This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014: 2:00-3:30PM PST (5:00-& 6:30 PM EST, 4:00-5:30 PM CST): GOLDEN OLDIE IN ADVANCE OF THE TOM OLSON 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW SHOW ON DEC. 30. The show today is Tom’s 2011 Space Year in review program. We will be replaying the 2011, 2012 and 2013 review shows prior to the live 2014 review. Take notes, see how accurate our discussion was year by year. When you see the program archived on the website and blog, it is ready for play.

2. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014:,7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome TED SOUTHERN of Final Frontier Design, a commercial spacesuit company. Visit /www.finalfrontierdesign.com.

3. Friday, Dec. 29, 2014, 9:30 -11 AM PST (12:30-2 PM EST; 11:30-1 PM CST): GOLDEN OLDIE IN ADVANCE OF THE TOM OLSON 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW SHOW ON DEC. 30. The show today is Tom’s 2012 Space Year in review program. We will be replaying the 2011, 2012 and 2013 review shows prior to the live 2014 review. Take notes, see how accurate our discussion was year by year. When you see the program archived on the website and blog, it is ready for play. .

4. Sunday, Dec.28, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PST (12:30-2 PM EST, 11:30 AM – 1 PM CST): OPEN LINES, out last one of 2014. All space and STEM calls welcome. First time callers welcome. Give us your 2015 space predictions.

Commercial Crew Partners Completed 23 Milestones in 2014

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations.

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World View Video of Sunrise From the Edge of Space

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Tucson, AZ, Dec. 18, 2014 (World View PR) – World View Enterprises, the commercial balloon spaceflight company, is releasing actual footage from a recent flight of the awe-inspiring view Voyagers will experience during their journey to the edge of space. This footage depicts the sun rising over the curvature of the Earth as rays of light reflect off the cloud layer to create a majestic glow.

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Virgin Galactic Significantly Altered Claims After SpaceShipTwo Crash

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SpaceShipTwo lights its engine as WhiteKnightTwo flies overhead. (Credit: Ken Brown)

SpaceShipTwo lights its engine as WhiteKnightTwo flies overhead. (Credit: Ken Brown)

Update: Deletion from website of Jon Turnipseed as vice president of safety added at end of post.

Immediately after the tragic crash of SpaceShipTwo on Halloween, Virgin Galactic took down its website and replaced it with a single page containing a brief statement about the accident. The website stayed that way, with additional statements and a handful of links, for three weeks. It was not until Nov. 20th that Virgin Galactic pushed a new website with full information about itself and its services.

Not only did the website have a different design from the old one, the text on it had been significantly altered. Previous claims about passenger load, maximum altitude and safety had been toned down, subtly altered or abandoned completely. My guess is that Virgin’s lawyers went through the site line by line before it was relaunched.
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Actor Seth Green Describes ISS Patch

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Video Caption: Actor, creator, producer and space-enthusiast Seth Green has designed the latest CASIS mission patch. Hear his story on the development of this patch, which symbolizes all CASIS research intended for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in 2015. CASIS is the organization that manages the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

Russian Mulls Independent Space Station

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Roscosmos_logoAnatoly Zak has an interesting piece on the possibility of Russian building its own space station to replace the International Space Station. Here’s a summary of what Russia is considering:

  • the station would be known as the High-Latitude Orbital Station, which would fly over more than 90 percent of Russia;
  • either permanently inhabited or human-tended with periodic crew visits;
  • could serve as the foundation of Russia’s human exploration of the moon;
  • would be based around the Multi-purpose Laboratory Module, a module currently planned to be attached to ISS in 2017;
  • would include additional modules planned for ISS, including the Node Module, the Science and Power Module, the OKA-T laboratory, and an inflatable habitat.

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Virool Contest Revamped After SpaceShipTwo Crash

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Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Credit: James Macari)

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Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Credit: James Macari)

Video startup Virool has significant reworked its contest in the wake of the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in October.

Instead of offering a trip to space, Virool will send a marketing team on a trip aboard Zero-Gravity Corporation’s parabolic aircraft.

“For one full day, you and your entire video marketing team will experience weightlessness on the same aircraft that NASA uses. Between 24,000 and 35,000 feet above the ground, you’ll float, flip, soar and even EAT as if you were in outer space,” the company says on its website.

Ad Week reports the company will hold onto its Virgin Galactic ticket for use when the company begins commercial flights.

For information about the contest, click here.

Russia to Test Angara 5 on Dec. 23

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First Angara-A5 launch vehicle rolled out to the pad. (Credit: Khrunichev)

First Angara A5 launch vehicle rolled out to the pad. (Credit: Khrunichev)

Russia hopes to cap off nearly 20 years of development work with a successful launch of its new Angara A5 rocket on Dec 23.

If all goes well, the new booster will place a dummy payload into orbit. It will be the first orbital launch for the Angara rocket, which was approved in 1995. A smaller version of the rocket, the Angara A1.2, conducted a suborbital flight test in July.

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DreamUp: NanoRacks Breaking New Ground in STEM Education

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Houston, Dec. 19th, 2014 (NanoRacks PR) – DreamUp, powered by NanoRacks, is a nonprofit organization now providing a place for student project teams to raise required funds to fly a science experiment to the International Space Station (ISS).

The goal of DreamUp is to help students integrate into the commercial space community by delivering their experiments via NanoRacks to the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the ISS.

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Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #138
  12/19/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society
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In this Issue:

Year-End Wrapup:

Commercial Crew FY’15 Funding
Defense Engine Development
Falcon 9 Recovery Attempt

Space Access ’15 Conference Set For April 30 – May 2, 2015
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