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Thursday 17 April 2014

Commentary

edward wright commentary

Expect More Delays Like SpaceX’s Current Launch Setback

by edward wright Ancient missile ranges are holding back space access. A fire at a
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March 28th, 2014
michael mackowski commentary

A 2021 Mars Expedition Sounds Exciting but Does It Make Sense?

by michael mackowski About a year ago, Dennis Tito formed an foundation, Inspiration Mars, whose
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March 19th, 2014
edward wright commentary

Tyson’s COSMOS Premieres to Mixed Reviews

by edward wright Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series premieres next
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March 8th, 2014
ben-mcgee-commentary

The Science Behind “America Declassified” – White Sands

“Ours is a civilization that is mature (and immature?) enough to have developed space travel
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January 7th, 2014
sumith_puri

A Day in the Life of an Earthling – 2040 A.D.

Editor’s note: For this final week of 2013, we’ve decided to bring you a little
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December 30th, 2013
rand-simberg-commentary

How Safe Can You Make Space Without Stifling Innovation and Enterprise?

by rand simberg No frontier has ever been explored or opened by making safety the
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November 6th, 2013
james-pura-commentary

Sustainability is Not an Option.

by james pura The Space Frontier Foundation is distressed by the announcement that the $1.2
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October 30th, 2013
tereza-pultarova

Big Space vs. People’s Space

by tereza pultarova After SpaceX and Orbital Sciences successfully docked at the International Space Station
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October 30th, 2013
merryl azriel

Symbolism in Space

by merryl azriel Space is replete with symbolism of every variety. Heroism and survival. Racing
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October 25th, 2013
edward wright commentary

Russia Unveils “Advanced” Capsule

by edward wright Russia is in race with NASA’s Orion project to go back to
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October 15th, 2013
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Video

A ‘Go’ To Build OSIRIS-REx on This Week @NASA

Here’s some of the stories trending on the weekly video magazine: OSIRIS-REx build go ahead,
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Rocket designer Tom Mueller poses with rocket engines on the SpaceX factory floor in Hawthorne, California. - Roger Gilbertson

News

Aerospace Tax Break Bill Goes to California Governor

Ten Year Moratorium on Space Hardware Aims to Keep Firms from Leaving State SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
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Concept of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. - SNC

Orbit

Agreement to Explore Dream Chaser Use of Houston Space Port

Sierra Nevada and Houston Airport System Will Study Physical, Operational and Regulatory Requirements HOUSTON, Texas
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Bill will enable sRLV's to hold simultaneous commercial licenses and launch permits. - (photo) Virgin Galactic

Sub orbit

Committee Passes Bill Allowing FAA to Issue Permits and Licenses for Same Vehicle

Senate Bill Will Speed Further Development of XCOR Aerospace and Virgin Galactic Space Planes WASHINGTON,
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Concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. - NASA/Goddard

Planetary

Asteroid Sampler OSIRIS-REx Moves from Paper to Metal Bending

NASA Spacecraft Scheduled to Rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s team
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Video

LDSD: We Brake for Mars

A entertaining and informative video from JPL: NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions
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The XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit in its shipping cradle; in the background the fuselage and liquid oxygen tank being prepped for integration and testing. - XCOR Aerospace

Sub orbit

XCOR Aerospace Receives Lynx Mark I Cockpit

Key Subsection Enables Plane Assembly to Begin MOJAVE, Calif. — XCOR Aerospace announced today that
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Video

Copernicus Satellite Sentinel-1A Rides Into Space

Sentinel-1 is the first in the family of satellites for Europe’s Copernicus program. It carries
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Part of the current U.S. Air Force space program, the X-37B space plane. - USAF

News

Will the Air Force have a Role in Deep Space?

by edward wright Lieutenant Colonel Peter Garretson asks whether the US Air Force will have
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The SOHO LASCO C2 instrument captured this image of the Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection. - ESA/NASA

Environment

Living in Space: Radiation

by liam ginty As we push toward a space settlement future, some of the earliest
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