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June 2010 Top Stories


»» "Game Changing Technologies- What is the Right Roadmap for Exploration?" featuring former NASA Chief Scientists

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] Join the Space Enterprise Council in a discussion on game changing technologies and exploration.



»» Preparations for First Falcon 9 Test Launch

Preparations for First Falcon 9 Test Launch [Tuesday, June 1, 2010] The primary schedule driver for the first Falcon 9 test launch has been flight termination system certification. The FTS ensures that USAF Range safety officials can command the destruction of the vehicle should it stray from its designated flight path.



»» Rockot Successfully Launches Japanese SERVIS-2 Satellite

Rockot Successfully Launches Japanese SERVIS-2 Satellite [Wednesday, June 2, 2010] We announce the successful launch of the SERVIS-2 satellite at 01.59 h UTC from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia using a ROCKOT launch vehicle.



»» Iridium Announces Comprehensive Plan for Next Generation Constellation

Iridium Announces Comprehensive Plan for Next Generation Constellation [Wednesday, June 2, 2010] Iridium Communications Inc. today announced its comprehensive plan for funding, building and deploying its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.



»» NASA Seeks Research Proposals For Green Aircraft Concepts

NASA Seeks Research Proposals For Green Aircraft Concepts [Wednesday, June 2, 2010] NASA is soliciting proposals for studies designed to identify advanced vehicle concepts and enabling technologies for commercial airliners to fly more economically, quieter and cleaner by 2025.



»» ILS Proton Successfully Launches BADR-5 for Arabsat

ILS Proton Successfully Launches BADR-5 for Arabsat [Friday, June 4, 2010] The BADR-5 satellite was successfully launched by an ILS Proton on June 4, 2010 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.



»» NASA Administrator's Statement on First Falcon 9 Launch

NASA Administrator's Statement on First Falcon 9 Launch [Friday, June 4, 2010] The following is a statement by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding Friday's launch of Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket.



»» Transcript: Space Industry Task Force Update

Transcript: Space Industry Task Force Update [Friday, June 4, 2010] In February, through his budget recommendation, the President put forth a new direction for the nation's space program, which was further clarified in his address to all of us on April 15th.



»» Procurement of Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Prox System for Visiting Vehicle Proximity Operations Communications

Procurement of Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Prox System for Visiting Vehicle Proximity Operations Communications [Monday, June 7, 2010] NASA/JSC intends to procure JAXA operational support of their PROX system in order to meet its obligations for International Space Station (ISS) resupply under international agreements.



»» SpaceX Achieves Orbital Bullseye With Inaugural Flight of Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Achieves Orbital Bullseye With Inaugural Flight of Falcon 9 Rocket [Monday, June 7, 2010] SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) announced that the inaugural flight of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit right on target, marking a key milestone for SpaceX and the commercial space flight industry.



»» First NASA IT Summit to Gather Industry Leaders and Explore Tech Innovations

First NASA IT Summit to Gather Industry Leaders and Explore Tech Innovations [Wednesday, June 9, 2010] NASA's first Information Technology (IT) Summit will bring together government and industry leaders to explore the outer reaches of information technology.



»» NASA Sued for Refusing to Release Contracting Data on United Space Alliance

NASA Sued for Refusing to Release Contracting Data on United Space Alliance [Thursday, June 10, 2010] The case was filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) after NASA repeatedly refused to release subcontracting reports for contracts issued to United Space Alliance, LLC, a joint venture between defense giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing.



»» NASA Picks 18 Small Business Tech Transfer Projects For Continued Development

NASA Picks 18 Small Business Tech Transfer Projects For Continued Development [Thursday, June 10, 2010] NASA has selected 18 innovative technology proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or "STTR."



»» Letter From Charles Bolden to Sen. Shelby Regarding Constellation

Letter From Charles Bolden to Sen. Shelby Regarding Constellation [Thursday, June 10, 2010] The purpose of this letter is to provide information to the Committee on the overall status of the Constellation program for FY 2010 and steps that I have directed be implemented for continuation of the program for the balance of the fiscal year.



»» Hutchison: NASA Leadership Skirting the Law to Shut Down Space Programs

Hutchison: NASA Leadership Skirting the Law to Shut Down Space Programs [Thursday, June 10, 2010] Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today said NASA leadership was skirting the law to shut down the Constellation program after NASA leadership publicly announced a decision to reprioritize work on the program.



»» NASA JSC Internal Email: Constellation Program FY2010 Replanning Update

NASA JSC Internal Email: Constellation Program FY2010 Replanning Update [Thursday, June 10, 2010] This morning, Ellen Ochoa met with our civil service supervisors from across the Center as well as members of the Joint Leadership Team to discuss replanning of Constellation operations for the remainder of this fiscal year.



»» Space Tugs: Filling The Space Jobs Gap and Privatization Too!

Space Tugs: Filling The Space Jobs Gap and Privatization Too! [Sunday, June 13, 2010] US space workers are currently faced with both the loss of the Shuttle program (correctly set in motion by the Bush administration years ago), and also by the temporary gap in space jobs caused by the probable cancelation of the Ares Program.



»» Orion Budget is Cut 20 Per Cent with 600 Jobs Eliminated and Progress Slowed

Orion Budget is Cut 20 Per Cent with 600 Jobs Eliminated and Progress Slowed [Monday, June 14, 2010] Lockheed Martin and other contractors working on NASA's Constellation program now have no choice but to delay or halt forward progress on the 'Return to the Moon' program and that will quickly cause numerous jobs cuts rippling across the US.



»» Letter From Sen. Nelson to Sen. Mikulski Regarding FY 2011 NASA Budget

Letter From Sen. Nelson to Sen. Mikulski Regarding FY 2011 NASA Budget [Monday, June 14, 2010] Over the last four months, I have been studying the President's budget request, as well as various alternative proposals, in determining how we can best move ahead to the next era of human space flight.



»» Lockheed Martin Solar X-ray Imager on NOAA GOES-15 Spacecraft Sees 'First Light'

Lockheed Martin Solar X-ray Imager on NOAA GOES-15 Spacecraft Sees 'First Light' [Monday, June 14, 2010] The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument aboard the NOAA GOES-15 spacecraft has seen "first light." SXI was designed and built by Lockheed Martin , at its Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, for the NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, Md.



»» Sponsors Sought For NASA's Centennial Challenges Competitions

Sponsors Sought For NASA's Centennial Challenges Competitions [Monday, June 14, 2010] NASA is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Centennial Challenges, a program of incentive prizes designed for the "citizen inventor" that generates creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation.



»» Iridium and SpaceX Sign Major Commercial Launch Contract

Iridium and SpaceX Sign Major Commercial Launch Contract [Wednesday, June 16, 2010] Iridium Communications Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) are pleased to announce that the Falcon 9 will be a major provider of launch services for Iridium NEXT, Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation.



»» Bigelow Aerospace Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Bigelow Aerospace Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation [Wednesday, June 16, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Bigelow Aerospace, LLC has joined the Federation as an Executive Member, having received unanimous approval by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Board of Directors.



»» NASA OIG Review of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services

NASA OIG Review of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services [Friday, June 18, 2010] NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin released a report today that examines the performance of Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero G), a private company hired by NASA to provide reduced gravity flights for NASA research, engineering, and astronaut training.



»» United Launch Alliance, Operator of the Atlas and Delta Rockets, Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

United Launch Alliance, Operator of the Atlas and Delta Rockets, Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation [Tuesday, June 22, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that United Launch Alliance of Denver, Colorado has joined the Federation as an Executive Member. United Launch Alliance operates the Atlas V, Delta II, and Delta IV launch vehicles.



»» NASA Hosts New Space Technology Industry Forum

NASA Hosts New Space Technology Industry Forum [Tuesday, June 22, 2010] NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist will host an industry forum July 13-14 to discuss the agency's proposed new space technology investments and announce three new Centennial Challenges prize competitions.



»» Open Letter To Congress On Commercial Space

Open Letter To Congress On Commercial Space [Tuesday, June 22, 2010] We are writing to urge you to both fully fund the commercial crew to Space Station program proposed in the President's FY2011 budget request for NASA, and accelerate the pace and funding of NASA's human space exploration projects beyond Earth orbit.



»» Senator Brownback Hosts Commercial Spaceflight Event with Norm Augustine

Senator Brownback Hosts Commercial Spaceflight Event with Norm Augustine [Wednesday, June 23, 2010] CSF is pleased to announce that Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), the former Chair of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee, will be hosting an event for his Senate colleagues and their staff on June 24 to discuss commercial spaceflight.



»» Space Station Keeps Watch on World's Sea Traffic

Space Station Keeps Watch on World's Sea Traffic [Wednesday, June 23, 2010] As the ISS circles Earth, it has begun tracking individual ships crossing the seas beneath. An experiment hosted by ESA's Columbus module is testing the viability of monitoring global traffic from the Station's orbit hundreds of kilometres up.



»» Zero Gravity Corporation Brings Sky High Adventure to the Nation's Capital with Exclusive Weightless Flight, July 4

Zero Gravity Corporation Brings Sky High Adventure to the Nation's Capital with Exclusive Weightless Flight, July 4 [Wednesday, June 23, 2010] On July 4, Zero Gravity Corporation's (ZERO-G) G-FORCE ONE will take off from Dulles International Airport offering flyers a chance to experience independence from the law of gravity.



»» NASA Solicitation: Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research - CRuSR - Flight Services

NASA Solicitation: Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research - CRuSR - Flight Services [Wednesday, June 23, 2010] This notice is being issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for commercial resusable suborbital flight services.



»» Space Economic Task Force Seeks Florida Public Comments

Space Economic Task Force Seeks Florida Public Comments [Thursday, June 24, 2010] The Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development has launched an interactive website to encourage public comment on ways to promote economic growth and sustainability in Florida's Space Coast region.



»» NASA and Space Florida Break Ground on Next-Gen Sci-Tech Park

NASA and Space Florida Break Ground on Next-Gen Sci-Tech Park [Saturday, June 26, 2010] Work on a next-generation science and technology commerce park is under way at NASA KSC, Space Florida, and local, state and Congressional leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for Exploration Park.



»» NASA Awards Space Station Mission Integration Contract

NASA Awards Space Station Mission Integration Contract [Saturday, June 26, 2010] NASA has awarded a contract with a maximum value of $273 million to Barrios Technology, Ltd., of Houston for International Space Station mission integration services support.



»» Twenty Finalists Named in "MoonBots" Educational Contest

Twenty Finalists Named in [Saturday, June 26, 2010] The X PRIZE Foundation, the world leader in incentive prizes to drive innovation, and LEGO Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children, has announced the twenty finalists for MoonBots, a global educational contest.



»» NASA MSFC Internal Email: Procurement Sensitivity for Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) NNM10ZDA001K

NASA MSFC Internal Email: Procurement Sensitivity for Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) NNM10ZDA001K [Monday, June 28, 2010] The BAA NNM10ZDA001K will be released to industry in the near future for the Heavy Lift and Propulsion Technology Systems Analysis and Trade Study acquisition at NASA/MSFC.



»» NASA Invites Journalists, Video Game Experts to Review Online Game

NASA Invites Journalists, Video Game Experts to Review Online Game [Monday, June 28, 2010] Moonbase Alpha is a game with single and multiplayer options where players step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement.



»» NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies

NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies [Tuesday, June 29, 2010] NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals and industry input on heavy-lift system concepts and propulsion technology.




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