October NewSpace News

September 30, 2008

Elon’s Dream Becomes a Reality

Naysayers were silenced this past weekend when Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies successfully reached orbit, via a picture-perfect launch.  Tariq Malik at Space.com

Orbital Makes Progress

Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. has plans this month for breaking ground on their new launch site, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, which will hold their Taurus II launch vehicle.  Rob Coppinger at Flight Global

WhiteKnightTwo Sits Tight

Virgin Galactic recently announced that the maiden test flight of their mothership “Eve” will be delayed, possibly to the end of the year.  Rob Coppinger at Flight Global

Moon Men are Hard to Come By

Former Kennedy Space Center Director Jay Honeycutt has been named President of U.S. Operations for Odyssey Moon, bringing unique -and rare- experience on lunar missions.  Press Release at Odyssey Moon

Space Solar Power Milestone Reached

The problem of efficient wireless power transmission over long distances lies at the heart of Space-Based Solar Power’s technical difficulties, and a key milestone in pursuit of the solution has been reached.  Jeff Foust at The Space Review

NASA Innovates, Zero-G Delivers

Now that cheap, reliable zero-gravity flights are available, NASA can test all sorts of cool new “stuff”- like the new space experiment rack system, designed for the ISS and other future space facilities.  Press Release at SpaceRef.com

Fleet of Armadillos

What happens when John Carmack’s mute button is pushed for 6 months, and then suddenly released?  A mouth-watering Rocket Racer update happens, complete with photos, videos, and some jaw-dropping news.  John Carmack at Armadillo Aerospace

What’s Next for SpaceX?

Now with orbital capability, SpaceX forges ahead with their numerous other jaw-dropping plans- including Falcon 9, human-rated capabilities, and moon rockets.  Loretta Whitesides at Wired Science

Teachers In Zero Gravity

According to their students, thirty California teachers recently became the coolest teachers ever as they floated around the cabin of a Zero-G flight, courtesy of Northrop Grumman’s Weightless Flights of Discovery Program. Jill Tucker at The San Francisco Chronicle

Rocket Town U.S.A.

A group of entrepreneurs in a small desert show that an imagination is all you need in order to start a revolution.  Justin Martin at CNN

The Entrepreneur’s Role

The roles of the entrepreneur, the venture capitalist, and the government is often hotly debated, especially when it comes to the future of space.  Bob Clarebrough at The Space Review

Moon, Mars, and Golf

Step into the life and mind of Burt Rutan and Peter Smith- where a vacation spot on the moon is more than just a possibility, and life on Mars is more than just speculation.  Joe Bargmann at The Washington Post

Teachers Apply for a Trip Into Outer Space

Move over space shuttle- a new ship is in town, and it will soon be taking selected teachers to the edge of outer space.  Staff at Bay News 9

Space Entrepreneurs vs. Venture Capitalist

Peter Diamandis and Elon Musk discussed and defended their views and their passions about space when they recently spoke with venture capitalist John Doerr, at the Google Zeitgeist Conference.  Press Release at The Launch Pad

The Space Show

Rick Tumlinson, Winston E. Scott, and Michael Michaud discuss their respective NewSpace initiatives with Dr. David Livingston on The Space Show.


September 2008 NewSpace News

September 3, 2008

A Conclusion, Sort Of…

The investigators hired to determine the cause of the Scaled Composites accident in July, 2007 have concluded their investigation, with a surprising end result.  Press Release at SpaceRef

Lunar Lander Challenge, Take 3

The X Prize Foundation has announced ten teams vying for the upcoming Lunar Lander Challenge, which is set to take flight next month.  Press Release at X Prize Foundation

SpaceShipTwo Available Next Year?

Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship may make a debut next year at the EAA AirVenture Air Show, according to the firm’s president, Will Whitehorn.  Rob Coppinger at Flight Global

An Investment That Turned Heads

The first institutional investment in XCOR Aerospace was made by Desert Sky Holdings recently, giving hope to an industry that is often looked over by cautious investors. Press Release at XCOR Aerospace

Coming to a Classroom Near You

A documentary on Space-Based Solar Power will be headed to Math and Science classes nation-wide this upcoming fall.  Film Preview at The Futures Channel

Rocket Racing League’s New Plane

The Rocket Racing League has successfully tested their second new rocket racer, this one built by Armadillo Aerospace, and we could see the first rocket racer vs. rocket racer flights later this month.  Editors at Space.com

Plasma Rockets on the ISS

AdAstra Rocket Co. plans to bring a plasma rocket to test on the International Space Station in 2011 or 2012.  Irene Klotz at Discovery Channel

SpaceDev Succeeds

Even though SpaceX failed to reach orbit last month, California-based SpaceDev succeeded in building and delivering a responsive satellite in only six months. Press Release at Yahoo Finance

Shuttles, Dragons, and Alternatives

With the looming shuttle retirement on everyone’s minds, a fresh look may be needed at what is possible for crew and cargo transportation beyond the 2010 deadline.  Taylor Dinerman at The Space Review

The FAA Weighs In

The Commercial Space Transportation office of the Federal Aviation Administration today is busier than it has ever been, but what possibilities do they see in the future, and what will their role be in regulation?  Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log

Space Show Highlights

Richard Garriott, Dr. Patrick Collins, and Dr. Jeff Foust discuss their respective NewSpace initiatives with Dr. David Livingston on The Space Show.

Space for a Safe and Secure World

On February 18-20, 2009, International Space University will be hosting a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions. Call for Papers

Space Angels Network – Angel Investor Deal Screening Meeting

On September 25-26, Space Angels Network will hold its inaugural Aerospace Venture Forum investor event in Los Angeles with the Keiretsu Forum angel group as co-host. Up to 20 space- and aviation-related startups will pitch their ventures before investors from around the USA. Attendance is limited to accredited investors only. For further details, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.spaceangelsnetwork.com.