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November 2008 Top Stories


»» NASA OIG: More Stringent Entrance Criteria Needed for Project Life-Cycle Reviews (Orion Project)

NASA OIG: More Stringent Entrance Criteria Needed for Project Life-Cycle Reviews (Orion Project) [Saturday, November 1, 2008] We initiated this audit because of the overall importance of the Orion Project and because it is one of the first space flight projects to implement the revised guidance.



»» United Space Alliance Awarded IMOC Contract

United Space Alliance Awarded IMOC Contract [Saturday, November 1, 2008] The sole-sourced contract will support NASA Johnson Space Center with flight operations work for the Constellation and International Space Station programs.



»» Ocean Tomo Auctions Announces Impressive $12.8M Results from Fall 2008 Live Intellectual Property Auction

Ocean Tomo Auctions Announces Impressive $12.8M Results from Fall 2008 Live Intellectual Property Auction [Monday, November 3, 2008] The sale of exclusive license rights to Lot 56 was a true highlight as it marked the groundbreaking sale of rights to 11 NASA-owned patent assets and the first time government-owned patents have been sold at public auction.



»» CBO: An Analysis of NASA's Plans for Continuing Human Spaceflight After Retiring the Space Shuttle

CBO: An Analysis of NASA's Plans for Continuing Human Spaceflight After Retiring the Space Shuttle [Monday, November 3, 2008] In 2004, President Bush announced his "Vision for U.S. Space Exploration," which called for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to complete construction of the International Space Station and retire the space shuttle fleet by 2010.



»» SpaceX DragonLab, a free-flying, fully-recoverable, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads

SpaceX DragonLab, a free-flying, fully-recoverable, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads [Monday, November 3, 2008] SpaceX will host a DragonLab Users Workshop on November 6, 2008. This workshop will be an opportunity for potential customers to fully explore DragonLab's capabilities, as well as present customer-specific interests and requirements.



»» First Rocket Parts Of NASA's New Launch System Arrive In Florida

First Rocket Parts Of NASA's New Launch System Arrive In Florida [Tuesday, November 4, 2008] The first major flight hardware of the Ares I-X rocket has arrived in Florida to begin preparation for the inaugural test flight of the agency's next-generation launch system. The test flight is targeted for July 12, 2009.



»» Odyssey Moon Collaborates with NASA Funded Team Recovering Never Seen Before Detailed Images of the Moon

Odyssey Moon Collaborates with NASA Funded Team Recovering Never Seen Before Detailed Images of the Moon [Friday, November 14, 2008] Odyssey Moon Limited, the first official contender in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, announced today it is a participant in the LOIRP underway at the NASA Ames Research Center.



»» Michelin Develops Lunar Wheel for NASA Moon Rover Vehicles

Michelin Develops Lunar Wheel for NASA Moon Rover Vehicles [Friday, November 14, 2008] Michelin has developed a new lunar wheel for the next generation of NASA moon rover vehicles. The structurally supported tire and wheel assembly was jointly developed at Michelin's European and North American research centers.



»» FAA CST Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Spaceport America Commercial Launch Site

FAA CST Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Spaceport America Commercial Launch Site [Tuesday, November 18, 2008] Under the Proposed Action, the FAA would issue a Launch Site Operator License to NMSA to operate a launch facility capable of accommodating both horizontal and vertical launches of suborbital launch vehicles (LVs).



»» NASA Receives First Stage Rocket Hardware For Ares I-X Test Flight

NASA Receives First Stage Rocket Hardware For Ares I-X Test Flight [Tuesday, November 18, 2008] NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival Nov. 10 of important hardware for the Ares I-X rocket's upcoming test flight.



»» NASA UAV test pilot; distinguished astronaut; two technology investors join Astrobotic Technology Board of Directors

NASA UAV test pilot; distinguished astronaut; two technology investors join Astrobotic Technology Board of Directors [Tuesday, November 18, 2008] Astrobotic Technology Inc., which will pioneer the lunar frontier with commercial robotic services, today announced that four leading space and management experts have been elected to its Board of Directors.



»» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Critical Design Review on J-2X Rocket Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Critical Design Review on J-2X Rocket Engine [Wednesday, November 19, 2008] Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has taken a major step toward powering the nation's next-generation space launch vehicle with the completion of the J-2X engine Critical Design Review. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company.



»» NASA to Brief Media about Test of Orion Launch Abort System Motor

NASA to Brief Media about Test of Orion Launch Abort System Motor [Thursday, November 20, 2008] NASA, ATK, Orbital Sciences Corp. and Lockheed Martin representatives will hold a teleconference at 2:30 p.m. MST today, Thursday, Nov. 20, to discuss the results of the first full-scale test fire of the motor for a new launch abort system.



»» NASA Plans Test of 'Electronic Nose' on International Space Station

NASA Plans Test of 'Electronic Nose' on International Space Station [Thursday, November 20, 2008] NASA astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission will install an instrument on the International Space Station that can "smell" dangerous chemicals in the air.



»» NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor

NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor [Thursday, November 20, 2008] NASA, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences, and Alliant Techsystems successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle Launch Abort System at ATK's Launch Systems facility in Promontory, Utah.



»» SpaceX Successfully Conducts Full Mission-Length Firing of its Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle (with video)

SpaceX Successfully Conducts Full Mission-Length Firing of its Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle (with video) [Sunday, November 23, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) successfully conducted a full mission-length firing of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle's first stage at its McGregor Test Facility in Texas, on November 22.



»» NASA Calls for Comment on Draft Ares V Request for Proposals

NASA Calls for Comment on Draft Ares V Request for Proposals [Tuesday, November 25, 2008] NASA has released a draft request for proposals, or RFP, regarding Phase I of its Ares V launch vehicle. The rocket will perform heavy lift and cargo functions as part of the next generation of spacecraft that will return humans to the moon.



»» NASA Awards Project Management Support Contract For Kennedy

NASA Awards Project Management Support Contract For Kennedy [Tuesday, November 25, 2008] NASA has selected Science Applications International Corporation of Houston to provide project management support services at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.



»» NASA Selects 382 Small Business Research and Technology Projects

NASA Selects 382 Small Business Research and Technology Projects [Tuesday, November 25, 2008] NASA has awarded contracts to 382 small business proposals that address critical research and technology needs for agency programs and projects.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Altair Conceptual Design Contract

NASA JSC Solicitation: Altair Conceptual Design Contract [Tuesday, November 25, 2008] The Altair Project Office is looking to build on the knowledge gained through the Broad Area Announcement (BAA) Lunar Lander Study Contracts.



»» XCOR Aerospace to Announce Ticket Sales for Suborbital Space Flights on December 2nd

XCOR Aerospace to Announce Ticket Sales for Suborbital Space Flights on December 2nd [Wednesday, November 26, 2008] On December 2, XCOR Aerospace, builder of the 2-seat Lynx rocket-powered suborbital launch vehicle, is introducing its General Sales Agent for ticket sales and will announce a price that is substantially lower than prices quoted by leading competitors.




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