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May 2010 Top Stories


»» Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation [Monday, May 3, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that the Southwest Research Institute has joined the Federation as an Executive Member, having received unanimous approval by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Board of Directors.



»» ETC's NASTAR Center Appoints Former NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator as Advisor for Space and Research

ETC's NASTAR Center Appoints Former NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator as Advisor for Space and Research [Monday, May 3, 2010] The National AeroSpace Training and Research Center announced today that it has retained Dr. Alan Stern as an advisor for space and research related business including the Suborbital Scientist Training Program.



»» NASA Heavy Lift Launch System and Propulsion Technology Request for Information

NASA Heavy Lift Launch System and Propulsion Technology Request for Information [Tuesday, May 4, 2010] On May 3, 2010, NASA will issue a RFI seeking general information regarding potential launch or space transportation architectures that could be utilized by multiple customers (e.g. NASA, commercial and other Government agencies).



»» Lockheed Martin Delivers Next-to-Last Space Shuttle Flight Tank to NASA

Lockheed Martin Delivers Next-to-Last Space Shuttle Flight Tank to NASA [Tuesday, May 4, 2010] External Tank-137 is scheduled to depart the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility at 8 p.m. CDT today bound for Kennedy Space Center.



»» NASA Completes Altitude Testing of Aerojet Advanced Liquid Oxygen/Liquid Methane Rocket Engine

NASA Completes Altitude Testing of Aerojet Advanced Liquid Oxygen/Liquid Methane Rocket Engine [Wednesday, May 5, 2010] Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced today that NASA has successfully completed altitude testing of Aerojet's advanced 5500-lbf Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Liquid Methane (LCH4) Rocket Engine at NASA's White Sands Test Facility (WSTF).



»» FAA Notice of request for grant proposals for the Commercial Space Transportation Grant Program

FAA Notice of request for grant proposals for the Commercial Space Transportation Grant Program [Wednesday, May 5, 2010] The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation requests grant proposals pursuant to its newly funded Commercial Space Transportation Grant Program.



»» NASA Names Chief Technology Officer for IT

NASA Names Chief Technology Officer for IT [Wednesday, May 5, 2010] NASA Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton announced Chris C. Kemp as the first NASA Chief Technology Officer, or CTO, for Information Technology, a new position established to lead IT innovation at the space agency.



»» Unanimous Support by Florida Legislature Facilitates Competitive Space Industry in Florida

Unanimous Support by Florida Legislature Facilitates Competitive Space Industry in Florida [Thursday, May 6, 2010] Faced with the impending Shuttle retirement, the legislature voted to unanimously support critical legislation designed to stimulate economic development and promote aerospace industry jobs.



»» NASA, Lockheed Martin Team Launch Crew Safety to New Heights

NASA, Lockheed Martin Team Launch Crew Safety to New Heights [Thursday, May 6, 2010] Within 97 seconds of an initial 500,000-pound blast of solid rocket motor thrust, Orion completed its first successful flight test of the launch abort system at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico at 7 a.m. MT.



»» NASA Request for Information: Enabling Technology Development and Demonstration Program

NASA Request for Information: Enabling Technology Development and Demonstration Program [Monday, May 10, 2010] In Fiscal Year 2011, NASA plans to begin the ETDD Program. The primary goal of the ETDD Program is to develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to reduce cost and expand the capability of future space exploration activities.



»» NASA Ames Stimulates Economy with Jobs, Innovation

NASA Ames Stimulates Economy with Jobs, Innovation [Monday, May 10, 2010] NASA's Ames Research Center generated 5,300 jobs and $877 million in total annual economic activity in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area in 2009, according to a new economic benefits study.



»» Letter From The Aerospace Corporation to Rep. Giffords Regarding The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

Letter From The Aerospace Corporation to Rep. Giffords Regarding The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee [Wednesday, May 12, 2010] The Aerospace Corporation is pleased to submit responses to questions from the Committee on Science and Technology regarding our support to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee (the Committee.)



»» Ensuring Safe Manned Spaceflight Topic of Capitol Hill Discussion

Ensuring Safe Manned Spaceflight Topic of Capitol Hill Discussion [Friday, May 14, 2010] Industry and government leaders will meet on May 20 to discuss "human rating" commercial space vehicles for manned spaceflight.



»» Virgin Galactic appoints its first Chief Executive

Virgin Galactic appoints its first Chief Executive [Monday, May 17, 2010] Virgin Galactic, the US based and regulated Space Tourism Company, is delighted to announce the appointment of George T. Whitesides as its first Chief Executive Officer.



»» SES World Skies Readies Orbital Maneuver to Avoid Interference from Troubled Intelsat Satellite

SES World Skies Readies Orbital Maneuver to Avoid Interference from Troubled Intelsat Satellite [Monday, May 17, 2010] SES WORLD SKIES today announced plans for an intricate set of orbital maneuvers later this month aimed at steering its AMC-11 satellite and its customers clear of interference from the "Zombie" satellite.



»» NASA Request for Information Synopsis for the Flagship Technology Demonstrations

NASA Request for Information Synopsis for the Flagship Technology Demonstrations [Tuesday, May 18, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking information through this Request for Information (RFI) to identify, improve and/or enhance approaches that will demonstrate the targeted technologies described in this RFI.



»» Recovery Act: NASA Solicitation: Human Rating SUpport for the Commerical Crew and Cargo Program Office

Recovery Act: NASA Solicitation: Human Rating SUpport for the Commerical Crew and Cargo Program Office [Tuesday, May 18, 2010] In order to meet the requirements of the Recovery Act in the most prudent business manner, within the time constraints imposed, the existing Bioastronautics Contract is the most appropriate contractual vehicle for the work required.



»» Draft Broad Agency Announcement Heavy Lift and Propulsion Trade Study

Draft Broad Agency Announcement Heavy Lift and Propulsion Trade Study [Thursday, May 20, 2010] NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is releasing a "DRAFT" Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) No. NNM10ZDA001J, entitled "Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology Trade Study" on May 19, 2010.



»» Aerojet's Second Engine Test Further Validates Engine Design for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle

Aerojet's Second Engine Test Further Validates Engine Design for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle [Friday, May 21, 2010] Aerojet, a GenCorp company, successfully completed a second set of hot-fire test sequences of its R-1E 25-pound thrust, bipropellant engine.



»» NASA Solicitation: Commercial Crew Transportation Request For Information

NASA Solicitation: Commercial Crew Transportation Request For Information [Friday, May 21, 2010] The purpose of this RFI is to collect information from industry to help NASA plan the overall strategy for the development and demonstration of a CCT capability and to receive comments on NASA human-rating technical requirements.



»» Delta 4 Poised to Launch with Next Generation GPS Satellite

Delta 4 Poised to Launch with Next Generation GPS Satellite [Saturday, May 22, 2010] The launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the first in a new series of next generation GPS satellites has been rescheduled for Sunday night (May 23) at 11:17 PM EDT from Cape Canaveral, Florida.



»» NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 17 June 2010

NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 17 June 2010 [Monday, May 24, 2010] The meeting will be a deliberation by the committee on commercial crew and commercial cargo development, incorporating in the deliberation the presentations the committee received over the past three committee meetings



»» XCOR and Masten Announce Strategic Relationship for NASA Landers Business

XCOR and Masten Announce Strategic Relationship for NASA Landers Business [Tuesday, May 25, 2010] XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, two of the leaders in the New Space sector, have announced a strategic business and technology relationship to pursue jointly the anticipated NASA sponsored unmanned lander projects.




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