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»» Surrey Satellite New High-Resolution Always-on Constellation to Image the Earth Every Five Days

Surrey Satellite New High-Resolution Always-on Constellation to Image the Earth Every Five Days [Friday, October 1, 2010] At the 61st International Astronautical Congress in Prague this week Surrey Satellite Technology Limited announced it will launch it's own three satellite earth observation constellation with the ability to see details down to the sub-meter level.



»» Exploration Park Recieves IEDC Honorable Mention

Exploration Park Recieves IEDC Honorable Mention [Friday, October 1, 2010] This week, Pizzuti Solutions was honored by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with an "Honorable Mention" for Exploration Park(R) in the "Public/Private Partnerships" category of IEDC's "Excellence in Economic Development Awards".



»» NASA Solicitation: Commercial Crew Development Round 2

NASA Solicitation: Commercial Crew Development Round 2 [Saturday, October 2, 2010] As a continuation of NASA's CCDev initiative NASA intends to extend efforts to foster activity leading to the development of commercial crew transportation systems.



»» Governor Crist Awards $500k Defense Infrastructure Grant for SLC-46

Governor Crist Awards $500k Defense Infrastructure Grant for SLC-46 [Monday, October 4, 2010] On Sep 24, 2010, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast was awarded a $500,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant from the State of Florida - to be used for critical communications upgrades at Space Florida's Space Launch Complex 46.



»» SpaceX Update: COTS Demonstration Flight 1 (with photos)

SpaceX Update: COTS Demonstration Flight 1 (with photos) [Tuesday, October 5, 2010] We completed a successful wet dress rehearsal: rolling the rocket out to the pad, loading with propellants, performing a complete launch countdown sequence to just before ignition, and unloading the propellants and returning the vehicle to a safe state.



»» Space Experience Curacao Announces Wet Lease of XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft

Space Experience Curacao Announces Wet Lease of XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft [Tuesday, October 5, 2010] Space Experience Curacao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the wet lease of a production version of the Lynx suborbital spacecraft



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates SpaceShipTwo Team for Milestone First Glide Flight

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates SpaceShipTwo Team for Milestone First Glide Flight [Sunday, October 10, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to congratulate Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic, and the SpaceShipTwo team for successfully conducting today's first-ever glide flight of the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spacecraft.



»» Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites: Improvements Needed in Continuity Planning and Involvement of Key Users

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites: Improvements Needed in Continuity Planning and Involvement of Key Users [Sunday, October 10, 2010] NOAA has made progress on the GOES-R acquisition, but key instruments have experienced challenges and important milestones have been delayed.



»» VSS Enterprise Completes First Manned Glide Flight

VSS Enterprise Completes First Manned Glide Flight [Sunday, October 10, 2010] Virgin Galactic, the US company developing the world's first commercial manned space flight system and tourism business, is delighted to announce the successful completion today of the first piloted free flight of SpaceShipTwo, named the VSS Enterprise.



»» 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference Registration Now Open

2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference Registration Now Open [Tuesday, October 12, 2010] The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will be held February 28 - March 2, 2011, at The University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.



»» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded $60.3 Million NASA Contract for Continued Support of the Space Shuttle Main Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded $60.3 Million NASA Contract for Continued Support of the Space Shuttle Main Engine [Thursday, October 14, 2010] Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received a $60.3 million contract from NASA to provide continued Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) pre-launch, launch and post-launch support through March 31, 2011.



»» NASA Technology May Aid Interpretation Of Medical Imagery

NASA Technology May Aid Interpretation Of Medical Imagery [Thursday, October 14, 2010] NASA software used to enhance Earth science imagery could help interpret medical imagery. The new MED-SEG system relies on an innovative software program developed at NASA.



»» NASA Establishes Tournament Lab For Software Developers

NASA Establishes Tournament Lab For Software Developers [Thursday, October 14, 2010] NASA and Harvard University have established the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL), which will enable software developers to compete with each other to create the best computer code for NASA systems.



»» NASA Embraces Commercial Lunar Explorers and Becomes Customer of Google Lunar X PRIZE Competitors

NASA Embraces Commercial Lunar Explorers and Becomes Customer of Google Lunar X PRIZE Competitors [Sunday, October 17, 2010] Valuable Lunar Mission Data to Be Provided by Private Organizations in Exchange for Millions



»» NASA Awards Contracts For Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data

NASA Awards Contracts For Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data [Sunday, October 17, 2010] NASA has awarded Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts to six companies for the purchase of technical data resulting from industry efforts to develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions.



»» NASA Awards Contracts For Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data

NASA Awards Contracts For Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data [Sunday, October 17, 2010] Astrobotic revealed that the alliance for this pursuit includes Carnegie Mellon University, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Aerojet, Scaled Composites, International Rectifier, Harmonic Drive LLC and Caterpillar Inc.



»» Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Will Demonstrate UK Innovation in Space with TechDemoSat-1

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Will Demonstrate UK Innovation in Space with TechDemoSat-1 [Monday, October 18, 2010] The UK has awarded a £770,000 grant so that Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd can begin the design phase of a national technology demonstration satellite called TechDemoSat-1.



»» NASA Selects 215 Small Business Research And Technology Projects

NASA Selects 215 Small Business Research And Technology Projects [Tuesday, October 19, 2010] NASA selected 215 proposals for negotiation of Phase II contract awards in the Small Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $129 million.



»» Bigelow Aerospace Begins Testing Life Support Systems with Crew

Bigelow Aerospace Begins Testing Life Support Systems with Crew [Tuesday, October 19, 2010] The contained volume humans in the loop testing is in preparation for the 2015 launch of Sundancer - an expandable module approximately 27ft long, 22ft in diameter, with an internal volume of 180m3 and supports a crew of three.



»» Space Station Partners Release International Docking Standard

Space Station Partners Release International Docking Standard [Tuesday, October 19, 2010] The ISS MCB has approved a docking system standard. The standard will provide guidelines for a common interface to link future spacecraft ranging from crewed to autonomous vehicles and from low-Earth orbit to deep-space exploration missions.



»» NASA Announces New Subsonic Aircraft Research Opportunities

NASA Announces New Subsonic Aircraft Research Opportunities [Tuesday, October 19, 2010] The "Research Opportunities in Aeronautics 2010" has been modified to include new topics in support of the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project.



»» Astrobotic Technology wins Moon mining award from NASA

Astrobotic Technology wins Moon mining award from NASA [Tuesday, October 19, 2010] NASA has selected Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon University to develop a prototype robot for mining water and methane ices at the Moon's poles.



»» NASA Open Government Summit Emphasized Data Exchange

NASA Open Government Summit Emphasized Data Exchange [Wednesday, October 20, 2010] NASA is working to publish more of its data sets online and create more opportunities to engage with the public using digital tools.



»» Sierra Nevada Space Systems Successfully Competes Two Major Nasa Human Space Flight Development Milestones

Sierra Nevada Space Systems Successfully Competes Two Major Nasa Human Space Flight Development Milestones [Wednesday, October 20, 2010] The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems Group announces the successful completion of two critical milestones for NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Program.



»» NASA Deputy Administrator Available for Interviews at Spaceport

NASA Deputy Administrator Available for Interviews at Spaceport [Wednesday, October 20, 2010] NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will attend a dedication celebrating completion of the runway at Spaceport America in New Mexico at 11 a.m. MST on Friday, Oct. 22. She will be available before and after the event for media interviews.



»» NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for MAVEN Mission

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for MAVEN Mission [Thursday, October 21, 2010] NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Littleton, Colo., to launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft known as MAVEN.



»» NASA Announces New Partnership With Foursquare

NASA Announces New Partnership With Foursquare [Sunday, October 24, 2010] NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Doug Wheelock became the first person to "check in" from space Friday using the mobile social networking application Foursquare.



»» Spaceport Runway Dedication Includes Sir Richard Branson and NM Governor Richardson

Spaceport Runway Dedication Includes Sir Richard Branson and NM Governor Richardson [Sunday, October 24, 2010] The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) today dedicated the nearly twomile long "Governor Bill RIchardson Spaceway" at Spaceport America, representing significant progress toward launching commercial customers into space from the desert of New Mexico.



»» Google Lunar X PRIZE Update

Google Lunar X PRIZE Update [Monday, October 25, 2010] William Pomerantz, Senior Director, Space Prizes of the X PRIZE Foundation provides SpaceRef with a progress update of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.



»» NASA Seeks More Proposals On Commercial Crew Development

NASA Seeks More Proposals On Commercial Crew Development [Tuesday, October 26, 2010] NASA has issued an announcement seeking proposals from U. S. industry to further advance commercial crew space transportation concepts and mature the design and development of system elements, such as launch vehicles and spacecraft.



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes NASA Announcement of Commercial Lunar Robotic Data Buys and Boost for Google Lunar X PRIZE

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes NASA Announcement of Commercial Lunar Robotic Data Buys and Boost for Google Lunar X PRIZE [Tuesday, October 26, 2010] CSF strongly welcomes NASA's announcement earlier this month that the space agency will purchase data generated by innovative lunar robotic missions being prepared by six commercial space companies in pursuit of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.



»» Robonaut 2 Prepared for Shuttle Trip to International Space Station

Robonaut 2 Prepared for Shuttle Trip to International Space Station [Tuesday, October 26, 2010] Robonaut 2, better known as R2, is packed and ready to blast into outer space next week aboard the space shuttle Discovery for his first real work assignment at the International Space Station (ISS).



»» Moon Express Enters the $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition

Moon Express Enters the $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition [Tuesday, October 26, 2010] Today, Moon Express Inc., a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company, announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE.



»» ASGSB Session: The Future of Gravitational and Space Biology Research: 100km and Beyond

ASGSB Session: The Future of Gravitational and Space Biology Research: 100km and Beyond [Tuesday, October 26, 2010] The American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) sees a potential future that science will have robust access to space through commercial providers.



»» NASA Goddard to Auction off Patents for Automated Software Code Generation

NASA Goddard to Auction off Patents for Automated Software Code Generation [Thursday, October 28, 2010] NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is auctioning an exclusive license to five patents for automated software development on November 11, 2010.



»» AAS email: Plutonium 238 Production: An Ongoing Issue for Washington

AAS email: Plutonium 238 Production: An Ongoing Issue for Washington [Thursday, October 28, 2010] A joint report from the NASA Administrator and the Secretary of Energy is due 120 after the enactment of the Act, which was signed into law on Oct. 11, 2010. The report should therefore be delivered no later than Feb. 8, 2010.



»» NASA Solicitation: Aircraft Maintenacne Operational Support and Microgravty Services Market Research Questionnaire

NASA Solicitation: Aircraft Maintenacne Operational Support and Microgravty Services Market Research Questionnaire [Friday, October 29, 2010] The Government requests your assistance as it seeks to arrive at the most suitable approach for acquiring AMOS and/or MS services.




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