Thursday, December 31, 2015
New York - Elon Musk’s success in launching reusable space rockets means Russia must make its own projects cheaper as the cash-strapped country struggles to retain its share of the market, the country’s defence industry chief said.
“The main goal today is to make space cheap,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of defence, told Rossiya 24 TV in an interview on Wednesday in Moscow. “Competitors are stepping on our toes. Look at what billionaire Musk is doing with his projects. This is very interesting, well done, and we treat this work with respect.”
Rogozin’s comments follow the first successful liftoff and landing of a reusable spacecraft this month by Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. The South African-born mogul says the technology will dramatically cut the cost of space launches.
At the same time, Russia’s space industry has been hit by systemic under-financing and a brain drain after the collapse of the Soviet Union, while also suffering a series of botched space launches in recent years. Russia is one of the global leaders in the multibillion-dollar civilian space business.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work
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Monday, December 28, 2015
Travis Nelson, a graduate researcher at the University of North Dakota, tests his ability to perform tasks Engineers from the University of North Dakota are evaluating their space suit design that would be worn by NASA astronauts on Mars.The suits will protect the person inside from cold, heat and radiation, supply air and water, and be flexible enough that astronauts can dig samples and do the other tasks required."'Suit' is really kind of a misnomer," said Pablo De Leon, the researcher leading this week's evaluations."Containing a human being into anything is very complex, so we have a spacesuit which is really a miniaturised spacecraft, and it has to be built in a way that is mobile, fairly comfortable and lets you work. It's really much more of a machine."The prototype De Leon and his team are analysing is called the NDX-1. It is being used for trying different technologies and is not necessarily the final product that will be worn on another world.The team are also using the opportunity to evaluate self-developed surface sampling tools that were based on Apollo-era designs.NASA’s Johnson Space Center designed and built two spacesuit prototypes, known as the Prototype Exploration Suite (PXS), for use in low- and zero-gravity, and the Z-2, which is testing mobility technology for surface exploration of Mars. NASA’s prototype suits focus on technology demonstrations for a planetary surface suit, improving suit fit and performance, and upgrades to the life support systems while minimizing the amount of equipment required to keep the suit operational.The NDX-1 uses lightweight materials and is designed to let astronauts drill into the surface to gather samples, excavate rocks and conduct explorations of the Red Planet."Our intention is to advance the state-of-the-art in spacesuit designs and engineering and try to provide solutions for explorers," De Leon said."We are just trying to help NASA and the contractors to get an easier task when they start to look at other designs. If it's a new joint that we contribute, or a way to close a suit or a new boot, then we will feel happy because we have played our part."After conducting tests throughout the American southwest and other desert areas, the researchers went to Florida to try it out in "Swamp Works", an enclosed area filled with fine, talcum powder textured soil similar to that found on the moon and materials known to be on Mars.“We’re glad to open our doors to the NDX-1 team,” said Jack Fox, chief of Kennedy’s science and technology projects division.“Swamp Works is a one-of-a-kind facility, and we’re happy to help the team advance this technology that could ultimately benefit NASA and future explorers.”
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The Mars Society Applauds Space-X's Achievement With Recovering A Booster After Putting A Dragon Capsule In Orbit
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
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In September of 1996 I hit bottom. I found myself living in a homeless shelter and earning $8.00 per hour at an exploitation job. I was approaching 48 years of age with little or no prospects in life.
In the month of September, 1996 I joined the Planetary Society. Prudent and practical people would throw up their hands in despair! They would protest that paying your annual dues was an imprudent expenditure for a man in my circumstances.
My circumstances in life have improved considerably. In September of 2016, I will have the honor of being a member for twenty years. I have always been very proud of what you have accomplished and new frontiers that you always open. I was honored to have developed a friendship (from afar most of the time) with Dr Louis D. Friedman. 2/…
Bill Nye Page Two December 20, 2015
Recently I took my wife and our daughter to see The Martian. Yesterday I went to see Star Wars The Force Awakens. Not only did I see a great film. I also saw several previews of high-budget science fiction films coming out in 2016. This morning I was reading The New York Times book section. I saw that the book The Martian had been on the best seller list for an astounding 28 weeks. This tells me that a lot of people all over the world are, as the old saying goes, “putting their hard-earned money where their mouth is” and showing keen interest in space exploration.
I have one sincere question for you. It comes from the heart. There is no sarcasm or critical thought in it.
“Why hasn’t all of this interest in space travel, etc. translated into a ground swell of support for both manned and unmanned space exploration?”
Please put this one question to everyone in the office. And keep up the good work!
With kindest regards,