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Woz in space! What will make Privateer's Jah's tracking software so much better than the current state of the art?

CNN's Steve Wozniak's new venture takes aim at space junk discusses a project with Wozniak, Alex Fielding and Moriba Jah: But the money, according to Wozniak's co-founder in this new venture, couldn'...
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Who all has funded "Rocket Cargo" type projects in the last few years? What's the current state of funding for this type of research and development?

In Scott Manley's recent video Elon Musk Hates Flanges - Starship Update 2022 linked below, after 07:32: Another thing that was left out of the presentation was... ...
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What are the primary business challenges for Firefly Aerospace to capturing a large enough market share of the 1-ton payload market to be successful?

The recent CNBC video How Ex-SpaceX Engineers Are Fueling The Space Race With Firefly (linked below) is worth a watch, and notes include the following: a team comprised of industry veterans, Firefly ...
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What is the relationship (if any) between NASA's Kilopower project and its request for 40 kW reactor designs?

Gizmodo's NASA Wants to Put a Nuclear Reactor on the Moon begins NASA is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to develop a non-solar power source on the Moon by ...
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High latitude launch sites

I have two questions: What is the hype about launching rockets from high latitude launch sites? For references: Andoya Space (Norway) and ESRANGE (Sweden) received grants of > 20 M EUR. Wouldn’t a ...
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Is half of Rocket Lab still owned by Mark Rocket?

Wikipedia's Rocket Lab links to Spaceflight Insider's Rocket Lab: The Electron, the Rutherford, and why Peter Beck Started it in the First Place which links to The Otago Daily Time's 2009 arrticle ...
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How Intuitive Machines' engines "crank out unmatched performance in the space domain" allowing "transit of Van Allen belts once, unlike competitors"?

According to https://www.intuitivemachines.com/propulsion LOX/Methane Engines Our LOX/Methane engines are unique for in-space propulsion, in that they offer safety in handling and testing here on the ...
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When was advertising on Earth from space first proposed? By who?

How big will a space billboard have to be to be visible? can be seen to raise an interesting question. Question: When was advertising on Earth from space first proposed? Who proposed it? This can ...
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Is or was STARGATE really being used for SpaceX launches at Boca Chica or otherwise?

The 2015 answer to For SpaceX's Texas launch site, what kind of range radar/tracking will they have? links to The Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Giga-hertz Astrophysical Transient ...
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Suppose Hubble needed to be fixed by replacing an accessible module again and NASA called for help, what are the most likely mission proposals?

Background Hubble has had at least a few troubling issues that were resolved from the ground in recent years, a summary can be found in Engadget's NASA struggles to fix a Hubble Space Telescope ...
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How (the heck) is it possible that with China's future 6G satellite network I'll be able to download 1000 movies per second?

The reasonably credible Wall Street Journal has a YouTube channel and the new video SpaceX vs. China: The Quest for Satellite Internet | WSJ says that with Starlink's data rate I can download a 1 Gb ...
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Why is the Space industry expected to flourish and grow in the near future?

I've been seeing a lot of videos talking about how the "space industry" is "exploding" and soon to be a trillion dollar industry. Obviously I know better than to just buy into the ...
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How much of the world's xenon has been used in spaceflight altogether? Is it a lot? Did it cost a lot?

This answer to Why will Starlink satellites use krypton instead of xenon for electric propulsion? says: I expect they did the math, and found that overall cost was less, even with reduced thrust/watt ...
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What will 10X Genomics want to test on the upcoming Axiom Space AX-2 mission?

CNN's Former NASA Astronaut Plans Private Trip Back to Space begins Record-holding NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson1 has spent more time in outer space than almost any other human on the planet, but even ...
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Looking for a ballistic projectile technology development company I'd read about a few years(?) ago

I recall reading a few years(?) ago about a ballistic projectile technology development company that expressed interest in launch capability as well as applications closer to Earth. In a comment below ...
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Psyche & others will use Maxar 1300 series platform; are these the first instances of a commercial communications satellite bus sent to deep space?

Maxar's own blogpost Power and Propulsion Element: Five Questions with Maxar’s Tim Cole links to it's 1300 series platform page which says: The SSL 1300 is the world’s most popular spacecraft ...
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Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has delivered a design concept to NASA, but what does NASA consider a "design concept" to be?

The 19-Oct-2020 Press Release Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies Delivers Advanced Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design To NASA begins: SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra Safe Nuclear ...
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Why would a launch request for a gravitational assist at Mars specify a DLA (Declination of Launch Asymptote) of 30 to 32 degrees?

The recent intriguing question Why is NASA proposing an EMEJ (MEGA) trajectory for Europa Clipper instead of EEJ? quotes "A launch service request... recently put out for Europa Clipper to do a ...
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Why isn't SpaceX's Starship "trial and error" development strategy an open source project?

Some large community of space enthusiasts is working hard on simulating or extrapolating data on the SpaceX Starship. But this data isn't publicly available. So why don't they release it as an open ...
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Has Made in Space any track record growing specialty crystals in microgravity before? ("Industrial Crystal Facility" to fly this year)

Ars Technica's There are an insane amount of cool space things happening in 2021 mentions: This year, Made in Space's "Industrial Crystal Facility" should also fly to space. This will serve ...
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Besides landing several folks on the Moon and returning them safely to the Earth what criteria did Human Landing System proposals to NASA meet?

The new NASA video NASA 2021: Let's Go to the Moon shows artwork for three very different spacecraft sitting on the lunar surface with the overlain caption Selecting A Human Landing System "...
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Are there enough people who have the resources to pay for a one way trip to Mars to start a colonization?

Are there evidence that shows there are enough people who have the resources to pay for a one way trip to Mars to start a colonization? If there are not, then any near future proejcts won't go further ...
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Portable Starlink antennas

Starlink is slowly starting to spread their wings globally, with a recent beta launched in Canada after their initial launch in the US. Let's assume I buy the antennae/dish and their service in Canada....
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Why didn't propylene fly? (Vector—yes, Vector—is back)?

Ars Technicha's Rocket Report: SLS has technical problems, Vector—yes, Vector—is back links to Vector restarting operations under new ownership which says: One thing they did wrong was the technology ...
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How does MEV use its "ion thruster on a stick" technology?

I was reading Politico's Biden’s space policy: One giant leap for climate change and some algorithm embedded a "Learn more about MEV; Northrop Grumman" advertisement in the story. (...
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Who won the first round of Limitless Interstellar Initiative Grants?

Wired's NASA's EmDrive Leader Has a New Interstellar Project also mentions White’s research pedigree may sound like it was cribbed from a mad scientist in a pulp sci-fi novel, but most of his work ...
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How much do on-demand, artificial meteor showers cost these days?

On-demand, artificial meteor showers are discussed in Artificial Shooting Stars - how could this possibly work (economically/technologically)? Why would a box full of 1cm balls released into LEO be ...
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How will Amazon's constellation differentiate itself from SpaceX's and OneWeb's?

The New York Times' Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky says: Much of the attention on these strings of satellites has been placed on the prolific launches of SpaceX and ...
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Has California implemented its "rocket tax" yet?

Here are some questions from 2017: California's rocket tax "by the mile", how would that work exactly? What expenses and risks might the state of California incur that might partially ...
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What to do with money?

Suppose I raise $10 million from venture capitalists for my rocket startup, what are the initial steps I must take (as a person with no experience of making rockets before) to ensure my companies ...
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Can you buy land (while) in space?

The question Can you buy land on the moon? does not ask about being on the Moon and purchasing land on Earth, so I thought I'd ask here instead. Can astronauts in space buy and sell property on Earth ...
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Cubesat/Nanosat dispensers/deployers costs

I’ m looking for informations about dispensers/deployers equipement costs and associated launch costs, espacially for 12U configurations and over. I’ve got price information on Tyvak 12U Deployer in a ...
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Has anything "changed" about the way that NASA will procure technology for the Artemis program?

A video in the Space.com article NASA Taps Maxar to Build Lunar Gateway Power Module for Artemis Moon Plan shows the NASA director explaining the series Artemis 1, 2, 3... and announcing that the ...
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Were there any non-state organizations to organize space flight and colonizations in the second half of the 20th century?

Today, we observe a real boom of private spaceflight. Was there anything similar in the second half of the 20th century, at least were any people founding ventures for space business beyond satellite ...
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Does Surrey Satellite's Pathfinder lunar communications relay have customers lined up, or is it "If you build it, they will come"?

After about 24:00 in the BBC podcast Do We Need More Space Stations? BBC reporter Marnie Chesterton talks with Charles Cranston, the project manager for lunar ...
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Why does Blue Origin want to go to the moon?

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin released their first moon lander, Blue Moon. Have Blue Origin published anything about their reasons for going to the moon?
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Globally extensive overview of rocket startup companies

Is there any known report, website or other source from where one can get a comprehensive overview of almost all startup companies related to space rockets or hardware that's dedicated to space ...
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How much of the piggybacked Aireon system rely on its Iridium Next hosts?

The NBC News article Next-generation satellites gave federal officials key data in Boeing 737 Max investigation says: The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, grounded Boeing's 737 Max airplanes ...
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What happened to International Microspace's $100 million contract?

This might be an obscure one. As I understand it: Diamandis co-founded Microsat Launch Systems, which was renamed International MicroSpace, in 1989. (This is apparently not the Micro-Space of 1977 to ...
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Regulations preventing SpaceX from saying "no" if OneWeb asked them to launch their satellites?

The Forbes article With A Successful Launch, OneWeb Just Joined SpaceX And Others In The Satellite Internet Race says: This marks a turning point in a new generation of communications satellites, ...
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How do NASA Venture Class Launch Services Contracts work?

The Rocket Lab YouTube video ELaNa 19 Launch - 12/16/2018 contained a short video which was preceded by the following explanation after about 08:00: Today’s ...
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Starlink vs 5G technology, are they directly competing services?

While the world is preparing for 5G mobile technology (which involves new devices for smartphones and stations), SpaceX is going to roll out its Starlink "constellation". What I did not know is that ...
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Spacecraft Maneuvers as Intellectual Property? Wow!

In the past I had encountered a few mentions of orbits being patented (or at least applications filed) but didn't take much notice. Then I did a simple search and was blown away by the sheer volume of ...
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