May 2007 Top Stories
»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Constellation Program Rescue and Recovery Methodologies
[Wednesday, May 2, 2007] This notice is issued by the NASA/JSC to post a Request for Information (RFI) via the internet and to solicit information from Industry regarding the Constellation Program's Rescue and Recovery Methodologies.
»» Canadian Mission Concept to Mysterious Mars moon Phobos to Feature Unique Rock-Dock Maneuver
[Thursday, May 3, 2007] The science team has tentatively selected a feature on the surface of Phobos as the landing site. Known as the “Phobos Monolith”, it is a building-sized object. The mission intends to use a new maneuver coined rock-dock, to dock with Phobos.
»» NASA Awards Heat Shield Material Contracts for Orion Spacecraft
[Friday, May 4, 2007] NASA has selected The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Textron Systems, Wilmington, Mass., to develop alternate heat shield materials for the Orion crew exploration spacecraft.
»» Galaxy 17 Launch Successful - Offers Prime Capacity for North American Customers
[Saturday, May 5, 2007] Intelsat, Ltd., the world's leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced today that at 18:29 ET the Galaxy 17 satellite was successfully launched aboard Arianespace's Ariane 5 ECA rocket.
»» Mission Accomplished for Arianespace Astra 1L and Galaxy 17 in orbit
[Saturday, May 5, 2007] On Friday evening, May 4, Arianespace placed two communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit: Astra 1L for the European operator SES Astra, and Galaxy 17 for the international operator Intelsat.
»» NASA to Compete with Small Businesses
[Monday, May 7, 2007] A bill to be introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert will have NASA enter the advertising business. Congressman Calvert recently announced that he wants to make "NASA space assets available for commercial advertising and marketing opportunities."
»» Building a Better NASA Workforce: Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration
[Monday, May 7, 2007] "Given that the Vision for Space Exploration may take tens of years to implement, a significant issue is whether NASA and the United States will have the workforce needed to achieve that vision."
»» NASA Successfully Completes Engine Hardware Tests For Ares V
[Wednesday, May 9, 2007] NASA has successfully completed testing of subscale main injector hardware, an early step in development of the RS-68 engine that will power the core stage of NASA's Ares V.
»» NASA HQ Solicitation: FY2007 IPP Seed Fund Call Announcement
[Thursday, May 10, 2007] This fund is used to enable larger partnerships and development efforts to occur and will encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the leveraging of funding, resources and expertise from non-NASA partners, NASA Programs and Projects and NASA Centers.
»» Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-Orbit Propellant Re-Supply for Orbital Express Program
[Thursday, May 10, 2007] Using a payload provided by Northrop Grumman Corporation and support from a team of the company's mission specialists, the DARPA Orbital Express team has successfully performed multiple on-orbit fluid transfers between two space vehicles.
»» Industry Leaders Call on Congress to Boost NASA Budget
[Monday, May 14, 2007] An unprecedented coalition of nearly two dozen U.S. aerospace corporations told the Congress on Friday, May 11, that NASA is in urgent need of a boost to its fiscal year 2008 budget or America's space leadership could be lost for a generation.
»» NASA Completes Constellation Ground Operations Review
[Monday, May 14, 2007] NASA has established a requirements baseline for ground systems to be developed in support of the Constellation Program. The systems requirements review was conducted at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 5.
»» NASA Awards Contract for Developmental First Stage Roll Control Engines for Ares I
[Tuesday, May 15, 2007] NASA has selected Aerojet-General Corp. of Redmond, Wash., to provide developmental engines for the Ares I crew launch vehicle first stage roll control system.
»» NASA KSC Solicitation: Construction of Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle Mobile Launcher
[Friday, May 18, 2007] NASA/KSC plans to issue a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP), followed by the formal Request For Proposals (RFP), for the construction of the Constellation's Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) Mobile Launcher(s)(ML).
»» Space technology creates investment opportunities
[Tuesday, May 22, 2007] The first ESA Investment Forum took place last month at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands an attracted more than 100 participants from all over Europe.
»» NASA Ames Center Director Speech on CoLab, CosmosCode
[Wednesday, May 23, 2007] NASA Ames Center Director Dr. Pete Worden will be giving a keynote speech direct from Second Life at the International Space Development Conference this Saturday, May 26 at 8am Pacific time/10am Dallas time.
»» HP Wins NASA Contract Worth up to $5.6 Billion
[Thursday, May 24, 2007] HP has been awarded a seven-year contract worth up to $5.6 billion by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide a wide range of technology as needed by U.S. federal government agencies.