Virgin Galactic, ISPCS to Hold Diversity Workshop

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Final LogoVirgin Galactic and the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) are teaming to hold a diversity in the workplace workshop at Spaceport America on Oct. 14.

The SUMMIT: The Power of Inclusion “is a highly interactive workshop experience held at Virgin Galactic’s operating base at the Gateway to Space facility at Spaceport America in New Mexico on Friday, October 14th. We will be incorporating experience with short, informative, and surprising truths about why some teams thrive and others falter,” according to the ISPCS website. “The event will provide insights and tools for personal growth, learning and empowerment. The agenda will energize us as we identify and prioritize what each of us wants to bring into our workplace in the year ahead.”

Registration is $500 per person. Sign up here.

The workshop comes right after ISPCS, which is on Oct. 12-13.

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House Science Committee Wades into Clinton Email Controversy

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The House Committee on Science, Technology and Space has waded into the Hillary Clinton email controversy, issuing subpoenas to three companies that provided software and services on a private email server to the presidential candidate during her time as Secretary of State (see press release below).

Apparently this matter comes within the purview of the Science Committee because the body wants to determine whether the “cybersecurity standards and measures used to protect information stored on Secretary Clinton’s private server were in accord with NIST standards.”

OK. Maybe. Or maybe not.

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Judge Allows World View Lawsuit to Continue

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World View headquarters in Pima County. (Credit: World View Enterprises)

World View headquarters in Pima County. (Credit: World View Enterprises)

A judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the $15 million deal between World View Enterprises and Pima County, Arizona to continue.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Catherine Woods denied the county’s attempt to have three of four counts in a suit brought by the conservative Goldwater Institute dismissed. Woods said she would rule on the remaining count, which alleges that the county violated the Arizona constitution’s gift clause, later.

That clause bars state government entities from giving their “credit in the aid of … any company or corporation,” among other prohibitions.

Pima County has agreed to build a headquarters and manufacturing facility for World View near the Tuscon airport. The company, which will continue high-altitude balloon flights, would pay back the amount via a 20-year lease.

GLXP Update: TeamIndus Announces Lab2Moon Global Youth Challenge

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The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

BANGALORE, India (TeamIndus PR) — TeamIndus, an Indian aerospace startup and one of the front-runners for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, today announced an international jury for Lab2Moon, a competition to challenge the brightest young minds globally to think beyond our planet and create an experiment to fly on board the TeamIndus spacecraft to the Moon in 2017.

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CSA Receives Nearly 3,800 Astronaut Applications

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Credit: CSA

The Canadian Space Agency received nearly 3,800 applications from citizens who want to be astronauts.

Video: NASA Tests RS-25 Engine for Use on SLS

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Video Caption: The 7.5-minute test conducted at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is part of a series of tests designed to put the upgraded former space shuttle engines through the rigorous temperature and pressure conditions they will experience during a launch. The tests also support the development of a new controller, or “brain,” for the engine, which monitors engine status and communicates between the rocket and the engine, relaying commands to the engine and transmitting data back to the rocket.

COTS Hits the Big 1-0

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Cygnus approaches ISS (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus approaches ISS (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Ten years ago, on August 18, 2006, NASA announced agreements with two private companies that dramatically changed the way NASA does business and the landscape for the commercial space industry.

The announcement was rooted in long term trends dating back to the 1980s, but the immediate cause of this change can be traced to the report of the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. In the wake of the Columbia accident in 2003, and the announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration by President Bush in early 2004, the Commission was tasked with coming up with recommendations about future space policy.

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SpaceX Tests Crew Dragon Parachutes

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Crew Dragon parachute test (Credit: SpaceX)

A Crew Dragon test article successfully deployed its four main parachutes as planned during a test that saw the SpaceX-made test article dropped from a C-130 aircraft 26,000 feet above Delamar Dry Lake, Nevada.

The Crew Dragon, designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, will use four parachutes when returning to Earth. SpaceX plans to land the initial flight tests and missions in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX is working on a propulsive landing system the company intends to use in the future missions to propulsively land on land using its SuperDraco engines.

The parachute test is just one of an evaluation regimen that is expected to include many additional parachute drops of increasing complexity. SpaceX and NASA engineers will use the results throughout the test program to confirm the system and get it certified for use first on flight tests and then for operational missions.

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NASA Selects 8 University Teams for Smallsat Tech Demos

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected eight university teams to collaborate on the development and demonstration of new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft. Each of the university teams will be working with engineers and scientists from NASA on two-year projects beginning this fall.

These collaborations are directed toward making small spacecraft, some of which weigh only a few kilograms, into powerful and affordable tools for science, exploration, and space operations. This is the third round of projects selected under the Smallsat Technology Partnerships initiative, managed by the Small Spacecraft Technology Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). Eight projects that were selected in 2015 are getting ready to begin their second year, and some of the projects selected in 2013 are preparing for space flight demonstrations.

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This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, August 22, 2016: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome CHRISHMA DEREWA, JPL engineer, Europa project, much more..

2. Tuesday, August 23, 2016: 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT) DR. ROBERT ZUBRIN returns re The Mars Society, humans to Mars and much more.

3. Friday, August 26, 2016: 2016; 9:30-11AM PDT; (12:30-2 PM EDT; 11:30 AM – 1 PM CDT) We welcome back MARK WILLIAMSON from the UK regarding his recent article “New Space Mecca” & much more.

4. Sunday, August 28, 2016: 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): OPEN LINES. You decide the discussion topics. All space/STEM topics welcome. First time callers are welcome.

SSC Looks to Sell NanoSpace Shares to GomSpace

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ssc_logoSOLNA, Sweden, August 19, 2016 (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with GomSpace, parent company of GomSpace ApS, regarding the potential sale of 100% of SSC’s shares in its Swedish subsidiary NanoSpace AB.

The LOI contains broad terms of a potential transaction with the right for GomSpace to conduct a due diligence investigation and the acquisition is conditional upon both parties entering into a definite agreement containing specific signing and closing terms and conditions yet to be negotiated.

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Glasgow Prestwick Official Visits Midland

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orbital_access_logoThe Midland Reporter-Telegram has an account of a visit by Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Spaceport Business Development Director Mike Stewart’s visit to the west Texas city to discuss cooperation. 

Glasgow Prestwick Airport wants to become a spaceport. It also hosts Orbital Access, a company owned by Stuart McIntyre that is working on an air-launched satellite delivery system.
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First Recovered Falcon 9 Stage on Display at SpaceX Headquarters

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How to Dock CubeSats

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The ability to autonomously rendezvous and dock CubeSats could enable in-orbit assembly of larger structures that simply would not be possible in any other way. (Credit: EPFL/Jamani Caillet)

The ability to autonomously rendezvous and dock CubeSats could enable in-orbit assembly of larger structures that simply would not be possible in any other way. (Credit: EPFL/Jamani Caillet)

PARIS (ESA PR) — The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit.

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Alaska Officials Re-dedicate Pacific Spaceport Complex

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Craig Campbell, Lindsay Knight, Jenith Flynn, Dr. Robert McCoy, Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes re-dedicate the Pacific Spaceport Complex -- Alaska. (Credit: AAC)

Craig Campbell, Lindsay Knight, Jenith Flynn, Dr. Robert McCoy, Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes re-dedicate the Pacific Spaceport Complex — Alaska. (Credit: AAC)

KODIAK, AK. (AAC PR) — On Saturday, August 13th, Alaska Aerospace Corporation and the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) commemorating completion of the rebuilding of damaged facilities caused by the launch failure in August 2014.

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