CSExtra – Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. President Obama pledges second term action on climate change in his inaugural remarks. A second U. S. company announces plans to prospect asteroids. In New Mexico, state lawmakers strike an accord on liability provisions for commercial launch companies. Parts of NASA’s Saturn V F-1 rocket engine roar back to life as part of Space Launch System development. Jupiter and the Earth’s moon get close in the night sky.
1. From Discovery.com: President Obama promises to address climate change and clean energy during his Inaugural address this week. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms,” he said during the Jan. 21 address. “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult, but America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.”
2. From CBS News: Deep Space Industries becomes the latest entry in the asteroid mining competition. “We are about prospecting, exploring, harvesting, processing and manufacturing based on the resources of space.,” company chairman Rick Tumlinson said Tuesday.
A. From The Los Angeles Times: Deep Space Industries will seek $20 million in new funding as part of its business plan.
B. From MSNBC’s Cosmic Log: NASA eyed as a potential purchaser of Deep Space Industries’ data. The company plans to launch cubesat probes called Fireflies for reconnaissance of near Earth asteroids. A DragonFly sample return mission is planned for 2016.
C. From Space.com: A bullish Deep Space Industries finds enough future business for two companies in the field of asteroid mining. Planetary Resources announced similar asteroid mining strategies in 2012. “Space is big. There is room for everybody,” says Deep Space chairman Rick Tumlinson.
D. From The Coalition for Space Exploration: Planetary Resources moves ahead with its first space telescope, a commercial device to chart the asteroid population. Future prospecting activities are planned.
3. From Albuquerque Business First, of New Mexico: State lawmakers reach an agreement over changes to the state’s liability laws, changes that will ensure that New Mexico is competitive with other states in their pursuit of commercial space launch services.
4. From Collectspace.com: Preserved components of NASA’s Saturn V first stage F-1 rocket engine ignite in support of NASA’s new super rocket, the Space Launch System. The SLS will propel future generations of astronauts on human missions of deep space exploration.
5. From Space.com: Photos and video of a bright Jupiter and the moon as they appear close in the night sky this week.
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