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February 2012 Top Stories


»» NRC Report Identifies 16 Highest Priorities to Guide NASA's Technology Development Efforts for Next Five Years

NRC Report Identifies 16 Highest Priorities to Guide NASA's Technology Development Efforts for Next Five Years [Wednesday, February 1, 2012] During the next five years, NASA technology development efforts should focus on 16 high-priority technologies and their associated top technical challenges, says a new report from the National Research Council.



»» SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New Engine (with Video)

SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New Engine (with Video) [Wednesday, February 1, 2012] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company's efforts to change the future of human spaceflight.



»» JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference [Wednesday, February 1, 2012] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 24th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.



»» United Launch Alliance Completes Critical Milestones Toward Certifying Atlas V for Human Spaceflight

United Launch Alliance Completes Critical Milestones Toward Certifying Atlas V for Human Spaceflight [Thursday, February 2, 2012] United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the completion of two key milestones leading toward the certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight.



»» SSTL-OHB System consortium to build a further eight Galileo FOC satellites

SSTL-OHB System consortium to build a further eight Galileo FOC satellites [Thursday, February 2, 2012] European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani today announced in London that the consortium led by OHB SSTL will build a further eight satellites for the European Union's Galileo satellite navigation programme.



»» NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure

NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure [Thursday, February 2, 2012] One of NASA's industry partners, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), recently delivered the primary structure of its first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle to the company's facility in Louisville, Colo.



»» NASA Administrator Leads Action Session of President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

NASA Administrator Leads Action Session of President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness [Thursday, February 2, 2012] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will lead a discussion with business leaders and higher education professionals at a Listening and Action Session of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.



»» NASA's Management of Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Contracts Funded by the Recovery Act

NASA's Management of Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Contracts Funded by the Recovery Act [Thursday, February 2, 2012] We found NASA’s Recovery Act internal controls were generally effective in ensuring proper oversight, management, and transparency of Recovery Act funded SBIR/STTR contracts



»» NASA Internal Memo: Public release of 'We Explore Space' Concept Maps

NASA Internal Memo: Public release of 'We Explore Space' Concept Maps [Thursday, February 2, 2012] We are pleased to notify you that the human space exploration project you graciously offered your time and expertise to support has been completed and is being released to the public at this very moment!



»» NASA Posts "We Explore Space" Concept Maps Online - Quietly

NASA Posts [Thursday, February 2, 2012] I am a fan of mind maps, so this is an interesting approach. The question that really begs an answer is who is the intended audience for this website? The media? Policy wonks? The public? How much this activity cost? Why is there no press release?



»» NASA Ames Research Center: Sources Sought Special Notice 2012

NASA Ames Research Center: Sources Sought Special Notice 2012 [Friday, February 3, 2012] NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) is seeking partners interested in developing competitive proposals in response to NASA Announcements of Opportunity (AOs) or other agency proposal calls.



»» Virginia Govenor Robert McDonnell to Address 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

Virginia Govenor Robert McDonnell to Address 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference [Friday, February 3, 2012] AIAA will co-sponsor the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, to be held February 15-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.



»» Sierra Nevada Corporation Delivers the Dream Chaser First Flight Test Vehicle Structure

Sierra Nevada Corporation Delivers the Dream Chaser First Flight Test Vehicle Structure [Friday, February 3, 2012] Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems announces the completion of a major Dream Chaser(R) milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program.



»» Stephen Colbert Advocates NASA Space Station Research

Stephen Colbert Advocates NASA Space Station Research [Friday, February 3, 2012] Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly 'The Colbert Report,' said in a new NASA public service announcement released today that he's always been a huge fan of space.



»» NASA Commercial Crew Forum

NASA Commercial Crew Forum [Saturday, February 4, 2012] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will present an updated status of the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) strategy on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. The Forum will be held at the Press Site at Kennedy Space Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



»» Armadillo Aerospace Launches Their Third "STIG-A" Rocket from Spaceport America

Armadillo Aerospace Launches Their Third  [Monday, February 6, 2012] New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials announced today a launch of a "STIG-A" rocket designed and built by Armadillo Aerospace. The launch took place from Spaceport America's vertical launch complex on Saturday, January 28, 2012.



»» ManSat helps Conrad Foundation expand annual STEM competition

ManSat helps Conrad Foundation expand annual STEM competition [Monday, February 6, 2012] Nancy Conrad announced that having Isle of Man-based ManSat as a Corporate Partner for the 2011-2012 Spirit of Innovation Challenge has helped grow the competition beyond U.S. borders with a total of 60 teams from the Isle of Man registering this year.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Passage of Legislation to Provide Regulatory Stability to Growing Industry

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Passage of Legislation to Provide Regulatory Stability to Growing Industry [Tuesday, February 7, 2012] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes Congress's passage today of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which includes a key provision granting regulatory stability to the commercial spaceflight industry.



»» NASA Spinoff 2011 Unveils Benefits of NASA Technologies on Earth

NASA Spinoff 2011 Unveils Benefits of NASA Technologies on Earth [Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA's Spinoff 2011 publication, now available online, reveals how the space agency's ingenuity and partnerships have saved thousands of lives, generated billions of dollars, and created thousands of American jobs.



»» NASA to Hold Industry and Academia Day to Discuss Space Launch System Advanced Development Feb. 14

NASA to Hold Industry and Academia Day to Discuss Space Launch System Advanced Development Feb.  14 [Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA will host an industry and academia day Feb. 14 beginning at 9:30 am CST at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to share information on an upcoming research opportunity relating to the Space Launch System's advanced development.



»» NASA KSC Solicitation: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability

NASA KSC Solicitation: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability [Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA intends to begin a new initiative, the Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap), to facilitate industry's development of an integrated CTS. This activity is expected to result in significant maturation of commercial CTS .



»» NASA Calls For New Commercial Crew Proposal

NASA Calls For New Commercial Crew Proposal [Wednesday, February 8, 2012] NASA has issued a call for industry to submit proposals for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Initiative.



»» NASA JSC Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program Integration Contract Virtual Industry Day

NASA JSC Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program Integration Contract Virtual Industry Day [Wednesday, February 8, 2012] NASA/JSC intends to conduct the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program Integration Contract (MPIC) Virtual Industry Day via WebEx on February 28, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST).



»» SpaceX to Launch AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 in 2014

SpaceX to Launch AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 in 2014 [Wednesday, February 8, 2012] SpaceX and AsiaSat, the leading regional satellite operator in Asia, today announced an agreement to launch two AsiaSat communications satellites using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket in 2014.



»» NASA Seeks Proposals for Green Propellant Technology Demonstrations

NASA Seeks Proposals for Green Propellant Technology Demonstrations [Wednesday, February 8, 2012] NASA is seeking technology demonstration proposals for green propellant alternatives to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine.



»» Update on SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch To The International Space Station

Update on SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch To The International Space Station [Friday, February 10, 2012] The primary driver for the schedule continues to be the need to conduct extensive software testing. This is a challenging mission and we intend to take every necessary precaution in order to improve the likelihood of success.



»» Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) Rates for Non- U.S. Government Customers

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) Rates for Non- U.S. Government Customers [Friday, February 10, 2012] This direct final rule makes non-substantive changes to the policy governing the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) services provided to non-U.S. Government users and the reimbursement for rendering such services.



»» NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads for Suborbital Research Flights

NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads for Suborbital Research Flights [Friday, February 10, 2012] NASA is seeking proposals for small technology payloads that could fly on future NASA-sponsored suborbital flights.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Formation of The Suborbital Coalition

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Formation of The Suborbital Coalition [Friday, February 10, 2012] The Coalition will spotlight scientists and engineers who are using suborbital spaceflight to study everything from the upper atmosphere to protein crystallization, and it will follow students as they prepare their own experiments that will fly into space



»» ESA's new Vega launcher scores success on maiden flight

ESA's new Vega launcher scores success on maiden flight [Monday, February 13, 2012] Vega, ESA's new launch vehicle, is ready to operate alongside the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers after a successful qualification flight this morning from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.



»» NASA FY 2013 Budget Fact Sheet

NASA FY 2013 Budget Fact Sheet [Monday, February 13, 2012] To support this mission, the President's 2012 Budget provides $18.7 billion, which is roughly the same as current levels.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Strong Support for Space Technology in NASA Budget

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Strong Support for Space Technology in NASA Budget [Monday, February 13, 2012] Today, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed the strong support for NASA's Space Technology program in the Fiscal Year 2013 proposed budget.



»» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine to Power 200th Centaur Rocket Mission

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine to Power 200th Centaur Rocket Mission [Tuesday, February 14, 2012] Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne stands poised to power the Centaur upper-stage rocket on its 200th mission and to place the first in a series of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellites for the U.S. Navy into orbit on Feb. 16.



»» NASA Seeks Space Launch System Advanced Booster Risk Reduction Solutions

NASA Seeks Space Launch System Advanced Booster Risk Reduction Solutions [Tuesday, February 14, 2012] NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has issued a NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster risk-reduction effort.



»» NASA Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity Document for Green Propulsion Systems

NASA Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity Document for Green Propulsion Systems [Thursday, February 16, 2012] The Propulsion Systems Utilizing Green Propellant Alternatives to Hydrazine is proposed to demonstrate new technologies capabilities, offer clear infusion potential into future NASA missions, and capture significant public interest and awareness.



»» Florida Governor Scott Signs Senate Bill 634 - Bill Boosts Florida's Space Industry

Florida Governor Scott Signs Senate Bill 634 - Bill Boosts Florida's Space Industry [Thursday, February 16, 2012] Today, Governor Rick Scott gave Florida's space industry a boost by signing Senate Bill 634 - a Space Florida legislative priority for 2012 that increases funding eligibility for space-related projects.



»» Conrad Foundation: Best-of-the-best High School Teams advance to Finals of Global Product Challenge

Conrad Foundation: Best-of-the-best High School Teams advance to Finals of Global Product Challenge [Friday, February 17, 2012] Officials with the Conrad Foundation today announced the names of 15 high school teams from across the country and the Isle of Man that will compete in the final round of the 2011-2012 Spirit of Innovation Challenge



»» Competitive Analysis of Virginia's Space Flight Industry Released

Competitive Analysis of Virginia's Space Flight Industry Released [Friday, February 17, 2012] A prime location for orbital launches and a trajectory path over the Atlantic Ocean position the Commonwealth's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport for tremendous growth over the next few years.



»» Gov. Perry Touts Public-Private Aerospace Collaboration to save Texas Talent

Gov. Perry Touts Public-Private Aerospace Collaboration to save Texas Talent [Saturday, February 18, 2012] Gov. Rick Perry today praised the creation of a public-private partnership that will harness the Texas based talent, creativity and resources at Houston's NASA Johnson Space Center into innovative technologies with groundbreaking implications for our dail



»» In New Mass-production Technique, Robotic Insects Spring to Life

In New Mass-production Technique, Robotic Insects Spring to Life [Thursday, February 23, 2012] A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.



»» Clyde Space wins UK Space Agency support for innovative space tech

Clyde Space wins UK Space Agency support for innovative space tech [Thursday, February 23, 2012] Clyde Space has been awarded funding for two advanced space technology development projects. The projects are joint developments.



»» NASA Announces Winners of 2011 George M. Low Award for Quality

NASA Announces Winners of 2011 George M. Low Award for Quality [Friday, February 24, 2012] NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.



»» Colonel Futurist - Space Quarterly Magazine Preview

Colonel Futurist - Space Quarterly Magazine Preview [Friday, February 24, 2012] The following interview excerpt with Colonel Coyote Smith, USAF, is a free preview from the March issue of Space Quarterly magazine. This interview is only available in the U.S. edition of the magazine.



»» Future Lunar Bases - Space Quarterly Magazine Preview

Future Lunar Bases - Space Quarterly Magazine Preview [Friday, February 24, 2012] The following excerpt is a free preview from the March issue of Space Quarterly magazine. This article is only available in the U.S. edition of the magazine.



»» ULA Atlas V Rocket, with 200th Centaur, Successfully Launches Mobile User Objective System-1 Mission

ULA Atlas V Rocket, with 200th Centaur, Successfully Launches Mobile User Objective System-1 Mission [Saturday, February 25, 2012] A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mobile User Objective System-1 (MUOS-1) for the United States Navy lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 5:15 p.m. EST today.



»» 2.5 million Pound boost for UK space technology industry

2.5 million Pound boost for UK space technology industry [Sunday, February 26, 2012] Twenty-two innovative British companies are to share #2.5 million pounds of government support for the design and development cutting-edge space products and technologies.



»» Virgin Galactic selects NanoRacks to conduct suborbital research aboard SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic selects NanoRacks to conduct suborbital research aboard SpaceShipTwo [Monday, February 27, 2012] Virgin Galactic LLC, the world's first commercial spaceline, announced today that it has selected NanoRacks LLC to construct a rack system to allow research payloads to fly to space aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2).



»» NASTAR Center Announces New Space Training Courses & Public Experience Programs

NASTAR Center Announces New Space Training Courses & Public Experience Programs [Tuesday, February 28, 2012] The NASTAR Center announces space training and public experience courses in preparation for upcoming commercial spaceflights anticipated to commence in 2013.



»» Astrobotic Technology Inc. wins NASA task order for Moon expedition data

Astrobotic Technology Inc. wins NASA task order for Moon expedition data [Tuesday, February 28, 2012] NASA has awarded Astrobotic Technology Inc. an additional task in its $10 million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract under which NASA buys information about the company's commercial robotic expeditions to the Moon.




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