NASA chief Jim Bridenstine heads to Capitol Hill today to speak about the future if U.S. leadership in space before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) here and on NASA TV. Bridenstine will speak in a hearing entitled "The New Space Race: Ensuring U.S. Global Leadership on the Final Frontier." Kevin O'Connell, Director, Office of Space Commerce, Department of Commerce, will also make statements in the hearing.From the Committee: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “The New Space Race: Ensuring U.S. Global Leadership on the Final Frontier,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The hearing will discuss the U.S. government’s strategy for maintaining leadership in space, ensuring space industry competitiveness, and addressing challenges to spacefaring … [Read more...] about Watch Live @ 10 am ET! NASA Chief Talks ‘Space Race’ in Senate Hearing
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This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. In many industries, a decade is barely enough time to cause dramatic change unless something disruptive comes along – a new technology, business model or service design. The space industry has recently been enjoying all three. But 10 years ago, none of those innovations were guaranteed. In fact, on Sept. 28, 2008, an entire company watched and hoped as their flagship product attempted a final launch after three failures. With cash running low, this was the last shot. Over 21,000 kilograms of kerosene and liquid oxygen ignited and powered two booster stages off the launchpad. When that Falcon 1 rocket successfully reached orbit and the company secured a subsequent contract with NASA, SpaceX had survived its 'startup dip.' That milestone – the first privately developed liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit – ignited a … [Read more...] about A Decade of Commercial Space Travel — What’s Next?
By Douglas MacMillan Eliot Brown The Wall Street Journal Peter Grant Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 Google is gearing up for an expansion of its New York City real estate that could add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount nearly double the search giant’s current staffing in the city, according to people familiar with the matter. The plan, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, would give Google room for nearly 20,000 staff in the city, including those it has now—rivaling the approximately 25,000 jobs Amazon.com Inc. is projected to add if it completes plans for a major new office in New York. The Alphabet Inc. unit is nearing a deal to buy or lease a planned 1.3 million-square-foot office building at St. John’s Terminal in the city’s West Village neighborhood, said people familiar with the discussions. The building, planned to be completed by 2022, would give Google space for more than 8,500 staff, based on the industry standard … [Read more...] about Google plans large New York City expansion
STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) toys are all the rage at the moment, and trailblazing educational toy company LittleBits knows this better than anyone. LittleBits believes Generation Z is “characterized by innovation and activism”, and has launched three new toys designed to empower kids. We tried out one of these – the Space Rover Inventor Kit, which is inspired by the pioneering work of NASA (the other two are the Base Inventor Kit and Electronic Music Inventor Kit). Using the kit, kids can build their own working rover, using construction, circuitry and programming skills with guidance from the dedicated app.Although we’re definitely towards the higher end of the 8+ age range LittleBits is aiming the Space Rover Inventor Kit at, we had a blast putting it together, and we think kids will love it too. Price and availabilityYou can purchase the Space Rover Inventor Kit from the LittleBits website for $199.99 in the US – you can … [Read more...] about LittleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit review
This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Space, that final frontier, is something that catches the attention of a country naturally inclined to believe in ideas like "Manifest Destiny" and American exceptionalism. But how well does a Space Force fit that bill? And would a Space Force reignite a military space race and fuel diplomatic tensions with China and Russia? Growing up in Florida, I was lucky enough to watch space shuttle launches with something that resembled regularity. As I got older and first learned about the history of NASA, its exploits during the Space Race and then its challenges, I never lost the sense of wonder at what NASA could do. I also gained an appreciation for the difficulties it had to overcome in order to reach those achievements. I've turned this interest into an academic career studying the politics of space, science and medicine. NASA's … [Read more...] about Would a Space Force Mean the End of NASA?