ATLANTA, GA, October 28, 2013 (TVA PR) – Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC (TVA) has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA Ames Research Center to collaborate on evaluation, testing, and technology transfer of newly-developed thermal protection system (TPS) materials.
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The votes are in up in Stanford, and Generation Orbit has won the $100,000 first prize in the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition.
The Atlanta-based company is developing an air-launched rocket system to serve the micro- and nanosat market. Fund for the first prize was put up by the NASA Ames Emerging Commercial Space Office.
ELIGOS of Princeton, N.J., claimed the $25,000 second prize, which was sponsored by ATK. ELIGOS has developed a new type of electric space propulsion unit with the goal of powerful, efficient electric space propulsion for all space propulsion needs; focused on the lucrative satellite orbit raising and maneuvering market.
Raptor Space Services won the $5,000 third prize provided by the NASA Ames Emerging Commercial Space Office. Raptor, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Skycorp Incorporated, has been formed to address the demand for cost effective orbital transfer of cubesats from the International Space Station (ISS) to more desirable orbits. The Raptor solar electric propulsion spacecraft can carry 50 cubesats for deployment to higher orbits and inclinations in early 2016. Two vehicles, for 100 cubesats, will initially be built.
A $5,000 market sector award for the best entry in the area of on-orbit servicing was given to a company called Prospect Dynamics, which wasn’t even a finalist in the competition. According to the company’s minimalist website, “Prospect Dynamics is a new breed of commercial aerospace supplier demanded by the radical shift unfolding in the industry. We are developing the core technologies to enable space mining, space debris removal, and the myriad related applications.”
ISPCS Closing Remarks
Executive Director, Secure World Foundation
In closing keynote, Michael Simpson says NewSpace industry has matured over last 8 years, more willing to work with gov’t and others. (Jeff Foust @jeff_foust)
SIMPSON: Don’t restrict innovation to engineering. (Alan Ladwig @SpaceArtAl )
Simpson: Don’t confine innovation to engineering. Great ideas are in business, policy, and other fields. (Suzi Gordon @suzigordon)
Simpson: Any place worth getting to in space is going to come faster if we make use of synergies (ISPCS @ISPCS)
Chair: Franceska Schroeder, Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C., Washington, DC Office
- Grant Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, Paragon Space Development Corporation
- James W. Babineau, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C., Austin Office – Intellectual Property
- Christopher T.W. Kunstadter, Senior Vice President Aerospace Insurance, XL Group
Now on the stage: panel discussion on export control and intellectual property protection related to the commercial space industry. (ISPCS @ISPCS)
Now up at #ISPCS, additional duscussion on risks and insurance. Moderator @FOSchroeder (Alan Ladwig @SpaceArtAl)
Chris Kunstadter, XL Insurance on “Hot Topics” panel: lot of capital in space insurance market right now, pushing down rates. (Jeff Foust @jeff_foust)
Via NASA – More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft.
The rising population of space debris increases the potential danger to all space vehicles, but especially to the International Space Station, space shuttles and other spacecraft with humans aboard.
NASA takes the threat of collisions with space debris seriously and has a long-standing set of guidelines on how to deal with each potential collision threat. These guidelines, part of a larger body of decision-making aids known as flight rules, specify when the expected proximity of a piece of debris increases the probability of a collision enough that evasive action or other precautions to ensure the safety of the crew are needed.
The spectacular crash of Russia’s Proton rocket on Tuesday — with the loss of three navigation satellites — was simply the latest in a series of launch failures that have bedeviled the Russian and Ukrainian space industries over the last 30 months.
The table below shows a tale of woe that began in December 2010 and has resulted in the loss of 15 spacecraft and cost the heads of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and launch vehicle builder Khrunichev their jobs.
|RUSSIAN & UKRAINIAN LAUNCH FAILURES SINCE DECEMBER 2010|
|Dec. 5, 2010||Proton||Block-DM||3 GLONASS satellites||Crashed in Pacific Ocean||Block-DM overfilled with fuel making it too heavy to send satellites into orbit|
|Feb. 1, 2011||Rockot||Breeze-KM||GEO-IK 2||Stranded in useless orbit||Failed restart of Breeze-KM|
|Aug. 18, 2011||Proton||Breeze-M||Express-AM4||Stranded in useless orbit||Breeze-M under performance|
|Aug. 24, 2011||Soyuz-U||Block-I (3rd stage)||Progress M-12M freighter||Burned up over Siberia||Blocked fuel line in third stage|
|Sept. 27, 2011||ICBM
|–||–||Missile failed during initial test, crashed 5 miles from launch site||Failure of first stage|
|Nov. 9, 2011||Zenit-2SB
|Fregat (Russia)||Phobos-Grunt (Russia)||Stranded in Earth orbit, re-entered atmosphere||Fregat upper stage failure|
|Dec. 23, 2011||Soyuz-2.1b||Fregat||Meridian-5||Re-entered over Siberia||Failure of Block-1 third stage engine|
|Aug. 23, 2012||Proton||Breeze-M||Telkom 3 (Indonesia), Express MD2||Satellites stranded in useless orbits; Breeze-M later exploded, creating large debris field||Breeze-M failure|
|Dec. 8, 2012||Proton||Breeze-M||Yamal-402||Placed satellite in wrong orbit; satellite reached planned orbit using on-board propellant||Early shutdown of Breeze-M|
|Jan. 15, 2013||Rockot||Breeze-KM||3 Strela 3M Rodnik satellites||One satellite reportedly lost, two others placed in orbit; controllers unable to maneuver upper stage to lower orbit for rapid re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere||Erratic behavior of Breeze-KM|
|Feb. 1, 2013||Zenit-3SL
|Block DM-SL (Russia)||Intelsat 27||Rocket and satellite fell into the sea||First stage failure|
|July 2, 2013||Proton||Breeze-M||3 GLONASS Satellites||Crashed at launch site||First stage failure|
The EFT-1 The Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) Orion crew module was really put to the test throughout May as the team conducted strenuous simulations on the spacecraft to verify its structural integrity for the EFT-1 in 2014. These tests placed extreme loads on the spacecraft to verify its response to the stresses of a powerful Delta IV heavy liftoff, as well as the forceful pyrotechnics and mechanisms that will jettison hardware and release Orion’s parachutes during descent and landing.
DARMSTADT, Germany (ESA PR) – There is an urgent need to remove orbiting space debris and to fly satellites in the future without creating new fragments, Europe’s largest-ever space-debris conference announced today.
The findings from the 6th European Conference on Space Debris were released during the concluding press briefing at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
PARIS (Astrium PR) – Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, has been awarded a study contract by the French space agency CNES. The study will analyse existing concepts and technologies and determine which can be used to successfully tackle large items of space debris, such as launcher stages and end of life satellites.
Entitled “The development of concepts and technologies for handling space debris”, the study is being conducted as part of the CNES’ Orbit Transfer Vehicle (OTV) programme. It will help define the parameters necessary for developing suitable space vehicle concepts through a two-step approach named OTV-DEMO/X technological demonstrator, followed by a system demonstrator known as OTV-DEMO/Y.
Dulles, VA, 20 April 2013 (Orbital PR) – Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that excessive, high-altitude wind speeds prevented the planned April 20 launch attempt of the Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.
“Given the winds and wind direction, the debris requirement for the Range and Federal Aviation Administration could not be achieved today,” said Mr. Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s Executive Vice President and Mission Director for the Antares Test Flight. “This requirement keeps any potential debris from falling outside of a predefined area in the event of an anomaly. Flight requirements dictate that we stop the countdown and pick it up when the conditions improve.”
The next launch attempt is scheduled to take place no earlier than Sunday, April 21, with a window extending from 5 – 8 p.m. EDT. NASA TV and webcast launch coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT on www.NASA.gov.