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May 2008 Top Stories


»» GIOVE-B spacecraft in good health

GIOVE-B spacecraft in good health [Thursday, May 1, 2008] After its successful launch and accurate insertion into its target orbit by the Fregat autonomous upper stage, GIOVE-B is now completing its Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP), which will shortly give way to the platform commissioning phase.



»» Northrop Grumman Foundation Accepting Teacher Applications For 2008 Weightless Flights of Discovery

Northrop Grumman Foundation Accepting Teacher Applications For 2008 Weightless Flights of Discovery [Monday, May 5, 2008] The Northrop Grumman Foundation is accepting teacher applications for the 2008 Weightless Flights of Discovery program, an initiative that places teachers on micro- and zero-gravity flights to energize students in the formative middle-school years.



»» Astrobiology Meets the Video Game: Spore

Astrobiology Meets the Video Game: Spore [Tuesday, May 6, 2008] The Astrobiology-based game by Electronic Arts is described as "an epic journey that takes you from the origin and evolution of life through the development of civilization and technology, eventually all the way into the deepest reaches of outer space."



»» Bootstrapping the Moon

Bootstrapping the Moon [Wednesday, May 7, 2008] Our mental framework has evolved, in ways not all together positive from the perspective of those of us who believe that the economic development of space is practical and indeed crucial to the continuing development of our planetary civilization.



»» Boeing Seeks Mission Support Systems Talent for NASA Work

Boeing Seeks Mission Support Systems Talent for NASA Work [Wednesday, May 7, 2008] The Boeing Company is seeking talented mission operations specialists with current NASA experience in the Houston area in support of its bid for NASA's Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC).



»» NASA Successfully Complete First Series of Ares Engine Tests

NASA Successfully Complete First Series of Ares Engine Tests [Thursday, May 8, 2008] NASA engineers Thursday successfully completed the first series of tests in the early development of the J-2X engine that will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V rockets, key components of NASA's Constellation Program.



»» NASA to Update Media About Constellation Program Progress

NASA to Update Media About Constellation Program Progress [Thursday, May 8, 2008] NASA will host a media teleconference on Thursday, May 15, at 2 p.m. EDT, to provide an overview of progress made in the last few months and work ahead for NASA's Constellation Program.



»» NASA Awards Contract for Ares I Mobile Launcher

NASA Awards Contract for Ares I Mobile Launcher [Thursday, May 8, 2008] NASA's Kennedy Space Center has awarded a contract to Hensel Phelps of Orlando, Fla., for the construction of the Ares I mobile launcher for the Constellation Program.



»» Minister of Industry Confirms Initial Decision on Proposed Sale of Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to Alliant Techsystems Inc.

Minister of Industry Confirms Initial Decision on Proposed Sale of Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to Alliant Techsystems Inc. [Friday, May 9, 2008] The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, today wrote to Alliant Techsystems Inc. to confirm that he is not satisfied that its application to acquire control of the Information Systems Business of MDA is likely to be of net benefit to Canada.



»» Scientists endure Arctic for last campaign prior to CryoSat-2 launch

Scientists endure Arctic for last campaign prior to CryoSat-2 launch [Friday, May 9, 2008] Scientists have visited one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet to carry out a challenging field campaign that is seen as the key to ensuring the data delivered by ESA's ice mission CryoSat will be as accurate as possible.



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Information Technology Update

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Information Technology Update [Friday, May 9, 2008] This week at the Operations Management Council (OMC) meeting, a significant portion was dedicated to the work we are doing to improve information technology (IT)



»» Send Your Thoughts With A NASA Astronaut To The Summit Of Mt. Everest

Send Your Thoughts With A NASA Astronaut To The Summit Of Mt. Everest [Wednesday, May 14, 2008] Scott Parazynski will be the first human to fly in space and summit the highest peak on our planet. We won't see a similar combination and alignment of first accomplishments again until someone summits the highest lunar peak - or Olympus Mons on Mars.



»» Letter From Aerospace and Technology Company Leaders to Congressional Leaders Regarding NASA's FY 2009 Budget

Letter From Aerospace and Technology Company Leaders to Congressional Leaders Regarding NASA's FY 2009 Budget [Thursday, May 15, 2008] "We write to urge you to enact a top-line increase for NASA's FY 2009 budget. Without this increase, our nation faces the very real risk of losing our uniquely critical industrial base and human space access capability."



»» NASA KSC Solicitation: Demolition of the Fixed Service Structure and Rotating Service Structure at Launch Complex 39

NASA KSC Solicitation: Demolition of the Fixed Service Structure and Rotating Service Structure at Launch Complex 39 [Thursday, May 15, 2008] NASA is seeking ideas, opinions, and concepts from industry, academia, and other prospective parties to identify potential methods for the demolition, removal and salvage of the Fixed Service Structure and Rotating Service Structure at Launch Complex 39B



»» NASA / Northrop Agreement Opens Door to Science Investigations

NASA / Northrop Agreement Opens Door to Science Investigations [Friday, May 16, 2008] NASA and the Northrop Grumman Corporation have reached an agreement that will enable NASA's Science Mission Directorate to conduct Earth science research with the Northrop Grumman-developed RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system.



»» NASA Solicitation: Request for Information for NASA Innovation Transfusion Developmental Assignments

NASA Solicitation: Request for Information for NASA Innovation Transfusion Developmental Assignments [Saturday, May 17, 2008] The goal of the Innovation Transfusion project is to increase the flow of new ideas into NASA by increasing connections between NASA employees and outside organizations that are creative leaders in areas that could benefit NASA missions.



»» To ISRU or Not to ISRU, This is the Dumbest Question

To ISRU or Not to ISRU, This is the Dumbest Question [Sunday, May 18, 2008] Without ISRU there simply is no long term human space program. Why? We simply cannot afford to take everything with us at prices exceeding two hundred thousand dollars per kilogram for the Moon and even more for Mars.



»» NASA ARC Solicitation: Microsatellite Deployment Systems Engineering Design and Development Support

NASA ARC Solicitation: Microsatellite Deployment Systems Engineering Design and Development Support [Sunday, May 18, 2008] NASA and the Small Satellite Division at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) have recently teamed with industry and universities to develop fully automated, miniature spaceflight systems.



»» European Satellite Navigation Competition 2008 seeks innovative SatNav ideas

European Satellite Navigation Competition 2008 seeks innovative SatNav ideas [Monday, May 19, 2008] Do you have a great idea for the use of satellite navigation? If so you could win one of the prizes in this year's European Satellite Navigation Competition, supported by ESA through its Technology Transfer Programme Office.



»» GeoEye Scheduled to Launch Next-Generation Earth Imaging Satellite August

GeoEye Scheduled to Launch Next-Generation Earth Imaging Satellite August [Monday, May 19, 2008] GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced an August 22, 2008 launch date for its next-generation, earth imaging satellite GeoEye-1.



»» X-48B Blended Wing Body Flight Tests Enter Second Phase

X-48B Blended Wing Body Flight Tests Enter Second Phase [Wednesday, May 21, 2008] NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and The Boeing Co. are expanding the flight envelope for the X-48B blended wing body research aircraft.



»» X PRIZE Foundation Holds Team Summit, Introduces Official Contenders in Private Moon Race

X PRIZE Foundation Holds Team Summit, Introduces Official Contenders in Private Moon Race [Wednesday, May 21, 2008] The X PRIZE Foundation today announced four new teams in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million in prizes, bringing the total number of registered teams to 14.



»» ESA and space tourism

ESA and space tourism [Thursday, May 22, 2008] The general public's interest in suborbital flying is now substantial. Such flights could offer a realistic opportunity to 'touch' space by experiencing weightlessness and seeing the curvature of the Earth's limb.



»» NASA Solicitation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Lunar Surface Systems Concept Studies

NASA Solicitation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Lunar Surface Systems Concept Studies [Tuesday, May 27, 2008] In close coordination with the EESMD, the Lunar Surface Systems Project Office at the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC), plans to issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for ESMD Lunar Surface Systems (LSS) Concept Studies.



»» NASA Sets Briefing On New Space Station National Lab Partners

NASA Sets Briefing On New Space Station National Lab Partners [Wednesday, May 28, 2008] NASA will hold a briefing at 11 a.m. EDT, Friday, May 30, to discuss new opportunities to use the International Space Station's unique research environment. The briefing will originate from NASA KSC and be broadcast live on NASA Television.



»» NASA ARC Solicitation: Aircraft and Airfield Related Services

NASA ARC Solicitation: Aircraft and Airfield Related Services [Wednesday, May 28, 2008] NASA/ARC is herby soliciting information about potential sources for providing aircraft operations and maintenance and research systems related aircraft modification at Ames Research Center and operation of the Moffett Field.



»» National Space Society Space Ambassador to Fly on a Virgin Galactic Flight

National Space Society Space Ambassador to Fly on a Virgin Galactic Flight [Thursday, May 29, 2008] The National Space Society (NSS) and Virgin Galactic announced today the NSS Space Ambassadors Program, which for one person will lead to a trip to space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.



»» Khrunichev Purchases Majority Interest in International Launch Services

Khrunichev Purchases Majority Interest in International Launch Services [Thursday, May 29, 2008] ILS International Launch Services Inc., announced today that Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center acquired the shares of ILS owned by majority shareholder, Space Transport Inc. Financial details were not disclosed.



»» NASA Seeks Ideas, Hosts Meeting on Lunar Surface Systems Concepts

NASA Seeks Ideas, Hosts Meeting on Lunar Surface Systems Concepts [Thursday, May 29, 2008] On June 6, NASA will release a broad agency announcement soliciting lunar surface systems concept study proposals to help the agency develop plans for a return to the moon by 2020.



»» Spacehab Finalizes Agreement With NASA for Use of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory

Spacehab Finalizes Agreement With NASA for Use of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory [Friday, May 30, 2008] Spacehab today announced that the company has finalized a Space Act Agreement with NASA for use of the International Space Station, a designated U.S. National Laboratory, for research, development and industrial processing purposes.




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