News: Issue #57
While the new NASA budget is digested,
proponents face a sea of angry voices as "Old
Space" digs their heels in for the fight.
Follow these NewSpace advocates as they
game-changing new policy:
to the Moon, Again
Fatal flaws with NASA's old plan would have
resulted in unchallenged Chinese lunar
footprints. The private sector argues that
with the new NASA budget,
Americans will leap-frog other national
efforts and return to the Moon first. The
Space Tourism Matters
Burt Rutan talks about why sending rich
tourists into space could be immensely
important to the future of space travel.
Stephen Class at MIT Technology Review
Falcon Goes Vertical
SpaceX is getting tantalizingly close to
the inaugural launch of their Falcon 9
vehicle, lofting the first privately funded
space capsule into orbit. Update at
Sierra Nevada's Mark Sirangelo reveals his
company plans on having an orbital craft in
service by 2014, and with the largest sum won
by NASA's Commercial Crew Development
program, that may actually become reality.
Rob Coppinger at Hyperbola
Peek Under the Shroud of Secrecy
Backed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos,
NewSpace rocket builder Blue Origin divulges
details on their orbital vehicle.
Article at NewSpace Journal
Science a Huge Hit
At the recently held Next-Generation
Suborbital Researchers Conference, NASA
officials announced a $75
million commitment to suborbital science and
education flights on-board NewSpace vehicles.
John Gedmark at Commercial
Taurus II Takes Shape
Orbital Sciences Corp. and Aerojet are set to
begin testing on the AJ26 rocket engine,
the powerhouse behind their new Taurus II
orbital vehicle. Press Release at Market
Informed Consent Act
Spaceport America home state of New Mexico
has passed legislation similar to that found
in Virginia and Florida, requiring that
space-goers are fully informed of spaceflight
risks prior to flight. Press
Release at Spaceport America
How can the private space industry help
minimize creation of new space debris and
clean up the highest risk pieces? Bob Werb
Goes Full Time
After winning at the 2009 Space Elevator
Games, power beaming specialists LaserMotive
LLC forges ahead with some exciting plans for
the future. Blog
Come learn about the technology, politics,
and business of radically cheaper access to
space, featuring a cross-section of leading
players in the field. April 8-10 in Phoenix, AZ.
Investment Summit 8
SIS-8, May 26 in Chicago, will offer
exclusive dialogue sessions with prominent
investment leaders and an entrepreneurial
showcase of pre-qualified space-related
Space Show Highlights
James Muncy, Robert Zimmerman, and Brent
Sherwood discuss NewSpace with Dr. David
Livingston on The Space Show.
Mile Club Launches YouTube Channel
New video interviews with Dr. Armin Ellis,
Professor Steven Freeland, and Robert Jacobson.
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