NASA Names New CTO

David W. Miller
David W. Miller

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist. As chief technologist, he will be Bolden’s principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs.

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NASA’s Day of Remembrance Pays Tribute to 3 Brave Crews

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to NASA personnel and others during a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery.  The wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to NASA personnel and others during a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Message from the Administrator: Day of Remembrance

Today we pause in our normal routines and reflect on the contributions of those who lost their lives trying to take our nation farther into space. On our annual Day of Remembrance, please join me in giving thanks for the legacy of the STS-107 Columbia crew; the STS-51L Challenger crew; the Apollo 1 crew; and Mike Adams, the first in-flight fatality of the space program as he piloted the X-15 No. 3 on a research flight.

These men and women were our friends, family and colleagues, and we will never forget their lives and passion to push us farther and achieve more.  They have our everlasting love, respect and gratitude.

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Space Station Extension Brings Benefits for Science, Commercial Research

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)
The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

By Charles Bolden and John P. Holdren

As more than 30 heads of space agencies from around the world prepare to gather in Washington January 9-10 for an unprecedented summit on the future of space exploration, we are pleased to announce that the Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) until at least 2024. We are hopeful and optimistic that our ISS partners will join this extension effort and thus enable continuation of the groundbreaking research being conducted in this unique orbiting laboratory for at least another decade.

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Google Founders Saved Millions With NASA Ames Lease Deal

A P3 Navy aircraft with Hangar One at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.  (Copyright 2008: Douglas Messier)
A P3 Navy aircraft with Hangar One at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. (Copyright 2008: Douglas Messier)

Google’s founders, Sergei Brin and Larry Page, have saved millions of dollars in fuel costs and property taxes through a lease deal with NASA Ames that allows them to house their private aircraft at Moffett Field, according to an investigation by NBC Bay Area.

Nearly $8 million worth of jet fuel that sold for as little as $1.68 a gallon was put into a fleet of seven different airplanes and two helicopters that are kept on taxpayer-owned land at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. The same jet fuel sells for two to four-and-a-half times that amount, up to $8.05 a gallon, at fixed-base operators at nearby airports in the Bay Area.

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Dream Chaser Unveiled at NASA Dryden

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden discusses the role and capabilities of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems' Dream Chaser flight vehicle for eventual transport of astronauts to and from the International Space Station with assembled news media representatives during a briefing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. (Credit: NASA/Ken Ulbrich)
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden discusses the role and capabilities of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems’ Dream Chaser flight vehicle at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. (Credit: NASA/Ken Ulbrich

EDWARDS AFB, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden visited the agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Wednesday, May 22, taking the opportunity to see the Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser test vehicle that had arrived at the center a week earlier.

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Bolden Views Dream Chaser, Flies Simulated Landing

Video Caption: NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden had the opportunity to fly a simulated landing of the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser while touring the agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California on May 22.

SNC’s Dream Chaser flight test vehicle arrived at Dryden on May 15 in preparation for tow, captive-carry and free-flight tests later this year. The testing is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) initiatives to develop safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from low-Earth orbit destinations, including the International Space Station.

Bolden: Congress to Blame for Extended Reliance on Russian Crew Transport

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

By Charles Bolden
NASA Administrator

NASA is committed to launching our astronauts on American spacecraft from U.S. soil as soon as possible. Since the end of our Space Shuttle Program in 2011, NASA has relied on the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) for the launch and safe return of astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard its Soyuz spacecraft. While our Russian counterparts have been good partners, it is unacceptable that we don’t currently have an American capability to launch our own astronauts.

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Bolden: Proposed NASA Budget Keeps America as World’s Leader in Space

NASA LOGOWASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The following statement is from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the administration’s budget request for the 2014 fiscal year:

“Today, we unveil President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for NASA — a $17.7 billion investment in our nation’s future. Our budget ensures the United States will remain the world’s leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come, while making critical advances in aerospace and aeronautics to benefit the American people.
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Bolden to Unveil FY 2014 Budget Today

NASA LOGONASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will unveil the 2014 budget proposal today at 3 p.m. EDT.

I will be on the road to Phoenix for the Space Access Conference where I will be giving a talk and serving on a panel discussion, so I won’t be able to write about the budget until this evening.

If you really really need to know before that, you can listen to the briefing and see visuals on Ustream by visiting:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

The budget proposal will be posted online at 1 p.m. EDT today at:

http://www.nasa.gov/budget

So, have at it. I know you’ll find all these numbers just as thrilling as I do.

Musk: Dragon Thrusters Malfunctioned Due to Valve Design Change

Dragon captured at ISS. (Credit: NASA TV)
Dragon captured at ISS. (Credit: NASA TV)

A “very tiny change” to three check valves during manufacturing caused the malfunction that disabled three of four thruster pods on the Dragon spacecraft that launched earlier this month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday.

Speaking at a joint post-mission press conference with NASA officials, Musk said three check valves on the oxidizer tank became stuck due to the changes. Programmers were able to write software that commanded an increase of pressure upstream of the valves, forcing them open in a spacecraft version of the Heimlich maneuver, he added.

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Dragon Post-Mission Press Conference Notes

Dragon recovery (Credit: SpaceX)
Dragon recovery (Credit: SpaceX)

Dragon Post-Mission Press Conference

Participants

Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program scientist
Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer and CEO, SpaceX
Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO

Opening Remarks

Bolden:

  • We’re really pleased at working together that SpaceX and NASA teams were able to berth at station and return safely
  • Importance of the commercial cargo program and how critical it is for the ISS program
  • Orbital Sciences is other COTS partner – set for a test flight of Antares rocket in April

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NASA Commercial Crew Would Take a Major Hit Under Sequestration

NASA LOGOIf sequestration takes effect on March 1, NASA would be hit with a cut of $726.7 million from the President’s FY 2013 budget request, with more than half the reduction coming out of the Commercial Crew Program.

“After sequestration, NASA would not be able to fund milestones planned to be allocated in the fourth quarter of FY 2013 for Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) such as the SpaceX Inflight Abort Test Review, the Boeing Orbital Maneuvering and Attitude Control Engine Development Test, and the Sierra Nevada Corporation Integrated System Safety Analysis Review #2,” the space agency said in a letter to Congress signed by Administrator Charlie Bolden.

“Overall availability of commercial crew transportation services would be significantly delayed, thereby extending our reliance on foreign providers for crew transportation to the International Space Station,” the letter states.

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NASA to Honor Neil Armstrong at National Cathedral


WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other dignitaries will attend a public memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the life and career of astronaut Neil Armstrong on Thursday, Sept. 13. The memorial will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online by the agency’s and National Cathedral’s websites.

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Bolden Visits Cape, Annouces New Commercial Crew and Cargo Milestones

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in front of a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday new milestones in the nation’s commercial space initiatives from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The latest advances made by NASA’s commercial space partners pave the way for the first contracted flight of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) this fall and mark progress toward a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next 5 years.

Bolden announced Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has completed its Space Act Agreement with NASA for Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS). SpaceX is scheduled to launch the first of its 12 contracted cargo flights to the space station from Cape Canaveral in October, under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services Program.

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