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August 2009 Top Stories


»» The Space-Industrial Complex In Transition

The Space-Industrial Complex In Transition [Sunday, August 2, 2009] Some in the space community watch with anticipation the hopefully inexorable approach of the transition to the re-usable launch vehicle era. At the same time, many others are either oblivious to that era's approach or are actively resisting it.



»» Team Develops Energy Efficient Tire That Won't Go Flat

Team Develops Energy Efficient Tire That Won't Go Flat [Monday, August 3, 2009] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company have developed an airless tire to transport large, long-range vehicles across the surface of the moon.



»» eSpace Emerges as Mentor for Space Entrepreneurs

eSpace Emerges as Mentor for Space Entrepreneurs [Monday, August 3, 2009] eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a non-profit business incubator for aerospace companies, today announced that it has added new members to its board of directors and a new member to its team of government liaisons.



»» Human Space Flight Review Committee Announces Meeting Agendas

Human Space Flight Review Committee Announces Meeting Agendas [Monday, August 3, 2009] The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will hold public meetings Aug. 5 and 12. The meetings are open to the public and news media representatives. No registration is required, but seating is limited to the locations' capacity.



»» Moonbots Challenges Parent-Child Teams To Conduct Google Lunar X Prize Missions With Lego Robots

Moonbots Challenges Parent-Child Teams To Conduct Google Lunar X Prize Missions With Lego Robots [Tuesday, August 4, 2009] The X PRIZE Foundation, Google Inc., LEGO Systems, National Instruments, and Wired's GeekDad will announce "MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) Challenge" today at National Instruments NIWeek 2009.



»» New Members Join Next Step in Space Coalition

New Members Join Next Step in Space Coalition [Tuesday, August 4, 2009] The Next Step in Space Coalition, a group of businesses, organizations, and people working to ensure the future of US human spaceflight, announced today that its membership has grown to include a diverse set of businesses and organizations.



»» NASA Sustainability Base Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremony

NASA Sustainability Base Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremony [Tuesday, August 4, 2009] On August 25, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Ames Research Center will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking and dedication event for what we expect will become the highest performing building in the federal government.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Recovery Act - Commercial Crew Development

NASA JSC Solicitation: Recovery Act - Commercial Crew Development [Wednesday, August 5, 2009] NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program is applying Recovery Act funds to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities.



»» AstroMesh Deployable Reflector From Northrop Grumman Will Help NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Map Soil Moisture Globally

AstroMesh Deployable Reflector From Northrop Grumman Will Help NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Map Soil Moisture Globally [Thursday, August 6, 2009] A deployable satellite reflector and boom assembly from Northrop Grumman will help NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory map soil moisture and the freezing and thawing cycles globally with unprecedented accuracy, resolution and coverage.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Creates Scientific Advisory Panel - Focused on Suborbital Research Applications

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Creates Scientific Advisory Panel - Focused on Suborbital Research Applications [Monday, August 10, 2009] The CSF announces the creation of the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, composed of experienced scientists, researchers, and educators dedicated to furthering the research and education potential of suborbital reusable launch vehicles.



»» NRC: Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts

NRC: Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts [Tuesday, August 11, 2009] The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was formed in 1998 to provide an independent source of advanced aeronautical and space concepts that could dramatically impact how NASA develops and conducts its missions.



»» Southwest Research Institute organizes first NASTAR Suborbital Space Scientist Training course for future research astronauts

Southwest Research Institute organizes first NASTAR Suborbital Space Scientist Training course for future research astronauts [Tuesday, August 11, 2009] SwRI, working with The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center, is leading a program that will provide spaceflight physiology training for prospective scientist-astronauts wishing to fly on upcoming suborbital space missions.



»» Ball Aerospace to Ship WISE Spacecraft

Ball Aerospace to Ship WISE Spacecraft [Tuesday, August 11, 2009] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed a comprehensive pre-shipment review for NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE satellite.



»» AMPAC-ISP Engines Support Key NASA Lunar Missions

AMPAC-ISP Engines Support Key NASA Lunar Missions [Tuesday, August 11, 2009] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed a comprehensive pre-shipment review for NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE satellite.



»» ILS Proton Successfully Launches AsiaSat 5 Satellite

ILS Proton Successfully Launches AsiaSat 5 Satellite [Wednesday, August 12, 2009] ILS carried the AsiaSat 5 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong.



»» Obama Review Panel Endorses Commercial Human Space Flight Options

Obama Review Panel Endorses Commercial Human Space Flight Options [Friday, August 14, 2009] During what may be the last public meeting, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, there was a strong consensus for funding a robust commercial human space flight program to provide human space transportation to low Earth orbit (LEO).



»» New Nanolaser Key to Future Optical Computers and Technologies

New Nanolaser Key to Future Optical Computers and Technologies [Monday, August 17, 2009] Because the new device, called a "spaser," is the first of its kind to emit visible light, it represents a critical component for possible future technologies based on "nanophotonic" circuitry.



»» Excalibur Almaz to Pioneer Private Orbital Manned Space Flight In cooperation with NPOM of Russia

Excalibur Almaz to Pioneer Private Orbital Manned Space Flight In cooperation with NPOM of Russia [Tuesday, August 18, 2009] Excalibur Almaz Limited today announced plans to open up a new era of private orbital space flight for commercial customers, using updated elements of the "Almaz" space system originally developed by JSC MIC NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.



»» Beyond Augustine

Beyond Augustine [Tuesday, August 18, 2009] The Augustine commission, in its last public meeting in Washington delivered a stunning blow to NASA in finding that the program of record, (the current architecture) was not affordable, giving the FY2010 run out of the NASA budget.



»» First Meeting of Suborbital Researchers Group Focuses on Innovative Research & Education Missions

First Meeting of Suborbital Researchers Group Focuses on Innovative Research & Education Missions [Thursday, August 20, 2009] This week, the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG), an advisory committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, met at the Boulder, Colorado campus of the Southwest Research Institute.



»» NASA Selects 16 Small Business Research and Technology Projects

NASA Selects 16 Small Business Research and Technology Projects [Friday, August 28, 2009] NASA has selected 16 small business projects to address important research and technology needs. The awards are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.




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