Citizens in Space and Starbase Operations Complete Flight-Test Campaign

L-39C Albatros returns from Citizens in Space mission.(Credit: Citizens in Space)
L-39C Albatros returns from Citizens in Space mission.(Credit: Citizens in Space)

RENO, Nev., Nov. 19, 2015 (Citizens in Space PR) — Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, and Starbase Operations LLC have successfully completed a series of flight tests that will help advance commercial spaceflight training.

Over the past several months, Citizens in Space and Starbase Operations have developed and tested a technique to simulate the landing profile of the XCOR Lynx spacecraft using an L-39C Albatros jet trainer.

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Citizens in Space Announces Experiments for First Lynx Flight

Lynx cub carrier (Credit: U.S. Rocket Academy)
Lynx cub carrier (Credit: U.S. Rocket Academy)

DALLAS (Citizens in Space PR) — Citizens in Space has announced the payload manifest for its first flight on the XCOR Aerospace Lynx spacecraft.

The experiments will be carried aboard the Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, an open-source payload carrier developed for the Lynx spacecraft by Citizens in Space. Experiments will be controlled in flight by a Citizens in Space science-mission-specialist astronaut.

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High-Altitude Balloon Flight Paves Way for Future Space Experiments

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Credit: Citizens in Space)

HOMOSASSA, Florida (Citizens in Space PR) — Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, announces the successful completion of a high-altitude balloon flight, the first in a series of missions to test hardware designed to fly on the Lynx spacecraft from XCOR Aerospace.

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Citizens in Space, SSI to Unveil New Strategy for Space Development

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LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2014 (Citizens in Space PR) – A new strategy for space development will be presented at the International Space Development Conference, which takes place at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel this week.

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy and the Space Studies Institute, will present “The Great Enterprise: From Citizen Space Exploration to Space Settlement” in the Redondo California Ballroom at 3:00 on Saturday, May 17.

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Lynx Cub Payload Carrier to be Unveiled at MakerCon

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 8, 2014 (USRA PR) — A new research platform that promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads will be publicly unveiled at MakerCon, which takes place at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City next week.

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Lynx Cub Payload Carrier Ready for Flight Test

Artist's conception of Lynx Cub Payload Carrier internal view.  (Credit: Citizens in Space)
Artist’s conception of Lynx Cub Payload Carrier internal view. (Credit: Citizens in Space)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 7, 2013 (USRA PR) – The United States Rocket Academy announced the delivery of the first Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, a new research platform which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads.

The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is now under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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Citizens in Space to Participate in MakerCon

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 23, 2014 (Citizens in Space PR) — Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has joined the lineup for MakerCon, which takes place at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City on May 13-14, 2014.

MakerCon is a premiere event organized by Maker Media, publisher of Make magazine and producer of Maker Faire. MakerCon brings together the leaders at the forefront of the maker movement. The conference provides new insights into local and global manufacturing, design, marketing and distribution, and diverse funding options to help makers bring their products to market.

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Citizens in Space Selects Fifth Citizen Astronaut Candidate

Greg Kennedy (Credit: Citizens in Space)
Greg Kennedy (Credit: Citizens in Space)

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has announced the selection of its fifth citizen-astronaut candidate.

Informal educator and aerospace historian Greg Kennedy will join four other citizen-astronaut candidates who are training to fly as payload operators on the Lynx spacecraft, currently under construction by XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, CA. XCOR expects to begin Lynx test flights later this year.

“We are pleased to welcome Greg to our astronaut group,” said Edward Wright, citizen-astronaut candidate and project manager for Citizens in Space. “His experience and skills will help to strengthen our program and expand our outreach in new directions.”

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Citizens in Space Hosts Successful Space Hacker Workshop in Dallas

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KERA News in Dallas has a report on Citizens in Space’s second Space Hacker Workshop, which attracted several dozen hackers, scientists and enginners to the Frontiers of Flight Museum over the weekend:

Five years ago, if you wanted to send a science experiment into space, you either needed access to the international space station or several million dollars. Today, you just need a good idea, or a few grand.

“Coming up in the next six months, you’ll be able to design your own experiment in a small box, put it on a vehicle and for several thousands of dollars, fly it to space and back,” says [XCOR COO] Andrew Nelson…

Jan Sstolze, a math teacher at Carroll High School, wants to do an experiment with polymers — plastics and other materials we use on a regular basis.

“I’ve actually applied to be an astronaut twice but I have a heart condition and bad eyes, and I’m old now so I could probably never be a NASA astronaut but this is something maybe I could do.”

Find out more about Citizens in Space, and future workshops here.

Read the full story.

Get Early Bird Tickets for Space Hacker Workshop by July 4

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A mockup of the Lynx Cub carrier, which will take experiments to space. (Credit: U.S. Rocket Academy)

For those planning to attend the Space Hacker Workshop in Dallas later on July 20-21, the Early Bird tickets expire on July 4. After that date, ticket prices will rise by $10 to $99.

You can register at spacehackerdfw.eventbrite.com.

At the two-day workshop, citizen scientists and hardware hackers will learn how to do “space on the cheap”. Participants at the workshop will learn how they can build and fly experiments in space, and even fly in space as citizen astronauts, through the Citizens in Space program.

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Space Hacker Workshop Set for Dallas in July

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Dallas, TX, June 14, 2013 (Citizens in Space PR) –
Space isn’t just for governments and large corporations.

Citizen scientists and hardware hackers will learn how to do “space on the cheap” at a two-day Space Hacker Workshop in Dallas. Participants at the workshop will learn how they can build and fly experiments in space, and even fly in space as citizen astronauts, through the Citizens in Space program.

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The Power of the Suborbital Experiments Market is Growing

SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.
SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Last week, I got to see close-up views of the power of the emerging suborbital space industry in two very different locations some 300 miles apart.

Monday was all about SpaceShipTwo, which lit its engine for the first time over the dusty Mojave Desert and provided viewers on the ground with a 16-second display of flames and black smoke. The little space plane soared skyward above its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane before gliding to a perfect landing on the center line of Runway 30 at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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Space Hacker Workshop This Weekend in Silicon Valley

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There is still time to sign up for the first Space Hacker Workshop for Suborbital Experiments this weekend in Mountain View, Calif. Come see how you can design a space experiment for —  and even fly aboard —  XCOR’s Lynx suborbital space plane. The workshop runs Saturday and Sunday.

The discounted $125 registration rate expires tonight at midnight PDT. If you show up at the door, it will cost you $150. Sign up at spacehacker.eventbrite.com.

A press release with a full description of the workshop follows after the break.

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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, April 29, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): ED WRIGHT joins us for Citizens in Space updates and info about the upcoming Space Hacker Workshop in Silicon Valley: http://spacehacker.eventbrite.com/#.

2. Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): Retired astronaut JERRY ROSS is with us to discuss his new book, “Spacewalker.”

3. Friday, May 3: , 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): As of press time, our guest for this program is yet to be determined but will either be DR. SARAH CRUDDAS of the UK or FRANK STRATFORD from Australia. We are awaiting final scheduling requirements. Please check the website newsletter for guest details and any program time changes for this Friday program. You can find the website newsletter at www.thespaceshow.com/newsletterfinal.htm.

4. Sunday, May 5, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome HU DAVIS AND BILL KETCHUM to the show to discuss space policy, SSP, and much more, all from two highly regarded and well respected space veterans.

First Space Hacker Workshop Set for May 4-5 in Silicon Valley

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. (Citizens in Space PR) –
Are you a hardware hacker? Do you have the Right Stuff to become a citizen scientist or citizen astronaut? Here’s your chance to find out.

Citizen scientists and hardware hackers will learn how to do “space on the cheap” at the first Space Hacker Workshop for Suborbital Experiments. Participants at the two-day workshop will learn how they can build and fly experiments in space, and even fly in space as citizen astronauts, through the Citizens in Space program.

The Space Hacker Workshop takes place May 4-5 at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California, across the street (literally) from NASA Ames Research Center. The workshop is sponsored by Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, and the Silicon Valley Space Center.

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