Experts to Debate Our Future Destinations in Space in Sunnyvale on Friday

Asteroid Ida

The question of where humanity should go next in space will be the topic of a round table on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel.

“Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?” will bring together some of the world’s top experts to debate our next step in the settlement of space. The round table, sponsored by the Space Studies Institute, will be held from 7:00 to 10 p.m., including a post-debate reception. Admission is free to registered conference attendees and the general public.


SpaceX Sets Up Office in Huntsville

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)

SpaceX opens office in Huntsville today to explore new business
The Huntsville Times

Huntsville, SpaceX has landed. The high-profile commercial space company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is opening an office today in Cummings Research Park. “Huntsville is the Rocket City,” spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said Wednesday night. “We want to be a part of it.” The company, which is vying for contracts to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, isn’t trumpeting its arrival….SpaceX already does business with the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command here.

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Video: NASA Supported Lunar Analog Base Being Built in North Dakota

During the ISPCS last week, I caught up with Ihrenes Enterprises CEO and Founder Irene Schnider. Her startup company is focused on providing space radiation analysis for human missions, with a focus on commercial flights that are set to begin later in the decade. She is also involved in building a lunar analog base in North Dakota with the help of NASA funding.

New Wine to Celebrate Virginia’s Wallops Island Spaceport

Launch complexes on Wallops Island, Virginia


The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and Holly Grove Vineyards are pleased to announce  ‘Genesis’,  a new Virginia wine, with a very unique wine  label celebrating the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and Virginia’s return to space.  Billie Reed, the Space Authority’s Executive Director will give ‘Genesis’ to his NASA hosts when he attends the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery in Florida, scheduled for November 1, 2010.


Craig Venter to Speak as NASA Looks to Use Synthetic Biology in Space


News media are invited to attend a discussion lead by world famous biologist J. Craig Venter, best known for his role in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell “booted up” from a synthetic genome.

Biology on Earth readily demonstrates that life is an efficient user of resources surrounding it, turning those resources into habitats, materials and forms that perform various functions. If the promise of engineering biology on Earth is within reach, then it is time to ask scientists and engineers about possible applications of synthetic biology in space.


Bigelow Begins Space Station Life Support Human Rating Tests

Bigelow space station interior view.

Oct. 19, 2010

Bigelow Aerospace LLC, LasVegas, NV, has begun the process of human rating its Environmental Control and Life Support System. The contained volume humans in the loop testing is in preparation for the 2015 launch of Sundancer – an expandable module approximately 27ft long, 22ft in diameter, with an internal volume of 180m3 and supports a crew of three. When completed, the process will have demonstrated the life support system’s ability to safely support a crew of three persons for extended durations.


NASA Deputy Garver Receives WIA Award

Deputy NASA Administrator Lori Garver


Four current NASA leaders and one retiree were recognized for their work by Women in Aerospace at the organization’s annual awards ceremony and banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The event celebrates women’s professional excellence in aerospace and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the aerospace community.

NASA leaders who were honored at the 2010 awards are: Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center Lesa Roe, Program Planning Specialist Beth Beck, Aerospace Engineer Jill Lynette Hanna Prince and Nancy Grace Roman, who retired from NASA in 1979 as chief astronomer.


Mars500 Crew Members Answer More Questions From Public

Whole Mars500 crew in portrait, September 2010: (clockwise from top left) Sukhrob Kamolov, Romain Charles, Diego Urbina, Yue Wang, Alexandr Smoleevskiy and Alexey Sitev. Credit: ESA


The Mars500 crew is answering your questions by email and the second batch of the answers is here.

Questions are welcome from the members of the media and also from anyone else who his interested. As on a real trip to Mars this is not in real-time, questions will be relayed to them through ‘mission control’.

Please think carefully about your question and keep it short – the best questions will be selected and sent to the crew to answer! They will answer as many as they can but also have a busy work schedule.

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Moon Express Enters Google Lunar X Prize


Today, Moon Express Inc, a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company, announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the Moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks. Team MoonEx, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is among 24 teams from a dozen countries that are competing for their share of the $30 million prize purse.