December 2006 Top Stories
»» Boeing and Lockheed Martin Complete United Launch Alliance Transaction
[Friday, December 1, 2006] The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation today announced that they have completed the transaction combining their expendable launch vehicle businesses, forming the joint venture called United Launch Alliance, LLC (ULA).
»» NASA GRC Solicitation: Development of Replicate Apollo Roving Vehicle Wheels
[Friday, December 1, 2006] NASA is working to design and evaluate wheels for future lunar roving vehicles. For the purpose of establishing a baseline to compare with new wheel designs, NASA would like to replicate and test the wire mesh LRV wheels used on the Apollo missions.
»» Sino Setback - Advanced Chinese Space Technology Initiative Is Off To A Disastrous Start
[Sunday, December 3, 2006] The catastrophic breakdown of Sinosat 2 is the worst spacecraft failure in the history of the Chinese space program and a major setback to China's development of a new generation of larger more powerful civilian and military satellites.
»» NASA To Evaluate Non-recoverable First Stage for Ares I Launch Vehicle
[Monday, December 4, 2006] Some of the people working on the design of NASA's new Ares I launch vehicle want to delete the requirement to recover and reuse the rocket's first stage. The reason: the weight of hardware required to make recovery possible - and practical.
»» NASA JSC Solicitation: ISS Cargo Transportation Services
[Friday, December 8, 2006] The intent of this RFI is to obtain information on ISS commercial resupply opportunities in the interim period prior to completion of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Phase I demonstrations and initiation of COTS Phase II.
»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Constellation Program Design for Operations Request for Information
[Friday, December 8, 2006] Objective: request information on the full scope of activities, tools, models, and evaluation criteria used to optimize integrated processes in order to improve the long-term operability and life-cycle affordability of the overall Constellation Program.
»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Constellation Technical Support - RFI
[Friday, December 8, 2006] The following areas are of interest: Systems Engineering and Integration, Test and Verification, and Advanced Projects Offices.
»» 5 for 5 for Ariane 5 in 2006 - Successful launch of WildBlue-1 and AMC-18
[Monday, December 11, 2006] On Friday evening, December 8, Arianespace placed two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit for two private American operators: WildBlue-1 for WildBlue Communications and AMC-18 for SES AMERICOM.
»» Science Democrats Track NASA Foreign Contract Reporting
[Tuesday, December 12, 2006] The GAO has determined that NASA will not be able to issue its required annual report to Congress in January 2007 regarding their contracts and subcontracts performed overseas, as well as on NASA purchases from foreign entities.†
»» Major NASA - Google Announcement Planned
[Thursday, December 14, 2006] NASA and Google will be making a joint announcement of a new collaboration very soon at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California.
»» Judy Perl Cruises Selected by Virgin Galactic to Become Accredited Space Agent
[Thursday, December 14, 2006] Today Virgin Galactic proudly announced that Judy Perl Cruises has been selected to become an "Accredited Space Agent" -- one of the first and only consultants in North America allowed to reserve seats aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital space flights.
»» Human Space Flight Requirements for Crew and Space Flight Participants
[Friday, December 15, 2006] The FAA is establishing requirements for human space flight as required by the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, including rules on crew qualifications and training, and informed consent for crew and space flight participants.
»» NASA and Google to Bring Space Exploration Down to Earth
[Monday, December 18, 2006] NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a Space Act Agreement that establishes a relationship to work on a variety of technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer interfaces.
»» President Bush Signs Executive Order Establishing National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy
[Thursday, December 21, 2006] President Bush signed an Executive Order establishing the nationís first Aeronautics Research and Development Policy.
»» NASA JSC Solicitation: ISS Cargo Transportation Services - Questions and Answers
[Friday, December 22, 2006] Below are the questions received regarding RFI NNJ07ISSBG and NASA's response. The Due Date for responses is 4 pm cst Monday, January 8, 2007.
»» NASA's Top Exploration and Discovery Stories of the Year
[Wednesday, December 27, 2006] NASA moved forward in 2006 to extend humanity's exploration of the solar system and learn more about the universe and our home planet.