Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

Sierra Nevada challenges NASA “space taxi” contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

September 28, 2014
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Business Recorder [Pakistan]    

"Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totalling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated 'space taxis' to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but US officials said on Tuesday the US space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. SNC said its bid could have saved up to $900 million and that NASA's statements 'indicate that there are serious questions and inconsistencies in the source selection process.'" (09/28/14)

http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1228494/  

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India puts spacecraft into Martian orbit

September 24, 2014
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San Antonio Express-News    

"India has triumphed in its first interplanetary attempt by successfully putting a satellite into orbit around Mars. Scientists broke into wild cheers Wednesday morning as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet." (09/23/14)

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MAVEN enters Mars orbit

September 22, 2014
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CNN    

"MAVEN has arrived in Mars's orbit after traveling 442 million miles in the course of 10 months to get there. It won't land on the red planet but instead study Mars' atmosphere from above to answer questions about its climate change, NASA says. ... India's first mission to the Red Planet, the Mars Orbiter Mission, is set to arrive a few days after MAVEN does." (09/21/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/21/tech/mars-maven-spacecraft-orbit/  

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SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to station

September 21, 2014
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CBS News    

"A SpaceX cargo ship packed with more than 5,100 pounds of equipment and supplies -- including 20 mice, a 3D printer, an environmental sensor to measure ocean winds and even an experiment that could lead to better golf clubs -- blasted off early Sunday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station. Running a day late because of stormy weather Saturday, the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket roared to life at 1:52 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and quickly climbed away from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, arcing away to the northeast directly into the plane of the space station's orbit." (09/21/14)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-launches-space-station-cargo-ship/  

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Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets

September 18, 2014
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Reuters    

"United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin. The new engine, called the BE-4, could be ready for use in four years, and would cost substantially less than the Russian-built RD-180 engine now used to power ULA's heavy-lift Atlas 5 rockets, officials from both companies told reporters." (09/17/14)

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Boeing, SpaceX to team with NASA on space taxis

September 17, 2014
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CBS News    

"Aerospace giant Boeing and newcomer SpaceX will share $6.8 billion in NASA contracts to build commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the space station starting in 2017, ending reliance on Russia for access to low-Earth orbit and kick starting a new era of commercial space transportation, agency officials said Tuesday. Boeing will receive a $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract to continue development of the company's CST-100 capsule while SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to press ahead with work to perfect its futuristic Dragon crew craft." (09/16/14)

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European Space Agency picks site for first comet landing in November

September 15, 2014
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Fox News    

"The European Space Agency says it has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a maneuver that is one of the key elements of a decade-long mission. The Paris-based agency plans to drop the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander, called Philae, from its Rosetta space probe in November. Scientists unanimously picked the landing spot, from five considered, on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko based on its relatively safe terrain." (09/15/14)

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SpaceX delivers Asian communications satellite to orbit

September 7, 2014
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USA Today    

"paceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat. The AsiaSat 6 mission was postponed more than a week after a SpaceX test rocket failed in Texas. ... SpaceX confirmed the rocket deployed its payload as planned 32 minutes into the flight, earning the Falcon 9 a 12th successful flight in as many tries since 2010." (09/07/14)

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Musk vs. Bezos: SpaceX challenges Blue Origin’s rocket-landing patent

September 2, 2014
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GeekWire    

"Elon Musk’s SpaceX is petitioning the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to overturn a patent awarded to Blue Origin, the space venture backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos -- arguing that Blue Origin’s approach for landing a booster rocket at sea is actually nothing new in the field of launching and recovering rockets. ... It’s the latest public dispute between Blue Origin and SpaceX, which are among the companies competing for a NASA contract to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station." (09/02/14)

http://www.geekwire.com/2014/elon-musks-spacex-challenges-patent/  

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Welcome to the new space age

August 10, 2014
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John Engle Heartland Institute
by John Engle  

"Penn Jillette, the world-famous magician (and fellow of the Cato Institute), has a saying: 'Everybody got a gris-gris.' By that, Jillette means everyone has some irrational belief or superstition, something one believes even when knowing it is an unreasonable. We carry these superstitions through life like talismans, and we defend them when confronted with the cold light of reason. My gris-gris is NASA. I love space exploration and the agency that has been at the forefront of it. NASA holds a deep romantic appeal to me. But I know I really shouldn’t love NASA." (08/10/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/08/welcome-to-the-new-space-age  

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Mooning over Mars

July 17, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Aside from the pretty view, there is really nothing at all to love on the surface of the Moon. There’s no atmosphere, no oxygen, no water, no plants, animals -- nothing that we all know and love here on Earth. You see, the fact is that human beings are not adapted to live on the Moon. In order to live on the Moon we’d have to first bring all the things that we need to survive from the Earth. Despite that costly lesson in economics, and unnecessary exercise in hubris, Buzz Aldrin now says that we American taxpayers should be doing exactly the same thing, only this time by sending a bunch of human beings to the surface of Mars. Of course, it’s easy for him to say. The $billions won’t be coming out of his pocket." (07/17/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/07/mooning-over-mars.html  

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SpaceX receives FAA approval for proposed spaceport in Texas

July 15, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a 'Record of Decision' giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas. ... The proposed private launch site is needed to provide SpaceX with an exclusive launch site that would allow the company to accommodate its launch manifest and meet tight launch windows." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k42nos5  

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Private US cargo ship blasts off on space station delivery

July 13, 2014
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Space.com    

"A private spaceship packed with astronaut food, science experiments and a fleet of tiny satellites soared into orbit from Virginia's Eastern Shore today (July 13) on an orbital delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft and its towering Antares rocket -- the size of a 13-story building -- lifted off at 12:52 p.m. (1652 GMT) under partly cloudy skies after stormy weather twice delayed the launch. Both spacecraft and rocket are commercial vehicles built by the aerospace company Orbital Sciences Corp., of Dulles, Virginia." (07/13/14)

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“Rebooted” satellite loses thruster capability

July 11, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"An ambitious plan to revive a forsaken NASA satellite and return it to Earth orbit ended in disappointment Wednesday when engineers conceded that a failure in the spacecraft's propulsion system made it impossible to fire thrusters and alter the probe's flight path. 'There's only so much you can do before you have to say, 'It's dead, Jim,'' said Keith Cowing, a former NASA astrobiologist and a spokesman for the privately-run ISEE-3 Reboot Project, which operates out of a converted McDonald's restaurant at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif." (07/10/14)

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NASA, Boeing ink $2.8 billion deal to develop SLS rocket for deep space mission

July 7, 2014
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Tech Times    

"Boeing and NASA have announced a new $2.8 billion contract, directing the aerospace giant to build the main segment of the coming Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built, and the booster will often be paired with the Orion space capsule. This combination will be the next step for NASA, as they rebuild the capability for astronauts to reach space from American soil. A heavy-lift vehicle, the SLS will be capable of putting payloads -- both robotic and human -- into deep space." (07/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l2z8uw3  

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NASA launches carbon-tracking satellite

July 2, 2014
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Discovery    

"A long-awaited NASA satellite to make the first precise, global measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday, setting the stage for a more detailed understanding of the planet’s changing climate -- and if any mitigation efforts are working. We hear the two terms used all the time, often interchangeably. Trace breaks down the meaning of the terms and how we perceive each of them.
The satellite, called Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, blasted off atop a Delta 2 rocket from a fog-shrouded Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 2:56 a.m. PDT/5:56 a.m. EDT." (07/02/14)

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Elon Musk promises SpaceX will stay the course for Mars

June 18, 2014
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NBC News    

"Even with NASA and Mars on SpaceX's horizon, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says he plans to stay put at electric carmaker Tesla. ... As his other venture, SpaceX, vies against established players such as Boeing for a big NASA contract, Musk said his firm will just keep going, even if the contract falls through. ... For now, he says the company is focused on creating technology that with enable large groups of people to travel to Mars." (06/17/14)

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NASA cameras capture huge solar flares

June 10, 2014
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CNN    

"NASA cameras captured images of what the agency is calling at least two 'significant' solar flares. The first one peaked at 7:42 a.m. ET Tuesday, followed by a second, lesser blast at 8:52 a.m. ET. The short-lived explosions were expected to disrupt high-frequency radio communications on Earth, although NASA scientists said they pose no threat to humans. Even with all its power, the sun doesn't have enough energy to hurl a fireball 93 million miles at the Earth. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that send gases, plasma and other matter into the solar system. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to affect humans, but when intense enough, the explosions can disturb GPS and communications signals, NASA said." (06/10/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/tech/innovation/solar-flares/  

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Lockheed wins $914 million government contract to track space junk

June 5, 2014
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Washington Technology    

"Lockheed Martin has won the $914 million Space Fence contract to improve the way the Air Force tracks debris and other objects in space by providing the service with two S-Band phased array radars. Under the contract, Lockheed will provide its Space Fence solution, which is a ground-based radar system that has improved surveillance coverage, enabling it to better protect space assets against crashes, the company said in a release." (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ng6nhgd  

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NRC human spaceflight report says NASA strategy can’t get humans to Mars

June 5, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A sweeping review of NASA’s human spaceflight program has concluded that the agency has an unsustainable and unsafe strategy that will prevent the U.S. from achieving a human landing on Mars in the foreseeable future. The 286-page National Research Council report, the culmination of an 18-month, $3.2 million investigation mandated by Congress, says that to continue on the present course under budgets that don’t keep pace with inflation 'is to invite failure, disillusionment, and the loss of the longstanding international perception that human spaceflight is something the United States does best.'" (06/04/14)

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Crowdfunded team wants to revive NASA space probe

May 22, 2014
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NBC News    

"A 36-year-old spacecraft that NASA once thought might be returned from space and put into the Smithsonian may instead soon resume its original mission thanks to the efforts of a private group. ... On Wednesday, NASA announced it had signed an agreement with Skycorp, Inc. of Los Gatos, California, to allow the company and its partners Spaceref Interactive and the Space College Foundation to attempt to contact, and possibly command and control, the all-but-abandoned spacecraft." (05/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nm44tlr  

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Space: The long arm of the law really isn’t that long

May 22, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"'[T]here is enough wiggle-room in the language of the treaty that spacefaring nations can sign memoranda of understanding with each other to allow specific commercial activities,' writes Koebler. But there’s a lot more wiggle room in space itself to get away from nation-state memoranda and corporate 'human resource' policies. ... the instant those off-world habitations are self-sufficient -- that is, once they are capable of providing their own shelter, air and air pressure, food and water without depending on the long and tenuous tether to Earth -- odds are they will begin to feel limited (at MOST) obligations to their previous nation-states or corporate bosses and will start doing ... well, whatever they damn well please." (05/21/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/27364  

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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from International Space Station

May 18, 2014
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Fox News    

"The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA. SpaceX's Dragon splashed into the Pacific, just five hours after leaving the orbiting lab." (05/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pn7m6d2  

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Russia loses $275 million satellite in latest rocket failure

May 16, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million telecommunications satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry. It was the second failure for Russia's workhorse Proton-M rocket in less than a year, and the second time that it had failed to deliver a European satellite intended to provide advanced telecoms and Internet access to remote parts of Russia, after the last one crashed shortly after launch in 2011." (05/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mr5bgpo  

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US judge lifts temporary ban on Russian rocket buys

May 11, 2014
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Space.com    

"A U.S. federal judge on Thursday (May 8) lifted an injunction that temporarily barred the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance from buying Russian-made rocket engines for launching launch national security missions that had been issued out of concern that the purchases violated sanctions against Russian leaders. In issuing the temporary injunction April 30, Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims cited the possibility that money from the transactions could wind up in the hands of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s space industry. Rogozin is one of 11 senior Russian officials sanctioned by the U.S. government following Russia’s incursions into Ukraine." (05/08/14)

http://www.space.com/25808-judge-lifts-russian-rocket-engine-ban.html  

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