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January 2011 Top Stories


»» Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for HISPASAT Group Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for HISPASAT Group Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers [Sunday, January 2, 2011] Space Systems/Loral announced that the Hispasat 1E satellite, designed and built for the HISPASAT Group, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.



»» Reorganization at NASA: More Smoke and Mirrors

Reorganization at NASA: More Smoke and Mirrors [Wednesday, January 5, 2011] Not everyone is happy with the proposed merger of ESMD (Exploration Systems Mission Directorate) and SOMD (Space Operations Mission Directorate).



»» Space And The General Public: What Would Homer Simpson Do?

Space And The General Public: What Would Homer Simpson Do? [Wednesday, January 5, 2011] There is an interesting opinion piece online at Space News by Joan Johnson-Freese regarding some obervations she has gleaned from a recent class she taught on space policy.



»» NASA Tests New Propulsion System for Robotic Lander Prototype

NASA Tests New Propulsion System for Robotic Lander Prototype [Wednesday, January 5, 2011] NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project has completed a series of hot fire tests and taken delivery of a new propulsion system for integration into a more sophisticated free-flying autonomous robotic lander prototype.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services from Roscosmos 4 Jan 2011

NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services from Roscosmos 4 Jan 2011 [Wednesday, January 5, 2011] 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:...



»» NASA Administrator Bolden's Comments at the AIAA New Horizons Forum

NASA Administrator Bolden's Comments at the AIAA New Horizons Forum [Friday, January 7, 2011] At NASA, the past year has been bittersweet. Each successive shuttle flight demonstrates the expertise of the phenomenal team that launches and returns our crews safely, and adds one more notch toward construction-complete of the ISS.



»» Excalibur Almaz Space Stations Arrive on Isle of Man

Excalibur Almaz Space Stations Arrive on Isle of Man [Friday, January 7, 2011] Excalibur Almaz Limited is exporting two partially completed Almaz space stations from Russia to the IOM today. The stations and Excalibur Almaz' reusable return vehicles were developed by EA's Russian associate, JSC MIC NPO Mashinostroyenia.



»» Positioning the International Space Station for the Utilization Era

Positioning the International Space Station for the Utilization Era [Sunday, January 9, 2011] The completed International Space Station (ISS) is among the greatest of international cooperative endeavors in the history of science and technology.



»» Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman-Built Webb Space Telescope Makes Significant Progress With Completion of Mission, Mirror and SuBuilt James Webb Space Telescope Makes Significant Progress in 2010 With

Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman-Built Webb Space Telescope Makes Significant Progress With Completion of Mission, Mirror and SuBuilt James Webb Space Telescope Makes Significant Progress in 2010 With [Monday, January 10, 2011] Highlighted by the completion of its most important milestone to date, Mission Critical Design Review, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope made significant progress throughout 2010.



»» NASA LaRC Solicitation: STS-133 ET-137 External Tank Foam Crack and Repair Assessment

NASA LaRC Solicitation: STS-133 ET-137 External Tank Foam Crack and Repair Assessment [Tuesday, January 11, 2011] NASA/LaRC intends to purchase the items from Proto Manufacturing. Proto Manufacturing is the designer and manufacturer of their own equipment which allows them to have expertise readily available.



»» Orbital-Built Glory Earth Science Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base Launch Site

Orbital-Built Glory Earth Science Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base Launch Site [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that the Glory satellite has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA to be integrated with the company's Taurus(R) XL rocket that will launch the satellite into low-Earth orbit in late February.



»» NASA to Congress: HLV Will Cost More, Take Longer, Look The Same

NASA to Congress: HLV Will Cost More, Take Longer, Look The Same [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] NASA is telling Congress that it already has a HLV design that it wants to build - but that it cannot afford to build it or do so as Congress has asked. Yet NASA tells Congress anyway.



»» Exploration Program Status Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council

Exploration Program Status Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Exploration Program Status Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council, Doug Cooke, Associate Administrator, NASAs Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, January 11, 2011



»» NASA OIG Small Business Innovation (SBIR) Program Audit Report

NASA OIG Small Business Innovation (SBIR) Program Audit Report [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] In particular, the audit found that SBIR awards made by NASA in 2008 contained an estimated $2.7 million in unallowable and unsupportable costs.



»» Space Adventures Concludes Agreement to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities to the International Space Station

Space Adventures Concludes Agreement to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities to the International Space Station [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] These seats will be made available through the increase of Soyuz production, from four to five spacecraft per year. Each flight will be short duration, approximately 10 days, and will contribute to the increase of launch capacity to the ISS.



»» Human Space Exploration Framework Summary Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council

Human Space Exploration Framework Summary Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Simple Result Description: Over-constrained. Does not meet all schedule, budget, and performance requirements. Results heavily dependent upon budget availability and phasing.



»» Preliminary Report Regarding NASA's Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Pursuant to Sect 309 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010

Preliminary Report Regarding NASA's Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Pursuant to Sect 309 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 [Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Guidance from the Administrator has established three principles for development of any future systems for exploration. These systems must be affordable, sustainable, and realistic.



»» Senate Commerce Committee Members Respond to NASA Report

Senate Commerce Committee Members Respond to NASA Report [Thursday, January 13, 2011] We appreciate NASA's report and look forward to the additional material that was required but not submitted. In the meantime, the production of a heavy-lift rocket and capsule is not optional. It's the law.



»» Media Avisory: From tragedy to triumph, Challenger Center commemorates silver anniversary

Media Avisory: From tragedy to triumph, Challenger Center commemorates silver anniversary [Thursday, January 13, 2011] Day of remembrance for crew of Space Shuttle Challenger and the continuation of their legacy through the Challenger Center for Space Science Education



»» ViviSat Launched - New Venture Will Provide Satellite Life Extension Services

ViviSat Launched - New Venture Will Provide Satellite Life Extension Services [Thursday, January 13, 2011] ViviSat provides geosynchronous satellite operators with flexible, scalable, capital-efficient, and low-risk in-orbit mission extension and protection services that can add several years to the revenue-producing life of a satellite.



»» NASA OIG Letter Regarding Constellation Program and 2010 NASA Authorization Act

NASA OIG Letter Regarding Constellation Program and 2010 NASA Authorization Act [Thursday, January 13, 2011] ny typos are a result of the poor quality of the orignal letter released to the media by the NASA OIG.



»» Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases Annual Report

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases Annual Report [Friday, January 14, 2011] The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, has released its 2010 annual report. The panel examines NASA's safety performance during the past year and alerts agency and government leaders to issues and concerns.



»» NASA: A First Look at Flight in 2025

NASA: A First Look at Flight in 2025 [Friday, January 14, 2011] In late 2010, NASA awarded contracts to three teams -- Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company -- to study advanced concept designs for aircraft that could take to the skies in the year 2025.



»» NASA Spinoff App for Android

NASA Spinoff App for Android [Friday, January 14, 2011] The App contains a feed of technology news, a searchable database of NASA-derived innovations, a map of spinoff locations, a historical timeline and a database of NASA's available licensing opportunities to inspire the spinoffs of the future.



»» The HLV Cost Information NASA Decided Not To Give To Congress

The HLV Cost Information NASA Decided Not To Give To Congress [Friday, January 14, 2011] During its recent deliberations the HEFT II activity look at a variety of scenarios, reference missions etc. One of them, DM1, actually meets the costs and schedule specified by Congress.



»» NASA Unveiling New Rocket Integration Facility At Wallops

NASA Unveiling New Rocket Integration Facility At Wallops [Saturday, January 15, 2011] NASA will unveil its new rocket integration facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 21.



»» Spaceflight and ISILaunch Team to Provide Global Spaceflight Services for Small Payloads

Spaceflight and ISILaunch Team to Provide Global Spaceflight Services for Small Payloads [Tuesday, January 18, 2011] Spaceflight Services (Spaceflight) and Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILaunch) announced today that they have teamed to create a global spaceflight services provider for small and secondary payloads.



»» NASA SMD Memo: Status of Planetary's Research and Analysis (R&A) Program

NASA SMD Memo: Status of Planetary's Research and Analysis (R&A) Program [Tuesday, January 18, 2011] In order to maintain our fiscal responsibilities this situation demands that the Planetary Science Division Program Officers not over commit our R&A funds too early in the year.



»» SpaceX Status Report on Falcon 9/Dragon

SpaceX Status Report on Falcon 9/Dragon [Tuesday, January 18, 2011] 2010 marked an incredible accomplishment for SpaceX. As most of you know, we became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit.



»» SpaceX: Commercial Crew Transport To The International Space Station

SpaceX: Commercial Crew Transport To The International Space Station [Tuesday, January 18, 2011] With the government acting as a catalyst, the commercial spaceflight industry is already developing into an exciting new driver of technological innovation, job creation and economic growth.



»» Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) Update

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) Update [Tuesday, January 18, 2011] A reminder that the Early Bird Registration Deadline is THIS FRIDAY, Jan 21!



»» Rocket Launch Scheduled January 22 From Wallops Flight Facility

Rocket Launch Scheduled January 22 From Wallops Flight Facility [Wednesday, January 19, 2011] A Terrier-Oriole suborbital rocket is schedule for launch January 22 for the U.S. Navy from NASA's Launch Range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.



»» NASA Constellation LaRC Celebration & Recognition Event

NASA Constellation LaRC Celebration & Recognition Event [Thursday, January 20, 2011] It will be held in the Reid Center auditorium and starts at 8 am with breakfast (courtesy of the Constellation Program) followed by an All Hands and awards ceremony. A calendar invite will follow shortly.



»» Photos: NROL-49 Delta IV Heavy Prepares for Launch at Vandenberg AFB

Photos: NROL-49 Delta IV Heavy Prepares for Launch at Vandenberg AFB [Thursday, January 20, 2011] With the Moon beaming above, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy sits poised on its launch pad with a National Reconnaissance Office payload at Space Launch Complex-6. Today's launch is scheduled to blast off at 1:08 p.m. PST.



»» ULA Delta-IV Heavy Successfully Launches NROL-49 (Video)

ULA Delta-IV Heavy Successfully Launches NROL-49 (Video) [Thursday, January 20, 2011] A United Space Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launched a classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from the Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 6. This was the first launch of a Delta IV Heavy from the west coast.



»» NASA JSC Presentation: Human Spaceflight Affordability: Advanced In-house Development Portfolio January 2011

NASA JSC Presentation: Human Spaceflight Affordability: Advanced In-house Development Portfolio January 2011 [Friday, January 21, 2011] Goal: To become a "catalyst for change" demonstrating best practices for the Agency With the ultimate goal of building a more sustainable Human Spaceflight Enterprise



»» NASA JSC Presentation: Cross Cutting Themes January 2011

NASA JSC Presentation: Cross Cutting Themes January 2011 [Friday, January 21, 2011] MacGyver Projects provide opportunities to test new operational concepts



»» NASA Space Technology Roadmaps Available for Public Review and Comment

NASA Space Technology Roadmaps Available for Public Review and Comment [Sunday, January 23, 2011] Through an open process of community engagement, the NRC will gather input, integrate, and prioritize each Space Technology Area Roadmap, providing NASA with strategic guidance and recommendations.



»» SPOT Unveils Revolutionary New SPOT Connect for Smartphones

SPOT Unveils Revolutionary New SPOT Connect for Smartphones [Monday, January 24, 2011] Spot LLC continues to pioneer innovation in satellite communications, bringing global messaging technology into the hands of millions worldwide.



»» 'Smartphone satellite' developed by Surrey space researchers

'Smartphone satellite' developed by Surrey space researchers [Monday, January 24, 2011] Space researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) have developed 'STRaND-1', a satellite containing a smartphone payload that will be launched into orbit around the Earth later this year.



»» NASA Explores Potential New Users For Some Kennedy Facilities

NASA Explores Potential New Users For Some Kennedy Facilities [Tuesday, January 25, 2011] NASA has released a formal Notice of Availability (NOA) and Request for Information (RFI) to identify interest from industry for space processing and support facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.



»» Future Technologies for NASA Missions - Meeting Jan. 26 and 28

Future Technologies for NASA Missions - Meeting Jan. 26 and 28  [Tuesday, January 25, 2011] A National Research Council steering committee that is advising NASA on innovative technologies for future missions is holding its first public meeting Jan. 26 and 28 in Washington, D.C.



»» Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Teleconference 17 Feb 2011

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Teleconference 17 Feb 2011 [Wednesday, January 26, 2011] This discussion will center on the orbital debris questions asked by the FAA; it will also include a look at responses to the Concept of Operation for Global Space Vehicle Debris Threat Management report.



»» New Video: President George H. W. Bush's tribute to Challenger Center

New Video: President George H. W. Bush's tribute to Challenger Center [Wednesday, January 26, 2011] On January 28, 1986, our nation lost seven heroes as the Challenger Space Shuttle was destroyed shortly after launch. It was a tragic day, etched in the minds of us all and in the history books of our nation.



»» FluxData's Multispectral Camera Heading to the International Space Station

FluxData's Multispectral Camera Heading to the International Space Station [Thursday, January 27, 2011] A multispectral imager built by FluxData, Inc., a leading manufacturer of multispectral systems, was launched into space aboard the Japanese HTV-2 mission, heading to the International Space Station (ISS), on January 22, 2011.



»» Message from the NASA Administrator: Day of Remembrance

Message from the NASA Administrator: Day of Remembrance [Thursday, January 27, 2011] This year marks the 25th anniversary of the loss of Challenger -- a tragedy that caused us to completely re-think our systems and processes as we worked to make the shuttle safer.



»» Statement by Steven J. McAuliffe on the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Accident

Statement by Steven J. McAuliffe on the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Accident [Thursday, January 27, 2011] That people across the country steadfastly remember the crew members of Challenger is both comforting and inspirational to our family. Scott, Caroline and I very much appreciate the kind thoughts and continuous support we have received over the years.



»» Photos: Japan's HTV2 Docks With The International Space Station

Photos: Japan's HTV2 Docks With The International Space Station [Friday, January 28, 2011] Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station's Canadarm2 grapples the unpiloted Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2) as it approaches the station.



»» NASA's New Lander Prototype Skates Through Integration and Testing

NASA's New Lander Prototype Skates Through Integration and Testing [Friday, January 28, 2011] NASA engineers successfully integrated and completed system testing on a new robotic lander recently at Teledyne Brown Engineering's facility in Huntsville in support of the Robotic Lunar Lander Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.



»» Bigelow Aerospace & Space Florida Address Community Leaders

Bigelow Aerospace & Space Florida Address Community Leaders [Saturday, January 29, 2011] At this event, Mr. Bigelow and Mr. DiBello will sign a Memorandum of Understanding representing a business development partnership between both entities.



»» Blue Origin Patent Application: Sea Launch of Space Launch Vehicles and Associated Systems and Methods

Blue Origin Patent Application: Sea Launch of Space Launch Vehicles and Associated Systems and Methods [Saturday, January 29, 2011] "Launch vehicle systems and methods for landing and recovering a booster stage and/or other portions thereof on a platform at sea or on another body of water are disclosed."



»» NASA Dryden Hosts Flight Opportunities Program Industry Day

NASA Dryden Hosts Flight Opportunities Program Industry Day [Sunday, January 30, 2011] Representatives of more than 20 aerospace firms both large and small met with officials of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center Jan. 25.




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