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ISS 3D Printer Creates First Product

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ISS Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore holds up the first 3-D printed part made in space. (Credit: Made in Space)

ISS Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore holds up the first 3-D printed part made in space. (Credit: Made in Space)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Made in Space PR) — History was made on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, when the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully manufactured its first part on the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth.

“When the first human fashioned a tool from a rock, it couldn’t have been conceived that one day we’d be replicating the same fundamental idea in space,” said Aaron Kemmer, CEO of Made In Space, Inc. “We look at the operation of the 3D printer as a transformative moment, not just for space development, but for the capability of our species to live away from Earth.”

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S3 to Begin Zero Gravity Flights in Switzerland

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PAYERNE, Switzerland, Nov. 25, 2014 (S3 PR) –
In 2015, Swiss Space Systems (S3) will put the ZeroG experience within everyone’s reach. S3 is launching affordable zero gravity flights from more than 15 locations across the world including, for the first time ever, Asia, the Middle East and Central America. The ZeroG world tour has been modified and will now start from Switzerland, during the second half of 2015, before heading to Canada and the US in 2015. During the 1st semester of 2016, the tour will then start from Asia before heading to the Middle East and Europe in some of the destinations previously scheduled for 2015, with new destinations added to this new schedule.

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Zero G Coming Back in 2015*

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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)

After being grounded for much of 2014 due to having its jet’s engines repossessed, Zero Gravity Corporation is once again advertising parabolic flights opportunities for next year.*

Back by popular demand, the ZERO-G Experience® is returning to Tampa, FL and Washington, D.C.

ZERO-G will also be returning to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Cape Canaveral, and many more cities!

The Research Flight Program will take place in Cape Canaveral, FL from April 8, 2015 – April 10, 2015.

* Flight operations pending Federal Aviation Administration Part 121 approval

Basically, this means the aircraft has to undergo certification (FAA Part 121) once again before carrying passengers as a result of being gr0unded and getting a trio of new engines.

Carnegie Mellon Unveils Rover for Google Lunar X Prize Competition

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William "Red" Whittaker with Andy the lunar rover. (Credit: CMU)

William “Red” Whittaker with Andy the lunar rover. (Credit: CMU)

By Byron Spice
Carnegie Mellon Univesity

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon’s pits, caves and polar ice.

“Every extraterrestrial robot carries some DNA from Carnegie Mellon, but Andy would be the first true CMU robot to make the leap from Earth,” said William “Red” Whittaker, professor of robotics and director of the Field Robotics Center. “This is the culmination of lots of work by lots of people and is the next step toward Carnegie Mellon becoming a spacefaring university.”

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NASA Launches $5 Million Cube Quest Challenge

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Registration now is open for NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

Competitors have a shot at a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to participate in space exploration and technology development, to include a chance at flying their very own CubeSat to the moon and beyond as secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

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Science Takes off as XCOR Lynx Lands at American Geophysical Union’s 2014 Fall Meeting

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Full-scale Lynx mockup (Credit: XCOR)

MOJAVE, Calif., November 24, 2014 (XCOR PR) — XCOR Aerospace will be at the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) annual meeting – and taking its full scale Lynx® spacecraft model along for the ride. The model will be on display December 15-19 at the AGU Exhibit Hall in San Francisco.

XCOR’s Director of Payload Sales and Operations Khaki Rodway will be on site to present an overview of space-based research the AGU community will be conducting on Lynx. The session is titled Next Generation Instrumentation in Solar and Space Physics: Critical Measurements from Low-Cost Missions/Platforms.

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Cal State Fullerton Professor Developing Radical New Space Propulsion System

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How thrust is hypothesized to be produced by the Woodward effect. The C represents a capacitor element, L represents an inductor element.

How thrust is hypothesized to be produced by the Woodward effect. The C represents a capacitor element, L represents an inductor element.

Over at Boing Boing, Charles Platt has a story about a new space propulsion system being developed at California State University at Fullerton:

Ever since H. G. Wells imagined a gravity-shielding material in “The First Men in the Moon,” space enthusiasts have fantasized about ways to achieve thrust without any need for reaction mass. Unfortunately, it seems impossible.

Or is it?

Personally, I’m not so willing to use the word “impossible” anymore. In October of this year, at the laboratory of Dr. James Woodward in California State University at Fullerton, I watched a very small-scale experiment that was surprisingly persuasive.

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This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with David Livingston:

1. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014: 2:00-3:30PM PST (5:00-& 6:30 PM EST, 4:00-5:30 PM CST): We welcome back Erik Seedhouse on his new book, “Bigelow Aerospace: Colonizing Space One Module at a Time.”

2. Tuesday, Nov. 25 2014:,7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome back for a full Space Show program the MIT Team that did the Mars One Analysis Study. You will be able to email and phone in questions and comments to team members regarding their study, Mars One, and the issues they investigated. As a primer & for info on the team (their professor will not be joining us), please see our Hotel Mars program from Oct. 15, 2014 ( http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2337-BWB-2014-10-15.mp3).

3. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, 9:30 -11 AM PST (12:30-2 PM EST; 11:30-1 PM CST): No Show due to Thanksgiving Holiday & Space Show listeners rushing off to Wal-Mart for Black Friday!

4. Sunday, Nov. 30 2014, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): We welcome back Frank White, author of “The Overview Effect.” Frank’s new edition of this classic is now available so our guest will share updates and new information with us.

Uwingu to Send Names to Mars on Friday

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BOULDER, Colorado, Nov. 24, 2014 (Uwingu PR) –
Uwingu will launch a radio transmission to Mars on Friday, November 28th, sending over 100,000 names, messages, and pictures from people on Earth. This is the first time messages from people on Earth have been transmitted to Mar by radio.

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Space Access Society Update #137

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Space Access Update #137
  11/24/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society
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In this Issue:

         Maintaining An Even Strain

         Commercial Crew Followup

         Booster & Engine Developments

         Space Access ’15 Conference, April 2015

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Maintaining An Even Strain

Many times over the years, we’ve gotten feedback to the effect that “things are going so well for this new industry, don’t you think it’s time to declare victory and move on?”

Oddly enough, none of those times was during this last month. The spectacular loss of two different commercial space vehicles in quick succession now has some questioning the viability of the entire commercial space industry.

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