Tim Pickens gave an interesting presentation this afternoon at ISDC titled, â€œGreening the Aerospace Community.â€ The Orion Propulsion founder and CEO talked what he feels the industry needs to do moving forward toward a greener profile.
Monthly Archive for May, 2009
Bruce Pitman, a contractorÂ working atÂ NASA Ames, gave an update on efforts to use suborbital space tourism vehicle for scientific experiments on Friday at the ISDC conference.
Sat in on a presentation yesterday by Greg Meholic of the Aerospace Corporation, who discussed a proposed reusable,Â suborbital high-altitude reconnaissance vehicle. Continue reading ‘Suborbital HARRP Vehicle Could Give Military Real-Time Recon’
Paul Damphousse, Chief of Advanced Concepts for the National Security Space Office, gave a presentation on Friday at ISDCÂ about SUSTAIN – an advancedÂ vehicleÂ that would allow the Pentagon to deplay a force of 12-13 Marines anywhere in the world within a few hours.
ESA MISSION UPDATE
The crew of the International Space Station has increased to six for the first time today with the arrival of three new residents including ESA astronaut Frank De Winne with the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft.
NASA PRESS RELEASE
NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program and the Spaceward Foundation will hold the 2009 Power-Beaming Challenge, part of Spaceward’s Space Elevator Games, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on July 14.
Florida Today reports:
SpaceX’s planned summer demonstration launch of the first Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed to the fall.
A combination of technical work and lack of documentation for the Air Force, which manages safety on the Eastern Range, created the delay. The launch has been scheduled for July and now will occur no sooner than October.
“It’s basically dealing with the complexities associated with lifting a new rocket off from a new launch site,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said.
Read the full story.
SBSP Session Notes
Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse
Chief of Advanced Concepts
National Security Space Office
Overall Goal of SBSP Initiative
Generate 10% of military’s power via space by 2050
Hey everyone! Greetings from sunny (and stormy) Orlando!
I attendedÂ a couple ofÂ ISDC sessions this afternoon on space-based solar power.Â A couple of key takeaways from the sessions before Iget into posting some detailed notes.
Romania Targets Moon with Balloon-Launched Ball
Former X Prize contenders such as the Romanian team ARCA could have called it a day when Scaled Composites’ SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize on Oct. 4, 2004. Instead, ARCA hopes to build on its previous effort to reach the moon and win the Google Lunar X Prize and even more prize money.