Posts Tagged ‘Moon’

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Bigelow: Moon Property rights would help create a lunar industry


Robert Bigelow, founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, believes that space property rights are essential in order to establish a space industry operating beyond Low Earth Orbit. In…

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Project Morpheus successfully conducts free flight 7


Project Morpheus – an experimental lander project – has enjoyed a successful free flight at its test range at the end of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on Monday….

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Golden Spike recruit Draper to evaluate lunar landing sites


The Golden Spike company are continuing to push forward with their ambitious plans to reinitiate crewed missions to the surface of the Moon. The commercial company announced a…

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YIR (Part II) – Lunar and Saturnian exploration captures public’s attention


Capturing and holding the attention of the general public for space exploration purposes is often a difficult thing to achieve. But 2013 saw not only NASA but also…

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Chang’e-3: Chinese lunar rover heading to the Moon


The Chinese have begun their most ambitious lunar mission to date, following the successful launch their Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 probe and Yutu lunar rover….

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Examining Buzz Aldrin’s roadmap to Mars


Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently released “A Unified Space Vision,” his personal plan for humankind’s next two decades in space. Blending elements from today’s space flight reality with…

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Golden Spike promote lunar sample return options


The Golden Spike company have revealed interest in conducting lunar missions that combine robotic landers with human expeditions to the Moon. The company recently hosted a workshop with…

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Dual SLS launch campaign required for NASA’s Lunar return


A return to the surface of the Moon would require two Space Launch System (SLS) rockets launching over half a year apart, with a four person crew being…

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EM-1: NASA managers request ambitious changes to debut SLS/Orion mission


Just months after changing Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2) into an asteroid rendezvous mission, NASA managers have issued a Change Request to alter the debut flight of the Space…

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NASA Authorization Act pushes for Moon and Mars priority


The House Science space subcommittee’s 2013 Authorization Act intends to refocus NASA’s exploration path towards prioritizing the goal of landing humans on both the Moon and Mars, according…

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From Space Station to Moon Base – Bigelow expands on inflatable ambitions


Two months after signing a non-funded Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA, Bigelow Aerospace has made great progress toward identifying new ideas for private-public partnerships for human space…

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A return to the Moon would send NASA back to square one – Bolden


NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden has strongly ruled out missions to land on the Moon as part of NASA’s exploration roadmap, claiming any future political re-direction to return humans…

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Golden Spike workshop to explore lunar landing site options


The Golden Spike company are to host an international scientific workshop in October, aimed at evaluating the details of their commercial lunar expeditions. With a focus on the…

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Boeing discusses use of SLS for robust lunar program


As the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues development for its debut mission in December 2017, the Boeing company has identified several exploration architectures that would be enabled by…

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Golden Spike contract Northrop Grumman for Lunar Lander


The recently revealed Golden Spike Company have announced a contract with Northrop Grumman to design their Lunar Lander. Several designs are likely to be on the table, likely…

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GRAIL mission ends with Lunar impact and the honoring of a hero


NASA’s two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft have successfully ended their missions by crashing into the side of a Lunar mountain near its north pole. Ebb…

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Golden Spike announce Phase A for commercial lunar landing missions


The Golden Spike Company team have revealed their initial work to create commercial lunar expeditions to the surface of the Moon. Led by a heavyweight board of directors,…

Exploration Alternatives: From Propellant Depots to Commercial Lunar Base


As NASA managers continue to work modifications to an unreleased exploration plan, one that has a Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) at its center, the highly popular concept…

EM-2: Orion crew to spend up to four days in Lunar Orbit


The first crewed mission of NASA’s Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration era will send a crew of four on a short vacation into Lunar orbit in 2021. Exploration…

NASA ESD set key Orion requirement based on Lunar missions


NASA’s new spaceship, the Orion crew capsule, will be able to actively host a crew for 21 days, a requirement designed to cover all exploration missions, but mainly…