May 2014

  • SpaceX Just Unveiled Its Brand New Capsule For Taking Astronauts To Space
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the next version of the company's Dragon spacecraft — Dragon V2 — on Thursday night at the company's manufacturing facility in Hawthorne, California.
 
The Dragon V2 is designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It's an upgraded version of the Dragon cargo ship, which has successfully delivered food and other supplies to the space station three times since 2012.
 
NASA has been entirely dependent on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to get American astronauts to and from the space...
  • All aboard the vomit comet! Swiss company to launch ‘ZeroG experience’ in 2015 to rival Branson’s Virgin Galactic
  • Prices start at €2,000 (£1,600/ $2,700) and first flight will take off from Japan
  • In comparison, a ticket for Virgin's SpaceShipTwo costs $250,000 (£148,400)
  • Each aircraft will perform 15 manoeuvres throughout the 90-minute flight
  • During manoeuvres, passengers experience 25 seconds of weightlessness
 
 
Richard Branson may have plans to launch the first privately manned space flight this year, but at $250,000 (£148,400) a ticket, Virgin space travel won’t come cheap.
 
For those desperate to get a...
  • What Do You Get When You Combine Space Exploration With Government Regs?
Missions to space already involve competing priorities and complex -- sometimes shady -- cooperations. Add to that space tourism, asteroid mining and more Federal Acquisition Regulations for a glimpse of the future of the U.S. space program.
 
“We’re going from a space economy that was really all government-funded for 60 or more years both on the military side and the NASA side, and we’re in the midst of a shift to a commercial space economy,” said John Roth, vice president of business development at Sierra Nevada Corporation’s space systems.
 
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  • Sierra Nevada the billion dollar space company you've never heard of
Take a look behind the scenes at Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser shuttle, which they hope will secure a NASA contract and take astronauts into space.
 
You may have never heard of Sierra Nevada Corporation, but the aerospace company launches something into orbit every two to three weeks.
 
Their new space craft “Dream Chaser” is hoping to win the NASA competition in order to be able to shuffle humans back and forth to low earth orbit.
 
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser is the only vehicle in the competition to be a...
  • SpaceX plans to reveal new Dragon Mk 2 capsule
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that a manned version of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will be revealed on May 29. The original Dragon is currently responsible for taking cargo to and from the International Space Station. Although it does contain a pressurized hold, SpaceX has been working on a new version of the Dragon dubbed Mk 2 that is designed to carry a human payload.
 
The new capsule will have additional safety features, and may replace the Russian Soyuz module. Despite NASA largely breaking off contact...
  • First SpaceX capsule to deliver to the ISS
  • Star Wars: The Battle to Build the Next Shuttle

May 5 (Bloomberg) --- Bloomberg's "The Next Space Race" is a journey through the booming business of space exploration. The International Space Station is a near zero-gravity laboratory dedicated to scientific research. The end of NASA's shuttle program in 2011 left the world with only one way to get there, buy a seat from the Russians. NASA is holding a competition challenging private enterprise to build America's next spacecraft. Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada are all multi-billion dollar aerospace companies competing to win the NASA contract that could cement dominance in the...

  • Boeing unveils the future of manned spaceflight: It’s modern… and very blue
The US has been sending astronauts up to the International Space Station with the aid of Russia’s Soyuz launch program since the retirement of the Space Shuttle back in 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since the US — the country that landed on the moon — has had the capability to send humans into orbit. NASA has been working to get America back into space with its Commercial Crew Program, which pushes private companies to develop replacements for the Shuttle. Long-time government contractor Boeing has just unveiled its vision for the future of human spaceflight — Crew...

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