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April 2007 Top Stories


»» Space Adventures' Orbital Client, Charles Simonyi, to Perform Research on the ISS for the European Space Agency

Space Adventures' Orbital Client, Charles Simonyi, to Perform Research on the ISS for the European Space Agency [Sunday, April 1, 2007] Space Adventures, Ltd has announced that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., will contribute to the performance of research and development activities for the European Space Agency during his 10-day stay onboard the International Space Station.



»» NASA Selects 18 Small Business Technology Transfer Projects

NASA Selects 18 Small Business Technology Transfer Projects [Tuesday, April 3, 2007] NASA has selected 18 STTR research proposals for Phase 2 contract negotiations. The selected STTR projects have a total value of approximately $11 million. The STTR contracts will be awarded to 17 small, high technology firms in 10 states.



»» Academy Panel Urges NASA to Lead the Way on Multisector Workforce Issues

Academy Panel Urges NASA to Lead the Way on Multisector Workforce Issues [Tuesday, April 3, 2007] NASA is undergoing a fundamental mission shift that will require the agency to adopt a knowledge- based, data-driven strategy to better align its workforce, according to a National Academy of Public Administration report.



»» A Vote for Space - Statement of the National Space Society on the successful Spaceport America vote in New Mexico

A Vote for Space - Statement of the National Space Society on the successful Spaceport America vote in New Mexico [Friday, April 6, 2007] "The voters of Southern New Mexico have made a bold step toward an exciting future – putting their own money behind the construction of Spaceport America," said George Whitesides, Executive Director of NSS.



»» Improving SME participation in Europe’s space business

Improving SME participation in Europe’s space business [Friday, April 6, 2007] More than 100 professionals from European small- and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes and space industry organisations met last week to discuss how the SineQuaNet project can increase the participation of SMEs in the European space business.



»» FAA: Experimental Permits for Reusable Suborbital Rockets

FAA: Experimental Permits for Reusable Suborbital Rockets [Friday, April 6, 2007] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is amending its commercial space transportation regulations under the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004.



»» Grassley calls on NASA to meet its commitment in procurement probe

Grassley calls on NASA to meet its commitment in procurement probe [Friday, April 6, 2007] Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking NASA to account for its failure to follow-up on pledges made to independent reviewers about a contract for data management software that violated government procurement procedures.



»» Bigelow Reveals Space Business Plan

Bigelow Reveals Space Business Plan [Friday, April 6, 2007] The Bigelow Aerospace commercial inflatable manned space module venture intends by 2015 to have three large multi-module outposts in Earth orbit to serve different user communities.



»» NASA Space Station Status Report 7 April 2007

NASA Space Station Status Report 7 April 2007 [Saturday, April 7, 2007] Two cosmonauts and a space flight participant launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:31 p.m. CDT Saturday for a two-day flight to the International Space Station.



»» Patent for Winged spacecraft Assigned to Burt Rutan

Patent for Winged spacecraft Assigned to Burt Rutan [Sunday, April 8, 2007] A rocket-powered spacecraft having a wing which has hinged aft portions which can be elevated about a hinge line. Tail booms extend rearwardly from the outer ends of the aft wing portions, and rudders are mounted at the aft ends of the booms



»» Ball Aerospace's NextSat Delivers First-Rate Performance

Ball Aerospace's NextSat Delivers First-Rate Performance [Wednesday, April 11, 2007] The Ball Aerospace Next Generation Satellite and Commodities Spacecraft has shown excellent performance during pre-separation servicing demonstrations in the first weeks following its March 8 launch with ASTRO.



»» Notice of Centennial Challenges Lunar Lander Challenge

Notice of Centennial Challenges Lunar Lander Challenge [Tuesday, April 17, 2007] The Lunar Lander Challenge is a prize contest designed to accelerate technology developments supporting the commercial creation of a vehicle capable of ferrying cargo or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the lunar surface.



»» Professor Stephen Hawking to Experience Weightlessness Aboard Zero-Gravity Flight Out of Kennedy Space Center on April 26, 2007

Professor Stephen Hawking to Experience Weightlessness Aboard Zero-Gravity Flight Out of Kennedy Space Center on April 26, 2007 [Tuesday, April 17, 2007] Zero Gravity, the provider of weightless flight experiences for the general public, will host renowned British cosmologist and best-selling author, Professor Stephen Hawking, aboard a historic Zero-Gravity flight.



»» Boeing Orbital Express Conducts First Autonomous Spacecraft-to-Spacecraft Fluid and Component Transfer

Boeing Orbital Express Conducts First Autonomous Spacecraft-to-Spacecraft Fluid and Component Transfer [Wednesday, April 18, 2007] In its first on-orbit demonstration 300 miles above the Earth, Boeing's Orbital Express system autonomously transferred propellant fuel and a battery from one spacecraft to another, marking industry firsts for the revolutionary system.



»» Orbital Express Satellites Successfully Separate, Remate

Orbital Express Satellites Successfully Separate, Remate [Wednesday, April 18, 2007] The two Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Orbital Express spacecraft, launched March 8 in a mated configuration, yesterday successfully separated for the first time.



»» Rocketplane Kistler and Japan Manned Space Systems Corp Sign MOU for Commercial Launch Support of ISS JEM Utilization

Rocketplane Kistler and Japan Manned Space Systems Corp Sign MOU for Commercial Launch Support of ISS JEM Utilization [Thursday, April 19, 2007] Rocketplane Kistler, Inc. (RpK) and Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS) announced today that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide commercial launch service support to Japanese users to the International Space



»» Space Acquisitions: Actions Needed to Expand and Sustain Use of Best Practices

Space Acquisitions: Actions Needed to Expand and Sustain Use of Best Practices [Friday, April 20, 2007] DOD's space system acquisitions have experienced problems over the past several decades that have driven up costs by hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars, stretched schedules by years, and increased performance risks.



»» NASA Announces Orion Contract Modification - Delivery Delayed, Tests Added, Cargo Vehicle Dropped

NASA Announces Orion Contract Modification - Delivery Delayed, Tests Added, Cargo Vehicle Dropped [Friday, April 20, 2007] Late this afternoon NASA announced that it was making a significant modification to the Orion development contract with Lockheed Martin.



»» World's leading expert in gravity to experience zero-gravity for the first time

World's leading expert in gravity to experience zero-gravity for the first time [Friday, April 20, 2007] Zero Gravity Corporation, the provider of weightless flight experiences for the general public, will host renowned British cosmologist and best-selling author, Professor Stephen Hawking, aboard a historic zero-gravity flight.



»» Space Adventures' Client, Charles Simonyi, Returned to Earth After Completing Longest Duration Private Spaceflight

Space Adventures' Client, Charles Simonyi, Returned to Earth After Completing Longest Duration Private Spaceflight [Saturday, April 21, 2007] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after a 14-day visit to the International Space Station (ISS).



»» Out of This World Weightless Flights By Zero Gravity Corporation Lift Off From Las Vegas

Out of This World Weightless Flights By Zero Gravity Corporation Lift Off From Las Vegas [Tuesday, April 24, 2007] Zero Gravity Corporation, the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, has officially launched regular service from Signature Air Terminal at McCarran International Airport.



»» Florida Science Student Stand-In for Professor Stephen Hawking During Test-Run Weightless Flight on April 25, 2007

Florida Science Student Stand-In for Professor Stephen Hawking During Test-Run Weightless Flight on April 25, 2007 [Wednesday, April 25, 2007] Ted Straight, an 8th grader at Stone Middle School in Melbourne, FL, will be a stand-in for Hawking on the test flight scheduled for later today.



»» Florida Science Student Stand-In for Professor Stephen Hawking During Test-Run Weightless Flight on April 25, 2007

Florida Science Student Stand-In for Professor Stephen Hawking During Test-Run Weightless Flight on April 25, 2007 [Thursday, April 26, 2007] Ted Straight (center), an 8th grader at Stone Middle School in Melbourne, FL, served as a stand-in for Hawking on the test flight held yesterday.



»» The X PRIZE Foundation and Holloman AFB Announce Partnership to Present World's Largest Air & Space Flight Demonstration

The X PRIZE Foundation and Holloman AFB Announce Partnership to Present World's Largest Air & Space Flight Demonstration [Thursday, April 26, 2007] This year's expanded Wirefly X PRIZE Cup activities are expected to result in an 8-fold increase in competing teams and crowds. The flights and ground events will be held in Las Cruces, N.M. and HAFB in Alamagordo from October 24 – 28th, 2007.



»» Professor Stephen Hawking Experiences the Freedom of Weightlessness During Historic Zero-Gravity Flight Out of Kennedy Space Center

Professor Stephen Hawking Experiences the Freedom of Weightlessness During Historic Zero-Gravity Flight Out of Kennedy Space Center [Thursday, April 26, 2007] Zero Gravity Corporation, and its sponsors, Space Florida and The Sharper Image, successfully flew Professor Stephen Hawking into weightlessness today, performing eight parabolas, out of the Kennedy Space Center.



»» NASA's Centennial Challenge for Improved Astronaut Gloves Set

NASA's Centennial Challenge for Improved Astronaut Gloves Set [Friday, April 27, 2007] NASA is offering a total of $200,000 for the team that can design and manufacture the best astronaut glove that exceeds minimum requirements. An additional $50,000 goes to the team that best demonstrates Mechanical Counter Pressure gloves.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Outdoor Leadership and Teambuilding Expedition Training

NASA JSC Solicitation: Outdoor Leadership and Teambuilding Expedition Training [Friday, April 27, 2007] NOLS offers teamwork and leadership training in a challenging outdoor environment and has the desired level of knowledge, expertise, and experience to conduct expedition and outdoor leadership training.



»» NASA Science Statement on Stephen Hawking's Zero Gravity Flight

NASA Science Statement on Stephen Hawking's Zero Gravity Flight [Friday, April 27, 2007] "Space is as much a place for scientists, I believe, as the arctic, Antarctic, and the deep ocean. And Dr. Hawking is showing the way."




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