Monthly Archives: May 2011

Constructing Cislunar Infrastructure – ISDC 2011

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer If those who think Mars is sufficiently hard to get to and remain to settle are correct, or those who think that it would be a terrible mistake to go to Mars and return … Continue reading

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ISDC Silent Auction to Benefit Alabama Tornado Relief Efforts

The theme of the International Space Development Conference (ISDC), taking place this week in Huntsville, Alabama, is exploring how we grow a spacefaring civilization “From the Ground Up!” This years silent auction, an annual ISDC tradition, will raise money not … Continue reading

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Endeavour in orbit and on its way to the International Space Station

Launch Image Credit: NASA TV The Space Shuttle Endeavour began its final mission to the International space station with a perfect launch at 1256 UTC this morning.

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New International Law Textbook Discusses Lunar Real Estate

A new international law textbook contains an article on “Space Settlements, Property Rights, and International Law: Could a Lunar Settlement Claim the Lunar Real Estate it Needs to Survive?” by Alan Wasser and Douglas Jobes. Wasser, a former CEO of … Continue reading

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SpaceShip Two – First Feathered Flight

SpaceShip Two “Feathered” Image Credit: Clay Center Observatory Om 4 May 2011, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two completed its third test flight in twelve days, and this one was special. For the first time, Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane deployed its twin … Continue reading

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NASA's Gravity Probe B Confirms Einstein's Theory

NASA’s Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission has confirmed two key predictions derived from Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which the spacecraft was designed to test. The experiment, launched in 2004, used four ultra-precise gyroscopes to measure the hypothesized geodetic … Continue reading

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Statement on Launch Costs from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

The following is quoted in full from the SpaceX website, dated May 4, 2011.  Note that SpaceX is participating in the NSS International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2011) later this month. WHY THE US CAN BEAT CHINA: THE FACTS ABOUT … Continue reading

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Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace to Be Keynote Speaker at NSS International Space Development Conference

Robert Bigelow, Founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, will be the Honored Keynote Speaker at the 2011 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) Governors’ Dinner and Gala to be held in the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center … Continue reading

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CCDev2 – SpaceX

Cady Coleman and Scott Kelley in the Dragon Image Credit: SpaceX This is the final entry concerning the second round of funding in the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. NASA awarded $75 million to spaceX to develop a revolutionary launch … Continue reading

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