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Video: NewSpace for a New Era

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The Space Frontier Foundation released this video of people promoting the Obama Administration’s space plan. It’s pretty good overall, except it’s dominated mostly by talking heads so it reminds me of a PBS documentary.

Spending the first quarter of the video (two minutes plus) on a Nostradamus/Mayan style humanity is doomed if we don’t do this narrative may not have been the best choice. It’s depressing, for one. And it’s probably far too esoteric for most voters and decision makers, who view doomsday as being laid off or not being re-elected in November. This is a far better argument for a more immediate and existential threat, like an giant asteroid heading our way — or Godzilla reaching the Pacific Coast.

Ansari, Garver to Appear at SFF TEDx Event in New York Next Week

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The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) will sponsor the first TEDxMidTownNY event to discuss the continued importance of exploration with X-Prize Cofounder Anousheh Ansari and Deputy Administrator of NASA Lori Garver. TEDxMidTownNY is a local, independently organized event to be held on September 14th, 2010 at 7 PM at the Explorers Club in New York, NY.

A diverse group of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, investors, teachers, and students will share their perspective and leave the event inspired to improve the collective future of humanity through space exploration. Tickets are available now through the Explorers’ Club website.

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Teacher’s Dream Comes True as He is Chosen for Trip Into Space

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Steve Heck (left) is one of the Pathfinder 7 - teachers from across America chosen to fly on suborbital space missions.

Ohio Teacher Prepares For Space Travel
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Steve Heck is flying high. In fact, he recently took a training flight in California as one of two teachers from Ohio to be picked for the Teachers in Space program.

“At 320 thousand feet you momentarily leave the gravitational pull of Earth but not enough into Earth’s orbit, then coast back down,” Heck explained.

The Milford Junior High school science teacher applied for the program in November, and his students even helped him come up with this experiment.

The hard work paid off and this past May he found out he’ll soon blast off into space.

It is a dream come true for this retired Lt. Colonel who spent 20 years in the Air Force before heading into the classroom.

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Flagsuit Wins Space Frontier Foundation Business Competition

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After a weekend of presentations by several new companies in the NewSpace field, the judges of the 2009 NewSpace Business Plan Competition awards the following:

1st Place – Flagsuit, LLC
2nd Place – Syntiant
Honorable Mention – Santa Clara Satellite Solutions

The first place winner, Flagsuit, LLC, received a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of the Heinlein Trust and will have the opportunity to present their vision to entrepreneurs and investors alike at Space Investment Summit 7 on September 30th in Boston and attend an upcoming Space Angels Network event.

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NewSpace 2009 Silent Auction and Raffle

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The Space Frontier Foundation will be running its NewSpace Silent Auction & Raffle during its NewSpace 2009 Conference at NASA Ames next week. The Gold items are available through a silent auction while the Blue items will be raffled off.

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SFF Sets Apollo Anniversary Gala for July 20

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Honor the courage and prowess that lead to “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” by attending the Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala on Monday, July 20th at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, California.

This black tie event will conclude the NewSpace 2009 Conference with keynote speakers Peter Diamandis, Rick Tumlinson, and David Webb. The event will feature the decorated film, Moon Beat, the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Industry Awards, and announcement of the Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition winner.

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List of Speakers for Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Conference

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The Space Frontier Foundation is proud to announce the list of speakers presenting at the NewSpace 2009 Conference. Industry leaders and visionaries will cover topics focusing on future space ventures on Saturday, incorporating the corporate side of the Newspace industry on Sunday, and envisioning our next giant leaps on Monday. The speakers will culminate the weekend with a look forward to future of mankind’s presence in space and by paying tribute to the past with the Apollo Anniversary Gala.

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Space Frontier Foundation Selects Heinlein Business Plan Finalists

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The Space Frontier Foundation has selected 10 finalists for the Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition. The winner will be announced at the Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala during the NewSpace 2009 Conference at NASA Ames from July 17-20.

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NewSpace Conference to Feature Day on Space Elevators

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The Space Frontier Foundation has released a preliminary schedule for its annual NewSpace conference. The four-day event will take place at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., culminating on July 20 – the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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Space Frontier Foundation, Heinlein Trust Plan Business Competition

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The Space Frontier Foundation will host a business plan competition during its NewSpace 2009 Conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, July 17-20, to help entrepreneurs creating NewSpace startup firms.

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