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»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Newly Released National Space Policy

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Newly Released National Space Policy [Thursday, July 1, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes President Obama's new National Space Policy, which underscores the importance of commercial spaceflight for American economic growth and leadership in space.



»» Zero Gravity Corp's statement regarding the Office of Inspector General's Audit Report of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services

Zero Gravity Corp's statement regarding the Office of Inspector General's Audit Report of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services [Thursday, July 1, 2010] On June 18, 2010, the Office of Inspector General released an Audit Report of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services as provided by Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G).



»» Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Passes Key NASA Milestone

Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Passes Key NASA Milestone [Wednesday, July 7, 2010] The Orion crew exploration vehicle has successfully completed the Phase 1 Safety Review of NASA's Human Rating Requirements for space exploration in low Earth orbit and beyond.



»» Space Florida Receives FAA License for Space Launch Complex 46

Space Florida Receives FAA License for Space Launch Complex 46 [Friday, July 9, 2010] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a Launch Site Operator's License for Space Florida to facilitate commercial launches from Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46). The license went into affect July 1, 2010.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Responds to Recent Misperceptions Related to U.S. Human Spaceflight

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Responds to Recent Misperceptions Related to U.S. Human Spaceflight [Monday, July 12, 2010] As a strong supporter of a robust NASA human spaceflight program, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is releasing the following statement to address topics related to human spaceflight, including commercial human spaceflight.



»» Letter from Former Columbia Accident Investigation Board Members Regarding Crew Safety

Letter from Former Columbia Accident Investigation Board Members Regarding Crew Safety [Monday, July 12, 2010] As former board members of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), we agree with your view that assuring crew safety is an essential element in the discussion of future U.S. crew transportation systems.



»» NASA Announces Three New Centennial Challenges

NASA Announces Three New Centennial Challenges [Tuesday, July 13, 2010] NASA announced three new Centennial Challenges Tuesday, with an overall prize purse of $5 million. NASA's Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding.



»» NASA Needs Integrated Strategy to Control Mission Costs

NASA Needs Integrated Strategy to Control Mission Costs [Tuesday, July 13, 2010] NASA should develop a broad, integrated strategy to contain costs and maintain schedules as earth and space science missions are planned and designed, says a new report by the National Research Council.



»» Letter From Former NASA Astronauts in Support of Commercial Crew Transport

Letter From Former NASA Astronauts in Support of Commercial Crew Transport [Wednesday, July 14, 2010] Let us be clear: we believe that that the private sector, working in partnership with NASA, can safely develop and operate crewed space vehicles to low Earth orbit. We have reached this conclusion for a number of reasons.



»» NASA Awards Rapid Response Space Works Contract

NASA Awards Rapid Response Space Works Contract [Wednesday, July 14, 2010] Serving as a contracting agent for the Department of Defense's Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, NASA has selected Millennium Engineering and Integration Co., of Arlington, Va., to receive a contract for Rapid Response Space Works (RRSW).



»» CSF Lauds Senators Warner, Boxer, Tom Udall, and Brownback for Support of Commercial Spaceflight

CSF Lauds Senators Warner, Boxer, Tom Udall, and Brownback for Support of Commercial Spaceflight [Thursday, July 15, 2010] Following today's executive session of the Senate Commerce Committee, the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Bretton Alexander, stated, "Thanks to Senators Warner, Boxer, Udall, and Brownback, American industry won a victory today.



»» The Senate NASA Compromise: A Hinge of History?

The Senate NASA Compromise: A Hinge of History? [Sunday, July 18, 2010] Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Space Committee marked up a draft of a proposed FY2011 Authorization bill for NASA.



»» NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Technology To Play Key Role In New Open Source Initiative

NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Technology To Play Key Role In New Open Source Initiative [Monday, July 19, 2010] The core technology developed for NASA's Nebula cloud computing platform has been selected as a contributor for OpenStack, a newly-launched open source cloud computing initiative.



»» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Endorses NASA's New Direction

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Endorses NASA's New Direction [Monday, July 19, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has joined the Federation as an Associate Member.



»» Space Florida and UK Trade & Investment Team Up for Commercial Space Opportunities

Space Florida and UK Trade & Investment Team Up for Commercial Space Opportunities [Wednesday, July 21, 2010] This morning Space Florida and UK Trade & Investment signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate beneficial commercial space opportunities between the State of Florida and the UK's aerospace and commercial space industries



»» NASA Announces Three New Centennial Challenges and Seeks Partners to Manage Each Challenge

NASA Announces Three New Centennial Challenges and Seeks Partners to Manage Each Challenge [Wednesday, July 21, 2010] NASA has announced three new Centennial Challenges with an overall prize purse of $5 million. NASA's Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding.



»» Letter From California House Members to Rep. Bart Gordon Regarding NASA's FY 2011 Budget

Letter From California House Members to Rep. Bart Gordon Regarding NASA's FY 2011 Budget [Thursday, July 22, 2010] We write today to express our strong support for key portions of the President's 2011 proposal for NASA's budget.



»» GAO: NASA Constellation Program and Appropriations Restrictions, Part II B-320091, July 23, 2010

GAO: NASA Constellation Program and Appropriations Restrictions, Part II B-320091, July 23, 2010 [Monday, July 26, 2010] NASA's actions to date with regard to the Constellation program have not violated either the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 or the provision in the fiscal year 2010 Exploration appropriation.



»» Getting Out of the Gravity Well on One Thin Dime

Getting Out of the Gravity Well on One Thin Dime [Monday, July 26, 2010] As of this writing no dissent has been heard from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, so the cuts might stick. It might be useful to review what the Obama Administration originally asked for - and why.



»» CSF Welcomes New Members

CSF Welcomes New Members [Tuesday, July 27, 2010] CSF is pleased to announce that Andrews Space, Inc., DCI Services and Consulting, MEI Technologies, Special Aerospace Services, and SRA International have joined the Federation as Associate Members



»» Your Help Urgently Needed to Save the Future of Human Spaceflight

Your Help Urgently Needed to Save the Future of Human Spaceflight [Thursday, July 29, 2010] If you care about the future of American space exploration, your urgent help is necessary. The only hope for the average citizen to one day travel to space is in danger due to the actions of certain members of Congress.




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