Archive for February, 2014

Meet Near Earth Asteroid 2006 DP14

Meet Near Earth Asteroid 2006 DP14

JPL News Release February 25, 2014 A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2006 DP14 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on the night of Feb. 11, 2014. Delay-Doppler radar imaging revealed that the asteroid is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) long, 660 feet […]

Posted in: Asteroids
More Legs for Falcon 9

More Legs for Falcon 9

Elon Musk tweeted the latest image of the Falcon 9 being prepared for next month’s NASA CRS-3 mission.

NASA Looks to Private Space Stations in the Future

NASA Looks to Private Space Stations in the Future

Some good news regarding ISS comes up in a Spacepolicyonline report of a briefing yesterday provided by Bill Gerstenmaier, Head of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations(HEO) Mission Directorate to a NASA Advisory Council Subcommittee. In looking ahead to what comes after ISS, Gerstenmair observed: ““I don’t think there’ll be another government-sponsored space station.”” Instead, “He […]

Posted in: ISS, NASA
Sea Changes for Sea Launch

Sea Changes for Sea Launch

For nearly 15 years.  the large ComSat  launch market has been dominated by three companies; Arianespace, which operates the market leading Ariane V, International Launch Services of Reston, Va., which markets the Russian built Proton heavy lift rocket, and Sea Launch, which operates the Ukraine/Russian Zenit-3SL. Although the Proton has certainly had its share of […]

SpaceX Prepares to Get a Leg Up on Everybody

SpaceX Prepares to Get a Leg Up on Everybody

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has tweeted the above image of the Falcon 9 V1.1 currently being readied for the NASA Commercial Resupply 3 (CRS-3) mission scheduled for March 17th.  After some speculation due to scheduling, there is now no doubt that the next phase of the company’s efforts to develop first stage re-usability is about […]

NASA Issues RFI for Commercial Supply to ISS for 2017-2024

NASA Issues RFI for Commercial Supply to ISS for 2017-2024

On Friday, NASA published a request for information  (RFI) regarding the next round of ISS supply services to be purchased under the Commercial Resupply Services Program- CRS.  This round is expected to last from 2017 all the way to 2024, provided Congress and the International Partners agree on a proposal put forward by the Obama […]

Yes Virginia, There is a D.D. Harriman: National Space Society Awards Elon Musk Heinlein Memorial Award

Yes Virginia, There is a D.D. Harriman: National Space Society Awards Elon Musk Heinlein Memorial Award

Perhaps no single author has made a greater contribution to the spirit and drive of space exploration than Robert A. Heinlein. Amongst the formative trio of Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein, it was the latter’s vision of free-wheeling, libertarian future in space populated by characters such Lazarus Long and  Delos D. Harriman which has inspired astronauts, […]

ISS: Cloud Computing from Above the Clouds

ISS: Cloud Computing from Above the Clouds

After more than a decade of construction, and with another decade of life apparently secure, the International Space Station is entering a new era which is seeing an increasingly wider array of interests make use of its capabilities. For instance, last week saw the deployment of the first fleet of  “Dove” Earth Observation cubesats built […]

Posted in: CASIS
Diamonds in the Night

Diamonds in the Night

(Click to enlarge) At the end of the week, when hopefully a bit of free time approaches, it is sometimes gratifying to see an image like this one, which captures the stunning beauty of the cosmos. Coming as it does from the European Southern Observatory in South America, it also reminds us that if the […]

Tesla Motors Continues to Accelerate

Tesla Motors Continues to Accelerate

Innerspace.net regularly reports on the phenomenon of Tesla Motors for two reasons.  The first, and most obvious is the connection between Tesla and SpaceX in Elon Musk. Given the SpaceX founder’s role in both companies, it is impossible for the fortunes of one not to influence the fate of another. With Tesla already a publicly […]

Posted in: Space Settlement
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