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August 2008 Top Stories


»» SpaceX: First 9 Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle

SpaceX: First 9 Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle [Friday, August 1, 2008] SpaceX conducted the first nine engine firing of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor on July 31st. A second firing on August 1st completed a major NASA COTS milestone almost two months early.



»» SpaceX Sets August 2 for Falcon 1 launch

SpaceX Sets August 2 for Falcon 1 launch [Saturday, August 2, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has scheduled the launch of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission for Saturday, August 2nd. The launch window will open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and remain open for five hours



»» SpaceX Falcon Flight Ends Prematurely During Ascent

SpaceX Falcon Flight Ends Prematurely During Ascent [Saturday, August 2, 2008] The third attempt by SpaceX to launch its Falcon 1 rocket failed this evening several minutes into its flight.



»» NASA OIG Audit of International Space Station Contracts Government Cost and Price Analyses

NASA OIG Audit of International Space Station Contracts Government Cost and Price Analyses [Monday, August 4, 2008] Our review of the four ISS contract files showed that 17 of 35 modifications, which may consist of several negotiated contract actions, had all documentation necessary to allow us to verify NASA's position on rates used..



»» X PRIZE Foundation Announces Ten Teams Vying for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

X PRIZE Foundation Announces Ten Teams Vying for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge [Tuesday, August 5, 2008] The X PRIZE Foundation today announced that ten teams will compete in the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, which will take place at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 24-25, 2008.



»» SpaceX Receives $20 Million Investment from Founder's Fund

SpaceX Receives $20 Million Investment from Founder's Fund [Tuesday, August 5, 2008] SpaceX, a privately-held space launch services provider, has received a $20 million equity investment from Founders Fund, a leading technology venture capital firm, headquartered in San Francisco.



»» SpaceX Determines Cause of Falcon 1 Launch Failure

SpaceX Determines Cause of Falcon 1 Launch Failure [Wednesday, August 6, 2008] According to Elon Musk: "We have a definitive understanding of what went wrong on Flight 3. The problem was due to a design error not a production or quality assurance issue. The thrust transient was longer than it was for the prior flight."



»» Google Lunar X PRIZE T-Shirt Design Competition!

Google Lunar X PRIZE T-Shirt Design Competition! [Wednesday, August 6, 2008] We've got rockets. We've got rovers. We've got a race. But what we don't have is a creative, original T-Shirt that perfectly captures the spirit of exploration and innovation of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.



»» U.S. Air Force to license Launch Complex 36 to Space Florida

U.S. Air Force to license Launch Complex 36 to Space Florida [Monday, August 11, 2008] A landmark announcement by the U.S. Air Force and the state of Florida will fundamentally expand the state's position and prominence in aerospace and the space industry in all three key sectors.



»» Prizes Awarded at NASA's General Aviation Technology Challenge

Prizes Awarded at NASA's General Aviation Technology Challenge [Tuesday, August 12, 2008] The challenge asked competitors to demonstrate innovations that would lead to aircraft that are safer, more affordable, easier to fly and also have less of a negative impact on the environment and on the communities that surround airports.



»» Olympic Swimmers Shattering Records in NASA-Tested Suit

Olympic Swimmers Shattering Records in NASA-Tested Suit [Wednesday, August 13, 2008] Swimmers from around the world are setting world and Olympic records in Beijing this month and most are doing it wearing a swimsuit made of fabric tested at NASA.



»» NASA Selects LIFEPAK(R) 1000 Defibrillator from Physio-Control as First Automated External Defibrillator in Space

NASA Selects LIFEPAK(R) 1000 Defibrillator from Physio-Control as First Automated External Defibrillator in Space [Wednesday, August 13, 2008] Physio-Control of Redmond, Wash., today announced the LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator has been deployed on the International Space Station (ISS) as the first automated external defibrillator (AED) in space.



»» Zero Gravity Corporation Hosts Exclusive Platinum Experience with Apollo-11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in Las Vegas August 17

Zero Gravity Corporation Hosts Exclusive Platinum Experience with Apollo-11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in Las Vegas August 17 [Thursday, August 14, 2008] Zero Gravity Corporation, the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will host its exclusive ZERO-G Platinum Experience in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 17.



»» Another successful Arianespace launch: Superbird-7 and AMC-21 in orbit

Another successful Arianespace launch: Superbird-7 and AMC-21 in orbit [Friday, August 15, 2008] On Thursday evening, August 14, Arianespace orbited two communications satellites, primarily intended for TV broadcast services.



»» NASA OOIG Audit of NASA's Pre-Acquisition Planning for the Constellation Space Suit System

NASA OOIG Audit of NASA's Pre-Acquisition Planning for the Constellation Space Suit System [Friday, August 15, 2008] The NASA Office of Inspector General is closing the subject assignment. Overall, we found that the pre-acquisition planning process for the Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS) was conducted in accordance with NASA procedural requirements.



»» United Space Alliance Files Lawsuit Against ATK

United Space Alliance Files Lawsuit Against ATK [Friday, August 15, 2008] United Space Alliance (USA), NASA's prime Space Shuttle contractor, filed a lawsuit in Brevard County Circuit Court in Florida today against Alliant Techsystems, Inc., and ATK Launch Systems, Inc., seeking damages for fraud and breach of contract, and see



»» NASA To Take Corrective Action In Spacesuit Contract Protest

NASA To Take Corrective Action In Spacesuit Contract Protest [Friday, August 15, 2008] NASA anticipates that corrective action will involve reconsideration of its procurement decision. The pending protest litigation is subject to a Government Accountability Office Protective Order.



»» NASA Seeks Input For Commercial Lunar Communications and Navigation

NASA Seeks Input For Commercial Lunar Communications and Navigation [Tuesday, August 19, 2008] NASA has issued a RFI to gauge interest and solicit ideas from private companies in providing communications and navigation services that would support the development of exploration, scientific and commercial capabilities on the moon.



»» Key advance toward 'micro-spacecraft'

Key advance toward 'micro-spacecraft' [Wednesday, August 20, 2008] Researchers describe a new, razor thin temperature-regulating film that brings this sci-fi vision of "micro-spacecraft" weighing barely 50 pounds and 10-pound "nano-spacecraft" closer to reality.



»» Successful launch for third Inmarsat-4 satellite

Successful launch for third Inmarsat-4 satellite [Wednesday, August 20, 2008] Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has confirmed the successful launch and acquisition of the third Inmarsat-4 satellite.



»» Hermes Spacecraft Looking to Bring Personal Space Travel to the Masses

Hermes Spacecraft Looking to Bring Personal Space Travel to the Masses [Wednesday, August 20, 2008] Like many Americans during the time of the Apollo missions, Morris Jarvis dreamed of someday blasting off into space. As a child he sat glued to the television set as man walked on the moon, and he later studied aerospace engineering in college.



»» ISU Student Survey Request: Google Lunar X-prize

ISU Student Survey Request: Google Lunar X-prize [Wednesday, August 20, 2008] ..."One the the activities that the student team is pursuing is an online survey to try to get a market feel for the more/most important stakeholders which the teams and the foundation can then use to focus the efforts."



»» Oceaneering Announces Intention to Resubmit Constellation Space Suit Contract Proposal

Oceaneering Announces Intention to Resubmit Constellation Space Suit Contract Proposal [Thursday, August 21, 2008] Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) announced that it intends to submit a revised proposal to NASA for development and production of the Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS).



»» GeoEye to Launch World's Highest Resolution Commercial Earth-Imaging Satellite

GeoEye to Launch World's Highest Resolution Commercial Earth-Imaging Satellite [Friday, August 29, 2008] GeoEye, Inc. announced today the launch of the world's highest resolution, commercial Earth-imaging satellite is scheduled for Sept. 4, 2008, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.




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