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New Zealand Launches First Rocket

Piece of rocket found off Coromandel

Part of New Zealand’s first space rocket has been found bobbing in the ocean off the Coromandel Peninsula coast.

A fisherman called researchers just after 10am to say he had seen the booster floating off Great Mercury Island.


Com Dev Issues Profit Warning, Dumps Executive

Com Dev ousts Canadian head after profit warning
CBC News

Satellite component maker Com Dev International Ltd. has replaced the head of its Canadian unit after warning of disappointing quarterly results due to cost overruns.


Space Review: Flexible Path, U.S.-China Cooperation and More

The Space Review features the following essays this week:

Dan Lester proposes using the Earth-Moon L1 point as a logical starting point for journeys beyond low Earth orbit.

Bob Clarebrough looks back two centuries to the development of a different industry to find lessons of innovation for today’s space entrepreneurs.

Taylor Dinerman warns that the US should not appear to be too eager to work with the Chinese.

Dwayne Day describes a new Smithsonian exhibit that features two instruments that flew on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Jeff Foust reviews a book that attempts to prove that space is the solution to our energy woes.

Space Show: Law, SSP and Launchers


Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PST: Space attorney Wayne White will discuss new space law updates, orbital debris, suborbital space, and much more.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PST: Author Howard Bloom will discuss his new book, ” The Genius Of The Beast,” in addition to space topics such as his SSP efforts and more.

Friday, November Dec. 4, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PST : Brian Horais will discuss his Oct. 12, 2009 Space Review article and other topics.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PST. Dr. Marshall Kaplan of Launchspace will discuss the Augustine Commission report, launchers, commercial space and much more.

Embry-Riddle to Collaborate with FAA on Space Transportation Research


November 2, 2009

The Space Shuttle’s fast-approaching retirement is opening up new opportunities for commercial space transportation, and Embry-Riddle is making strides to support the industry’s growth under a new collaboration with the FAA’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:


Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Tests Miniaturized Thrusters for Robot Lunar Landers



Using technology developed for the nation’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.  Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company.


Space Foundation Gears Up for Next National Space Symposium


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.


AIA: Space Effort Needs Steady Funding, ITAR Reform, and Commercial Launch Indemnification


Our nation’s space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership AIA’s Vice President of Space Systems J.P. Stevens said in testimony before the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Thursday.

“Interruptions or cancellations impact large companies and can be catastrophic to smaller firms – 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,” Stevens said.


University of Miami Receives Teledyne Hypersonic Research Grant


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 Official: Risk of Illicit Tech Transfer High With China

A taikonaut emerges from China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft after a successful orbital flight
A taikonaut emerges from China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft after a successful orbital flight

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, China’s human spaceflight program is a subsidiary of the People’s Liberation Army. In that context, the risks of illicit technology transfer are considerable.


NASA Astronaut Office Wants High Safety in Next Rocket

NASA Clamors for Safer Launches: Reliability Must Grow Tenfold in New Rockets
Florida Today

Documents obtained by FLORIDA TODAY through the Freedom of Information Act show exactly where the actual risk-takers stand.

NASA’s Astronaut Office says the next crew launch vehicle should be 10 times safer than the shuttle, which is set for retirement after five more flights.


Space Florida Updates Master Plan

Space FloridaFlorida 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.