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November 26, 2014 in Falcon 9: SpaceX hopes to recover rocket intact after … – Spaceflight Now

November 27, 2014

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November 26, 2014 in Falcon 9: SpaceX hopes to recover rocket intact after …

Source: spaceflightnow.com

SpaceX is making a serious effort to recover the first stage intact from its next ISS resupply mission. If successful, and the rocket is subsequently re-used, the economics of spaceflight changes overnight.

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SNC, Stratolaunch expand on proposed Dream Chaser flights

November 27, 2014

As Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) continues forward with efforts to develop numerous mission scenarios for its Dream Chaser space plane, a study – in collaboration with Stratolaunch Systems – expands on the scaled-down version of Dream Chaser…

Source: www.nasaspaceflight.com

Downsized Dream Chaser, launched from a Stratolaunch carrier plane provides unique capabilities in Earth to LEO transportation of both cargo and crew.

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SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action

November 25, 2014

The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments by SpaceX’s Elon Musk.

Source: www.nasaspaceflight.com

If must can land a Falcon 9 core on his drone ship, and then refurbish and reuse it, it is game over. Nobody will be able to compete with the economics of what will essentially be a fully reusable first stage.

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Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space

November 25, 2014

For many decades, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible.

Source: boingboing.net

Charles Platt visits James Woodward’s lab at Cal State Fullerton and witnesses a demonstration of the Woodward Effect. It certainly looked like reactionless motion in one direction. Is this how we will finally open up the solar system?

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Sierra Nevada Shuts Down Poway, Lays Off More Than 100

November 24, 2014

Dream Chaser hybrid motor test firing. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation) Sources report that Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has shut down its rocket engine test facility in Poway, Calif., where the company has tested propulsion systems for the…

Source: www.parabolicarc.com

This shutdown marks a major milestone for NewSpace. It was the acquisition of the startup in Poway, California that put Sierra Nevada into the NewSpace business. Prior to that, Sierra Nevada was strictly an OldSpace company.

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Antares Rocket Failure Pushes Tiny Satellite Company To Hitch Ride With SpaceX

November 24, 2014

Orbital Sciences Antares rocket explodes violently and is consumed in a gigantic aerial fireball seconds after blastoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA, on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.

Source: www.universetoday.com

Orbital’s Antares failure pushes some replacement cargo onto the SpaceX Dragon for delivery to the ISS.

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Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing | TechCrunch

November 23, 2014

by Darrell Etherington (@drizzled) Let’s face it: Elon Musk is probably a time traveller sent back to help us leave earth behind and achieve the next phase of human evolution.

Source: www.erps.org

Elon tweets photo of the ship he intends the Falcon 9 first stage to land on after delivering the Dragon spacecraft to orbit.

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