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moonElon Musk’s Faith in humanity restored by Yusaku

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Elon Musk indicated that his faith in humanity was greatly restored by Yusaku Maezawa. Yusaka has purchased a SpaceX BFR flight where he and artist guests will be the first civilians to fly around the moon. Yusaku took his money …

futureElon’s vision is regular flights to the moon that regular people could afford

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SpaceX is currently spending 5% of its resources on the BFR development. This will change and increase over time. Dragon 2 is scheduled for an uncrewed launch in December. The crewed flight is targeted for the second quarter of 2019. …

colonizationMars-Moon Lava Tube habitation simulation in Iceland

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Mike Dunn talked about the use of lava tubes for the Moon and Mars habitats. Mike has worked on The Mars Lava Tube Pressurization Project’s (MLTPP). The lunar soil is 40% oxygen. Lunar cement could be made to block off …

colonizationLunar railgun for super-cheap Mars missions and Giant Mars open atmosphere lasers

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A magnetic railgun that is only ten meters long can launch from the moon to Mars. It can have less than half the speed of the US Navy railgun. It only needs 3 kilometers per second versus 7 kilometers per …

colonizationDrilling and mining on the moon

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Honeybee Robotics has two projects for near-term lunar ISRU-focused missions. Project one is developing a sampling drill for volatile-rich lunar regolith as part of NASA’s Lunar Resource Prospector. There is technology development required to reach TRL 6, as well as …

japanSpaceX Moon Orbit Tourist might be one of these Japanese Billionaires

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On Monday, there will be an announcement from SpaceX of moon orbiting tourist. The word is that the tourist is from Japan. The cost of the flight will probably be over $150 million. UPDATE: The Japanese billionaire was announced as …

futureSpaceX Big Falcon SpaceShip has a new design with three larger fins

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SpaceX has shown a new rendering of the SpaceX BFR spaceship with three large mini-wings (fins). There is now a dark heat shield along the belly. SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard …

moonSecondary payload delivery SpaceX launch will send Israeli lunar lander to moon in 2019

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Space Systems Loral has a Payload Orbital Delivery System (PODS) which is a cost-effective system for sending small satellites to orbit. It carries small spacecraft to orbit attached to large satellites, and then dispenses them as free-flyers near GEO. Satellite …

carnival of spaceCarnival of Space 577

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colonizationNASA Development of machines to build on Mars and the Moon

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There is a NASA review of the resources available on the Mars and the Moon and development of machines for construction on the moon and Mars. This was from slides by Robert P. Mueller, Senior Technologist / Engineer, NASA, Kennedy …