Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Archive for April, 2012

PHOTOS: Dragon attached to Falcon rocket | Spaceflight Now

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SpaceX engineers mated the Dragon capsule to its Falcon 9 launcher Thursday, ahead of a preflight engine test firing Monday. Launch of the demonstration flight to the International Space Station is set for May 7.

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Mining Asteroids

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We take a peek at the recent Planetary Resources announcements in the latest Spacevidcast Live show. Check below for a timeline of topics. Click on any time to skip to that specific point. And check out the Wiki page for specifics on each story as well as the stories we missed. http://wiki.spacevidcast.com/en/5.06

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TEDxKiruna – Stuart O. Witt – It Starts With You

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Stu Witt is general manager and CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port. Mr. Witt is a graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), Naval Aviation Schools Command, and the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership. During his military career he was a carrier-based F-14 Tomcat pilot with VF-14, and an FA-18 project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California.

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ISS Update: SpaceX Dragon

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NASA Public Affairs Officer Kylie Clem interviews Mike Horkachuck, NASA’s Project Executive for SpaceX, about the progress and milestones leading up to the launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation. For the latest news about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

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John Kelly: Asteroid mining no flight of fancy

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Make fun all you want, but exploring asteroids is a space endeavor worth the effort.

 

You can make a scientific case and a business case for sending probes and people to space rocks. There are tons of reasons to go, not the least of which is the bold move by some of the biggest names in private space and the wealthiest venture capitalists in the world to go after asteroid exploration rather than waiting for NASA.

 

There are two commonly cited reasons for looking more into them: Asteroids are packed with valuable resources, and they’re packed with the potential to wipe out life as we know it on this planet. The first is the one that’s attracting more and more attention.

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Priming the suborbital pump

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Currently, there are two major markets for commercial suborbital spaceflight. The first is personal space exploration, also known as “space tourism.” The second is professional scientific research. Based on the initial customer response to date, both appear to be viable markets capable of supporting a growing industry. Nevertheless, it would be useful for the industry to have a third leg to stand on.

 

We believe that citizen science could be that third leg.

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Mining Quarries Millions Of Miles From Earth | NPR

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A private company has unveiled plans to mine precious metals and water from nearby asteroids. Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Anderson discusses the various stages of the mining process and how the excavated minerals could impact future space exploration and innovation on Earth.

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