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Kazakhstan Investing in Sea Launch?

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RIA Novosti has a very interesting article about the Kazakhstan government’s apparent intention to invest about $100 million in bankrupt Sea Launch.

The article quotes Talgat Musabayev, head of the Kazak space agency Kazkosmos, as saying the government wants to acquire shares in the rocket company, which is a joint venture of  Boeing (US), RSC Energia (Russia), Kvaerner (Norway), and Yuzhnoye Design Bureau (Ukraine).

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Video: Chirinjeev Kathuria, Chairman & CEO of PlanetSpace

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Chirinjeev Kathuria, Chairman & CEO Planet Space, speaks during a forum in October about space tourism, commercial space, and hypersonic point-to-point travel.

(Thanks to Clark Lindsey over at Hobby Space for the link.)

Excalibur Almaz, PlanetSpace Bailing Out Bankrupt Sea Launch

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A bit more information on the Sea Launch bankruptcy reorganization – which includes Excalibur Alaz (which is planning to launch a space station) and U.S.-based PlanetSpace:

Excalibur Almaz and PlanetSpace are working to provide exit financing through Space Launch Services, LLC (“SLS LLC”), as well as equity investment in a reorganized Sea Launch, for the purpose of sustaining reliable commercial access to space. SLS LLC is led by Bohdan (Bo) Bejmuk, an aerospace consultant with in-depth knowledge of space systems and launch vehicles. In parallel with its focus on the reorganization process, Sea Launch successfully completed the launch of the Intelsat 15 satellite on November 30, on a Zenit-3SLB vehicle from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. This is Sea Launch’s fourth and final launch campaign of 2009.

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PlanetSpace Files Second Protest Over NASA COTS Award

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Space News reports:

Chicago-based PlanetSpace has filed a second protest of NASA’s December 2008 decision to award $3.1 billion in contracts to Dulles, Va.-based Orbital Sciences Corp. and Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for delivering cargo to the international space station.

PlanetSpace filed a protest with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims July 23 asking for NASA to reconsider the awards or reopen the competition. PlanetSpace’s first protest against the NASA award was filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Jan. 14. The GAO denied the protest April 22.

PlanetSpace, a start-up company whose subcontractors include Boeing Co. of Chicago, Denver-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Minneapolis-based Alliant Techsystems, earned a higher score and offered a lower price than Orbital Sciences.

Read the full story.


GAO: PlanetSpace Appeal Rejected Due to Subcontracting, Financial Concerns

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The Government Accountability Office has released a document that explains why it denied PlanetSpace’s appeal of NASA’s decision to award commercial launch contracts to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

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Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Endorse More Funding for Wallops Island

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Artist's conception of OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Artist's conception of OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Jack Kennedy has a couple of posts about the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on his Spaceports blog:

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds endorsed increased operational funding to enhance the staff size of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport today speaking at the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council Energy Technology Summit as interest in the fledgling commercial space operations increases among the Virginia public.

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Government Denies PlanetSpace’s Appeal of NASA COTS Awards

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Clark Lindsey over at Hobby Space points out that the federal government has denied PlanetSpace’s appeal of NASA’s decision to award COTS contracts to Orbital Sciences Corporation and SpaceX.  COTS funds commercial payload delivery to the International Space Station.

The notice on the Government Accountability Office’s website gives no reason for the denial. And it is not clear whether PlanetSpace has any recourse at this point. The company has made no statement on its website.

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PlanetSpace to Test Subscale Versions of Hypersonic Silver Dart

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Clarke Lindsey over at Hobby Space points to progress that PlanetSpace is making on flying sub-scale prototypes of its Silver Dart vehicle. The Silver what vehicle, you ask? A brief description from the website:

The Silver Dart is an autonomous and flexible hypersonic glider designed to operate as an orbital vehicle. It extends the capabilities of the booster to provide access to LEO. It is designed to double as an unmanned or manned spacecraft and can provide for a long duration platform in orbit.

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PlanetSpace Files Protest with GAO Over NASA COTS Award

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PlanetSpace has filed a protest against NASA’s decision last month to award COTS contracts to Orbital Sciences Corporation and SpaceX. COTS funds commercial payload delivery to the International Space Station.

PlanetSpace Press Release

PlanetSpace has filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) a protest to the selection decision of NASA under the ISS Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) competition, RFP NNJ08ZBG001R.

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NASA’s COTS Contract Could Face a Challenge

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NASA May Face Protest Over Recent Commercial-Cargo Contract
Wall Street Journal

The losing bidder hasn’t made a final decision, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is slated to brief competitors as early as next on the reasons behind its decision. But PlanetSpace officials, according to these people, already are consulting with lawyers and believe they may have legal grounds to challenge the agency’s selection.

A NASA source selection panel ranked Orbital’s overall proposal and its projected costs less favorably than bids submitted by the PlanetSpace team and a third bidder, Space Exploration Technologies Inc, according to one person familiar with the details.

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