New Space Race

August 4, 2017 – Volume 27, Issue 28
Is the U.S. falling behind Russia and China? By Patrick Marshall

The Next Step

Deep Space Travel

Baggaley, Kate , “‘Cryosleep’ May Open the Door to Deep Space. Here's How,” NBC News, June 12, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y7djawex. Scientists are working to develop technology that would put astronauts into a hibernation-like state called “torpor” for long space trips.

Berger, Eric , “Finally, some details about how NASA actually plans to get to Mars,” Ars Technica, March 28, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/mn9ep4e. William Gerstenmaier, NASA's head of human exploration, said the agency will build a “gateway” orbiting the moon as one of its first steps in preparing for a manned mission to Mars in 2033.

Hobson, Katherine , “What Going to Mars Will Do To Our Minds,” FiveThirtyEight, March 6, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/zbjv3r2. Astronauts traveling to Mars will experience boredom, isolation and other psychological stressors at levels never before experienced in space travel.

Foreign Space Activity

Grush, Loren , “China's most powerful rocket failed yesterday. What does that mean for the country's space plans?” The Verge, July 3, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y7vlhtd9. China's second launch of one of the world's most powerful rockets, the Long March 5, failed on July 2.

Kramer, Mirian , “Here's why you should pay close attention to India's space program,” Mashable, June 9, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y9cxspba. India tested its biggest rocket in June and simultaneously launched 104 satellites in February.

Scoles, Sarah , “Russia's Quest to Build a Space Empire — Or Go Broke Trying,” Wired, April 9, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/msue9rd. Officials with Russia's struggling state-run space program, Roscosmos, sound altruistic when they talk of working with emerging space programs in other countries, but their primary goal is to make money.

Private Sector

Brinkmann, Paul , “Video shows Blue Origin plans Eutelsat launch from Florida,” Orlando Sentinel, March 7, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/ycegfecc. Spaceflight company Blue Origin, run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, reached a deal with European satellite company Eutelsat to send a satellite into orbit.

Burton, Charlie , “After the crash: Inside Richard Branson's $600m space mission,” GQ, July 5, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y78zr6ch. Virgin Galactic will conduct rocket-powered test flights on its reusable spaceplane, VSS Unity, this fall, three years after the plane's predecessor exploded and killed one pilot.

Chang, Kenneth , “Moon Express Set Its Sight on Deliveries to the Moon and Beyond,” The New York Times, July 12, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y6uvccs8. Moon Express, a startup in Florida, says it is on track to put its MX-1E lander on the moon by the end of the year.

U.S. Space Policy

Gaffey, Conor , “NASA Can't Afford to Put Humans on Mars,” Newsweek, July 14, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y9pgog7u. NASA's head of human exploration, William Gerstenmaier, said the space agency's current budget is not large enough to pay for a manned mission to Mars.

Kaplan, Sarah , “President Trump relaunches the National Space Council,” The Washington Post, June 30, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y7pyoasx. Promising to restore the United States’ global leadership in space, President Trump re-established the National Space Council to oversee the country's activities beyond Earth.

Kheel, Rebecca , “Top general opposes Space Corps plan,” The Hill, July 18, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y7yhw48q. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee he opposes a plan to create a branch of the military that would address the threats that Russia and China pose to U.S. satellites.

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Marshall, P. (2017, August 4). New space race. CQ researcher, 27, 653-676. Retrieved from http://library.cqpress.com/
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