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Four Wheels to the Moon!

Beginning with a country that has been extremely active lately in the space economy, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak recently revealed in a government statement that they are planning a joint space mission with Saudi Arabia, and are currently training Saudi Arabian astronauts.

Jeff Bezos going to space

Jeff Bezos Going to Space

Jeff Bezos is going to space! After 15 successful consecutive missions, including three successful escape tests, New Shepherd will be the first civilian craft to kick off the space tourism era, jumping ahead of SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.

Space force and artificial intelligence

Space Force & Artificial Intelligence

Lt. Col, Aaron Celaya from the United States Space Force breaks down artificial intelligence, automation, and how humans will play a key role in space.

Spaced Ventures Closes Pre-Seed Round To Democratize Space Investment

Spaced Ventures officially closed their pre-seed round earlier this month as they prepare to launch the first investment platform aimed at opening access to high-quality Space investment opportunities. Democratized Space investment provides critical early-stage capital to Space startups who have few alternatives to get their businesses off the ground.

Mayor Mendez Selected as One of Nation’s Outstanding Rising Leaders

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez was selected as one of 19 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local elected officials with Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, and Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin.

The Path to Disclosure

Some experts maintain that UFO’s have been documented since biblical times, but it’s generally agreed that the modern UFO era began on June 24th, 1947, when a private aviator named Kenneth Arnold saw a formation of nine boomerang-shaped objects flying near Mt. Rainier moving at two to 3 times the speed of sound. A newspaper article about the incident coined the now-famous phrase: “flying saucers.” By the end of that year, an estimated 850 similar domestic sightings were reported.

Chinese Space Station Update – Crewed Mission

China’s Low Earth Orbit expansion continues to make impressive progress as they launch the first crewed mission to the Chinese Space Station

The Taikonaut crew will be onboard for a three month mission activating systems, performing experiments and preparing two new science modules for their laboratory, expected to join the CSS in 2022 to extend the station for various scientific and technological experiments. Ultimately, the Chinese Space Station will include 14 internal experiment racks and 50 external ports for studies of the space environment.

Experiments include an Indian–Russian observatory called Spectroscopic Investigations of Nebular Gas, which will map dust clouds and star-forming regions of space using ultraviolet light.

A group of European institutions will study how microgravity and radiation in space affect the mutation of DNA in human ‘organoids’ — 3D biological structures that mimic organs.

And a Saudi Arabian team will test how solar cells perform on the outside of the space station.

At this point, the United States does not have any plans to join the CSS, and with the US planing to cut funding for the ISS in 2024, China’s outpost could become the only laboratory on Earth operating in Microgravity.

And much like the ISS, Tianhe is already visible with the naked eye

For more detailed information on the CSS flight path and location in your area, check out

China + Russia = Ambitious Plans in Space (Mainly for the Moon)

The race for the Moon continues to accelerate as China and Russia solidify plans for an International Lunar Research Station, or ILRS.

The endeavor is open to organizations and countries who wish to participate in planning, design, research, development, implementation and operations.

The China National Space Administration introduced early details of the ILRS project, including crewed visits to the moon, a super heavy-lift launcher, and a long-term human presence on the lunar south pole. The current ILRS timeline extends out to 2045, with an aggressive timeline leading up to a permanent settlement.

This development also comes on the heels of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, pulling out of NASA’s Gateway project and considering withdrawing from the International Space Station partnership in 2025.

Additionally, Vladimir Putin has just confirmed the successful test of an interceptor rocket that “can destroy US space missiles.”

An alarming video showed the launch of this new missile at an anti-ballistic missile test site operated by Russian Aerospace Forces in Kazakhstan.

This defense system is designed to destroy ballistic missiles that are fired into sub-orbital spaceflight before re-entering our atmosphere during an attack. This particular rocket can travel at over 3km per second – more than 4 times the speed of a bullet from an AK47.

Russia continues to be secretive about many of their space endeavors, so this is yet another reminder for the United States that they aren’t the only ones with sights on the Final Frontier.

Now we jump from a government space race to a commercial one.

After awarding a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for building a lunar lander, NASA is now the target of a protest that comes from Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company.

Blue Origin was considered the project’s frontrunner by many, and had built what they called a “national team” involving Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper to compete for the contract.

According to Blue Origin, “NASA has executed a flawed acquisition for the Human Landing System program and moved the goalposts at the last minute. In NASA’s own words, it has made a ‘high risk’ selection. Their decision eliminates opportunities for competition, significantly narrows the supply base, and not only delays, but also endangers America’s return to the Moon.”

Although Blue Origin’s bid was for more than twice the money of SpaceX’s bid, Bob Smith, Blue Origin’s chief executive, challenged that NASA allowed SpaceX to make payment schedule changes to work “within NASA’s current budget.”

“We didn’t get a chance to revise, and that’s fundamentally unfair,” said Smith.

Although NASA declined to comment “due to the pending litigation,” Elon Musk wasn’t so shy, tweeting a cheeky “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol”

It will be interesting to see how this protest goes, as the 2 richest men in the world continue to trade blows in the space economy. We’ll watch this story for you, so be sure to subscribe to our Flight Crew Newsletter for future updates.

SpaceX Starship Program Hits Another KPI

SpaceX SN15 test flight represents a major milestone for the Starship Program, as they race towards crewed missions to the Moon and Mars.

Elon Musk tweeted after the successful test flight, “Starship landing nominal!” “Nominal” in the context of spaceflight, means NORMAL

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