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VIDEO: Obama urged to save Constellation

Later today president Barack Obama will give a speech about his plans for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. In advance of that Republican Utah Congressman Rob Bishop gave a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives urging him …

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Two steps forward, one step back for India and China

India’s test of a new rocket engine had to be stopped early according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) while Aviation Week’s Beijing correspondent Bradley Perrett scores a scoop with Chinese Moon rocket planning

Talking to the Chinese in October

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Is Obama’s NASA returning to 1970’s IPP option one sans Shuttle?

A US space agency has undertaken a major manned Moon programme, a new administration is not prepared to fund it any further, vehicles are being cancelled and a report provides options for what happens next, sound familiar? It should it is …

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Can commercial spaceflight solve the exploration dilemma?

This video shows Norman Augustine’s remarks at the 22 October 2009  US human spaceflight review final report publication press conference

These few weeks since the US review of human space flight report (overseen by Norman Augustine above) was published have seen commercial’s future at NASA …

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: China’s space station concept

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credit: CMSE / caption: this is a three module station

These Chinese space station concepts were presented by China Manned Space Engineering deputy general designer Wang Zhonggui at International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, Korea on 15 October. The space station would …

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ISS extension will be big news for FY2010 budget

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credit NASA / caption: NASA’s FY2009 budget shows ISS operations ending in 2016

Hyperbola has learned that the fiscal year 2010 NASA budget is expected to contain an intention to operate the US portion of the International Space Station (ISS) …

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What does “return to the Moon” mean says NASA chief

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credit NASA / caption is this what return to the Moon means?

In an extraordinary exchange between NASA acting adminisrator Christoper Scolese and the US House of Representatives’ committee on appropriations’ subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies chair, …

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VIDEO: ARCA tests Google Lunar X Prize rocket engines

ARCA has posted video of its recent rocket motor propellant tests on Youtube, find the others in the extended portion of this blg post. Go here for pictures of the Romanian Google Lunar X prize team’s day out…

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Recycling Altair lunar landers for thermal wadis?

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credit: Battelle /caption: Is this an insight into the Altair lunar lander LDAC-3 design?

New Altair project office manager Kathy Laurini revealed to Flight and this blog NASA’s thoughts on how to use landers more efficiently and now it seems …

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NASA lunar systems architecture workshop online

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credit NASA / caption: will the latest lunar surface systems architecture use inflatable habitats?

Go here for presentations from the US Chamber of Commerce programmatic workshop on NASA lunar surface systems concepts held today and the last two days at …

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PICTURE: NASA video game to have Armageddon mission


credit Virtual Heroes / caption: Could this ascent vehicle be modelled after the famed DRM 5.0?

NASAWatch has linked to the first online reports about NASA’s massively multiplayer online game, reported on by Hyperbola way back in January 2008, which …

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PODCAST: NASA considers lander descent stages that ascend


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NASA’s Constellation programme’s office of lunar and planetary exploration chief Wendell Mendell spoke to Hyperbola at the European Astrofest 2009 conference in London on Saturday 7 February…

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PODCAST: UK science minister talks robots and astronauts

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credit SSTL / caption UK minister of science Lord Drayson pictured in background, arms folded at SSTL

Hyperbola spoke to the UK minister for science Lord Drayson on Friday 6 February about robotic exploration, the UK space strategy and the possibility …

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Inside NASA’s Altair lunar lander

NASA has released a CGI movie of a concept interior for its Altair lunar lander. I couldn’t get the RealPlayer file to work, whch is normally good for screengrabs, and only the Windows media file would work in the RealPlayer player and …

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And NASA’s Altair Lunar Lander is now….

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credit NASA / caption: will LDAC-3 look anything like this?

The third Lander Design Analysis Cycle (LDAC) for NASA’s Altair Lunar Lander is expected to finish next month (March). After publishing an Apollo lunar module and Constellation programme Altair LDAC-2

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X-ROB: Europe’s €500,000 Moon and Mars robotic assembly study

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credit ESA / caption: could Moon mission astronauts use robots to be super people?

The European Space Agency’s Aurora core programme €500,000 ($640,000) EXploration Robotics Requirements and Concepts (X-ROB) study is investigating robots for assembly, inspection and the maintenance of space ships …

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NASA’s LADEE to place propulsion contract in May

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credit NASA / caption: This hovering, lander test

The latest “low cost” Moon mission, the $80 million Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, is to place an award for its propulsion system in May, which will be the …

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ARCA unveils its Google Lunar X Prize rocket

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The Aeronautics and Cosmonautics Romanian Association (ARCA) has unveiled its rocket for getting its Moon roaming European Lunar Explorer vehicle to the planetoid with engine tests planned for next year and a first flight in 2011

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PICTURE: Apollo 11 and 17 commanders help with Altair Lunar Lander

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credit: NASA / caption: (L-R) foreground, Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, background, Wayne Ottinger, Jack Schmitt  

NASA has released this image of Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and Apollo 17 commander Eugene ‘Gene’ Cernan touring one of the agency’s Altair Lunar Lander

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