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April 2008 Top Stories


»» Google and Virgin Announce Mars Expedition and Colony

Google and Virgin Announce Mars Expedition and Colony [Tuesday, April 1, 2008] Google and Virgin Group today announced the launch of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars.



»» NASA Shuttle to Constellation Workforce Transition Strategy Report

NASA Shuttle to Constellation Workforce Transition Strategy Report [Tuesday, April 1, 2008] The Ares I-X test flight in April 2009 will be a milestone in the transition of NASA's property, facilities, and workforce.



»» GAO: Area I and Orion Project Risk and Key Indicators to Measure Progress

GAO: Area I and Orion Project Risk and Key Indicators to Measure Progress [Thursday, April 3, 2008] NASA is currently working toward PDR for the Ares I and Orion vehicles. While this is a phase for discovery and risk reduction, there are considerable unknowns as to whether NASA's plans an be executed within schedule goals.



»» Aerojet and Orbital Successfully Test Next Generation Safety System for NASA's Orion Program

Aerojet and Orbital Successfully Test Next Generation Safety System for NASA's Orion Program [Monday, April 7, 2008] Aerojet and Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that together the two companies successfully conducted a static firing of the jettison motor, a key component of the Launch Abort System for NASA's Orion human spaceflight program.



»» United Space Alliance Looks to New Horizons

United Space Alliance Looks to New Horizons [Tuesday, April 8, 2008] As the United States sets its sights on new challenges in space exploration, United Space Alliance (USA) signaled its commitment to those goals with the unveiling this week of a new corporate logo symbolizing the company's experience and innovation, an



»» Students to Create YouTube Videos for Live Webcast by Private Space Explorer Richard Garriott

Students to Create YouTube Videos for Live Webcast by Private Space Explorer Richard Garriott [Wednesday, April 9, 2008] April 21, 2008 at 12:00pm ET, Richard Garriott will hold an interactive live webcast with students and teachers discussing his upcoming flight to the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for October 2008.



»» Blending Art and Science: Challenger Center Invites Students to Create Art for Space Flight

Blending Art and Science: Challenger Center Invites Students to Create Art for Space Flight [Wednesday, April 9, 2008] Challenger Center for Space Science Education invites students to use their creativity to design an original piece of art for a student mission patch for private space explorer, Richard Garriott.



»» NASA Selects 9 Small Business Technology Transfer Projects

NASA Selects 9 Small Business Technology Transfer Projects [Wednesday, April 9, 2008] NASA has selected nine proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $5.4 million.



»» Space Report Reveals $251 Billion Global Space Economy in 2007

Space Report Reveals $251 Billion Global Space Economy in 2007 [Wednesday, April 9, 2008] The Space Report 2008: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, released by the Space Foundation today, revealed more than $251 billion in global space activity in 2007.



»» Expedition 17 Welcomed Aboard International Space Station

Expedition 17 Welcomed Aboard International Space Station [Thursday, April 10, 2008] Commander Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov and cosmonaut Oleg Dmitrievich Kononenko of the 17th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-12 with the orbiting laboratory's Pirs Docking Compartment at 8:57 a.m. EDT Thursday.



»» Ottawa Says No To ATK Buyout of MDA

Ottawa Says No To ATK Buyout of MDA [Thursday, April 10, 2008] While there are jobs at stake, perhaps this case has shown the government that investing in space is important to Canada's interests and that they should try to revive an industry that has been neglected for some time.



»» Speech by Boeing President and Chief Executive Jim Albaugh at the National Space Symposium

Speech by Boeing President and Chief Executive Jim Albaugh at the National Space Symposium [Thursday, April 10, 2008] "I continue to marvel at the Shuttle ... as Mike Mott liked to say, it's a launch vehicle - a reconfigurable science platform - a hypersonic reentry vehicle - and a glider. It's reusable and it runs on the computing power of your watch!"



»» Lockheed Martin Successfully Launches ICO G1 Mobile Interactive Media Spacecraft

Lockheed Martin Successfully Launches ICO G1 Mobile Interactive Media Spacecraft [Monday, April 14, 2008] Lockheed Martin successfully delivered a telecommunications satellite into orbit this afternoon aboard an Atlas V rocket manufactured by United Launch Alliance



»» CAW president calls for end to MDA sale talks, demands national space strategy to protect jobs

CAW president calls for end to MDA sale talks, demands national space strategy to protect jobs [Tuesday, April 15, 2008] CAW national president Buzz Hargrove is calling on the federal government to formally end talks between MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) and U.S.-based weapons producer Alliant Techsystems (ATK) for the sale of MDA's space and robotics division.



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Space Economy

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Space Economy [Tuesday, April 15, 2008] "You may have heard Mike Griffin or me mention the Space Economy in our speeches and wondered what it is and why we are talking about it."



»» Private Space Explorer Wants To Take Your Picture From Space

Private Space Explorer Wants To Take Your Picture From Space [Tuesday, April 15, 2008] Now, for the first time ever, the public can request their own personal photo of our home planet through the Association of Space Explorers' (ASE) "Earth Portraits" program.



»» Maine Students Seek Business Sponsorship For NASA Zero-Gravity Flight

Maine Students Seek Business Sponsorship For NASA Zero-Gravity Flight [Friday, April 18, 2008] Preparing to conduct science experiments while floating weightless in an airplane has been no easy task for the Maine team chosen to participate this summer in NASA's Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: The Art Center College of Design

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: The Art Center College of Design [Sunday, April 20, 2008] "On Thursday, April 10, I, along with several other NASA officials, was on hand to view presentations designed and developed by students attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California."



»» World's Fastest Satellite Internet Connection to 45 cm User Terminal Using "KIZUNA" (WINDS)

World's Fastest Satellite Internet Connection to 45 cm User  Terminal Using [Monday, April 21, 2008] JAXA and NICT performed a verification of regenerative switching functions between an ultra small-size user terminal and a high-speed small ground station using the onboard multi-beam antenna*1 of "KIZUNA.



»» NASA Solicitation: Partner With NASA on the Development of a MMO Game to Support STEM Learning

NASA Solicitation: Partner With NASA on the Development of a MMO Game to Support STEM Learning [Monday, April 21, 2008] NASA seeks proposals for collaboration with an organization to enhance NASA's ability to achieve its educational goals by creating and managing a Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game.



»» NASA Request for Information: Small to Medium Class Launch Services

NASA Request for Information: Small to Medium Class Launch Services [Tuesday, April 22, 2008] NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) invites you to submit a response to this inquiry to assist in the expeditious development of an approach to continue to provide the Agency with Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) launch services



»» Tourist information wherever you are

Tourist information wherever you are [Tuesday, April 22, 2008] A novel mobile phone programme, able to provide information on what you see when you see it, was a regional winner in the European Satellite Navigation Competition, sponsored by ESA's Technology Transfer Programme.



»» NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to SpaceX

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to SpaceX [Tuesday, April 22, 2008] NASA has awarded Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, a NASA Launch Services contract for the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.



»» Establishing the Vision for Space Exploration

Establishing the Vision for Space Exploration [Tuesday, April 22, 2008] "To those of us who have committed our lives to the proposition that the exploration and development of space, recent events have a familiar and depressing feel."



»» Green light for establishment of European satellite navigation system Galileo

Green light for establishment of European satellite navigation system Galileo [Wednesday, April 23, 2008] The European Parliament gave its backing to Galileo's deployment phase which paves the way for the European satellite radio navigation system to be operational by 201



»» Governor Bill Richardson Applauds Passage of Spaceport Tax

Governor Bill Richardson Applauds Passage of Spaceport Tax [Wednesday, April 23, 2008] Governor Bill Richardson released the following statement about the successful passage of a tax to support Spaceport America. Sierra County residents overwhelmingly approved the tax in a special election today.



»» NASA Ames Partners with m2mi for Small Satellite Development

NASA Ames Partners with m2mi for Small Satellite Development [Friday, April 25, 2008] NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and m2mi Corp., Moffett Field, Calif., announced Thursday they are taking a revolutionary step forward in improving telecommunications and networking from space.



»» ESA's most advanced navigation satellite GIOVE-B launched

ESA's most advanced navigation satellite GIOVE-B launched [Sunday, April 27, 2008] A further step towards the deployment of Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system was taken with the successful launch of ESA's second Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element (GIOVE-B) satellite.



»» Imagery for Everyone: Timeline Set to Release Entire USGS Landsat Archive at No Charge

Imagery for Everyone: Timeline Set to Release Entire USGS Landsat Archive at No Charge [Monday, April 28, 2008] USGS is pursuing an aggressive schedule to provide users with electronic access to any Landsat scene held in the USGS-managed national archive of global scenes dating back to Landsat 1



»» Aviation and Space Leaders to Focus on Building the 'Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow'

Aviation and Space Leaders to Focus on Building the 'Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow' [Monday, April 28, 2008] The AIAA is pleased to announce Inside Aerospace -An International Forum for Aviation and Space Leaders, at which invited leaders from government, industry, and academia will focus on "Working Together to Build the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow."




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