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Jeff Foust reports that a former NASA manager of the International Space Station announced June 22 that he is starting a new venture that eventually plans to develop a private space station. In a presentation at the NewSpace 2016 conference here, Mike Suffredini, president of the commercial space division of Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) who joined the company shortly after retiring from NASA last September, said he has co-founded a new company that initially will seek to install a commercial module on the ISS.

That module would serve as a precursor for a private facility on... More →
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Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply the aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy. Within three years, two firms plan prospecting missions to passing asteroids. When even a modest space rock might meet demand for metals like platinum or gold for centuries, it is little wonder storytellers have long fantasized that to harness cosmic riches could make, and break, fortunes on Earth.

But with no way to bring much ore or metal down from the heavens yet, new ve... More →
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Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply. The aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy. Within three years, two firms plan prospecting missions to passing asteroids. When even a modest space rock might meet demand for metals like platinum or gold for centuries, it is little wonder storytellers have long fantasized that to harness cosmic riches could make, and break, fortunes on Earth.... More →
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An 8-page article from the Proceedings of the 11th Lunar Planetary Science Conference (1980). This article attempts to shed light on the crustal composition of Mars.
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Matt Williams opines that the public goal stated by NASA, ESA, the Russians, the Chinese, India, etc., etc. for obtaining samples from the Moon is about understanding the chronology of the Moon. The timescale we have developed for the Moon are anchored in the Apollo samples. The next Moon samples will attempt to sample other time periods so we can determine if our time scales are correct.

However, the actual objective of exploration on the Moon, Mars, and the asteroids is to lay the foundation for developing natural resources offworld and for leaning how to go about colonization of... More →
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Although cancelled in 2010 by President Obama, the U.S. Constellation project was designed to return US astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and support long-term human settlement as well as in situ development of mineral and energy resources from infrastructure on the Moon, fuel and life support materials while in space and for use of such energy and mineral resources on Earth.

The members of the Energy Minerals Division (EMD) and of the Astrogeology Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) remain steadfast in support of going back to the Moon to perfect our ... More →
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A new study of satellite data finds that numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the Moon contain unusually high amounts of trapped water compared with surrounding terrains. The finding of water in these ancient deposits, which are believed to consist of glass beads formed by the explosive eruption of magma coming from the deep lunar interior, bolsters the idea that the lunar mantle is surprisingly water-rich.

Geoscientists had assumed for years that the interior of the Moon had been largely depleted of water and other volatile compounds. That began to change in... More →
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LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.

LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
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A new paper argues against the wisdom of the U.S. declaring sovereignty over parts of the moon. The Moon has been kind of a backwater lately. During the 1960s, and early 1970s it was the hottest possible destination, what with unmanned probes from the U.S. and U.S.S.R. touching down on the lunar surface, followed by American astronauts riding across the dusty landscape. It is not that scientists have lost interest by any means, but most of what they have learned in recent decades has come from orbiting spacecraft like GRAIL and LCROSS and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

All that i... More →
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Since its inception, the US human spaceflight program has grown from launching a single man into orbit to an ongoing space presence involving numerous crew members. As the US space program evolves, propelled in part by increasing international and commercial collaborations, long duration or exploration spaceflights - such as extended stays on the International Space Station or missions to Mars - become more realistic. These types of missions will likely expose crews to levels of known risk that are beyond those allowed by current health standards, as well as to a range of risks that are poorly... More →
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Helium is the second lightest and second most abundant element in the observable universe where it makes up about 24 per cent of the total elemental mass. This mass is more than 12 times greater than the mass of all the heavier elements combined. Most helium in the universe is helium-4 and is believed to have been created in the Big Bang and during fusion reactions in stars. Despite this abundance, helium, the lightest of the noble gases, is rare in the Earth's atmosphere making only about 0.00054 per cent of the volume or 5.2 parts per trillion. Most of the local helium was created by the na... More →
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The idea of harvesting a clean and efficient form of energy from the Moon has stimulated science fiction and fact in recent decades. Unlike Earth, which is protected by its magnetic field, the Moon has been bombarded with large quantities of Helium-3 by the solar wind for billions of years. It is thought that this isotope could provide safer nuclear energy in a fusion reactor, since it is not radioactive and would not produce dangerous waste products.

Apollo geologist, Harrison Schmidt, has repeatedly made the argument for Helium-3 mining, while Gerald Kulcinski at the University of... More →
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The staff at Planetary Resources say that when traditional mining companies evaluate a potential mining target, they have many general things in mind:

1. Is it technically feasible? 2. How much will it cost? 3. How much risk is involved, and 4. Will it yield a profitable return?

But the details get more challenging in choosing an asteroid target to explore for possible mining in space. The goals are the same, but the variables can be much different, and more difficult to assess.

An ore is any material that can be recovered from a mining or drilling site and sol... More →
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Jolene Creighton reported that governments around the globe are teaming with private companies in order to make asteroid mining a reality. Experts assert that we could be engaged in mining operations within the next decade. Here is a breakdown of how we will do it, and why we need develop these resources...albeit with all appropriate planning.

Planetary Resources CEO Chris Lewicki asserts whether it is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the materials that we build things with, or ultimately, of course, the food that we eat, all of these things are available to us on this planet... More →
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Louis Friedman opines in his new book, Human Spaceflight - From Mars to the Stars, that humans will become a multi-planet species by making it to Mars, but no farther. That is, humans will never travel beyond Mars. Some find this to be negative - an absolute statement of limits and thus of giving up. His job in the book is to prove the opposite... that humans will explore the universe, but via nanotechnology robotics, bio-molecular engineering, and artificial intelligence.

Tom Paine, NASA administrator at the height of the Apollo program, had a clear idea about the goal of human sp... More →
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The global resources industry is a constantly evolving industry, and it is now entering a new age of technological development. Mining is currently seeing the start of what will be the great convergence of IT and operational technologies.

Many observers have indicated that robotics is at the foundation for the next technological change in the mining industry, which will be focused on an effort to facilitate productivity gains, efficiency and safety.

A study by consulting firm McKinsey showed that multi-factor productivity was growing up until 2005, but it dropped 0.7% per... 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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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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The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) promotes the development, construction and operation of a Space Elevator (SE) as a revolutionary and efficient way to space for all humanity. We are made up of organizations and individuals from all around the world who share a vision of humanity in space.

The idea for an organization like ISEC has been discussed for years but it was not until the Space Elevator Conference in Redmond, Washington in July of 2008 that things became serious. Interest and enthusiasm for the SE reached critical mass at this Conference and, with additiona... More →
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Welcome to the December, 2015 edition of the ISEC eNewsletter.

This month's President's Corner talks about why our President is so 'pumped' about space elevators, why you should be too and what you can do to help further this effort.

ISEC is also very pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Via Ad Astra (Road to the Stars), the Space Elevator magazine - a new publication which should appeal to anyone who is interested in science and new ideas.

This issue also contains information about "Sky Line", a new space elevator movie recently released as par... More →
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Tom Metcalfe reports that astronomers recently announced strong evidence of an Earth-like alien planet around Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our sun, making it the closest exoplanet found to date. Though the star system is our cosmic neighbor, it is still located 4.2 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, away from Earth. At such distances, could we ever visit the newfound planet?

Even the nearest stars would takes tens of thousands of years to reach using conventional spacecraft, such as the robotic probes being used now to explore the solar system. These spacecraft are driven b... More →
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Cathy W. Swan reports that in October 2014, Scott Hubbard and she asked Dr. Peter Swan if he would like to be a guest editor for a special edition of the New Space journal. Dr. Swan specializes in space elevators and had completed a study on the topic for the International Academy of Astronautics in 2013. We asked if he could assemble a suite of articles for the New Space journal that could tell a comprehensive story about space elevators to our readers.

The products of his efforts and of the authors with whom he works are presented in this issue. The issue contains a historic over... More →
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Welcome to the July 2017 Newsletter. Here you will find current technical content from our engineers and new opportunities to get involved. Most importantly this is a reminder to register for the annual Space Elevator Conference this August in Seattle! If you wish to submit a paper, the July 10th deadline for abstracts is fast approaching. The three-day programs included technical lectures, group brainstorming sessions, a Family Science Fest and full access to the Seattle Museum of Flight where the conference is held.

In this edition you will find further updates from Vern Hall and ... More →
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International Space Exploration Coordination Group(ISECG) Report of September, 2013 reports that more than fifty years of human activity in space have produced societal benefits that improve the quality of life on Earth. The first satellites, designed to study the space environment and test initial capabilities in Earth orbit, contributed critical knowledge and capabilities for developing satellite telecommunications, global positioning, and advances in weather forecasting. Space exploration initiated the economic development of space that today, year after year, delivers high returns for inve... More →
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Speculations on the K, U, and Th behavior in the Martian environments show that aeolian and aqueous processes leads to the accumulation of these elements in the fine dust material.
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