Heavy-Lift Alternative Being Considered to Ares V

HLV Raw: SSP side project making good progress for Augustine Review
NASASpaceflight.com

With the key decision points for the Augustine Commission fast approaching, one of the favorite alternatives to the Ares vehicles – the SD HLLV (Shuttle Derived Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle – or HLV for short) – has made great strides towards becoming a viable option for replacing the Space Shuttle.

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Augustine Panel Gives Orbital Fuel Depots a Look

Fill ‘er up…..in Space?
MSNBC

The panel reviewing NASA’s long-range plans is giving a new boost to the old idea of setting up orbital fueling stations for spaceflight. If the space agency and the White House go down that route, it would mark a dramatic change in direction for future journeys beyond Earth orbit.

Some would say that’s just what the nation’s space effort needs.

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Space Florida to Augustine Panel: Please Keep Us in Business

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Space Florida partnered with local space and economic development organizations this week to craft and submit three white papers to special committees within the Augustine Commission, reviewing the future of U.S. space programs. These papers serve as a precursor to a visit next week by The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, which will hold a public meeting at the Hilton Cocoa Beach on July 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Paper #1: Maintaining Heavy Lift Capability from Florida is Imperative for Continuing U.S. Leadership in Space

Paper #2: Florida’s Space Life Sciences Lab: A Critical National Asset and Gateway to the ISS

Paper #3: Florida is a Cost Effective, Capable Solution for Space Vehicle Design and Development

Augustine Commission Announces Agendas for Upcoming Public Hearings

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NASA PRESS RELEASE

The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will hold public meetings July 28, 29, 30, Aug. 5 and 12. The meetings are open to news media representatives. No registration is required, but seating is limited to the location’s capacity. Agenda times are approximate and subject to change.

The first meeting will be July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd. in League City, Texas.

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Augustine to Discuss Status of Review on Friday

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Norman Augustine, chairman of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, will hold a media teleconference Friday, July 17, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. EDT, to give a status report and discuss the progress of the independent review.

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Wes Huntress’ Advice to Augustine Panel

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Lessons for the Future of Human Space Flight
Wesley T. Huntress, Jr.
Former NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science
21 June 2009

As we contemplate the future of the Nation’s human space flight program at this critical juncture, I would like share my own thoughts with the Committee based on almost 40 years of experience working in the space program–from JPL scientist in 1968 to NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Science in 1993-1998, to continuing passionate advocate ever since. I think there are eight high-level lessons learned from past experience.

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Space Review: Constellation, Spaceport America and the Moon

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New in The Space Review this week:

Launching a spaceport
Jeff Foust reports on the groundbreaking ceremonies at Spaceport America last week.

Gallery: WhiteKnightTwo Overflight of Las Cruces International Airport

Constellation and its challengers
Jeff Foust reviews last week’s Augustine panel public session, which was primarily an examination of NASA’s Constellation lunar program and several potential alternatives.

Why is it so hard to go back to the Moon?
Taylor Dinerman wonders just how it will be before the United States, or someone else, sends people back to the moon.

Gum in the Keyhole
A proposal for a new series of reconnaissance satellites that are only marginally different from an older series has generated opposition from one key member of Congress. Dwayne Day looks at what may be for the intelligence community another case of political theater.