Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Bolden Confirmation Hearing Could Be Held Next Week



The Orlando Sentinel has a short item indicating that the Senate could have a hearing on the nomination of Charles Bolden for NASA Administrator next week. Plans are for Bolden and the deputy administrator, Lori Garver, to be confirmed before the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20. There seem to be no significant opposition to either candidate.

Officials Break Ground for Commercial Launch Complex in Virginia


Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

WALLOPS: Groundbreaking held at Space Station launchpad

Maryland and Virginia officials held a groundbreaking at a Monday ceremony marking the start of construction of a new launchpad and other facilities to support Orbital Science Corporation’s Taurus II rocket program.

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Panel Discussions at NASA Ames All Summer




News media and the public are invited to join students who recently arrived at NASA Ames Research Center for the 2009 International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program for a series of Space Panels in July and August.

Panel discussions will take place from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PDT in Building 3 in the NASA Research Park and will be followed by a reception and news media interview opportunity from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. PDT, on the following dates:

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Lunar Engine Technology



Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has demonstrated rocket engine technology that may enable the return of American astronauts to the moon.

Working with NASA on the TR202 lunar descent engine, the company has successfully demonstrated stable combustion over a broad throttling range, utilizing high-performance pintle injector technology. The ability to throttle thrust level over a wide range is critical to providing a soft, precision lunar landing with hazard avoidance capability.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Provide Input to Augustine Panel




Enabling the development of commercial crew and cargo transportation to the International Space Station is the central recommendation of a
policy paper submitted by members of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, also known as the Augustine Committee.

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ISU 2009: Welcome to The Family!

ISU alumni Maynard Holliday, Renee Matossian and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom catch up during the ISU/SU reception.

ISU alumni Maynard Holliday, Renee Matossian and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom catch up during the ISU/SU reception.

Just got back from the ISU/SU opening ceremony and reception. It was a great ceremony that I hope people had a chance to see on the webcast. Got to welcome in a new class of ISU students and catch up with some old friends.

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AIAA Pushes STEM Education



The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present a “Passport to the Future” Teacher Workshop on Aug. 3 – 4 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The event will be sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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Students Complete First Phase of ISU MBA Program




A dozen participants from 10 different countries, including the Space Foundation’s Vice President – Education Iain Probert, have completed the first stage of the International Space University’s new Executive MBA program, which merges the specificities of a traditional MBA with space applications.

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Roskosmos Administrator Perminov Speaks About Past, Present and Future ISS Cooperation



Summary of Speech by Anatoly Perminov, Roscosmos Head During Videoconference with the Heads of the Space Agencies Involved in the ISS Program
ESA Headquarters in Paris
June 17, 2009

Concerning NASA`s current summary plan of human spaceflights in the International Space Station program, the issues related to transport and cargo supply support of the station are critical for us, since Roscosmos today puts significant efforts into maintaining human habitation in the space station, including crew rotation, rescue, payload delivery, under NASA`s orders as well. We are endorsing NASA endeavors to accelerate development of the Orion crew transport system and the Ares-1 launch vehicle.

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Writer Will Sue Billionaut Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil for Slander



Halperin, Cirque step up legal duel over Laliberté bio
CBC News

The author of an unauthorized biography of Cirque du Soleil’s founder says he plans to file a $500,000 lawsuit against the Montreal circus troupe and Guy Laliberté, according to a report in Le Journal de Montréal.

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University of Plymouth Hosts Space Agency Summit



University of Plymouth Press Release

The University of Plymouth is hosting a special civic reception to welcome senior personnel from the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA this weekend. The agencies’ annual summit, as well as an exciting week-long exhibition featuring Bridget – the ExoMars Rover – will also take place at the university.

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Video: ISS Tour with Astronaut Michael Barratt


NASA Selects 9 New Astronauts

International Space Station

International Space Station


After reviewing more than 3500 applications, NASA has selected nine men and women for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. They will begin training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, in August.

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Space Show to Feature NewSpace, Andrew Chaikin


The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, June 29, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
James Pura and Ryan McLinko come to discuss the upcoming NewSpace Conference at NASA Ames from July 17-20, 2009.

2. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 1, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Mueller returns to discuss the ESRA rocket competitions just completed in Utah. He is joined by winning students Adam Vore and David Stechmann.

3. Friday, July 3, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Stuart Eves from Surrey Satellite in the U.K returns. Dr. Stuart Eves is a Principal Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford in the UK.

4. Sunday, July 5, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Noted author Andrew Chaikin returns to discuss his new books, “Voices From The Moon” and “Mission Control, This is Apollo.”

Phobos-Grunt to Fly Bacteria on Round Trip to Mars Orbit

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft


Russian interplanetary probe Phobos-Grunt will have passengers. There are earth`s bacteria. They will fly from the Earth to Mars and back and undergo space cold and radiation. Scientists want to use the bacteria to find out whether life of our planet could have been brought from space.

Lev Zeleny, director of RAS Space Research Institute, explains that the goal of this mission is to check if bacteria can survive in outer space, for example, if they fly on the surface of meteor.

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