June 2014

  • XCOR Acquires Space Expedition Corporation

MOJAVE, CA, June 30, 2014 (XCOR PR) — XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has closed the acquisition of all operational subsidiaries of Space Expedition Corporation, the previously independent Dutch company also known as SXC. SXC served as XCOR’s general sales agent for XCOR® Lynx® flight sales and as their lead wet lease customer. The new sales entity, XCOR Space Expeditions, will continue to focus on sales, commercial partnerships and participant (customer) training on a global level, and will serve as an open sales channel available for all future XCOR Lynx wet lease clients.

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  • File picture of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is launched from a newly refurbished launch pad in Vandenberg Air Force Station. CREDIT: REUTERS/GENE BLEVINS
  • SpaceX puts Falcon 9 rocket launch on hold until July
Bedeviled by a spate of technical problems, Space Exploration Technologies on Monday said it will suspend launch attempts of its next Falcon 9 rocket until early July.
 
The privately owned company, also known as SpaceX, has been trying since Friday to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a satellite-delivery mission for Orbcomm Inc, which provides machine-to-machine data and messaging services worldwide.
 
SpaceX had slated its fourth launch attempt for Tuesday.
 
"SpaceX is taking...

Somebody had the good sense to strap an HD camera to a Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, SpaceX's most powerful Vertical Takeoff/Vertical Landing vehicle. Here's what that camera saw on Tuesday, at the company's latest test launch.

We're pretty pleased with whoever's been tasked with filming SpaceX's test-launches. When the company conducted the first test flight of its Falcon 9R rocket back in April, they chose to film it from a hexacopter hovering near the launch pad. The video was stunning. Now, newly released footage from a test flight on Tuesday lets us watch the rocket launch from the...

The private space industry is a billionaire boys club. Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos have all founded companies that have spent tens of millions of their own and investors’ money to get into orbit.

Then there’s XCOR Aerospace, a startup in Mojave, Calif. Its founders aren’t rich, and they’re so thrifty they often buy machinery on surplus websites for pennies on the dollar. Its every milestone has been bootstrapped with side contracts and presales of tickets to space tourists. Yet if all goes to plan, the underdog XCOR may be the first company to take a paying...

  • Russia eyes Soyuz upgrades for mission around the moon

Space tourism firm Space Adventures says two customers have paid deposits for a flight around the moon on a Soyuz spacecraft, but the trip requires major changes to the Russian crew capsule, a vehicle that has seen only incremental upgrades in recent decades. While the Virginia-based company works with Russian engineers to make the venerable Soyuz ferry craft ready for a lunar voyage, Space Adventures president Tom Shelley said last week he expects prices for tourist trips to the International Space Station to fall once U.S.-built capsules begin flying astronauts into low Earth orbit....

GOOGLE is reportedly considering taking a stake in Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic as part of the search giant’s plans to extend internet access to remote regions of the world.

Talks between the companies are in an advanced stage and include both a planned joint venture that would combine millions of dollars from Google and Virgin’s space flight technology, and Google acquiring a $30m (£17.8m) stake in the Virgin Galactic holding company, according to Sky News.

Google and Virgin Galactic both declined to comment yesterday.

by Oliver Smith
June 13, 2014, 2:57am...

  • NASA Is Working On A Warp Drive Ship And The Pictures Are Amazing

It seems like something out of Star Trek, but a team at NASA is hard at work on developing real warp drive (or faster-than-light travel), and artist renderings of the proposed ship look stunning.

In 2010, Dr. Harold “Sonny” White revealed that he, along with a team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, are hard at work on developing a functional warp drive. After collaborating with artist Mark Rademaker, White was able to show what a possible warp drive ship may look like (Rademaker’s images are viewable...

  • Elon Musk: 'I like Richard Branson, but technology is not his whack'

The billionaire head of SpaceX told MT we'll be on Mars in 10 years and it could one day be home to thousands of people.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of spacecraft-maker SpaceX, said the pace of change in space exploration has been ‘probably negative’ so far, but that things are going to progress ‘pretty quickly’ in the next decade.

‘We’ll be doing test flights on our spacecraft the Dragon 2 later this year,’ he told Management Today. ‘We'll be going to Mars within 10 or 11 years. We’re going to build a big spaceship...

  • Is Richard Branson the Christopher Columbus of space?
The final frontier is finally being…frontiered. Last week both Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX made large strides in their quest to privatize space for both civilians and astronauts alike.
 
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was cleared by the FAA for takeoff last Thursday. Branson’s commercial space airliner expects to launch its first flights out of New Mexico by the end of 2014. Nearly 600 people have paid $250,000 to board the shuttle, which will orbit 60 miles above Earth.
 
SpaceX also...

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