Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Pickens: Launch Industry Needs to Go Green

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Tim Pickens gave an interesting presentation this afternoon at ISDC titled, “Greening the Aerospace Community.” The Orion Propulsion founder and CEO talked what he feels the industry needs to do moving forward toward a greener profile.

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Overview of NASA’s Commercial Suborbital Research Program

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Students performe an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.

Students performe an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.

Bruce Pitman, a contractor working at NASA Ames, gave an update on efforts to use suborbital space tourism vehicle for scientific experiments on Friday at the ISDC conference.

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Suborbital HARRP Vehicle Could Give Military Real-Time Recon

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Sat in on a presentation yesterday by Greg Meholic of the Aerospace Corporation, who discussed a proposed reusable, suborbital high-altitude reconnaissance vehicle. Continue reading ‘Suborbital HARRP Vehicle Could Give Military Real-Time Recon’

SUSTAIN: Getting Forces Anywhere in the World w/in Hours, Not Days

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Paul Damphousse, Chief of Advanced Concepts for the National Security Space Office, gave a presentation on Friday at ISDC about SUSTAIN – an advanced vehicle  that would allow the Pentagon to deplay a force of 12-13 Marines anywhere in the world within a few hours.

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ISS Crew Size Doubles to Six

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Expedition 20 - the first six-strong International Space Station crew - assembled in the Zvezda module for the welcoming ceremony immediately after hatch opening following the arrival of ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk with the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft on 29 May 2009. Credit: ESA

Expedition 20 - the first six-strong International Space Station crew - assembled in the Zvezda module for the welcoming ceremony immediately after hatch opening following the arrival of ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk with the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft on 29 May 2009. Credit: ESA

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.

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NASA Dryden to Host 2009 Power Beaming Challenge July 14

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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.

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Falcon 9 Launch Delayed Until Fall

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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.

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Summary: U.S. Government Dev Work on SBSP

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SBSP Session Notes

Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse
USMC
Chief of Advanced Concepts
National Security Space Office

Overall Goal of SBSP Initiative

Generate 10% of military’s power via space by 2050

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Space Solar Power: Now More Than Ever….

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Hey everyone! Greetings from sunny (and stormy) Orlando!

I attended a couple of ISDC sessions this afternoon on space-based solar power.  A couple of key takeaways from the sessions before Iget into posting some detailed notes.

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Google Lunar X Prize Team ARCA to Use Balloon, Ball to Reach Moon

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Romania Targets Moon with Balloon-Launched Ball
Space.com

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.

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