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November 2010 Top Stories


»» NASA And The LEGO Group Partner To Inspire Children To Build And Explore The Future

NASA And The LEGO Group Partner To Inspire Children To Build And Explore The Future [Tuesday, November 2, 2010] A LEGO space shuttle headed to orbit helps mark the Tuesday signing of a Space Act Agreement between NASA and The LEGO Group to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).



»» The LEGO Group Partners With NASA to Build and Explore the Future

The LEGO Group Partners With NASA to Build and Explore the Future [Tuesday, November 2, 2010] LEGO(R) bricks will provide a symbolic link between Earth and space when the Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Canaveral for its last scheduled flight.



»» NASA Solicitation: Public Day for a Future Cooperative Agreement Notice

NASA Solicitation: Public Day for a Future Cooperative Agreement Notice [Wednesday, November 3, 2010] NASA/HQ is holding a Public Day for potential Proposers on the planned acquisition of an entity to develop and manage the US share of the ISS as a national laboratory. The acquisition will result in the award of a Cooperative Agreement.



»» European Business Innovation Centre Network and Space Florida Initiate International Market Development Program

European Business Innovation Centre Network and Space Florida Initiate International Market Development Program [Thursday, November 4, 2010] The European Business Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and Space Florida last week initiated a Memorandum of Understanding to develop new market opportunities and resources for Small and Medium Aerospace Enterprises in Europe and Florida.



»» Reference Model for the International Space Station, U.S. National Laboratory

Reference Model for the International Space Station, U.S. National Laboratory [Friday, November 5, 2010] In response to the recent GAO recommendations and White House direction, SOMD reviewed all prior studies and elected to commission an independent assessment by an objective third party.



»» Commercial Crew Development Round One Companies Have Reached Substantial Hardware Milestones, New Images and Data Show

Commercial Crew Development Round One Companies Have Reached Substantial Hardware Milestones, New Images and Data Show [Tuesday, November 9, 2010] Five company teams selected by NASA in February 2010 under the $50 million Commercial Crew Development Round One program have built significant working hardware in just nine months, new images and data show.



»» NASA Selects Companies For Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies

NASA Selects Companies For Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies [Tuesday, November 9, 2010] NASA has selected 13 companies for negotiations leading to potential contract awards to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for evaluating heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies, and affordability.



»» NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives

NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives [Tuesday, November 9, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri, making ArcGIS software tools available for unlimited use by authorized NASA employees and contractors.



»» Special Aerospace Services Announces Inaugural Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum

Special Aerospace Services Announces Inaugural Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum [Tuesday, November 9, 2010] Special Aerospace Services, a leader in aerospace systems engineering solutions, announced today that it will host its first Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum on January 12-14.



»» Aerojet Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Aerojet Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation [Wednesday, November 10, 2010] Julie Van Kleeck, Aerojet's Vice President for Space Programs, stated, "Aerojet welcomes the opportunity to join the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.



»» Deficit Commission Errs, "Illustrative Cut" Would Outsource Human Spaceflight to Russia

Deficit Commission Errs, [Thursday, November 11, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation released a statement opposing in the strongest possible terms the "illustrative cut" to commercial spaceflight put forth today by the co-chairs of the Deficit Commission.



»» NASA OIG: NASA's Top Management and Performance Challenges

NASA OIG: NASA's Top Management and Performance Challenges [Tuesday, November 16, 2010] As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, the enclosed report provides our views of the most serious management and performance challenges facing NASA.



»» KLM Announces Suborbital Flight Relationship with Space Experience Curacao Using XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft

KLM Announces Suborbital Flight Relationship with Space Experience Curacao Using XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft [Thursday, November 18, 2010] KLM will be supporting future suborbital flights through purchases, inclusion in their frequent flyer program, inclusion in future KLM vacation packages to Curacao, and other yet-to-be-named support.



»» Seeding the Future, Calling Private Money

Seeding the Future, Calling Private Money [Thursday, November 18, 2010] Why has private money not entered? No expected return on investment, at least not until recent times. The space tourism industry exists for one reason, a destination, a place to hang out, the International Space Station.



»» NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 14 December 2010

NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 14 December 2010 [Saturday, November 20, 2010] NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 14 December 2010



»» 45th Space Wing Launches NRO Satellite atop Delta IV-Heavy

45th Space Wing Launches NRO Satellite atop Delta IV-Heavy [Monday, November 22, 2010] The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV-Heavy Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 37 at 5:58 p.m. (EST), carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite.



»» GAO Report: NASA: Medium Launch Transition Strategy Leverages Ongoing Investments but Is Not Without Risk

GAO Report: NASA: Medium Launch Transition Strategy Leverages Ongoing Investments but Is Not Without Risk [Monday, November 22, 2010] NASA Launch Services Program is taking steps to address risks and ensure the success of the last Delta II launched missions through a combination of specific government approvals and targeted government insight into contractor activities and designs.



»» NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX

NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX [Monday, November 22, 2010] NASA issued the following statements Monday after the Federal Aviation Administration issued SpaceX a license for spacecraft reentry



»» Masten Space Systems Signs Letter of Intent with Space Florida

Masten Space Systems Signs Letter of Intent with Space Florida [Tuesday, November 23, 2010] Masten Space Systems and Space Florida announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.



»» FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Teleconference 8 Dec 2010

FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Teleconference 8 Dec 2010 [Wednesday, November 24, 2010] The proposed agenda for this teleconference is to continue the discussion started during the October 6, 2010, working group meeting.




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