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December 2008 Top Stories


»» NASA Exploration Ground Launch Services Industry Day

NASA Exploration Ground Launch Services Industry Day [Monday, December 1, 2008] An Exploration Ground Launch Services (EGLS) Industry Day is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Industry Day will be held in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex, Debus Conference Facility beginning at 9:00 am.



»» RocketShip Tours to Sell Rides to Edge of Space Aboard XCOR's Lynx

RocketShip Tours to Sell Rides to Edge of Space Aboard XCOR's Lynx [Tuesday, December 2, 2008] A travel entrepreneur who introduced hundreds of thousands of Americans to European travel in the 1960's has taken luxury travel to new heights - the edge of space.



»» Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Launch Outreach Campaign

Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Launch Outreach Campaign [Tuesday, December 2, 2008] The Aerospace Industries Association is launching an outreach campaign to underscore the value of the aerospace and defense industry to our nation's economic health.



»» SpaceX Adds Two DragonLab Missions to Manifest

SpaceX Adds Two DragonLab Missions to Manifest [Tuesday, December 2, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces the addition of two DragonLab missions to its manifest, as a result of demand from a successful workshop held at SpaceX headquarters on November 6 to introduce the new DragonLab product.



»» NASA Extends Contract with Russian Federal Space Agency

NASA Extends Contract with Russian Federal Space Agency [Tuesday, December 2, 2008] NASA has signed a $141 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation services planned through the spring of 2012.



»» NASA Selects NOAA Goes-R Series Spacecraft Contractor

NASA Selects NOAA Goes-R Series Spacecraft Contractor [Tuesday, December 2, 2008] NASA, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has selected the contractor for the next series of weather satellites.



»» Goodyear and NASA Successfully Recreate Original Moon Tire

Goodyear and NASA Successfully Recreate Original Moon Tire [Wednesday, December 3, 2008] Goodyear and the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) recently completed a jointly-funded project for the development and production of twelve replicates of the original wire-mesh moon tire used on the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle in the early 1970s.



»» Obama-Biden Transition Project: Space Solar Power (SSP) -- A Solution for Energy Independence & Climate Change

Obama-Biden Transition Project: Space Solar Power (SSP) -- A Solution for Energy Independence & Climate Change [Saturday, December 6, 2008] A National Security Space Office study concluded in October of 2007 that "The magnitude of the looming energy and environmental problems is significant enough to warrant consideration of all options, to include ... space-based solar power."



»» NASA Administrator Mike Griffin: Risk and Rewards in Commercial Space

NASA Administrator Mike Griffin: Risk and Rewards in Commercial Space [Monday, December 8, 2008] "I want to talk about how and why NASA not only should, but must, pursue and nurture appropriate partnerships with the emerging commercial space sector when it is reasonably within the grasp of such firms to meet our needs."



»» Northrop Grumman CEO Says Transforming Global Climate Data Into Knowledge is Key to Addressing Global Climate Change, Demonstrating U.S. Leadership

Northrop Grumman CEO Says Transforming Global Climate Data Into Knowledge is Key to Addressing Global Climate Change, Demonstrating U.S. Leadership [Tuesday, December 9, 2008] Ronald Sugar has called for a national initiative to transform the global climate data being collected by various earth observation systems into the practical, decision-quality knowledge needed to address the challenges of global climate change.



»» SpaceX Draco Thruster Performs Long-Duration Firing and Restart (with video)

SpaceX Draco Thruster Performs Long-Duration Firing and Restart (with video) [Wednesday, December 10, 2008] Just days after the successful full mission-length test firing of the nine-engine first stage of Falcon 9, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) marked another significant advance with the performance of its smallest rocket engine, Draco.



»» Aerospace Shows Strength in Harsh Financial Atmosphere

Aerospace Shows Strength in Harsh Financial Atmosphere [Wednesday, December 10, 2008] The aerospace industry is showing resiliency in trying economic times, ending 2008 with modest growth and continued strength in important areas like foreign trade balance and employment, AIA announced Wednesday.



»» Google Lunar X PRIZE to Announce 'Mystery Team' at NASA Ames

Google Lunar X PRIZE to Announce 'Mystery Team' at NASA Ames [Thursday, December 11, 2008] The X PRIZE Foundation will reveal the identities of a "Mystery Team" competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE during a media briefing hosted at NASA's Ames Research Center on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.



»» NASA Launch Services NLS Solicitation Open Season Delay Notification

NASA Launch Services NLS Solicitation Open Season Delay Notification [Monday, December 15, 2008] The purpose of this synopsis is for NASA to provide notification to the launch services industry that the NLS solicitation open season scheduled for February 2009 will be delayed to no earlier than March 2009 due to ongoing acquisition planning activities



»» Spacecraft Propulsion System for Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer - LADEE

Spacecraft Propulsion System for Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer - LADEE [Monday, December 15, 2008] NASA/ARC plans to issue a RFP for the following Commercial item/services: Spacecraft Propulsion System for LADEE. NASA intends to utilize a phased acquisition approach using progressive competition down-selection procedures.



»» FAA Issues Launch Site Operator License for Spaceport America

FAA Issues Launch Site Operator License for Spaceport America [Monday, December 15, 2008] The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received its launch license for vertical and horizontal launch from the Federal Aviation Administration's Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST).



»» Google Lunar X PRIZE Announces Two New International Competitors at Google Headquarters

Google Lunar X PRIZE Announces Two New International Competitors at Google Headquarters [Tuesday, December 16, 2008] Two new international teams in the Google Lunar X PRIZ were announced today in a tele-press conference from Google Headquarters.



»» NASA Calls for Comment on Draft Altair Request for Proposals

NASA Calls for Comment on Draft Altair Request for Proposals [Tuesday, December 16, 2008] NASA has released a draft request for proposals, or RFP, to seek industry support for the design of its Altair lunar lander vehicle, part of NASA's Constellation Program.



»» Mystery Team for the Google Lunar X Prize Reveals Team at NASA Ames Research Center

Mystery Team for the Google Lunar X Prize Reveals Team at NASA Ames Research Center [Wednesday, December 17, 2008] Based in the United States, the Next Giant Leap (NGL) team boasts highly qualified members from the academic, aerospace and small business communities.



»» XCOR Aerospace Completes Successful First Test Fire of Engine for Lynx Suborbital Launch Vehicle

XCOR Aerospace Completes Successful First Test Fire of Engine for Lynx Suborbital Launch Vehicle [Wednesday, December 17, 2008] XCOR Aerospace, Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed its first test fire of the rocket engine that will be used to power its Lynx suborbital launch vehicle to the edge of space.



»» NASA Solicits Ideas for Displaying Retired Space Shuttles and Main Engines

NASA Solicits Ideas for Displaying Retired Space Shuttles and Main Engines [Wednesday, December 17, 2008] NASA today issued a Request for Information seeking ideas from educational institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire and publicly display the space shuttle orbiters.



»» Sensor Activation Extends Raytheon's 40-Year Record of On-Orbit Success

Sensor Activation Extends Raytheon's 40-Year Record of On-Orbit Success [Thursday, December 18, 2008] Raytheon Company has received confirmation from NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization that a water-detecting sensor system on the Chandrayaan-1 lunar-orbiting spacecraft has been activated and is fully functional.



»» Polyimide Foam Named NASA Commercial Invention of 2007

Polyimide Foam Named NASA Commercial Invention of 2007 [Friday, December 19, 2008] The 2007 NASA Commercial Invention of the Year is a multi-use foam that insulates for sound, heat and cold with aerospace and down to Earth applications.



»» Falcon 9 First Stage Flight Tank Arrives at Cape Canaveral

Falcon 9 First Stage Flight Tank Arrives at Cape Canaveral [Friday, December 19, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces the arrival of the Falcon 9 first stage flight tank at SpaceX's newest launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), in Cape Canaveral, Florida.



»» NASA to Announce Space Station Resupply Services Contract

NASA to Announce Space Station Resupply Services Contract [Monday, December 22, 2008] NASA will host a media teleconference with Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier at 4 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 23, to discuss the contract selection for commercial cargo resupply services for the International Space Station.



»» ATK Receives $49 Million Contract for Orion Solid Rocket Motors

ATK Receives $49 Million Contract for Orion Solid Rocket Motors [Monday, December 22, 2008] Alliant Techsystems has received a $49 million contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide at least nine flight sets of Orion solid rocket motors.



»» New Report Details Aerospace Workforce Needs, Remedies

New Report Details Aerospace Workforce Needs, Remedies [Monday, December 22, 2008] A new report from the aerospace industry promotes the need to convince more students to study math and science and makes proposals to senior policy makers to improve those education disciplines.



»» SpaceX Falcon 9 to Be Fully Integrated by December 231

SpaceX Falcon 9 to Be Fully Integrated by December 231 [Monday, December 22, 2008] Barring any unforeseen delays, the second stage and fairing are expected to arrive at the Cape by December 28th and will be mated on December 31st, just in time for the New Year.



»» NASA Awards Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Contracts To SpaceX and Orbital

NASA Awards Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Contracts To SpaceX and Orbital [Tuesday, December 23, 2008] NASA has awarded two contracts - one to Orbital Sciences Corp and one to SpaceX for commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station.



»» FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Approval on a Record of Decision for the Spaceport America Commercial Launch Site

FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Approval on a Record of Decision for the Spaceport America Commercial Launch Site [Monday, December 29, 2008] In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, the FAA is announcing the availability of the ROD for the Spaceport America Commercial Launch Site, Sierra County, New Mexico.



»» Researcher hopes to put fuel cells on the fast track

Researcher hopes to put fuel cells on the fast track [Tuesday, December 30, 2008] The slow evolution of clean-energy solutions is about to kick into high gear, if Sossina M. Haile has anything to say about it.




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