NASA’s ambitious “Artemis” mission to take American astronauts back to the moon will cost as much as $30 billion over the next half decade, the space agency’s chief has confirmed.Administrator Jim Bridenstine also defended the Moon 2024 project over criticism that it was wasteful and could distract NASA from other scientific work.It has been decades since an American astronaut walked on the surface of the moon, since the Apollo program in the 1960s and 70s and the race to beat the Soviet Union to the scientific milestone.Now, though, NASA is looking to Earth’s satellite as a stepping stone to Mars, and exploration further afield in the solar system.That sort of project doesn’t come cheap.Unofficial estimates of just how much the Moon 2024 mission – dubbed “Artemis” – will cost taxpayers have circulated for some time now, and NASA itself has already requested $1.6 billion in funds for it.
NASA’s stated goal of sending the first woman ever, and the first man since the Apollo program, to the Moon involves setting up a new space station that will orbit the Moon, which is supposed to begin being built by the end of 2022, per current timelines.Today, the U.S. space agency issued an open call for industry feedback and insight on how American companies might help supply said station.Like the ISS, the forthcoming “Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway” (aka the LOP-G, but much more commonly simply referred to as “The Gateway”) will need regular resupply runs and delivery of cargo — both for the many stages of its build, which are projected to span at least six years to get to its target state of completion.NASA is also considering the possibility that private companies could provide transportation for parts of its lunar landing and, eventually, exploration and base building on the Moon.NASA’s move today is to release a draft request for proposals, which means that at this stage, it’s not actually looking for providers to submit formal bids — this is the step before that happens, when it’s more informally looking for guidance from industry on what kinds of cargo delivery methods they might even be able to provide ahead of looking to lock in any official contract winners for ongoing business.To dive deeper into what it’s after and field questions from industry, NASA is hosting a Q on June 26, and comments are due on July 10.
XPRIZE CEO and Prodea founder Anousheh Ansari dreamt of being an astronaut as a child growing up in Iran, but understandably most people around her were skeptical about her ambitions.Yet in 2006, she made that dream come true when she became the first woman to visit the International Space Station as a privately funded citizen (as well as the first Iranian citizen and the first Muslim woman), traveling aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket as a trained and paying guest of the Russian Space Agency.At a Creative Destruction Lab event in Toronto this week, I spoke to Ansari about what this milestone announcement means for commercial spaceinterests, and her perspective on the field and opportunity for space-focused startups in general.“Actually, I wish I had my laptop to I could show a slide from probably six, seven years ago, maybe even longer, which I used that said ‘ISS for rent.I’m telling you, I can predict the future,” Ansari joked.“So now they can generate revenue from, make good use of the space station [beyond its intended mission] so they can invest in the next generation.”
SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, containing the Canadian Space Agency's Radarsat trio of Earth observation satellites on Wednesday.The broadcast will be telecast live on SpaceX's YouTube channel.If you're keen to follow along, we have all the details you need right here.Canada's three Radarsat satellites, shaped like old rubber stamps, will gather data about the nation's coasts and waterways to help ships navigate the Arctic, provide agriculture solutions and help first responders save lives, according to the agency.Eventually the satellites will settle into an orbit around 600 kilometers (around 370 miles) above the Earth.For SpaceX, it will be another flight for the Falcon 9 rocket which delivered the Crew Dragon to the International Space Station in March.
On this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and DT Content Specialist Chris DeGraw discuss the trending tech stories of the day, including news on Microsoft’s Project Scarlett streaming service, Google’s Pixel 4, new deepfake editing software, an e-scooter glitch that lets you speed, E3 updates, and vacationing on the International Space Station.Later, Nibler welcomes Ray Rothrock, chairman and chief executive officer of RedSeal, to talk about building next-gen, hybrid data centers, as well as enterprise flexibility on public and private cloud infrastructure.John Stenzler and Ryan Raagas of DeMarini stop by the show to discuss using science to build a baseball bat with better launch angles while hitting a 100 mph fastball.Next, we check in on E3 with DT Gaming Editor Felicia Miranda, who has all the updates on Xbox, Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, Jedi Fallen Order, and more.We then go to New York to talk with Heshika Deegahawathura, chief recovery officer at Spryng, maker of electronic compression wraps for calves, which just launched on Kickstarter.
It looks like someone spilled the green wildfire from Game of Thrones across a wide swath of the Earth.NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared a photo on Monday of a glowing aurora as seen from the International Space Station."No filter," she assured us on Twitter.Long before heading to the ISS, Koch spent time in a different sort of extreme environment as a researcher at the South Pole."I looked up to the aurora for inspiration through the six-month winter night," she wrote."Now I know they're just as awe inspiring from above."
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This beautiful image was captured by an instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER).NICER’s primary function is to investigate neutron stars with great precision, using X-rays to measure their dense cores.For it to do this, it has to track sources of X-rays throughout the night sky as the station orbits around the Earth every 93 minutes.But the instrument continues recording at night after the Sun sets.During this time it moves its focus from one target to the next, gathering data as it goes.And NASA used this extra data to create the X-ray sky map.
NASA doesn’t fully own the ISS, nor is the U.S. space agency currently capable of independently delivering astronauts to orbit, but that’s not stopping it from opening the space station to the commercial sector.In an announcement made earlier today, NASA’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit said the space agency is making the space station available to business ventures and private astronauts “as we’ve never done before”, as reported by Yahoo News.Many companies already use the ISS to conduct commercial research and development, but the new effort is intended to broaden the scope even further and include other activities such as space tourism, as NASA explained in a press release.NASA said the private ISS flights will start as early as 2020, with missions lasting up to 30 days.A stay aboard the Hotel ISS, however, won’t come cheap, with the New York Times reporting a cost of $35,000 (£27,472) per night.Broken down, that’s $22,500 (£17,660) for access to supplies, an additional $11,250 (£8,830) for stuff like water, oxygen and use of the toilet, and $50 (£39.25) per gigabyte when using the station’s data downlink (yikes, you’ll want to limit the number of selfies you send to friends back down on Earth), as per a new NASA directive.
Right now, if you want to go to space, for the most part, your only option is to become an astronaut.That's easier said than done, though, which anyone who's seen The Right Stuff will attest to.But soon, you'll have a simpler way to leave Earth's atmosphere, as long as you're filthy rich.According to a report Friday by the Washington Post, NASA will soon let civilians travel to the International Space Station for a projected cost of $50 million.That's not an all-expenses-included fee, either.Once there, you'll be able to stay for up to 30 Earth-equivalent nights, but at a rate of $35,000 a night, which would cover food, communication and storage.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit space and you have a few million dollars to spare, now’s your chance: The International Space Station (ISS) will soon begin accepting space tourists.But not just anyone will be allowed on board — there will be a strict set of training requirements for potential astronauts, NASA told Digital Trends.“NASA will work with commercial companies to identify minimum training requirements with safety as a top priority,” Gary Jordan of the NASA Johnson Space Center told Digital Trends.He explained that the training would be provided by a commercial company and would focus on the particular training needs that a business would choose for its astronauts, with NASA’s oversight.Set to begin as early as 2020, the trips would be run by two companies, Boeing and SpaceX, which will ferry both NASA and private astronauts to and from the ISS in the companies’ Dragon capsule and Starliner craft, respectively.It does not include the bill for the trip to and from the station, which will cost an additional $58 million for a return ticket.
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"We are announcing the availability for private astronauts to visit the space station on US vehicles, and for companies to engage in profit-making activities on the station," said NASA CFO Jeff DeWit in a press briefing.NASA astronauts already perform experiments on behalf of companies and research organizations; under the new rule, the space agency will allow up to two private astronaut missions annually to the ISS.The missions may be up to 30 days and must require a microgravity environment, have some connection to a NASA mission or help to build an ongoing low-Earth orbit economy.The US space agency is undertaking this change as it prepares its Artemis Lunar Mission to put the first woman and another man on the moon in 2024.It's doing so in the hope that private industry will play a supporting role in expanding the human presence beyond Earth."The commercialization of low-earth orbit will enable NASA to focus resources to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024 as the first phase of creating a sustainable lunar presence to prepare for future missions to Mars."
Until now, the floating space lab has only been accessible to astronauts representing state-level space agencies.In a surprise announcement today, NASA confirmed that it would be "opening the International Space Station for commercial business".Transport will be provided by both Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX, who are currently developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS.NASA typically pays around $75 million for seats aboard a Soyuz spacecraft destined for the ISS, and even paid $82 million per seat in 2015.However, NASA says seats aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon and/or Boeing CST-100 capsules will cost roughly $58 million per seat.And general supplies – like food and air – cost $22,500 (£17,500) per astronaut each day.
It's been almost a decade since the last tourist visited the International Space Station via a Russian spacecraft, but NASA could be opening the hatch to new private astronauts as soon as 2020.The space agency introduced a broad initiative on Friday that rolls out a welcome mat for private astronauts, commercial businesses and marketing opportunities onboard the ISS.The goal is to "accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit."NASA envisions a future where commercial interests have populated low-Earth orbit and the agency becomes a customer of those businesses in order to save on costs.The private astronaut aspect of the initiative is particularly intriguing.NASA says it could accommodate two astronauts per year on privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights using spacecraft developed through the Commercial Crew Program with Boeing and SpaceX.
NASA plans to open the International Space Station to private astronaut missions, though this most unusual of AirBnbs will likely leave a multi-million dent in your pocket.The US space agency announced its plans to enable such missions on Friday, as part of a larger push to better utilize the ISS and accelerate the low-Earth orbit commercial economy.The ISS is no stranger to commercial research and development, of course.However more such plans will help stoke private sector involvement in space, NASA says.Importantly, whereas existing commercial activity limits businesses to research and development, the agency aims to open it up to commercial manufacturing and production.NASA will set pricing that reflects how its own costs will need to be covered, and initially make available 5-percent of its annual allocation of crew resources and cargo capability.
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On Thursday morning, NASA held a press conference to announce that the International Space Station is now open for business.Previously, commercial organizations have only been able to use the ISS for research purposes; now NASA is open to letting them make a profit in low Earth orbit (LEO)."We're marketing these opportunities as we've never done before," said NASA's Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt earlier today.The International Space Station will get a new, private airlock in 2019For starters, the space agency issued a new directive that allows commercial manufacturing and production to occur on the ISS, as well as marketing activities.It's not quite "anything goes," though—approved activities have to have a link to NASA's mission, stimulate the development of a LEO economy, or actually require a zero-G environment.
HP customers: If your spinoff can put a computer into space, why can't I have my Reverb?While HP may be struggling to meet demand for its new idiot visors, HPE's Spaceborne Computer has returned to Earth after 615 days onboard the International Space Station.Hewlett Packard Enterprise's baby, a box based on its Apollo 40-Class computer system (a two-socket Xeon affair usually found elsewhere at NASA), was flung into orbit back in 2017 as a demonstration of the first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer system on the ISS.We'll skip over the Lenovos, iPads, Surfaces and the odd Raspberry Pi also floating around up there.The machine was launched on 14 August 2017 on SpaceX's CRS-12 mission to the ISS.Getting data to and from a vehicle heading to the red planet for processing on Earth could result in some dangerous lag as communication times lengthen.
Researchers embark on zero-gravity parabolic flights to test novel graphene-based thermal management devices for space applications.Graphene significantly improves the performance of loop heat pipes, which dissipate heat in satellites to avoid equipment failure.The Graphene Flagship aims to get these graphene devices included in satellites, and even the international space station in the next few years.The difference in temperature between two sides of a satellite, for instance the sides facing towards and away from the sun, can vary by over 200 degrees Celsius.The work is a collaboration between Graphene Flagship partners the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Cambridge, the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and industrial partner, Leonardo.Two successful campaigns completed in 2017 showed strong evidence that graphene's thermal properties can improve the efficiency loop heat pipes.