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April 2010 Top Stories


»» World's First Weather Satellite Launched 50 Years Ago Today and Lockheed Martin Has Been Involved From the Very Beginning

World's First Weather Satellite Launched 50 Years Ago Today and Lockheed Martin Has Been Involved From the Very Beginning [Thursday, April 1, 2010] TIROS-1-the first Television and Infrared Observation Satellite-and its successors revolutionized weather observation and forecasting.



»» Falcon 9 Launch Update

Falcon 9 Launch Update [Saturday, April 3, 2010] Certification of the Falcon 9 FTS and subsequent range availability will put the first Falcon 9 test launch towards the latter half of the anticipated March-May window, with the first attempt no earlier than May 8, 2010.



»» Is A Human Space Flight Compromise Emerging?

Is A Human Space Flight Compromise Emerging? [Monday, April 5, 2010] There seems to be a general consensus forming behind the scenes as to what sort of rethinking might be acceptable to all parties with regard to where NASA human spaceflight is going.



»» Florida State Senate Moves Rapidly to Pass Jobs Bill

Florida State Senate Moves Rapidly to Pass Jobs Bill [Monday, April 5, 2010] The bill, sponsored by Senator Don Gaetz (R-Destin), entitled "Jobs for Florida" (SB1752), includes critical funding for Florida's aerospace industry.



»» MSSS delivers Mast Cameras for MSL, restarts work on zoom version of Mastcams

MSSS delivers Mast Cameras for MSL, restarts work on zoom version of Mastcams [Tuesday, April 6, 2010] Malin Space Science Systems, Inc. (MSSS), has delivered the last two of four science cameras it developed for the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission.



»» NASA Extends Contract with Russian Federal Space Agency

NASA Extends Contract with Russian Federal Space Agency [Tuesday, April 6, 2010] NASA has signed a $335 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation, rescue and related services in 2013 and 2014.



»» NASTAR Center Awarded First FAA Safety Approval from Office of Commercial Space Transportation

NASTAR Center Awarded First FAA Safety Approval from Office of Commercial Space Transportation [Monday, April 12, 2010] Environmental Tectonics Corporation's NASTAR Center announced today that it is the first entity to receive a Safety Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation.



»» Udall, Bennet Ask President to Explain, Re-evaluate Cut of Constellation Program

Udall, Bennet Ask President to Explain, Re-evaluate Cut of Constellation Program [Monday, April 12, 2010] Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet met with NASA Administrator, General Charlie Bolden, to urge President Obama to re-evaluate his proposed cancellation of the Constellation program.



»» Open Letter to President Obama Regarding Space Policy

Open Letter to President Obama Regarding Space Policy [Monday, April 12, 2010] America is faced with the near-simultaneous ending of the Shuttle program and your recent budget proposal to cancel the Constellation program. This is wrong for our country for many reasons



»» OSTP Fact Sheet on the President's April 15th Address in Florida: A Bold Approach for Space Exploration and Discovery

OSTP Fact Sheet on the President's April 15th Address in Florida: A Bold Approach for Space Exploration and Discovery [Tuesday, April 13, 2010] On Thursday, April 15, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the President will outline a bold strategy for human spaceflight that increases the NASA budget by $6 billion over the next five years.



»» NASA Announces Conference on the American Space Program for the 21st Century

NASA Announces Conference on the American Space Program for the 21st Century [Wednesday, April 14, 2010] NASA will hold a conference following President Obama's remarks about the bold new course the administration is charting for NASA and the future of U.S. leadership in human spaceflight on Thursday, April 15, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.



»» Elon Musk: At Long Last, an Inspiring Future for Space Exploration

Elon Musk: At Long Last, an Inspiring Future for Space Exploration [Thursday, April 15, 2010] Millennia from now, when the vast majority of the 20th century is reduced to a few footnotes known only to erudite scholars of history, they will still remember that was when we first set foot upon a heavenly body.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Hails President's Space Plan As Creating "More Spacecraft, More Astronaut Flights, and More Jobs"

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Hails President's Space Plan As Creating [Thursday, April 15, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation strongly endorsed President Obama's space vision today.



»» Study concludes aerospace industry must evolve new ways to recruit and retain future engineers

Study concludes aerospace industry must evolve new ways to recruit and retain future engineers [Monday, April 19, 2010] Aerospace companies must consider offering newly recruited workers flexible job assignments and a variety of projects to remain competitive with other scientific fields of employment.



»» NASA And NSTA Send Teachers Flying For Science In Microgravity

NASA And NSTA Send Teachers Flying For Science In Microgravity [Tuesday, April 20, 2010] NASA and the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, have selected high school teachers from Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Washington to fly an experiment in microgravity.



»» Former Secretary of Transportation Mineta Praises Obama's NASA Plan For Jump-Starting Commercial Spaceflight

Former Secretary of Transportation Mineta Praises Obama's NASA Plan For Jump-Starting Commercial Spaceflight [Friday, April 23, 2010] Mineta stated, "As President Barack Obama outlined in a historic speech last week, NASA will now partner with commercial space companies to bring that Silicon Valley spirit to all of NASA and breathe new life into the space industry."



»» Lockheed Martin-Built Hubble Space Telescope Marks 20 Years of Astronomical Discovery

Lockheed Martin-Built Hubble Space Telescope Marks 20 Years of Astronomical Discovery [Friday, April 23, 2010] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, built and integrated at Lockheed Martin was launched 20 years ago aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, on April 24, 1990.



»» NASA Solicitation: Enabling Support Equipment and Services for International Space Station As A National Lab

NASA Solicitation: Enabling Support Equipment and Services for International Space Station As A National Lab [Monday, April 26, 2010] NASA is operating a share of the United States accommodations on the International Space Station as a national laboratory in accordance with Section 507 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-155).



»» Orbital Successfully Launches First Minotaur IV Rocket for U.S. Air Force

Orbital Successfully Launches First Minotaur IV Rocket for U.S. Air Force [Tuesday, April 27, 2010] Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced that it successfully launched the first Minotaur IV rocket in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 (HTV-2) program.



»» From Rockets To Race Cars, NASA Returns To NASCAR

From Rockets To Race Cars, NASA Returns To NASCAR [Tuesday, April 27, 2010] From better brakes and safer tires to heat-resistant paint and cleaner emissions, NASA's contributions to the racing world will be featured in the traveling exhibit the weekend of April 30-May 1 at the Richmond International Raceway.




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