Monthly Archive for February, 2009

NASA Awards Contract for Lunar Spacesuit

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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.

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Space Tourist Confident of SpaceShipTwo Safety

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Out of this world!
eTurboNews

Porto-born entrepreneur Mário Ferreira has already booked his ticket and is raring to go, but doesn’t the idea of boldly going where fewer than five hundred people have been before worry him at all?

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Synergy Moon Joins Google Lunar X Prize

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PRESS RELEASE

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.

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IG: NASA Boards Riddled With Conflicts of Interest

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NASA INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT
ON STANDING REVIEW BOARDS

We found 21 SRB members—close to one-third of all non-Federal CxP SRB members— 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.

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NASA Announces Winners of 2008 George M. Low Award for Quality

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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.

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Garriott Gives Tour of Space Station

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Space.com has an interesting video of millionaut Richard Garriott giving a tour of the International Space Station during his recent space tourism flight.

NASA May Use Budget Boost for Extra Ares Flight Test

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Extra Ares Flight-Test Possible
Aviation Week

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.

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Shuttle Retirement Set for 2010 as Local Economy Prepares to Take Hit

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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:

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Space Tourism’s New Frontier: Weddings

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Delia insists that staging a wedding in space isn’t pie in sky!
Portadown Times

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.

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What’s Working – and Not Working – in NASA’s COTS Program

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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.

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