Monthly Archive for November, 2007

Disgraced lawmaker accused of 2 new schemes

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Prosecutors have accused Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson of soliciting a bribe from a U.S. rocket launch services and technology company in exchange for urging NASA to do business with it. The Democrat is facing multiple charges for corruption.

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The X Prize Cup Executive Summit Connects Adventurers with Venture Capitalists

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On the eve of the X Prize Cup, executives from companies big and small and a mix of senior government officials gathered here to network and hash out the opportunities and challenges confronting the personal space flight industry and other such “new space” ventures.
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I Want To Be A Space Millionaire

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Michael Potter reports on the recent X Prize CEO luncheon, where the power elite of the new space tourism industry gathered.
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Space Florida and Bigelow Aerospace to Explore Orbital Space Initiative

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Space Florida, the principal organization charged by the Florida Legislature with promoting and developing Florida's aerospace industry, is teaming up with Bigelow Aerospace to explore establishing and contributing to the Florida Space Transportation Initiative. Structured as an investment fund of both public and private financing, conceptually, the Florida Space Transportation Initiative would support the development of a new, orbital space transportation system located at the Kennedy Space Center.
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No Lockheed money for PlanetSpace

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Contrary to prior reports, Lockheed Martin is apparently not investing $45 million in a spaceport for PlanetSpace in Nova Scotia.
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The wide world of space tourism

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A brief roundup of some of the recent developments in space tourism, including the latest doings of Virgin Galactic.
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“Tourist' Guide” details challenges of space tourism

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Neil F. Comins's new book, “The Hazards of Space Travel: A Tourist's Guide,� covers the rewards and risks of suborbital and orbital tourism.
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Sex in Space is Less than 10 Years Away |

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The Space Island Group hopes to offer a honeymoon suite in Earth orbit by 2015.
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Garriot to be Bumped by Russian Member of Parliment?

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American space tourist Richard Garriott may be bumped from his 2008 flight by a member of the Russian parliament.
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New Currency Suggested for Space Tourists

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Foreign exchange specialist Travelex has unveiled the QUID – a new unit of currency created for use in space.
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“We’re going to kill some people,� says FAA

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The FAA says it will not apply strict safety standards to the new tourism industry.
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SpaceDev Completes First Milestone under NASA COTS Program

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SpaceDev, Inc. recently completed its first milestone under the Space Act Agreement that it signed with NASA in June 2007. This significant first milestone is to define the outer mold line (OML) of the SpaceDev Dream Chaser space vehicle.
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Spaceship Mockup

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NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has built a boilerplate mockup of the agency’s new Orion spacecraft, designed to take humans back to the moon.
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Masten Space Systems – Slow but Steady

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A November 6 update on Masten Space Systems progress in developing its rocket engine.
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NASA funding problem threatens Orion’s March 2015 launch target

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NASA’s March 2015 target launch date for its proposed Space Shuttle replacement, the Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV), could be in doubt if the agency’s difficult budgetary situation continues beyond December.
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