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June 2007 Top Stories


»» Report: Interoperability and Space Exploration

Report: Interoperability and Space Exploration [Friday, June 1, 2007] With the age of globalization, increased connectivity is increasingly the rule.† To make efficient use of this trend and remain competitive both economically and technologically, interoperability becomes a necessity.



»» NASA Report to Congress Regarding a Plan for the International Space Station National Laboratory

NASA Report to Congress Regarding a Plan for the  International Space Station National Laboratory [Friday, June 1, 2007] NASA prepared this report outlining a plan for the International Space Station National Laboratory in response to direction in Section 507 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-155).



»» An open letter to Gregg Easterbrook in response to recent commentary on the future of NASA

An open letter to Gregg Easterbrook in response to recent commentary on the future of NASA [Tuesday, June 5, 2007] "Your recent piece in Wired made the assertion that NASA's priorities are misplaced. It was a thoughtful piece, but we respectfully disagree."



»» JP Aerospace: Ads, Ping Pong Balls, Coffee and Cutting Edge Development

JP Aerospace: Ads, Ping Pong Balls, Coffee and Cutting Edge Development [Tuesday, June 5, 2007] On Saturday, June 2, two platforms, Away 32 and Away 33, were carried aloft by balloon. These platforms were loaded. Away 32 was the first in the air. It reached 94,000 feet with a fast climb rate of 1,300 feet per minute.



»» Hillary Clinton Hears About Space Policy at Washington Issues Forum

Hillary Clinton Hears About Space Policy at Washington Issues Forum [Wednesday, June 6, 2007] Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Presidential campaign held an "Issues Forum & Breakfast" this morning in Washington, DC. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill - and space policy was on the agenda.



»» Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award to Engage Students in Space, Science & Technology

Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award to  Engage Students in Space, Science & Technology [Thursday, June 7, 2007] The X PRIZE Foundation announced today a new education competition designed to cultivate interest and excitement in the fields of space, science and technology.



»» NASA Selects IBM for Next-Generation Supercomputer Applications

NASA Selects IBM for Next-Generation Supercomputer Applications [Thursday, June 7, 2007] On Wednesday, NASA and IBM, Armonk, N.Y., announced the agency has selected an IBM System p575+ supercomputer for evaluating next-generation technology to meet the agency's future supercomputing requirements.



»» Spacehab Positioned to Support NASA Plan to Maximize ISS Utilization

Spacehab Positioned to Support NASA Plan to Maximize ISS Utilization [Thursday, June 7, 2007] SPACEHAB, Incorporated today announced the Company's formal endorsement of NASA's recently released Report to Congress Regarding a Plan for the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.



»» NASA Issues Proposal Request for Ares I Avionics Unit

NASA Issues Proposal Request for Ares I Avionics Unit [Thursday, June 7, 2007] NASA has issued a request for proposal for key guidance, navigation and control hardware for the new Ares I crew launch vehicle. The upper stage instrument unit avionics will be used during the Ares I ascent.



»» Third Pair of Massive Lockheed Martin Solar Arrays to Be Launched to International Space Station

Third Pair of Massive Lockheed Martin Solar Arrays to Be Launched to International Space Station [Thursday, June 7, 2007] The third of four pairs of massive solar arrays and a second Solar Alpha Rotary Joint built by Lockheed Martin will be launched aboard the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as June 8, 2007.



»» Boeing Launches Italian Earth Observation Satellite

Boeing Launches Italian Earth Observation Satellite [Friday, June 8, 2007] Thales Alenia Space Italia developed the COSMO-SkyMed program for the Italian Space Agency and the Italian Ministry of Defence.



»» Video Presentation by NASA ARC Center Director Pete Worden Regarding NASA ARC CoLab

Video Presentation by NASA ARC Center Director Pete Worden Regarding NASA ARC CoLab [Friday, June 8, 2007] NASA CoLab is a Collaborative Space Exploration Laboratory being developed at NASA. CoLab will provide a framework for exciting partnership ... all projects between the nationís space program and the thriving technology-entrepreneurial community.



»» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne-Powered Launch Provides New Eye Over Mediterranean

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne-Powered Launch Provides New Eye Over Mediterranean [Sunday, June 10, 2007] Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powered a Delta II rocket as it roared off the launch pad yesterday at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The United Launch Alliance rocket was carrying a COSMO-SkyMed satellite.



»» Northrop Grumman Foundation Expands Weightless Flights of Discovery During Second Year in Cooperation With Zero Gravity Corporation

Northrop Grumman Foundation Expands Weightless Flights of Discovery During Second Year in Cooperation With Zero Gravity Corporation [Tuesday, June 12, 2007] Northrop Grumman Foundation announced today that it will sponsor the national Weightless Flights of Discovery, an innovative science and engineering education program that incorporates zero gravity flight experiences for teachers.



»» Astrium rockets into space tourism - Revolutionary space vehicle unveiled

Astrium rockets into space tourism - Revolutionary space vehicle unveiled [Wednesday, June 13, 2007] Astrium has unveiled a business jet sized vehicle is designed to carry four passengers 100 km up into space giving more than three minutes of "zero G" or weightlessness.



»» NRO Spacecraft In Wrong Orbit

NRO Spacecraft In Wrong Orbit [Friday, June 15, 2007] Two top secret NRO ocean surveillance spacecraft were fired into the wrong orbit June 15 when the 200-foot-tall Atlas V rocket they were riding on stopped firing too early in space following launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.



»» SpaceX Demo Flight 2 Flight Review Update

SpaceX Demo Flight 2  Flight Review Update [Saturday, June 16, 2007] Although eight anomalies have been identified by post-flight data analysis, the upper stage control anomaly was the only known issue that prevented this mission from achieving orbit.



»» Unmated Operations Resume for Successful Orbital Express Mission

Unmated Operations Resume for Successful Orbital Express Mission [Monday, June 18, 2007] The nation's first autonomous satellite servicing demonstration has resumed unmated demonstration activities as the successful Orbital Express mission continues its three month mission.



»» NASA Signs Commercial Space Transportation Agreements

NASA Signs Commercial Space Transportation Agreements [Monday, June 18, 2007] Through three new Space Act agreements, NASA is expanding cooperation with companies interested in commercializing access to space. The companies are developing capabilities to transport goods and people to low Earth orbit.



»» Ball Aerospace's QuikSCAT Celebrates Eighth On-Orbit Anniversary

Ball Aerospace's QuikSCAT Celebrates Eighth On-Orbit Anniversary [Tuesday, June 19, 2007] The Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) satellite built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. completed eight years of outstanding on-orbit operations today, performing six years beyond its minimum two-year mission requirement.



»» Comments by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale before the Colorado Space Coalition Biannual Congressional and Industry Roundtable

Comments by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale before the Colorado Space Coalition Biannual Congressional and Industry Roundtable [Tuesday, June 19, 2007] "Regardless of who flies to the Moon and beyond, space exploration would not move forward without Colorado. Colorado has the Nation's third-largest space economy in terms of employment. "



»» NASA Plans Update to Discuss Station Lab Report

NASA Plans Update to Discuss Station Lab Report [Wednesday, June 20, 2007] NASA has scheduled a media teleconference for Monday, June 25, at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss a plan to use the U.S. segment of the International Space Station as a national laboratory.



»» BC Partners to Acquire Majority of Intelsat

BC Partners to Acquire Majority of Intelsat [Wednesday, June 20, 2007] Intelsat, Ltd. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the purchase of a majority of the shares of its parent company, Intelsat Holdings, Ltd., by funds advised by BC Partners ("BCEC funds") and certain other investors.



»» X PRIZE Foundation Announces Competitors for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

X PRIZE Foundation Announces Competitors for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge [Thursday, June 21, 2007] A real rocket race is on the horizon with the return of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge - the centerpiece of the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup and Holloman Air and Space Expo.



»» NASA Authorizes Contract for Ares I Materials

NASA Authorizes Contract for Ares I Materials [Thursday, June 21, 2007] NASA has authorized a contract with a maximum value of $16.7 million with Alcoa North American Rolled Products of Bettendorf, Iowa, to supply aluminum lithium plates and metal ingots for early development of the Ares I crew launch vehicles upper stage.



»» NASA to Use Fortune 1000 Firms to Hit Small Business Goal With New SBA Policy, Says American Small Business League

NASA to Use Fortune 1000 Firms to Hit Small Business Goal With New SBA Policy, Says American Small Business League [Monday, June 25, 2007] A new Small Business Administration policy set to take effect on June 30th will allow NASA to continue to count contracts to Fortune 1000 firms towards their federally mandated 23 percent small business contracting goal.



»» NASA Announces Constellation Management Changes in Florida

NASA Announces Constellation Management Changes in Florida [Wednesday, June 27, 2007] KSC Director Parsons recently announced the appointment of Tip Talone Jr. to the new position of associate program manager of the Constellation Program. Philip E. "Pepper" Phillips will replace Talone as the director of the Constellation Project Office.



»» ESA and CNES sign assistance contracts for Ariane

ESA and CNES sign assistance contracts for Ariane [Wednesday, June 27, 2007] On Tuesday at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, ESA and the French National Space Agency (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales CNES) signed two contracts covering the provision of assistance to ESA by CNES for parts of the Ariane launcher programme.



»» Earth as a Classroom

Earth as a Classroom [Wednesday, June 27, 2007] In July 2007 several hundred students will get look over the shoulder of space researchers at a remote research base in the Canadian arctic. The place: Devon Island, a place many call "Mars on Earth".




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