Regolith Excavation Challenge Details and Schedule



The 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge will be held on Oct. 17-18 at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The $750,000 prize challenge is a nationwide competition that focuses on developing improved handling technologies for moon dirt, known as lunar regolith.

Admission is free and open to the public.


This Week on the Space Show

California Space Authority

On The Space Show this week:

Monday, August 10, 2009; 2-3:30 PM PDT: Replay from previous week as I am at the SmallSat Conference. This is the program about The California Space Authority and the French Aerospace Industry. You will learn much about the French industry and how California is partnering with this industry. Guests are Eric Daniels and Margaret Lau. When the program is archived on the website, its ready for play and podcasting.

2. Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT: Replay. This program features ESA’s Dr. Bernard Foing regarding SMART-1 and more. When you see it archived on the website, it is ready for play and podcasting.

3. Friday, August 14, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT : Taped interviews from SmallSat Conference. I will update the website newsletter to let everyone know who is on the program. When you see it archived on the website, its ready for play and podcasting.

4. Sunday, August 16, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Dave Ketchledge regarding his new book, Rocket Science.

The Space Show This Week


David Livingston has the following guests on The Space Show this week:

1. The Monday, August 3, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT Program Dr. Eric Davis and Marc Millis, editors of “Frontiers of Propulsion Science” published by AIAA.

2. The Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT welcomes Lt. Len Johnson to the show regarding the St. Andrews Rocket Team ORION Project.

3. The First Wednesday Program, August 5 , 2009, 9:30-11:00 AM PDT welcomes Dr. Bernard Foing of the European Space Agency (ESA) to the show to discuss Smart-1 highlights, and future lunar exploration (global robotic village and international lunar bases.

4. The Second Wednesday Program, August 5 , 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT welcomes Eric Daniels and Margaret Lau of the California Space Authority to discuss the new program, French Aerospace Valley Association.

5. The Thursday, August 6, 2009 9:30-11:30 AM PDT Program welcomes Mark Hempsell of Reaction Engines Company in the UK to the show.

2009 Lunar Regolith Challenge Moved From August to October


The 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge, originally set for the weekend of August 15, 2009, has been moved to October 17-18, 2009.

“One advantage of moving the competition date is that we now expect to make our sandbox available for testing prior to the competition date, something that has been requested for years,” a note on the website states.

California Accounts for 21% of Global Space Market


A study released today by the California Space Authority (CSA) shows California leading the nation and world in contributions to the economy. California accounts for 44 percent of the U.S. space market, and 21 percent of the global market, contributing more than $76 billion in total economic impact and more than 370,000 jobs.


California Space Authority, French Aerospace Valley Develop Closer Ties


Academics, corporate decision-makers and government officials from the French Aerospace Valley are concluding a week-long visit throughout California and key elements of its space enterprise community. Initiated by the French Embassy in the United States, the trip was organized by the California Space Authority (CSA) and designed to establish closer links and partnerships between the world’s two leading aerospace regions.


Lunar Regolith Challenge Draft Rules Posted

Draft rules for the Lunar Regolith Challenge have been posted. Details are available on California Space Authority blog:

This document was prepared with input from NASA ISRU stakeholders, past competitors and other stakeholders.  Among our goals is to make the rules as “user friendly” as possible, meaning that we hope they are easy to understand, clearly define the goal of the competition, and only push meaningful requirements to the teams so that the solution space is as large as possible while still driving solutions that are useful to NASA.


ASA Delegation Pushes for Improved STEM Education

California Space Authority Press Release

California Lt. Governor John Garamendi joined Oklahoma Lt. Governor Jari Askins and Aerospace States Association (ASA) delegates in Washington, DC on March 9 for an ASA Capitol Hearing on Education, Aviation and Space. Considerable attention was devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational needs facing the industry.