Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Archive for December, 2011

Private Spaceflight: Up, Up, and Away | IEEE Spectrum

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The 20th of February, 2012, will be the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. orbital manned spaceflight. To mark the occasion, retired pilot Craig Russell had an over-the-top idea: Reenact astronaut John Glenn’s mission, but do it with private funding and off-the-shelf technologies.   Ultimately, a lack of funding killed Russell’s dream, but don’t lose heart. Truth is, if you’ve got a more practical reason for putting a person in space, there’s never been a better time to try. Over the last decade, a broad advance in the commercial availability of aerospace technologies has allowed small private entities to attempt feats that once had been the monopoly of major governments.
Via spectrum.ieee.org

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XCOR Aerospace Lynx | ZAP16.COM

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The Lynx rocketplane is developed by the California-based company XCOR to compete in the emerging suborbital space flight market. Beginning in January, 2014 the Lynx is expected to be flying suborbital space tourism flights and scientific research missions by SXC (KLM-Space Expedition Curaçao) from a new spaceport on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.
Via www.zap16.com


Space Politics » The other December 2012 countdown

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Last week some people noted that we are now less than a year away from a prophesied end of the world, which, according to some (mis)interpretations of the Mayan calendar, will be on December 21, 2012. Fortunately this is little more than the inspiration for a bad Roland Emmerich movie, but last week also marked the T-1 year milestone for a far more real—albeit far less apocalyptic—event.   On December 23, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act (CSLAA) (PL 108-492). That bill includes a provision that restricts the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) from enacting safety regulations except for cases linked to the “serious or fatal injury” of crew or participants, or events that “posed a high risk” of such injuries, during licensed or permitted flights. According to the law, that restriction expires eight years after the law’s enactment, or December 23, 2012, just under one year from now.
Via www.spacepolitics.com


Billionaire Space Race: 2012 Will Be The Year Private Space Transport Takes Off | Forbes

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I apologize in advance to those of you with aversions to new year predictions, but here’s mine: 2012 will see private space ventures attract more interest from the super-rich than ever before.   Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and Paul Allen will find themselves with some company as billionaires across the world begin to invest in space transport in earnest.   This isn’t exactly rocket science (pardon the terrible pun): as NASA slows its own plans and parcels out multimillion-dollar Space Act Agreement contracts, the very wealthy will be able to indulge their fascination with the final frontier while picking up the government’s slack.
Via www.forbes.com


Space 2012: What’s Ahead | The Daily Planet

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Predicting the future is never easy, things don’t always turn out the way you expect. Here goes anyway, with our forecast of space program events and trends for the coming year:
Via blogs.airspacemag.com


SpaceX, ORBCOMM Rejigger Launch Schedule at Parabolic Arc

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ORBCOMM/SpaceX PR — FORT LEE, N.J. & HAWTHORNE, Calif.– ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) today announced the launch schedule for ORBCOMM’s second generation (OG2) satellites. The updated plan includes launching the first OG2 prototype satellite on the first Cargo Re-supply Services (CRS) mission in mid-2012, followed closely by an additional launch of two OG2 satellites into a high inclination orbit as a secondary payload in late 2012. In early 2013, SpaceX plans to launch eight to twelve OG2 satellites, and the remainder of the constellation of 18 OG2 satellites is expected to be launched in 2014. All launches are expected to be on Falcon 9 rockets.
Via www.parabolicarc.com


Revised Orbcomm Launch Schedule Drops Satellite from Space Station bound SpaceX Flight | SpaceNews.com

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PARIS — Satellite messaging provider Orbcomm on Dec. 28 announced a new launch schedule for its 18 second-generation satellites with launch provider Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) that scraps a planned early-2012 launch of a single satellite but results in three spacecraft being placed in orbit later in the year.
Via www.spacenews.com