NovaWurks Names Bill Crandall as New Chief of Advanced Projects

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bill_crandallLOS ALAMITOS, Calif., Feb 9, 2016 (NovaWurks PR) —NovaWurks™ Inc., a provider of high technology space products and services, announced today that Bill Crandall has been named the company’s new Chief of Advanced Projects. Crandall, previously a senior program manager at NovaWurks, will manage the growing commercial division for space-based services and technologies at NovaWurks. With more than 25 years of experience working in all aspects of aerospace-related hardware design, building and product testing, Crandall will be responsible for business development and project management in his latest role.

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AIA: President’s Budget Request Not Adequate to Meet Pressing National Needs

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aialogosmARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AIA believes that the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request does not provide the funding we need to ensure safe air transportation, make America more secure, promote space exploration, and ensure a vibrant and innovative industrial base. If this budget is adopted, we will fail to address the serious mismatch between our resources and the new threats and challenges our nation faces today.

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Awesome OK Go Video Filmed in Microgravity

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OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Hello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out". A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit

Posted by OK Go on Thursday, February 11, 2016

NOAA Seeks Budget Boosts for Two Commercial Space Offices

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The Obama Administration has proposed boosting spending for two small offices within NOAA that are focused on space commerce and remote sensing.

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Canadian Astronauts Train in Europe

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CSA astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the Columbus simulator with ESA instructor Frank Lautenschlaeger, on January 18, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Sabine Grothues)

CSA astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the Columbus simulator with ESA instructor Frank Lautenschlaeger, on January 18, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Sabine Grothues)

COLOGNE, Germany (CSA PR) — The International Space Station (ISS) is a busy laboratory for an assortment of science experiments and technology demonstrations. At any one time, the Station’s rotating crew of six astronauts are responsible for the success of an ever-changing lineup of 200 experiments, whose investigators hail from more than 30 countries.

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ESA Teams Prepare for Critical Days

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ESA's José Morales is Spacecraft Operations Manager for Sentinel-3A, a Copernicus satellite set for launch in February 2016. (Credit: ESA)

ESA’s José Morales is Spacecraft Operations Manager for Sentinel-3A, a Copernicus satellite set for launch in February 2016. (Credit: ESA)

DARMSTADT, Germany (ESA PR) — Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space.

Carrying a suite of cutting-edge instruments, Sentinel-3A is set to join the Sentinel-1A radar satellite and the Sentinel-2A high-resolution optical satellite in orbit to monitor the health of our planet.

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An Update on SpaceShipTwo

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SpaceShipTwo glides to a landing during a test flight on June 26. (Credit: Virgin Galactic/Chris Van Pelt)

SpaceShipTwo glides to a landing during a test flight on June 26. (Credit: Virgin Galactic/Chris Van Pelt)

An update on SpaceShipTwo from Virgin Galactic’s Mark Butler:

The Las Cruces-based Butler said Virgin Galactic has big plans for 2016, including the introduction of a new spaceship. He said Virgin Galactic hopes to debut the spaceship on Feb. 19 in California and begin testing again. The company may also perform test launches in New Mexico this year, as the goal is to start launching people into space in 2018.

As launching commercial flights into space becomes more of a reality, Butler said the company plans on shifting more of its operations to New Mexico. He said Virgin Galactic has 600 employees, most of whom are based in California where the company is manufacturing and testing its spaceships. There is a team of about 20 people based in Las Cruces, but Butler said the company plans to move 100 to 120 of its employees to the city in the coming years.

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NASA Engineer Tapped to Build First Integrated-Photonics Modem

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A new-fangled modem that will employ an emerging technology called integrated photonics will be tested as part of NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration mission. (Credit: NASA)

A new-fangled modem that will employ an emerging technology called integrated photonics will be tested as part of NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration mission. (Credit: NASA)

GREENBELT, Md. (NASA PR) — The space agency’s first-ever integrated-photonics modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part of NASA’s multi-year Laser Communications Relay Demonstration, or LCRD. The cell phone-sized device incorporates optics-based functions, such as lasers, switches, and wires, onto a microchip — much like an integrated circuit found in all electronics hardware.

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ViaSat Shifts Satellite Launch From Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5

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Artist's conception of a Falcon Heavy launch. (Credit: SpaceX)

Artist’s conception of a Falcon Heavy launch. (Credit: SpaceX)

ViaSat has moved a satellite from Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5 as a result of delays in launching SpaceX’s heavy-lift booster. Arianespace plans to launch the ViaSat-2 spacecraft during the first quarter of 2017.

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Bolden Sees Starliner

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Administrator Charles Bolden stands next to Boeing's CST-100 capsule at Langely Research Center. (Credit: NASA)

Administrator Charles Bolden stands next to Boeing’s CST-100 capsule at Langely Research Center. (Credit: NASA)

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden took a close look on Tuesday at the airbag system for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, before a contingency water landing test with a full-size spacecraft mock-up.

Although it’s designed to land on land, Boeing is testing the Starliner at Langley’s Hydro Impact Basin to evaluate its tendencies in case it has to land in the water in the event of, for example, an unlikely launch or ascent emergency that calls for the spacecraft to separate from its rocket and parachute itself and the astronauts inside to safety.

Starliner is being developed in partnership with NASA to carry up to four astronauts at a time to the International Space Station. An additional crew member will allow science time on the orbiting laboratory to double for NASA’s Journey to Mars and research that will benefit everyone on Earth.

Bolden visited Langley to deliver his annual “State of NASA” address during which he detailed aspects of the agency’s budget request.

SSL Advances Solar Electric Propulsion With Busek

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SSL concept for solar electric propulsion spacecraft (Credit: SSL)

SSL concept for solar electric propulsion spacecraft (Credit: SSL)

PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 10, 2016 (SSL PR) – Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it is collaborating with a U.S. technology innovator, Busek Co, Inc. to advance the current capability of solar electric propulsion systems. SSL and Busek plan to build on the current collaboration specifically to address the future needs of NASA and other U.S. government agencies.

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ISU Seeks U.S. Partner to Establish Space Entrepreneurship Institute

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ISU_logoBOSTON (ISU PR) — The International Space University (ISU) is seeking applications from American institutions to establish the Robert A. Heinlein Institute for Space Entrepreneurship & Space Innovation on a campus in the United States.

Once established, the Institute will offer a range of training, conferences, seminars, short courses, public events and research related to entrepreneurship and innovation in space commerce. From its central campus in Strasbourg, France, the ISU graduates over 200 students a year in its masters of space science and other space studies programs held on the main campus and at locations around the world.

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SpaceWorks Awarded Georgia Small Business of the Year Award

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spaceworks_logoATLANTA, February 9, 2016 (SpaceWorks PR) – SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. was honored yesterday by the Georgia Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as 2015’s Georgia Small Business of the Year. Dr. John Olds, CEO of SpaceWorks, accepted the award on behalf of SpaceWorks and its family of companies, including Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO), Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC (TVA), and Blink Astro, LLC (Blink).

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FAA AST Gets Increase in Proposed Budget

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faa_logoThe Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed FY 2017 budget includes a $2 million in spending for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) and a nearly $1 million boost in expenditures for commercial space safety research.

The $19.8 million budget would allow the office to increase its staff to 119 full-time permanent positions in order to deal with a growing workload of permits, licenses, inspections and other responsibilities.
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ViaSat & Eutelsat Form Joint Venture

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Eutelsat_logoCARLSBAD, Calif. and PARIS, Feb. 9, 2016 ViaSat/Eutelsat PR — ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced an agreement to create a joint venture combining Eutelsat’s current European broadband business with ViaSat’s industry-leading broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP) business expertise.

Building on a decade-long relationship, ViaSat and Eutelsat are joining forces to create a partnership that will expand Eutelsat’s current wholesale broadband business and launch a new consumer retail service in Europe. The joint venture will initially use KA-SAT, Eutelsat’s high capacity broadband satellite.

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