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  • Taco Bell Space Station? It’s possible, panelists say

    04/19/2018 5:59:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Space News ^ | 4/19/18 | Debra Werner
    COLORADO SPRINGS — Future private space stations may be sponsored by major corporations, which prompted a spirited discussion during a panel on the future of low Earth orbit at the 34th Space Symposium here. “I don’t want the Taco Bell International Space Station,” said Erin MacDonald, modeling and simulation engineer for Engility’s Space and Mission Systems Group. “I think it goes against what the public perceives the space station is supposed to be like.” While the International Space Station is unlikely to be rebranded by Taco Bell or any other corporation, if a new commercial space station is “paid for...
  • "Russia Throws in the Towel"

    04/18/2018 10:19:39 AM PDT · by Voption · 39 replies
    Tass via Behind the Black ^ | April 18, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who Putin had placed in charge of Russia’s space effort, today said in a television interview that it makes no sense for them to try to compete with SpaceX in the launch market...
  • The Aurora Station Will be the First Luxury Hotel in Space

    04/17/2018 11:47:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 4/17/18 | Evan Gough
    The Aurora Station space hotel will launch in 2021 and host its first guests in 2022. It has room for 4 guests and 2 crew. Image: Orion Span The Aurora Station Will be the First Luxury Hotel in Space Article written: 17 Apr , 2018 by Evan Gough Are you ready for a luxury hotel in space? We all knew it was coming, even though it seems impossibly futuristic. But this time it’s not just science fiction; somebody actually has a plan.The space hotel will be called “Aurora Station” and the company behind it is Orion Span, a Silicon...
  • Amateurs Measure ISS Using the Moon

    04/10/2018 12:07:11 PM PDT · by messierhunter · 85 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4-7-18 | me
    Let's see how long this thread lasts, the mods pull everything I post that offends or upset the delicate little flat earth and science hating snowflakes that have taken over FreeRepublic these days. Here's a simple method anyone can use to measure the altitude, size, and velocity of the International Space Station by capitalizing on a lunar transit (where ISS is silhouetted against the moon within a narrow corridor - you can find opportunities on transit-finder.com). Anyone can do this with a friend using a good high magnification camera like a P900 or other long focal length telephoto lens on...
  • Enemies are developing advanced technology, space weapons. ‘We have to up our game’

    04/05/2018 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    Space News ^ | 4/4/2018 | Sandra Erwin
    Coats: “We have to become much more agile, more innovative, more creative.” WASHINGTON — The intelligence community recently warned Congress that several countries — including China, Russia and Iran — are developing space-based surveillance, navigation and anti-satellite systems that puts them in a position to challenge the United States’ dominance in outer space. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Wednesday echoed that point during a breakfast meeting with reporters. The speed at which technology gets into the hands of U.S. adversaries has brought the realization that “we have to up our game if we’re going to stay competitive,” said...
  • Op-Ed | Supporting America’s plan to lead on the moon

    04/05/2018 7:16:50 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 38 replies
    Space News ^ | 4/4/2018 | John Thornton
    For nearly half a century, America has led some of the most complex missions with robotic landers throughout our solar system, including bold landings on Mars and asteroids. But most Americans are surprised to hear that since 1972 we haven’t had a crewed or robotic lander conduct science and exploration on the moon. Although NASA has placed the occasional orbiter around the moon and even intentionally impacted a spacecraft into the surface, the nation has not had a lander capable of advanced surface science and exploration since Apollo. In retrospect, it’s striking that the global leader in space exploration went...
  • TIANGONG 1 just went into re-entry window according to satview.org

    04/01/2018 5:04:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 137 replies
    I have been following the TIANGONG 1 on satview and it just started flashing. It went from time to reenter to re-entry window. Could change though but this is the first time I have watched it go into a re-entry window. Tin foil covered hard hats on!!
  • NASA receives response from Voyager 1 spacecraft 13 billion miles away after 37 years of inactivity

    03/29/2018 5:54:55 PM PDT · by Enchante · 89 replies
    Tech Startups ^ | March 22, 2018 | Staff
    The thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft just did what we thought was impossible. After 37 years of inactivity, NASA just received response from spacecraft 13 billion miles away, NASA said in a statement on its website. Voyager 1 is NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft. It was launched on September 5, 1977. Having operated for 40 years, 6 months and 14 days as of March 19, 2018, the spacecraft relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or “puffs,” lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft...
  • "Capitalism in Space:Private Enterprise & Competition Reshape the Aerospace Launch Industry"

    03/26/2018 9:21:26 AM PDT · by Voption · 4 replies
    Center for New American Security ^ | March 10, 2017 | Robert Zimmerman
    ...since the beginning of the 21st century the U.S. government has struggled to create and maintain a viable launch industry...Even as the federal government struggled with this problem, a fledgling crop of new American private launch companies have emerged in the past decade, funded initially by the vast profits produced by the newly born internet industry. These new companies have not been motivated by national prestige, military strength, or any of the traditional national political goals of the federal government. Instead, these private entities have been driven by profit, competition, and in some cases the ideas of the visionary individuals...
  • President Donald J. Trump is Unveiling an America First National Space Strategy

    03/23/2018 3:41:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    White House ^ | March 23, 2018 | Pres. D.J. Trump
    Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology, and providing the space security we need to protect the American people. -- President Donald J. Trump AMERICA FIRST AMONG THE STARS: President Trump’s National Space Strategy works within his broader national security policy by putting America’s interests first. The Trump administration’s National Space Strategy prioritizes American interests first and foremost, ensuring a strategy that will make America strong, competitive, and great. The new strategy emphasizes dynamic and cooperative interplay between the...
  • Omnibus spending bill funds big-ticket military communications satellites that DoD did not request

    03/23/2018 10:57:55 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sandra Erwin
    The satellite communications industry was shocked to see a $600 million addition for WGS-11 and WGS-12.WASHINGTON — In a surprise last-minute add-on, House appropriators included $600 million in the Air Force budget for two high-capacity communications satellites made by Boeing that the Pentagon did not request. The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 funds two Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, WGS-11 and WGS-12. The Air Force did not request funding for these spacecraft nor were these satellites included in any previous marks of the congressional defense committees, or in the fiscal year 2019 budget request. This was a very large...
  • House committee advances two space bills

    03/23/2018 10:53:21 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Jeff Foust
    The House Science Committee favorably reported bills March 22 that would recognize a NASA center as a center of excellence in rocket propulsion and would resolve a commercial space regulatory issue. The committee approved H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry (ALSTAR) Act, and H.R. 5346, the Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act, on voice votes and with no opposition. “Together, the two bills help ensure that America remains competitive in space,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the committee, in opening comments during the brief markup session. H.R. 5345 includes a “sense of Congress” resolution that...
  • Alaskan spaceport to host secretive commercial launch

    03/21/2018 5:07:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/20/2018 | Jeff Foust
    An Alaskan spaceport will host the first launch of a rocket developed by a stealthy startup company as soon as next week, spaceport officials confirmed March 20. Alaska Aerospace Corp., which operates Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island, said the launch period for the flight of the unidentified vehicle runs from March 27 to April 6. It did not specify when during the day the launch would take place. A “Local Notice to Mariners” issued by the U.S. Coast Guard March 14 included a notice about a rocket launch planned from PSCA, giving a window of March 26...
  • We’re probably not going to find anything by “listening” for extraterrestrials

    03/17/2018 4:21:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 17, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    In the scientific community, there is still a great deal of energy devoted to “listening” for evidence or hints of intelligent, extraterrestrial civilizations out among the stars. Most of you are probably familiar with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and their decades of work in this field. They’re still at it and, in fact, are upping their game with a new generation of laser sensors. These projects drew fresh attention after the discovery of Tabby’s Star and the frantic speculation over whether or not some ancient civilization had built a Dyson Sphere around their own sun. This has led...
  • Interstellar Trade Is Possible

    03/16/2018 9:36:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    Tough SF ^ | 3/21/17
    Interstellar Trade Is Possible In this post, we will detail a method for developing interstellar trade using near-future technologies and commercially realistic requirements. We will then look at the various outcomes, challenges and development models that will follow the first interstellar operation. There is now a Summary at the end of the post. A tough taskTravel between stars is hard. The distances are measured in trillions of kilometers and the space between destinations is not really empty. Attempting the crossing at interplanetary speeds is ludicrously slow; the only way is to reach velocities measured in percentages of the speed of...
  • NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with Mars 2020 rover

    03/16/2018 8:16:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 3/15/18 | Stephen Clark
    NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with Mars 2020 rover March 15, 2018 Stephen Clark Artist’s illustration of the Mars helicopter drone that could travel to the red planet as soon as 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Testing of a lightweight robotic helicopter designed to fly in the alien atmosphere of Mars has produced encouraging results in recent months, and NASA officials expect to decide soon whether the aerial drone will accompany the agency’s next rover to the red planet set for liftoff in 2020.Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have worked on the helicopter design for several years,...
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly Now Has Different DNA Than His Identical Twin Brother After One Year In Space

    03/14/2018 5:10:38 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 75 replies
    CBS4 Denver ^ | 3-14-2018 | CBS Staff
    “Scott’s telomeres (endcaps of chromosomes that shorten as one ages) actually became significantly longer in space,” NASA researchers wrote in a statement. The space agency added that Kelly had hundreds of “space genes” activated by the year-long flight which reportedly altered the astronaut’s “immune system, DNA repair, bone formation networks, hypoxia, and hypercapnia.” While Scott Kelly’s height and 93 percent of his DNA returned to normal after returning to Earth, NASA confirmed that seven percent of his genes have remained changed and may stay that way. “This is thought to be from the stresses of space travel, which can cause...
  • Trump proposes 'Space Force' to join other military branches

    03/13/2018 2:58:05 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2018
    President Trump told a military crowd near San Diego on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. may need to create a new military branch for outer space. "My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea. We may even have a space force, develop another one: Space Force." Trump said in a speech at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. "We have the Air Force; we'll have the Space Force. We have the Army, the Navy," he continued. "You know, I was saying it the other day, because we're...
  • Will Chinese space station crash into Michigan? Experts say state 'the highest probability' (TR)

    03/11/2018 8:13:48 AM PDT · by goldendelicious · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-11-2018 | Tim Collins
    An out-of-control Chinese space station with 'highly toxic' chemicals onboard that is currently hurtling toward earth may crash into lower Michigan, it has been revealed. It is believed China's first prototype station, Tiangong-1, will come crashing back to the planet around April 3, experts say. US research organization Aerospace Corporation revealed that parts of southern Lower Michigan are among the regions that have the highest probability of being hit by falling debris, according to MLive.com.
  • What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

    03/09/2018 10:09:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.orlandosentinel.com ^ | 03-09-2018 | Deborah Netburn
    Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth’s crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet. The finding, published Thursday in Science, represents the first detection of naturally occurring ice-VII ever found on Earth. And as sometimes happens in the scientific process, it was discovered entirely by accident. Ice-VII is about one and a half times as dense as the regular ice we put in our drinks and skate on in winter, and the crystalline structure of its atoms is different as well. In...