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December 24, 2012 – January 6, 2013 / Vol 31, No 52 – Vol 32, No 1 / Hawai`i Island, USA

21 Dec 2012, 21:45 UTC
December 24, 2012 – January 6, 2013 / Vol 31, No 52 – Vol 32, No 1 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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NewSpace Accelerating: Vast Opportunities and Critical Challenges Ahead
In 2013, continued development of commercial transportation, communication, exploration and in-situ resource utilization in space has the potential to offer great rewards not just in wealth and fame for enterprising NewSpace pioneers, but for all humanity in high-tech economic revitalization and 21st Century education / science. SpaceX has at least 9 launches on the manifest for 2013, including a demonstration flight of the new Falcon Heavy vehicle as well as Falcon 9 / Dragon ISS resupply Flights 2 and 3. Orbital Sciences Corporation plans on April 5 to launch their Antares rocket with Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration flight to the ISS. Ventures like Planetary Resources Inc. and Golden Spike Company are focused on goals further away in space and time, though with just as much energy and perhaps even more valuable prospects. On July 25-27 the Space Frontier Foundation will hold its annual NewSpace conference in Silicon Valley to propel the industry upward. Apart from the obvious challenges of velocity, pressure and temperature, NewSpace endeavors face restrictive legislation that impedes international collaboration and innovation as well as uncertainty regarding liability, government oversight and Multi World Property Rights. Reevaluation of USA ITAR ...

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