Teachers in Space Accepting Flight Experiment Summer Workshop Applications

NYACK, N.Y. (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space (TIS) project today announced that teacher’s applications are now being accepted for its Flight Experiment summer workshop.

Teachers in Space is a project to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging teachers with authentic astronaut training and real space science experiences combined with information and resources they bring into classrooms across America.


Jeff Feige Takes Over as SFF Chairman From Bob Werb

sff_logoNYACK, NY (SFF PR) — The Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation announced today that Bob Werb, Co-Founder and long-time Chairman of the Board, has retired from the position, and that they have unanimously elected space entrepreneur Jeff Feige to take over as the Foundation’s new Chairman.

“Bob’s extraordinary vision and leadership permeates every corner of our organization,” said Foundation President James Pura. “As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our founding, you can look back at 25 years of his passionate contribution of ideas, common sense, and business excellence to nearly everything we’ve done to advocate for an open frontier in space for everyone.”


Generation Orbit to Pitch to Space Angels Network Members

Generation Orbit’s planned launch system. (Credit: Generation Orbit)
Generation Orbit’s planned launch system. (Credit: Generation Orbit)

SEATTLE, Washington (Space Angels PR) – The Space Frontier Foundation announced on October 25th that Generation Orbit Launch Services Inc. was awarded the $100,000 first-­place prize of the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition held at Stanford University. As a Sponsor of the competition, Space Angels Network members contributed to the screening, coaching and judging of the business plans. As the winner of the competition, Generation Orbit will now have the opportunity to present to the members of Space Angels Network in December to build on the company’s success and potentially attract new investors.


Student Experiment to Ride into Orbit Aboard Antares

WALLOPS ISLAND, Virg. (TIS PR) — When Amy McCormick’s class developed their science experiment studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), they could only dream of flying it to space. Their experiment won the Teachers In Space annual spaceflight contest and later this month, their dream will become a reality when it launches to the International Space Station (ISS). Tucked into a storage rack aboard the Cygnus (along with 22 other experiments flying as part of Mission 4 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program), these experiments will blast off to the ISS on top of an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (M.A.R.S.). This will be the first commercial flight to the ISS provided by Orbital Sciences. SpaceX is the only other commercial company providing ISS resupply.


Space Frontier Helps Sponsor SEDS Student Business Plan Competition

SEDS-LogoNyack, NY (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation is proud to announce its sponsorship of the SpaceVision 2013 conference and their Student Business Plan Competition (BPC).

SpaceVision is run by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), making the sponsorship a direct investment in the future of NewSpace. The Foundation strongly encourages anyone interested in NewSpace to attend the conference, and see what the next generation of great NewSpace innovators and businessmen are up to.


New SF Bay Area Group Focused on Commercial Space

A new San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneurial group called Space Satellite Startups will hold an introductory meeting next Wednesday.

Space Satellite Startups
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Signup to Attend

Let’s kick off our Meetup group with getting to know what is happening in the space startup business in the Bay Area.

We now have confirmed speakers:

  • The host of the evening will be provided by yours truly, Pavel Machalek.
  • Robbie Schingler, co-founder of  Planet-Labs http://planet-labs.com/ , will speak about what it takes to found a space startup and put satellites into orbit.
  • Traci Parker a fellow Space Startups member will discuss the news from from the recent NewSpace conference  http://newspace.spacefrontier.org/

We will have ample time for questions and followup discussions.

We will go for drinks afterwards at the District 216 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107 a few blocks away at from the venue.

NewSpace Business Plan Competition Set for Oct. 24 at Stanford University

Silicon Valley, Calif. (SFF PR) —
The Space Frontier Foundation today announced the date and location details of the largest, richest and most exciting NewSpace Business Plan Competition to date.

In years past, this competition has been a part of the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Conference, however, this year the competition will be a stand-alone event on October 24th, 2013, hosted on the Stanford University campus by the Stanford Student Space Initiative, in conjunction with the Space Frontier Foundation, NASA, ATK and the Heinlein Prize Trust.


SFF Selects Eight Finalists for NewSpace Business Plan Competition

sff_logoFREMONT, Calif. (SFF PR, September 13,  2013) — The Space Frontier Foundation and the NewSpace Business Plan competition, in conjunction with their sponsors, are thrilled to announce the 2013 Business Plan Competition Finalists.  Finalists are listed below in alphabetical order.

This year, the NewSpace Business Plan Competition will be held on October 24th in California’s famed investor hot-spot, Silicon Valley and in partnership with Stanford University.   For more information on the competition, the location and date, prizes,  or our sponsors, please visit the NewSpace BPC website.

  • Alanax Technologies
    San Jose, CA
    Alanax Technologies develops Astrolink, our flagship software product for modeling, analyzing, and operating aerospace communication networks.
  • BBC Aerospace
    Orlando, FL
    BBC Aerospace is licensing and commercializing an innovative system for performing electron-beam freeform fabrication.
    Princeton, NJ
    ELIGOS has developed a new type of electric space propulsion unit with the goal of powerful, efficient electric space propulsion for all space propulsion needs; focused on the lucrative satellite orbit raising and maneuvering market.
  • Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.
    Atlanta, GA
    Generation Orbit serves micro and nano satellite developers struggling to find dedicated and cost-effective space access by offering fast, flexible and affordable primary launch manifesting through GOLauncher, an air-launched space transportation system specifically designed for small payloads.
  • Infinity Aerospace LLC
    Mountain View, CA
    Infinity Aerospace is a space hardware and services company. Infinity’s first product, the ArduLab, is a plug-and-play, International Space Station (ISS) compliant, cubesat form factor ‘nanolab’ platform that allows customers in the education, commercial, and research markets to rapidly develop fully autonomous microgravity experiments.
  • NNMC
    Swainboro, GA
    The National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC), Inc is a Georgia-based organization that has developed a unique prototyping / additive manufacturing machine known as the Multi Prototyping Lab (MPL). The MPL is a multi-module prototyping machine. Each module, or attachment performs a unique process, such as 3D printing, Drop-on-Demand printing or laser curing.
  • Raptor Space Services
    Mountain View, CA
    Raptor Space Services,a wholly owned subsidiary of Skycorp Incorporated has been formed to address the demand for cost effective orbital transfer of cubesats from the International Space Station (ISS) to more desirable orbits. The Raptor solar electric propulsion spacecraft can carry 50 cubesats for deployment to higher orbits and inclinations in early 2016. Two vehicles, for 100 cubesats, will initially be built.
  • Sysenex, Inc.
    Reston, VA
    Sysenex provides systems engineering and business development services to aerospace, IT and other firms.

Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition Set for November

SEDS-LogoStudent NewSpace Business Plan Competition
SpaceVision 2013 Conference
November 8, 2013
Tempe, AZ

The Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition seeks out proposals for space industry or space-scalable businesses from students who would like to pitch their idea to NewSpace investors and business leaders. This competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from any university or college and more than one team is allowed from each university.


NewSpace Business Plan Competition Deadline Extended to Aug. 29

sff_logoFremont, Calif. (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation is happy to announce a deadline extension for submissions to the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition.  Participants will now have until August 29th, 2013 at 5:00pm (PST) to submit their Intent-to-compete form, a 3-page business plan summary and the $50 application fee.  Finalists will compete for $135,000 in cash prizes in Silicon Valley in late October.  Entries can be submitted by filling out this form on our customized Decision Desk platform.


Spacevidcast to Live Stream NewSpace 2013 Conference

sff_logoSilicon Valley, CA (SFF PR) — You don’t want to miss the networking and business opportunities at the industry event of the year, but for those who cannot make it in person to the NewSpace 2013 Conference, you can still catch the programming on our live stream at Spacevidcast.com. You can even submit questions for the panelists by emailing asknewspace@gmail.com or texting 408-461-8159. NewSpace 2013 takes place July 25-27 in Silicon Valley, CA.

All panels will be streamed live from 8:00 am on Thursday, July 25 through the end of the conference at 5:30 pm Saturday, July 27. Pacific Time. The Space Frontier Foundation is grateful to the Spacevidcast team for continuing to make the NewSpace Conference available to all around the world.


Bay Area space fans along with conference attendees are invited to our #NewSpaceTweetup at the conference venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose at 6pm. Expect legos, prizes, and a chance to mingle with fellow space enthusiasts. Hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation, this fun event is free and open to public (donations welcome!) For the latest news, follow @NewSpaceTweetup!

About Spacevidcast:

Spacevidcast is a community of people looking to educate the planet on the values of space flight. Their goal is to open up the cosmos and truly make space commonplace for everyone. They are a new media site with daily on-demand episodes, weekly live shows and live HD coverage of major space events.

Register before 7/23 for discounted rates at newspace.spacefrontier.org.

Editor’s Note: Well, this is good news for anyone who can’t make the conference this year. I even considered not going myself and just watching the whole thing from home. Then I looked outside and remembered where home is these days. I’m in the middle of the Mojave Desert, my backyard is nothing but dirt, and it’s mid-summer.

Rohrabacher Pushes Back on House Plan to Limit Commercial Crew to “Cost-Type” Contracts

Rep. Dan Rohrabacher
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

A note from the Space Frontier Foundation:

This year, the US Congress is working to re-authorize NASA, which includes re-visiting the funding authorization and overall strategy.  As part of that, the House Science Subcommittee on Space produced a draft bill recently.  On the issue of Commercial Crew, the draft bill showed promise, as it authorized $700 Million for the program.  However, the subcommittee put ISS acces in danger by requiring the program to be run using a cost contract, rather than a commercial fixed-price contract, or even better — a Space Act Agreement.  Fortunately, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who is Vice Chair of the full Science Committee, is pushing back.


NewSpace Business Plan Competition Offering $135K in Prize Money

sff_logoFremont, California, June 27, 2013 (SFF PR) — With $135,000 in prizes, more industry support than ever before, and a new location and date, the Space Frontier Foundation today announced the details of the largest, richest and most exciting NewSpace Business Plan Competition to date.

In years past, this competition has been a part of the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Conference, however, this year the competition will be a stand-alone event to be held in the Fall, allowing the Foundation to give this outstanding program its own spotlight. The NewSpace 2013 Conference will be held July 25-27. Both events will be in California’s famed investor hot-spot, Silicon Valley.


This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, June 24, 2013: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome SARA MESCHBERGER to discuss the upcoming NewSpace 2013 Conference (http://newspace.spacefrontier.org).

2. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): RAND SIMBERG RETURNS to discuss his newly completed book, “Safe Is Not An Option.”

3. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:30-10:30 AM PDT (12:30-1:30 PM EDT, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM CDT): This is a one our discussion on the Teachers In Space SFF program Space Medicine Workshop at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Guests will be Dr. Jason Kring, Elizabeth Kennick, Bob Werb, and Rebecca Zgorski.

4. Friday, June 28, 2013:, 9:30-11AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT, 11:30 AM-1 PM CDT). We welcome back retired astronaut JERRY CARR to discuss the 40th anniversary of Skylab and the Astronaut Scholarship Organization.

5. Sunday, June 30, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT, (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). OPEN LINES discussion. All space and STEM topics welcome. First time callers welcome. Please be succinct, to the point, and let’s make room for everyone who wants to call. Listeners, remember, we have only one toll free line. If the line is busy, please keep trying.

Embry-Riddle to Host Teachers in Space Summer Workshops

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 11, 2013 (ERAU PR) —
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new Commercial Space Operations degree program, the first of its kind in the world, will sponsor Teachers in Space summer workshops for the next five years.

A project of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), Teachers in Space stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by giving teachers authentic astronaut training and real space science experiences combined with information and resources they can take back with them to their classrooms.