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February 2009 Top Stories


»» ULA Delta II Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Successful NOAA-N Prime Launch

ULA Delta II Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Successful NOAA-N Prime Launch [Friday, February 6, 2009] A United Launch Alliance Delta II successfully launched the NASA NOAA-N Prime spacecraft at 2:22 a.m. PST, today.



»» Proton Successfully Delivers Two New Russian Express-series Satellites into Orbit

Proton Successfully Delivers Two New Russian Express-series Satellites into Orbit [Wednesday, February 11, 2009] Two new Russian telecommunications satellites - the Express-AM44 and Express MD1-were launched aboard a Proton-M launcher with the Breeze M upper stage, lifted off from Baikonur at 03:03 Moscow time (MT) today, on February 11.



»» SpaceX: Support NASA Exploration and COTS Capability D

SpaceX: Support NASA Exploration and COTS Capability D [Wednesday, February 11, 2009] This will be a very big year for SpaceX and the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.



»» Simonyi Makes History as First Private Explorer to Return to Space

Simonyi Makes History as First Private Explorer to Return to Space [Saturday, February 14, 2009] Space Adventures, Ltd. announced today that its seventh orbital client, Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., has begun training for his upcoming mission to the International Space Station.



»» Orbital-Built NSS-9 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched For SES NEW SKIES

Orbital-Built NSS-9 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched For SES NEW SKIES [Saturday, February 14, 2009] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that the NSS-9 satellite was successfully launched into orbit during a mission that took place on Thursday, February 12, 2009.



»» Statement by Space Florida President Steve Kohler

Statement by Space Florida President Steve Kohler [Tuesday, February 17, 2009] It is important that Space Florida be given the opportunity to refute inaccuracies outlined in the Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 Orlando Sentinel story headlined: "Florida's Space Boosters Failed to Launch, Critics Say."



»» Aurora Awarded Contract by NASA to Study Balloon Launches From the Surface of Mars

Aurora Awarded Contract by NASA to Study Balloon Launches From the Surface of Mars [Tuesday, February 17, 2009] NASA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences, and its partner Vertigo Inc., a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I contract to develop an innovative autonomous balloon launcher to operate from the surface of Mars.



»» Northrop Grumman Ships LCROSS to NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Northrop Grumman Ships LCROSS to NASA's Kennedy Space Center [Tuesday, February 17, 2009] NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is enroute from Northrop Grumman's facility in Redondo Beach, Calif., to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a spring launch.



»» SPACEHAB Announces Corporate Name Change to Astrotech

SPACEHAB Announces Corporate Name Change to Astrotech [Thursday, February 19, 2009] SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today that it is changing its corporate name to Astrotech Corporation.



»» NASA Solicitation: FY2009 IPP Seed Fund Call Announcement

NASA Solicitation: FY2009 IPP Seed Fund Call Announcement [Thursday, February 19, 2009] The IPP Partnership Seed Fund over the last few years has demonstrated success by enhancing NASA's ability to meet mission technology goals by providing seed funding to address barriers and initiate cost-shared, joint-development partnerships.



»» Aerojet Fires Advanced Development Roll Control Thruster Targeted for Ares I Application

Aerojet Fires Advanced Development Roll Control Thruster Targeted for Ares I Application [Friday, February 20, 2009] Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today that the company completed a hot firing test sequence of a new roll control thruster being developed as a candidate for NASA's Ares I launch vehicle



»» SpaceX Manufactured Heat Shield Material Passes High Temperature Tests Simulating Reentry Heating Conditions of Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX Manufactured Heat Shield Material Passes High Temperature Tests Simulating Reentry Heating Conditions of Dragon Spacecraft [Monday, February 23, 2009] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces the passing of a significant technical milestone in the development of its Dragon spacecraft with the successful arc jet testing of PICA-X high performance heat shield material.



»» Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans See Value in America's Space Program

Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans See Value in America's Space Program [Tuesday, February 24, 2009] Despite the tough economic climate in the U.S., almost 90 percent of Americans see value in the U.S. space program.



»» NASA Announces Winners of 2008 George M. Low Award for Quality

NASA Announces Winners of 2008 George M. Low Award for Quality [Wednesday, February 25, 2009] NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to three companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.



»» Ball Aerospace Completes OMPS Integration for NPP

Ball Aerospace Completes OMPS Integration for NPP [Wednesday, February 25, 2009] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed integration of the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS) for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP).



»» Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon Researchers Show Small Robots Can Prepare Lunar Surface for NASA Outpost

Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon Researchers Show Small Robots Can Prepare Lunar Surface for NASA Outpost [Wednesday, February 25, 2009] Small robots the size of riding mowers could prepare a safe landing site for NASA's Moon outpost, according to a NASA-sponsored study prepared by Astrobotic Technology Inc. with technical assistance from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.



»» NASA OIG: NASA's Constellation Standing Review Boards Established Without Due Regard for Member Independence Requirements

NASA OIG: NASA's Constellation Standing Review Boards Established Without Due Regard for Member Independence Requirements [Thursday, February 26, 2009] This report follows up on and expands the scope of our April 2008 report concerning independence and conflict-of-interest issues involving the SRB for CxP's Orion Project.



»» NASA Awards Contract for Constellation Spacesuit for the Moon

NASA Awards Contract for Constellation Spacesuit for the Moon [Friday, February 27, 2009] NASA has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston to begin work on the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program.




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