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January 2008 Top Stories


»» NASA Awards Contract for Microgravity Aircraft Services

NASA Awards Contract for Microgravity Aircraft Services [Wednesday, January 2, 2008] NASA has awarded a contract to Zero Gravity Corporation of Las Vegas to manage and operate an aircraft to perform reduced gravity parabolic flights while carrying NASA-operated experiments and personnel.



»» DigitalGlobe Announces General Availability of WorldView-1 Imagery

DigitalGlobe Announces General Availability of WorldView-1 Imagery [Thursday, January 3, 2008] DigitalGlobe, provider of the world's highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that WorldView-1 has reached Full Operating Capability (FOC) for all customers.



»» Purdue wind tunnel key for 'hypersonic vehicles,' future space planes

Purdue wind tunnel key for 'hypersonic vehicles,' future space planes [Thursday, January 3, 2008] By using the only wind tunnel capable of running quietly at "hypersonic" speeds, Purdue University engineers have conducted experiments to yield critical data for designing an advanced aircraft called the X-51A, powered by engines called scramjets.



»» H.R. 4916 Aeronautics and Space Prize Act

H.R. 4916 Aeronautics and Space Prize Act [Thursday, January 3, 2008] To create a National Endowment to advance private sector development of aeronautics and space technologies by way of the National Advanced Space and Aeronautical Technologies Prize Award Program.



»» Aeronautics Associate Administrator Lisa Porter Is Leaving NASA

Aeronautics Associate Administrator Lisa Porter Is Leaving NASA [Wednesday, January 9, 2008] NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Lisa Porter is leaving NASA to be the Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).



»» ATK to Acquire Space Systems from MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates

ATK to Acquire Space Systems from MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates [Tuesday, January 8, 2008] Alliant Techsystems announced today that it has negotiated definitive agreements with Canadian-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, to acquire its Information Systems and Geospatial Information Services businesses for $1.325 billion.



»» NASA JPL to Host High-Tech Small-Business Conference

NASA JPL to Host High-Tech Small-Business Conference [Wednesday, January 9, 2008] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 20th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 4 and 5 at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.



»» NASA and X PRIZE Foundation to recognize 2007 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Winners

NASA and X PRIZE Foundation to recognize  2007 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Winners [Wednesday, January 9, 2008] The winners of the 2007 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award will be recognized at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2008. NASA will unveil a Spirit of Innovation traveling exhibit.



»» ILS Marks First Year as Independent Company with $1.5 Billion in New Proton Business

ILS Marks First Year as Independent Company with $1.5 Billion in New Proton Business [Thursday, January 10, 2008] International Launch Services (ILS) brought in $1.5 billion in new launch orders in 2007, its first year as an independent company marketing the Proton Breeze M vehicle.



»» ATK Selected by Lockheed Martin to Design and Build Solar Arrays for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle

ATK Selected by Lockheed Martin to Design and Build Solar Arrays for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle [Friday, January 11, 2008] Alliant Techsystems has been selected by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a division of Lockheed Martin Corporation to design, develop and build UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA's next generation Orion crew exploration vehicle.



»» Google CEO and Chairman Speaks at NASA 50th Anniversary Event

Google CEO and Chairman Speaks at NASA 50th Anniversary Event [Friday, January 11, 2008] On Thursday, Jan. 17, the chairman and chief executive officer of Google, Eric Schmidt, will be the featured speaker for part of a lecture series honoring NASA's 50th anniversary.



»» NASA Updates Aviation Safety Data Website

NASA Updates Aviation Safety Data Website [Monday, January 14, 2008] NASA updated its National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) website Monday to add a Microsoft Office Excel formatted version of previously posted files containing pilot survey responses.



»» NASA Announces Study Proposal on Design of Human Lunar Lander

NASA Announces Study Proposal on Design of Human Lunar Lander [Tuesday, January 15, 2008] NASA's Constellation Program has released a broad agency announcement for study proposals to evaluate human landing craft concepts for exploring the moon.



»» NASA Broad Agency Announcement: Constellation Lunar Lander Development Study- EXCERPTS

NASA Broad Agency Announcement: Constellation Lunar Lander Development Study- EXCERPTS [Tuesday, January 15, 2008] The Constellation Lunar Lander Project Office (Cx LLPO), also known as the Altair Project Office, is conducting an in-house Lander design and performing design analysis and system definition using a small team of NASA engineers.



»» Space Exploration and Presidential Debates: Stand And Be Counted

Space Exploration and Presidential Debates: Stand And Be Counted [Thursday, January 17, 2008] Space exploration supporters have descended upon a presidential primary debate website and posted hundreds of questions on space policy. More activity is needed to sustain this visibility such that this issue appears in the questions asked of candidates.



»» NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Responds to Ares 1 and Orion Questions

NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Responds to Ares 1 and Orion Questions [Thursday, January 17, 2008] Earlier this month I submitted a series of questions to NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) regarding the Ares 1 and Orion projects. The following was provided to me by ESMD PAO today:



»» NASA and X PRIZE Foundation to Recognize Conrad Award Winners

NASA and X PRIZE Foundation to Recognize Conrad Award Winners [Thursday, January 17, 2008] On Friday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. EST NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will recognize the first winners of the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award during the unveiling of a traveling exhibit titled "Spirit of Innovation."



»» NASA IPP Solicitation: Development of a NASA-Based Massively Multiplayer Online Learning Game

NASA IPP Solicitation: Development of a NASA-Based Massively Multiplayer Online Learning Game [Thursday, January 17, 2008] The NASA Learning Technologies (LT) Project Office supports projects that deliver NASA relevant content through innovative applications of technologies to enhance education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).



»» Europe's Mercury mission swings into action

Europe's Mercury mission swings into action [Sunday, January 20, 2008] The industrial development of BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury, has been officially kicked off. The prime contract, awarded by ESA to Astrium, was signed during a ceremony that took place in Friedrichshafen, Germany.



»» NASA Internal Memo from Constellation Program Manager Jeffrey Hanley: Update to Constellation Program (CxP) Internal Launch Dates

NASA Internal Memo from Constellation Program Manager Jeffrey Hanley: Update to Constellation Program (CxP) Internal Launch Dates [Sunday, January 20, 2008] "Pursuant to recent analysis of program resource execution plans, the Program is adjusting the internal launch dates for the CxP Flight Manifest as follows: ..."



»» Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client, Richard Garriott, Begins Cosmonaut Training for October Spaceflight Launch

Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client, Richard Garriott, Begins Cosmonaut Training for October Spaceflight Launch [Monday, January 21, 2008] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today that famed game developer Richard Garriott, son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Training Center in Star City, Russia.



»» NOAA Satellites Help Rescue 353 People in 2007

NOAA Satellites Help Rescue 353 People in 2007 [Monday, January 21, 2008] Armed with personal locator beacons to send a distress signal, 353 people were rescued in the United States and its surrounding waters in 2007 from potentially life-threatening emergencies.



»» Last GPS IIR-M satellites being readied for launch

Last GPS IIR-M satellites being readied for launch [Monday, January 21, 2008] Last Thursday, the second to last Global Positioning System block IIR-M satellites to be launched arrived at Cape Canaveral AFS.



»» Virgin Galactic Unveils Spaceship Designs

Virgin Galactic Unveils Spaceship Designs [Wednesday, January 23, 2008] Virgin Galactic today unveiled the design of its new, environmentally benign, space launch system based on the X Prize winning technology of SpaceShipOne, which won the $10m Ansari X Prize.



»» NOAA Administrator Expresses Concern over Satellite Contractor Delay

NOAA Administrator Expresses Concern over Satellite Contractor Delay [Wednesday, January 23, 2008] NOAA's top official today expressed concern that a contractor's slow development of a critical new sensor will delay its delivery for a scheduled launch of a precursor mission for the National Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).



»» Richard Branson's Remarks at the Unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Richard Branson's Remarks at the Unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo [Wednesday, January 23, 2008] "If our new system could carry only people into space, that would be enough for me, because of the transforming effect it will have on the thousands who will travel with us."



»» Raven Subsidiary Aerostar International Announces NASA Record Achieved With Aerostar Stratospheric Balloons

Raven Subsidiary Aerostar International Announces NASA Record Achieved With Aerostar Stratospheric Balloons [Wednesday, January 23, 2008] Raven Industries, Inc. In its annual scientific campaign to McMurdo Station in Antarctica, the NASA Balloon Program has established a new record by simultaneously flying three scientific payloads in the stratosphere around the Antarctic continent.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellites Pass 75 Year Mark of Combined On-Orbit Operations

Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellites Pass 75 Year Mark of Combined On-Orbit Operations [Wednesday, January 23, 2008] The Global Positioning System Block IIR and IIR-M satellite constellation, designed to provide significantly improved navigation capabilities for military and civilian users worldwide, has accumulated over 75 years of successful on-orbit operations.



»» Revising NASA's Vision for Space Exploration: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

Revising NASA's Vision for Space Exploration: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize [Wednesday, January 23, 2008] The legacy we all should be thinking about leaving behind as we dabble in alternate visions must be how vibrant the notion of a "vision" for space exploration is.



»» NASA Selects Companies for Design and Fabrication Contracts

NASA Selects Companies for Design and Fabrication Contracts [Thursday, January 24, 2008] NASA's Langley Research Center has selected four companies to provide the agency with aerospace model systems and developmental test hardware used for spaceflight, space exploration, flight tests and ground-based tests.



»» SPACEHAB Announces New Additions to Board of Directors

SPACEHAB Announces New Additions to Board of Directors [Friday, January 25, 2008] SPACEHAB, today announced the Company's Board of Directors has approved the addition of General (Ret.) Lance W. Lord, R. Scott Nieboer, John A. Oliva, and William F. Readdy to SPACEHAB's Board of Directors.



»» SPACEHAB Announces Formation of Council on Science and Microgravity

SPACEHAB Announces Formation of Council on Science and Microgravity [Monday, January 28, 2008] "SPACEHAB is facing both extraordinary opportunities and challenges as we blaze a trail in a brand new industry - private utilization of the International Space Station," said SPACEHAB President, Jim Royston.



»» SpaceX Conducts First Multi-engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Conducts First Multi-engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket [Monday, January 28, 2008] On Jan. 18, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) conducted the first multi-engine firing of its Falcon 9 medium to heavy lift rocket at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor.



»» Space Adventures Announces the Identity of Back-up Crew Member

Space Adventures Announces the Identity of Back-up Crew Member [Tuesday, January 29, 2008] Space Adventures, announced that Nik Halik of Australia has been chosen to train as the back-up crew member alongside orbital spaceflight candidate, famed game developer and son of former NASA astronaut, Richard Garriott.



»» NASA Announces FY 09 Budget Briefings for Press

NASA Announces FY 09 Budget Briefings for Press [Wednesday, January 30, 2008] NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will brief the news media about the agency's Fiscal Year 2009 budget at 2:30 p.m. EST, Monday, Feb. 4.



»» NASA Issues Environmental Impact Statement for Constellation

NASA Issues Environmental Impact Statement for Constellation [Wednesday, January 30, 2008] NASA issued an environmental impact statement for the Constellation Program Jan. 10.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: ISS Commercial Resupply Services

NASA JSC Solicitation: ISS Commercial Resupply Services [Wednesday, January 30, 2008] NASA/JSC is issuing this special notice to inform interested parties that the International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) website has been established and may be accessed




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