to have private citizens breach the final frontier. While SpaceX prepares for its 2018 lunar mission, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is confident his company will be able to send two astronauts to space by the end of 2017, with commercial flights following in 2018. He certainly does have a few good reasons for this confidence. In fact, soon, he will soon have six.

After six long years of development, Blue Origin has finally unveiled one of its BE-4 ro... More →
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Dom Galeon and Jolene Creighton report that both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017. With this transformative development, the space agency got a lot more than just $19.508 billion in funding. They also got a very clear mandate ... Get humanity to Mars !

To be clear, Mars has been in the works for some time. However, the 2017 Act places a strong emphasis on this goal, making it the focal point of NASA long-term plans. In the document, congress asserts that the space agency is to get humans near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s. Opposition to th... More →
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Rebecca Boyle blogs that since the 1960s, Mars exploration has either been conducted by robot surveyors or confined to opaque dreams of human visitors. The first path has been an unqualified success. Humans have sent twenty-odd spacecraft to Mars, and uncrewed ships have uncovered many of the red planet secrets.

NASA robotic missions have been following water, which suggests a habitable history, and have found plenty of evidence that Mars was once balmy and damp. Robotic orbiters and planned landers from Europe, Russia, China and India (none landed successfully, save for one Russia... More →
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Koerth-Baker blogs that the treaties that govern space allow private individuals and corporations to travel the stars, but only with the licensure and legal backing of an earthbound government. It is similar that way to the laws of the sea. And today, on Earth oceans, more than 11% of all the tons of freight shipped is carried on boats that fly the Liberian flag. In exchange for lower taxes and looser regulations, both the shipping companies of the present and the Martian explorers of tomorrow could pay to register their vessel with a small country they have no other connection to and carry it... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that investing in a backup planet might be a good idea, given what has been happening on Earth lately. The cost would only be a little over $20 trillion, but some nice real estate just came on the market. The discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a nearby star has really gotten everyone thinking about space colonization again. Found by NASA orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST Telescope, there seems to be at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1.

The biggest surprise is that three or four of these planets ar... More →
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Ethan Siegel reports that for a long time, he thought the Solar System was the template for the planets to be found in the Universe. Inner, rocky worlds dominate the hottest part of the Solar System, with large, gaseous planets orbiting much farther out.

The largest rocky planet was Earth. The smallest gas giant was Uranus. The mass difference between the two was a factor of 17, with Uranus having four times Earth radius. So it was quite a surprise when exoplanet discoveries started rolling in.

Not only can planets of various sizes and masses appear anywhere in a solar ... More →
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Simon Drive reports that any nation that hopes to have a space program needs to be able to keep an eye on its orbiting assets at all times. This means that Australia has become a key link in the global chain of ground-based tracking stations. The U.S. NASA has a deep space tracking facility at Tidbinbilla in the ACT, managed by the CSIRO, and the European Space Agency (ESA) has one in New Norcia, Western Australia.

The New Norcia station plays a further role as it picks up and tracks the ESA launches from French Guiana as they curve across the Indian Ocean on their way to Earth orbi... More →
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The mission is planned, managed and executed by a team here in the UAE. They will do it the hard way ... key technologies will be designed, built and assembled locally, not imported. Technical knowledge will be developed in the UAE and transferred through collaboration with partners, not outsourced.

This approach ensures that the mission will leave behind a valuable and enduring legacy in the form of human capital ... a generation of experienced scientists and engineers trained and inspired by the Mars mission.

The UAE government sees the Red Planet project as a turning ... More →
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Jolene Creighton reports that scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a remarkable new discovery ... An entire system of Earth-sized planets. The team asserts that the density measurements of the planets indicates that the six innermost are Earth-like rocky worlds.

Three of the planets lie in the habitable zone of the star. This means that all three of these alien worlds may have entire oceans of water, dramatically increasing the possibility of life. The other planets are less likely to host oceans of water, but the team states th... More →
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Jeff Foust reports that NASA announced in 2016 that it has awarded a contract to Blue Origin to perform suborbital research flights as part of the NASA Flight Opportunities program. Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, Blue Origin will be eligible to fly research payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle. The contract has a maximum value of $45 million, although the actual value depends on the number of task orders for research flights awarded by NASA.

Blue Origin, which has identified research payloads as one of the key markets for New Shepard, has alre... More →
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Rich Haridy asks the question ... Who owns the Moon? Technically no one, but interesting times lie ahead in terms of potential commercial and private property claims to the lunar surface for mining and telecommunications. According to internal documents obtained by Politico, President Trump and his administration is investigating, what they are calling, the large-scale economic development of space.

The ambitious plans for commercially exploring space outlined in the documents propose potential new moon landings within the next three years as well as, private lunar landers staking o... More →
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