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»» Development of the Commercial Space Launch Industry Presents Safety Oversight Challenges for FAA & Raises Issues Affecting Federal Roles

Development of the Commercial Space Launch Industry Presents Safety Oversight Challenges for FAA & Raises Issues Affecting Federal Roles [Wednesday, December 2, 2009] Highlights of GAO-10-286T, a testimony before the Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives



»» Wayne Hale's Blog: Burgeoning commercial space industry

Wayne Hale's Blog: Burgeoning commercial space industry [Wednesday, December 2, 2009] There are a couple of smaller, entrepreneurial, companies which are making good progress toward medium launch vehicle operations. We applaud them and wish them well and have in fact provided some fiscal support.



»» Containerized Data Center Solution from Verari Systems and Cisco Provides Cloud Computing Solution for NASA's Nebula Cloud Platform

Containerized Data Center Solution from Verari Systems and Cisco Provides Cloud Computing Solution for NASA's Nebula Cloud Platform [Wednesday, December 2, 2009] NASA Ames Research Center has selected a containerized data center solution from Verari Systems(R) and Cisco Systems, Inc.(R) for the first phase of its Nebula Cloud Computing Platform.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Bretton Alexander Testifies Before House Science Committee on Spaceflight Safety

Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Bretton Alexander Testifies Before House Science Committee on Spaceflight Safety [Wednesday, December 2, 2009] Bretton Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, testified this morning before the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science Committee on the topic of commercial spaceflight safety.



»» Satellite Industry Leaders Establish New Space Association

Satellite Industry Leaders Establish New Space Association [Wednesday, December 2, 2009] Global satellite operators SES S.A., Intelsat, Ltd., and Inmarsat plc announced that they have founded the Space Data Association Ltd. (SDA)



»» CSF Vice-Chairman Jeff Greason Testifies Before House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Commercial Spaceflight Regulation

CSF Vice-Chairman Jeff Greason Testifies Before House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Commercial Spaceflight Regulation [Thursday, December 3, 2009] Jeff Greason, Vice Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and CEO of XCOR Aerospace, testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday, December 2.



»» SpaceX Hosts Preliminary Training for NASA ISS Astronauts in Preparation for Dragon Spacecraft Rendezvous and Station Berthing

SpaceX Hosts Preliminary Training for NASA ISS Astronauts in Preparation for Dragon Spacecraft Rendezvous and Station Berthing [Thursday, December 3, 2009] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently conducted its first Dragon spacecraft operations training for a group of NASA astronauts and personnel at its corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, CA.



»» "SAPPORO Space Barley" Beer Is Launched Onto The Market For The First Time In The World In Limited Quantities For Charity

[Friday, December 4, 2009] The "space barley" used to make this beer is the 4th generation descendant of the Haruna Nijo malting barley developed by Sapporo Breweries and kept in space for five months during 2006.



»» CPUC Takes Another Step Toward State's Renewable Energy Goal With Approval of PG&E Contract

CPUC Takes Another Step Toward State's Renewable Energy Goal With Approval of PG&E Contract [Friday, December 4, 2009] Through its power purchase agreement with Solaren Corporation, PG&E is entitled to generation from a first-of-its kind space-based solar project that uses orbiting satellites equipped with solar cells to convert the sun's energy into electricity.



»» NASA Solicitation: Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program - CRuSR - Request for Information

NASA Solicitation: Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program - CRuSR - Request for Information [Sunday, December 6, 2009] NASA Ames CRuSR Office is requesting technical and programmatic input to improve the government's understanding of flight opportunities to aid potential science investigators in scoping and designing possible future suborbital investigations.



»» Virgin Galactic unveils SpaceShipTwo, the world's first manned commercial spaceship

Virgin Galactic unveils SpaceShipTwo, the world's first manned commercial spaceship [Monday, December 7, 2009] Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceshipOne (SS1) designer, Burt Rutan, today reveal SS2 to the public for the first time since construction of the world's first manned commercial spaceship began in 2007.



»» Feasibility of Using Constellation Architecture or Robotic Missions for Servicing Existing and Future Spacecraft

Feasibility of Using Constellation Architecture or Robotic Missions for Servicing Existing and Future Spacecraft [Tuesday, December 8, 2009] NASA has undertaken a study to assess the feasibility, practicality, and cost of servicing satellites using elements of currently planned and future NASA human spaceflight systems and/or robotic technologies.



»» Aerojet's Glenn Mahone and Jacobs Technology's Jeannie Kranz to guide the Coalition for Space Exploration Public Affairs Team in 2010

Aerojet's Glenn Mahone and Jacobs Technology's Jeannie Kranz to guide the Coalition for Space Exploration Public Affairs Team in 2010 [Wednesday, December 9, 2009] Two veteran aerospace communicators will lead the Coalition for Space Exploration's Public Affairs Team in 2010. Aerojet's Glenn Mahone and Jacobs Technology's Jeannie Kranz were recently named the organization's new chair and deputy chair, respectively.



»» ESA and World Bank move towards closer collaboration

ESA and World Bank move towards closer collaboration [Tuesday, December 15, 2009] The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.



»» Virgin Galactic Expands Its Exclusive Sales Relationship with Virtuoso

Virgin Galactic Expands Its Exclusive Sales Relationship with Virtuoso [Tuesday, December 15, 2009] Virgin Galactic announced 18 new Virtuoso(R) travel advisors as 'Accredited Space Agents' (ASAs), including Ezana Araya of Andavo Travel, Inc with offices in Denver, Colo., San Francisco, Calif., and Salt Lake City, Utah.



»» NASA Buys Additional Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motors

NASA Buys Additional Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motors [Tuesday, December 15, 2009] NASA has purchased two reusable solid rocket motors from ATK Launch Systems Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, to provide a "launch on need" rescue capability for the final planned space shuttle mission, targeted for September 2010.



»» NASA Solicitation: Deiling Increase on the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport Contract at Wallops Flight Facility for Launch Site Services

NASA Solicitation: Deiling Increase on the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport Contract at Wallops Flight Facility for Launch Site Services [Tuesday, December 15, 2009] NASA's GSFC/WFF plans to issue a modification to increase the contract ceiling on the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract with the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA).



»» Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation Public Meeting

Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation Public Meeting [Friday, December 18, 2009] New COE for Commercial Space Transportation Public Meeting February 9, 2010 The FAA Administrator has concurred with the request to establish a new Center of Excellence (COE) for Commercial Space Transportation (CST) in 2010.



»» GAO Report: International Space Station: Significant Challenges May Limit Onboard Research

GAO Report: International Space Station: Significant Challenges May Limit Onboard Research [Tuesday, December 22, 2009] The ISS has been continuously staffed since 2000 and now has a six-member crew. The primary objective for the ISS through 2010 is construction, so research utilization has not been the priority.



»» NASA Awards Propulsion System Contract for Moon-Bound Mission

NASA Awards Propulsion System Contract for Moon-Bound Mission [Tuesday, December 22, 2009] NASA has selected Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, Calif., to receive a contract for the propulsion system for the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. The contract has a maximum value of $8.86 million.



»» OSTP Releases Assessment of U.S. Space Launch Vehicle Engine Production Capacity

OSTP Releases Assessment of U.S. Space Launch Vehicle Engine Production Capacity [Monday, December 28, 2009] .. this report incorporates information and insights provided by representatives of 9 companies, including all of the domestic propulsion and launch vehicle companies cited in the report plus additional firms.



»» List of Speakers Announced for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February

List of Speakers Announced for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February [Thursday, December 31, 2009] The 2010 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, which is being convened by the Southwest Research Institute, the Universities Space Research Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.




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