July 2014 Archives

There are cures for what ails the aerospace workforce, where prospects for future growth are not robust: First and foremost is better communication - to the public, about the benefits of aerospace to society, and to young professionals, about a future vision for the nation's aerospace enterprise.

Additive manufacturing will allow companies to reduce their parts production time-line from "a couple of months and weeks to a couple of weeks and days," creating tremendous cost savings for companies that can leverage the technology, said Greg Morris, manager of additive manufacturing and business development at GE Aviation.

Global warming and pollution, world population growth, rising demand for energy, and expanding urban areas that need increasingly complex transportation networks - all are fueling demand for a new generation of clean energy fuels, pollution control technology, and smarter vehicles.

Solar energy is on the rise in the U.S. and on track toward fulfilling more of our energy needs, but considerable barriers remain: So said participants in a panel discussion, "Advanced Terrestrial Energy Technologies: Generation, Storage, Distribution," at AIAA's Propulsion & Energy Forum in Cleveland.

Spaceflight Inc., the space logistics company reinventing the model for launching small satellites, today announced it is expanding its services to include Spaceflight Networks, a business dedicated to cost-effective spacecraft communications and operations for small-satellite customers.

Much like an architect can design the Parthenon or the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, so can an architect design a resilient system or one that breaks under strain.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force on July 28 at 7:28 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA's eighth launch in 2014, and the 85th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

After a long day of plenaries and technical sessions there was one last event in the evening for participants at this years AIAA Propulsion and Energy Conference, the Town Hall with a theme of "Where's MY Apollo Vision for the Future?"

Three separate panels hailed the "relevance of technology" as the key to compressing the technology's development and transition timeline. The panels took place at AIAA's Propulsion and Energy Forum in Cleveland, Ohio.

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California. All of the main sessions are recorded. Here are the sessions for Saturday, July 26, 2014. Note that while most sessions are available a few have yet to be made available.

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California. All of the main sessions are recorded. Here are the sessions for Friday, July 25, 2014. Note that while most sessions are available a few have yet to be made available.

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California. All of the main sessions are recorded. Here are the sessions for Thursday, July 24, 2014.

CubeCab won this years NewSpace Conference Business Plan Competition after competing in the unusual Lightning Pitch competition and walked away with the 1st place prize of $20,000.

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.

Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able consistently to reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity.

SpaceWorks has released a mini-study "Global Launch Vehicle Market Assessment, A study of launch services for nano/microsatellites in 2013". The reports aims to capture the growing number of future nano/microsatellite missions requiring a launch.

NASA has released a new monograph "Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce" in the Monographs in Aerospace History series (no. 54).

The United Kingdom and U.S. are laying the groundwork for future agreements in the area of Commercial Space Transportation after signing a memorandum of cooperation.

A National Research Council report, 3D Printing in Space, says it's too soon for 3-D Printing to significantly enhance space operations. Released today, the report includes several recommendations including that NASA and the Air Force should jointly cooperate, possibly with other agencies and industry, "to to research, identify, develop, and gain consensus on standard qualification and certification methodologies for different applications."

In what could be a blow to United Launch Alliance (ULA), the Air Force yesterday released a Request For Proposal for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) NROL-79 mission scheduled for 2016.

Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) has been awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Contracting Directorate.

The UK's bid to become Europe's leading space nation took a giant leap forward today as government revealed the 8 locations now under consideration to base Britain's first spaceport.

Boeing plans to design a reusable launch vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in support of the U.S. government's efforts to reduce satellite launch costs. DARPA's XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane is conceived as a reusable, unmanned booster with costs, operation and reliability similar to modern aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Corporation officially broke ground on a new $20 million Maryland Space Assembly and Test (M-SAT) facility on the back of its Baltimore campus adjacent to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

In providing a favorable environmental ruling for SpaceX's proposed private spaceport in Cameron County, Texas last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision brings SpaceX one step closer realizing its goal.

Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, is preparing to launch the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) -5 "Georges Lemaître".

O3b Networks' mission to bridge the digital divide marked a significant step forward with today's Arianespace Soyuz flight that deployed its next four satellites - which will complete the basic constellation for this customer's pioneering connectivity service and help make the O3b vision a reality.

According to Euroconsult's newly released executive report, Government Space Programs: Strategic Outlook, Benchmarks & Forecasts, government funding for space is expected to progressively recover as public finances regain their comfort zone and programs enter a new growth cycle.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and teammate ATK (NYSE:ATK) have completed static testing of the primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS), moving NASA's James Webb Space Telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch.

Northern Sky Research's (NSR) Nano and Microsatellite Markets report, released today, finds increasing reliability and capabilities driving uptake of 1-50 kg satellites across all applications, operators, and regions.

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America's return to human exploration of deep space.

The next satellite cluster for O3b Networks' affordable, high-speed connectivity system has been mated to its Fregat upper stage in French Guiana, marking one of the final steps in Arianespace's Soyuz launch campaign for a liftoff next week from the Spaceport.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation submitted the following comments to the State Department regarding the interim Category XV rule of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).