Category Archives: Space Business

NASA selects Deep Space Industries for two asteroid contracts

NASA has awarded two contracts to Deep Space Industries Inc. to accelerate the agency’s plans to partner with private industry on asteroid prospecting and harvesting.  One will analyze commercial approaches to NASA’s asteroid goals and how an industry-led asteroid economy … Continue reading

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SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell Wins National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Entrepreneurial Business

The National Space Society takes great pleasure in awarding its 2014 Space Pioneer Award for the Entrepreneurial Business category to SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne R. Shotwell. NSS will present the Space Pioneer Award to Mrs. Shotwell on … Continue reading

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NSS Executive Committee Chair Quoted on Fox News

In an online article about Deep Space Industries, the newly announced asteroid mining company, Fox News quoted NSS Executive Committee Chair Mark Hopkins as follows: “They have the potential to make an enormous amount of money,” Mark Hopkins, a founding … Continue reading

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Moon Mines: Visionary or Senseless?

Editorial by Al Globus, December 2011 Do lunar mines make sense? The answer depends on what you want to do in space. If what you want is something close to what we have now: a booming commercial communication satellite business … Continue reading

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SpaceX readies for first private space station docking in December

NASA has agreed in principle to allow the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule to dock with the International Space Station. Launch of the Dragon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled for November 30 with the docking to occur 9 days … Continue reading

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Is the Moon a Business Opportunity?

Is the Moon a business opportunity?  According to Dr. Barney Pell, “it’s one of the biggest business opportunities in history.” According to Pell, an angel investor and computer scientist and Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Moon Express, Inc., … 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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Astrobotic Technology Signs SpaceX Contract for Lunar XPrize Mission

Falcon 9 / Lunar Mission Image Credit: Astrobotic Technology Astrobotic Technology, Inc., a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University, announced the signing of a contract with SpaceX to launch its Lunar XPrize mission using a Falcon 9 rocket. Astrobotic intends to … Continue reading

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SpaceX Applauds Breakthrough Compromise in U.S. Senate on NASA Budget

Press Release from SpaceX: Legislation Supports Domestic Commercial Crew Initiatives to Reduce Reliance on Russian Soyuz and Bring Critical High-Tech Jobs Back to the U.S. Hawthorne, CA, July 20, 2010 — SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) applauds the efforts of the … Continue reading

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The Demise of Rocketplane

Rocketplane, one of the NewSpace companies that tried to offer suborbital space tourism, quietly filed for liquidation in June, unnoticed until it was reported in an informative article in the Oklahoma Gazette on July 7. An excellent article in today’s … Continue reading

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