Monthly Archive for July, 2010

Katy Perry Buys Russell Brand a Trip to Space from Virgin Galactic

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Katy Perry Sending Russell Brand to Outer Space
E! Online

Katy Perry bought hubby-to-be Russell Brand a trip to outer space for his 35th birthday, via Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space venture.

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Florida Gubernatorial Candidate McCollum Promises Support to Space Coast

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Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

McCollum’s Space Coast visit ends with space briefing
Florida Today


Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum ended a day of campaigning on the Space Coast with a briefing from local space industry leaders.

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ETC Names Former Astronaut to Board of Directors

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ETC PRESS RELEASE

Environmental Tectonics Corporation today announced the appointment of Winston E. Scott to its Board of Directors. Mr. Scott brings the total of ETC Board members to six.

Mr. Scott, a retired U. S. Navy Captain and former NASA Astronaut, currently serves as Dean of the College of Aeronautics of the Florida Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes significant industry and academic positions as well as a 27 year stint in the U. S. Navy. During his enlistment, Mr. Scott accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flight time in 20 different military and civilian aircraft and more than 200 shipboard landings.

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House NASA Vote Likely Stalled Until September

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International Space Station

Vote on NASA Bill Appears Unlikely Before September
Space News

A controversial House NASA authorization bill that appeared headed for a floor vote July 30 has stalled, and it appears unlikely the measure will be taken up before lawmakers leave town for a six-week summer break that begins Aug. 2.

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USA Begins Process of Mass Space Shuttle Layoffs

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Some space shuttle workers get layoff notice
Reuters

NASA’s prime space shuttle contractor, United Space Alliance, sent layoff notices this week to more than 15 percent of its 8,100-member shuttle work force, officials said on Tuesday.

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More Cool Xombie Video…

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You were expecting the Zombies?

Well, as a Friday afternoon treat, here they are….

In-Orbit Servicing: An Idea Whose Time Has Stalled?

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Artist's impression of a servicer turning a satellite for a docking maneuver. Credit: Space Tech GmbH

During the recent NewSpace 2010 conference, there was a lot of talk about in-orbit servicing of satellites, including refueling, re-boosting them to higher orbits, and moving dead birds to other locations for eventual recycling.

Now comes word that one of the few companies working on a space tug system is ready to abandon the effort due to the lack of a market.

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NewSpace 2010 Video: ISS Open for Business

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An interesting panel discussion about commercial research aboard the International Space Station from the NewSpace 2010 conference.

NASA Drops $310 Million on Suborbital Sounding Rocket Program

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For those of you wondering why NASA’s CRuSR program is having a hard time getting its smallish $15 million/year budget approved by Congress, here’s part of the answer: flying suborbital experiments on reusable spacecraft threatens the agency’s sounding rocket program. And NASA just dropped a bundle on the latter.

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Lockheed Praises Congress for Supporting Full Orion Program

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NASA's Orion spacecraft

LOCKHEED MARTIN PRESS RELEASE

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today applauded the recent actions taken by House and Senate NASA oversight committees as Congress moves forward on a bi-partisan spending plan for NASA. This important legislation provides an achievable path forward for a robust human space flight program that continues the Orion crew exploration vehicle to help achieve that goal and includes funding for advancements in technology that will ensure U.S. leadership in space.

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