Blue Origin Announces They’ll Take Tourists to Space by April 2019

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Following the reestablishment of the committee in June 2017, the National Space Council met earlier this week and got an update on the future of space tourism. Bob Smith, the man at the helm of Blue Origin, was in attendance to offer an update on the company’s plans to take passengers into space.Blue Origin is aiming to launch its first rocket ferrying space tourists by April 2019; a more conservative time frame than previously stated, where the company had pledged the launch would occur before the end of 2018.

Source: Blue Origin Announces They’ll Take Tourists to Space by April 2019

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Welcome to SpaceX City: The Ultimate Startup | PCMag.com

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SpaceX isn’t the only organization going to Mars. NASA has scheduled a manned mission to orbit ol’ Red in 2033, followed by “boots on Mars” in a subsequent but as-yet-undefined mission.The agency’s Martian plans haven’t received nearly as much attention as those from SpaceX. This is probably because NASA’s post-Apollo record of manned exploration has been an evolving disappointment, with timelines shifting from administration to administration and budget to budget. But perhaps that lull was just part of the process the science had to go through before it got real

Source: Welcome to SpaceX City: The Ultimate Startup | PCMag.com

Japan Has Sent an Autonomous Drone Assistant to the International Space Station

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has sent a crew member to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX launched rocked. The “Int-Ball,” is a spherical camera droid that takes full advantage of the gravity deficiency on the space station to zip around unencumbered by wheels or arms attached to heavy machinery.The robot has big, blue, owl-like eyes, making it reminiscent of the top portion of the Eve robot from Disney’s Wall-E. Int-Ball’s purpose is to provide crew members with a means of sending pictures and video back to Earth so experts on the ground can better assist with repairs and other tasks.Before Int-Ball’s arrival, the crew members needed to handle a camera to send this media back to Earth. The droid, which can be controlled remotely or autonomously, gives crew members back their full functionality by taking the camera out of their hands.

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Elon Musk: The Rocket That Will Eventually Take Humans to the Moon Will Launch in 4 Months

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In the tweet, Musk confirmed that we will be seeing the rocket launch in just four months, at the end of the summer.The Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world, capable of launching 54 metric tons (119,000 lb) of cargo and crew into space. The rocket will be used to boost the first space tourists to the Moon in a launch expected to take place in 2018. The entire journey is expected to take about six to seven days.

Source: Elon Musk: The Rocket That Will Eventually Take Humans to the Moon Will Launch in 4 Months

SpaceX Will Launch Next Secret X-37B Mission for US Air Force

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There’s some very exciting things happening in commercial space that bring the opportunity for assured access to space at a very competitive price,” Wilson said.

Source: SpaceX Will Launch Next Secret X-37B Mission for US Air Force

SpaceX Just Broke a Major Milestone in Commercial Space Travel

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SpaceX just conducted its first test of the Falcon Heavy’s main core.Elon Musk says his team will conduct a test launch of the Falcon Heavy in late summer as they prepare to orbit the Moon in 2018 with two passengers in the first commercial spaceflight.

Source: SpaceX Just Broke a Major Milestone in Commercial Space Travel

Virgin Galactic CEO: We’ll Be Ready to Send Tourists Into Space in 2018

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX has also expressed interest in commercial space travel. The company has developed the Dragon V2 spacecraft, capable of carrying seven people into space. Even more, they are looking to take their travel plans significantly further by promising a trip to the moon in 2018.

Source: Virgin Galactic CEO: We’ll Be Ready to Send Tourists Into Space in 2018