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July 2008 Top Stories


»» NewSpace 2008: Creating the Future or Living in the Past?

NewSpace 2008: Creating the Future or Living in the Past? [Tuesday, July 1, 2008] A change in the White House administration presents a golden opportunity to fix problems in the nation's space program and push for further government support of entrepreneurial "NewSpace" ventures says William J. Watson, Space Frontier Foundation.



»» Galileo Global Navigation System Procurement Begins

Galileo Global Navigation System Procurement Begins [Tuesday, July 1, 2008] The European Commission launched the procurement of Galileo today, a global navigation system composed of 30 navigation satellites and a ground infrastructure with the main control centres in Europe and a network of stations deployed around the world.



»» Aviation Week Explores McCain's and Obama's Aerospace and Aviation Plans

Aviation Week Explores McCain's and Obama's Aerospace and Aviation Plans [Wednesday, July 2, 2008] This week's Aviation Week & Space Technology zeros in on Senators John McCain and Barack Obama and where they stand on aviation, aerospace and defense issues.



»» NASA Considers Development of Student-Led American Student Moon Orbiter (ASMO) Initiative

NASA Considers Development of Student-Led American Student Moon Orbiter (ASMO) Initiative [Wednesday, July 2, 2008] NASA is considering the development of a university-based, student-led satellite development initiative to begin passing the space exploration torch to a new generation.



»» NASA Sets Briefing With Next Station Crew, Spaceflight Participant

NASA Sets Briefing With Next Station Crew, Spaceflight Participant [Wednesday, July 2, 2008] NASA will hold a media briefing Wednesday, July 30, at 1 p.m. CDT, with the next resident crew of the International Space Station and an American spaceflight participant.



»» What is the latest update on NASA's Transportation Architecture? (DIRECT launch vehicle design)

What is the latest update on NASA's Transportation Architecture? (DIRECT launch vehicle design) [Thursday, July 3, 2008] Over the last two years, NASA has performed feasibility assessments of the different DIRECT launch vehicle designs that have emerged. These feasibility assessments are summarized in the attached white paper.



»» NASA Background on Ares Vehicles versus the DIRECT Proposal

NASA Background on Ares Vehicles versus the DIRECT Proposal [Thursday, July 3, 2008] NASA has spent substantial effort over several years to consider many launch concepts, and the Agency stands by its decision to develop the Constellation architecture, which includes the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.



»» Procurement of full Galileo system begins

Procurement of full Galileo system begins [Friday, July 4, 2008] The European Commission - with the support of ESA - is launching the procurement of Galileo, a global navigation system composed of 30 dedicated navigation satellites.



»» NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of NASA's Plan to Build the A-3 Facility for Rocket Propulsion Testing

NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of NASA's Plan to Build the A-3 Facility for Rocket Propulsion Testing [Tuesday, July 8, 2008] The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review of NASA's plan to build a new rocket propulsion test facility. We initiated this review in response to a complaint forwarded to the NASA OIG from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).



»» NASA ROSES-08 Amendment 17: New proposal opportunity for Concept Studies for Human Tended Suborbital Science

NASA ROSES-08 Amendment 17:  New proposal opportunity for Concept Studies for Human Tended Suborbital Science [Thursday, July 10, 2008] NASA is soliciting research concept studies to inform the formulation phase of a possible program to fly government-sponsored payloads and researchers on commercial suborbital systems with the intent of advancing SMD's science goals and objectives.



»» NASA: Ocean Wind Power Maps Reveal Possible Wind Energy Sources

NASA: Ocean Wind Power Maps Reveal Possible Wind Energy Sources [Thursday, July 10, 2008] Efforts to harness the energy potential of Earth's ocean winds could soon gain an important new tool: global satellite maps from NASA.



»» NASA Extends Space Station Cargo Delivery Contract

NASA Extends Space Station Cargo Delivery Contract [Thursday, July 10, 2008] NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc. in Houston, a one-year contract extension valued at $42 million to provide integration services for cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station.



»» NASA Innovative Partnerships Program: Small Businesses to Fly New Technologies on Zero-Gravity Flights

NASA Innovative Partnerships Program: Small Businesses to Fly New Technologies on Zero-Gravity Flights [Tuesday, July 15, 2008] NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program has selected seven Small Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR, companies to participate in reduced-gravity test flights in early September.



»» NASA Directs Contractor To Adopt Ares and Orion Launch Date Postponements

NASA Directs Contractor To Adopt Ares and Orion Launch Date Postponements [Tuesday, July 15, 2008] NASA has asked its main contractor for its new Orion spacecraft to prepare estimates for what it would cost to shift a number of important program milestones for the initial Ares 1 rocket and Orion spacecraft missions.



»» NASA Internal Presentation: CxMPR, Orion Project Office, 2 July 2008

NASA Internal Presentation: CxMPR, Orion Project Office, 2 July 2008 [Wednesday, July 16, 2008] This internal NASA presentation provides a snapshot of progress and issues associated with the Orion Project.



»» MSSS Delivers First Science Instrument to JPL for 2009 Mars Rover Mission Payload

MSSS Delivers First Science Instrument to JPL for 2009 Mars Rover Mission Payload [Thursday, July 17, 2008] Malin Space Science Systems, Inc. (MSSS), has delivered the first of four science cameras it is developing for the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2009 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission.



»» NASA Solicitation: Scale Models on International Space Station With Logistic Vehicles

NASA Solicitation: Scale Models on International Space Station With Logistic Vehicles [Saturday, July 19, 2008] "Ten (10) of the Scale Models shall be delivered to each of the two (2) NASA centers (a total of 20 models)"



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Competitiveness in the Space Economy

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Competitiveness in the Space Economy [Saturday, July 19, 2008] To encourage a new commercial space sector, the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) developed a Commercial Development Policy in November 2007. This policy is consistent with guidelines already written into law (P.L. 102-588).



»» International Lunar Observatory Dual Function Instrument Bound for the Moon Aboard Odyssey Moon's Google Lunar X PRIZE Mission

International Lunar Observatory Dual Function Instrument Bound for the Moon Aboard Odyssey Moon's Google Lunar X PRIZE Mission [Sunday, July 20, 2008] The world's first astronomical observatory bound for the Moon was announced today as a joint venture between the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon Limited.



»» NASA Statement on Inaccurate Reports About Japanese Cargo Services

NASA Statement on Inaccurate Reports About Japanese Cargo Services [Monday, July 21, 2008] Contrary to news reports, NASA has not officially or unofficially been discussing the purchase of H-II Transfer Vehicles (HTV) -- uninhabited resupply cargo ships for the space station -- from the Japanese Space Agency, or JAXA.



»» Dr. Paul Spudis Announced as Chief Scientist of Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender Odyssey Moon Limited

Dr. Paul Spudis Announced as Chief Scientist of Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender Odyssey Moon Limited [Wednesday, July 23, 2008] Dr. Paul D. Spudis has been named Chief Scientist of Odyssey Moon Limited, the first official contender for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE.



»» NASA Awards Contracts for Concepts of Lunar Surface Systems

NASA Awards Contracts for Concepts of Lunar Surface Systems [Monday, July 28, 2008] NASA's Constellation Program has selected 11 companies and one university to independently develop concepts that contribute to how astronauts will live and work on the moon.



»» Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Mothership "Eve"

Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Mothership [Monday, July 28, 2008] Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne designer, Burt Rutan, today pulled back the hangar doors on the new WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft.




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