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February 2006 Top Stories


»» Spacedev CEO Cites Merger as a Major Milestone for Space Industry

Spacedev CEO Cites Merger as a Major Milestone for Space Industry [Thursday, February 2, 2006] SpaceDev has completed the acquisition of Starsys Research Corporation after each company obtained approval from over 98% of shares voting on the merger and unanimous approvals from both companies' Board of Directors.



»» NASA ARC Solicitation: CEV Heatshield Materials for LEO Return

NASA ARC Solicitation: CEV Heatshield Materials for LEO Return [Thursday, February 2, 2006] This notice is issued by NASA/ARC to post a Request for Information (RFI) via the internet, and to solicit responses from Industry.



»» Teaming Opportunity for NASA KSC Technology Transfer Office

Teaming Opportunity for NASA KSC Technology Transfer Office [Thursday, February 2, 2006] NASA KSC is seeking Partners to participate with NASA KSC Scientists to develop and execute proposals. It is anticipated that selected proposal(s) would result in cost-sharing contracts, cooperative agreements, and/or space act agreements.



»» Dual Use Technology Development at NASA Stennis Space Center

Dual Use Technology Development at NASA Stennis Space Center [Thursday, February 2, 2006] On or about February 2, 2006, this CAN will be available electronically through the NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS) Business Opportunities site.



»» NASA Solicitation: Parachutes for the Crew Exploration Vehicle

NASA Solicitation: Parachutes for the Crew Exploration Vehicle [Friday, February 3, 2006] NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design, development, and testing of a parachute system to be integrated into the design of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).



»» NASA's New Budget: Treading Water

NASA's New Budget: Treading Water [Monday, February 6, 2006] Today, NASA will unveil the Fiscal Year 2007 budget request that the White House will be submitting to Congress. While NASA will get an increase over the FY 2006 budget - the increase is only 1%.



»» NASA Administrator Mike Griffin's Statement About the FY 2007 Budget

NASA Administrator Mike Griffin's Statement About the FY 2007 Budget [Monday, February 6, 2006] "This morning, the President announced the Fiscal Year 2007 budget request for the entire federal government. This includes a $16.8 billion request for NASA, which represents a 3.2 percent increase over the 2006 budget appropriated for NASA."



»» NASA Request for Information: Venture Capital Project ("Red Planet Capital")

NASA Request for Information: Venture Capital Project ( [Monday, February 6, 2006] In order for NASA to specifically focus on entrepreneurial innovation in support of its mission objectives, the Agency has laid the foundation for a private equity investment vehicle (working name "Red Planet Capital") aimed at early-stage companies.



»» Sea Launch Initiates Countdown for EchoStar X Launch

Sea Launch Initiates Countdown for EchoStar X Launch [Monday, February 6, 2006] The Sea Launch team has initiated a 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the EchoStar X broadcast satellite on Wednesday, February 8, at the opening of a 49-minute launch window, at 3:35 pm Pacific Time (23:35 GMT).



»» ILS Off to Fast Start in 2006: Celebrates Successful Launch, Announces 3 Awards

ILS Off to Fast Start in 2006: Celebrates Successful Launch, Announces 3 Awards [Tuesday, February 7, 2006] "Right out of the chute, we announced awards from returning customers and had a fantastically successful Atlas V launch with NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto - and there are 11 months to go in 2006."



»» Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Update: February 6, 2006

Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Update: February 6, 2006 [Tuesday, February 7, 2006] As an additional reliability measure, SpaceX will conduct a full test of vehicle systems, including initiating the flight countdown autosequence and briefly firing the main engine on the launch stand.



»» NASA's Centennial Challenges Program Seeks Input On New Prize Competitions

NASA's Centennial Challenges Program Seeks Input On New Prize Competitions [Tuesday, February 7, 2006] NASA's Centennial Challenges Program released today draft rules for six new prize competitions. NASA is seeking external comments and collaborating organizations in order to finalize and initiate these Challenges.



»» NASA CEV Phase II Call for Improvements: Amendment 1

NASA CEV Phase II Call for Improvements: Amendment 1 [Thursday, February 9, 2006] "Update the RFP documentation associated with the following requirement changes:CEV Outer Mold Line; Change in the range requirements for rendezvous and real time communication; and Additional requirement for the use of APAS."



»» Spacehab Receives Nasdaq Listing Deficiency Letter

Spacehab Receives Nasdaq Listing Deficiency Letter [Thursday, February 9, 2006] Spacehab has announced receipt of a Nasdaq Staff Deficiency letter on February 8, 2006 indicating that the Company is below the minimum equity requirement of $10.0 million and accordingly does not comply with Marketplace Rule 4450(a)(3).



»» Remarks to the National Space Club by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

Remarks to the National Space Club by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin [Friday, February 10, 2006] "But even with the increase we have received, I recognize that no one is getting everything they want from this budget for NASA. We simply will not be able to do everything, right now, that many in the space community may want us to do."



»» NASA FY 2006 Operating Plan and Transmittal Letter

NASA FY 2006 Operating Plan and Transmittal Letter [Friday, February 10, 2006] "The purpose of this letter is to submit to the Committee NASA's Initial FY 2006 Operating Plan in accordance with the agreements between NASA and the Committee, and to provide an update to the FY 2005 Operating Plan."



»» Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Update 10 February 2006

Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Update 10 February 2006 [Saturday, February 11, 2006] "We were very happy to be able to execute a flight countdown all the way to lighting the engine. Although there wasn't a launch this time, we made a lot of progress refining the rocket and launch pad -- all work that needed to be done anyway."



»» Arianespace and Roscosmos sign contract to kick off Soyuz operations phase at Guiana Space Center

Arianespace and Roscosmos sign contract to kick off Soyuz operations phase at Guiana Space  Center [Tuesday, February 14, 2006] Arianespace and Roscosmos, today signed the supply contract for the first four Soyuz launch vehicles to be launched from the Guiana Space Center starting in 2008.



»» NASA Announces Shared Services Center Ground Breaking

NASA Announces Shared Services Center Ground Breaking [Wednesday, February 15, 2006] The NASA Shared Services Center is hosting a ground breaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. CST, Friday, Feb. 24 on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center, Miss.



»» House Science Committee Hearing Charter: NASA's FY 2007 Budget Proposal

House Science Committee Hearing Charter: NASA's FY 2007 Budget Proposal [Wednesday, February 15, 2006] NASA's overall proposed budget for FY07 is $16.8 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the FY06 appropriated budget, or up 3.2 percent if one excludes the hurricane emergency supplemental funding ($350 million) from the FY06 base.



»» Sea Launch Delivers EchoStar X Satellite to Orbit

Sea Launch Delivers EchoStar X Satellite to Orbit [Thursday, February 16, 2006] Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the EchoStar X communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.



»» Space Tourism Pioneers, Space Adventures and the Ansari X Prize

Space Tourism Pioneers, Space Adventures and the Ansari X Prize [Thursday, February 16, 2006] Space Adventures, Ltd. announced today a contract with Prodea, a private investment firm founded by the Ansari family, and a separate contract with FSA to develop a fleet of suborbital spaceflight vehicles for commercial use globally.



»» Space Adventures Announces $265 Million Global Spaceport Development Project

Space Adventures Announces $265 Million Global Spaceport Development Project [Friday, February 17, 2006] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today its plans to develop a commercial spaceport in Ras Al-Khaimah (the UAE), with plans to expand  globally.



»» Space Adventures Announces An Integrated Spaceport Offering Suborbital Spaceflights, Astronaut Training and Interactive Visitor Center

Space Adventures Announces An Integrated Spaceport Offering Suborbital Spaceflights, Astronaut Training and Interactive Visitor Center [Sunday, February 19, 2006] Space Adventures, Ltd., together with a Singapore-based consortium, announced today that it plans to develop an integrated spaceport in Singapore that will offer suborbital spaceflights, as well as operate astronaut training facilities.



»» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Cargo Vehicle Core Stage Engine

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Cargo Vehicle Core Stage Engine [Friday, February 24, 2006] NASA/MSFC has baselined the use of a lower cost version of the Space Shuttle Main Engine as the Core Stage Engine (CSE) for the proposed Cargo Launch Vehicle (CaLV).



»» NASA LaRC Solicitation: New Worlds Imager

NASA LaRC Solicitation: New Worlds Imager [Friday, February 24, 2006] The New Worlds Imager concept uses a space telescope and a large occulting mask external to the telescope to make coronagraphic observations in search of planets around nearby stars.



»» NASA Internal Charts: ESAS Update: Accelerating Lunar Missions aka "Lunar Sooner"

NASA Internal Charts: ESAS Update: Accelerating Lunar Missions aka [Monday, February 27, 2006] "NASA's original ESAS focus was to enable both the ISS and lunar missions while enabling extensibility to Mars. After further analysis, NASA has elected to alter the architectural baseline."



»» Element 21 Golf Company's Message Is Out of This World!

Element 21 Golf Company's Message Is Out of This World! [Monday, February 27, 2006] TORONTO -- Element 21 Golf Company today [9 Feb 2006] reported on its plans to drive a golf ball into orbit around the Earth.



»» ARIANESPACE: Launch of SPAINSAT – HOT BIRDTM 7A postponed

ARIANESPACE: Launch of SPAINSAT – HOT BIRDTM 7A postponed [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] Following the postponement of the launch slated for Friday, February 24, 2006, Alcatel Alenia Space has performed a complete verification of the telemetry signal system of Eutelsat's HOT BIRDTM 7A satellite.



»» NOAA announces contract award for geostationary lightning mapper

NOAA announces contract award for geostationary lightning mapper [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] The National Weather Service estimates that lightning strikes within the United States an average of 25 million times each year, killing an average of 67 people and causing property losses, damage to aircraft and electronics and can trigger wildfires.



»» Looking for responsive, low-cost space lift

Looking for responsive, low-cost space lift [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] An office comprised of two personnel seeks to save the Air Force millions of dollars in lift off costs by demonstrating innovative launch vehicle concepts to perform the critical, initial portion of spaceflight.



»» Golf or Science: What is NASA's Plan for the Space Station?

Golf or Science: What is NASA's Plan for the Space Station? [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] Earlier this month, a Canadian golf club manufacturer, revealed publicly that it had an arrangement with Russia whereby a cosmonaut would perform an EVA and hit an instrumented golf ball off of the space station into its own orbit.



»» NASA Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II Call for Improvements: Amendment 2

NASA Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II Call for Improvements: Amendment 2 [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] The purpose of this Amendment is to: A. Respond to questions received to date for the RFP; B. Update the RFP documentation



»» ILS Declares Proton Launch Anomaly

ILS Declares Proton Launch Anomaly [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] Khrunichev and International Launch Services regret to announce the failure of the Proton launch vehicle to put the ARABSAT 4A satellite into proper orbit for EADS Astrium and ARABSAT.



»» Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Update 24 February 2006

Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Update 24 February 2006 [Tuesday, February 28, 2006] The tentative launch window for the maiden flight of Falcon 1 is March 20 through 25. The gating items are receiving a shipment of liquid oxygen (LOX) from Hawaii and switching out the 2nd stage tank. 




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