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CASIS to Fund 3 ISS Enabling Projects


casis_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 15, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has announced grant awards for three projects focused on enabling technologies from the International Space Station (ISS). These awards stem from the CASIS Request for Proposals (RFP) “Enabling Technology to Support Science in Space for Life on Earth.” CASIS is the nonprofit organization managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

The purpose of this RFP was to identify and support technology development projects that would enable increased use of ISS for Earth benefits—for example, improvements in hardware/capabilities or methods to improve bandwidth, throughput, or quality of future research projects. Awardees include:

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Alba Orbital Announces Off-the-Shelf CubeSat Solar Panels

DHV PQ solar panel.

DHV PQ solar panel.

GLASGOW, Scotland (Alba Orbital PR) — Alba Orbital Ltd (PocketQube Shop) announced today the addition of the DHV Technology PocketQube Solar Panel product to its online satellite shop. The Solar Panels are the first off the shelf power subsystem to be developed for the new PocketQube Standard.

The PocketQube Solar panels are available in a number of configuration including 1p, 2p and 3p. They leverage flight heritage gained from the Unisat-6 Microsatellite which launched earlier this year using DHV Solar panels. Panels can be tailored to different structures on request.

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Roscosmos Gets New Deputy Director General

Mikhail_Khailov (Credit: Roscosmos)

Mikhail_Khailov (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — By decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of October 7, 2014, Mikhail Khailov was appointed the deputy head of Roscosmos.

Mikhail Khailov was born in Moscow on July 7, 1973.

In 1996 he graduated from the Moscow State Aviation Institute – spacecraft and upper stages, a mechanical engineer.

In the space industry for more than 24 years. Passed the way from apprentice mechanic mechanical-assembly operations to the deputy head of the bureau “Scientific and Production Association. SA Lavochkin. ”

Since 2008, the structure of the Federal Space Agency.

Prior to his appointment to the post of deputy head of the Federal Space Agency – headed the unmanned space systems. Has a class rank of counselor of state civil service of the Russian Federation 2 class.

SpaceX Wins Safety Award

Falcon 9 launches AsiaSat8 into orbit. (Credit: SpaceX)

Falcon 9 launches AsiaSat8 into orbit. (Credit: SpaceX)

NOORDWIJK, NETHERLANDS, October 13, 2014 (IAASS PR) — The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) has announced that this year’s Vladimir Syromiatnikov Safety-by-Design Award will go to Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) for safety accomplishments related to its Dragon vehicles. The award will be presented to SpaceX Director of Risk and System Safety Michael Lutomski at the 7th IAASS Conference Awards Gala Dinner in Friedrichshafen (Germany) on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

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CASIS Issues RFP for Earth Observation Proposals


casis_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 14, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today issued a solicitation for flight proposals seeking access to remote sensing capabilities on the International Space Station (ISS) for Earth-based energy applications. CASIS is the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks applications directed towards utilization of the ISS National Lab by commercial and academic investigators for Earth observation research projects in the field of energy. Proposals should seek to use the ISS National Lab as an Earth observation platform for studies with the goal of identifying or improving terrestrial applications for energy capture, storage, and/or sustainability.

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Spaceport Sweden CEO Karin Nilsdotter Named Tech Woman of Year

Karin Nilsdotter (Credit: Saab)

Karin Nilsdotter (Credit: Saab)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Saab PR) — Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Spaceport Sweden, has been named the 2014 Technology Woman of the Year.

She has been awarded the prize in recognition for her activities in promoting Swedish technology and innovation by developing technology products and world class services in this area. The award is presented by defense and security company Saab as part of the Talent Excellence Awards, organized by the employer branding company Universum.

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Firefly Space Systems Hires New CTO


firefly_space_systems_logoAUSTIN, Texas, October 14, 2014 (Firefly PR) — Firefly Space Systems, Inc., a ground-based, small satellite launch company, announces the hiring of spacecraft design veteran Shey Sabripour as its Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Sabripour brings over two decades of experience as Director of Spacecraft Design at Lockheed Martin and will be taking responsibility of the company’s launch vehicles as well as avionics design and development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shey on board,” said Firefly Co-founder & COO PJ King. “Attracting the world’s top engineering talent is absolutely critical for technology companies and Shey is precisely that. He brings a wealth of satellite design experience and will be invaluable in ensuring we provide our satellite customers with unparalleled launch service.”

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Honeybee Robotics Wants to Vacuum the Moon


JPL Selects Europa CubeSat Proposals for Study

Artist's concept of CubeSats near Jupiter's moon Europa. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

Artist’s concept of CubeSats near Jupiter’s moon Europa. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

PASADENA, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has chosen proposals from 10 universities to study CubeSat concepts that could enhance a Europa mission concept currently under study by NASA. The CubeSat concepts will be incorporated into a JPL study describing how small probes could be carried as auxiliary payloads. The CubeSats would then be released in the Jovian system to make measurements and enhance our understanding of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

CubeSats are small, lightweight and low-cost satellites, often only inches on a side. With support from NASA, JPL is working to include small spacecraft on deep space exploration missions to complement primary spacecraft.

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Meet the Money Behind Planetary Resources, Dauria Aerospace


Business Insider
takes a look at Ilya Golubovich and Mike Lousteau of I2BF Global Ventures, a company that’s backing some big-name space start-ups:

Known as green tech investors, Golubovich, based in Moscow, and Lousteau, in New York, have fallen in love with the nascent space industry. They’ve backed three space companies so far: Dauria Aerospace, Planetary Resources and CloudEO, with more on the way, making them one of most active space tech investors on Earth….

“One of our first investments was Planetary Resources co-founded by Eric Anderson, Diamandis, two visionaries. With this type of innovation, their market can be in the trillions, mining precious metals on nearby asteroids,” says Golubovich. I2BF was the sole investor in the company’s $1.5 million seed round….

That’s how they founded Dauria Aerospace, which is building low-cost satellites, launching them into space and letting anyone write apps for them. I2BF has invested $20 million of the company’s total $30 raised….

CloudEO collects vast amounts of data from various satellites and lets anyone write geo-location apps with that. Those are apps that can track your location and use that to help the app, whether its finding a parking spot or documenting your photos.

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