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March 2007 Top Stories


»» Professor Stephen Hawking to Experience Weightlessness Aboard Zero-Gravity Flight Out of Kennedy Space Center on April 26, 2007

Professor Stephen Hawking to Experience Weightlessness Aboard Zero-Gravity Flight Out of Kennedy Space Center on April 26, 2007 [Thursday, March 1, 2007] Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), announced today that Prof. Stephen Hawking, the world renowned physicist and expert on gravity, will fly weightless on The ZERO-G Experience on April 26, 2007.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Constellation Program Support Contract

NASA JSC Solicitation: Constellation Program Support Contract [Saturday, March 3, 2007] NASA anticipates releasing a draft RFP in May 2007. The draft RFP will allow interested parties the opportunity to submit questions and comments. The pre-proposal conference at NASA Johnson Space Center is tentatively planned for May 2007.



»» Agreement between ESA and the European Maritime Safety Agency signed

Agreement between ESA and the European Maritime Safety Agency signed [Saturday, March 3, 2007] The EMSA and ESA have signed an agreement between the two agencies, strengthening the framework for cooperation in the field of maritime monitoring and surveillance.



»» GIOVE-A navigation signal available to users

GIOVE-A navigation signal available to users [Saturday, March 3, 2007] The GIOVE-A Signal-in-Space Interface Control Document has been released. This will allow receiver manufacturers and research institutions to use a real signal for their research and development.



»» Las Vegas Welcomes Its Most Unique Attraction Yet: Weightless Flights By Zero Gravity Corporation

Las Vegas Welcomes Its Most Unique Attraction Yet: Weightless Flights By Zero Gravity Corporation [Monday, March 5, 2007] Zero Gravity Corporation, the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will launch regular flights from Las Vegas for the general public beginning April 21.



»» NASA Completes Key Review of Orion Spacecraft

NASA Completes Key Review of Orion Spacecraft [Wednesday, March 7, 2007] NASA has established a requirements baseline for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, bringing America's next human spacecraft a step closer to construction.



»» Ball Aerospace's NextSat Launched for Orbital Express Mission

Ball Aerospace's NextSat Launched for Orbital Express Mission [Friday, March 9, 2007] The first-of-its kind, autonomous servicing demonstration satellite launched on Thursday, March 8, 2007, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The three-month space mission is sponsored by DARPA.



»» United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches First USAF Atlas V

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches First USAF Atlas V [Friday, March 9, 2007] A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched six satellites at 10:10 p.m., EST, for the U.S. Air Force, marking the first use of the Atlas for an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program mission.



»» Successful dual launch for Arianespace - Skynet 5A and Insat 4B in orbit

Successful dual launch for Arianespace - Skynet 5A and Insat 4B in orbit [Sunday, March 11, 2007] On Sunday evening, March 11, Arianespace placed two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit: the military communications satellite Skynet 5A and the civil communications satellite Insat 4B.



»» Prepared Statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Before the House Appropriations Committee

Prepared Statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Before the House Appropriations Committee [Tuesday, March 13, 2007] "I cannot sugarcoat the issue. The effect of the FY 2007 appropriation is to impose a six-month delay in our ability to bring online NASA's new human spaceflight systems, the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle and Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle."



»» Stone Aerospace Announces Formation of a Company to Establish a Commercial Refueling Station in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

Stone Aerospace Announces Formation of a Company to Establish a Commercial Refueling Station in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) [Tuesday, March 13, 2007] Bill Stone has announced his intent to be the first explorer to lead a team to the moon to explore for water and other fuels, and, if found in sufficient quantity, process the fuels on the moon, then transfer them to a low Earth orbit refueling station.



»» SpaceX Posts New Details of Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX Posts New Details of Dragon Spacecraft [Wednesday, March 14, 2007] The Dragon spacecraft is a pressurized capsule used for Earth to LEO transport of pressurized cargo, unpressurized cargo, and/or crew members. Dragon will be utilized to fulfill our NASA COTS contract for demonstration of cargo re-supply of the ISS.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Orion Project Integration Support

NASA JSC Solicitation: Orion Project Integration Support [Wednesday, March 14, 2007] NASA anticipates releasing a draft RFP in May 2007. The draft RFP will allow interested parties the opportunity to submit questions and comments. Final issuance of the RFP will be in July 2007.



»» NASA, AOL, Mad Science Host the Space Pennant Design Challenge

NASA, AOL, Mad Science Host the Space Pennant Design Challenge [Friday, March 16, 2007] NASA now is offering an opportunity to grade school students. NASA, AOL's Kids Service KOL and Mad Science are teaming up for the NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge.



»» SpaceX Falcon 1 Demoflight 2 Update 16 March 2007

SpaceX Falcon 1 Demoflight 2 Update 16 March 2007 [Sunday, March 18, 2007] At present, it appears that we are on track for a launch next week, possibly as soon as Monday [19 March]. We had a very successful static fire yesterday that proceeded smoothly with no aborts.



»» Space Florida and Zero Gravity Corp. Partner to Launch Microgravity Education and Research Center

Space Florida and Zero Gravity Corp. Partner to Launch Microgravity Education and Research Center [Monday, March 19, 2007] Space Florida and Zero Gravity Corporation, announce the creation of the Florida Microgravity Education and Research Center, designed to facilitate Florida teacher and student space education and aerospace microgravity research expertise.



»» SpaceX Scrubs Falcon 1 Launch For Today

SpaceX Scrubs Falcon 1 Launch For Today [Monday, March 19, 2007] SpaceX will attempt to launch a Falcom 1 today. All systems are now go for launch with T-0 at 4pm California time.



»» What (do you think) is Humanity's Greatest Challenge?

What (do you think) is Humanity's Greatest Challenge? [Monday, March 19, 2007] The X PRIZE Foundation is always looking for new ideas around what people consider to be the largest, most challenging issues facing humankind today, and this is our "soap box" for you to be heard.



»» Falcon 1 Launched Into Space

Falcon 1 Launched Into Space [Tuesday, March 20, 2007] SpaceX launched its second Falcon 1 today. A few minutes into second stage operation telemetry was lost. Check this page for live updates.



»» SpaceX Post-flight Comments Regarding Second Falcon 1 Launch

SpaceX Post-flight Comments Regarding Second Falcon 1 Launch [Tuesday, March 20, 2007] "The launch was not perfect, but certainly pretty good.  Given that the primary objectives were demonstrating responsive launch and gathering test data in advance of our first operational satellite launch later this year, the outcome was great."



»» NASA Research Park leasing and outreach are successful

NASA Research Park leasing and outreach are successful [Friday, March 23, 2007] In a short two years, much of the available space at NASA Research Park (NRP) has been leased to universities, non-profit and industry partners. "Ames was one of two NASA centers granted enhanced use leasing authority."



»» Space Adventures' Orbital Client, Charles Simonyi, to Perform Research on the ISS for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Space Adventures' Orbital Client, Charles Simonyi, to Perform Research on the ISS for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency [Tuesday, March 27, 2007] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., has agreed to conduct a series of tests on behalf of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) during his 10-day stay onboard the International Space Station (ISS).



»» Zero Gravity Corporation and Sharper Image to Sell Weightless Flights to the Public

Zero Gravity Corporation and Sharper Image to Sell Weightless Flights to the Public [Wednesday, March 28, 2007] Zero Gravity Corp. announced today that the Sharper Image will exclusively market and sell seats on ZERO-G's public flights - the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience true "weightlessness" without going to space. 



»» Boeing Announces Industry Team for Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Upper Stage Production

Boeing Announces Industry Team for Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Upper Stage Production [Wednesday, March 28, 2007] Boeing will lead a team of suppliers in pursuit of a contract for production of the upper stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle, NASA's first new human-rated launch vehicle since the space shuttle.



»» NASA Multi-Program Integrated Milestones Revised 27 March 2007

NASA Multi-Program Integrated Milestones Revised 27 March 2007 [Wednesday, March 28, 2007] This document contains an integrated snapshot of Space Shuttle, Soyuz, Progress, ATV, HTV, COTS, Ares 1, and Orion flights between 2007 and 2015 and key milestones for the development of Orion and Ares 1 systems and ISS completion/staffing.



»» RocketPlane Kistler and NASA Sign Space Act Agreement To Assemble the COTS K-1 Space Transportation System in New Orleans

RocketPlane Kistler and NASA Sign Space Act Agreement To Assemble the COTS K-1 Space Transportation System in New Orleans [Thursday, March 29, 2007] Rocketplane Kistler, Inc. announced today that a Space Act Agreement has been established with the NASA MSFC to use NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA for the assembly of the K-1 Space Transportation System.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Mark III Spacesuit Hardware

NASA JSC Solicitation: Mark III Spacesuit Hardware [Thursday, March 29, 2007] NASA/JSC has a requirement for Mark III spacesuit hardware components. The required components include a lightweight, aluminum waist joint ring, adapter rings, and a pivot elliptical waist shaft.



»» Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: System Engineering and the Two Cultures of Engineering

Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: System Engineering and the Two Cultures of Engineering [Friday, March 30, 2007] "Today, I want to discuss the two cultures that we find embedded in the profession we call 'engineering', and how we must link them, through the discipline known as 'system engineering', a product of the American aerospace sector."



»» NASA Solicitation: Sponsorship Opportunity for Web Based Video Streaming for NASA TV Including the Space Shuttle Program and ISS Mission Coverage

NASA Solicitation: Sponsorship Opportunity for Web Based Video Streaming for NASA TV Including the Space Shuttle Program and ISS Mission Coverage [Saturday, March 31, 2007] NASA is releasing this announcement to solicit in-kind proposals for web video streaming infrastructure and bandwidth services from non-NASA entities to support increased public access to NASA missions at no cost to NASA.




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