Aerojet Rocketdyne Established Advanced Propulsion Office in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 16, 2014 (Aerojet Rocketdyne PR) –
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today the establishment of the company’s Advanced Hydrocarbon Propulsion Development Office (AHPDO) in Huntsville, Alabama.

The facility will focus on delivering a 21st century advanced hydrocarbon rocket engine to the nation and the integration of the company’s ongoing hydrocarbon technology and development efforts. This development work will include the AR1 advanced large hydrocarbon rocket engine, the NASA Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration Risk Reduction program, the U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Development program, along with internal Aerojet Rocketdyne research and development involving the company’s Bantam Engine family for lower thrust applications.

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NanoRacks Updates Progress on Repairing CubeSat Deployer

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At about a foot in length and four inches wide, these three-unit (3U) CubeSats are similar in design to IceCube. (Credit: NASA)

At about a foot in length and four inches wide, these three-unit (3U) CubeSats are similar in design to IceCube. (Credit: NASA)

By NanoRacks

NanoRacks is pleased to announce that the deployers and CubeSats have been safely brought back inside the ISS.

At the same time, we continue to aggressively support NASA and JAXA activities to complete the NRCSD on-orbit anomaly fault tree analysis.

We again thank everyone at NASA Marshall Space Center, NASA Johnson Space Center and JAXA for their continued commitment to identify the root cause and take corrective steps to assure future safe operations and mission success.

Based on the analysis to date, we are exploring corrective procedures and hardware for those cubesats on the station as well as those planned for launch.

We’ll make further announcements as we continue to make progress.

Waypoint 2 Space Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Modular EVA Training System (METS)

For the first time in history, Space is finally within your reach! If you have ever wanted to know what it was like to live and work in space we can train you. Waypoint 2 Space was created with the sole purpose of training future commercial astronauts, researchers, teachers and space enthusiasts with various programs for all levels of participation. There’s one piece of hardware we would especially like to have for our training but it doesn’t currently exist…Yet! With your help it will soon.

We came up with a concept for a training device called the Modular EVA Training System (METS). METS is capable of housing a spacecraft training module 12 feet high and 10 feet wide and will simulate a person performing an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA or Space Walk as commonly known) here on Earth. METS incorporates a gravity off set system creating the sensation of weightlessness while simultaneously providing a Trainee the ability to translate around a moveable space module (like found on the International Space Station) simulating a full weightless environment.

CASIS Takes Giant Leap for Golfers Everywhere

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casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advance of Science in Space (CASIS) and COBRA PUMA GOLF (CPG) have partnered on a materials science research investigation that is expected to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on SpaceX-4. The launch is slated to take place no earlier than September 20, 2014. CASIS is responsible for the management of the U.S. National Laboratory on the ISS.

Through this partnership, CPG intends to conduct an investigation on the ISS National Laboratory that would research materials aimed at enhancing its future product lines.

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J Marks the Spot for Rosetta’s Philae Comet Lander

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Philae’s primary landing site. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)

Philae’s primary landing site. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)

PARIS (ESA PR) – Rosetta’s lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.

Site J is on the ‘head’ of the comet, an irregular shaped world that is just over 4 km across at its widest point. The decision to select Site J as the primary site was unanimous. The backup, Site C, is located on the ‘body’ of the comet.

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NASA Agrees to Revamp NEO Program in Wake of Critical OIG Report

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Asteroid Eros

Somewhere out there in the cosmos, there’s a giant rock with Earth’s name on it. Despite the danger, NASA’s effort to identify potentially dangerous near Earth objects and figure out what to do about them is disorganized and poorly managed, an internal audit has found.

“NASA has organized its NEO Program under a single Program Executive who manages a loosely structured conglomerate of research activities that are not well integrated and lack overarching Program oversight, objectives, and established milestones to track progress,” according to an audit issued Monday by NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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CSF, Space Florida Praise ULA/Blue Origin Engine Venture

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csf_logo_newestThe Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds  Blue Origin/ULA Engine Development Partnership

Washington D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Blue Origin on their partnership with United Launch Alliance to jointly fund the development of their new BE-4 rocket engine. The agreement includes a four-year development process with full scale testing in 2016 and first flight in 2019.

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FAA Releases Recommended Practices for Human Spaceflight Safety

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faa_logoWASHINGTON (FAA PR) — After working closely with NASA, industry, and other key stakeholders, the FAA has issued its “Recommended Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety.”

This document is the culmination of a 3-year effort which involved researching existing human space flight standards, conducting a series of public teleconferences to gather recommendations, and soliciting feedback from the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).

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Sierra Nevada Statement on Commercial Crew Awards

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Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Sierra Nevada Corporation has issued the following statement concerning the Commercial Crew Program awards to Boeing and SpaceX:

“Sierra Nevada Corporation recognizes that NASA has made a selection of an alternative provider(s) in the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract (CCtCap) competition. SNC is planning to have a debrief session with NASA soon to obtain the source selection statement and decision rationale. When this process is complete and after a thorough evaluation, SNC will elaborate further on its future options regarding the NASA Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract decision and the Dream Chaser program. Due to this pending activity SNC will have no further public statement at this time. We will be providing further information at a later date.

“While SNC is disappointed NASA did not select its Dream Chaser® Space System for the CCtCap contract, SNC commends NASA for initiating the effort and is privileged to have been part of returning human space flight to the United States through our awarded contracts in all other phases of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program over the past four years.”

A Few Thoughts on Commercial Crew….

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It’s been two days since NASA announced commercial crew awards to Boeing and SpaceX. N0w that the blogosphere and Twitterati have had their say, let’s step back and take a closer look at the most misunderstood aspect of NASA’s decision.

Much has been made about the disparity in award amounts, with Boeing receiving $4.2 billion and SpaceX “only” $2.6 billion. The difference has been variously attributed to SpaceX’s lean operations, Boeing’s high costs and overhead, and Boeing’s political influence on Capitol Hill. Some people believe NASA shafted SpaceX, giving far less funding to a superior company.

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