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»» Lockheed Martin and NASA Place Two GRAIL Spacecraft Into Orbit Around the Moon

Lockheed Martin and NASA Place Two GRAIL Spacecraft Into Orbit Around the Moon [Monday, January 2, 2012] Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] built the twin robotic spacecraft and is conducting flight operations for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.



»» SGAC-EIC Space Entrepreneurship Paper Competition

SGAC-EIC Space Entrepreneurship Paper Competition [Tuesday, January 3, 2012] The competition challenges students and young professionals worldwide to develop new ideas and perspectives on opportunities and challenges facing space entrepreneurs and investors today.



»» Navy Researchers Investigate Small-Scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers

Navy Researchers Investigate Small-Scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers [Tuesday, January 3, 2012] With this in mind, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are looking into a novel approach that could some day aid scientific space and planetary research without the need for power-intense options often used today.



»» Photo: Integration and Testing of Cygnus Service Modules

Photo: Integration and Testing of Cygnus Service Modules [Thursday, January 5, 2012] The two service modules shown below are being integrated and assembled in a class 100,000 clean room prior to the beginning of environmental testing, the last major phase of the spacecraft development and testing prior to shipment.



»» NASA Solicitation: Orion Exploration Flight Test 1

NASA Solicitation: Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 [Friday, January 6, 2012] NASA/JSC has directed the implementation of Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 activities under its contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation.



»» NASA Solicitation: NASA Partnership Offices

NASA Solicitation: NASA Partnership Offices [Friday, January 6, 2012] This purpose of this special notice is to inform industry of the unique capabilities of NASA Centers. Additional information may be obtained from the below listed NASA Center Partnership Offices and Points of Contacts.



»» Open Innovation Support Services For An External Crowd Sourcing Platform

Open Innovation Support Services For An External Crowd Sourcing Platform [Friday, January 6, 2012] Contractor: Innocentive, Inc. The total maximum value of this contract is $2,100,000.



»» Solar Arrays Installed on SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

Solar Arrays Installed on SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft [Saturday, January 7, 2012] The solar arrays, shielded by protective covers during launch, deploy just minutes after Dragon separates from the Falcon 9 second stage, as it heads towards its rendezvous with the Space Station.



»» Researchers sought by ESA's Advanced Concept team

Researchers sought by ESA's Advanced Concept team [Monday, January 9, 2012] The opportunity has arisen to join ESA's team designing the future in space. The Agency's Advanced Concepts Team is currently looking for new researchers.



»» FAA Commercial Space Transportation Early Bird Deadline - One Week Away

FAA Commercial Space Transportation Early Bird Deadline - One Week Away [Monday, January 9, 2012] FAA Commercial Space Transportation Early Bird Deadline - One Week Away



»» NASA Solicitation: Edison Small Satellite Flight Demonstration Missions

NASA Solicitation: Edison Small Satellite Flight Demonstration Missions [Monday, January 9, 2012] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) is releasing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Edison Small Satellite Flight Demonstration Missions in support of the Office of Chief Technologist (OCT).



»» LtCol Paul Damphousse USMC (Ret) Named Executive Director As NSS Enters Its 25th Year

LtCol Paul Damphousse USMC (Ret) Named Executive Director As NSS Enters Its 25th Year [Monday, January 9, 2012] The appointment of LtCol Damphousse coincides with the 25th anniversary of the 1987 merger of the National Space Institute (NSI) and the L5 Society to form the National Space Society.



»» NASA Issues Call for Visionary Advanced Technology Concepts

NASA Issues Call for Visionary Advanced Technology Concepts [Tuesday, January 10, 2012] The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions.



»» Space Florida Hires Jim Kuzma, Realigns Organization

Space Florida Hires Jim Kuzma, Realigns Organization [Tuesday, January 10, 2012] Kuzma's hiring is one of several organizational changes to help create capacity for improved client responsiveness, better face a dynamic marketplace and take advantage of increased business development opportunities in the aerospace industry.



»» Special Aerospace Services Announces Exciting Speaker Lineup for Second Annual Human Spaceflight Technical Forum

Special Aerospace Services Announces Exciting Speaker Lineup for Second Annual Human Spaceflight Technical Forum [Tuesday, January 10, 2012] Special Aerospace Services, a leader in aerospace systems engineering solutions, announced today that it will host a number of seasoned and sought-after spaceflight-focused speakers at its second Human Spaceflight Technical Forum on January 18-20, 2012.



»» CEO Sean O'Keefe Appointed Chairman of the EADS North America Board of Directors

CEO Sean O'Keefe Appointed Chairman of the EADS North America Board of Directors [Tuesday, January 10, 2012] EADS North America Chief Executive Officer Sean O'Keefe has been appointed Chairman of the company's Board of Directors, replacing Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., who has retired. O'Keefe has been serving jointly as Chairman and CEO since Jan. 1.



»» NASA Solicitation: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (Space Launch System)

NASA Solicitation: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (Space Launch System) [Tuesday, January 10, 2012] NASA/MSFC is hereby seeking potential sources to provide an Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) for the early Space Launch System (SLS) missions. Recently, NASA announced the architecture of the SLS with a manifested first flight in late 2017.



»» Space Florida Announces Sub-Orbital Flight Incentive Program

Space Florida Announces Sub-Orbital Flight Incentive Program [Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Space Florida, the State's aerospace economic development organization, has announced details of a sub-orbital flight program intended to stimulate market interest in microgravity research via sub-orbital and parabolic flights from Florida.



»» Aerojet Propulsion Adjusts Trajectory of NASA's Mars-bound Spacecraft

Aerojet Propulsion Adjusts Trajectory of NASA's Mars-bound Spacecraft [Friday, January 13, 2012] Aerojet announced today that its hydrazine thrusters powered a critical in-flight maneuver for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. This important maneuver aligned the spacecraft's trajectory with its landing target.



»» NASA TV's Public, Media Channels Transitioning to HD

NASA TV's Public, Media Channels Transitioning to HD [Friday, January 13, 2012] Beginning Feb. 17, 2012, NASA Television's Public and Media channels will transmit their respective content in high definition.



»» United Launch Alliance Names Mike Leinbach Director of Human Spaceflight Operations

United Launch Alliance Names Mike Leinbach Director of Human Spaceflight Operations [Monday, January 16, 2012] United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that Mike Leinbach has joined the company as the Director of Human Spaceflight Operations.



»» Update on Next SpaceX Launch

Update on Next SpaceX Launch [Monday, January 16, 2012] In preparation for the upcoming launch, SpaceX continues to conduct extensive testing and analysis. We believe that there are a few areas that will benefit from additional work and will optimize the safety and success of this mission.



»» Why Does NASA Ignore NASA Tech Briefs?

Why Does NASA Ignore NASA Tech Briefs? [Tuesday, January 17, 2012] This seems to be a wasted opportunity: an overtly NASA-branded magazine about new technology and spinoffs that is ignored by NASA.



»» NASA Clears The Runway For Open Source Software

NASA Clears The Runway For Open Source Software [Wednesday, January 18, 2012] The NASA Open Government Initiative has launched a new website to expand the agency's open source software development.



»» NASA Joins MIT and DARPA for Out-of-This-World Student Robotic Challenge

NASA Joins MIT and DARPA for Out-of-This-World Student Robotic Challenge [Thursday, January 19, 2012] NASA will join DARPA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and high school student teams from the U.S. and abroad for the third annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge on Monday, Jan. 23.



»» Vega rocket ready for first flight

Vega rocket ready for first flight [Thursday, January 19, 2012] Final checkout of Europe's new Vega launcher was completed last Friday, marking another milestone towards its maiden flight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.



»» United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket Launches Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM-4 Satellite

United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket Launches Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM-4 Satellite [Friday, January 20, 2012] A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying the Wideband Global SATCOM-4 (WGS-4) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 here at 7:38 p.m. EST today.




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