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August 2007 Top Stories


»» NASA KSC Solicitation: NASA Launch Services Revision B

NASA KSC Solicitation: NASA Launch Services Revision B [Wednesday, August 1, 2007] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) invites you to submit a proposal for the NASA Launch Services (NLS) contract



»» NASA KSC Solicitation: NASA Launch Services Revision B

NASA KSC Solicitation: NASA Launch Services Revision B [Wednesday, August 1, 2007] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) invites you to submit a proposal for the NASA Launch Services (NLS) contract



»» Ecliptic Celebrates a Decade of Successful RocketCam(TM) Launches

Ecliptic Celebrates a Decade of Successful RocketCam(TM) Launches [Thursday, August 2, 2007] Ten years ago today was the first successful launch of the popular RocketCam(TM) video system onboard a Delta II rocket, launching NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft from Florida.



»» Conference Report, 21st Century Competitiveness Act, 2007 (NASA Excerpts)

Conference Report, 21st Century Competitiveness Act, 2007 (NASA Excerpts) [Friday, August 3, 2007] "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall be a full participant in any interagency effort to promote innovation and economic competitiveness ..."



»» NASA Extends Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract

NASA Extends Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract [Friday, August 3, 2007] NASA has signed a $975 million contract extension with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., to maintain the agency's fleet of space shuttle main engines until the orbiter is retired in 2010.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Digital Cameras and Digital Peripherals

NASA JSC Solicitation: Digital Cameras and Digital Peripherals [Saturday, August 4, 2007] NASA has a requirement for 48 Nikon D2XS SLR Digital Cameras. The cameras must be lubricated with Braycote lubricating grease which is approved for spaceflight during the manufacturing process.



»» Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch

Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch [Monday, August 6, 2007] For the first time, people around the world can view 3-D images of the space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before it launches into space, through a collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and NASA.



»» Optech is bound for Mars

Optech is bound for Mars [Monday, August 6, 2007] Optech lidar technology has been successfully launched toward Mars aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.



»» NASA Denies Making Orion Water Landing Decision - and Deleting Touchdowns on Land

NASA Denies Making Orion Water Landing Decision - and Deleting Touchdowns on Land [Monday, August 6, 2007] According to a short statement from NASA PAO to NASAWatch.com/SpaceRef.com - one corroborated with ESMD Deputy AA Doug Cooke): "NASA has not abandoned the concept of land re-entries. The decision has not been made."



»» NASA KSC Solicitation: Construction of the Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle Mobile Launcher

NASA KSC Solicitation: Construction of the Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle Mobile Launcher [Monday, August 6, 2007] This RFP is for the construction of the Constellation CLV ML. This acquisition will be conducted as a negotiated full and open competition.



»» Internal NASA Memo: NASA Messages

Internal NASA Memo: NASA Messages [Tuesday, August 7, 2007] "We are asking that you use the Core Message: "NASA explores for answers that power our future," in the text of your communications material and that it be used verbatim. "



»» NASA Solicits Input for Commercial Space Transportation Services

NASA Solicits Input for Commercial Space Transportation Services [Tuesday, August 7, 2007] NASA has issued a Request for Information soliciting ideas and feedback to help shape the plan to procure safe, cost effective, and reliable logistics services to the International Space Station and other payload launch services.



»» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Main Engines Add New Measure of Safety to Space Station-Bound Shuttle

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Main Engines Add New Measure of Safety to Space Station-Bound Shuttle [Thursday, August 9, 2007] Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines, fitted with upgraded controllers to actively monitor engine health and performance, powered the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from NASA's Kennedy Space Center today.



»» GAO Report: NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain

GAO Report: NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain [Thursday, August 9, 2007] Recently, NASA has been improving its workforce planning information technology matching program requirements with human capital resources. Some centers have been critical of the systems' performance, but others find these tools useful.



»» RADARSAT-2 Status Update

RADARSAT-2 Status Update [Saturday, August 11, 2007] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today that it has completed the integration and testing of Canada's next-generation Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-2



»» Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3a Satellite Ready for Launch

Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3a Satellite Ready for Launch [Saturday, August 11, 2007] The BSAT-3a broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan, is ready for its scheduled launch on Aug. 14 aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehiclee.



»» SPACEHAB Announces Receipt of NASDAQ Deficiency Letter

SPACEHAB Announces Receipt of NASDAQ Deficiency Letter [Saturday, August 11, 2007] SPACEHAB, Incorporated has received a letter from The NASDAQ Stock Market notifying the Company that it no longer complies with the NASDAQ independent director requirements.



»» NASA Awards First Stage Contract for Ares Rockets

NASA Awards First Stage Contract for Ares Rockets [Saturday, August 11, 2007] NASA has signed a $1.8 billion contract with Alliant Techsystems, known as ATK, located near Brigham City, Utah, for the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the first stage of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.



»» NASA Issues Draft Constellation Environmental Impact Statement

NASA Issues Draft Constellation Environmental Impact Statement [Monday, August 13, 2007] NASA has issued a draft environmental impact statement on potential environmental impacts associated with the Constellation Program.



»» Opportunity for the Use of the ISS by U.S. Non-government Entitites for Research and Development and Industrial Processing Purposes

Opportunity for the Use of the ISS by U.S. Non-government Entitites for Research and Development and Industrial Processing Purposes [Wednesday, August 15, 2007] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to operate a share of U.S. accommodations on the International Space Station (ISS) as a national laboratory in accordance with the NASA Authorization Act of 2005.



»» Business Modernization: NASA Must Consider Agencywide Needs to Reap the Full Benefits of Its Enterprise Management System Modernization Effort

Business Modernization: NASA Must Consider Agencywide Needs to Reap the Full Benefits of Its Enterprise Management System Modernization Effort [Monday, August 20, 2007] Since GAO last reported on NASA's IEMP efforts, NASA implemented its IEMP contract management module and upgraded the software used for its core financial module.



»» NASA OIG Audit of NASA's Management and Funding of Fiscal Year 2006 Congressional Earmarks

NASA OIG Audit of NASA's Management and Funding of Fiscal Year 2006 Congressional Earmarks [Monday, August 20, 2007] NASA's FY 2006 budget of $16.6 billion included 199 earmarks with congressionally directed finding of $568.2 million or 3.4 percent of the Agency's budget.



»» NASA Selects Vibration Test Capability Contractor

NASA Selects Vibration Test Capability Contractor [Monday, August 20, 2007] NASA has selected Benham Constructors LLC of Oklahoma City to receive a contract to design, build and commission a vibration and acoustic test capability that will support development of the Orion crew exploration vehicle.



»» NASA to Announce Contractor for Ares I Upper Stage Production

NASA to Announce Contractor for Ares I Upper Stage Production [Tuesday, August 21, 2007] NASA will host a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to announce the selection of a contractor for the upper stage element of the Ares I rocket that will help launch future human missions to the moon.



»» XCOR Rockets onto Inc.'s "500 Fastest Growing Companies"

XCOR Rockets onto Inc.'s [Thursday, August 23, 2007] Like the rocket-powered aircraft it builds, XCOR Aerospace's business has taken off, earning it a spot on the prestigious Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies.



»» NASA's Stennis Space Center Marks New Chapter in Space Exploration

NASA's Stennis Space Center Marks New Chapter in Space Exploration [Thursday, August 23, 2007] NASA's Stennis Space Center broke ground Thursday for a new rocket engine test stand that will provide altitude testing for the J-2X engine. The engine will power the upper stages of NASA's Ares I and Ares V rockets.



»» NASA Awards NOAA Goes-R Instrument Contract

NASA Awards NOAA Goes-R Instrument Contract [Thursday, August 23, 2007] NASA, in coordination with NOAA's GOES-R Program, has awarded a contract to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The total estimated value is $92 million, including options.



»» NASA and Internet Archive Team to Digitize Space Imagery

NASA and Internet Archive Team to Digitize Space Imagery [Thursday, August 23, 2007] NASA and Internet Archive are partnering to scan, archive and manage the agency's vast collection of photographs, film and video. The imagery will be available through the Internet and free to the public, historians, scholars, students, and researchers.



»» FY 2009 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities

FY 2009 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities [Sunday, August 26, 2007] We have updated the Administration's research and development (R&D) priorities, which reflect input from both the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).



»» SpaceDev Wet Chemistry Devices Begin Their Journey to Mars

SpaceDev Wet Chemistry Devices Begin Their Journey to Mars [Monday, August 27, 2007] SpaceDev announced today that it provided key hardware and instruments for the recently launched Mars Phoenix Lander, now on its way to Mars.



»» Boeing Selected to Build NASA's Upper Stage for Ares I

Boeing Selected to Build NASA's Upper Stage for Ares I [Tuesday, August 28, 2007] The Boeing Company has been awarded a NASA contract valued at approximately $514.7 million to produce the upper stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle.



»» NASA GSFC Solicitation: GOES R Series of Spacecraft

NASA GSFC Solicitation: GOES R Series of Spacecraft [Wednesday, August 29, 2007] NASA/GSFC plans to issue a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) in August 2007 for the procurement of the R series of spacecraft for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).



»» NASA's Centennial Challenges to Advance Technologies

NASA's Centennial Challenges to Advance Technologies [Thursday, August 30, 2007] From Oct. 19 to 21, more than 20 teams from across the nation and around the world will compete for a total of $1,000,000 from NASA for the development of cutting-edge technologies.



»» Eighth Continent Project to Integrate Space Business into Global Economy

Eighth Continent Project to Integrate Space Business into Global Economy [Thursday, August 30, 2007] The Eighth Continent Project, the world's most comprehensive program to integrate space technology and resources into the global economy, was launched here today at the Colorado School of Mines Center for Space Resources.




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