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January 2007 Top Stories


»» Raytheon Delivers VIIRS Sensor Engineering Development Unit

Raytheon Delivers VIIRS Sensor Engineering Development Unit [Wednesday, January 3, 2007] The National Polar- orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) achieved a major milestone with the delivery of an advanced sensor engineering development unit by Raytheon Company.



»» Home Movies of Amazon.Com Founder's Spaceship Are Now Online

Home Movies of Amazon.Com Founder's Spaceship Are Now Online [Wednesday, January 3, 2007] Images and video of a test launch of the private space launch test vehicle named "Goddard" Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has been building have been posted online. The first flight took place on 13 November 2006.



»» NASA Completes Review Milestone for Ares I Launch Vehicle

NASA Completes Review Milestone for Ares I Launch Vehicle [Thursday, January 4, 2007] NASA has completed the Ares I crew launch vehicle system requirements review - the first such milestone for a U.S. human-rated launch vehicle system in more than 30 years.



»» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Ares I Upper Stage Production

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Ares I Upper Stage Production [Thursday, January 4, 2007] NASA/MSFC plans to issue a RFP for the Ares I Upper Stage. This pre-solicitation notice coincides with the release of a Draft RFP issued for Industry comments. The response due date identified in this synopsis is for the comments to the Draft RFP.



»» Google Joins Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project

Google Joins Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project [Friday, January 5, 2007] Scheduled to begin operations in 2013, the 8.4-meter LSST will be able to survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every week with its three-billion pixel digital camera.



»» NASA Extends Ares I Development Contract

NASA Extends Ares I Development Contract [Monday, January 8, 2007] NASA has authorized a contract action having a value of $48 million with ATK Launch Systems of Brigham City, Utah, to continue design and development of the first stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle.



»» Space ads taken to the next level

Space ads taken to the next level [Tuesday, January 9, 2007] YouTube and Google Video have become the new advertising hot spots. Space, as in outer space, is becoming the final frontier for marketing.



»» Prepared Comments by Michael Griffin before the Space Transportation Association

Prepared Comments by Michael Griffin before the Space Transportation Association [Thursday, January 11, 2007] " I'll bet you all are just chomping at the bit, waiting to hear the details about how we at NASA are going to cope with a full-year continuing resolution for FY07, and how that will relate to the formulation of the President's Budget for FY08."



»» SpaceX DemoFlight 2 Launch Update

SpaceX DemoFlight 2 Launch Update [Wednesday, January 17, 2007] We have a launch window on January 21 and 22 (California time) and are working with the range to secure a couple of additional days as contingency. 



»» Spacehab Unveils Initiative to Streamline Company, Reduce Costs

Spacehab Unveils Initiative to Streamline Company, Reduce Costs [Thursday, January 18, 2007] Spacehab today announced that it anticipates a 15-20% reduction in workforce, approximately 36 positions out of 220, to result in savings of $3.9 million annually.



»» SpaceX Falcon 1 DemoFlight 2 Launch Update: January 19, 2007

SpaceX Falcon 1 DemoFlight 2 Launch Update: January 19, 2007 [Saturday, January 20, 2007] "During our final check-outs prior to static fire, we uncovered an anomaly with the thrust vector control (TVC) pitch actuator on the second stage that will result in launch being pushed to February."



»» Canada to drive the design of leading space technologies

Canada to drive the design of leading space technologies [Saturday, January 20, 2007] The Honourable Maxime Bernier today announced an investment of $10.3 million in 36 research and development contracts awarded to Canadian industry for the design of new space technologies and applications.



»» New miniaturized device for lab-on-a-chip separations

New miniaturized device for lab-on-a-chip separations [Monday, January 22, 2007] Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed an elegantly simple, miniaturized technique for rapidly separating minute samples of proteins, amino acids and other chemical mixtures.



»» Putting the Brakes on Light Speed - New Technique Stores and Retrieves Entire Image from a Single Photon

Putting the Brakes on Light Speed - New Technique Stores and Retrieves Entire Image from a Single Photon [Monday, January 22, 2007] Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage, and then retrieve the image intact.



»» Space Frontier Foundation Supports FAA's NewSpace Preparations

Space Frontier Foundation Supports FAA's NewSpace Preparations [Thursday, January 25, 2007] The first commercial, passenger-carrying sub-orbital flights are expected to begin in 2009. Along with this accomplishment comes danger, and the very real risk of accidents. the FAA-AST has asked the Space Frontier Foundation to collect ideas.



»» Incorporating Space into Our Economic Sphere of Influence

Incorporating Space into Our Economic Sphere of Influence [Saturday, January 27, 2007] "Clarke's and Kubrik's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" projected onto the screen of our collective human consciousness a future for us where, by now, hundreds of people would be living and working in space stations orbiting the Earth."




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