From February 21-23, 2010, the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) will be holding the annual Legislative Blitz. The 2010 Blitz comes at a crucial moment in the formulation of space policy.
The Space Shuttleâ€™s fast-approaching retirement is opening up new opportunities for commercial space transportation, and Embry-Riddle is making strides to support the industryâ€™s growth under a new collaboration with the FAAâ€™s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. A new agreement with the agency identifies five space transportation topics that can be supported by Embry-Riddle faculty and student researchers:
Using technology developed for the nationâ€™s ballistic missile defense system, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire thruster tests demonstrating the ability of miniaturized thrusters to perform the descent and landing operation for a new generation of multi-use robotic lunar landers.Â Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company.
Following a National Space Symposium tradition, the 26th edition of the premier gathering of the global space community will feature a panel comprising former leaders of a major space organization. The agenda for the 26th National Space Symposium includes three decades of directors of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), an agency in the Department of Defense (DoD) that develops and operates overhead reconnaissance systems and conducts intelligence-related activities essential for U.S. national security.
Our nationâ€™s space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership AIAâ€™s Vice President of Space Systems J.P. Stevens said in testimony before the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Thursday.
â€œInterruptions or cancellations impact large companies and can be catastrophic to smaller firms â€“ often the only entities with the unique abilities to produce small but critical components on which huge portions of our economy, infrastructure and security depend,â€ Stevens said.
The University of Miami (UM) College of Engineering has been awarded a grant totaling $421,000 over five years from the newly established National Hypersonic Science Center for Hypersonic Materials through Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, to work collaboratively with other research teams in the area of hypersonic materials and structures.
Former NASA associate deputy administrator Eric R. Sterner has written an op-ed for Aviation Week warning that the U.S. should be very wary of cooperating too closely with China:
There are ample reasons for the U.S. to keep its distance. While the U.S. explicitly decided to separate its space exploration activities from the military, Chinaâ€™s human spaceflight program is a subsidiary of the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army. In that context, the risks of illicit technology transfer are considerable.
Florida needs to create a dedicated fund devoted to supporting space transportation in order to be competitive in the field, according to Space Florida’s newly updated Spaceport Master Plan.
The report, published earlier this month, was created “to propose a strategy for expansion and modernization of space transportation facilities and infrastructure in Florida.” State officials are attempting to stem large job losses that will result from NASA’s decision to end space shuttle flights next year and the five-to-seven year gap in flights before the successor vehicle, Orion, will begin flights.