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The New Space Race

The New Space Race

In July of 2011, the U.S. suspended its decades-long Space Shuttle program, officially ending an era of space exploration that began over half a century ago. But unbeknownst to many, a new era of private space exploration has already begun ... and it’s firing on all cylinders. Freethink's new original series, The New Space Race, is the story of a 21st-century revolution.

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The New Space Race
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New Space Race Trailer
Meet the next generation of explorers taking us higher and farther than ever before.
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October 4, 2016

In July of 2011, the U.S. suspended its decades-long Space Shuttle program, officially ending an era of space exploration that began over half a century ago. Some have mourned its passing as a sign of the times – as evidence that we could no longer dare to dream. But unbeknownst to many, a new era of private space exploration has already begun... and it’s firing on all cylinders. The New…

The New Space Race
Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.
Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.
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The New Space Race
Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.
At XCOR, the dream of taking regular commercial flights to space is alive and well.
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October 5, 2016

At its peak, NASA’s shuttle flew to space a few times a year. XCOR wants to be something more like Southwest Airlines for space. They're working on a spacecraft prototype with a very ambitious goal: four daily flights to space, five days a week. If XCOR is successful, they could take more people to space in six months than NASA did in 30 years.

The New Space Race
A Delivery Service for the Moon
A Delivery Service for the Moon
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A Delivery Service for the Moon
This startup wants to offer the world insanely accurate shipping to the moon.
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October 5, 2016

Landing on the moon has always been an inaccurate pursuit. But Astrobotic has fixed that problem. The company’s unique GPS system allows it to land spacecraft within meters—rather than kilometers—of the intended target. And now they’re using the tech to offer the world’s first delivery service to the moon.

The New Space Race
Can We Make It In Space?
Can We Make It In Space?
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Can We Make It In Space?
What if one day, everything in space was made in space? 3D printing may hold the answer.
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October 17, 2016

NASA intern turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Jason Dunn, saw what was holding humans back from colonizing outer space...and decided to do something about it. With his company Made in Space’s cutting-edge 3D printer, astronauts can break their reliance on costly resupply missions from Earth and—for the first time ever—build new supplies for themselves in space. Dunn and his team believe their invention will usher in a new era of dramatic…

The New Space Race
Tiny Satellites With a Huge Impact
Tiny Satellites With a Huge Impact
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The New Space Race
Tiny Satellites With a Huge Impact
Many satellites are nearing the end of their life. This is what could be next.
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October 23, 2016

Spire’s CubeSat satellites—each about the size of a shoebox—can collect and transmit weather data six times as often as the massive, billion-dollar satellites we’ve used for generations. But it doesn’t stop at weather prediction. Spire thinks their tech will be essential as humans journey deeper into deep space.

The New Space Race
Preparing for Outer Space
Preparing for Outer Space
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Preparing for Outer Space
As the tech side of space travel advances, an annual gathering focuses on life off of planet earth.
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November 6, 2016

Twenty years from now, humans could live in space permanently. As companies work feverishly to develop the tech needed for this galactic future, the New Worlds annual gathering brings together space lovers of all ages to brainstorm, fantasize and—more importantly—prepare for life off Earth.