Monthly Archive for October, 2015

Russia’s Vostochny Spaceport Overrun by Zombies

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Deputy Prime Minister’s Efforts to Motivate Workers Backfires

Zombies Demand Brains, Booze & Back Pay
Putin Blames Western Plot

VOSTOCHNY SPACEPORT, Russia, Oct. 31, 2015 — Russia’s newest spaceport was overrun by headless zombies on Saturday as an effort by one of the nation’s top officials backfired, leaving thousands of people to flee for their lives.

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Scary Skull Comet to Pass By Earth on Saturday

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But, worry not. When was the last time a harmless dead thing wreaked havoc on Halloween?

Integrated Spaceflight Services Completes First Commercial Spacesuit Zero G Test

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Evaluation of spacesuit in zero gravity.

Evaluation of spacesuit in zero gravity. (Credit: ISS)

OTTAWA, Ont., October 29, 2015 (ISS PR) — Integrated Spaceflight Services LLC (‘ISS’) of Boulder, Colo. announced today that it has completed the first zero g evaluation of a commercial spacesuit. The 3G IVA spacesuit, manufactured by Final Frontier Design (‘FFD’) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was tested through four zero g flights on a specially-modified Falcon 20 research aircraft..

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Memorial Plaque Unveiled for Mike Alsbury in Legacy Park

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Scaled Composites unveiled a memorial plaque to test pilot Mike Alsbury on Friday afternoon in Legacy Park at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Alsbury was killed in the crash of SpaceShipTwo one year ago.

“Ad Astra per aspera” is Latin for “Through hardships to the stars”.

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Lowe’s Teams With Made in Space on 3D Printer

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Lowe's Innovation Labs/Made in Space 3D printer in action. (Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast Creative)

Lowe’s Innovation Labs/Made in Space 3D printer in action. (Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast Creative)

MOORESVILLE, N.C., October 29, 2015 (Made in Space, Lowe’s PR) – Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive innovation hub of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., has partnered with aerospace company Made in Space, to become the first to launch a commercial 3D printer to space. The printer, the first permanent additive manufacturing facility for the International Space Station (ISS), will bring tools and technology to astronauts in space. At the same time here on earth, Lowe’s is launching the next-generation Lowe’s Holoroom – an in-store and at-home virtual reality design tool that enables customers to envision the room of their dreams. Continue reading ‘Lowe’s Teams With Made in Space on 3D Printer’

NASA, Houston Airport System to Announce Spaceport Agreement

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Artist's impression of future Ellington spaceport. (Credit: Houston Airport System)

Artist’s impression of future Ellington spaceport. (Credit: Houston Airport System)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — News media are invited to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. to witness a landmark event as NASA and the Houston Airport System (HAS) formally enter a development agreement to provide NASA expertise and training at Houston’s new Spaceport installation. The event will be preceded by a press conference.

Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz, JSC Director Ellen Ochoa, Houston city leaders, and JSC personnel will be in attendance. The Houston Spaceport facilities will be located at Ellington Airport, and this agreement marks a major milestone as Houston will become home to one of ten Federal Aviation Administration designated commercial spaceports in the United States.

For more information about NASA and its programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasas-journey-to-mars  

For more information about Houston Airport System and its programs, visit:

http://www.fly2houston.com/Spaceport   

Key Excerpts From NASA’s Investigation into Antares Failure

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The bottom of the Antares explodes right after liftoff.

The bottom of the Antares explodes right after liftoff.

NASA Independent Review Team
Orb–3 Accident Investigation Report

Executive Summary

Key Excerpts

The IRT performed detailed analysis and review of Antares telemetry collected prior to and during the launch, as well as photographic and video media capturing the launch and failure. Based on this analysis, the IRT determined that the proximate cause of the Antares launch vehicle failure was an explosion within the AJ262 rocket engine installed in the Main Engine 1 position. Specifically, there was an explosion in the E15 Liquid Oxygen (LO2) turbopump, which then damaged the AJ26 rocket engine designated E16 installed in the Main Engine 2 position. The explosion caused the engines to lose thrust, and the launch vehicle fell back to Earth and impacted the ground, resulting in total destruction of the vehicle and its cargo. Figure 3 shows a single AJ26 engine stored on its transportation and processing skid. Figure 4 shows the aft end of a typical Antares launch vehicle with both AJ26 engines installed.

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NASA Review Team Releases Findings on Antares Explosion

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NASA PR) — A NASA team that independently reviewed the unsuccessful launch last year of Orbital ATK’s third commercial resupply services mission intended to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) has completed its report and publicly released an Executive Summary of its findings.

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CASIS, Boeing Announce MassChallenge Startup Awards

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casis_new_logoBoston, MA. (October 29, 2015) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and The Boeing Company (Boeing) awarded two research companies financial support through the MassChallenge Startup Accelerator.

The combined grant prize for this collaboration is $500,000 and will provide the two awarded companies seed funding and assist with hardware costs for flight to the ISS National Lab.

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Lockheed Martin Moves into Full-Scale Assembly and Test of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

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NASA's Orion with the European Service Module (Credit: ESA–D. Ducros)

NASA’s Orion with the European Service Module (Credit: ESA–D. Ducros)

DENVER, Colo. (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NASA have completed the majority of Orion’s Critical Design Review (CDR) which means the spacecraft’s design is mature enough to move into full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and test of the vehicle. It also means that the program is on track to complete the spacecraft’s development to meet NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) performance requirements. The complete Orion EM-1 CDR process will conclude after the European Service Module CDR and a presentation to the NASA Agency Program Management Council in the spring.

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Government Investment in Space to Top $80 Billion by 2024

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Earth_from_OrbitNew growth cycle expected with 856 government satellites
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Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, October 28, 2015 (Euroconsult PR) – According to Euroconsult’s newly released report, Government Space Programs: Strategic Outlook, Benchmarks & Forecasts, a new growth cycle in government space spending is expected to start and average 2.1% over the next ten years worldwide, reaching $81.4 billion by 2024.

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Coalition for Space Exploration Restructures, Renames & Appoints Executive Director

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Coalition for Deep Space Exploration PR) – The Coalition for Space Exploration, an ad-hoc organization of space industry businesses and advocacy groups, today announced it is taking formal steps to provide a single, unified voice for the deep-space exploration industry. The organization is seeking 501 (c) 6 status, appointing an executive director and changing the name of the organization to the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration.

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Latest Images of XCOR’s Lynx Under Assembly

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Chine panels being fitted to the side of the Lynx. (Credit: XCOR)

Chine panels being fitted to the side of the Lynx. (Credit: XCOR)

“You’re looking at our first fit-up of the chine panels to the sides of Lynx,” says XCOR Engineering Manager Brandon Litt.

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ULA Announces New Management Team

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ULA_logoCENTENNIAL, Colo., Oct. 27, 2015 (ULA PR) – Today United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced its new executive leadership team that will lead the company’s transformation, maintain focus on mission success and develop ULA’s new launch vehicle Vulcan.

“As we work to transform the way ULA does business, and in turn, the launch services business as a whole, it is critical to ensure we have exceptional people leading this company into the future,” said Tory Bruno, president and chief executive officer. “This reorganization will align ULA to position our product line to support emerging market needs, continue to drive out cost, and maintain our strong record of reliability and mission success.”

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DSI to Send Virtual Reality System to ISS

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dsi_logoMOFFETT FIELD, CA. For the first time ever, a virtual reality recording system will be flown in space. The project, announced today by Deep Space Industries (DSI), will use a spherical video capture system to create a virtual reality float-through tour of the International Space Station’s science lab.

Feeding into the exciting growth of VR systems created by Oculus Rift, Sony, and Samsung, this project, initiated by DSI, is a cooperative effort with Thrillbox, and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), managers of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. This innovative partnership will allow, for the first time, anyone with a VR headset to have a fully immersive astronaut experience aboard the International Space Station.  Additionally, CASIS will use the spherical video to familiarize potential researchers with the scientific facilities on the ISS National Lab.
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