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Oct 22, 2019

Podcast #35: NASA, The Next Ten Years, with Dan Dumbacher

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A new space race is upon us. But unlike the cold war-driven days of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, it is now a multi-player competition to dominate and exploit the final frontier. The U.S. and Russia have been joined by the European Union, China, India and Japan, as well as numerous commercial space ventures, such as SpaceX and Blue Origin.

Where does NASA sit in all of this, in the rapidly changing world of the second space race. In Seeking Delphi episode #35, host Mark Sackler gets an overview of where the agency is headed, from former NASA program director for launch systems, Dan Dumbacher. There’s also a very special announcement of the upcoming ASCEND** space conference, slated for Las Vegas in November of 2020.

** Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery.

Oct 22, 2019

Blue Origin, Lockheed, Northrop join forces for Artemis lunar lander

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WASHINGTON — Blue Origin is joining forces with three other major aerospace firms in a “national team” to develop a human lunar lander for NASA.

The company’s founder, Jeff Bezos, announced Oct. 22 his intent to work with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper on the unnamed lunar lander, the proposal for which they will submit to NASA for its Human Landing Services competition.

“I am excited to announce that we have put together a national team to go back to the moon,” he said during an onstage interview at the 70th International Astronautical Congress here, where he received an Excellence in Industry award. “We could not ask for better partners.”

Oct 22, 2019

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin teams up with spacefaring heavyweights for human lunar lander design

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Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin, no longer plans to build its giant lunar lander for NASA by itself. The company announced today that it is teaming up with three other legacy space companies — Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper — to develop a lunar landing system for the space agency that is fully capable of taking humans to and from the Moon’s surface.

Oct 21, 2019

Warp Speeds with NO Warp Drives

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Most species in Star Trek utilise Warp as their faster than light travel, but not all.
Some have created impressive alternatives to warp drive, such as catapults arrays and even sail ships.
This video looks at the practicality for Starfleet to adopt any of these methods of travel, their potential pros and cons.

If you liked this, maybe:
Transwarp: https://youtu.be/5N45D5TE9Oc
Borg Transwarp: https://youtu.be/FXJPzOEnnEE
Coaxial Warp: https://youtu.be/tU9VDK6Nrqk

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Oct 21, 2019

Aerial video shows SpaceX building another Starship rocket in Florida

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Drone footage from John Winkopp shows Elon Musk’s SpaceX building another Starship rocket in Cocoa, Florida.

Oct 21, 2019

China’s private reusable rocket to be launched in 2021

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Photo shows the model of the Hyperbola-2, a reusable rocket developed by a private Chinese company. (Photo provided to Xinhua)

A Chinese reusable carrier rocket that uses liquid oxygen-methane propellants will be launched for the first time in 2021, making up for China’s lack of reusable liquid-propellant rockets.

BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — A Chinese reusable carrier rocket that uses liquid oxygen-methane propellants will be launched for the first time in 2021.

Oct 18, 2019

Aerial video shows SpaceX beginning construction of another Starship rocket in Florida

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SpaceX now has three of its next-generation Starship rockets under construction, as aerial video shows the latest developments at the company’s facility in Florida.

The first bands of stainless steel for another Starship rocket were put on a stand Thursday, and were captured in a video taken from a flying drone. Former commercial pilot John Winkopp took the video and gave CNBC permission to use his footage.

Starship is a massive rocket that SpaceX is developing to eventually launch cargo and people to the moon and Mars. The rocket is designed to be reusable so SpaceX can launch and land it multiple times, like a commercial airplane.

Oct 16, 2019

Virgin Galactic Partners with Under Armour to Unveil the World’s First Exclusive Spacewear System for Private Astronauts

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NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2019 – In January 2019, Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson and Under Armour CEO and Founder Kevin Plank announced a collaboration which saw Under Armour become Virgin Galactic’s Technical Spacewear Partner. Today, the companies unveiled the collaboratively designed spacewear system for Virgin Galactic astronauts comprising of a base layer, spacesuit, footwear, training suit and Limited Edition astronaut jacket. It is the first such collection ever created specifically for private astronauts.

The design of astronaut apparel is a unique combination of the requirement for comfort and utility matched by the ultimate focus on customer experience. Every element of the Virgin Galactic customer journey is designed to enrich the profound and transformative qualities of the human spaceflight experience. For Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts, that life-changing, personal experience is eagerly anticipated and the newly unveiled spacewear has been specifically designed to support it.

Oct 16, 2019

We’re going forward to the Moon, together

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Who is going with us? NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew answers the question in our latest #AskNASA episode. Find out about the international partnerships that will contribute to our #Artemis lunar exploration plans. Watch: https://go.nasa.gov/2VIoMr6

Oct 15, 2019

Amazing New Rocket Engine Sucks up Atmospheric Oxygen for Fuel

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“The positive conclusion of our preliminary design review marks a major milestone in SABRE development,” Mark Ford, heading ESA’s Propulsion Engineering section, said in a statement. “It confirms the test version of this revolutionary new class of engine is ready for implementation.”

READ MORE: Air-Breathing Rocket Engine Gets Green Light for Major Tests [Space.com]

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