Friday / 30 September 2016

Human Moon Missions As 1st Stop On Journey To Mars, Jupiter, Beyond

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FAA Advisory Group Endorses ESA Moon Village Concept At 67th IAC Suggesting ‘Lunar Marketplace And Swap Shop (LMASS)’; George Nield, FAA Associate Administrator For Commercial Space Transportation Notes Dozen Or More Companies Eager To Do Business On Moon, Reclaim Multi World Species Status; Jan Woerner’s Vision For Moon Village Would Be International & Commercial Collaboration Taking Shape In 2020s, Providing Infrastructure, Experience, Economy, Resources For Sustaining Human Presence On Moon, Catalyzing Solar System Complete Exploration

Credits: ESA, Foster & Partners, FAA, NASA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 23-26 Sep 2016

The Moon, Mars And A Multi World Species

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The Moon, Earth Closest Celestial Neighbor / The ‘8th Continent’, And The New Frontier Moon South Pole May Be The 1st And Most Logical Step Toward Establishing & Sustaining Humans As A Multi World Species And Exploring Solar System Complete; Luna Is Almost 600 Times Closer To Earth Than Mars On Average; Projections Indicate Human Moon Missions Could Occur Within 5-7 Years For ~US$10B; Countries China, India, Japan, Russia, S. Korea, Europe & Commercial Entities ILOA, Moon Express, Astrobotic, Canadensys, Bigelow, Blue Origin And Others Are Making Moon Missions A Priority

Pictured: Multi World Explorers Remaining

Credits: NASA, ILOA, SPC, ESA

 

Friday / 16 September 2016

Blue Origin Developing Huge Rockets,
May Launch Moon Missions

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Working Step By Step With Vision Of ‘Millions Of People Living & Working In Space’ Jeff Bezos Of Blue Origin Hints At Return To The Moon With New Armstrong; Could Fulfill Significant Need For USA Human Moon Missions, Catalyze Multi World Species Settlement; Reusable Orbital New Glenn Rocket In 2 & 3-Stage Configuration To Be 82-m & 95-m Tall, Provide 17.1M Newton (3.85M lbf) Thrust From Seven BE-4 Engines, Capable Of Launching Humans & Cargo Beyond LEO; Reusable Suborbital VTVL New Shepard & Capsule Being Prepared For Test Passenger Flights 2017, Full Operations 2018

Credit: Blue Origin LLC, Jeff Bezos, NASA

Friday / 9 September 2016

India GSLV Mk 2, May Take Chandrayaan-2 To New Frontier Moon South Pole, Performs 3rd Successful Flight

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During 1-2 Sep Meetings With ILOA, Former ISRO Chair Prof UR Rao (L) Confirms Likelihood That Chandrayaan-2 Is Destined To Open Moon South Pole / Malapert Mountain New Frontier, Launching 1st Half 2018 With Lander, Rover, Orbiter; GSLV Mk 2 With Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage Proving Its Reliability With 8 Sep 16:50 Launch, Boosting India Capability / Launch Independence; 3 Future Flights Planned: SAARC Satellite End 2016 / Beginning 2017, GSAT-9 Satellite May 2017, Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Early / 1st Half 2018; GSLV Mk 3 Expected To Carry Human Missions

Also Pictured: ISRO Chairman Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar

Credit: ILOA, ISRO

Friday / 2 September 2016

Team Synergy Moon Launch With Interorbital Receives Official Verification By GLXP

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The Announcement Out Of Los Angeles CA Verifies The Launch Agreement Between Synergy Moon And Team Member Interorbital Systems; Utilizes NEPTUNE 8 Rocket To Lift Off From Open-Ocean Platform Off California Coast During 2nd Half Of 2017; It Is The 3rd GLXP Team To Receive Launch Verification After SpaceIL (Via SpaceX – Falcon 9) And Moon Express (Via Rocket Lab – Electron); Synergy Moon Co-founders Are Kevin Myrick (USA) & Nebojša Stanojević (Bosnia And Herzegovina), Team Includes Randa & Roderick Milliron, As Well As Individuals And Working Groups In More Than 15 Countries

Credit: Synergy Moon, Interorbital

Friday / 26 August 2016

Humans To Moon: Beyond National Efforts, International And Commercial Entity Could Accelerate 21st Century Advancements

International Moon Efforts

USA 2017 Administration Could Support New Effort To Reclaim Greatest Achievement In History With SLS 2021-23; China Long March 9 Expected Completion 2025, Proposes Human Moon Missions 2031-2036; India GSLV Mk. 3 Might Launch Crews To Space ~2021; Russia Hopes For Human Lunar Orbit 2027, Surface Mission 2029 If Funding Remains Consistent; Japan Working On Robotic SLIM Mission; ESA Proposes Moon Village; Independent Astrobotic, Moon Express, ILOA Missions And / Or Formation Of International Entity Could Increase Momentum Toward Ultimate Goal Of Lunar Exploration, Science, Resources For Earth

Credit: NASA, ESA, CNSA, ISRO, JAXA

Friday / 19 August 2016

ESA Invites 2,200 EU Citizens From 22 Member States For ‘Debate On Space’

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First Major Event For European Union Public To Learn About, Voice Opinions On ESA Space Program Priorities 10 September; Topics Covered Will Include ESA Director Jan Woerner Moon Village, Human Spaceflight, Planetary Missions, Science, Exploration, Earth Observation, Telecommunication; Engaging Initiative Could Benefit USA, Other Countries To Catalyze Further Support Of Space Programs And Solidify Moon, Mars, Beyond Path For Human Space Settlement / Exploration

Credit: ESA, Euronews, D. Ducros

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 12-15 Aug 2016

Women In Space, Women To The Moon

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60 Women Have Been To Space (46 From USA Pictured) Out Of 549 Total Space Travelers, And Only 12 Men Have Walked On The Moon; 21st Century Leaders From America And Other Nations Could Send Women And Men To The Moon – And Beyond – With A Focus On International / Global Cooperation, Science, Technology, Economic Benefits And Long-Term Survival Of Humanity; Apollo 11 First Steps On Another World 50th Observation Fast Approaching, Reclaiming Human Presence On Moon Would Be Inspiring, Rewarding

Credit: NASA, SPC

Friday / 12 August 2016

ILDWG Proposes G20 Leaders Discuss Financial Promise Of Developing Moon, Space Economy

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International Lunar Decade Working Group Urges Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) To Include Space Development At G20 Summit In Hamburg July 2017 As Innovative, Global Strategy For Building Sustainable, Long Term Future For Humanity; Moon Village Would Include More Nations, Surpass Financial Scope Of ISS; Cislunar Space Infrastructure Could Reduce Costs & Risks Of Operating In Space; Space-Based Resources, Asteroid Mining Would Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs, Drive Innovation & Discovery, Generate Tools For Earth Climate Change, Planetary Defense

Credit: ILDWG, ESA, NSS, NASA, ISDC, SFF, 5FM, Researchgate, G20

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 5-8 Aug 2016

Parabolic Arc Poll:
Will Anyone Win the Google Lunar XPrize?

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Even With Moon Rising Again As A Prime Focus Of National Space Agencies Doubts Are Being Cast On Whether Any Of GLXP Teams Are Adequately Positioned To Complete The Mission By 31 Dec 2017; Doug Messier’s Poll Of Readers (Still Open) Shows 52% No, 36% Yes, 12% Don’t Care; Commentary Overviews Many Challenges, Lack / Slow Pace Of Demonstrable Progress; Thomas Matula Notes That If Google Had Instead Directly Funded ILO From Beginning, The Mission Would Already Have Been Completed, Probably Beating China’s Dec 2013 Landing

Credit: Parabolic Arc, GLXP