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February 2010 Top Stories


»» The Obama Space Vision for NASA: Massive Paradigm Shifts Ahead

The Obama Space Vision for NASA: Massive Paradigm Shifts Ahead [Monday, February 1, 2010] In announcing its $19.0 billion FY 2011 NASA budget today, the Obama Administration has made it very clear that it intends to attempt a paradigm shift in the way that America explores and utilizes space.



»» Space Industry CEOs Host Teleconference to Discuss President Obama's 2011 Budget Request for Expanded Role of Commercial Space

Space Industry CEOs Host Teleconference to Discuss President Obama's 2011 Budget Request for Expanded Role of Commercial Space [Monday, February 1, 2010] The Next Step in Space Coalition and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation today will hold a joint teleconference for members of the media.



»» NASA Selects Commercial Firms to Begin Development of Crew Transportation Concepts and Technology Demonstrations for Human Spaceflight

NASA Selects Commercial Firms to Begin Development of Crew Transportation Concepts and Technology Demonstrations for Human Spaceflight [Monday, February 1, 2010] NASA has awarded $50 million through funded agreements to further the commercial sector's capability to support transport of crew to and from low Earth orbit. This step is the first taken by NASA consistent with the president's direction to foster commerc



»» GAO: NASA Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

GAO: NASA Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects [Monday, February 1, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to invest billions in the coming years in science and exploration space fl ight initiatives.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New NASA Human Spaceflight Plan, Congratulates Commercial Crew Development Winners

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New NASA Human Spaceflight Plan, Congratulates Commercial Crew Development Winners [Monday, February 1, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes the decision today by President Barack Obama to place U.S. human spaceflight on a new trajectory with major investments in technology, science, exploration, and commercial spaceflight.



»» NASA and Industry Join Forces for Virginia Aerospace Day

NASA and Industry Join Forces for Virginia Aerospace Day [Tuesday, February 2, 2010] NASA leaders from Langley Research Center will join aerospace industry representatives statewide to bring this message to Virginia General Assembly members on AeroSpace Days 2010, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3-4, in Richmond.



»» NASA Unveils Commercial Human Spaceflight Development Agreements and Announces $50 Million in Seed Funding for Commercial Crew

NASA Unveils Commercial Human Spaceflight Development Agreements and Announces $50 Million in Seed Funding for Commercial Crew [Wednesday, February 3, 2010] At a National Press Club event to "introduce new commercial space pioneers, John Holdren and Charles Bolden praised the seven winning companies of NASA's Commercial Crew Development and Commercial Orbital Transportation Services competitions.



»» NASA and GM Create Cutting Edge Robotic Technology

NASA and GM Create Cutting Edge Robotic Technology [Thursday, February 4, 2010] NASA and General Motors are working together to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies for use in the automotive and aerospace industries.



»» James Cameron Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, New NASA Plan

James Cameron Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, New NASA Plan [Thursday, February 4, 2010] James Cameron, the writer and director of "Avatar" and "Titanic" has published an op-ed in The Washington Post endorsing commercial human spaceflight and President Obama's new plan for NASA.



»» SpaceX Completes Dragon Spacecraft Cargo Loading Milestone

SpaceX Completes Dragon Spacecraft Cargo Loading Milestone [Thursday, February 4, 2010] SpaceX recently conducted a three-day long demonstration of cargo loading and unloading procedures for its Dragon spacecraft, which NASA has contracted to provide delivery services to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2010.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services From Roscosmos

NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services From Roscosmos [Tuesday, February 9, 2010] NASA/JSC has a requirement for crew transportation services including launch, return, and rescue of US or US-designated astronauts and associated services which include the following requirements for primary and ancillary services:



»» Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed [Wednesday, February 10, 2010] A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system developed at the University of Michigan is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually.



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

NASA Announces Winners of George M. Low Award for Quality and Performance [Wednesday, February 10, 2010] NASA presented its highest honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, safety, customer service, technical and managerial excellence.



»» SpaceX Announces Final Arrival of Falcon 9 Flight Hardware at Cape Canaveral in Preparation for Inaugural Launch

SpaceX Announces Final Arrival of Falcon 9 Flight Hardware at Cape Canaveral in Preparation for Inaugural Launch [Thursday, February 11, 2010] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces that all flight hardware for the debut launch of the Falcon 9 vehicle has arrived at the SpaceX launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), in Cape Canaveral, Florida.



»» "A Healthy Future" Commercial Space Forum Speech by J. Randolph Babbitt

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] In 20 years, we've had 200 licensed commercial launches. No fatalities, no extensive property damage, no injuries to the uninvolved public.



»» Letter From House of Representatives to NASA Administrator Bolden regarding Constellation contract Cancellation

Letter From House of Representatives to NASA Administrator Bolden regarding Constellation contract Cancellation [Friday, February 12, 2010] We are writing to express strong concern about NASA Headquarters actions and comments regarding the Constellation programs, the programs which together form the human spaceflight programs authorized by Congress in 2005 and in 2008.



»» Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the 13th Annual FAA AST Space Transportation Conference

Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the 13th Annual FAA AST Space Transportation Conference [Saturday, February 13, 2010] We plan to transform our relationship with the private sector as part of our Nation's new strategy with the ultimate goal of expanding human presence across the Solar System.



»» Newt Gingrich and Bob Walker Endorse Obama's New NASA Plan, Urge Bipartisan Support

Newt Gingrich and Bob Walker Endorse Obama's New NASA Plan, Urge Bipartisan Support [Saturday, February 13, 2010] Gingrich and Walker state, "Bipartisan cooperation has been difficult to achieve in Congress, but here is a chance. By looking forward, NASA has given us a way to move forward. It deserves broad support for daring to challenge the status quo."



»» Concrete Phase of Runway Begins at Spaceport America

Concrete Phase of Runway Begins at Spaceport America [Monday, February 15, 2010] The first batch of concrete was poured Thursday, February 11, marking the start of the final concrete finish phase of the runway construction at Spaceport America, the world's first purposebuilt commercial spaceport.



»» NASA Explores Commercial Opportunities for Space Science

NASA Explores Commercial Opportunities for Space Science [Thursday, February 18, 2010] NASA scientists, multi-disciplinary researchers, government officials and future space flight service providers are discussing new ways to access and utilize space science at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Research and Education Affiliates Program, Initial Participating Universities

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Research and Education Affiliates Program, Initial Participating Universities [Thursday, February 18, 2010] At the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference today, Commercial Spaceflight Federation chairman Mark Sirangelo announced the creation of a new affiliates program for universities and other research and educational institutions.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Historic NASA Commitment of $75 Million for Commercial Suborbital Flights, Payloads

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Historic NASA Commitment of $75 Million for Commercial Suborbital Flights, Payloads [Thursday, February 18, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation enthusiastically welcomes NASA's announcement today that NASA will fund dozens of science and education payloads to fly on commercial suborbital vehicles.



»» NASA and the future of space exploration: what do YOU think?

NASA and the future of space exploration: what do YOU think? [Sunday, February 21, 2010] Veteran space journalist and NASA Advisory Council member Miles O'Brien will testify on Capitol Hill. What do you think? We appreciate your participation in this short survey.



»» Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference a hit, 2011 follow up conference planned

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference a hit, 2011 follow up conference planned [Sunday, February 21, 2010] The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) has brought the research and education communities together with suborbital vehicle providers and government funding agencies for the first time.



»» Photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Vertical at Cape Canaveral

Photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Vertical at Cape Canaveral [Sunday, February 21, 2010] Following its mate to the transporter erector, Falcon 9 was rolled from the integration hangar to the launch pad where final checks of the pad hydraulic and pneumatic systems were completed.



»» NASA's New TDRS Spacecraft Pass System Level Reviews

NASA's New TDRS Spacecraft Pass System Level Reviews [Monday, February 22, 2010] NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) K-L program completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) and Production Readiness Review (PRR) in El Segundo, Calif. on Feb. 19.



»» Over 250 People Attend Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference, 2011 Meeting Planned for Florida

Over 250 People Attend Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference, 2011 Meeting Planned for Florida [Monday, February 22, 2010] The research and education community voted with its feet last week with over 250 people turning out at the first-ever Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Boulder, Colorado.



»» Boeing to Launch GOES-P Weather Satellite on March 2nd

Boeing to Launch GOES-P Weather Satellite on March 2nd [Monday, February 22, 2010] Boeing announced that the commercial launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P, (GOES-P) is scheduled for March 2 aboard a Delta IV rocket.



»» Governor Bill Richardson Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, Obama's New NASA Plan

Governor Bill Richardson Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, Obama's New NASA Plan [Tuesday, February 23, 2010] Hailing President Obama's new plan for NASA, Governor Bill Richardson published an op-ed today praising the President's plan as "creating thousands of new high-tech jobs and helping America retain its leadership role in science and technology."



»» Details of Constellation Program Parachute Test Emerge

Details of Constellation Program Parachute Test Emerge [Thursday, February 25, 2010] NASA conducted a test to validate an approach that would be used to test the parachutes for the Orion spacecraft. Contrary to earlier stories and rumors, a mock up of an Orion spacecraft did not crash into the desert. Rather a large test sledge did.



»» Committee Expresses Caution Over Proposed Changes to NASA's Human Space Flight Program

Committee Expresses Caution Over Proposed Changes to NASA's Human Space Flight Program [Thursday, February 25, 2010] Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing to discuss the Administration's FY 2011 budget request for NASA with Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.



»» Former NASA Ames Employee Wants Energy to Bloom Throughout the World

Former NASA Ames Employee Wants Energy to Bloom Throughout the World [Thursday, February 25, 2010] K.R. Sridhar used to spend his time as a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., looking at the sky and dreaming of ways to sustain life on Mars.



»» Burt Rutan Issues Clarification on Wall Street Journal Remarks

Burt Rutan Issues Clarification on Wall Street Journal Remarks [Friday, February 26, 2010] Burt Rutan has released a statement saying the Wall Street Journal "chose to cherry-pick and misquote my comments to Cong. Wolf."



»» NRC Report: Revitalizing NASA's Suborbital Program: Advancing Science, Driving Innovation, and Developing Workforce

NRC Report: Revitalizing NASA's Suborbital Program: Advancing Science, Driving Innovation, and Developing Workforce [Saturday, February 27, 2010] The Space Studies Board (SSB) was requested by NASA to conduct a review of the suborbital mission capabilities of NASA in the NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (Section 505).




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