March 2008 Top Stories
»» SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing of Merlin Regeneratively Cooled Engine for Falcon 1 Rocket
[Saturday, March 1, 2008] completed the qualification testing program of its Merlin 1C next generation liquid fueled rocket booster engine for use in the Falcon 1 rocket.
»» First SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle Remains on Schedule for Delivery to Cape Canaveral
[Monday, March 3, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) today announced its newly revised mission manifest listing twelve flights of its Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.
»» Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation and NASA Ames Collaboration in Full Swing
[Monday, March 3, 2008] A collaboration between Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation and the NASA ARC reached a milestone with final acceptance of the Ames-developed science payload for the LCROSS lunar mission and its shipment to Northrop Grumman Space Technology
»» NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Remarks to the Space Flight Suppliers Conference
[Tuesday, March 4, 2008] "Those of you in this room are living this quote. You already know that what we're doing is more complex than Apollo."
»» The Reality of Tomorrow: Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin at the Goddard Memorial Symposium 5 March 2008
[Wednesday, March 5, 2008] While I am speaking of commercial suborbital spaceflight, I will note that I also very much hope that NASA researchers and astronauts will be proactive in taking advantage of such capabilities as they are developed by the nation's entrepreneurs.
»» Second Galileo spacecraft prepares for launch
[Thursday, March 6, 2008] Yesterday, members of the media visited ESA-ESTEC, the agency's European Research and Technology Centre, to see and learn about GIOVE-B, the second Galileo in-orbit validation satellite, before it is packed for shipping to the launch site.
»» Boeing to Host Small-Business Supplier Forum for NASA Work
[Friday, March 7, 2008] The Boeing Company will host a small-business supplier forum March 19 to attract the best of industry as the company prepares to compete for NASA's Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC).
»» Odyssey Moon - Request for Information for a Payload Flight Opportunity on the Odyssey Moon "MoonOne" Lunar Lander
[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] Odyssey Moon Limited (OML) is a private commercial lunar enterprise offering lunar services and products to aid humanity's sustained return to the Moon.
»» 4th Space Investment Summit to Provide Networking Forum for Investors & Entrepreneurs
[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] As part of Space Investment Summit 4 (SIS-4), entrepreneurs and investors will meet on May 28, 2008 at the Capital Hilton Hotel to engage in a frank dialogue about the best investment opportunities in new space-related ventures.
»» NASA Awards Contracts for Design Study of Lunar Landing Craft
[Monday, March 17, 2008] NASA's Constellation Program has selected five space-related companies to receive contract awards for a 210-day study to independently evaluate NASA's in-house design concept for a lunar lander.
»» Space Adventures Announces the Acquisition of Zero Gravity Corporation
[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced that as of January 1, 2008, the company completed an acquisition of the Florida and Las Vegas based Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) by increasing its equity stake to 100% ownership.
»» Join The Challenger Center Student Art Contest Supporting Richard Garriott's Space Flight
[Thursday, March 20, 2008] As the next civilian to fly into space, Richard plans to engage with students, teachers and the 50 Challenger Learning Centers around the world through interactive activities before, during and after his flight.
»» NASA Solicitation: Instruments for LADEE Lunar Mission
[Tuesday, March 25, 2008] The Government is seeking information regarding existing instrument that could be quickly flight qualified, accommodated, and flown on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), scheduled for a 2010-2011 launch.
»» XCOR Wins Contract for Operations Demonstrations With New Suborbital Vehicle
[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] The Lynx, which XCOR plans to be flying within two years, will take off and land horizontally like an airplane, and will be powered by liquid-fuel rockets.
»» Odyssey Moon Announces Commercial Launch Services Agreement
[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] The agreement provides for payload capacity aboard Odyssey Moon's lunar missions for placing memorial flight capsules and modules in lunar orbit or on the Moon.
»» SpaceX Conducts First Three-Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket
[Thursday, March 27, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) conducted the first three-engine firing of its Falcon 9 medium to heavy lift rocket at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor, on March 8, 2008.
»» Challenger Center Webcast with Richard Garriott from Star City, Russia
[Thursday, March 27, 2008] Challenger Center Webcast with Richard Garriott from Star City, Russia Learn about what it is like to train to be a Private Space Explorer!