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September 2014 Archives



Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) today announced a design for an integrated system for human spaceflight that can be launched to low Earth orbit (LEO) using Stratolaunch System's air launch architecture and a scale version of SNC's Dream Chaser® spacecraft.


ATK successfully tested its newly developed CASTOR(R) 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor yesterday at the U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in Tennessee.


A representative from Sierra Nevada Corporation has confirmed to SpaceRef that they have filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office regarding the CCtCap contract.


Having lost out to Boeing and SpaceX for the lucrative Commercial Crew Program contract, Sierra Nevada's Mark Sirangelo told the Denver Post the companies plans to go forward with development of the spacecraft and bid on future contracts.


NASA's Emerging Space Office (ESO), part of NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist, has released a new report "The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight." According to NASA the "report provides an introduction and overview to the emerging space ecosystem and American private-sector space activities."


An unmanned U.S. resupply ship arrived at the International Space Station Sept. 23, two days after its launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying more than 5000 pounds of supplies and critical experiments to the orbital laboratory.


Today SpaceX broke ground for the development of their new Texas spaceport at Boca Chica Beach. Along with CEO Elon Musk, Texas Governor Rick Perry and other dignitaries were in attendance.


NASA Television coverage of the September 21 launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft on the company's CRS-4 mission to the International Space Station. The spacecraft's 2.5 tons of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations includes critical materials to support 255 science and research investigations that will occur onboard the station.


At 8:10 p.m. EDT last evening the secretive CLIO satellite was launched for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company onboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The satellite belongs to an undisclosed agency of the United States government.


NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and the Boeing Corporation to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station starting in 2017. The selection of SpaceX does not come as a surprise but the selection of Boeing is a minor surprise as Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), with their unique lifting body spacecraft, was a strong contender.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) today released its first Recommended Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety document today during the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) meeting.


NASA's Kennedy Space Center released this short teaser video on the Commercial Crew program.


The FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) is set to meet tomorrow and Wednesday in Washington. Mike Gold, Chair of the committee told SpaceRef the "it's a packed agenda that should produce some fascinating results."


Arianespace successfully launched the dual heavy lift payload of the OPTUS 10 and MEASAT-3b satellites last evening. This marked the 61st consecutive successful mission the Ariane 5 which during this time period has delivered a total of 100 communications satellites to geostationary transfer orbits.


The Space Angels Network brought to my attention a new study by Chad Anderson a Managing Director of the Space Angels Network. Chad completed the study while obtaining his MBA at Oxford. The study was finished in 2013 but has only been recently made public.


NanoRacks this morning provided an update on the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers (NRCSD) which had inadvertently deployed thee CubeSats while not deploying others when commanded. The NanRacks team has been able to replicate the problem on the ground which they hope will lead to a solution.


NASA has selected four companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space.


A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the AsiaSat 6 satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit in the early hours of Sunday, September 7th. The launch window opened at 04:50 UTC and closed at 08:04 UTC.


A Chinese Long March 2D launched two satellites yesterday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Onboard were the Chuangxin 1-04 and Ling Qiao satellites.


Seeking to "jumpstart" the on-orbit robotic satellite servicing concept, DARPA has issued a request for information (RFI) for companies to submit ideas to enable a flight demonstration within the next five years.


Four friends are set to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space, in Land Rover's Galactic Discovery competition, a ground-breaking online search for a group of aspiring astronauts to go on the ultimate adventure.


An employee of Docket Alarm earlier today posted on tech news blog Slashdot that SpaceX had filled a challenge to the patent owned by Blue Origin for "Sea landing of space launch vehicles and associated systems and methods", which was granted earlier this year. Blue Origin has three months to provide a preliminary response.


On August 27, 2014, former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman participated in the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) teleconference. Now the DragonRider Program Manager for SpaceX, Reisman presented a slide show on SpaceX commercial spaceflight.