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October 2005 Top Stories


»» Space Adventures' Client, Greg Olsen, Successfully Launches to the International Space Station

Space Adventures' Client, Greg Olsen, Successfully Launches to the International Space Station [Saturday, October 1, 2005] Space Adventures announced today that American technology entrepreneur Greg Olsen, Ph.D. and his Soyuz TMA-7 crew successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.



»» NASA KSC Business Opportunities Expo 2005

NASA KSC Business Opportunities Expo 2005 [Wednesday, October 5, 2005] Business leaders who wish to better understand how to contract with the government will not want to miss the Business Opportunities Expo 2005 on October 18. Government purchasing agents will attend to learn what local and national vendors have to offer. 



»» NASA and OfficeMax Bring Space Exploration Down to Earth

NASA and OfficeMax Bring Space Exploration Down to Earth [Thursday, October 6, 2005] With the click of a mouse, the public can go to a local OfficeMax® to pick up printed and collated copies of NASA mission and program data, pictures and other space-related information.



»» NASA Modifies Space Station Payload Integration Contract

NASA Modifies Space Station Payload Integration Contract [Thursday, October 6, 2005] NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has signed a modification to a contract with The Boeing Company. The modification is valued at more than $94 million.



»» NASA Selects 140 Innovative Small Business Projects

NASA Selects 140 Innovative Small Business Projects [Friday, October 7, 2005] NASA has selected 140 research proposals in its 2004 Small Business Innovation Research program with a total value of approximately $84 million.



»» NASA and Zero-G Test Space Shuttle Runway Program

NASA and Zero-G Test Space Shuttle Runway Program [Friday, October 7, 2005] NASA and Zero Gravity Corporation have announced the firm's participation in a pilot program. It will demonstrate expanded access to and use of the space shuttle's runway and landing facility at NASA KSC for non-NASA activities.



»» Rocketplane Limited, Inc. Announces Alliance with SpaceShot, Inc.

Rocketplane Limited, Inc. Announces Alliance with SpaceShot, Inc. [Friday, October 7, 2005] Rocketplane Limited, Inc. announces a new alliance with SpaceShot, Inc. to award Rocketplane spaceflights as prizes in upcoming SpaceShot online skill game tournaments.



»» Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO) Program

Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO) Program [Saturday, October 8, 2005] The SUMO program consists of a front end that combines detailed relative pose estimation with a multi degree of freedom robotic manipulator system to autonomously grapple tumbling space objects without custom interfaces.



»» Opening the Door to New Materials for Exploration

Opening the Door to New Materials for Exploration [Monday, October 10, 2005] On October 3, containers filled with experimental materials that might one day be used to build the vehicles that carry humans to Mars were opened for the first time since their return to Earth.



»» Orbital Recovery Group Signs a Reservation for the First Satellite Servicing Mission Using its CX-OLEV "Space Tug"

Orbital Recovery Group Signs a Reservation for the First Satellite Servicing Mission Using its CX-OLEV [Tuesday, October 11, 2005] Orbital Recovery has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for a telecommunications satellite life extension mission that will use the company's innovative CX-OLEV "space tug" as an in-orbit service vehicle.



»» Space Adventures' Client, Greg Olsen, Returns to Earth After Visiting the International Space Station

Space Adventures' Client, Greg Olsen, Returns to Earth After Visiting the International Space Station [Tuesday, October 11, 2005] Space Adventures, Ltd. announced today that American technology entrepreneur Greg Olsen, Ph.D. successfully landed in Kazakhstan after a 10-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).



»» NASA's Centennial Challenges Collaborates With X Prize Foundation

NASA's Centennial Challenges Collaborates With X Prize Foundation [Tuesday, October 11, 2005] Implementation of the collaboration is contingent upon NASA obtaining necessary statutory authority for prizes; inclusion of necessary resources to fund the purses; final negotiation and execution of an agreement between the agency and the Foundation.



»» Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Crew Exploration Vehicle

Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Crew Exploration Vehicle [Wednesday, October 12, 2005] A Northrop Grumman/Boeing team today unveiled its plans to design and build NASA's proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a modular space system intended to carry humans to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018.



»» NASA Set To Approve New Unpressurized Logistics Carrier for Space Shuttle Fleet

NASA Set To Approve New Unpressurized Logistics Carrier for Space Shuttle Fleet [Wednesday, October 12, 2005] NASA is set to approve development of 5 new unpressurized payload carriers for the Space Shuttle fleet at a total cost of $120 million.



»» NASA Selects Advanced Concepts for Study

NASA Selects Advanced Concepts for Study [Wednesday, October 12, 2005] A space telescope that could resolve weather patterns and continents on Earth-like planets around other stars is among five promising ideas selected for more detailed study by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) with its 2005 Phase II awards.



»» NASA LaRC Solicitation: Landing System for Earth Entry Capsules

NASA LaRC Solicitation: Landing System for Earth Entry Capsules [Wednesday, October 12, 2005] NASA/LaRC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources to participate in the development of a landing attenuation system for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).



»» The 2005 NASA Regional Small Business Conference

The 2005 NASA Regional Small Business Conference [Friday, October 14, 2005] This timely Regional Small Business Conference will feature representatives from NASA, NASA prime contractors, GSA, and the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as other distinguished regional agencies and procurement specialists.



»» ESMD Industry Day

ESMD Industry Day [Tuesday, October 18, 2005] NASA will present to industry an overview of upcoming acquisition activities related to the implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration.



»» NASA Solicitation: A NASA History Monograph on Lessons Learned In Return to Flight Following the Columbia Accident

NASA Solicitation: A NASA History Monograph on Lessons Learned In Return to Flight Following the Columbia Accident [Tuesday, October 18, 2005] This announcement constitutes the only soliciation; offers are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. An online RFQ is contained in a separate link to the synopsis.



»» Lockheed Martin's Last Titan IV Successfully Delivers National Security Payload to Space

Lockheed Martin's Last Titan IV Successfully Delivers National Security Payload to Space [Thursday, October 20, 2005] The USAF and Lockheed Martin closed out a five-decade history with the final launch of a Titan IV B rocket.  All eyes were on Space Launch Complex 4 East as the rocket thundered off the pad to deliver its final payload to space and retire from service.



»» Full Summons and Complaint by SpaceX against Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation (complete document)

Full Summons and Complaint by SpaceX against Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation (complete document) [Sunday, October 23, 2005] "Boeing and Lockheed Martin have engaged in an unlawful conspiracy to eliminate competition in, and utlimately to monopolize, the government space launch business and prevent SpaceX and other potential new entrants from competing."



»» Space concepts improve life in the desert

Space concepts improve life in the desert [Sunday, October 23, 2005] An innovative tent, developed with the use of space concepts, is now on display at the 'SAFE: Design On Risk' exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. Designed for desert use, it exploits the inhospitable environment to improve life in the desert.



»» NASA Announces Results From Beam and Tether Challenges

NASA Announces Results From Beam and Tether Challenges [Monday, October 24, 2005] NASA and the Spaceward Foundation announced the results of the 2005 Beam Power Challenge and Tether Challenge. Eleven teams competed in the two competitions over the weekend at NASA ARC.



»» Boeing, Lockheed Martin Continue Work Toward Launch Alliance Approval

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Continue Work Toward Launch Alliance Approval [Monday, October 24, 2005] Boeing and Lockheed Martin announced today that they have received a Second Request for information from the FTC relating to their filing pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti-Trust Act regarding the formation of United Launch Alliance.



»» SpaceDev and Starsys Sign Merger Agreement

SpaceDev and Starsys Sign Merger Agreement [Wednesday, October 26, 2005] SpaceDev, Inc. and Starsys Research Corporation have entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization.



»» Sea Launch Departs Home Port for Inmarsat-4 Mission

Sea Launch Departs Home Port for Inmarsat-4 Mission [Wednesday, October 26, 2005] The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Home Port in Long Beach, Calif., for Sea Launch's fourth mission of the year.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Space Flight Demonstrations

NASA JSC Solicitation: Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Space Flight Demonstrations [Friday, October 28, 2005] "NASA may issue a request for proposals to competitively procure commercial orbital transportation services to resupply the International Space Station. NASA anticipates that these services will be needed through at least 2015."



»» NASA Internal Memo: NASA Realigns Research and Technology to Accelerate CEV/CLV

NASA Internal Memo: NASA Realigns Research and Technology to Accelerate CEV/CLV [Friday, October 28, 2005] "Attached is Enclosure 1 which provides task distribution charts that outline the new roles and responsibilities for each NASA Center. Enclosure 2 which provides a detailed listing of the HSR&T and ESR&T reductions."



»» MDA To Provide Space Station Berthing Information Solution To Japan

MDA To Provide Space Station Berthing Information Solution To Japan [Friday, October 28, 2005] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., announced today that it is working with IHI Aerospace of Japan to provide an information solution to help load pallets from the International Space Station onto Japan's H2 Transfer Vehicle.



»» Further Details Emerge Regarding NASA's Cancellation of Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) Research Projects

Further Details Emerge Regarding NASA's Cancellation of Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) Research Projects [Sunday, October 30, 2005] NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate has decided to cancel 29 out of 51 Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) research projects selected in 2004.




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