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Delta IV Roars Off Pad at Cape Canaveral for ULA’s 85th Successful Flight

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A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force on July 28 at 7:28 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-37. (Credit: United Launch Alliance)


Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (ULA PR) –
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force on July 28 at 7:28 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s eighth launch in 2014, and the 85th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

“The ULA team is proud to have delivered the twin Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) spacecraft to orbit today,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. “We are privileged to work with a top notch U.S. government and contractor mission team that is committed to mission success.”

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Nanosatisfi Raises $25 Million Series A Funding, Changes Name to Spire

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spire_sat_busSAN FRANCISCO (Spire PR) –Spire, a satellite-powered data company, announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding. Spire is changing its name from Nanosatisfi, with rebranding rolling out through the end of the year.

“We listen to the three-quarters of the Earth that is remote or covered by water. Our customers make global business decisions and require detailed data in regions that have been critically underserved. Spire’s offering of high frequency, high accuracy data resonated with them, particularly in the areas of global trade, weather, shipping and supply chain, illegal fishing, and maritime domain awareness. Modern remote sensing traditionally focuses on the small fraction of Earth that is covered in land and is densely populated with people,” says Peter Platzer, Spire CEO. “What happens, particularly over the oceans, is critical in understanding global systems, and our proprietary technology delivers truly global perspectives that enable our customers to make smarter decisions.”

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Rocket Lab Announces New Small Satellite Launcher

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Los Angeles, California, July 29, 2014  — Rocket Lab announced today its plan to revolutionize the global space industry with the creation of Electron, a lightweight, cost-effective rocket, making it easier for companies to launch small satellites into orbit.

Rocket Lab is building the world’s first carbon-composite launch vehicle at its Auckland, New Zealand facility. The development of Electron will reduce the price of delivering a satellite into orbit. At a cost of less than $5 million dollars, this represents a drastic cost reduction compared to existing dedicated launch services[1].

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WhiteKnightTwo Flying With SpaceShipTwo Today

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Editor’s Note: Correction. This is a glide flight. It’s the first glide flight since Jan. 17.

Editor’s Note: This is mostly likely a captive carry flight to test out modifications to SpaceShipTwo. I’m still up in Silicon Valley today, so I’m not able to confirm this personally.

Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #136 7/27/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society

In this Issue:

- Bill Gaubatz
- Experienced Engineering Teams And US Space Launch Development Policy
- SLS Sole-Sourcing
- 2014 Space Politics: Halftime Report

  • Senate Appropriations Impasse, Other Legislation
  • Commercial Crew & Cargo at Crossroads
  • Defense Launch & Propulsion Politics

- Supporting Space Access

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Startup Weekend: Space Was a Blast!

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Space Startup Weekend pitch. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Space Startup Weekend pitch. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Hey everyone.

Startup Weekend: Space finished up last night at the Rainbow Mansion in Cupertino. I had a great time being involved in one of the teams, Makernautics, which wants to develop software tools to make building CubeSats easier.

Nine teams competed over the weekend. The winner was a group called BioCube, which is developing a life-support system for CubeSats that will allow researchers to study the effects of microgravity on biological samples.

It’s a very cool project that I think will open up a new market for researchers who can’t afford flights to the International Space Station. The team did a great job defining and presenting it.

We talked to two of the judges later, and they said they liked the Makernautics proposal as well. So, we’re going to pursue developing that idea.

I’d really like to thank everyone involved in organizing the event, in particular Traci Parker and Reuben Metcalfe for letting me participate. It was a lot of fun, learned a lot, and connected with some great people on the Makernautics team. A big thank-up to all the residents of the Rainbow Mansion for hosting us for two days.

World View Selects 3 Research Payloads

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World View balloon and capsule at altitude. (Credit: World View)

World View balloon and capsule at altitude. (Credit: World View)

San Francisco, CA, July 28, 2014 (World View PR) – World View Enterprises, the commercial spaceflight balloon company, has announced plans to fly research and education payloads during its balloon test flight phase as part of its newly launched Pathfinder program.

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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, July 28, 2014: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back JAY BARBREE, NBC News space reporter and author of the new book, “Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight.”

2. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 7 PM PDT (10 PM EDT, 9 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. PAT PATTERSON to discuss the upcoming SmallSat Conference at Utah State in Logan, Utah.

3. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11AM-12 PM PDT (2-3PM EDT, 1-2 PM CDT): We welcome back Robert Meurer, Director, Corporate Business Development at ATK, Space Division, Beltsville, MD.

4. Friday, August 1, 2014:, NO LIVE SHOW TODAY, JURY DUTY. I will upload two NewSpace Conference interviews. When you see the program on the website and the blog, it is ready for play.

5. Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PST, (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). NO SHOW TODAY. I am heading to San Diego for the AIAA Space 2014 Conference.

The Second Space Age is Beginning…and It’ll Be Awesome

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Video Caption: Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic’s VP of Special Projects, explains how the second space age promises to open up a new world of exciting opportunities.

Space Startup Weekend Underway

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Brainstorming (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Brainstorming (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Hey all.

I’m skipping most of the sessions at NewSpace 2014 today to participate in Startup Weekend: Space at the Rainbow Mansion in Cupertino. On a team working on a very cool business plan.

This is a lot of fun. Looking forward to pitching to judges on Sunday evening.

Look for updates over the weekend @spacecom