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FAA Helps Santa Claus Bring Joy to the World

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Santa One's instrument panel. (Credit: FAA)

SANTA CLAUS UPDATE (VIA FAA)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, for its Christmas Eve round-the-world delivery mission.

Santa One, led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology, which will allow Santa to deliver more toys to more children with improved safety and efficiency.

“Children around the world will get their gifts on time, regardless of the weather, thanks to NextGen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We’re proud to say NextGen is bringing Santa Claus to town.”

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SpaceX Receives FAA Re-entry License for First Dragon Flight

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Artists conception of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in orbit

SPACEX PRESS RELEASE

Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation was created in 1984, it has issued licenses for more than 200 launches.

Today the FAA has made SpaceX the first-ever commercial company to receive a license to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit.

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SpaceX Delays First Dragon Flight to Dec. 7

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Artists conception of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in orbit

Aviation Week reports that SpaceX is rescheduling its late November launch of the first Dragon capsule to Dec. 7 to allow for more testing. The robotic freighter, designed to resupply the International Space Station, will be sent into space on a test mission aboard the second Falcon 9 rocket. The precise date will be impacted by the launch of the space shuttle Discovery, which was postponed last week until Nov. 30 due to technical problems. The Falcon 9/Dragon launch was originally scheduled for early November. SpaceX is also awaiting a landing permit from the FAA to return Dragon to Earth.

SpaceX Aims for Nov. 20 Falcon 9 Launch as it Awaits Re-entry License

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Artists conception of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in orbit

SpaceX Awaiting FAA Approval of Dragon Re-entry License
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Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is awaiting U.S. regulatory approval to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo vessel as soon as Nov. 20 after more than a year spent tying up loose ends associated with the recoverable space capsule’s re-entry license application, which the company submitted in final form to federal regulators Oct. 29, according to government and industry sources.

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FAA Awards Space Transport Grants for Spaceport America, Mojave, Cecil Field and Alaska

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Cecil Field in Jacksonville, recently designated a commercial spaceport.

FAA PRESS RELEASE

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a new grant program designed to fund projects that develop and expand commercial space transportation infrastructure.  The Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants will be awarded to four separate projects located in Alaska, California, Florida, and New Mexico.

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FAA COMSTAC Meeting Agenda Released

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Federal Aviation Administration
Commercial Space Transportation
Advisory Committee Public Meeting

National Housing Center
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The proposed agenda for this meeting will feature discussions on:

  • Orbital debris and related issues;
  • The issues the working groups propose to address; and
  • The role of commercial space as part of the United States’ Space
    Policy.

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Wyle to Play Key Role in New FAA Commercial Space Transportation Center

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WYLE PRESS RELEASE

Wyle is part of an academic-industry team that has been selected to support a new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.

The center is a partnership of academia, industry, and government, developed for the purpose of creating a world-class consortium that will address current and future challenges for commercial space transportation.

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FSU to Play Major Role in New Commercial Space Transportation Center

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A Boeing CST-100 crew module docks at Bigelow Aerospace's Sundancer space station. (Credit: Boeing)

FSU NEWS

The Florida State University will play a key role in a world-class consortium assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that joins academia, industry and government to address the present and future challenges of commercial space transportation.

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COMSTAC Agendas for Meetings on May 18-19

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The FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee has released preliminary agendas for two-days of meetings in Washington. COMSTAC’s Working Group will meet on May 18, with a public meeting the following day.

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FAA Moves Closer to Creating Center for Commercial Space Transportation

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Organizations hoping to land the FAA’s new Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (CST) face a Friday deadline for proposal submissions.

The CST is designed as a central hub that will link universities, government agencies and private companies to conduct joint research and development in commercial space technologies. The FAA plans to award contracts for the center this year.

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