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Musk plans IPO for SpaceX’s Starlink business

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By Reuters Staff1 Min ReadFILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards “Das Goldene Lenkrad” (The golden steering wheel) given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo(Reuters) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk plans to list SpaceX’s space internet venture, Starlink, several years in the future when revenue growth is smooth and predictable.”Public market does *not* like erratic cash flow haha,” the billionaire entrepreneur tweeted here on Monday.Musk said last year that Starlink was an important new revenue stream for his California-based Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell in February floated the idea of spinning Starlink off for an IPO in the coming years.SpaceX is racing to build out its Starlink satellite constellation to offer broadband internet commercially by the end of 2020.Musk, in his tweet, also said he is a “huge fan” of small retail investors and will ensure they get top priority.Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru: Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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Kennedy Space Center offers virtual after school programs for kids

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – What goes better with an after-school snack than a visit to space? Space After School, a new program from Virtual Camp KSC will bring all the wonder and excitement of space exploration into the comfort and safety of homes nationwide when it launches on October 19.Brought to participants live from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space After School, a five-day program, will be offered at three times each day. Each section will last about an hour and a half and will be offered at either 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET. During the program, campers will engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities, perfect for elementary school age students. Each of the five sessions will be centered on NASA-based science and engineering and themed per day as follows:Monday: Rocketry – Forward to the Moon Campers complete hands-on missions based on the Apollo and Artemis programsTuesday: To the Moon and Back By building an interactive, campers learn more about the Apollo programWednesday: Space Shuttle Program Campers learn about the Space Shuttle Program in hands-on activitiesThursday: International Space Station Mission challenges inspired by the International Space StationFriday: Life on Mars Campers travel virtually to Mars, where …

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Planned Reality TV Show Wants To Launch Winner To International Space Station

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If you’ve ever had dreams of going into space, you might just want to apply for the upcoming reality show “Space Hero.”
The grand prize? A seat on a 2023 mission to the International Space Station.
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According to a statement from Space Hero Inc., the US-based production company developing the unscripted show, the premise is to “search the entire globe for an everyday citizen with a deep love for space exploration.”
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“Budding astronauts will be put through rigorous testing and procedures, challenging their physical, mental and emotional strength,” explains Hypebeast.
The winning candidate will receive full training from Axiom Space Inc.—a full-service human spaceflight mission provider and manufacturer of the world’s first privately funded commercial space station—before lifting off to to spend 10 days alongside professional astronauts traveling at 17,000 miles an hour while orbiting the Earth 16 times a day.
The production company is currently in discussions with NASA for a potential partnership including potential STEM initiatives. And anyone from any background is invited to become the “first globally-elected space explorer to take part in a mission to the International Space …

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NASA’s New Mars Rover Is Ready for Space Lasers

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Perseverance is one of a few Mars spacecraft carrying laser retroreflectors. The devices could provide new science and safer Mars landings in the future.

When the Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon, they brought devices with them called retroreflectors, which are essentially small arrays of mirrors. The plan was for scientists on Earth to aim lasers at them and calculate the time it took for the beams to return. This provided exceptionally precise measurements of the Moon’s orbit and shape, including how it changed slightly based on Earth’s gravitational pull.

Research with these Apollo-era lunar retroreflectors continues to this day, and scientists want to perform similar experiments on Mars. NASA’s Perseverance rover – scheduled to land on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021 – carries the palm-size Laser Retroreflector Array (LaRA). There’s also small one aboard the agency’s InSight lander, called Laser Retroreflector for InSight (LaRRI). And a retroreflector will be aboard the ESA (European Space Agency) ExoMars rover that launches in 2022.

While there is currently no laser in the works for this sort of Mars research, the devices are geared toward the future: Reflectors like these could one day enable scientists conducting what is called laser-ranging research to measure the position of …

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Space X launched Falcon 1 on this day in 2008; read more about the liquid-fueled rocket – Republic World

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On this day, September 28, 2008, SpaceX launched its first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit Earth named Falcon 1. Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation announced that its fourth mission was successful 9 minutes 31 seconds after a rocket took off from Omelek Island in the South Pacific, US. This marked SpaceX’s first-ever launch of the commercial liquid-propelled carrier into space. 


“This is a great day for SpaceX and the culmination of an enormous amount of work by a great team,” Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX said on the day.

“The data shows we achieved a super precise orbit insertion—middle of the bull’s-eye — and then went on to the coast and restart the second stage, which was the icing on the cake,” Musk was quoted in a NASA’s release as saying.

The rocket was lifted at 4:15 p.m. (PDT), 23:15 (UTC) from the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Omelek Island at the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA). The vehicle reached space at an elliptical orbit of 500 km by 700 km, 9.2 degrees inclination, according to SpaceX’s preliminary data. The second flight for SpaceX-developed Merlin 1C regeneratively-cooled engine comprised of a two-staged rocket that launched at about 2,500 miles (4,023 km) southwest of …

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Jakob van Zyl, JPL engineer involved in numerous space exploration missions, dies

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Jakob van Zyl, an engineer who held crucial positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was involved in numerous space exploration missions over decades, has died at a hospital in Pasadena at age 63.Van Zyl, who retired in 2019 after a 33-year career, suffered a heart attack Aug. 24 and died Wednesday, said Veronica McGregor, a spokeswoman for JPL.His roles at JPL included serving as director for astronomy and physics, director for solar system exploration and associate director on a project to formulate a vision for JPL’s future.“JPL and NASA are richer for his many technical and managerial contributions, and for his unwavering dedication and engaging personality,” JPL Director Michael Watkins said in a statement.
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Van Zyl was involved in missions that sent the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter, Dawn to the asteroid belt, Cassini to Saturn, and the InSight Mars lander and its accompanying CubeSat spacecraft. He was also involved in the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission currently en route to the red planet, as well as development of future missions.His early work in Earth sciences led to roles designing and developing missions using synthetic aperture radar.A native of Namibia, Van Zyl received a degree in …

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Italy signs with NASA to contribute to Artemis program

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Berlin, 27 September 2020. – The Italian Government has signed a contract with NASA to contribute to the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a joint statement of intent with Italian Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Riccardo Fraccaro, representing the Italian government, articulating strong mutual interest between the two countries in pursuing Italian contributions to lunar exploration activities as part of NASA’s Artemis Program, NASA announced.
The signing took place on 25 September. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that Italy invests more than a billion euros in Artemis.
“Today’s signing represents the latest chapter of successful cooperation between the U.S. and Italy in the area of space exploration,” Bridenstine said. “With a long history of successful collaboration in human spaceflight, as well as in Earth and space science, the Italian government’s strong support for Artemis assures this partnership will extend the cooperation in the next phase of exploration on the lunar surface.”
Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish sustainable lunar surface exploration by 2028. NASA’s lunar operations will provide the agency with the experience and knowledge necessary …

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Japan eyes using Moon water as fuel for space exploration in 2030s

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TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s space agency said Monday it aims to engage from around the mid-2030s in lunar exploration using water extracted from the Moon’s ice deposits as fuel.







This supplied computer graphic shows image of a fuel factory on the Moon. (Photo courtesy of JAXA/Kyodo)


Using the water-derived fuel is expected to cut costs compared with transporting fuel from Earth. While liquid water does not exist on the Moon’s surface, past research suggests there may be ice at a crater near the lunar south pole which has never been exposed to sunlight.


Japan plans to work with the United States in building the lunar orbit space station Gateway in the 2020s and construct by around 2035 a fuel factory at the lunar south pole.


The fuel will be used for a reusable spacecraft able to carry four astronauts to and from the Gateway and travel up to 1,000 kilometers on the Moon, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency officials.


Water fuel, which has already been used as rocket propellant, is created by first splitting water into its components of oxygen and hydrogen. Energy is created by recombining them.


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NASA signs agreement with Italy to cooperate on Artemis – SpaceNews

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WASHINGTON — Italy is the latest country to sign an agreement to cooperate with NASA on the Artemis human lunar exploration program, although the details of Italy’s participation have yet to be worked out.
In a Sept. 25 ceremony held by videoconference, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Riccardo Fraccaro, undersecretary to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte with responsibility for space, signed a joint declaration of intent to cooperate on Artemis.
“With a long history of successful collaboration in human spaceflight, as well as in Earth and space science, the Italian government’s strong support for Artemis assures this partnership will extend to cooperation in the next phase of exploration on the lunar surface,” Bridenstine said in a statement.
Neither NASA nor the Italian space agency ASI announced any specific projects that are part of that cooperative effort. In an Italian-language statement, Giorgio Saccoccia, president of ASI, said subsequent “implementation agreements” would specify details of that cooperation. That statement noted ASI’s interest in supply crew habitats, lunar surface scientific investigations and telecommunications services.
An Italian publican reported that Italy was planning to invest more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) but it wasn’t clear if that total included previous commitments by the …

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Legendary Ventures Invests In Space Exploration Technologies

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STARLINK TO MEET THE DATA NEEDS OF CONSUMERS ACROSS THE GLOBE
Legendary Ventures announced today an investment in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (“SpaceX”) through its Series N funding round. Founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX is an aviation and aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecrafts, including the Starlink satellite constellation.
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With this investment, Legendary Ventures continues to execute its strategy of investing in consumer, retail and technology companies, including businesses with enterprise values ranging between $1 billion and $100 billion (USD). “We are honored to be a part of the SpaceX effort to usher in a new era of space exploration, telecommunications, and travel,” says Jayson Kim, General Partner of Legendary Ventures.
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About Legendary Ventures: Legendary Ventures is a venture capital firm that accelerates value creation for early-stage startups in the consumer, retail and technology industries.
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