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Archive for November, 2015

Debris from SpaceX launch found near UK isle | CNN.com

London (CNN)A large chunk of debris from a SpaceX rocket has been found floating off a remote British island, more than 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) from where it exploded after takeoff.

The barnacle-encrusted debris — which measures about 33 feet by 13 feet (10 meters by 4 meters) and is decorated with a U.S. flag — is believed to have come from an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, designed by Elon Musk’s private aerospace company.

The rockets are launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. But the object was found off the Isles of Scilly, a small archipelago southwest of the British mainland.

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US space rocket debris found in sea off Scilly | BBC News

A large chunk of an American space rocket has been found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly.

The section of the spacecraft, measuring about 10m (32ft) by 4m (13ft), was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco.

Coastguards believe it is from the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 which exploded after take-off in Florida in June.

However many astronomers believe it is from a different mission due to the size and markings.

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The Market and the Mission of Planetary Resources | YouTube

Planetary Resources is developing game changing technologies that will enable us to mine asteroids, and so much more. We are innovating on cost with 3D additive manufacturing, and by vertically integrating all design, development, fabrication, assembly and test. Learn more here about our mission, the market potential, and the technology roadmap: http://www.planetaryresources.com/

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New Space Mining Legislation Is ‘History in the Making’

Space mining just got a big boost.

The U.S. Congress’ passage of a bill that allows American companies to own and sell materials they extract from the moon, asteroids or other celestial bodies should help spur the development of off-Earth mining, representatives of the nascent industry say.

“It sets up a firm foundation for the next phase of our business,” said Chris Lewicki, president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, which plans to mine water and metals from near-Earth asteroids.

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Asteroid mining riches await: President signs space resource bill into law

The President today put his signature on a law supporting the rights of space miners to extract, use and sell resources from asteroids, the moon, Mars and other celestial bodies – giving space-minded entrepreneurs something extra to be thankful for.

“This is the single greatest recognition of property rights in history,” Eric Anderson, co-founder and co-chairman of Redmond-based Planetary Resources, said in a news release. “This legislation establishes the same supportive framework that created the great economies of history, and will encourage the sustained development of space.”

Anderson’s company has said the asteroid mining industry could eventually grow to trillions of dollars a year – but that’s dependent on the establishment of a spacefaring infrastructure that can use the off-earth water and other raw materials from near-Earth asteroids.

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How Blue Origin’s Suborbital Rocket Ride Works (Infographic)

New Shepard, named after Mercury astronaut and Apollo moonwalker Alan Shepard, is Jeff Bezos’ scheme for high-altitude, near-space tourism. A propulsion module (rocket) lobs the crew to an altitude of 307,000 feet (93,573 meters) – well above the height required to earn NASA astronaut wings. The rocket returns to its launch site and lands, while the crew capsule descends on a parachute.

The six-person crew capsule has an interior volume of 530 cubic feet (15 cubic meters). The capsule has six big observation windows that the company boasts are the largest-ever windows on a spacecraft.

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Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos

Early Monday (Nov. 23), the private spaceflight company Blue Origin made a major stride in the pursuit of fully reusable rockets, when it launched an uncrewed vehicle into space and then soft-landed the rocket booster on the ground.

“It was one of the greatest moments of my life,” said Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin’s founder, speaking about the landing in a press briefing yesterday (Nov. 24). “And my teammates here at Blue Origin, I could see felt the same way. People who go into this do it because they think it is important and care about it.”

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