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September 2009 Top Stories


»» Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference [Tuesday, September 1, 2009] A new generation of space vehicles capable of economically delivering payloads and researchers is coming on line beginning in 2010. These vehicles will revolutionize space access by providing frequent, low-cost access to space.



»» SpaceX Delivers Hardware to Cape Canaveral in Preparation for STS-129 and Integration with the ISS

SpaceX Delivers Hardware to Cape Canaveral in Preparation for STS-129 and Integration with the ISS [Tuesday, September 1, 2009] Developed by SpaceX, in collaboration with NASA, the unit allows for communication between the ISS, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, and ground-based mission control.



»» The Case for Commercial Crew

The Case for Commercial Crew [Tuesday, September 1, 2009] Today, the Washington Post editorial board offered a strong endorsement of commercial spaceflight for cargo and crew missions to the International Space Station.



»» XCOR Aerospace Reaches Several Significant Milestones in the Lynx 5K18 Rocket Engine Test Program (Videos)

XCOR Aerospace Reaches Several Significant Milestones in the Lynx 5K18 Rocket Engine Test Program (Videos) [Wednesday, September 2, 2009] XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has reached several significant milestones in the 5K18 rocket engine test program. This is the engine that powers XCOR's Lynx suborbital spacecraft.



»» Lockheed Martin's Orion Program is 'Go For CDR'

Lockheed Martin's Orion Program is 'Go For CDR' [Thursday, September 3, 2009] With a unanimous vote by NASA's Constellation and Orion Project managers, the Lockheed Martin-led industry team building the Orion crew exploration vehicle successfully passed a significant milestone in the new spacecraft's development phase.



»» Orbcomm and SpaceX Reach Deal to Launch Satellite Constellation

Orbcomm and SpaceX Reach Deal to Launch Satellite Constellation [Thursday, September 3, 2009] ORBCOMM Inc. and SpaceX announce they have reached an agreement for SpaceX to launch 18 ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites to begin as early as the fourth quarter of 2010 through 2014.



»» NASA Nebula News: September 2009

NASA Nebula News: September 2009 [Friday, September 4, 2009] Each month, this newsletter will highlight the advancements of Nebula, NASA's cloud computing platform.



»» Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee [Tuesday, September 8, 2009] The U.S. human spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory. It is perpetuating the perilous practice of pursuing goals that do not match allocated resources.



»» SpaceX and Astrium Announce Groundbreaking Deal

SpaceX and Astrium Announce Groundbreaking Deal [Tuesday, September 8, 2009] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astrium announce a contract for a SpaceX Falcon 1e to launch an Earth observation satellite designed by Astrium or its recently acquired subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL).



»» Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Next Step in Space Coalition Welcome White House Committee's Support for Commercial Human Spaceflight

Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Next Step in Space Coalition Welcome White House Committee's Support for Commercial Human Spaceflight [Wednesday, September 9, 2009] The Augustine Committee, in its summary report, stated, "commercial services to deliver crew to low-Earth orbit are within reach... [and] could provide an earlier capability at lower initial and lifecycle costs than government could achieve.



»» NASA Ames to Host Administration's Cloud Computing Announcement

NASA Ames to Host Administration's Cloud Computing Announcement [Thursday, September 10, 2009] Reporters are invited to participate in a news conference at NASA's Ames Research Center at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, Sept. 15, featuring Vivek Kundra, White House federal chief information officer.



»» NASA Publishes Report About International Space Station Science

NASA Publishes Report About International Space Station Science [Thursday, September 10, 2009] New methods for delivering medicine to cancer cells are among the results published in a NASA report detailing scientific research accomplishments made aboard the International Space Station during its first eight years.



»» Armadillo Aerospace Makes Record-Breaking Rocket Flights to Qualify for $1 Million NASA PRIZE Presented by X PRIZE Foundation

Armadillo Aerospace Makes Record-Breaking Rocket Flights to Qualify for $1 Million NASA PRIZE Presented by X PRIZE Foundation [Tuesday, September 15, 2009] Armadillo Aerospace, led by id Software founder John Carmack, successfully flew its lunar Lander rocket vehicle, "Scorpius," twice in two hours, flying between a pair of landing pads to qualify for the $1 million top prize purse.



»» Commercial Crew Program Would Create Over 5,000 Direct Jobs Across the United States, Industry Survey Reveals

Commercial Crew Program Would Create Over 5,000 Direct Jobs Across the United States, Industry Survey Reveals [Wednesday, September 16, 2009] An industry survey has revealed that over 5,000 direct jobs, including 1,700 jobs in Florida, would be created over the next five years if the $2.5 billion Commercial Crew Program proposed by the Augustine Committee moves forward.



»» Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February to Focus on Research and Education Uses of Commercial Suborbital Spacecraft

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February to Focus on Research and Education Uses of Commercial Suborbital Spacecraft [Friday, September 18, 2009] he Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship of the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC), which is being organized in conjunction with SwRI and USRA.



»» NASA Solicitation: Recovery Act Funds for Orion Spacecraft - Contract Modification

NASA Solicitation: Recovery Act Funds for Orion Spacecraft - Contract Modification [Saturday, September 19, 2009] NASA applied funds from the ARRA of 2009 to work on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Project. The total amount is $165.9 million. This is a modification to an existing contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation of Denver, Colorado.



»» NASA Solicitation: Recovery Act: Advanced Concept Studies for Supersonic Commerical Transport Aircraft Entering Service in the 2018-2020 Period

NASA Solicitation: Recovery Act: Advanced Concept Studies for Supersonic Commerical Transport Aircraft Entering Service in the 2018-2020 Period [Saturday, September 19, 2009] The Supersonics Project is a broad based effort designed to develop knowledge, capabilities and technologies that support all vehicles that fly in the supersonic speed regime.



»» NASA Solicitation: Microwave and Communications Systems Branch Surface Wireless Concepts

NASA Solicitation: Microwave and Communications Systems Branch Surface Wireless Concepts [Saturday, September 19, 2009] NASA is currently developing an architecture and concept of operations for communications and tracking on the lunar surface or other small planetary bodies.



»» Masten Space Systems Attempts to Qualify For Lunar Lander Challenge (With Video)

Masten Space Systems Attempts to Qualify For Lunar Lander Challenge (With Video) [Monday, September 21, 2009] Masten Space Systems unsuccessfully attempted a Level 1 flight on Sept. 16 as part of the Centennial Challenges - Lunar Lander Challenge at the company's test facility at California's Mojave Air and Space Port.



»» Frank DiBello Selected As Space Florida President

Frank DiBello Selected As Space Florida President [Monday, September 21, 2009] During a one-topic Board of Director's teleconference, Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and the Space Florida Board of Directors unanimously voted to name Frank DiBello as the permanent President and CEO of Space Florida.



»» Sept. 15 House of Representatives Hearing on Space Flight Includes Misconceptions; Industry Group Offers Clarity

Sept. 15 House of Representatives Hearing on Space Flight Includes Misconceptions; Industry Group Offers Clarity [Tuesday, September 22, 2009] Next Step in Space, a coalition of businesses, organizations, and people working toward ensuring the future of human spaceflight in the United States, today issued a white paper.



»» Boeing Submits Proposal for NASA Commercial Crew Transport System

Boeing Submits Proposal for NASA Commercial Crew Transport System [Wednesday, September 23, 2009] The Boeing Company submitted a proposal to NASA on Sept. 22 to accelerate the development of commercial human space transportation as defined by NASA in its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) announcement



»» Excalibur Almaz Presents Plans for Commercial Spaceflight Unveils Spacecraft

Excalibur Almaz Presents Plans for Commercial Spaceflight Unveils Spacecraft [Thursday, September 24, 2009] On 18 September 2009 Excalibur Almaz Ltd (EA), an international space exploration company, today held a series of events to mark its announcement of plans to provide commercial flights to and from outer space.



»» GAO Report: NASA Constellation Program Cost and Schedule Will Remain Uncertain Until a Sound Business Case Is Established

GAO Report: NASA Constellation Program Cost and Schedule Will Remain Uncertain Until a Sound Business Case Is Established [Friday, September 25, 2009] NASA is still struggling to develop a solid business case needed to justify moving the Constellation program forward into the implementation phase. Gaps in the business case include:



»» NASA Seeks Ideas for New Prize Challenges

NASA Seeks Ideas for New Prize Challenges [Friday, September 25, 2009] The Innovative Partnerships Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington is offering an opportunity for the public to help shape the prize challenges the agency offers to America's future citizen-inventors.



»» NASA Request for Information: No-cost Patent Marketing and Brokerage Services With Revenue Sharing Component Upon License Execution

NASA Request for Information: No-cost Patent Marketing and Brokerage Services With Revenue Sharing Component Upon License Execution [Saturday, September 26, 2009] NASA wishes to maximize the benefit to the public from NASA's R&D investments yielding new technologies and patents.



»» SpaceX's Dragoneye Navigation Sensor Successfully Demonstrated on STS-127

SpaceX's Dragoneye Navigation Sensor Successfully Demonstrated on STS-127 [Saturday, September 26, 2009] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces the successful demonstration of a proximity sensor, called DragonEye, on NASA's STS-127 shuttle mission.



»» Lotus Plant-Inspired Dust-Busting Shield to Protect Space Gear

Lotus Plant-Inspired Dust-Busting Shield to Protect Space Gear [Saturday, September 26, 2009] A plant that lives along muddy waterways in Asia has inspired a NASA team to develop a special coating to prevent dirt and even bacteria from sticking to and contaminating the surfaces of spaceflight gear.



»» Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery Kicks Off Year Four

Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery Kicks Off Year Four [Monday, September 28, 2009] The Northrop Grumman Foundation is kicking off the fourth year of its Weightless Flights of Discovery Program, flying a total of 120 science and math teachers on four microgravity flights over the next two weeks.



»» 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge

2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge [Wednesday, September 30, 2009] The 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge is now scheduled, and teams that wish to compete may now register.



»» Textile antenna promises futuristic communications

Textile antenna promises futuristic communications [Wednesday, September 30, 2009] With a simple press on his shirt insignia, the captain of the Star Ship Enterprise could send and receive messages. Now, thanks to the efforts of a Finnish company supported by ESA, this futuristic communication may not be limited to fiction.



»» Space Adventures Announces Founder of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberte Successfully Launched to the International Space Station

Space Adventures Announces Founder of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberte Successfully Launched to the International Space Station [Wednesday, September 30, 2009] Space Adventures, Ltd., today announced that its orbital client Guy Laliberte and his crew successfully launched aboard a Soyuz-TMA spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome




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