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  • Astronauts on Mars? Australia might help put them there
    Posted in In the News on August 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    The US just celebrated 50 years since the first moon landing. You probably didn't know that Australia just celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the Australian Space Agency. Why would you? With a staff of just 30 or so, it was set up last year with a budget of $41 million over four years, plus another $19.5 million for an infrastructure fund. This isn't only paltry when you measure it against NASA's $US21 billion. Even Canada invests a quarter-billion US dollars a year in space. Ind... Read more

  • Why the lessons of Apollo are still relevant
    Posted in In the News on July 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WHERE WERE YOU? More than half a billion people around the world watched Neil Armstrong take his first “small step” 50 years ago this weekend. We talked to more than a dozen cabinet officials, lawmakers and other D.C. personalities who described the fear, excitement, awe, and sense of unity they felt during the seminal achievement. “Our country held its breath at every stage that Apollo 11 had to go through to get to the moon and get back,” Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, told us. “From li... Read more

  • Bridenstine says NASA planning for human Mars missions in 2030s
    Posted in In the News on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said July 15 that, as NASA presses ahead with plans to return humans to the moon by 2024, he will not rule out a first human mission to Mars as soon as 2033. Bridenstine’s comments, near the end of a 45-minute briefing with reporters about the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the new Artemis program, are the latest sign of a renewed emphasis on human missions to Mars as a long-term goal for the agency in recent weeks. “We are working right now, in fact, to put... Read more

  • 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

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