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October 2006 Top Stories


»» Northrop Grumman Concludes Weightless Teacher Program in Nation's Capital

Northrop Grumman Concludes Weightless Teacher Program in Nation's Capital [Monday, October 2, 2006] Northrop Grumman Corporation today completed its inaugural Weightless Flights of Discovery program by turning the well-organized, gravity-driven worlds of approximately 40 distinguished teachers from the greater D.C. area upside down - literally.



»» United Launch Alliance Joint Rocket Venture Cleared by Federal Trade Commission

United Launch Alliance Joint Rocket Venture Cleared by Federal Trade Commission [Tuesday, October 3, 2006] The Boeing Company today confirmed that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has granted anti-trust clearance to proceed toward closure of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) joint venture.



»» FTC Gives Clearance To United Launch Alliance

FTC Gives Clearance To United Launch Alliance [Tuesday, October 3, 2006] Lockheed Martin today confirmed that United Launch Alliance, L.L.C. (ULA), its joint venture with the Boeing Co., had received anti-trust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).



»» NASA Extends Prize Funding for Space Elevator Challenges to 5 Years

NASA Extends Prize Funding for Space Elevator Challenges to 5 Years [Tuesday, October 3, 2006] The Spaceward Foundation in collaboration with NASA today announced a significant expansion of the Power Beaming and Tether Challenges. These two events are collectively known as the Space Elevator Games.



»» FTC Intervenes in Formation of ULA Joint Venture by Boeing and Lockheed Martin

FTC Intervenes in Formation of ULA Joint Venture by Boeing and Lockheed Martin [Wednesday, October 4, 2006] The Federal Trade Commission today announced its decision to intervene in the formation of United Launch Alliance, L.L.C. (ULA), a proposed joint venture between The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation.



»» NASA Selects 120 Small Business Innovation Research Projects

NASA Selects 120 Small Business Innovation Research Projects [Wednesday, October 4, 2006] NASA has selected 120 proposals for negotiation of phase 2 contract awards in the SBIR program. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $72 million. The contracts will be awarded to 103 small high technology firms in 27 states.



»» Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage Contract Modification

Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage Contract Modification [Wednesday, October 4, 2006] NASA is extending a previous contract action with ATK Thiokol of Brigham City, Utah, to continue design and development of the first stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle. The extension has a maximum value of $35 million.



»» CBO Report: Alternatives for Future U.S. Space-Launch Capabilities

CBO Report: Alternatives for Future U.S. Space-Launch Capabilities [Tuesday, October 10, 2006] In considering manned lunar missions, CBO explored alternatives that would use existing launch vehicles; those that would require minor modifications to the designs of existing launchers); as well as new and much more capable launchers.



»» Northrop Grumman to Sponsor Lunar Lander Challenge

Northrop Grumman to Sponsor Lunar Lander Challenge [Wednesday, October 11, 2006] The Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge will be staged for the first time on Oct. 20-21 at the Las Cruces International Airport, Las Cruces, N.M. as part of the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup space exposition.



»» NASA Media Day Highlights Space Exploration Progress

NASA Media Day Highlights Space Exploration Progress [Wednesday, October 11, 2006] Media are invited to an Exploration Media Day at Glenn Research Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Reporters will have the opportunity to tour facilities, see hardware being built, observe test demonstrations and pose questions to NASA exploration managers.



»» ILS Ownership Changes; Frank McKenna Appointed President

ILS Ownership Changes; Frank McKenna Appointed President [Wednesday, October 11, 2006] Lockheed Martin Corporation's shares of ILS International Launch Services Inc. were transferred today to Space Transport Inc. The sale was announced on Sept. 7, 2006.



»» Ariane 5 ECA launch a success - DIRECTV 9S and OPTUS D1 in orbit

Ariane 5 ECA launch a success - DIRECTV 9S and OPTUS D1 in orbit [Friday, October 13, 2006] Arianespace has placed two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit: DIRECTV 9S and OPTUS D1. The Ariane 5 ECA launcher was also fitted with the ASAP 5 platform, allowing it to deploy the LDREX-2 experimental reflector for JAXA.



»» Lockheed Martin Instrument to Monitor Solar Eruptions on Latest NASA Sun Mission

Lockheed Martin Instrument to Monitor Solar Eruptions on Latest NASA Sun Mission [Thursday, October 19, 2006] The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUVI) instrument will soon begin returning stereo images of the Sun's corona as part of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO).



»» X Prize Comments by Mike Griffin

X Prize Comments by Mike Griffin [Friday, October 20, 2006] "NASA can do even better in partnering with the commercial and entrepreneurial space sector in carrying out our nation's Vision for Space Exploration."



»» FAA Notice: Commercial Space Transportation - Waiver of License Requirement for Blue Origin's Pre-flight Preparatory Activities Conducted at a U.S. Launch Site

FAA Notice: Commercial Space Transportation - Waiver of License Requirement for Blue Origin's Pre-flight Preparatory Activities Conducted at a U.S. Launch Site [Friday, October 20, 2006] The FAA waived a requirement for Blue Origin, to obtain a launch license for certain launch processing activities at West Texas Launch Site. Blue Origin is authorized to conduct suborbital rocket launches under Experimental Permit No. EP 06- 001



»» Agreement between NASA and The X Prize Foundation for the Lunar Analog Challenge

Agreement between NASA and The X Prize Foundation for the Lunar Analog Challenge [Friday, October 20, 2006] "The purpose of this Agreement is to establish collaboration between the Parties to conduct the Lunar Lander Analog Vehicle Challenge, a technology demonstration competition resulting in monetary awards to the winning participants."



»» New biochip helps study living cells, may speed drug development

New biochip helps study living cells, may speed drug development [Friday, October 20, 2006] "We conducted research with the chip while we were flying in parabolas, going from two times Earth's gravity to zero gravity again and again. There is absolutely no way this experiment could have been done without this chip."



»» Space Elevator Games Update from Dr. Brad Edwards

Space Elevator Games Update from Dr. Brad Edwards [Sunday, October 22, 2006] 20 October: "After a week of qualifying activities and lots of work, the space elevator games opened at the X-Prize Cup today. Six teams qualified for the climber competition though it is possible that another may qualify tonight."



»» NASA Notice of proposed rulemaking: Cross-Waiver of Liability

NASA Notice of proposed rulemaking: Cross-Waiver of Liability [Monday, October 23, 2006] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proposing to amend part 1266 of Title 14 to update and ensure consistency in the use of cross-waiver of liability provisions in NASA agreements.



»» FAA Needs Continued Planning and Monitoring to Oversee the Safety of the Emerging Space Tourism Industry

FAA Needs Continued Planning and Monitoring to Oversee the Safety of the Emerging Space Tourism Industry [Wednesday, October 25, 2006] "FAA believes it has minimized compliance costs by basing its regulations on common safety standards and has allowed for flexibility by taking a case-by- case approach to licensing and by providing waivers in certain circumstances."



»» Astrolab Industry Day to showcase European research technology on ISS

Astrolab Industry Day to showcase European research technology on ISS [Tuesday, October 31, 2006] ESA will be hosting the ‘ISS Research Technology from Europe’ Industry Day on 7 November 2006. The event is open to representatives from industry involved in the development and installation of European ISS research technology, and for interested media.



»» XM Radio's XM-4 Satellite Successfully Delivered to Transfer Orbit

XM Radio's XM-4 Satellite Successfully Delivered to Transfer Orbit [Tuesday, October 31, 2006] XM Satellite Radio today announced the successful launch of its XM-4 satellite. Liftoff occurred this evening at 6:49 pm ET from the Sea Launch Odyssey Launch Platform in open waters of the Pacific Ocean on the equator.




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