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November 2009 Top Stories


»» X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Cap Amazing Lunar Lander Competition and Award $2 Million in Prizes

X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Cap Amazing Lunar Lander Competition and Award $2 Million in Prizes [Monday, November 2, 2009] The race for the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge (NGLLXPC) incentivized prize purse, funded by NASA and presented by the X PRIZE Foundation, has come to an exciting finish.



»» Beyond Augustine II

Beyond Augustine II [Wednesday, November 4, 2009] In August of this year I wrote a missive concerning what happens after the Augustine report is released. Well, now that has happened, so what is next?



»» NASA Showcases 'Green' Missions at SC09 Conference

NASA Showcases 'Green' Missions at SC09 Conference [Wednesday, November 4, 2009] Five NASA centers join forces this month to showcase "green" science, engineering, and technology achievements at SC09, the leading international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.



»» NASA to Award $1.65 Million In Prizes for Commercial Spaceflight Successes

NASA to Award $1.65 Million In Prizes for Commercial Spaceflight Successes [Wednesday, November 4, 2009] In a ceremony this Thursday on Capitol Hill, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will award $1.65 million in prizes to two commercial spaceflight companies for completing successful flights in the Lunar Lander Challenge.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Hardware and Software Supporting the Maker Project

NASA JSC Solicitation: Hardware and Software Supporting the Maker Project [Thursday, November 5, 2009] The project supported is entitled "MAKER" and is pursuing an advanced manufacturing concept being developed and evaluated for deployment in future space exploration architectures requiring manufacturing capability in the spaceflight/mission environment.



»» X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Award $2 Million in Prizes to Masten Space Systems and Armadillo Aerospace

X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Award $2 Million in Prizes to Masten Space Systems and Armadillo Aerospace [Thursday, November 5, 2009] Today, the X PRIZE Foundation along with NASA hosted an awards ceremony to culminate the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge (NGLLXPC).



»» FAA CST: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications

FAA CST: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications [Friday, November 6, 2009] The FAA is announcing the availability of the ROD for streamlining the environmental review of experimental permit applications for the launch and/or reentry of reusable suborbital rockets.



»» Small satellite pioneer to oversee European student lunar mission

Small satellite pioneer to oversee European student lunar mission [Saturday, November 7, 2009] Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to manage a pan-European student built mission to the Moon.



»» NASA Spinoff 2009 Highlights Technologies That Improve Life on Earth

NASA Spinoff 2009 Highlights Technologies That Improve Life on Earth [Sunday, November 8, 2009] The 2009 edition of NASA's Spinoff, a publication that shows how NASA technology is being put to use in everyday life here on Earth, is available in print and online.



»» Investment in Commercial Spaceflight Grows to $1.46 Billion, Updated Industry Study Reveals

Investment in Commercial Spaceflight Grows to $1.46 Billion, Updated Industry Study Reveals [Monday, November 9, 2009] Total investment in the commercial human spaceflight sector has risen by 20% since January 2008, reaching a cumulative total of $1.46 billion, according to a new extensive study performed by the Tauri Group.



»» NASA and Spaceward Foundation Award Prize Money for Successful Wireless Power Demonstration

NASA and Spaceward Foundation Award Prize Money for Successful Wireless Power Demonstration [Monday, November 9, 2009] NASA has awarded $900,000 in prize money to a Seattle company that successfully demonstrated new wireless energy beaming technology which could one day be used to help power a "space elevator."



»» NASA Ames Scientist Develops Chemical Sensor For the iPhone

NASA Ames Scientist Develops Chemical Sensor For the iPhone [Tuesday, November 10, 2009] Jing Li, along with other researchers has developed a proof of concept of new technology that would bring compact, low-cost, low-power, high-speed nanosensor-based chemical sensing capabilities to cell phones.



»» Sensors Provide Early Warning of Biological Threats Public Safety - Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Sensors Provide Early Warning of Biological Threats Public Safety - Originating Technology/NASA Contribution [Tuesday, November 10, 2009] Containing millions of carbon nanotubes, the NASA biosensor can alert inspectors to minute amounts of potentially dangerous organic contaminants.



»» Environmental Tectonics Corporation's NASTAR Center Announces International Student Patch Design Contest for New NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's NASTAR Center Announces International Student Patch Design Contest for New NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program [Thursday, November 12, 2009] NASTAR announced today an international contest for students to design a patch that will commemorate NASTAR Center's newest training program for suborbital scientist-astronauts who will fly aboard commercial suborbital spaceflights.



»» Inventors to Compete for $400,000 in NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge

Inventors to Compete for $400,000 in NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge [Friday, November 13, 2009] Reporters and the public are invited to attend the 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge on Nov. 19 at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Fla., near NASA's Kennedy Space Center.



»» NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges

NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges [Monday, November 16, 2009] As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, this memorandum provides our views of the most serious management and performance challenges facing NASA.



»» NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges FY 2009

NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges FY 2009 [Monday, November 16, 2009] As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, this memorandum provides our views of the most serious management and performance challenges facing NASA.



»» Time Magazine Falls for Rocket Launch Hoax - Names Ares "Invention of the Year" Based on Launch of Dummy Vehicle

Time Magazine Falls for Rocket Launch Hoax - Names Ares [Monday, November 16, 2009] Time Magazine Falls for Rocket Launch Hoax - Names Ares "Invention of the Year" Based on Launch of Dummy Vehicle



»» Lockheed Martin Tests Carbon Nanotube-Based Memory Devices on NASA Shuttle Mission

Lockheed Martin Tests Carbon Nanotube-Based Memory Devices on NASA Shuttle Mission [Wednesday, November 18, 2009] A radiation-resistant version of NRAM(TM) carbon-nanotube-based memory, developed jointly by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Nantero, was tested on a recent Space Shuttle mission.



»» Suborbital Applications Researchers Group Meets in Washington

Suborbital Applications Researchers Group Meets in Washington [Thursday, November 19, 2009] The Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is meeting in Washington, DC today.



»» Sky No Longer the Limit for Digital Magazines

Sky No Longer the Limit for Digital Magazines [Thursday, November 19, 2009] Digital publishing providers have been boasting that sky's the limit in terms of technical innovation. But apparently sky is no longer the limit as Astronaut Nicole Stott is reading a Texterity magazine in space.



»» Satellite-Based Earth Observation Market Entering Phase of Impressive Growth

Satellite-Based Earth Observation Market Entering Phase of Impressive Growth [Thursday, November 19, 2009] According to NSR's new report, "Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO)," the EO industry is in the midst of a significant growth phase slated to generate revenues for many segments of the satellite industry.



»» Former Shuttle Astronaut-Astronomer, Sam Durrance, Joins the CSF Suborbital Researchers Group

Former Shuttle Astronaut-Astronomer, Sam Durrance, Joins the CSF Suborbital Researchers Group [Friday, November 20, 2009] Former NASA astronaut Samuel T. Durrance, a PhD astronomer and veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, has been selected as the latest addition to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG).



»» NASA: Science Magazines Honor Cutting-Edge NASA Programs

NASA: Science Magazines Honor Cutting-Edge NASA Programs [Sunday, November 22, 2009] NASA's revolutionary planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has been honored with the 2009 Best of What's New Grand Award from Popular Science Magazine and a 2009 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine.



»» NASA Awards $350,000 to Winning Astronaut Glove Designers

NASA Awards $350,000 to Winning Astronaut Glove Designers [Sunday, November 22, 2009] NASA's Centennial Challenges program awarded $350,000 this week to a pair of designers who developed concepts for more flexible space gloves that could make it easier for astronauts to perform tasks.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Creation and Initial Membership of Spaceports Council

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Creation and Initial Membership of Spaceports Council [Monday, November 23, 2009] The Spaceports Council, which will operate under the aegis of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), was officially created following the conclusion of the second CSF Spaceports Executive Summit held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.



»» Blue Origin Update on Opportunities for Research

Blue Origin Update on Opportunities for Research [Monday, November 23, 2009] Blue Origin has selected three unmanned research payloads to fly on the New Shepard suborbital vehicle as a part of Phase 1 of the New Shepard Research Flight Demonstration Program.



»» Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for Intelsat Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for Intelsat Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers [Monday, November 23, 2009] Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) today announced that a satellite that it built for Intelsat, the world's leading provider of fixed satellite services, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.



»» NASA Chooses Small Business High Tech Projects for Development

NASA Chooses Small Business High Tech Projects for Development [Monday, November 23, 2009] NASA has selected for development 368 small business innovation projects that include research to minimize aging of aircraft, new techniques for suppressing fires on spacecraft and advanced transmitters for deep space communications.



»» Buying 40 Year Old Lunar Orbiter Tape Drive Parts on eBay

Buying 40 Year Old Lunar Orbiter Tape Drive Parts on eBay [Friday, November 27, 2009] Dennis Wingo: I thought this was interesting and since I am always looking for spares for our LOIRP FR-900's I check it out on eBay. ...



»» Rocket Lab Primed to Launch New Zealand's First Rocket Into Space

Rocket Lab Primed to Launch New Zealand's First Rocket Into Space [Friday, November 27, 2009] Rocket Lab is preparing for a historic first launch into space from New Zealand. The Atea-1 launch vehicle is scheduled to fly the week beginning November 30th from Great Mercury Island. The exact launch date and time is weather dependent.




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