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  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy

    06/05/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 24 replies · 624+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | June 5, 8:25 AM | Mark Whittington
    Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy June 5, 8:25 AMHouston Space News ExaminerMark Whittington Falcon 9 Courtesy NASA The near universal acclaim that SpaceX has acquired for the successful launch of the first Falcon 9 is not shared within the United States Congress, which is still skeptical of many aspects of the Obama space plan, which includes reliance on companies like SpaceX for Earth to Low Earth Orbit transportation. The reaction illustrates for all the technical triumph that SpaceX has accomplished with the Falcon 9 launch, it still faces political problems. Typical...
  • Barry Matsumori Leaves SpaceX, Joins Virgin Galactic

    08/23/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Satellite TODAY ^ | August 20, 2015 | Caleb Henry
    Barry Matsumori, formerly the senior vice president of sales and business development at SpaceX, has joined Virgin Galactic's satellite launch team. With Virgin Galactic, Matsumori holds the title of senior vice president of business development and advanced concepts for LauncherOne, the company's small satellite launch vehicle. Prior to SpaceX, Matsumori held a leadership role at Qualcomm as vice president of wireless connectivity where he was responsible for the development of mobile telecom module products as well as satellite communication infrastructure and terminals. He has held positions at Space Systems Loral (SSL) and General Dynamics, and has experience with early-stage technology...
  • MIT’s MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards a Real-Life Replicator

    08/22/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 21, 2015 | Andrew Liszewski
    One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run. For 3D printers to fully realize their Star Trek ‘replicator’ potential they can’t just be one part of the manufacturing process, they need to do it all. The holy grail of 3D printing is to one day let anyone recreate any device with a simple button press. We want to be able...
  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers

    07/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    TechCrunch Daily ^ | July 8, 2015 | Christine Magee
    Transcend Lighting, one of the more unconventional startups accepted into Y Combinator’s latest cohort, is launching out of beta today to bring its energy-saving LED lights to indoor farmers everywhere. Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s Spring 2015 class. “Farms today, generally speaking, use high pressure...
  • Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance charges batteries in minutes

    07/23/2015 9:23:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Peter Carty
    The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem. The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming. The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques – and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (£6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (£64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • (SpaceX) CRS-7 INVESTIGATION UPDATE

    07/20/2015 8:25:34 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 20JUL2015 | Staff Writer
    On June 28, 2015, following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight, resulting in loss of mission. This summary represents an initial assessment, but further investigation may reveal more over time. Prior to the mishap, the first stage of the vehicle, including all nine Merlin 1D engines, operated nominally; the first stage actually continued to power through the overpressure event on the second stage for several seconds following the mishap. In addition, the Dragon spacecraft not only survived the second stage event, but also continued to...
  • 5 Incredible Trends That Will Shape Our 3D Printed Future

    07/08/2015 12:04:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2015 | Rick Smith
    Self-repairing pipes. Printed organs. Bulletproof t-shirts. Seriously?In April I was asked to speak at the annual TED conference in Vancouver (following Bill Gates…gulp) on the topic of 3D printing production and its implications. I have detailed my thoughts on why the shift to 3D printing production is not only likely but inevitable in articles one, two and three in this series for Forbes. Now, let’s take a step into a fascinating future, where daily life will be shaped by several powerful forces directly related to 3D printing production. What it will be like to live in a 3D-printed world? Imagine...
  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    L A Times ^ | Christine Mai-Duc
    As of early Monday morning, founder Elon Musk tweeted, no cause had been determined after ”several thousand engineering-hours” of review, meaning more than 100 engineers were working to investigate the problem. Investigators were using software to recover the "final milliseconds" before the explosion, he tweeted. Officials have said that all nine of the rocket’s engines had fired normally and that the rocket's trajectory was “right on target.” The Dragon capsule, which contained the cargo, was “healthy” and sending data back for “some time” after the incident, officials said. The rocket was about 28 miles above Earth when it broke up....
  • John Kerry: U.S., China Agree to Bilateral Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue

    06/29/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Space News ^ | June 26, 2015 | Marcia S. Smith
    During recent meetings with Chinese officials, Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to establish a "U.S.-China Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue." A State Department spokesman says the first meeting will be held before the end of October, but could not provide any other details. The lengthy list of "outcomes" from the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in Washington, DC June 22-24, 2015, includes a section on cooperation in science, technology and agriculture. Under that heading, the two countries agreed as follows: "101. Space: The United States and China decided to establish regular bilateral government-to-government consultations...
  • As SpaceX Rocket Explodes, Russia is Back on Top in Space Flight

    06/28/2015 1:24:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | Chriss W. Street
    An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket traveling at 2,900 mph, about 27 miles above the earth disintegrated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into its flight from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from two previous failed Space Station resupply missions. The SpaceX failure is a reprieve for Russia’s Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft that will remain the prime Space Station servicer, despite recently renewed US sanctions against Russia. The SpaceX launch, its seventh robotic cargo mission to the International Space Station, was running at what NASA called “on course, on track” before...
  • SpaceX Launch Ends in Failure

    06/28/2015 9:31:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 06/28/15
    SpaceX just failed at its third attempt..
  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 7:26:31 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 167 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | 6-28-2015 | Darrell Etherington
  • SpaceX hopes third time a charm in landing historic booster rocket

    06/27/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Barnett
    Once again, SpaceX will try to recover a very expensive part of its rocket after launching it into space. If SpaceX succeeds in recovering the first stage of its rocket after its 10:21 a.m. ET launch on Sunday at Florida's Cape Canaveral, it will be a historical achievement. It will push space travel further toward a future in which people, satellites and other items can be inexpensively launched into orbit.
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    AP ^ | MARCIA DUNN
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • Would sending people to Mars bring Americans together?

    06/24/2015 9:14:32 PM PDT · by Marcus · 31 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    n an op-ed published in Florida Today on Wednesday, Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor of Florida, and Rich Ramos, a Florida businessman, proposed a new justification for sending humans to Mars. A Mars program would serve, in their view, as a means to foster national unity of the sort that is rarely achieved outside times of war. Some recent polling data suggests that they may be on to something.
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program

    National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program [and investing in Russian economy] The National Space Society (NSS) strongly opposes the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $344 million (27%) cut of the 2015 Commercial Crew budget requested by the Administration. The Senate cuts were $100 million more than those recently passed by the House. NSS stands with NASA administrator Charles Bolden when he said “By gutting this program and turning our backs on U.S. industry, NASA will be forced to continue to rely on Russia to get its astronauts into space – and to continue to invest hundreds of millions...
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz Says Exploring Space Without Help From Russia Is 'Imperative' [Truncated]

    06/15/2015 9:49:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    LatinPost.com ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Claudia Balthazar
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz supports NASA's human space exploration program as a national priority that deserves congressional support. USA Today reports if NASA's program goes as planned, astronauts could travel to Mars by the 2030s. Cruz, a Tea Party Republican, said developing a rocket and capsule that could cost tens of billions of dollars is "critical" to ensuring American's leadership in space. "It is imperative that America has the capability to get to the space station without the assistance of the Russians," Cruz said Tuesday while chairing a hearing before the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science, Space and Competitiveness. "The Commercial...
  • SpaceX and the Russian Rocket Mess

    06/13/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | June 12, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The first thing to notice is how rapidly Elon Musk's SpaceX is altering the market for government-sponsored rocket launches. Witness how frequently the words "to compete with SpaceX" appear in industry statements and press coverage. To compete with SpaceX, say multiple reports, the United Launch Alliance, the Pentagon's traditional supplier, is developing a new Vulcan rocket powered by a reusable engine designed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. Because of SpaceX, says Aviation Week magazine, Japan's government has instructed Mitsubishi to cut in half the cost of the Japanese workhorse rocket, and China is planning a new family of kerosene-fueled Long...
  • Airbus Unveils Partially Reusable Rocket Design 'Adeline'

    06/13/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Loren Grush
    But can it ever hope to compete with SpaceX? Like the Falcon 9, Adeline is only partially reusable -- but the way it's meant to work is quite creative. While most of the rocket's fuselage goes unrecovered after launch, the bottom portion of the rocket housing the main engine (most expensive part and arguably the most important) is designed to safely return back home. The design calls for the first stage of the rocket to come equipped with wings and propellers, allowing it to travel back to Earth like a small plane and land gently on a runway. The key...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies
    TexasTribune.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • As outrage rises over NASA Commercial Crew funding cut, time to make a deal?

    06/12/2015 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The drama surrounding funding for NASA’s Commercial Crew program has started up once again. In the wake of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s cutting funding for the program by over $300 million, supporters have fallen back on familiar patterns of futile complaining. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden claimed that the funding shortfall would delay the restoration of American spaceflight capability by as much as two years. Bolden was mild compared to some of Commercial Crew’s supporters on the Internet.
  • Elon Musk Defends His Companies' Subsidies

    06/05/2015 9:20:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 5, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Alt-energy/transport-tech CEO Elon Musk and his trio of companies (Tesla,SolarCity andSpaceX) didn’t cooperate with the Los Angeles Times on its article that tabulated his businesses’ whopping sum of corporate welfare ($4.9 billion) , and he was predictably miffed by the (accurate) portrayal. So he went about trying to fix things on CNBC and with the Times on Monday, but not by denying the conclusions reached by reporter Jerry Hirsch, but instead by essentially pointing at fossil fuel industries and saying “they do it more.” “If I cared about subsidies,” Musk told Hirsch in a follow-up to his Sunday expose’,...
  • Pentagon Blames Congress For Fouling Up Rocket Deals With Russia: Geopolitical positioning system

    Space makes for strange relationships. With NASA’s Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia haven’t exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military. Yet the Pentagon, which is currently supplying the Ukrainian military with vehicles, now needs a little help getting its military satellites to space. So it's...
  • South Africa a Time Bomb Ready to Explode (Ongoing White Genocide Completely Ignored by MSM)

    There are many stories comparing South Africa to a time bomb ready to explode from the deplorable conditions and slow genocide of the whites. The delicate situation of crime, corruption and poverty increasing throughout the land raises concern. Living under a communist government led by a president who rules over nepotism, lining his pockets and destroying everything the apartheid government built.There is the element of the South African Communist party affiliated to the governing African National Congress (ANC) who have not sidetracked from influencing the Zuma administration and turning South Africa into a one-party state. Julius Malema kicked out of...
  • Taxpayer Subsidies Keep Elon Musk's Companies Afloat

    06/02/2015 11:24:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 2, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Well, somebody did it, and it was the mainstream media. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times for taking the time to research and estimate the total amount of U.S. public (local, state, and federal) subsidies for companies owned or run by South African-born Canadian-American Elon Musk. The total amount calculated by reporter Jerry Hirsch for taxpayer-backed incentives – of many different forms, including tax credits and rebates provided to customers – was $4.9 billion. The corporate beneficiaries have been Tesla Motors and SpaceX, where Musk is CEO, and SolarCity Corp., where he is chairman. The sum does not include SpaceX’s...
  • A glimpse at the future of commercial space mining, as the SPACE Act passes House of Representatives

    05/28/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Next Web News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Bryan Clark
    In a move that shows commercial space exploration is not just possible, but probable, the United States House of Representatives just passed the SPACE Act in order to lay down some general guidelines in case you want to, you know, start a mining operation in space. While private charters like Virgin Galactic, and colonization missions to Mars by the likes of SpaceX are all the rage these days, the bill would suggest that enough private organizations have an interest in mining valuable resources from space that the need for legislation is necessary. Bear in mind, not a single private company...
  • The Time to Think About the 3D-Printed Future Is Now

    05/09/2015 3:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Harvard Business Review ^ | May 6, 2015 | Professor Richard D’Aveni
    3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is likely to revolutionize business in the next several years. Often dismissed in the popular mindset as a tool for home-based “makers” of toys and trinkets, the technology is gaining momentum in large-scale industry. Already it has moved well beyond prototyping and, as I explain in a new HBR article, it will increasingly be used to produce high-volume parts and products in several industries. Since I prepared that article, new developments have only strengthened the case for a 3-D future – and heightened the urgency for management teams to adjust their strategies. Impressive next-generation technologies...
  • Elon Musk’s $5 Billion in Govt Subsidies Helps Make Ends Meet

    05/31/2015 1:52:41 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 May 2015 | Robert Wilde
    If you build it we will come could be the mantra for Los Angeles billionaire mogul Elon Musk. Well the Los Angeles entrepreneur built Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, and what came was an estimated $4.9 billion in government subsidies, according to data compiled by The Los Angeles Times. “He definitely goes where there is government money,” said Dan Dolev, an analyst at Jefferies Equity Research. “That’s a great strategy, but the government will cut you off one day.” Now after a plethora of government incentives, such as grants, tax breaks, factory...
  • Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

    05/31/2015 9:27:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/15 | Jerry Hirsch
    Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The Times. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said Dan Dolev, an analyst at...
  • Tesla is apparently recharging ’emissions free’ electric cars with a diesel generator

    05/28/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 55 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 28, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Bishop Hill points us to this video of the Tesla Supercharging station at the Harris Ranch exit of Interstate 5 in California. He writes: “How can one resist posting a video of Tesla electric cars being recharged (so it is claimed) using a diesel generator? These people love the environment you see.” The video shows a portable diesel generator next to the charging station and some Tesla automobiles. Watch this short video:
  • Commercial Crew Milestones Met; Partners on Track for Missions in 2017 (Manned Return to Space)

    05/27/2015 2:51:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | May 27, 2015 | Staff
    NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX, which successfully performed a pad abort test of its flight vehicle earlier this month, is expected to receive its first order later this year. Determination of which company will fly its mission to the station first will be made at a later time. The contract calls for the orders to take place prior to certification to support the lead time necessary...
  • Air Force certifies SpaceX to bid for military space missions

    05/26/2015 7:22:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    engadget.com ^ | Mariella Moon
    Making peace with US Air Force and dropping charges against the agency has paid off for SpaceX. Its Falcon 9 rocket has finally been certified, giving the company the right to compete for national security launches. Elon Musk's space corp has passed every requirement set by the Air Force, after a couple of years (and a few months of delay), lots of paperwork and tests. According to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, this certification allows more than one provider to compete for military launches, which is expected to cost the branch $70 billion until 2030, for the first time...
  • Watch SpaceX cargo ship depart from ISS Thursday morning

    05/20/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    EarthSky ^ | May20,2015
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station tomorrow. Live coverage starts at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 UTC) on May 21. After delivering more than two tons of supplies and research to the International Space Station that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Thursday, May 21. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 6:45 a.m. EDT. Watch here. The Dragon capsule, which arrived at the station April 17, will be detached...
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • SpaceX puts Dragon passenger spaceship through test run [Video]

    05/07/2015 2:11:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 6, 2015 4:44pm EDT | Irene Klotz
    (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies' passenger spaceship made a quick debut test flight on Wednesday, shooting itself off a Florida launch pad to demonstrate a key emergency escape system. The 20 foot- (6 meter) tall Dragon capsule, a modified version of the spacecraft that flies cargo to the International Space Station, fired up its eight, side-mounted thruster engines at 9 a.m. EDT to catapult nearly one mile (1.6 km) up and over the Atlantic Ocean. The flight ended less than two minutes later with the capsule's parachute splash-down about 1.4 miles (2.6 km) east of the Cape Canaveral Air...
  • SpaceX preps for test of Dragon capsule’s life-saving abort system

    05/06/2015 5:55:08 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 10 replies
    SpaceFlightNow ^ | May 4, 2015 | Stephen Clark
    A commercial spaceship designed to ferry U.S. astronauts into orbit by 2017 is set for a major test Wednesday, when SpaceX plans to blast the capsule away from a launch mount at Cape Canaveral on a mile-high demo flight to simulate the craft’s ability to protect occupants in the event of a catastrophic rocket mishap on the pad. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will not travel far, but data from Wednesday’s test should arm engineers with results to prove the capsule’s emergency safety system can save astronauts from an explosive launch failure. The test is scheduled for 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT)...
  • Key Facts and Timeline for SpaceX Crewed Dragon’s First Test Flight May 6 – Watch Live

    05/05/2015 10:18:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Ken Kremer
    The test flight – called the Pad Abort Test – is slated for the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 6, if all goes well. The key facts and a timeline of the test events are outlined herein. The test vehicle will reach roughly a mile in altitude (5000 feet, 1500 meters) and last only about 90 seconds in duration from beginning to end. It constitutes a crucial first test of the crew capsule escape system that will save astronauts lives in a split second in the unlikely event of a catastrophic launch pad failure with the Falcon 9 rocket....
  • Doomed Russian Spaceship May Re-Enter Next Week

    05/01/2015 12:44:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    An out-of-control Russian Progress capsule, loaded with more than 3 tons of cargo for the International Space Station, may burn up in the atmosphere as early as next week, NASA said on Friday. Ground controllers lost contact with the ship shortly after its launch on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Engineers tried for more than a day to rescue the craft, to no avail ... An investigation in the botched mission is underway. Preliminary findings indicate a problem with the capsule’s separation from its Soyuz launcher. Among the evidence: debris orbiting near the tumbling Progress capsule, the Air...
  • Black Scientist: Push to Colonize Mars is Racist

    04/17/2015 7:45:59 AM PDT · by rightistight · 106 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/17/15 | Aurelius
    Dr. Danielle N. Lee, who writes for the Scientific American blog network and calls herself "the Urban Scientist," believes that the push to visit Mars and eventually inhabit it is "white colonialism." Dr. Lee expressed her concerns in both the Scientific American blog and on Twitter. Writing in Scientific American in an article titled, "When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters," Dr. Lee discusses Elon Musk's push to inhabit Mars some day. She is very critical of Musk, saying that his language is not inclusive enough to either women and minorities. "Diversity, Inclusion, Access and...
  • Tesla Could Be Changing The Dynamics Of Global Energy

    04/28/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-04-2015 | Prince In White Tesla
    Tesla’s announcement last week about creating a new line of batteries for use by businesses, consumers, and the electrical grid at large is a game-changer for the industry. Currently, when individuals or companies need back-up power, they usually rely on generators. Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. The big problem with solar and wind right now is that the energy is only useful when it is actually produced and, because a...
  • 'Only a miracle can save it’ Russian spacecraft 'hurtling towards Earth' as contact lost

    04/29/2015 6:06:57 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | 4/29/2015 | PAUL BALDWIN
    Flight controllers are unable to receive data from unmanned Progress M-27M – and the only way to regain control would be an ultra-risky ‘manual stablilisation’ carried out by the ISS crew. But a Russian space program analyst said: “Trying to stabilise it manually would be extremely risky. You could destroy the station and kill the crew.” The spacecraft is carrying more than 6,000lb of food, fuel and supplies for the ISS crew – which is currently home to Russian and American astronauts. The M-27M was launched via a standard Soyuz rocket at 8.09 a.m. GMT today (1.09 p.m. local time...
  • Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

    04/23/2015 5:28:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Northwest Public Radio ^ | APRIL 15, 2015 | JESSICA ROBINSON
    The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more. Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars. Here’s the problem: states traditionally fund highways with a gas tax. But you only pay that if you buy gas. Last week, Idaho lawmakers voted to charge electric vehicle owners an extra $140 annual registration fee. … which was news to Cleve Buttars. "Wow. Well, um ..." Buttars lives in Twin Falls and drives a...
  • Musk blames SpaceX rocket landing FAIL on lazy 'throttle valve response'

    04/19/2015 2:52:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | Kelly Fiveash
    Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has revealed a few more details about why SpaceX's latest attempt to land a rocket in one piece at sea had failed. The Register reported on the drama as it unfolded on Tuesday. Once again, Falcon 9 successfully launched the capsule payload to 'nauts on the International Space Station, only for the rocket to hit the "just read the instructions" deck hard on its shaky return to Earth.
  • Why SpaceX is attempting to land rockets on a floating barge

    04/18/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | Walt Bonner
    Most rocket boosters either burn up in the atmosphere or ­– as NASA’s do – simply fall into the ocean. With cheaper spaceflight the ultimate goal, SpaceX is the first space organization to attempt a rocket landing on a floating base, or, as the company calls it, an “autonomous spaceport drone ship.” Still, it begs the question- why attempt the landing at sea? According to American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Engineer Paul Huter, it’s simply a matter of convenience. “The rocket is launching out over the Atlantic ocean, so the easiest place to land it would be straight...