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June 2009 Top Stories


»» Press Conference: Space Adventures Announces Spaceflight Intention of Canadian Entrepreneur

Press Conference: Space Adventures Announces Spaceflight Intention of Canadian Entrepreneur [Monday, June 1, 2009] Space Adventures invites members of the media to the CSA in Montreal and to the Press Hall of The Expocentre in Moscow as they announce the identity of a Canadian entrepreneur who is slated to launch with Soyuz TMA-16 crew this September.



»» Satellite control for the monitoring of offshore oil and gas rigs

Satellite control for the monitoring of offshore oil and gas rigs [Tuesday, June 2, 2009] With the help of ESA technology used in the monitoring and control of satellites, a start-up company at ESA's Business Incubation Centre has developed a system to remotely monitor offshore oil and gas installations.



»» NASA Solicitation: ISS Cargo Mission Contract

NASA Solicitation: ISS Cargo Mission Contract [Wednesday, June 3, 2009] The Cargo Mission support consists of analytical and physical processing activities to support unpressurized and pressurized cargo requirements for visiting vehicle flights to and from the International Space Station (ISS).



»» NASA Solicitation: ISS United States On-orbit Segment Sustaining Engineering Contract

NASA Solicitation: ISS United States On-orbit Segment Sustaining Engineering Contract [Wednesday, June 3, 2009] NASA/JSC has a requirement for sustaining engineering of the International Space Station (ISS) United States On-Orbit Segment (USOS), Post-Production Support (PPS) for the USOS, ISS vehicle integration and end-to-end subsystem management.



»» NASA Solicitation: NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract Extension

NASA Solicitation: NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract Extension [Wednesday, June 3, 2009] NASA/GSFC/Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) plans to extend Contract NAS5-98020, a Cost Plus Incentive/Award Fee, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for a period of 1 year beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010.



»» Space Adventures Announces Founder of Cirque du Soleil as 1st Canadian Private Space Explorer

Space Adventures Announces Founder of Cirque du Soleil as 1st Canadian Private Space Explorer [Thursday, June 4, 2009] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today that Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and the ONE DROP Foundation, has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City in preparation for his poetic social mission to the ISS.



»» NASA Develops Rehydration Beverage

NASA Develops Rehydration Beverage [Thursday, June 4, 2009] To help keep astronauts at peak performance during missions, NASA researched, qualified and patented a highly effective electrolyte concentrate formula that maintains and restores optimal body hydration levels quickly and conveniently.



»» NASA Solicitation: Design and Usage of Massively Multiplayer Online Games and Persistent Immersive Synthetic Environments

NASA Solicitation: Design and Usage of Massively Multiplayer Online Games and Persistent Immersive Synthetic Environments [Thursday, June 4, 2009] NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Learning Technologies Project Office is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) to conduct research and evaluation on the design and usage of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG).



»» Report on the Space Economy Symposium Finds Space an Essential Part of Global Economic Infrastructure

Report on the Space Economy Symposium Finds Space an Essential Part of Global Economic Infrastructure [Tuesday, June 9, 2009] The goals of this half-day Symposium were to make space a central part of the national economic policy discussions and to ensure that space is recognized as an essential component of national competitiveness in a global economy.



»» NASA RFI: Feasibility of using Constellation Architecture for Servicing Existing and Future Observatory-Class Scientific Spacecraft

NASA RFI: Feasibility of using Constellation Architecture for Servicing Existing and Future Observatory-Class Scientific Spacecraft [Wednesday, June 10, 2009] This RFI seeks to improve its understanding of using capabilities of its Constellation System, adaptations of the Constellation System architectures, and/or robotic technologies to service a wide range of notional science observatory-class spacecraft.



»» Zero Gravity Corporation Lifts Off for San Jose's Weightless Flight, July 11

Zero Gravity Corporation Lifts Off for San Jose's Weightless Flight, July 11 [Wednesday, June 10, 2009] Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G(R)), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will host its exclusive ZERO-G Weightless Experience once again in San Jose, California on Saturday, July 11.



»» Industry and Government Leaders to Explore Future of Commercial Space Transportation of Crew and Cargo

Industry and Government Leaders to Explore Future of Commercial Space Transportation of Crew and Cargo [Wednesday, June 10, 2009] Industry and government leaders will meet on June 18 to explore the promising future of commercial space transportation -- of humans as well as cargo -- in meeting government and private sector needs in low Earth orbit.



»» NASA PharmaSat Status Report 12 June 2009

NASA PharmaSat Status Report 12 June 2009 [Monday, June 15, 2009] The PharmaSat nanosatellite has successfully completed an experiment that could help scientists better understand how effectively drugs work in space.



»» Newly Renamed Commercial Spaceflight Federation Launches New Website

Newly Renamed Commercial Spaceflight Federation Launches New Website [Monday, June 15, 2009] The industry association of companies seeking to make commercial human spaceflight a reality has rolled out a new website and a new name.



»» Space Adventures Announces Barbara Barrett as Back-Up Crew Member for Fall 2009 Orbital Spaceflight Mission

Space Adventures Announces Barbara Barrett as Back-Up Crew Member for Fall 2009 Orbital Spaceflight Mission [Monday, June 15, 2009] Today, Space Adventures, Ltd., announced that Barbara Barrett is currently training as the back-up crew member alongside orbital spaceflight candidate Guy Laliberte, who is preparing for the Soyuz TMA-16 flight to the International Space Station (ISS).



»» ILS Announces 9 New Proton Missions in First Half of 2009

ILS Announces 9 New Proton Missions in First Half of 2009 [Monday, June 15, 2009] ILS International Launch Services, Inc. has secured six firm launch orders and three mission assignments in the first half of 2009.



»» NASA: Commercial Partners Are Making Progress, but Face Aggressive Schedules to Demonstrate Critical Space Station Cargo Transport Capabilities. GAO-09-618

NASA: Commercial Partners Are Making Progress, but Face Aggressive Schedules to Demonstrate Critical Space Station Cargo Transport Capabilities.  GAO-09-618 [Tuesday, June 16, 2009] During the course of our review, we found NASA's management of the COTS project has generally adhered to critical project management tools and activities and the vast majority of project expenditures were for milestone payments to COTS partners.



»» Boulder-built and Operated QuikSCAT Provides 10 Years of Data on Earth's Climate

Boulder-built and Operated QuikSCAT Provides 10 Years of Data on Earth's Climate [Tuesday, June 16, 2009] This month marks a decade of success for NASA's QuikSCAT mission, one that continues to provide a wealth of information about Earth's climate since its launch June 19, 1999.



»» SpaceX Update: Falcon 9 Flight 1

SpaceX Update: Falcon 9 Flight 1 [Tuesday, June 16, 2009] Engine testing for the inaugural Falcon 9 flight proceeds at a rapid pace with no major problems or concerns.



»» Former Astronaut Bowersox Joins SpaceX as Vice President of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance

Former Astronaut Bowersox Joins SpaceX as Vice President of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance [Tuesday, June 16, 2009] Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) announces Ken Bowersox as vice president of the newly formed Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance Department. He will be co-located in Houston, Texas, and SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: ISS United States On-orbit Segment Sustaining Engineering Contract

NASA JSC Solicitation: ISS United States On-orbit Segment Sustaining Engineering Contract [Friday, June 19, 2009] NASA/JSC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for the International Space Station (ISS) United States On-Orbit Segment (USOS), Post-Production Support (PPS) for the USOS, ISS vehicle integration and end-to-end subsystem management.



»» Engineering News-Record Assesses Construction of NASA's New Space Launch Facilities

Engineering News-Record Assesses Construction of NASA's New Space Launch Facilities [Saturday, June 20, 2009] An article in next week's June 22 Engineering News-Record (ENR), published by McGraw-Hill Construction and now online at ENR.com, reviews the impact of the economy on NASA's plans as well as the new facilities.



»» Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 to Address Financial Challenges

Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 to Address Financial Challenges [Tuesday, June 23, 2009] Sea Launch Company L.L.C. and Sea Launch Limited Partnership and subsidiaries has filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmingto



»» Orion Propulsion Completes Qualification Testing for Innovative "Green" Propulsion System that will Power World's First Commercial Space Habitat

Orion Propulsion Completes Qualification Testing for Innovative [Tuesday, June 23, 2009] Orion Propulsion, Inc. today announced completion of a qualification test program for the Forward Propulsion System (FPS) of Bigelow Aerospace's Sundancer Project, the world's first commercial space habitat.



»» Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41

Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41 [Tuesday, June 23, 2009] A news briefing discussing the $100 million conduit financing package and partnership between Space Florida and United Launch Alliance which demonstrates Florida's ability to rapidly address the needs of the industry.



»» Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41

Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41 [Wednesday, June 24, 2009] Today, a conduit financing package was approved by the Space Florida Board of Directors to reassign the lease for Launch Complex 41 (LC-41) to United Launch Alliance (ULA).



»» NASA Solicitation: 2009 STTR Small Business Technology Transfer

NASA Solicitation: 2009 STTR Small Business Technology Transfer [Thursday, June 25, 2009] The NASA STTR program is conducted under the authority of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program Reauthorization Act of 2001.



»» NASA Solicitation: NASA 2009 Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation

NASA Solicitation: NASA 2009 Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation [Thursday, June 25, 2009] The NASA SBIR program is conducted under the authority of the Small Business Innovation Research Program Reauthorization Act of 2000.



»» NASA Solicitation: Broad Agency Announcement for Constellation Ground Operations Commodities Architecture Study

NASA Solicitation: Broad Agency Announcement for Constellation Ground Operations Commodities Architecture Study [Thursday, June 25, 2009] NASA Kennedy Space Center is releasing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Constellation Concept of Ground Operations Study. The release date for this BAA is June 24, 2009, and the due date for proposals is July 24, 2009.



»» Weather Scrub statement for Delta IV GOES-O launch

Weather Scrub statement for Delta IV GOES-O launch [Friday, June 26, 2009] The scheduled launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with the NASA/NOAA GOES-O satellite was scrubbed today due to thunderstorms and lightning within 10 miles of the launch pad during the launch window.



»» Going Beyond The Status Quo In Space

Going Beyond The Status Quo In Space [Sunday, June 28, 2009] While appearing barren, the Moon has the resources upon which to build a prototype space civilization. It is a power-rich environment, permitting initial steps to be undertaken using proven, inexpensive solar power generation technology.




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