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The National Research Council (NRC) has been conducting decadal surveys in the Earth and space sciences since 1964, and released the latest five surveys in the past 5 years, four of which were only completed in the past 3 years. Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in Space Science is the summary of a workshop held in response to unforseen challenges that arose in the implementation of the recommendations of the decadal surveys. This report takes a closer look at the decadal survey process and how to improve this essential tool for strategic planning in the Earth and space sciences. Workshop mo... More →
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Driven by discoveries, and enabled by leaps in technology and imagination, our understanding of the universe has changed dramatically during the course of the last few decades. The fields of astronomy and astrophysics are making new connections to physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Based on a broad and comprehensive survey of scientific opportunities, infrastructure, and organization in a national and international context, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics outlines a plan for ground- and space-based astronomy and astrophysics for the decade of the 2010s.More →
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Loren Grush reports that this year is filled with important test flights, as private companies like SpaceX get new orbital rockets and vehicles ready for space travel. Space tourism ventures like Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will continue testing their sub-orbital vehicles too, which could potentially take paying customers into the upper limits of the atmosphere. There are also a couple robotic missions to Jupiter and Mars that will be reported in depth in the coming months.

Blue Origin seems to be far ahead in its flight tests. The company has already demonstrated that it can la... More →
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President Corner talks about why our President is so encouraged 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 part of the DOCNYC (Documentary New York City) film festival.

Finally, this month of Research Files co... More →
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Jack Lifton opines that some rules do not change. But that does not mean that our poorly educated journalists have to know of them or even have to understand them, when they are described or applied. One rule, frequently swept under the rug by junior mining promoters eager to take advantage of journalistic ignorance can be stated as -

In order for any deposit to be developed into a profitable mine the infrastructure to access it must already exist, or, if not, then its costs must be included in the feasibility study. Trivially, this means for example no commercial mining until one ... More →
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Esa Nummi reports that The Tech Times recently reported that Moon Express, a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company partnered with NASA, is one step closer to mining the Moon. The California-based company plans to send its robotic lander, dubbed MX-1, to the Moon by next year, and has already put into test a prototype at the Kennedy Space Center. Moon Express conducted the tests with the aid of NASA engineers as part of a lunar initiative known as Lunar Catalyst. Catalyst was designed to encourage new commercial capabilities to reach out and tap into the resources of ... More →
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A Team Project Report from the International Space University, 2012, the Executive Summary and the Final Report appear on the ISU web site at www.isunet.edu in the ISU Publications/Student Reports section.

Since the beginning of the space age, the main actors in space exploration have been governmental agencies, enabling a privileged access to space, but with very restricted and rare missions. The last decade has seen the rise of space tourism, and the founding of ambitious private space mining companies, showing the beginnings of a new exploration era, that is based on a more gener... More →
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P. Solomon Vinay Kumar reports that outer space is the region of the universe which is outside the atmospheres of celestial bodies. Space within the solar system is defined as interplanetary space. Earth orbital space is a finite natural resource that must be managed properly. Space is a different domain which requires sophisticated technology and knowledge to work on it. Space technology is basically related to entering into outer space, maintaining and using various systems during spaceflight and returning people and things from outer space. Some technologies like remote sensing, GPS systems... More →
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Planetary Resources, in collaboration with their partner 3D Systems, have developed the first ever direct-metal print from asteroid material. The future of space colonization and industrialization can now be realistically visualized. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today in Las Vegas, NV., they unveiled the geometric object on the Engadget stage.

This spacecraft prototype was 3D printed from an actual asteroid that was, pulverized, powdered and processed on the new 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 metals 3D printer. It is the first part ever 3D Printed with material from outer space a... More →
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Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, praises the members of Congress who promoted historic legislation (H.R. 2262) that recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain as property and encourages the commercial exploration and recovery of resources from asteroids, free from harmful interference.

This legislation creates a pro-growth environment for the development of the commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and ensuring a more stable and predictable regulatory regime. This law is important for the industry a... More →
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Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today that its Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft deployed successfully from the International Space Station (ISS) Kibo airlock and has begun its 90-day mission. The demonstration vehicle will validate several core technologies including the avionics, control systems and software, which the company will incorporate into future spacecraft that will venture into the Solar System and prospect for resource-rich near-Earth asteroids.

The A3R launched to the ISS onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 in April as a part of the CRS-6 cre... More →
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Planetary Resources, Inc., announced today that it has secured US$21.1 million in Series A funding. The capital will be used to deploy and operate Ceres, an advanced Earth observation platform that features the first commercial infrared and hyperspectral sensor system to better understand and manage natural resources.

The funding was led by Bryan Johnson and the OS FUND, and joined by Idea Bulb Ventures, Tencent, Vast Ventures, Grishin Robotics, Conversion Capital, The Seraph Group, Space Angels Network, a syndication of investors from Angel.co, and Larry Page. Earth observation wi... More →
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Planetary Resources is establishing a new paradigm for resource discovery and utilization that will bring the solar system into the humanity sphere of influence. Our technical principals boast extensive experience in all phases of robotic space missions, from designing and building, to testing and operating. We are visionaries, pioneers, rocket scientists and industry leaders with proven track records on and off of this planet.
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Alternate Science Investigations for the Kepler Spacecraft White Paper:
31 August 2013

Elvis, Galacheab and Williams propose to use a modest fraction of the re-purposed Kepler mission time and apertures to greatly increase the quantity and quality of our knowledge of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) rotation and shape. NEAs are important for understanding the origins of the Solar System, for selecting targets for robotic and human visits, and for hazardous object deflection. While NEAs are being discovered at a rate of 1000/year, only a ~75/year have well-measured rotation periods a... More →
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Todd Jaquith opines that the transition from one year to the next is always a little uncertain, an uneasy blend of anxiety and optimism, it is also a time of retrospection, introspection, and even a little tentative prognostication. And since the latter is our stock-in-trade at Futurism, we believe now is the perfect time to look ahead at what 2017 has in store for us.

2016 was a remarkable year for space, full of notable firsts and spectacular discoveries. The year opened with a bang (quite literally) when LIGO confirmed the first detection of gravitational waves from colliding bla... More →
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Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, applauds President Obama who signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) into law. This law recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain and encourages the commercial exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids.

This is the single greatest recognition of property rights in history, said Eric Anderson, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc. This legislation establishes the same supportive framework that created the great economies of history, and wil... More →
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In 1959, the U.S. Army was engaged to conduct an investigation on the feasibility of establishing a base on the Moon. There is a requirement for a manned military outpost on the moon. The lunar outpost is required to develop and protect potential U.S. interests on the moon, to develop techniques in moon-based surveillance of the earth and space, in communications relay, and in operations on the surface of the moon, to serve as a base for exploration of the moon, for further exploration into space and for military operations on the moon if required, and to support scientific investigations on t... More →
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Mark Wade reports on a 1959 U.S. Army report regarding the stated need for a manned military outpost on the Moon. The lunar outpost was required ostensibly to develop and protect potential U.S. interests on the Moon, to develop techniques in Moon-based surveillance of the Earth and space, in communications relay, and in operations on the surface of the Moon, to serve as a base for exploration of the Moon, for further exploration into space and for military operations on the Moon if required, and to support scientific investigations on the Moon.

Initially, the outpost will be of suff... More →
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Z. Yue,B. C. Johnson, D. A. Minton,H. J. Melosh,K. Di,W. Hu & Y. Liu

Nature Geoscience 6, pp. 435-437 (2013) doi:10.1038/ngeo1828

They find that for vertical impact velocities below about 12kms/1, the projectile may both survive the impact and be swept back into the central peak of the final crater as it collapses, although it would be fragmented and strongly deformed. We conclude that some unusual minerals observed in the central peaks of many lunar impact craters could be exogenic in origin and may not be indigenous to the Moon.... More →
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Obtained by FOIA requests in 1996, NASA Donald N. Michael reported that in November 1959 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracted with the Brookings Institution to undertake... the design of a comprehensive and long-term program of research and study regarding the social, economic, political, legal, and international implications of the use of space for peaceful and scientific purposes. The long-term program of research set out in the report - and briefly outlined in this Summary -includes a. Sufficient description and evaluation of speculations on the implications of space... More →
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Asteroid mining could become reality sooner than we think. Billionaire-backed Planetary Resources is launching technology demonstration missions this summer to showcase the asteroid-prospecting spacecraft they have developed. They say that within three years they will be launching their first customer-financed mission to explore targets for resource extraction.

The company has attracted some high profile investors, most notably Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. However, a recent set of studies from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics highlighted just how lit... More →
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Deep Space Industries announced today its plans to fly the world first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Prospector-1 will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid, and investigate the object to determine its value as a source of space resources. This mission is an important step in the overall plans to harvest and supply in-space resources to support the growing space economy.

Deep Space Industries has worked diligently to get to this point, and now we can say with confidence that we have the right technology, the right team and the right plan to execute this histor... 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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This is a 1989 internal NASA report prepared for NASA Administrator Truly by a team led by Johnson Space Center Director Aaron Cohen. It was commissioned by Admiral Truly after the Presidents July 20, 1989 speech, and its purpose is to provide a database for the Space Council to refer to as it considers strategic planning issues. The report will be used as an input and one data source for Council consideration of approaches to program, schedule and technology, international cooperation and management. The Space Council will examine the reference cases described in the report and also intends t... More →
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An online book published by the University of Arizona press in 1993. This 997-page book goes into detailed descriptions of the various resources available on the Moon, Mars, and in the asteroid belt.
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