Monthly Archive for February, 2016

ULA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Team on USAF Engine Contract

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AR1 engine (Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne)

AR1 engine (Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne)

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 (Aerojet Rocketdyne PR) — The U.S. Air Force selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to share in a public-private partnership to develop jointly the AR1 engine – an American-made rocket propulsion system.

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ULA, BLue Origin Partner With USAF on New Rocket Engine

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Artist's conception of Vulcan rocket. (Credit; ULA)

Artist’s conception of Vulcan rocket. (Credit; ULA)

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Feb. 29, 2016 (ULA PR) – United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, entered into a public-private partnership with the U.S. Air Force to develop a new rocket propulsion system to power Vulcan — ULA’s next-generation launch system.

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NASA Sets Coverage for Scott Kelly’s Return From Space

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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko marked their 300th consecutive day aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 21, 2016. The pair will land March 1 after spending a total of 340 days in space. (Credits: NASA)

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko marked their 300th consecutive day aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 21, 2016. The pair will land March 1 after spending a total of 340 days in space. (Credits: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Television will provide complete coverage Tuesday, March 1, as three crew members depart the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – the station’s first one-year crew.

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China Plans Tiangong-2 Launch in 3rd Quarter

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Video Caption: China will send its second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 into space in the third quarter of this year, which is expected to dock with a cargo ship scheduled to be launched in the first half of next year, sources from the manned space program said Sunday.

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This Week on The Space Show

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

1. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016: 2-3:30 PM PST KIM HOLDER of www.moonwards.com to the show.

2. Tuesday, March 1, 2016: 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome back DR. MICHAEL SCHMIDT and DR. THOMAS GOODWIN to the program to discuss their recent paper on artificial gravity.

3. Friday, March 4, 2016: 2016; 9:30-11AM PST; (12:30-2 PM EST; 11:30AM – 1 PM CST. We welcome back ERIC LERNER of Focus Fusion to the show with updates on his fusion work.

4. Sunday, March 6 2016: 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): We welcome back CHRIS STONE with LT.COL. PETE GARRESTSON, USAF, to discuss space solar power plans.

CSF on Bridenstine’s Commercial Space Efforts: We Like Them!

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csf_logo_newestWASHINGTON, DC (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today hosted its first Executive Leadership Forum, an open dialogue for policymakers, industry leaders and other key stakeholders to discuss key issues and opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Today’s keynote speaker, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), told the group that, “The commercial space industry holds enormous potential both as a tool of economic growth and reliable provider of services to government. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act is a tremendous milestone that will enable this industry to innovate and expand access to space. We must not let the momentum established by this law dissipate; Congress, together with stakeholders, need to continue proactively addressing issues that could serve as further impediments to commercial space.”

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European Commission Opens In-depth Investigation into ASL’s Acquisition of Arianespace

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European_Commission_LogoBRUSSELS (EC PR) — The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) under the EU Merger Regulation.

The Commission has concerns that the proposed transaction may result in less innovation and higher prices in the satellite and launch service markets.

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Space Florida Issues Call for Projects

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space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla, Feb. 26, 2016 (Space Florida PR)– Space Florida has announced its Call for Projects to solicit proposals to continue the development of space transportation infrastructure that supports Space Florida’s legislative intent and Florida spaceport territory master plans.

Each year, Space Florida issues this Call for Projects to allow the aerospace industry the opportunity to submit projects for consideration into the subsequent year’s Work Program and Spaceport Improvement Program.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Scrubbed Again

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The Eastern Range is evaluating new launch dates no earlier than 48 hours after this one. So, no launch before Tuesday, March 1.

Space Access Conference Updated Agenda

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Space Access ’16 Conference Information

April 7th – 9th, 2016
at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North
Updated 02/27/16

Space Access ’16 is Space Access Society’s twenty-third annual conference on the business, technology, and politics of radically cheaper access to space, this year with a strong sub-focus on policy decisions and technology directions needed for Beyond Low Orbit: The Next Step Out.

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Video: Jan Woerner’s Moon Village Concept

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Video Caption: Jan Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency, has a bold new vision for space exploration. “My intention is to build up a permanent base station on the Moon,” he tells Euronews from the agency’s main control room in Darmstadt. “Meaning that it’s an open station, for different member states, for different states around the globe.”

Mankind has never had a permanent lunar presence, and so this new vision, that Woerner likes to call the ‘Moon village’, would represent a giant leap in space exploration.

DLR, Stanford Work on Method for Communicating With Spacecraft During Reentry

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The test device, consisting of a heat shield with a transmitter placed behind it, was exposed to a plasma flow heated to several thousand degrees. (Credit: DLR)

The test device, consisting of a heat shield with a transmitter placed behind it, was exposed to a plasma flow heated to several thousand degrees. (Credit: DLR)

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — Entering a planetary atmosphere is one of the most critical mission phases for a spacecraft. The enormous amount of heat generated not only places heavy thermal loads on the material of the re-entry vehicle, it also gives rise to an electrically charged plasma that flows around it. This blocks radio signals, with the result that the spacecraft is unable to communicate with its ground stations for several minutes. In a joint project, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are working with colleagues at Stanford University in California to find a solution to this problem.

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Diamandis: In Lieu of Actual Trips to Space, Try Virtual Reality

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Editor’s Note: Wondering when space tourism companies will stop hyping and start flying? Skeptical they will ever make such travel as safe and routine as getting on an airliner? Or bring down costs enough that you’d actually be able to go?

Worry not. The guy who launched the space tourism craze 20 years ago with the Ansari X Prize has a new way for you to experience space without actually ever having to go there.

Video Caption: Virtual reality in space? Augmented reality in space? What kinds of awesome things could we do? Futurist Peter Diamandis answers!

Do you have any questions about space exploration, virtual reality & augmented reality, futurism, or XPRIZE? Comment below with #AskPeter to ask XPRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis anything!

SpaceX Resets Falcon 9 Launch for Sunday Evening

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Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX has reset the launch of a Falcon 9 carrying the SES 9 communications satellite for Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6:46 p.m. EST. The backup date is Monday evening.

Launch attempts were canceled on Wednesday and Thursday due to fueling issues.

SpaceX will webcast the launch beginning about 20 minutes prior to scheduled liftoff.

JAXA, DLR to Deepen Cooperation

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jaxalogoTOKYO (JAXA PR) — Today (25 February 2016), the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have signed an “Inter Agency Arrangement between DLR and JAXA for Strategic Partnership” at the German Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. With this arrangement, both partners intend to jointly undertake the new role of space agencies and significantly contribute to the advancement of the world’s space development.

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