Commercial Spaceflight Federation Hires PR Firm

PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an industry association representing 20 commercial spaceflight developers, operators and spaceports, today announced the appointment of Makovsky + Company, one of the nation’s largest independent public relations firms, as its public relations advisor.

Makovsky, which was recently recognized as the “Public Relations Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards, will provide public relations, traditional and social media relations and public affairs counsel to the Federation.

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Oklahoma Reconsidering Tax Breaks After Investments Fizzle

Okla. lawmakers study tax breaks to risky ventures
Associated Press

Businesses and many economists say Oklahoma needs to offer corporate tax breaks to expand its economy and remain competitive with other states hoping to lure new jobs. “For us to be able to bring the quality jobs that Oklahomans long for and deserve, we must have these tools,” said state commerce secretary Natalie Shirley.

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As Virgin Galactic Gears Up, Branson Looks Beyond Suborbital Flights

Richard Branson after his first flight aboard WhiteKnightTwo at the Oshkosh airshow.
Richard Branson after his first flight aboard WhiteKnightTwo at the Oshkosh airshow.

Virgin Galactic aims for the Moon
The Mirror

But that’s just the start as [Richard] Branson told me shortly before joining the crew on Whiteknighttwo at its debut at the Oshkosh air show in Wisconsin.

“It’s an enormously historic step forward. The Mothership is a mastercraft.

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Odyssey Moon to Carry British Payload to Moon

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ODYSSEY MOON PRESS RELEASE

Education has taken ‘the next great leap’ in Britain as Odyssey Moon announces its fifth payload to the Moon.

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon Limited today is announcing its partnership with the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET) and their customer Moonlink Ltd. of Yorkshire to put a British science instrument on the Moon.

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Could Laser Propulsion Make Space Flight Routine?

Laser Propulsion: Wild Idea May Finally Shine
Space.com

New laser propulsion experiments are throwing light on how to build future hypersonic aircraft and beam spacecraft into Earth orbit.

Indeed, a “Lightcraft revolution” could replace today’s commercial jet travel. Passengers would be whisked from one side of the planet to the other in less than an hour – just enough time to get those impenetrable bags of peanuts open. Furthermore, beamed energy propulsion can make flight to orbit easy, instead of tenuous and dangerous.

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Space Tourism Insurance Might Be Difficult to Obtain

XCOR's Lynx suborbital vehicle
XCOR's Lynx suborbital vehicle

 

 

Insurance coverage on the final frontier: Space tourism a giant leap for insurers
Business Insurance

Brokers and other observers said it is difficult to speculate on the insurance market for private space flight because the space tourism industry is not yet a reality, but some said they believe the initial ventures would have difficulty buying cover for the risk.

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Space Elevator Conference Set for Aug. 13-15

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PRESS RELEASE

Scientists, researchers and space enthusiasts from throughout the world will gather on the Microsoft campus August 13–16 for Space Elevator Conference 2009, an exploration of the technical, legal and social issues and challenges of building an Elevator to Space. A variety of events are planned for the public, as well as the scientific community, on this revolutionary way to send cargo and humans into space.

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Virgin Galactic IPO Likely

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Virgin Galactic Aiming For IPO
Forbes

Space travel won’t just be for billionaires if Richard Branson gets his way. Fresh from selling a stake in his Virgin Galactic space-tourism subsidiary to Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Group, Branson’s Virgin Group has an even more ambitious aim in mind: to float the company on the stock market while still retaining a significant stake.

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Space Elevator Games Postponed Indefinitely By Technical Problems

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NASA DRYDEN PRESS STATEMENT

The Space Elevator Power Beaming Challenge Games originally scheduled for this summer at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have been postponed. The Spaceward Foundation conducts this prize competition as part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge Program. The challenge this year requires teams to demonstrate devices that can climb a one-kilometer vertical cable using electrical power transmitted via a laser.

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