National Space Council to Meet Next Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence addresses NASA employees, Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Fifth Meeting of the National Space Council

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. CDT
Location: Saturn V Hall, Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Panel 1: “Ready to Fly”

  • Gen. Les Lyles, USAF (ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (ret.), former Shuttle commander
  • Dr. Sandy Magnus, former Shuttle astronaut

Panel 2: “Ready to Explore”

  • Dan Dumbacher, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Dr. Jack Burns, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Wanda Sigur, independent consultant

AIAA to Honor Shotwell, Nield at Gala

George Nield

RESTON, Va., April 2, 2018 (AIAA PR) — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the 2018 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards and recognition of the Institute’s newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place on May 2 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala is an annual black-tie event recognizing the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

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House to Hold Hearing on In-Space Propulsion


House of Representatives

Space Subcommittee Hearing

In-Space Propulsion: Strategic Choices and Options
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 10:00am
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing Purpose
NASA is pursuing several in-space propulsion technologies to advance not only human exploration, but also uncrewed spacecraft operations. The hearing will explore NASA’s current portfolio of investments in in-space propulsion technologies, the state of the various technologies, and how they fit into future space architectures.

Witnesses

  • Mr. William Gerstenmaier — Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA
  • Mr. Stephen Jurczyk — Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Dr. Mitchell Walker — Chair, Electric Propulsion Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz — Founder and CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company
  • Mr. Joe Cassady — Executive Director for Space, Washington Operations, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Dr. Anthony Pancotti — Director of Propulsion Research, MSNW LLC

Trump Appoints New Members of NASA Transition Team

Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)
Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)

President Elect Donald Trump has appointed six new members to the NASA transition team, including Steve Cook, who formerly managed the agency’s Ares program, and retired astronaut Sandra Magnus.

Steve Cook, acting president of Dynetics Technical Services in Huntsville, Ala., led NASA’s Ares program from July 2005 to August 2009. The program included the Ares I and Ares V heavy-lift vehicle and the Orion crew spacecraft for deep-space exploration.

The Obama Administration canceled the programs. However, Congress resurrected the Ares V as the Space Launch System and kept the Orion program in place.

At Dynetics, Cook has been involved in support Aerojet Rocketdyne’s development of the AR-1 engine. He also supported the company’s work on Stratolaunch Systems’ aircraft, which is designed to air launch satellite boosters.

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AIAA Applauds FY2016 Omnibus Spending Bill

aiaaBill Provides Increased Funding for Important Aerospace Programs

RESTON, Va., (AIAA PR) — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) applauds congressional passage of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.” The $1.15 trillion spending bill provides funding for key programs at NASA, the Department of Defense, and the FAA.

The bill increases NASA funding to $19.3 billion, more than $1.3 billion dollars over FY15 funding. Among the allocations are $1.24 billion for the Commercial Crew program, which will allow the transport of astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station. The bill also funds the agency’s planetary sciences program at $1.63 billion and the Space Launch System at $2 billion. These increased levels will help us maintain our long-standing global leadership in space exploration and scientific discovery.

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LightSail-A Named Smallsat Mission of the Year

LightSail spacecraft with solar sail deployed. (Credit: The Planetary Society)
LightSail spacecraft with solar sail deployed. (Credit: The Planetary Society)

LOGAN, UT (Planetary Society PR) — At the 29th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/Utah State University (USU) Conference on Small Satellites, The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail spacecraft test mission (LightSail-A) was named Mission of the Year by the AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee. Eleven standout small satellite projects from around the world were nominated by a committee of experts. A voting period during the conference engaged the engineering and scientific community and the public.

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Blakey Departs AIA for Rolls Royce

Marion Blakey
Marion Blakey

ARLINGTON, Va. (AIA PR) —The Aerospace Industries Association announces today that after her successful seven-year tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, Marion C. Blakey will be leaving to take the position of President and CEO of Rolls Royce North America.

“AIA has been very fortunate to have Marion’s leadership over the last seven years,” said AIA Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation, David L. Joyce. “Under Marion’s guidance, AIA has elevated its role advocating in the best interests of the nation and the aerospace and defense industry.”

Beginning in November of 2007, Blakey’s tenure saw the achievement of numerous milestones for the industry. AIA’s advocacy played a key role in changing the classification of commercial satellites in 2014, enabling American manufacturers to better compete in the global market. AIA’s work in support of the Next Generation Air Transportation System has been widely recognized by industry and government.

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“Space: The Next Industrial Revolution” Panel Discussion

Emerging Space – The Next Industrial Revolution

Bruce Pittman, Chief System Engineer, NASA Space Portal, Moffett Field, CA; Daniel Faber, Chief Executive Officer, Deep Space Industries, McLean, VA; Robert P. Hoyt, CEO & Chief Scientist, Tethers Unlimited Inc., Bothell, WA; Col Gregory Johnson, USAF (Ret.), President & Executive Director, CASIS, Melbourne, FL; Aaron Kemmer, CEO, Made in Space, Inc., Moffett Field, CA; Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks, Houston, TX

Editor’s Note: This is an excellent panel discussion. It’s long, but it’s worth watching all the way through to understand what’s going on in commercial space. The Commercial Crew Program gets a lot of attention, but the things that CASIS, NanoRacks, Made in Space and others are probably under appreciated at this point. Things are beginning to shift in a very significant way.

AIAA Presents Third Annual California Aerospace Week

aiaaRESTON, Va. (AIAA PR) – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and NASA will co-host California Aerospace Week, March 24–26, in Sacramento, Calif.

Featuring a mix of panels, exhibits, hearings and discussions, the event will focus on the importance of aerospace to California. A resolution will be introduced in the California State Senate on the afternoon of March 24, proclaiming the week of March 24–28: “California Aerospace Week”

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X-51 WaveRider Team Wins AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence

X-51 Waverider
X-51A WaveRider

RESTON, VA (AIAA PR)  – The X-51A WaveRider team has won the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation’s Award for Excellence. The team will receive the award on April 30 at the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C.

The team is being honored “for the demonstration of the feasibility of sustained air breathing hypersonic flight by achieving a 300 second flight at Mach 5.”

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This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with David Livingston:

1. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): No show today as I am at the AIAA Space 2013 Conference in San Diego..

2. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): No show today as I am at the AIAA Space 2013 Conference in San Diego.

3. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT): Taped interviews from AIAA Space 2013. When you see the program on the archives for the website and blog, the program is ready for your play and enjoyment.

4. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation is with us regarding his recent Space Review article re the Space Fence. See www.thespacereview.com/article/2357/1.

AIAA to Honor LCROSS, Robonaut 2 and Orbital Express Teams at Conference

R2 with astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Credit: ESA/NASA
R2 with astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Credit: ESA/NASA

Reston, Va. (AIAA PR) – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present awards for key contributions to space science and technology during the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition, September 10–12, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.
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