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December 2007 Top Stories


»» History Making Moon Mission To Be Unveiled December 6th

History Making Moon Mission To Be Unveiled December 6th [Sunday, December 2, 2007] The first team to complete registration for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE will unveil its plans on December 6th at the Space Investment Summit in San Jose, California.



»» NASA Set to Announce Final Major Ares I Contract

NASA Set to Announce Final Major Ares I Contract [Thursday, December 6, 2007] NASA will host a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. EST to announce the selection of a contractor for the upper stage instrument unit avionics for the Ares I rocket.



»» History Making Mission For Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition Unveiled by Odyssey Moon

History Making Mission For Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition Unveiled by Odyssey Moon [Thursday, December 6, 2007] The first team to complete registration for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE unveiled its plans today at the Space Investment Summit in San Jose, California.



»» Dr. William 'Red' Whittaker and Raytheon Company Collaborate to Pursue Google Lunar X Prize

Dr. William 'Red' Whittaker and Raytheon Company Collaborate to Pursue Google Lunar X Prize [Friday, December 7, 2007] On Sept. 13, 2007, Dr. William L. "Red" Whittaker, Astrobotic's Chief Technology Officer and Lunar Mission Commander declared his intention to pursue the recently announced Google Lunar X Prize.



»» Reps. Calvert and Jones Introduce Legislation to Provide for NASA Sponsorship Opportunities

Reps. Calvert and Jones Introduce Legislation to Provide for NASA Sponsorship Opportunities [Friday, December 7, 2007] Rep Ken Calvert (R-CA), the former Chairman of the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, along with Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), introduced the bipartisan NASA Innovation Fund and Sponsorship Act, H.R. 4308.



»» H.R. 4308: NASA Innovation Fund and Sponsorship Act of 2007

H.R. 4308: NASA Innovation Fund and Sponsorship Act of 2007 [Saturday, December 8, 2007] "To create a sponsorship program to help fund NASA's Centennial Challenges prize program and expand public awareness of NASA activities and technology needs, and for other purposes."



»» Atlas V Poised for NRO Secret Mission

Atlas V Poised for NRO Secret Mission [Saturday, December 8, 2007] A secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spacecraft is poised for launch Dec. 10-11 from Cape Canaveral on board a U.S. Air Force Atlas V rocket - a Boeing Satellite Data System (SDS) type relay satellite.



»» NASA CxP ISTIM Outbrief to JSC Engineering Management 30 November 2007

NASA CxP ISTIM Outbrief to JSC Engineering Management 30 November 2007 [Saturday, December 8, 2007] "Landing mode - Nominal coastal water landing, contingency-only land landing, cease/desist working nominal land landing, water landing environment definition per Team 0 recommendation, landing accuracy increased from 5 km to 10 km"



»» Nanotube-producing bacteria show manufacturing promise

Nanotube-producing bacteria show manufacturing promise [Sunday, December 9, 2007] Two engineers at the University of California, Riverside are part of a binational team that has found semiconducting nanotubes produced by living bacteria - a discovery that could help in the creation of a new generation of nanoelectronic devices.



»» United Launch Alliance Atlas V Successfully Launches NRO Satellite

United Launch Alliance Atlas V Successfully Launches NRO Satellite [Monday, December 10, 2007] A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched NRO payload at 5:05 p.m., EST, today from Space Launch Complex 41. This launch marks the fourth Atlas V EELV mission this year and the 12th ULA mission in 2007.



»» Spacehab Realigns Corporation - Company Positioned to Capture NASA COTS Business

Spacehab Realigns Corporation - Company Positioned to Capture NASA COTS Business [Monday, December 10, 2007] Spacehab today announced an initiative to align the corporate structure and personnel toward its strategic direction of winning the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) funded Space Act Agreement.



»» XCOR Completes First Tests of New Rocket Engine

XCOR Completes First Tests of New Rocket Engine [Wednesday, December 12, 2007] XCOR has successfully completed its first series of tests on a new 56-pound thrust rocket engine. The engine, designated XR-3E17, is a direct descendent of the company's XR-2P1 "Tea Cart" engine developed in 2000.



»» Boeing Selected to Build Instrument Unit Avionics for NASA's Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle

Boeing Selected to Build Instrument Unit Avionics for NASA's Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle [Wednesday, December 12, 2007] The Boeing Company has been awarded an initial NASA contract valued at approximately $265 million to produce the Ares I crew launch vehicle's instrument unit avionics (IUA).



»» NASA and Goodyear Awarded Funding to Develop Non-Pneumatic Tire for the Moon

NASA and Goodyear Awarded Funding to Develop Non-Pneumatic Tire for the Moon [Thursday, December 13, 2007] Goodyear , the innovator of run-flat tire technology on Earth, is working with NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) to significantly evolve the technology and take its capabilities to the rest of the universe.



»» NASA's Elementary and Secondary Program: Review and Critique

NASA's Elementary and Secondary Program: Review and Critique [Sunday, December 16, 2007] In the NASA authorization act of 2005 (P.L. 109-555 Subtitle B-Education, Sec. 614) Congress directed the agency to support a review and evaluation of its precollege education program to be carried out by the National Research Council.



»» Rep. Dave Weldon to Announce S.P.A.C.E. Act - New Legislation Would Help Ensure America's Future in Space

Rep. Dave Weldon to Announce S.P.A.C.E. Act - New Legislation Would Help Ensure America's Future in Space [Sunday, December 16, 2007] Rep. Weldon is announcing new legislation that would propose additional Space Shuttle flights through the "gap" in which America will not otherwise have access to space.



»» Bad Budget News For NASA

Bad Budget News For NASA [Monday, December 17, 2007] "The amended bill provides $17,309,400,000 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) instead of $17,622,500,000 as proposed by the House and $17,459,600,000 as proposed by the Senate."



»» SpaceX Successfully Completes NASA Systems Requirements Review for Dragon Spacecraft Demonstration to Berth at International Space Station

SpaceX Successfully Completes NASA Systems Requirements Review for Dragon Spacecraft Demonstration to Berth at International Space Station [Tuesday, December 18, 2007] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has completed the Systems Requirements Review (SRR) for what will be the third Falcon 9 / Dragon demonstration under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.



»» NASA Awards Orion Project Integration Services Contract

NASA Awards Orion Project Integration Services Contract [Tuesday, December 18, 2007] NASA has awarded a contract for Orion Project integration services to Barrios Technology Ltd. of Houston. The small business contract has a potential value of $49 million with options.



»» Spacehab Announces Successful ARCTUS Mid-Air Recovery Test

Spacehab Announces Successful ARCTUS Mid-Air Recovery Test [Wednesday, December 19, 2007] Spacehab today announced the success of a mid air retrieval demonstration test performed with applications to its Advanced Research and Conventional Technology Utilization Spacecraft (ARCTUS) Program.



»» NASA LaRC Solicitation: Analysis of Ares 1 Thrust Oscillation Issues

NASA LaRC Solicitation: Analysis of Ares 1 Thrust Oscillation Issues [Thursday, December 20, 2007] NASA/LaRC has a requirement for Use of the proprietary Universal Combustion Device Stability (UCDS) process developed and owned by the Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories LLC. The Government must assess thrust oscillation issues with the Constellation Program's AR



»» NASA Awards Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Contract

NASA Awards Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Contract [Thursday, December 20, 2007] NASA has awarded a contract to Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc. in El Segundo, Calif., for two satellites that will replenish the NASA communication relay network that provides telecommunications links between low Earth orbiting spacecraft and the ground.



»» United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches GPS IIR-18 Mission for Air Force

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches GPS IIR-18 Mission for Air Force [Thursday, December 20, 2007] United Launch Alliance successfully launched a Delta II expendable launch vehicle today from Space Launch Complex 17-A at 3:04 p.m., EST carrying the Air Force's GPS IIR-18(M) satellite.



»» NASA Spinoff 2007 Highlights Space Innovation in Everyday Life

NASA Spinoff 2007 Highlights Space Innovation in Everyday Life [Friday, December 21, 2007] NASA's Spinoff 2007, an annual online and print publication featuring NASA space technologies that provide practical, tangible benefits to society, is now available.



»» NASA Names New Composite Government Invention of the Year

NASA Names New Composite Government Invention of the Year [Friday, December 21, 2007] A device that can act like muscle and nerves to expand and contract surfaces is the 2006 NASA Government Invention of the Year.



»» Boeing to Build NASA's Newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellites

Boeing to Build NASA's Newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellites [Friday, December 21, 2007] NASA has returned to Boeing for its next-generation series of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), continuing the communications satellite line that began with the launch of TDRS H in 2000.



»» NASA Extends Space Shuttle External Tank Contract

NASA Extends Space Shuttle External Tank Contract [Saturday, December 22, 2007] NASA signed a $465.7 million contract modification with Lockheed Martin, New Orleans, for space shuttle external tanks. The modification aligns and extends all activities associated with the production contract for tanks until shuttle retirement in 2010.



»» NASA GSFC Solicitation: GOES R Series of Spacecraft

NASA GSFC Solicitation: GOES R Series of Spacecraft [Saturday, December 22, 2007] NASA/GSFC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) on or about January 31, 2008, for the procurement of the R series of spacecraft for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).



»» Lockheed Martin Spacecraft to be Flown for NASA's GRAIL Lunar Mission

Lockheed Martin Spacecraft to be Flown for NASA's GRAIL Lunar Mission [Monday, December 24, 2007] The $375-million GRAIL mission is led by principal investigator Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.



»» NASA Awards Contract for Space Shuttle Robotics Support

NASA Awards Contract for Space Shuttle Robotics Support [Sunday, December 30, 2007] NASA has awarded a contract to Canadian Commercial Corporation for support of hardware and software associated with the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System robotic arm, inspection boom assembly and robotic work station.



»» NASA National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service (NAOMS) Information Release

NASA National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service (NAOMS) Information Release [Monday, December 31, 2007] This Web site contains responses collected from the air carrier and general aviation pilot surveys as part of the NASA National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project from April 2001 through December 2004.




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