NASA PRESS RELEASE
NASA has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston to begin work on the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program. The system will protect astronauts during voyages to the International Space Station and exploration of the moon’s surface.
The letter contract requires Oceaneering International to begin work on the basic period of performance while NASA and the company negotiate the contract’s final terms. The current award amount for the performance of the letter contract is limited to $9.6 million. It will become effective March 2 and be in effect until the full contract is defined, no later than Aug. 29, 2009.
Out of this world!
Porto-born entrepreneur MÃ¡rio Ferreira has already booked his ticket and is raring to go, but doesnâ€™t the idea of boldly going where fewer than five hundred people have been before worry him at all?
InterPlanetary Ventures, the Human Synergy Project, and Interorbital Systems have joined forces to become Synergy Moon, the newest team to enter the Google Lunar X PRIZE race to the Moon.
NASA INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT
ON STANDING REVIEW BOARDS
We found 21 SRB membersâ€”close to one-third of all non-Federal CxP SRB membersâ€” with conflicts of interest and determined that each of the SRBs for CxP and its constituent Projects included at least one non-Federal Government employee who was conflicted.
NASA PRESS RELEASE
NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to three companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.
Space.com has an interesting video of millionaut Richard Garriott giving a tour of the International Space Station during his recent space tourism flight.
Extra Ares Flight-Test Possible
Managers at NASA are pulling together options for spending the roughly $400 million in extra funds that have become available for human exploration under the economic stimulus package, and have not ruled out an extra flight-test to hasten development of the Ares I crew launch vehicle.
Florida Today has a couple of reports about President Barack Obama’s proposed budget, which provides more than $1 billion in extra funding while seeming to maintain most of the features of the last administration’s space policy, including human voyages to the moon:
Delia insists that staging a wedding in space isn’t pie in sky!
The bride and groom-to-be have made tentative enquiries about exchanging their wedding vows in space – when Sir Richard Branson’s latest venture, the Virgin Galactic spaceship, goes into orbit in 2010.
Jonathan Goff has a lengthy post in which he analyzes the good and bad points of NASA’s COTS program, which is funding the development of commercial orbital space vehicles.
ESA PRESS RELEASE
ESA has announced the European prime and backup crew members for the 105-day Mars500 study. From 31 March 2009, two Europeans are set to join four Russian crew members on a simulated human mission to Mars.
Wealthier nations bid for Branson’s Galactic
Australia appears to have been beaten to the punch as a potential base for a space tourism industry by wealthy interests in other countries.
There is an interesting about the Kazakhstan national space agency Kazkosmos forging closer ties with the French space agency CNES and two major European aerospace giants.
Why China Will Launch More of the World’s Satellites
News this week that China has secured its first launch contract with a major Western satellite operator in more than a decade comes as a major boost for Beijing, which wants a bigger chunk of the world’s bustling satellite launch business. Paris-based communications satellite operator Eutelsat would not comment on a Feb. 23 Wall Street Journal report that the company had finalized a deal to launch a satellite aboard a Chinese Long March rocket sometime in 2010. If true, the launch will mark a major leap forward for China’s space program.
Obama budget: NASA Gets $18.7 Billion
President Barack Obama would give NASA nearly $19 billion in a 2010 budget plan unrolled this morning — a small increase over the $18 billion that the Bush administration had planned for the space agency next year, according to budget documents.