After an amazing year, Virgin Galactic showcases highlights from 2013, including never before seen footage from one of the full duration rocket motor ground test firings.
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” … 2013 was a year when we had plenty to celebrate thanks to the tireless efforts and meticulous preparation from the world class team working on the vehicles up in the Mojave Desert. During the year we saw the final technical pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fall nicely into place with some awe-inspiring test flights, which took our beautiful spaceship both higher and faster than any other vehicle built for commercial service.”
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American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 vehicles that will change how we work and play in space:
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Year in PReview: after achieving major milestones in 2013, commercial launch companies plan a fast start to 2014 | NewSpace Journal
The year of 2013 will go down as one of the most significant years for the commercial launch industry in recent memory, thanks to the successful introduction of one new and one essentially-new launch vehicle, both by American companies. Those vehicles, which also have launches planned for early January, have the potential to alter the commercial launch industry by offering new, and in some cases lower-priced, options for customers in the US and elsewhere.
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The NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Corp. Antares rocket at 1:55 p.m. EST, Jan. 7.
The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
The cargo craft will be filled with 2,780 pounds of supplies for the station, including vital science experiments to expand the research capability of the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware. Also aboard the flight are 23 student experiments that will involve more than 10,000 students on the ground. These experiments will involve life sciences topics ranging from amoeba reproduction to calcium in the bones to salamanders.
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Mars One, the Dutch non-for-profit foundation advocating one way trips to Mars for people who want to settle the Red Planet, announced today that it chose 1,058 candidates to proceed to round 2 of its selection and training process.
Mars One said in September that it had “received interest” from 202,586 people to make one-way trips to Mars, four people at a time beginning in 2023. That statement left open the question of how many of those who expressed interest actually applied, a process that involved paying a fee. However, today’s press release said that the 1,058 candidates chosen for the next step were drawn “from an applicant pool of over 200,000.” Applicants were asked to pay “a small administration fee that varies across nations according to their per capita GDP” to make the program “equally accessible” for everyone and to reduce “the number of insincere entries.” Mars One did not announce how much revenue it earned from the applications. The foundation says it plans opportunities for people to apply “regularly” in future years.
Here’s the link to the official Mars One press release: http://www.mars-one.com/news/press-releases/mars-one-announces-round-2-astronaut-selection-results
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A trio of orbital launches by SpaceX, Orbital Sciences Corporation and ISRO will kick off the new year during the first week of January. Scaled Composites is also likely to conduct a third powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo by Jan. 10.
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