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»» NASA Awards Orion Launch Abort Test Facilities Contract

NASA Awards Orion Launch Abort Test Facilities Contract [Monday, October 1, 2007] NASA's White Sands Test Facility has awarded a contract to Denco, Inc. of Las Cruces, N.M., for the construction of launch site facilities for the Orion Launch Abort System flight testing at the facility.



»» NASA Internal Memo From Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley: Avoid Verbal Orders

NASA Internal Memo From Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley: Avoid Verbal Orders [Wednesday, October 3, 2007] "Mike G has encouraged me to share the following with the team, in hopes that this helps to clarify his position on how 'governance' explicitly relates to Constellation and the institutions executing our plan..."



»» NASA Selects Launch Services Provider for Juno Jupiter Mission

NASA Selects Launch Services Provider for Juno Jupiter Mission [Wednesday, October 3, 2007] The $190 million contract award is a competed firm-fixed-price task order. It includes the launch service for an Atlas V model 551 rocket, payload processing, launch vehicle integration, and the necessary tracking, data and telemetry support.



»» NASA Selects Launch Services Provider for Earth Imagery Satellite

NASA Selects Launch Services Provider for Earth Imagery Satellite [Wednesday, October 3, 2007] NASA's Launch Services Program office at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services of Littleton, Colo., for launching of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.



»» New Alliance for Space Solar Power to Be Announced

New Alliance for Space Solar Power to Be Announced [Wednesday, October 3, 2007] Space Solar Power means gathering energy in space and transmitting it wirelessly for use on Earth. Such technology could be a major solution to humanity's long-term energy needs, providing limitless renewable power with zero carbon emissions.



»» Annual NASA-Sponsored Business Expo Set for Oct. 16

Annual NASA-Sponsored Business Expo Set for Oct. 16 [Tuesday, October 9, 2007] Business leaders who want to better understand how to contract with the government can attend Business EXPO 2007 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Port Canaveral's Cruise Terminal No. 4. Admission is free and open to the public.



»» New Space Solar Power Organization Announced - The Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy

New Space Solar Power Organization Announced - The Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy [Wednesday, October 10, 2007] The Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy (SSAFE), a new organization advocating investment in space-based solar power technologies to address the planet's future energy needs, was announced today at the National Press Club.



»» Space Foundation Report Pegs 2006 Global Space Economy at $220 Billion and Growing

Space Foundation Report Pegs 2006 Global Space Economy at $220 Billion and Growing [Wednesday, October 10, 2007] Today, the Space Foundation released The Space Report 2007, revealing that in 2006 the global space industry grew to nearly $220 billion in total revenues.



»» NASA Selects 120 Small Business Innovation Research Projects

NASA Selects 120 Small Business Innovation Research Projects [Thursday, October 11, 2007] 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. NASA will award the contracts to 102 small high technology firms in 27 states.



»» NASA Updates Media on Status of COTS Project Thursday

NASA Updates Media on Status of COTS Project Thursday [Thursday, October 18, 2007] Thursday, NASA will provide an update about the status of the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Project, also known as COTS.



»» NASA to Open New Competition for Space Transportation Seed Money

NASA to Open New Competition for Space Transportation Seed Money [Thursday, October 18, 2007] NASA announced Thursday it will conduct a new competition for funding that remains in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Project, known as COTS.



»» SpaceX Successfully Completes NASA Critical Design Review for First Commercial Transportation System to the International Space Station

SpaceX Successfully Completes NASA Critical Design Review for First Commercial Transportation System to the International Space Station [Thursday, October 18, 2007] SpaceX has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for its first Falcon 9 / Dragon mission as part of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration program.



»» Finalists for 2007 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award

Finalists for 2007 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award [Thursday, October 18, 2007] 10 finalists for the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award will have their ideas on display at the 2007 X PRIZE Cup. Teams of high school students from all over the United States proposed ideas that could accelerate the personal spaceflight industry.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Commerical Space Transportation Services Phase 1 Demonstration

NASA JSC Solicitation: Commerical Space Transportation Services Phase 1 Demonstration [Friday, October 19, 2007] As a continuation of the COTS Phase 1 project, NASA/JSC plans to solicit proposals from all interested industry participants for Earth to orbit space flight demonstrations of any combination of the following mission capabilities: ...



»» NASA Offers $2 Million Lunar Lander Competition Prize

NASA Offers $2 Million Lunar Lander Competition Prize [Wednesday, October 24, 2007] During the X PRIZE Cup Oct. 27-28, NASA's Centennial Challenges Program will offer prizes totaling $2 million if competing teams successfully meet the requirements of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.




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