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Selling SLS: Smoke and Mirrors – and Jedi Mind Tricks

August 28, 2014

Using Jedi Mind Tricks to Sell NASA’s Next Big Rocket
“Among the things being announced by NASA was that the launch date for the first SLS mission was being slipped to late 2018 from its current 2017 date.

Source: nasawatch.com

"These are not the droids you’re looking for." NASA tries to convince the world that everything is fine with the SLS program while they slip the schedule  a year and proposed pouring $ 7 billion more down the rat hole. Seriously folks, is the entire nation hostage to a couple of powerful senators who are flooding their respective states with pork?

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Global Partnerships Pave Path Forward for Private International Dream Chaser For Multiple Purposes: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 4)

August 28, 2014

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Source: www.americaspace.com

Sierra Nevada has plans to orbit its Dream Chaser, even if it loses out in the upcoming NASA down-select of commercial crew providers. They would ferry astronauts to space from international partners in the same way that NASA did before the Space Shuttle was retired. This plan hinges on the business case for such an arrangement being closed.

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NASA Green-Lights Giant SLS Rocket, but Launch Slips to 2018 – NBC News

August 28, 2014

NASA says the design for its heavy-lift Space Launch System has gotten further along than any comparable development project in three decades, but the schedu…

Source: www.nbcnews.com

The SLS boondoggle continues, with billions more going down the drain, as continued development is approved, but the schedule for the first uncrewed flight is slipped by almost a year to November 2018. The ability of politicians to maintain an unsustainable course in the face of overwhelming evidence is breathtaking.

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SpaceX Fail? Great!

August 27, 2014

Testing a truly new rocket has always involved failure. In fact, the development of any complex and innovative product should feature an iterative development process. By definition such a process is “failure driven.”…

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Viewed in the proper light, the recent explosion of a SpaceX test vehicle shows that the company is willing to take setbacks in order to advance the state of the art. No one else is even trying to develop a fully reusable launch vehicle capable of achieving orbit.

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Russia May Continue ISS Work Beyond 2020

August 27, 2014

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 26, 2014
Russia may continue working at the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020, Izvestia newspaper reported Monday.

Source: www.space-travel.com

Izvestia reports that Russia will probably not follow through on one official’s threat to discontinue participation in the International Space Station in 2020.

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An aggressive SpaceX puts commercial space rivals on notice – Fortune

August 27, 2014

An aggressive SpaceX puts commercial space rivals on notice
Fortune

Source: fortune.com

Old line launch providers are finally taking SpaceX seriously, however it is unclear what they can do to meet the threat of SpaceX’s ultra-low pricing.

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SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

August 27, 2014

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for at least several days.

Source: www.nasaspaceflight.com

SpaceX delays launch of AsiaSat-6, playing it super safe after the failure of a test rocket in Texas. Engineers will check to see if there is any commonality between what failed on the text vehicle and the launcher for AsiaSat-6.

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