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Latest Update on Space Access 15

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From Henry Vanderbilt:

Sunday 4/26/15 – We’ve posted our Final Pre-Conference Update for Space Access’15, with the latest near-final schedule plus Travel, Conference Style, and Speakers information, at http://space-access.org/updates/sa15info.html

The Radisson still has rooms available, at http://www.radisson.com/reservation/itineraryEntrance.do?hotelCode=USAPNIX&promotionalCode=SPA

SA’15 Online Conference Registration closes after Tuesday, so register now, at http://space-access.org/updates/sa15PreRegister.html

SA’15 At-Door Registration will open at noon on Thursday April 30th in the Radisson Phoenix North main ballroom lobby, and SA’15 sessions will commence at 1:30 pm sharp. See you there!

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NASA Selects Small Business CubeSat Projects for Funding

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NASA has selected three projects for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards that focus on propulsion, laser communications and attitude control for advanced CubeSat missions.

Digital Solid State Propulsion of Reno, Nev., and QorTek of Williamsburgh, Pa., was selected for a SBIR awards worth up to $750,000 apiece for their propulsion and attitude control proposals., respectively.  Fibertek of Herndon, Va., was chosen for a SBIR Select award worth up to $1.5 million.

Phase III, or the commercialization of an innovation, may occur after successful completion of Phase II.

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Students Test Experimental Rocket at Spaceport America

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Spaceport America fly-in. (Credit: NMSA)

Spaceport America fly-in. (Credit: NMSA)

Spaceport America, NM (NMSA PR) – Spaceport officials announced the April 18th launch of the New Mexico Tech Rocket Design Team’s experimental rocket. The nearly ten-foot-long experimental rocket was designed and built by the students in the Mechanical Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech. The launch took place from Spaceport America’s Vertical Launch Area. The student rocket lifted off at 8:03 am (MDT), which was within the dedicated launch window, and flight data indicates the rocket attained its predicted 11,500-foot altitude.

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Gloyer-Taylor Labs, U Tennessee Pursue Small Launch Vehicle

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NASA LOGONASA has selected Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories (GTL) and the University of Tennessee Space Institute for a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II award to develop a new small-satellite launch vehicle.

“GTL has developed the conceptual design for the Advanced Cryogenic Expendable (ACE) nano-launch vehicle,” according to the program’s technical abstract. “The 7700 lb gross lift-off weight ACE vehicle is capable of delivering a 154 lb payload to 400 nmi circular orbit at 28.5 deg inclination.

“With a launch cost of less than $1M at low launch rate, ACE is directly competitive with existing large launch vehicles on a $/lb basis. This affordability is enabled by a combination of high performance, reduced stages and parts count, and simplified operations,” the abstract reads.

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UrtheCast Teams With NASA To Stream Live High-Definition Earth Video

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Spacewalker Oleg Kotov works outside the Zvezda service module. (Credit: NASA TV)

Spacewalker Oleg Kotov works outside the Zvezda service module. (Credit: NASA TV)

VANCOUVER, April 23, 2015 (UrtheCast PR) — UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast”or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has teamed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) to stream real-time Earth video data from NASA’s High-Definition Earth-Viewing System (“HDEV”) aboard the International Space Station (“ISS”) to UrtheCast’s interactive web platform.

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NASA Selects Aerojet Rocketdyne for Advanced Deep Space Propulsion

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 23, 2015 (Aeojet Rocketdyne PR) – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, has been selected by the NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Division to start negotiations for a contract to design and demonstrate an advanced propulsion system that would enable human spaceflight to cislunar space and beyond to Mars.

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NASA Selects Planetary Resources for 2 SBIR Phase II Contracts

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NASA has selected asteroid mining company Planetary Resources for two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards for the development of advanced CubeSat technologies.

One SBIR project involved the development of a hybrid green monopropellant/cold-gas propulsion system called the Integrated Propulsion and Primary Structure Module (IPPSM). The module would provide “a standard interface, serving as the strongback for simple integration of other Cubesat subsystems and payloads within the 6U and 12U size regimes.”

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NASA Reaches Out to Universities for Smallsat Technology Collaborations

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA is extending an opportunity to college and university teams to propose small spacecraft technology projects that they can conduct in collaboration with NASA researchers. This is the second time NASA has issued this type of call after the highly successful efforts that emerged from the first call in 2013.

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program is issuing the Smallsat Technology Partnerships solicitation as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s NASA Research Announcement for 2015. This is opportunity will engage university students and graduate researchers in advancing technology of value to NASA and the nation and help strengthen our high-tech workforce. Proposals are due by June 5, 2015.

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Canadian Budget Supports ISS Extension to 2024

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CSAThe new Canadian federal budget supports the extension of the International Space Station from 2020 to 2024. Canada joins the U.S. and Russia to agreeing to the four-year extension; Japan and Europe have yet to weigh in.

 The budget also commits $30 million CND ($24.7 million US) over four years to support technology research and development through the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program. Canada is an associate member of ESA.

“The inclusion of these measures, which follows on the heels of announcements by Industry Minister James Moore of a national Space Policy Framework and the creation of a Space Advisory Board, is another step as we continue to work with the government on a long term vision for Canada’s future in space,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association of Canada.

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab CubeSats Complete Lengthy Missions

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Artist’s impression of an ORS Tech CubeSat in orbit. (Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

Artist’s impression of an ORS Tech CubeSat in orbit. (Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

BALTIMORE, Md. (JHU APL PR) — After 18 months in orbit — months longer than typical for spacecraft in their class — the twin ORS Tech 1 and 2 CubeSats recently completed their final trip into Earth’s atmosphere.

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