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August 2010 Top Stories


»» N. Wayne Hale, Jr. Joins Special Aerospace Services

N. Wayne Hale, Jr. Joins Special Aerospace Services [Monday, August 2, 2010] Special Aerospace Services (SAS) of Boulder, Colorado, is pleased to announce that N. Wayne Hale, Jr. has joined SAS as Director of Human Spaceflight Programs.



»» Report: Fairness and Contracting Integrity in NASA's Space Communications Networks Services Competition

Report: Fairness and Contracting Integrity in NASA's Space Communications Networks Services Competition [Monday, August 2, 2010] Committee staff received several allegations about contract misconduct by the management and acquisitions staff of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). These all related to large support contracts managed out of the Center.



»» Astrium signs development contract with Vietnam for an Earth observation satellite - VNREDSat-1

Astrium signs development contract with Vietnam for an Earth observation satellite - VNREDSat-1 [Monday, August 2, 2010] Astrium has signed a contract worth 055.2 million with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) for the development, manufacture and launch of an Earth observation optical satellite system.



»» Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation Provides On-Board Video Systems to Space Systems/Loral

Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation Provides On-Board Video Systems to Space Systems/Loral [Wednesday, August 4, 2010] The ongoing collaboration between entrepreneurial space firm Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) reached a notable milestone in mid-July with final acceptance of another Ecliptic-produced onboard video system.



»» NASA Seeks Data from Innovative Lunar Demonstrations

NASA Seeks Data from Innovative Lunar Demonstrations [Saturday, August 7, 2010] NASA has issued a BAA to purchase specific data resulting from industry efforts to test and verify vehicle capabilities through demonstrations of small robotic landers. The purpose is to inform the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles.



»» NASA Synopsis: Rehabilitation of Hangar One at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field CA

NASA Synopsis: Rehabilitation of Hangar One at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field CA [Monday, August 9, 2010] NASA Ames Research Center is planning for the rehabilitation of Hangar One, a historic property located at Moffett Field, California. The hangar is currently undergoing environmental clean up to remove hazardous materials.



»» Aerospace and Defense Companies Hiring, But Face Challenges Retaining Young Pros

Aerospace and Defense Companies Hiring, But Face Challenges Retaining Young Pros [Wednesday, August 18, 2010] AVIATION WEEK has released results from its 2010 Workforce and Young Professionals/Student Study, which show that A&D companies plan to hire 15,500 professionals this year.



»» Space Coast Task Force Delivers Economic Strategies Report

Space Coast Task Force Delivers Economic Strategies Report [Wednesday, August 18, 2010] The President's Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development today released its report to President Barack Obama with recommendations to enhance economic development strategies along Florida's Space Coast.



»» NASA Supports New FAA Commerical Space Transportation Center

NASA Supports New FAA Commerical Space Transportation Center [Friday, August 20, 2010] NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will support the new Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE), a university-led consortium sponsored and announced Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).



»» SpaceX Conducts Dragon Parachute Test (Photos and Video)

SpaceX Conducts Dragon Parachute Test (Photos and Video) [Friday, August 20, 2010] The purpose of the test was to validate the Dragon's parachute deployment systems and recovery operations prior to the first flight of an operational Dragon later this year.



»» FAA Creates Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

FAA Creates Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation [Saturday, August 21, 2010] The FAA has selected New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, NM, to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation which includes Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.



»» NASA's Pioneer Orion Capsule Starts Its Test Phase

NASA's Pioneer Orion Capsule Starts Its Test Phase [Monday, August 23, 2010] The crucial pressure testing phase for NASA's pioneer Orion crew test capsule has begun inside the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans, Louisiana.



»» Self-cleaning technology from Mars can keep terrestrial solar panels dust free

Self-cleaning technology from Mars can keep terrestrial solar panels dust free [Monday, August 23, 2010] Find dusting those tables and dressers a chore or a bore? Dread washing the windows? Imagine keeping dust and grime off objects spread out over an area of 25 to 50 football fields



»» Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era of Space Exploration: An Interim Report

Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era of Space Exploration: An Interim Report [Tuesday, August 24, 2010] In response to requests from Congress, NASA asked the National Research Council to undertake a decadal survey of life and physical sciences in microgravity.



»» Florida State to play key role in national center on commercial space flight

Florida State to play key role in national center on commercial space flight [Tuesday, August 24, 2010] The Florida State University will play a key role in a world-class consortium assembled by the FAA that joins academia, industry and government to address the present and future challenges of commercial space transportation.



»» Caterpillar Inc. Joins Sponsors of First Lunar Expedition by Astrobotic Technology

Caterpillar Inc. Joins Sponsors of First Lunar Expedition by Astrobotic Technology [Tuesday, August 24, 2010] The initial Astrobotic mission will revisit the Apollo 11 site in April 2013 with a five-foot tall, 160-lb. robot broadcasting 3D high-definition video. The mission will carry payloads to the Moon and convey the experience to the world via Internet video



»» What Lift-off: Should Congress Design the Next Big Booster?

What Lift-off: Should Congress Design the Next Big Booster? [Wednesday, August 25, 2010] Consider how many space initiatives the United States didn't pursue in the past half century. ...



»» First Successful Corona Remote Sensing Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin Marks 50 Year Anniversary

First Successful Corona Remote Sensing Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin Marks 50 Year Anniversary [Wednesday, August 25, 2010] Lockheed Martin today congratulated the NRO and NGA on the 50-year anniversary of the first Corona photo reconnaissance satellite image from space, which ushered in new space-based capabilities for the nation.



»» Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Teleconference 17 Sep 2010

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Teleconference 17 Sep 2010 [Wednesday, August 25, 2010] The proposed agenda for this teleconference is to continue the group's review of the Concept of Operation for Global Space Vehicle Debris Threat Management report.



»» NASTAR Center and Special Aerospace Services Commence Research Study on Emergency Detection and Human Response of Atlas V Profile

NASTAR Center and Special Aerospace Services Commence Research Study on Emergency Detection and Human Response of Atlas V Profile [Saturday, August 28, 2010] The NASTAR Center has completed the initial phase of a research effort focused on commercial human spaceflight and systems development related to emergency detection and response using an Atlas V flight profile.



»» Summoning the Future By Remembering the Past

Summoning the Future By Remembering the Past [Monday, August 30, 2010] There is an old saying that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. However, there is an extension of this in that those who do not remember history are doomed to not repeat what was successful either.




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