Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Archive for September, 2015

Lori Garver on space: The ‘endless’ frontier for business

Former NASA official Lori Garver’s resume is filled with highlights from politics and government service – going back to John Glenn’s presidential campaign – but when it comes to America’s space program, her heart’s with commercial ventures.

“The opportunities in commercial space are endless,” she told GeekWire. “Government opportunities are not endless.”

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Elon Musk wants to go to Mars

Elon Musk wants to go to Mars.

Musk and his SpaceX program are the favorites to lead a manned expedition to Mars in the near future. Vegas oddsmakers have placed SpaceX as a 5-1 favorites to successfully lead a mission to Mars, over other private competitors Mars One (which would fund their project with a reality show at 15 to 1 odds) and The Mars Society (which wants to colonize Mars, at 9-1 odds). Other competitors include national space agencies: NASA (80-1 odds), Chinese space administration (100-1 odds), European Space Agency (300-1 odds).

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Q&A with Frank DiBello: Serving Industry and State

Frank DiBello works for both a state and an industry.

In one role, he leads Space Florida, the state’s space development agency. That includes attracting more space companies to set up operations in Florida, such as the Sept. 15 announcement that Blue Origin will build and launch orbital vehicles from Cape Canaveral. Space Florida has also taken on its own operations, finalizing an agreement with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in June to take over the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) runway, with plans to turn it into a commercial launch site. Space Florida also announced in July that Orbital ATK will carry out a Minotaur launch from Launch Complex 46, a Cape Canaveral pad it operates.

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Congress Approves Short-Term Extension of Commercial Spaceflight Regulatory Moratorium | SpaceNews.com

WASHINGTON — A bill passed by Congress Sept. 29 will extend by six months the current restriction on the Federal Aviation Administration’s ability to regulate the safety of people flying on commercial spacecraft, as House and Senate members reconcile bills that would provide for a longer extension.

The Senate approved by unanimous consent Sept. 29 H.R. 3614, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015. The House passed the bill on a voice vote one day earlier.

The bill includes a provision extending the current limitation on the FAA’s ability to regulate the safety of people flying on commercial spacecraft. That restriction, often called the “learning period” by industry since it was intended to allow companies to build up experience upon which later regulations could be based, was set to expire Oct. 1, but will now remain in effect until April 1, 2016.

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Senate Joins House in Extending FAA Learning Period For Six Months

The Senate passed a bill today that extends certain FAA airport and airway provisions, including the so-called “learning period” during which the FAA cannot issue new passenger safety regulations for commercial human spaceflight.  The bill now goes to the President.

The bill, H.R. 3614, was introduced on Friday and passed the House yesterday.  No hearings or markups were held.  It passed the House under suspension of the rules.   Today it passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

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The Import of the Satellite Exporter’s Bank | SpaceNews.com

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, many in the space industry hadn’t heard of this bank. Even today, its role in the industry is not widely known except among those who build commercial satellites and sell commercial launches. Yet in the last five years it’s become a critical tool for those companies.

At least, when the bank is open for business.

The bank in question is the Export-Import Bank of the United States, usually known simply as Ex-Im. It is the official export credit agency of the U.S., providing financing for American companies who want to export products but can’t get financing from the private sector, at least on favorable terms.

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An update on Commercial Space – 8.28 | YouTube

This week we take a look at a few different commercial space companies and see where they are are. SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Virgin Galactic return to flight and Bigelow modules.

In Space News we have:
* Debut of Long March 6 Rocket
* Debut of Long March 11 Rocket
* Rokot Launch
* Orbital ATK to supply boosters for Vulcan Rocket
* Super Moon Eclipse
* Upgraded Falcon 9 static fire test

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