Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Archive for May, 2014

XCOR Raises $14 Million in Equity Deal with Dutch Partner | SpaceNews.com

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PARIS — Commercial suborbital spaceplane service provider XCOR Aerospace has sold $14.2 million in preferred stock, most of it to its long-standing strategic partner, Space Expedition Corp. of the Netherlands, which will now have two representatives on XCOR’s seven-member board of directors, XCOR announced May 27.

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the transaction, XCOR said.

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Enter the Dragon: Here’s What It’s Like Inside New SpaceX Capsule | NBC News

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“The inside of SpaceX’s Dragon V2 spaceship is the latest, greatest shiny object in the space business, but what really got me was sitting back in one of its form-hugging seats. It felt like sitting in a race car.

“After Thursday night’s glitzy debut of the capsule SpaceX is planning to use to send NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, VIPs and journalists got a chance to climb up a set of stairs, crouch through the hatch and check out the interior.”

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SpaceX unveils its “21st century spaceship” | NewSpace Journal

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SpaceX’s crewed version of the Dragon spacecraft could carry people into space by the middle of 2016 and return them to Earth with pinpoint landings under rocket power, the company’s CEO said Thursday night.

“We wanted to create something that was a stepchange in spacecraft technology,” Elon Musk said in the event Thursday night at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where he unveiled the Dragon V2 spacecraft. “Some of the characteristics of that are the ability to land anywhere on land propulsively… You’ll be able to land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter, which is something that I think a modern spaceship should be able to do.”

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SpaceX reveals new-look passenger spacecraft | Spaceflight Now

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Eyeing the next step beyond launching satellites and supplies, SpaceX dropped the curtain Thursday on the design of an upgraded Dragon spacecraft, replete with 3D printed rocket engines, leather seats, and touchscreen cockpit controls for up to seven astronauts.

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk debuted the space capsule from the company’s headquarters here before a crowd of employees, VIPs and media.

The white gumdrop-shaped space capsule, dubbed Dragon Version 2, is about halfway through development in a public-private cost-sharing arrangement between SpaceX and NASA, Musk said.

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SpaceX Dragon V2 – Unveil Event | YouTube

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SpaceX Daragon V2 Unveiling at SpaceX Headquarters, Hawthorne, California.

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SpaceX Dragon V2 Flight Animation | YouTube

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Meet SpaceX’s Dragon V2 spacecraft, the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond.

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Mars Ahead? SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Capsule for Astronaut Trips | NBC News

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX unveiled the spaceship it expects to use to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, known as the Dragon V2, at its headquarters on Thursday amid surroundings as glitzy as an auto show.

Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising, considering that the company’s billionaire founder. CEO and chief designer, Elon Musk, also runs the Tesla electric-car company. His SpaceX venture has even loftier ambitions than Tesla — nothing less than sending colonists to Mars.

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