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Whose human flight safety standards, again?

NASA’s new human spaceflight standards may not be as rigorous as those it already demands for high profile launches such as James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) or Cassini

In an emailed answer to Hyperbola’s question about NASA Launch Services (NLS) …

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Mexico begins $80 million space agency center preparations


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Mexico has begun preparations to construct its own 30-hectare space center on the Yucatan peninsula for the country’s space agency that was created in 2008

Russia has said it is ready to help Mexico with its space ambitions. In …

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What was the point of that Mr Bolden?

Listening in from Frankfurt airport’s gate B31 yesterday this blogger wondered what would result from the morning’s surprise media telecon announcement that had the inspiring title of NASA Announces Future Work Assignments for Field Centers - and bar a few nuggets …

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Garver’s powerpoint presentation that will be regretted

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credit: spacepolicyonline.com / caption: Garver’s presentation click on it for a large version in this browser window

So according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden in the Congressional hearing yesterday the US will get back to the Moon before the Chinese – but …

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£41 million for UK space but no Her Majesty’s agency

Oh well that was a short lived rumour, so much for the idea that the UK could get a government department with as whacky a name as Her Majesty’s Space Agency

As you read this (at 10:30h local time GMT) …

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Will UK space agency announcement see £20 million for industry?

Hyperbola is guessing that the reformed British National Space Centre that is getting no more money and has the pleasure of being based in Swindon is to be called UK Space Agency and not the James Bond-like Her Majesty’s

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VIDEO: Space emerges as issue in UK election science debate

At 73min into this 156min video, a webcast from the Royal Society of Chemistry debate entitled Science and the General Election 2010, space finally gets a mention

The debate’s moderator BBC Newsnight science editor Susan Watts mentions that a …

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VIDEO: SpaceShipOne test pilot Brian Binnie talks

Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne test pilot Brian Binnie talks to Aero tv news network about commercial space

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Burt Rutan responds to Buzz Aldrin Wall Street Journal op-ed

In response to Buzz Aldrin’s article in the Wall Street Journal Burt Rutan has circulated the following:

This sounds fine thru the lens of my friend Buzz Aldrin.  However, the reality is that the new plan has no schedules, no

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UK gets an executive space agency but what is that?

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credit Flight / caption: Lord Drayson speaks at 5th Appleton space conference and I take a blurry photo as usual

As Hyperbola reported back in July the UK’s space agency will not get any more money than the existing British National

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PICTURE: Black Cab – a reusable flyback first stage

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credit: Rick Newlands / caption: like SpaceShipOne and Two Black cab would have a feathering function

Carrying expendable second and third stages Black Cab would reach an apogee of about 250km (155miles) after coasting following main engine cut off, having …

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Shuttle derived still hanging in there, ET tooling move delayed

Despite the recent publicity about more Ares V variants being the subject of NASA studies a little bit of good news for the Shuttle derived heavy lift crowd eeked out this week in the latest edition of Johnson Space Center’s …

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VIDEO: International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 09

Videos from what used to be called the International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight and is now the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight have been posted online care of Spaceport Sweden. Above is a video with Commercial Spaceflight Federation …

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VIDEO: #iac2009 Major space agencys’ chiefs talk exploration

Watch this video from the Internatonal Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, Korea first plenary session where heads of the world’s major space agencies discuss the future

Go here for more IAC2009 videos…

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VIDEO: #iac2009 Civilian access to space session

Watch this video of the Internatonal Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, Korea where Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn, Sierra Nevada vice president Mark Sirangelo, the FAA’s head of commercial space transportation George Nield and New Mexico space grant consortium director Pat …

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The Cold War’s legacy, not ITAR is your problem Mr Bigelow

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credit Bigelow Aerospace / caption: will cold war treaties upset BIgelow’s plans?

Last week UK newspaper (as the weekly current affairs magazine styles itself) The Economist (thanks Jeff Foust) made public a “victory” by Bigelow Aerospace that intends …

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VIDEO: Hyperbola is on YouTube

Hyperbola videos can be watched on its YouTube channel Flighthyperbola and the videos of channels Flighthyperbola subscribes too

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SPACE ACCESS 2009 – AUDIO: A view from Japan

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credit JAXA / caption: Japan’s new space law could see more lunar exploration

A former employee of the Japan Exploration Aerospace Agency Misuzu Onuki, now an aerospace business consultant, spoke to the Space Access Society conference about space activities …

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AUDIO: Secure World Foundation talks space and a safer planet

Hyperbola spoke to Secure World Foundation’s communications director Phil Smith for a few minutes at the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs during the Space Foundation’s 25th National Space Symposium (NSS) about space weapons, the space debris issue, space traffic management and more. …

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AUDIO: Orbital Sciences chairman talks future of US space leadership

David Thompson, chairman and chief executive of Orbital Sciences, spoke at the Space Foundation’s 25th National Space Symposium on 31 March 2009 about the future of US leadership in space and asked can it last? 

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