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June Javelosa reports that former President, Barack Obama is a big advocate of science. During his term, he was a vocal supporter of the burgeoning commercial space industry and supported private and government efforts to send humans to Mars? by 2030.

Under Obama, the future of space exploration was bright. So where do all these new policies and initiatives supporting distant space exploration stand under the new administration? Based on a report by Politico, it looks like it is back to the Moon. In the report, the new administration advisers expressed support for sending humans bac... More →
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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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ExoMars experts present the scientific goals and operational challenges and milestones of the ExoMars programme. The presentations were made during the ExoMars 2016 launch event at the ESA spacecraft operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Replay of ExoMars 2016 ESOC launch event part 1, with commentary from experts. Liftoff was on a Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 09 31 GMT on 14 March 2016.

The blast-off can be viewed by moving the time bar to 1 hour 1 minute and 55 seconds into the video.... 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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Conee Orsal blogs that the world of mining is on the brink of earth-shattering changes. In the next fifty years, there will come a technology boom in the segment involving the use of robots, drones, driverless trucks and trains, as well as miniature unmanned devices. It is the stuff of science fiction, and for sure, decades ago, it has never crossed the minds of those working in small rural mining towns that their work will be altered so much by technology.

In a report on Mining Australia, Morris Miselowski, a globally-recognized Australian business futurist, noted that robots and m... More →
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Private sector human expeditions to the Moon are now feasible, primarily using existing space systems or those in development. The Golden Spike Company is working to implement and operate a human space transportation system at commercially successful price points. Our company is comprised of veteran space program executives, managers, engineers and entrepreneurs focused on generating a sustainable human lunar exploration business that generates profits through multiple high value revenue streams.

The foundation for Golden Spikes business has already been established. Companies withi... More →
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Team Part Time Scientists has been selected to compete for two of the Milestone Prizes: the Mobility Prize and the Imaging Prize based primarily in Germany. The PTS team consists of dozens of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs from several countries around the world. The efforts of team members are coordinated over the Internet from their headquarters in Berlin. The team is funded in part by donations from individuals, as well as monetary and technical support from key sponsors. The PTS team is perhaps the youngest team in the GLXP, and draws on members from a number of technical discipl... More →
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Sam Moorhouse blogs that the concept of asteroid mining is very much on-trend. Through sustained advances in technology provides access to the riches hosted by asteroids, such efforts have now moved from far-fetched lunacy to plausible concepts. This short editorial considers asteroid mining within the realms of traditional mining feasibility assessments.

Mining feasibility is a process which itself has undergone repeated refinement over the last few decades culminating in a widely accepted and formalized process that now, by-and-large, aligns all mineral deposit evaluations (altho... More →
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Bryan Abrams reports that when we think of the Apollo 11 moon landing, what do we think of. President Kennedys bold vision. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrins heroism (unfortunately we rarely think about Command Module Pilot Michael Collins). Perhaps we even think of the incredible engineers, rocket scientists, astrophysicists and all the other geniuses at NASA who made it possible. Now I want you to think about your grandmas bra. Why. Because without the technology behind that brassiere (or girdle), the moon landing would have been impossible. It turns out that the 21-layers of gossamer-thin fab... More →
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Learn more about the journey of Virgin Galactic by using the above time-line. Scroll through the years and roll over the images to reveal our milestone events and click on the event titles to reveal more information. To find out more about the key areas of this remarkable project check out the other overview sections: Safety, Spaceships, Spaceport, Training, Space Tickets, Experience & Environment.
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LaserMotive is a Seattle-based company developing wireless power delivery systems using laser beams to transmit electricity without wires, for applications where wires are either cost prohibitive or physically impractical. We launched the company by winning the 2009 NASA Centennial Challenges Power Beaming Challenge and taking home the Level 1 prize.
We founded LaserMotive on our belief in wireless power as a powerful solution for a variety of applications, near-term and in the future, on Earth, and, especially, in space. Recent advances in commercial laser technology are bringing many ex... 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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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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The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded as the National Space Institute (1974) and L5 Society (1975), which merged to form NSS in 1987, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS has over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.... More →
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Welcome to the March, 2016 edition of the ISEC Newsletter.

Another very full edition of this Newsletter can only mean one thing - ISEC continues to move forward with steps to help us increase our understanding of the space elevator and to hasten the day when it might be built.

In this issues monthly, President Corner, Dr. Peter Swan (President of ISEC) asks our readership to help determine what the 2017 ISEC Theme will be ... this theme is the focus for many of ISEC yearly activities. ISEC is also very pleased to announce the latest in its series of ISEC reports - Design ... More →
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This single discovery means that we can study the effects of cratering on the Earth nearly a billion years further back in time than was possible before, according to Dr Iain McDonald of Cardiff Universitys School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, who was part of the team. It is possible or even likely that the meteorite hit the sea, for the preserved rocks have been intensely altered by circulating hot aqueous fluids. These fluids were likely derived from sea water that would have been able to penetrate deep into the Earth's crust through the numerous fissures and crush zones generated by the impa... More →
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After work by Arthur C. Clarke in 1945, and after Russian work in 1960, Jerome Pearson at the U.S. Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Ohio published in Acta Astronautica, Vol. 2., pp. 785-799, by Pergamon Press in 1975 the results of his investigation on the theoretical possibility of constructing a tower to connect a geostationary satellite to the ground. The orbital tower could be built only by overcoming the three problems of buckling, strength, and dynamic stability. The buckling problem could be solved by building the tower outward from the geostatio... More →
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Dom Galeon reports that NASA estimates there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris currently floating at speeds of up to 28,162 km/h (17,500 mph) around the Earth. Two such pieces of space debris crashed in Myanmar recently that are likely either parts from an aircraft, a missile, a fallen satellite, or Tiangong-1.

A mining facility in northern Myanmar became the crash site of a huge piece of space debris last Thursday. As the impact occurred, a smaller piece of debris with Chinese markings on it simultaneously destroyed the roof of a house in a nearby village. Fortunately, no one ... More →
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The Space Tech Conference agenda will examine how military and government organizations can deliver space missions by working closely with the commercial sector to leverage the latest innovative technologies and business models. The conference also takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving space-to-space market and offers specific sessions examining the plethora of on-orbit services and technologies emerging.

On May 26, Space Tech Expo announced a series of free-to-attend requirements presentations to be held in the exhibition hall, enabling all attendees to benefit from this inv... More →
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SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the worlds most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.

SpaceXs proven designs are poised to revolutionize access to space. Because SpaceX designs and manufactures its own rockets and spacecraft, the company is able to develop quickly, test rigorously, and maintain tight control ... More →
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A paper presented at 49th International Astronautical Federation Congress, Sept 28 - Oct 2, 1998, Melbourne, Australia. An overview of the technologies to be employed in the recovery of asteroidal resources and the economics behind the planning.

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Sonter asserts in his paper that future large scale commercial activities in space will require raw materials obtained from in-space sources rather than from Earth, to overcome the high cost of Earth launch. The Sonter paper reviews the protectiveness of non-terrestrial resources and notes the competitiveness of Near-Earth-Asteroids c.f. the Moon and Phobos or Deimos in terms of accessibility and likely resources. Astronomical work over the last fifteen years has increased the number of known Near Earth Asteroids - NEAs - from about 30 to about 400. Discovery rate of NEAs is now about 50 per y... 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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In space, one resource above all others is expensive and without cheap access to it, growth is limited. Fuel is the catalyst for rapid expansion into every frontier in history, and has been cheap and locally available. And in space, access to rocket fuel is currently neither cheap, nor local... but it is nonetheless available out there.

On the Moon and on asteroids, abundant quantities of hydrogen and oxygen are available to create rocket fuel, the same material used by the Space Shuttle. This allows companies like Vivisat to fuel spacetugs that will be used to keep satellites in th... More →
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Ian Crawford, et al., report that to date, all human economic activity has depended on the resources of a single planet, and it has long been recognized that developments in space exploration could in principle open our closed planetary economy to external resources of energy and raw materials.

Recently, there has been renewed interest in these possibilities, with several private companies established with the stated aim of exploiting extraterrestrial resources. Space science and exploration are among the potential beneficiaries of space resources because their use may permit the c... More →
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