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September 2008 Top Stories


»» Former NFL Player Ken Harvey Taking Sports to New Astronomical Heights

Former NFL Player Ken Harvey Taking Sports to New Astronomical Heights [Wednesday, September 3, 2008] Many people have heard of Space Tourism, Space Commercialization and Space industrialization, but now there's Space Sportilization - the intersection of space, sports and entertainment.



»» NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of Rocket Segment Handling

NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of Rocket Segment Handling [Friday, September 5, 2008] We initiated this review in response to a complaint alleging that personnel at ATK did not follow proper reporting procedures subsequent to an incident involving the handling and movement of a rocket segment..



»» Boeing Launches GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite

Boeing Launches GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite [Saturday, September 6, 2008] Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its commercial launch business, successfully launched the GeoEye-1 satellite today aboard a Delta II rocket procured from United Launch Alliance (ULA).



»» New NASA Space Experiment Rack To Undergo Flight Tests

New NASA Space Experiment Rack To Undergo Flight Tests [Monday, September 8, 2008] A new space experiment rack under development by NASA KSC and Space Florida will undergo initial tests this week. The rack will fly aboard NASA's first commercially-provided research flights on Zero Gravity Corporation's reduced gravity aircraft.



»» NASA To Hold Briefing About Lunar Exploration Concepts And Plans

NASA To Hold Briefing About Lunar Exploration Concepts And Plans [Monday, September 8, 2008] NASA is inviting interested industry representatives, academics and reporters to learn more about the Ares V heavy lift-launch vehicle, the Altair lunar lander, and the roles they will play in returning humans to the moon by 2020.



»» Astrium-built Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite successfully deployed in orbit EADS Astrium

Astrium-built Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite successfully deployed in orbit EADS Astrium [Tuesday, September 9, 2008] Further to its launch by Proton on 18 August 2008, the third Astrium-built Inmarsat-4 satellite took four apogee engine firings to reach geosynchronous orbit.



»» Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards Launch Nationwide

Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards Launch Nationwide [Tuesday, September 9, 2008] The Conrad Foundation announces the launch of their 2008 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards. Teams of high school students across the nation are invited to compete in this innovative program.



»» SpaceX Receives USAF Operational License for Cape Canaveral Launch Site

SpaceX Receives USAF Operational License for Cape Canaveral Launch Site [Tuesday, September 9, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has been granted an Operational License by the US Air Force for the use of Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast.



»» Space-Based Solar Power Breakthrough to Be Announced

Space-Based Solar Power Breakthrough to Be Announced [Tuesday, September 9, 2008] John Mankins, former manager of NASA's Exploration Systems Research and Technology Program, and one of the foremost experts on space solar power, will announce on Friday a milestone demonstration of the critical technology enabling SSP.



»» GMU Short Course on "The U.S. Government Space Sector"

GMU Short Course on [Tuesday, September 9, 2008] For the fifth time George Mason University, with the co-sponsorship of the American Astronautical Society and the Space Foundation, is offering its annual short course on "The U.S. Government Space Sector".



»» Dodd Calls for Fairness in New NASA Space Suit Competition

Dodd Calls for Fairness in New NASA Space Suit Competition [Wednesday, September 10, 2008] Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) recently sent a letter to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Michael Griffin expressing concern about how the recent competition for the new Constellation Space Suit System was executed.



»» O3b Networks To Deploy World's First High-Speed, Low-Cost Satellite System to Transform Communications Access for Billions Worldwide

O3b Networks To Deploy World's First High-Speed, Low-Cost Satellite System to Transform Communications Access for Billions Worldwide [Wednesday, September 10, 2008] Backed with financial and operational support from Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, the new system will enable cost-effective voice and broadband services at speeds equivalent to those enjoyed in the developed world.



»» Key Step to Space-Based Solar Power Achieved

Key Step to Space-Based Solar Power Achieved [Monday, September 15, 2008] During the week of May 5-9, 2008, a key step on the path to Space-Based Solar Power was achieved: a "first-of-a-kind" long-range demonstration of solar-powered wireless power transmission.



»» Building a New Rocket for the Nation: More Than 200 American Companies Help NASA Build, Test, Fly Country's Ares I Launch Vehicle

Building a New Rocket for the Nation: More Than 200 American Companies Help NASA Build, Test, Fly Country's Ares I Launch Vehicle [Monday, September 15, 2008] The Ares I rocket, America's next flagship in space, is now in development by NASA and its industry partners, and soon will carry human explorers and new missions of discovery to the moon and beyond. And thousands of American workers in 32 states and Puer



»» MDA customer upgrades to RADARSAT-2

MDA customer upgrades to RADARSAT-2 [Monday, September 15, 2008] MDA announced today that it has been contracted to upgrade another remote sensing ground system for a confidential customer to receive and process RADARSAT-2 data.



»» NASA Uses Commercial Microgravity Flight Services for First Time

NASA Uses Commercial Microgravity Flight Services for First Time [Monday, September 15, 2008] NASA for the first time has used microgravity research flights aboard commercially-owned aircraft to test hardware and technologies. These flights, on an airplane operated by the Zero Gravity Corporation, simulated the weightless conditions of space.



»» Challenger Center, Red Knight, and Richard Garriott challenge students

Challenger Center, Red Knight, and Richard Garriott challenge students [Monday, September 15, 2008] What happens when you block an opponent on Mars, leap for a reception on the Moon, or throw a tight spiral on the space station? Students can test and predict the physics of these sports moves in space through a new on-line game.



»» NASA Selects Contractor for LANDSAT Data Continuity Mission Spacecraft

NASA Selects Contractor for LANDSAT Data Continuity Mission Spacecraft [Wednesday, September 17, 2008] NASA selected The Hammers Company, Greenbelt, Md., to build the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Operations Element (MOE).



»» SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1

SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 [Saturday, September 20, 2008] "As mentioned in my update last month, we do expect to conduct a launch countdown in late September as scheduled."



»» GALILEO: 11 candidates short-listed for the next step of the procurement procedure

GALILEO: 11 candidates short-listed for the next step of the procurement procedure [Saturday, September 20, 2008] The European Commission and the European Space Agency have selected 11 applicants out of the 21 applications received for the procurement procedure of the first complete constellation of the European satellite navigation system (GALILEO).



»» Former NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Jay Honeycutt Announced As President of Odyssey Moon U.S. Operations

Former NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Jay Honeycutt Announced As President of Odyssey Moon U.S. Operations [Monday, September 22, 2008] Veteran U.S. Civil and Commercial Space executive Jay Honeycutt has been named President of Odyssey Moon Ventures LLC, responsible for all Odyssey Moon U.S. programs and commercial launch operations.



»» SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire

SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire [Tuesday, September 23, 2008] The static fire took place on Saturday, as expected, and no major issues came up. However, after a detailed analysis of data, we decided to replace a component in the 2nd stage engine LOX supply line.



»» The Ares PDR Was Not As Smooth As NASA Says It Was

The Ares PDR Was Not As Smooth As NASA Says It Was [Tuesday, September 23, 2008] NASA recently concluded a PDR for its new Ares 1 rocket. Despite glowing comments about the success of the review and the smoothness with which it operated, many of the participants seem to have a different point of view.



»» Stephen Hawking Sending DNA into Space to Promote the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics

Stephen Hawking Sending DNA into Space to Promote the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics [Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Stephen Hawking will be sending his digitized DNA into space as part of NCsoft's Operation Immortality. Lucy Hawking is also participating in the project.



»» NASA Solicitation: Scientist Participant Suborbital Research Program

NASA Solicitation: Scientist Participant Suborbital Research Program [Thursday, September 25, 2008] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recognizes the advancement of the commercial suborbital spaceflight industry and requests information on potential flight experiments enabled by this capabilit



»» SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire

SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire [Saturday, September 27, 2008] Falcon 1 is currently cleared for liftoff sometime between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (California time) tomorrow, Sunday September 28th.



»» SpaceX Update - ORBIT

SpaceX Update - ORBIT [Sunday, September 28, 2008] "T+0:08:21 Falcon 1 reached orbital velocity, 5200 m/s - Nominal Second stage cut off (SECO) - Falcon 1 has made history as the first privately developed liquid fueled launch vehicle to achieve earth orbit!!!!!!"



»» SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 1 to Orbit

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 1 to Orbit [Monday, September 29, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit.




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