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    • The Space Barons

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Will Collyer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
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    The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons - most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen - are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel and send humans even further than NASA has gone. 

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    • Elon Musk Says His Next Spaceship Could Not Only Take You to the Moon and Mars, but From N.Y. To London in 29 Minutes

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 6 mins
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    For years, Elon Musk has been focused on building a colony on Mars. That's why he founded SpaceX in 2002, and it’s been the driving force behind the company ever since.

    "Elon Musk Says His Next Spaceship Could Not Only Take You to the Moon and Mars, but From N.Y. To London in 29 Minutes" is from the September 29, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • A First Look at the Path NASA Astronauts Will Walk When the U.S. Launches Humans Into Space Again

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The a new crew tower at Launch Complex 41, the last place on Earth the astronauts will walk before stepping into the company’s Starliner spacecraft, is one example of the company’s progress. It’s a massive structure, made of 1.4 million pounds of steel, that adds yet another point to the cape’s skyline and offers a penthouse-like view of the shoreline.

    "A First Look at the Path NASA Astronauts Will Walk When the U.S. Launches Humans Into Space Again" is from the January 27, 2017 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • NASA’s Cargo and Space Trash Hauler is About to Become an Astronaut Workroom on the International Space Station

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 2 mins
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    It’s perhaps not the prettiest spacecraft, its barrel shape more function than form. Like a truck, it hauls cargo to the International Space Station that is unloaded by astronauts who then fill it with trash, turning it as a massive space garbage can.

    "NASA’s Cargo and Space Trash Hauler is About to Become an Astronaut Workroom on the International Space Station" is from the November 10, 2017 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • How the next Astronauts (and Tourists) Will Get to Space

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "How the next Astronauts (and Tourists) Will Get to Space" is from the June 02, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why the Pentagon Fears the U.S. Is Losing the Hypersonic Arms Race with Russia and China

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 6 mins
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    China and Russia are surpassing the United States in acquiring a technology the Pentagon has tried and failed to develop for years: a maneuverable missile that could fly many times the speed of sound and strike anywhere in the world within an hour or two, senior military officials say.

    "Why the Pentagon Fears the U.S. Is Losing the Hypersonic Arms Race with Russia and China" is from the June 08, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Boeing Lands Major Missile Defense Contract, as Threat From N. Korea Intensifies

    • By: Christian Davenport and Aaron Gregg
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The Pentagon made a major investment in its missile defense systems this week, awarding Boeing an additional $6.5 billion contract at a time when tensions with North Korea are growing.

    "Boeing Lands Major Missile Defense Contract, as Threat From N. Korea Intensifies" is from the February 02, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and Aaron Gregg and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • An Exclusive Look at Jeff Bezos’s Plan to Set up Amazon-Like Delivery for ‘Future Human Settlement’ of the Moon

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 8 mins
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    More than four decades after the last man walked on the lunar surface, several upstart space entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on NASA's renewed interest in returning to the moon, offering a variety of proposals with the ultimate goal of establishing a lasting human presence there.

    "An Exclusive Look at Jeff Bezos’s Plan to Set up Amazon-Like Delivery for ‘Future Human Settlement’ of the Moon" is from the March 03, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • After Rocket Failure, Russia Moves up Its Next Launch. Nasa Says It Is Okay with That.

    • By: Christian Davenport, Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    The Russians move fast. After one of their rockets malfunctioned last month, triggering an automatic abort, Roscosmos, the county’s space agency, says it knows what happened and how to fix it. Instead of delaying the next flight with astronauts — originally scheduled for Dec. 20— it is moving up the launch to Dec. 3.

    "After Rocket Failure, Russia Moves up Its Next Launch. Nasa Says It Is Okay with That." is from the November 09, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and Joel Achenbach and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Why Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Is Building the World's Largest Airplane

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Why Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Is Building the World's Largest Airplane" is from the June 20, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Boeing-Lockheed Venture Raises SpaceX Explosion in Fight over Pentagon Contract

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The recent explosion of a SpaceX rocket should raise concerns about going with the lowest bidder on sensitive national security launch contracts, the chief executive of the United Launch Alliance wrote in a letter to top Pentagon officials earlier this month.

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    • Citing High Cost, Trump Says Boeing’s Contract to Build Air Force One Should Be Canceled

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that Boeing’s contract to build the next Air Force One should be canceled because of the high cost of the program.

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    • Jeff Bezos Just Unveiled His New Rocket. And It's a Monster

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The New Shepard rocket that Blue Origin has been launching and landing is a fairly modest thing, 65 feet high, capable of getting just past the edge of space, some 60 miles up. But on Monday, Jeff Bezos' space company announced the design of its new, orbital rocket, a towering, more powerful behemoth designed to take people and commercial satellites to orbit.

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    • One of the Last Things John Glenn Did Before He Died Was to Write Jeff Bezos a Letter. This Is What It Said.

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Days before he died Thursday at age 95, John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, wrote a letter to another space enthusiast—Jeffrey P. Bezos—who has said watching the moon landing at age 5 was a seminal moment and one of the reasons he founded his space company, Blue Origin.

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    • Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos Are Getting Closer to Flying Tourists to Space

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Virgin Galactic, the company founded by Richard Branson to ferry tourists to space, returned to flight this week nearly two years after its spacecraft came apart during a test flight, killing one of the pilots. Cruising over the Mojave desert for three hours and 43 minutes, a mothership ferried SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of about 50,000 feet in what the company called “an exciting milestone in our shared quest to open space to change the world for good.”

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    • Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Using a Powerful Rocket Technology. NASA Advisers Say It Could Put Lives at Risk.

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 12 mins
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    When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea — keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks.

    "Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Using a Powerful Rocket Technology. NASA Advisers Say It Could Put Lives at Risk." is from the May 05, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Elon Musk Has so Much Riding on Spacex’s Upcoming Rocket Launch

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Elon Musk has ambitious goals for SpaceX in the next couple of years. The company plans to launch its new massive rocket, the Falcon Heavy, as it works toward flying an unmanned spacecraft to Mars next year. It also is planning to fly astronauts to the International Space Station by 2018, a feat that would return the United States to human spaceflight.

    "Why Elon Musk Has so Much Riding on Spacex’s Upcoming Rocket Launch" is from the January 06, 2017 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Elon Musk on Mariachi Bands, Zero-G Games, and Why His Mars Plan Is Like 'Battlestar Galactica'

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of colonizing Mars. And for months he’d been saying he’d finally provide details of his plans at the International Astronautical Congress here.

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    • The Whistleblower Who Exposed U.S.'s Flawed Security Clearance System Finally Gets His Reward

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 12 mins
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    "The Whistleblower Who Exposed U.S.'s Flawed Security Clearance System Finally Gets His Reward" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Companies Are Flooding Earth's Orbit with Satellites, but No One's Directing Traffic

    • By: Christian Davenport
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Companies Are Flooding Earth's Orbit with Satellites, but No One's Directing Traffic" is from the July 22, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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