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January 2010 Top Stories


»» Environmental Tectonics Corporations The NASTAR(R) Center Commences Space Training for Prospective Scientist-Astronauts

Environmental Tectonics Corporations The NASTAR(R) Center Commences Space Training for Prospective Scientist-Astronauts [Wednesday, January 6, 2010] The Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course has been developed by The NASTAR Center and is organized by Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).



»» European Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014

European Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014 [Thursday, January 7, 2010] The European Commission announced today the award of three of the six contracts for the procurement of Galileo's initial operational capability. The contract for the system support services is awarded to ThalesAleniaSpace of Italy.



»» NASA Chooses Student Teams to Drop Science Experiments

NASA Chooses Student Teams to Drop Science Experiments [Friday, January 8, 2010] NASA has selected teams of middle school and high school students to test their science experiments in microgravity competitions that simulate the microgravity in space



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver Announced as Keynote Speaker for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver Announced as Keynote Speaker for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February [Monday, January 11, 2010] At the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference on February 18-20, 2010 scientists, engineers, educators, and vehicle developers will gather to discuss the research and education benefits of new commercial suborbital spacecraft.



»» ETC's The NASTAR(R) Center Announces Winner of Student Patch Design Contest Outreach Effort

ETC's The NASTAR(R) Center Announces Winner of Student Patch Design Contest Outreach Effort [Monday, January 11, 2010] Students entered for a chance to have their design become the official patch of The NASTAR Center's new Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Program.



»» Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course Live Updates

Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course Live Updates [Tuesday, January 12, 2010] The Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course is being held at The NASTAR Center Tuesday/Wednesday, 12-13 Jan. Live updates here.



»» GAO Briefing on Commercial and Department of Defense Space System Requirements and Acquisition Practices

GAO Briefing on Commercial and Department of Defense Space System Requirements and Acquisition Practices [Thursday, January 14, 2010] We found that although DOD and the commercial sector both use satellites for missions such as communications and imagery, DOD's requirements are often more demanding.



»» Bill to Extend Commercial Space Transportation Liability Regime Is Now Law

Bill to Extend Commercial Space Transportation Liability Regime Is Now Law [Thursday, January 14, 2010] House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon's (D-TN) bill to extend the commercial space transportation liability regime was signed into law (P.L. 111-125) by President Obama on December 28, 2009.



»» First Class of Suborbital Scientist-Astronauts Successfully Complete NASTAR Training Program

First Class of Suborbital Scientist-Astronauts Successfully Complete NASTAR Training Program [Thursday, January 14, 2010] 11 researchers including members of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Suborbital Applications Researchers Group successfully completed a training program yesterday at The National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Pennsylvania.



»» NASA Revises Cost and Schedule for Displaying Retired Shuttles

NASA Revises Cost and Schedule for Displaying Retired Shuttles [Friday, January 15, 2010] NASA has issued a follow-up RFI for ideas from education institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire and publicly display orbiters after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.



»» Wayne Hale's Blog: Thoughts on Commercial Human Orbital Spaceflight

Wayne Hale's Blog: Thoughts on Commercial Human Orbital Spaceflight [Saturday, January 16, 2010] Shortly after I moved into the Shuttle Program office, I was very surprised to learn that NASA did not own the blueprints for the space shuttle!



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Responds to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panelís Report

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Responds to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panelís Report			[Thursday, January 21, 2010] In a scathing statement the Commercial Spaceflight Federation issued the following response with respect to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel's 2009 annual report.



»» USRA Scientists Participate in Inaugural Session of Innovative Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training

USRA Scientists Participate in Inaugural Session of Innovative Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training [Friday, January 22, 2010] USRA is proud to announce the participation of three USRA scientists in the inaugural session of an innovative training course designed to provide scientist-astronauts with a wide variety of information and experiences.



»» NASA Internal Email From Mark Geyer: The Future

NASA Internal Email From Mark Geyer: The Future [Thursday, January 28, 2010] A few news bureaus and bloggers have been reporting on some major changes coming our way. Sometimes the number of reports gives the impression of validity when in fact they are all reporting on the same rumor.



»» Major Galileo contracts signed

Major Galileo contracts signed [Thursday, January 28, 2010] Yesterday, Mr Rene Oosterlinck, ESA's Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, signed the first three contracts for the Galileo full operational capability phase.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on NASA's Anticipated Announcement of a $6 Billion Commercial Crew Program and NASA Budget Increase

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on NASA's Anticipated Announcement of a $6 Billion Commercial Crew Program and NASA Budget Increase [Friday, January 29, 2010] CSF is issuing the following statement applauding NASA's anticipated announcement of a $6 billion competitive, commercial crew program and welcoming the President's show of support for NASA with his significant planned increase for NASA's overall budget.



»» NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Committee Meeting 16 Feb 2010

NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Committee Meeting 16 Feb 2010 [Friday, January 29, 2010] In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Commercial Space Committee to the NASA Advisory Council.



»» NASA Talk: Could Electronic Systems Collapse Worldwide?

NASA Talk: Could Electronic Systems Collapse Worldwide? [Friday, January 29, 2010] Could a major electromagnetic pulse or EMP be a global perfect storm for our electrical distribution system, communications, and the new technology society?




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