Three reasons why Seattle’s big on space ventures, plus three frontiers to watch

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Jeff Bezos shows off the concept for Blue Origin’s launch system during a September news conference in Florida. Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is headquartered in Kent, Wash. (Blue Origin photo) What is it about Seattle that’s led some folks to call it the “Silicon Valley of space,”and how far can space entrepreneurs go in the… Read more »

Halloween asteroid gives us a miss

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28 October 2015An asteroid four times the size of a football pitch will miss Earth on All Hallows’ Eve. The flyby highlights the need to watch for space rocks.Halloween, according to some, is a time to be afraid, but no one need fear asteroid 2015 TB145, an object some 400 m across that will pass… Read more »

Join the first mission to the Moon in 40 years

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The last time anything was on the Moon it was the 1972. Part-Time Scientists (@ptscientists) have won the Google Lunar Prize in January this year to bring Audi Lunar Quattro, a rover, to the Moon. Their dream is only 384,400 km away, the distance from Earth to the Moon. If you are a geek, this Dinglecast episode… Read more »

Adding sustainable value in a high-tech industry

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Yves Elsen, Hitec Luxembourg Photo: Gerry Huberty     Published on Monday, 26 October, 2015 at 10:51 (JB) Yves Elsen, Managing Partner & CEO of HITEC Luxembourg, speaks to wort.lu/en about staying innovative and how the ‘Made in Luxembourg’ label is an indicator of quality and sustainability. Tell us about your product or service. We… Read more »

Moon Express Announces Multi-Mission Launch Contract with Dedicated Rockets

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MOON EXPRESS ANNOUNCES MULTI-MISSION LAUNCH CONTRACT WITH DEDICATED ROCKETS By XPRIZE on October 21, 2015 Image: Moon Express CEO Bob Richards and Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck . Google Lunar XPRIZE team Moon Express has announced a launch services contract with Rocket Lab USA for not just one, but a series of 5 launches, with two launches manifested… Read more »

Jean-Yves Le Gall elected IAF President

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The 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem came to a close on Friday 16 October with the election of CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall as the next President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), for a three-year term starting in September 2016. This year’s congress, a key event in the world space calendar, has… Read more »

ESA’s first technology nanosatellite reporting for duty

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16 October 2015ESA’s first technology-testing CubeSat, released last week from the International Space Station, is in good health and is set to start work on its six-month mission.“This tiny satellite was developed in only a year and now we are very pleased with the rapid progress made during the first few days in orbit to check… Read more »

VIDEO: European Space Expo comes to Luxembourg

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The European Space Expo touched down in Luxembourg City on Friday, enabling visitors over the next nine days to learn more about satellites. The dome-shaped exhibition space, which has been visited by more than 900,000 people in 20 European cities over the past three years, opened in Place Guillaume II on Friday. The exhibition shows… Read more »

Israeli Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Is First to Sign Launch Agreement For Private Mission to the Moon On SpaceX Falcon 9

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SpaceIL Becomes First Google Lunar XPRIZE Team to Produce a Verified Launch Contract for a 2017 Mission, Using a SpaceX Falcon 9 Launcher via Spaceflight Industries JERUSALEM, Israel (October 7, 2015)  – At a press conference held in Jerusalem today, alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE, SpaceIL… Read more »

NASA Eyes Sample-return Capability for Post-2020 Mars Orbiter

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Jim Watzin, NASA’s Mars exploration program director, said NASA is now considering adding to the post-2020 orbiter “the sample rendezvous capture and return capability, which allows us to retrieve the sample from orbit and prepare it for the return trip home.” Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter NASA plans to launch in the 2020s… Read more »