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July 2007 Top Stories


»» Orbital Express Status 17 June 2007

Orbital Express Status 17 June 2007 [Sunday, July 1, 2007] After a four-week hiatus in unmated operations that was used to analyze flight data and determine fixes for some of the problems experienced in Scenario 3-1, Orbital Express successfully completed Scenario 5-1.



»» Genesis II Successfully Launched - Bigelow Aerospace Still Awaits Confirmation of Spacecraft Health and Expansion

Genesis II Successfully Launched - Bigelow Aerospace Still Awaits Confirmation of Spacecraft Health and Expansion [Sunday, July 1, 2007] Genesis II, the second experimental pathfinder spacecraft by Bigelow Aerospace, has been launched into orbit. The privately-funded space station module was launched atop a Dnepr rocket at 8:02 a.m. PDT from the ISC Kosmotras Yasny Cosmodrome.



»» NASA Strategic Management Council 22 May 2007: Griffin Comments on Agency Strategy

NASA Strategic Management Council 22 May 2007: Griffin Comments on Agency Strategy [Sunday, July 1, 2007] "Griffin stated that if the Agency is to achieve its goals, it is critical to be able to eliminate content in the face of budget cuts. "



»» The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is Closing

The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is Closing [Monday, July 2, 2007] NASA, faced with the constraints of achieving the Vision for Space Exploration, has made the difficult decision to terminate NIAC, which has been funded by NASA since inception. Effective August 31, 2007, the NIAC will cease operations.



»» Wyle to Prepare Virgin Galactic's First Passengers for Maiden Spaceflight Voyage

Wyle to Prepare Virgin Galactic's First Passengers for Maiden Spaceflight Voyage [Friday, July 6, 2007] Virgin Galactic has contracted Wyle to provide chief medical officer, medical data analysis, and program management services to advise and guide the preparation of its first passengers for spaceflight.



»» Northrop Grumman Helps NASA Shape Plans for Affordable Lunar Lander

Northrop Grumman Helps NASA Shape Plans for Affordable Lunar Lander [Monday, July 9, 2007] The lunar lander that will carry NASA astronauts to the moon's surface by the end of the next decade will benefit from more than 50 years of technological change.



»» ILS Proton Successfully Launches DIRECTV 10

ILS Proton Successfully Launches DIRECTV 10 [Monday, July 9, 2007] International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the DIRECTV 10 satellite today using an enhanced version of Russia's premier vehicle, the Proton.



»» New Mission Given to Lockheed Martin-Built Stardust Spacecraft

New Mission Given to Lockheed Martin-Built Stardust Spacecraft [Tuesday, July 10, 2007] On Jan. 15, 2006, Stardust's sample return returned to Earth carrying particles comet Wild and interstellar dust samples collected during its seven-year, 3.2-billion mile primary mission.



»» Ball Aerospace's Deep Impact Spacecraft Chosen for NASA's EPOXI Mission

Ball Aerospace's Deep Impact Spacecraft Chosen for NASA's EPOXI Mission [Tuesday, July 10, 2007] The successful Deep Impact flyby spacecraft will be returned to service for two NASA Discovery assignments -- the Deep Impact Extended Investigation, and the Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization, together known as the EPOXI mission.



»» Scolese to Succeed Geveden as NASA Associate Administrator

Scolese to Succeed Geveden as NASA Associate Administrator [Wednesday, July 11, 2007] NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has selected Christopher Scolese as associate administrator, the No. 3 position in the agency. Scolese succeeds Rex Geveden who is leaving the agency to become President of Teledyne Brown Engineering.



»» NASA Awards Upper Stage Engine Contract for Ares Rockets

NASA Awards Upper Stage Engine Contract for Ares Rockets [Monday, July 16, 2007] NASA has signed a $1.2 billion contract with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., for design, development, testing and evaluation of the J-2X engine that will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.



»» Earth's Northernmost iPhone

Earth's Northernmost iPhone [Monday, July 16, 2007] "I am currently on Devon Island, in Nunavut, Canada less than a thousand miles from the North Pole as part of the Haughton-Mars Project's activities. It would seem that I also have in my possession Earth's northernmost iPhone."



»» NASA Supplier Base: Challenges Exist in Transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems

NASA Supplier Base: Challenges Exist in Transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems [Wednesday, July 25, 2007] While NASA has developed plans and processes aimed at effectively managing the supplier base, several factors could impact their effectiveness.



»» Property Management: Lack of Accountability and Weak Internal Controls Leave NASA Equipment Vulnerable to Loss, Theft, and Misuse

Property Management: Lack of Accountability and Weak Internal Controls Leave NASA Equipment Vulnerable to Loss, Theft, and Misuse [Wednesday, July 25, 2007] Over the past 10 years, NASA reported that it lost over $94 million of equipment. The high equipment losses are due mainly to a weak internal control environment.



»» 2007 Space Elevator Games to be Held in Salt Lake City

2007 Space Elevator Games to be Held in Salt Lake City [Thursday, July 26, 2007] The 2007 Space Elevator Games will be held at the Davis County Event Center just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The qualifying rounds will start on October 15, and the event will be open to the public between October 19 and October 21.



»» Scaled Composites Family Support Fund

Scaled Composites Family Support Fund [Sunday, July 29, 2007] Let us not shirk from what happened yesterday. Professionals will find the cause. The program will continue. The effort to open space cannot be stopped. Now is the time to honor those men by honoring the cause that they were engaged in.



»» Boeing Submits TSAT Production Proposal to U.S. Air Force

Boeing Submits TSAT Production Proposal to U.S. Air Force [Monday, July 30, 2007] The Boeing Company and its TEAM TSAT industry partners today submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force for the Development and Production phase of the Transformational Satellite Communications System Space Segment (TSAT) program.



»» Northrop Grumman Completes Restructure of NPOESS Program

Northrop Grumman Completes Restructure of NPOESS Program [Tuesday, July 31, 2007] Northrop Grumman Corporation, in conjunction with the government's tri-agency NPOESS Integrated Program Office, has completed the restructure of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).




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