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  • Is America’s next big leap off earth just a ‘moondoggle’?
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    In about three years, if all goes as planned, the American government will launch a cylinder-shaped module 250 million miles into space and insert it into orbit around the moon. Next will come another capsule, then another, all to be joined into a human habitat orbiting as close as 1,000 miles to the lunar surface. On one end will be two massive wings with solar panels; on the other, a docked spacecraft that will shuttle humans back and forth between the moon and Earth. The Lunar Gateway is the ... Read more

  • LAUNCH WINDOW: Space command center could put Aurora into a new orbit
    Posted in Articles on May 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s inbox probably has more mail from Colorado these days. Leaders across the state are lobbying for the new U.S. Space Command to be based here, and they’re making a strong case. Letters from the business community, local elected officials and the state’s congressional delegation have pointed out that Colorado is well-situated for the program because of a flourishing aerospace industry and a growing education sector devoted to engineering and all things space. T... Read more

  • Leaders say siting US Space Command at Buckley would be ‘largest’ economic boon in Aurora history
    Posted in In the News on April 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Colorado officials are pitching the state’s existing aerospace industry as the foundation for why U.S. Space Command should be based in the state, and local business leaders say siting the headquarters in Aurora would likely be the biggest economic development venture the city has ever seen. Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora is one of six bases that are rumored to be finalists for getting the command center. Aurora Chamber of Commerce president Kevin Hougen said the command center would first bri... Read more

  • Can NASA reach the moon safely by 2024?
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN SPACE STARTUPS AND DoD. The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator was founded to help startups grow, but could have the second-order effect of building a closer relationship between entrepreneurs and the Defense Department, its head, Matt Kozlov, tells POLITICO. Air Force officials will meet with companies during the three-month program to see if their technology might be a good fit and assuage fears about working with the Pentagon. “All too often, entrepreneurs opt out ... Read more

  • We Need a Space Resources Institute
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Fifty years ago this July, Apollo 11 delivered the first crewed mission to the surface of the moon. Today, the United States is on the verge of a space renaissance—returning astronauts to the moon, first on an orbiting space station and then a return to the surface. Among other objectives, NASA, its international partners and commercial companies are looking to find and mine lunar water­—the basic building block of hydrogen fuel and oxygen. Water, or ice, located on a celestial body like the moo... Read more

  • Independent report concludes 2033 human Mars mission is not feasible
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    An independent report concluded that NASA has no chance of sending humans to Mars by 2033, with the earliest such a mission could be flown being the late 2030s. The report, while completed prior to the March 26 speech where Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return humans to the moon by 2024, does offer insights into how much a lunar return might cost and how it fits into long-term plans to send humans to Mars. NASA contracted with the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) to pr... Read more

  • After the Moon in 2024, NASA wants to reach Mars by 2033
    Posted in In the News on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    NASA has made it clear they want astronauts back on the Moon in 2024, and now, they are zeroing in on the Red Planet -- the US space agency confirmed that it wants humans to reach Mars by 2033. Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said Tuesday that in order to achieve that goal, other parts of the program -- including a lunar landing -- need to move forward more quickly. "We want to achieve a Mars landing in 2033," Bridenstine told lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill. "We can ... Read more

    Posted in In the News on March 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) have reintroduced their Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark it up on Wednesday. This is the third try for the legislation, which passed the Senate in the 115th Congress, but not the House. Its purpose is to clarify agency roles and responsibilities. In a press release, Peters pointed out the perils posed by space weather — emissions from the Sun that can damage satelli... Read more

  • Senate reintroduces Space Frontier Act
    Posted in In the News on March 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced legislation designed to reform commercial launch and remote sensing regulations, this time without a provision that led to the bill’s defeat last year in the House. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced March 28 the introduction of the Space Frontier Act. The bill is scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Commerce Committee during an executive session April 3 that will consider a number of other bills and nominations. “I am proud of this bipartisan le... Read more

  • The road to Mars includes a detour through Lakewood
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    In Robert Zubrin’s Lakewood office hangs a photo he took in 2009 of a space shuttle taking off to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a mission he strongly advocated for, despite pushback from former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe. Zubrin, an aerospace engineer, sees two versions of the future for humanity. The first is where new worlds are being explored, and even if things can go wrong, there’s an optimistic future of infinite possibilities. The other future is bleak in which the world is crow... Read more

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