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November 2006 Top Stories


»» Put Your Name Into Space: America's Most Ambitious Student Satellite is Your Canvas!

Put Your Name Into Space: America's Most Ambitious Student Satellite is Your Canvas! [Monday, November 6, 2006] "In 2010, a small unmanned research spacecraft designed by students will launch into Earth's orbit. We invite you to participate in this landmark mission by uploading content to be printed on our spacecraft."



»» An Alternate Approach towards Achieving the New Vision for Space Exploration

An Alternate Approach towards Achieving the New Vision for Space Exploration [Monday, November 6, 2006] "Based on the key objectives contained in the ESAS, an alternate space exploration architecture was formulated which reduces the development bottlenecks in NASA's current Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) plan."



»» Rocketplane Kistler and ATK Announce Agreement for K-1 Launch Vehicle and COTS Program

Rocketplane Kistler and ATK Announce Agreement for K-1 Launch Vehicle and COTS Program [Wednesday, November 8, 2006] Under terms of the agreement, ATK will provide launch vehicle development, assembly, integration and test of the launch system, and will conduct launch and landing site development and launch vehicle preparation for the K-1.



»» ILS Proton Successfully Launches ARABSAT's BADR-4 Satellite

ILS Proton Successfully Launches ARABSAT's BADR-4 Satellite [Wednesday, November 8, 2006] A Russian-built Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by ILS successfully launched a satellite today that will carry direct-to-home television services, together with voice and broadband services, across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe.



»» NASA Schedules First Live HDTV Broadcast From Space

NASA Schedules First Live HDTV Broadcast From Space [Thursday, November 9, 2006] NASA makes history next week with the first live broadcasts from space in HDTV. NASA, in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Discovery HD Theater and Japanese broadcast network NHK will produce the broadcasts on Nov. 15.



»» NASA Encounters Problems With Ares 1 Launch Vehicle Design

NASA Encounters Problems With Ares 1 Launch Vehicle Design [Saturday, November 11, 2006] Sources inside the development of the Ares 1 launch vehicle (aka Crew Launch Vehicle or "The Stick") have reported that the current design is underpowered to the tune of a metric ton or more.



»» JP Aerospace Flies Two Test Missions

JP Aerospace Flies Two Test Missions [Monday, November 13, 2006] Flying two missions on the same morning was a real challenge for the team. Managing two vehicles at once is a critical step toward future operations in the upper atmosphere.



»» NASA Internal Memo From Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley

NASA Internal Memo From Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley [Tuesday, November 14, 2006] "I thought it was time to level set folks on where things stand and dispel these rumors and hearsay surrounding the "issue" of the Ares 1 performance and overall implications to the architecture."



»» Space Foundation releases "The Space Report: The Guide to Global Space Activity"

Space Foundation releases [Tuesday, November 14, 2006] Today the Space Foundation publicly released The Space Report: The Guide to Global Space Activity, a new and definitive source for data and analysis about the global space industry, space products, and space services.



»» Lockheed Martin Successfully Completes System Requirements Review for GPS III

Lockheed Martin Successfully Completes System Requirements Review for GPS III [Thursday, November 16, 2006] The Lockheed Martin GPS III team announced today the successful completion of a System Requirements Review (SRR) for the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System Space Segment program, known as GPS Block III.



»» NASA Completes Milestone Review of Next Human Spacecraft System

NASA Completes Milestone Review of Next Human Spacecraft System [Thursday, November 16, 2006] NASA has completed a milestone first review of all systems for the Orion spacecraft and the Ares I and Ares V rockets. The review brings the agency a step closer to launching the nation's next human space vehicle.



»» ATK Conducts Successful Night Test of Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor

ATK Conducts Successful Night Test of Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor [Friday, November 17, 2006] Thursday evening, Alliant Techsystems conducted a test firing of a Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM). The test had numerous objectives to obtain and validate performance data on upgrades being analyzed for the future.



»» Houston event to be held Dec. 4-6 will focus on implementing the Vision for Space Exploration

Houston event to be held Dec. 4-6 will focus on implementing the Vision for Space Exploration [Friday, November 17, 2006] Top leaders from industry, academia, NASA and other government agencies will gather at the 2nd Space Exploration Conference, Dec. 4-6 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.



»» U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Completes On-Orbit Checkout of First SBIRS HEO Payload

U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Completes On-Orbit Checkout of First SBIRS HEO Payload [Saturday, November 18, 2006] All systems are operating as expected on the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) payload following a successful on-orbit checkout by a joint U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Launched Successfully By the U.S. Air Force

Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Launched Successfully By the U.S. Air Force [Saturday, November 18, 2006] A U.S. Air Force modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin was launched successfully Firday from this seaside launch complex aboard a Delta II launch vehicle.



»» Russian Space Agency Confirms Green Light for E21 Golf Company Golf Shot in Space

Russian Space Agency Confirms Green Light for E21 Golf Company Golf Shot in Space [Saturday, November 18, 2006] Element 21 Golf Company reports the announcement by Igor Panarin, spokesman for the Russian Space Agency, that a cosmonaut at the International Space Station will play golf in outer space and in zero gravity conditions for the first time in history.



»» NASA Selects 287 Small Business Research and Tech Projects

NASA Selects 287 Small Business Research and Tech Projects [Saturday, November 18, 2006] NASA has selected 260 proposals for negotiation of phase 1 contract awards in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and 27 proposals for negotiation of phase 1 contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.



»» Unmanned Vehicle Provides Reusable Test Capabilities in Space

Unmanned Vehicle Provides Reusable Test Capabilities in Space [Saturday, November 18, 2006] The Air Force is working on a space vehicle (X-37B) that will allow government scientists to transport advanced technology into orbit, test its capability there, then bring it home to see how it fared in the harsh environment of space.



»» Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, SpaceX to Host Networking Event for Current, Future Space Exploration Leaders

Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, SpaceX to Host Networking Event for Current, Future Space Exploration Leaders [Monday, November 20, 2006] University students, young professionals and first-level managers from NASA and the aerospace industry will be able to meet and share their views on the nation's space exploration program with space leaders from NASA and the aerospace industry.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built NASA Stardust Selected for Aviation Week 2006 Program Excellence Award

Lockheed Martin-Built NASA Stardust Selected for Aviation Week 2006 Program Excellence Award [Wednesday, November 22, 2006] NASA's Stardust program has received the 2006 Aviation Week Program Excellence Award. The award was recently announced at the publication's Aerospace and Defense Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.



»» NASA Strategic Communications Framework Validation Session Presentation

NASA Strategic Communications Framework Validation Session Presentation [Wednesday, November 22, 2006] "The Office of Communications Planning (OCP) is charged with developing long-term communication strategies and plans for increasing public awareness and understanding of NASA's mission and goals."



»» NASA Space Station Status Report 23 November 2006

NASA Space Station Status Report 23 November 2006 [Thursday, November 23, 2006] Tyurin's golf shot was part of a demonstration for a commercially sponsored endeavor between a Canadian golf company and the Russian Federal Space Agency. The golf club and three balls were flown to the station on recent Russian Progress cargo ships.



»» Canadian Entrepreneurs Launch National Space Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Entrepreneurs Launch National Space Chamber of Commerce [Thursday, November 23, 2006] Canadians working in the space sector have formally launched a new National organization, a non-profit industry association of entrepreneurs exploring commercial opportunities available in the development and opening of the space frontier.



»» Yuri's Night 2007 Executive Team Applications due 29 November 2006

Yuri's Night 2007 Executive Team Applications due 29 November 2006 [Thursday, November 23, 2006] We are now putting together our 2007 team to expand the impact of Yuri's Night, to support events around the world, to organize a global webcast, a zero-g flight sweepstakes, and to bring Yuri Gagarin's tradition of planting a tree after each mission



»» Save Centennial Challenges - Space Leaders Call on Congress to Restore Funding

Save Centennial Challenges - Space Leaders Call on Congress to Restore Funding [Monday, November 27, 2006] The Space Exploration Alliance, the Space Frontier Foundation, and the X Prize Foundation have come together to call on Congress to support and expand Centennial Challenges, NASA's space prize program.




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