March 2014

  • Can Elon Musk Convince the U.S. Senate to Level the Playing Field -- and Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars in the Process?
"SpaceX was founded to radically improve space transport technology. ... Today, it is one of the leading aerospace companies in the world, with nearly 50 missions contracted ... eight [Falcon 9 rockets launched] with 100% mission success, including four launches for NASA, three to the International Space Station, and sophisticated geostationary spacecraft for the world's leading satellite companies."
 
So began SpaceX founder Elon Musk when he sat down before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee earlier this month. But while all this sounds impressive...

--- Bloomberg's Emily Chang discusses Richard Branson's ambitions in space with Virgin Galactic. She speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." 

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  • SpaceX Wants to Send a Positively Massive Rocket to Mars

The future of spaceflight will be powered by ion engines and warp drives, right? Not just yet. There is still some uncharted territory in the world of liquid-fueled rockets, which have been powering spacecraft since the 50s, and SpaceX is testing the waters with its new Raptor engine. It could be the engine that, if Elon Musk gets his wish, propels the first colonists to Mars.

Right now the Raptor looks like it will be developed to deliver 1 million pounds of thrust at launch, which is certainly a step up from SpaceX’s existing engines—...

  • Heaven from above: NASA's stunning images of the world's sunniest tropical islands taken from the International Space Station

Most people daydream about tropical getaways through Google searches and beach resort advertisements, but the astronauts at the International Space Station get a slightly different view when they browse holiday destinations.

NASA has released remarkable images of some of the world's sunniest tropical islands as viewed from their satellites and International Space Statio, including French Polynesia, Hawaii, the British Virgin Islands and Marlon Brando's old holiday home.

It is estimated that there are up to 400,000 islands worldwide, and some, like the U.S. state of Hawaii...

  • Start-Ups Aim to Conquer Space Market
  • Behind Nat Geo's 'Live From Space' Astronauts will get to show viewers what they've been up to on the International Space Station.
They cover David Bowie songs. They snap selfies. And on Friday, astronauts on the International Space Station will take over the National Geographic Channel for “Live From Space,” a live two-hour broadcast hosted here on Earth by Soledad O’Brien. The program will take viewers – who can interact with the astronauts during the show via Twitter – inside the ISS as it orbits the Earth one and one-third times while two of its residents, Rick Mastracchio of the U.S. and Koichi Wakata of Japan, show off some of the work being done in their laboratory 250 miles above the planet.
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  • Hotels in outer space? Billionaire reveals audacious plans

With consumer space flights expected to launch within three months, British billionaire Richard Branson has revealed his plans to build hotels in outer space.

Branson's proposal is contingent on the success of Virgin Galactic, the space tourism venture owned by him and Abu Dhabi's government-owned investment fund Aabar Investments, ArabianBusiness.com reports.

If you want to catch a ride on one of the first commercial trips into outer space, flights on a Virgin Galactic spaceship will initially cost a cool quarter of a million dollars.

Kansas City Business Journal...

  • Astronaut Tim Peake
  • First British man in space: 'We phone people because it's just so cool'
You're being called "the first Brit in space". That's quite a thing to have on your business card.
 
Yes, I'll board the International Space Station in November 2015. Helen Sharman was the first Brit in space back in '91, but they're calling me the first official Brit in space because I'm the first UK government astronaut, if you like. Helen's was a kind of private, commercial-sponsored flight. But yeah, it's a big deal!
 
Is the space station full of 90s tech?
 
Sort of. It's very weird [...
  • Falcon 9 Liftoff
  • USAF Certifies Falcon 9 v1.1 Debut Launch Despite Glitch

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. moved a step closer to being allowed to bid for U.S. national security launch contracts with the Air Force announcing that the Sept. 29 debut of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket will count as the first of three required successes despite SpaceX’s failure to reignite the rocket’s upper-stage engine following deployment of its satellite payload.

The Air Force’s formal certification of Falcon 9 v1.1’s maiden launch was announced Feb. 25. The upgraded rocket has launched twice since it debuted last September carrying Canada’s Cassiope...

  • NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete Space System Milestones

February 28, 2014

 

NASA's aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit.

Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and SpaceX each are developing unique transportation systems, and each faces stringent evaluations and tests in 2014. CCP's engineering team is...

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