Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Griffin Award Rotary National Award for Space Achievement

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Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin has won the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA). The Rotary gives the award annually for the last 23 years to an individual who excelled in furthering national goals in the field of space.

Griffin was selected for the National Space Trophy for:

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And I Will Name this “Laser” as “The Alan Parsons Project”

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The Next Big Future blog has a very interesting look at laser powered space launches.

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Teledyne Brown Rolls Out Ares Thrusters

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Rolling out Ares thrusters
The Huntsville Times

Teledyne Brown Engineering on Friday rolled out the first piece of Huntsville-made hardware – a set of roll stability thrusters – for NASA’s Ares I-X test rocket.

Managed by Marshall Space Flight Center, the $24 million Ares I-X Roll Control System Module was released to NASA for shipment to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The thruster unit will keep the Ares I-X test rocket stable and set it on the proper path during launch.

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SpaceX Gets Environmental OK for Falcon Launches

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The Federal Aviation Administration has given its OK for SpaceX to launch Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launches. In a report, the agency said the launches will pose “no significant short-term or long-term effects to the environment or surrounding populations.”

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Russia to Make Record Number of Launches to Support ISS in 2009

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Roskosmos to make ten manned launches in 2009
ITAR-TASS

Russia will for the first time make ten manned space launches in 2009, the head of the Russian space agency’s manned flight programs department, Alexei Krasnov, said on Thursday.

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Honeywell Profits Rise 2.6 Percent; Company Braces for “More Challenging” 2009

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Honeywell posts in-line profit, keeps outlook
Reuters

Honeywell International Inc (NYSE:HONNews) reported a 2.6 percent rise in profit that met Wall Street forecasts, and the diversified U.S. manufacturer held its outlook steady as it braces for a “more challenging” year.

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ATK Successfully Conducts NASA Ares I-X Separation Test

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ATK PRESS RELEASE

Alliant Techsystems successfully conducted a full-scale separation of NASA’s Ares I-X Forward Skirt Extension at its Promontory facility today. The test is a milestone in preparation for this summer’s flight test of Ares I-X.

The test simulated a separation event that will take place following the first stage flight of Ares I-X. The booster will be separated at the frustum – a cone-shaped piece that attaches the first stage to the larger diameter upper stage. Following separation, the booster will return to earth for recovery and reuse.

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Mid-Atlantic Spaceport Overhauled for OSC’s New Taurus Rocket

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Spaceport to Get a Facelift
The Daily Times

Infrastructure improvements are under way at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in preparation for Orbital Sciences Corp.’s planned demonstration flight in late 2010 of a new rocket system designed to supply cargo to the International Space Station.

“We’re beginning the process of developing the infrastructure at the launch site,” Orbital Sciences Vice President of Public Relations Barron Beneski said recently. Beneski said the project is still in its early stages, but with a launch set for late 2010, it is anticipated all improvements should be in place by early fall that year.

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Carbon Nanotube Breakthrough to Enable Space Elevators, Skyhooks

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Via RLV and Space Transport News:

Industrial Scale Production of Cambridge Carbon Nanotube Tethers Will Enable Hypersonic Skyhooks and Better Moon and Mars Space Elevators
Next Big Future

There was a NASA study of hypersonic skyhooks that determined the best designs and the strength of materials needed. No show-stoppers were uncovered. However, the elements of the concept require further development and refinement and then actual implementation programs. They have to build and test hardware to make the engineering work reliably.

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New Survey of Small Aerospace Companies

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Via RLV and Space Transport News:

Near Earth LLC has a new report titled, “Small Aerospace Companies
Space Activities in North America and Europe
.” It is a detailed survey of the industry.