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November 2007 Top Stories


»» World's Smallest Radio Fits in the Palm of the Hand . . . of an Ant

World's Smallest Radio Fits in the Palm of the Hand . . . of an Ant [Thursday, November 1, 2007] Harnessing the electrical and mechanical properties of the carbon nanotube, a team of researchers has crafted a working radio from a single fiber of that material.



»» ATK Conducts Test Firing of the Space Shuttle's Reusable Solid Rocket Motor

ATK Conducts Test Firing of the Space Shuttle's Reusable Solid Rocket Motor [Thursday, November 1, 2007] In its continued effort to ensure safety of the Space Shuttle, and to prepare for the development of Ares I, Alliant Techsystems successfully conducted a test firing today of NASA's four segment Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM).



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[Friday, November 2, 2007] Space Angels Network, LLC, a virtual network of angel investors focused on seed- and early-stage investments for space-related ventures, announced today the launch of its operations in the U.S. and Canada.



»» NASA HQ Solicitation: Global Forum on Space Economics

NASA HQ Solicitation: Global Forum on Space Economics [Friday, November 2, 2007] NASA Headquarters (HQ), Office of Communications Planning, is planning to procure a membership to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Space Economics.



»» SpaceX Breaks Ground at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40

SpaceX Breaks Ground at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 [Saturday, November 3, 2007] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) held official ground breaking ceremonies today at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, opening a new era in commercial space operations.



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: NASA and Small Business

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: NASA and Small Business [Tuesday, November 6, 2007] "The Small Business Improvement Plan was developed and implemented with input from each of the NASA Centers. It will provide a strong foundation for the continued improvement of the NASA Small Business Program. "



»» Space Exploration: A Measure of American Competitiveness - Speech by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin

Space Exploration:  A Measure of American Competitiveness - Speech by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin [Tuesday, November 6, 2007] "These are busy days for us at NASA, and it takes an occasion like this to provide a reason to pause and assess where we are today, how we got here, and most importantly, where we are heading."



»» NASA Delays Key Design Review for Ares 1 Launch Vehicle by 6 Months

NASA Delays Key Design Review for Ares 1 Launch Vehicle by 6 Months [Wednesday, November 7, 2007] NASA PAO: "the Ares I first stage PDR has been moved to late summer or early fall of 2008 in order to better synchronize first stage activities with those at the vehicle system level and Constellation Program schedules."



»» Spacehab Receives 100% Score on Recertification Audit

Spacehab Receives 100% Score on Recertification Audit [Thursday, November 8, 2007] SPACEHAB, Incorporated, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today the completion and perfect scoring on its ISO9001/AS9100 recertification audit.



»» NASA to Break Ground for Orion Test Pad at White Sands, N.M.

NASA to Break Ground for Orion Test Pad at White Sands, N.M. [Thursday, November 8, 2007] NASA will break ground for a new test launch pad at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Nov. 14. The pad will be the site of a series of tests of a launch abort system that will help ensure the safety of astronauts aboard the new Orion spacecraft.



»» United Launch Alliance Successfully Completes First Operational Delta IV Heavy Launch

United Launch Alliance Successfully Completes First Operational Delta IV Heavy Launch [Monday, November 12, 2007] United Launch Alliance successfully launched the first operational Delta IV Heavy expendable launch vehicle for the U.S. Air Force from Space Launch Complex-37 Nov. 10, 8:50 p.m., EST.



»» NASA Plans to Test Lunar Habitat in Extreme Antarctic Environment

NASA Plans to Test Lunar Habitat in Extreme Antarctic Environment [Wednesday, November 14, 2007] NASA will use the cold, harsh, isolated landscape of Antarctica to test one of its concepts for astronaut housing on the moon. The agency is sending a prototype inflatable habitat to Antarctica to see how it stands up during a year of use.



»» Space Adventures Offers Unique Opportunity to Participate in Richard Garriott's Orbital Spaceflight Mission as Back-up Crew Member

Space Adventures Offers Unique Opportunity to Participate in Richard Garriott's Orbital Spaceflight Mission as Back-up Crew Member [Thursday, November 15, 2007] Today, Space Adventures, Ltd., announced that for the first time the coveted opportunity to train as a private space explorer alongside one of its orbital spaceflight candidates, and among professional astronauts, is now available to the public.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: NASA Lunar Lander Project Office Industry Day

NASA JSC Solicitation: NASA Lunar Lander Project Office Industry Day [Friday, November 16, 2007] Lunar Lander Project Office Industry Day Event Registration: The Lunar Lander Project Office (LLPO), within NASA's Constellation Program, will host an Industry Day on Thursday, December 13, 2007



»» First Stage Design Problems Arise For NASA's Ares 1 Rocket

First Stage Design Problems Arise For NASA's Ares 1 Rocket [Friday, November 16, 2007] NASA has run into some problems with the design of its new Ares 1 launch vehicle - problems that could affect its ability (as designed) to safely launch its human cargo into space.



»» NASA Selects 302 Small Business Research and Technology Projects

NASA Selects 302 Small Business Research and Technology Projects [Friday, November 16, 2007] NASA has awarded contracts to 302 small business proposals. The awards are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer program.



»» Using a Planetary Analog To Test a Prototype Inflated Habitat for NASA

Using a Planetary Analog To Test a Prototype Inflated Habitat for NASA [Sunday, November 18, 2007] I had a chance to visit ILC Dover last week to see the new inflatable habitat that they have developed. Together, NASA, ILC Dover, and NSF will put this habitat through a one-year test at McMurdo Station in Antarctica starting in January 2008.



»» ESA and Inmarsat sign innovative Alphasat satellite contract

ESA and Inmarsat sign innovative Alphasat satellite contract [Tuesday, November 27, 2007] ESA and Inmarsat Global Ltd announce on Friday 23 November in Paris the formal signature of the contract for Alphasat satellite, one of the world's largest telecommunications satellites.



»» Boeing Named NASA Large Business Contractor of the Year

Boeing Named NASA Large Business Contractor of the Year [Tuesday, November 27, 2007] The Boeing Company today was recognized by NASA as its Large Business Contractor of the Year for providing outstanding support to small businesses at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.



»» NASA - Agency Has Taken Steps Toward Making Sound Investment Decisions for Ares I but Still Faces Challenging Knowledge Gaps, GAO-08-51

NASA - Agency Has Taken Steps Toward Making Sound Investment Decisions for Ares I but Still Faces Challenging Knowledge Gaps, GAO-08-51 [Thursday, November 29, 2007] NASA has been taking steps to build a business case--demonstrating the project is achievable within the constraints of time and money and other resources NASA has available--for Ares I.



»» Spacehab Responds to NASA RFP Seeking Commercial ISS Resupply Means

Spacehab Responds to NASA RFP Seeking Commercial ISS Resupply Means [Thursday, November 29, 2007] SPACEHAB announced that the Company has submitted a formal proposal response to NASA's COTS Phase 1 Demonstrations Request for Proposal (RFP) based on the Advanced Research and Conventional Technology Utilization Spacecraft (ARCTUS) design.




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