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:
The Next Big Future blog has a very interesting look at laser powered space launches.
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.
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.”
Roskosmos to make ten manned launches in 2009
Russia will for the first time make ten manned space launches in 2009, the head of the Russian space agencyâ€™s manned flight programs department, Alexei Krasnov, said on Thursday.
Honeywell posts in-line profit, keeps outlook
Honeywell International Inc (NYSE:HON – News) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Florida’s Aerospace Agency Flounders
Gov. Charlie Crist, military brass and political elites went to Cape Canaveral in October to dedicate the signature achievement of the state’s fledgling aerospace-development agency — a multimillion-dollar future launchpad they hoped would grow into an international hub of private space flight.
JPL PRESS RELEASE
NASAâ€™s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 21st Annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3 and 4, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel.
Russia’s space agency plans to build own orbital station
Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will propose to the government the construction of a low-orbit space station to support future exploration of the Moon and Mars, an agency official said Thursday.
Raytheon Press Release
Raytheon Company announced fourth quarter 2008 adjusted income from continuing operations of $466 million or $1.13 per diluted share, compared to $420 million or $0.96 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2007(1).
ATK reported what the company termed “solid” fourth quarter numbers today. However, the stock price fell about 6 percent in trading today because the company missed analyst expectations on revenues and projected weak growth for 2009.