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April 2006 Top Stories


»» Northrop Grumman Proposes Space Missions to Go ... in 48 Hours or Less

Northrop Grumman Proposes Space Missions to Go ... in 48 Hours or Less [Tuesday, April 4, 2006] The U.S. Air Force would be able to launch satellites or deliver special purpose payloads in as little as 48 hours using a new, rapid-turnaround launch system proposed by Northrop Grumman Corporation.



»» Zero Gravity Corporation to Operate Weightless Flights for the General Public from Kennedy Space Center

Zero Gravity Corporation to Operate Weightless Flights for the General Public from Kennedy Space Center [Tuesday, April 4, 2006] NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), today announced an agreement for the firm's regular use of the space shuttle's runway and landing facility for non-NASA flights.



»» JP Aerospace: $100 Space Ad

JP Aerospace: $100 Space Ad [Tuesday, April 4, 2006] These "ads at the edge of the world" are on a platform carried aloft by high altitude weather balloons. During the flight on board, cameras take pictures of the ads with the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth in the background.



»» Space-Shot.com Announces Launch - $3 Internet Skill-Game Wins Trip to Space

Space-Shot.com Announces Launch - $3 Internet Skill-Game Wins Trip to Space [Tuesday, April 4, 2006] Space-Shot.com announced today the launch of their Internet skill-game, offering winners a trip to space aboard a Rocketplane. SpaceShot's new game represents a new era both in private space travel and online gaming.



»» SURE project opens access to ISS

SURE project opens access to ISS [Wednesday, April 5, 2006] The EC-funded SURE project is presenting extraordinary new research opportunities in space, primarily for Eastern European countries, where a strong community of researchers and industry has so far not had access to the International Space Station.



»» Arianespace to launch Japanese satellite SUPERBIRD-7

Arianespace to launch Japanese satellite SUPERBIRD-7 [Monday, April 10, 2006] Mitsubishi Electric has chosen Arianespace to launch the SUPERBIRD-7 satellite for Japanese operator Space Communications Corporation (SCC).



»» NASA Solicitation: Exploration of the Moon and Beyond

NASA Solicitation: Exploration of the Moon and Beyond [Tuesday, April 11, 2006] NASA is developing a global space exploration strategy. A series of activities are planned in 2006 to gain a better understanding of the role that human and robotic exploration and development of a sustained human presence on the moon.



»» NASA Picks Contractor to Chill Space Telescope Instrument

NASA Picks Contractor to Chill Space Telescope Instrument [Wednesday, April 12, 2006] NASA has awarded a subcontract to Northrop Grumman Space Technology in Redondo Beach, Calif., to develop an ultra-cold mechanical helium cryocooler for the Mid-Infrared Instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope.



»» Sea Launch Successfully Delivers JCSAT-9 to Orbit

Sea Launch Successfully Delivers JCSAT-9 to Orbit [Thursday, April 13, 2006] Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the JCSAT-9 communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is accurately positioned and in excellent condition.



»» Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket Carrying Array of Small Scientific Satellites into Orbit

Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket Carrying Array of Small Scientific Satellites into Orbit [Monday, April 17, 2006] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that its Minotaur I space launch vehicle successfully delivered six small scientific satellites into low-Earth orbit in a mission that originated from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA on April 14.



»» NASA, Industry and Air Force Team Achieves Critical Milestone in Liquid Oxygen-Liquid Methane Engine Development Program

NASA, Industry and Air Force Team Achieves Critical Milestone in Liquid Oxygen-Liquid Methane Engine Development Program [Monday, April 17, 2006] NASA, industry and the U.S. Air Force have achieved a major milestone in the development of next-generation spaceflight technologies, successfully completing a 103-second hot-fire test of an engine fueled by liquid oxygen and liquid methane.



»» NASA Announces Five Centennial Challenges Competitions Open for Registration

NASA Announces Five Centennial Challenges Competitions Open for Registration [Tuesday, April 18, 2006] NASA announced Tuesday the opening of team registration for five Centennial Challenges prize competitions with cash prizes totaling more than $1 million.



»» NASA's Crew Launch Vehicle to Power Future Space Exploration

NASA's Crew Launch Vehicle to Power Future Space Exploration [Tuesday, April 18, 2006] NASA has authorized a contract action having a maximum value of $28.6 million with ATK Thiokol of Brigham City, Utah, to continue design and development of the first stage for the crew launch vehicle.



»» ILS Launches ASTRA 1KR Satellite

ILS Launches ASTRA 1KR Satellite [Friday, April 21, 2006] An Atlas V launcher successfully carried the ASTRA 1KR satellite into orbit today, on the third mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).



»» NASA Announces Results from Exploration Strategy Workshop

NASA Announces Results from Exploration Strategy Workshop [Friday, April 21, 2006] Findings and recommendations from NASA's Exploration Strategy Workshop will be presented to media during a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 28.



»» ASI Delivers Robotic Arm for NASA's Mars Phoenix

ASI Delivers Robotic Arm for NASA's Mars Phoenix [Saturday, April 22, 2006] A new robotic arm destined to dig deep into Mars' polar crust has been completed by Alliance Spacesystems, Inc., and delivered - one month early - to NASA JPL for integration onto the Mars Phoenix lander, due for launch to the Red Planet next year. 



»» GAO Report: Department of Defense Actions to Modify the Commercial Communications Satellite Services Procurement Process

GAO Report: Department of Defense Actions to Modify the Commercial Communications Satellite Services Procurement Process [Monday, April 24, 2006] DOD use of commercial satellite bandwidth has increased over the past few years, making the department the largest single customer of commercial satellite bandwidth.



»» FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee--Open Meeting

FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee--Open Meeting [Thursday, April 27, 2006] Proposed agenda: update on commercial space transportation legislative activities, briefings on national space and security policies, new RLV technology developments, and the OSC in the DOC, and an activities report from FAA's OCST.



»» Mini satellites rocketing to space station

Mini satellites rocketing to space station [Thursday, April 27, 2006] A Russian rocket launched Monday, April 24, is carrying the first of three small, spherical satellites developed at MIT to the International Space Station -- a major step toward building space-based robotic telescopes and other systems.



»» NASA'S Exploration Workshop Kicks Off Strategy Development

NASA'S Exploration Workshop Kicks Off Strategy Development [Friday, April 28, 2006] Why are we going to the moon? What will we do when we get there? Approximately 200 participants from 13 countries grappled with these questions during NASA's Exploration Strategy Workshop, which concluded Friday.



»» Some Thoughts Regarding Presidential Science Advisor John Marburger's Speech on Space Exploration and Utilization

Some Thoughts Regarding Presidential Science Advisor John Marburger's Speech on Space Exploration and Utilization [Saturday, April 29, 2006] "To me, as a long time space advocate, this speech is the most important statement on the development of the space frontier from the government since John F. Kennedy's fateful endorsement of the Apollo program."




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