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MOJAVE, Calif. (AVBOT PR) — Capt. Mark Kelly, record-setting American astronaut, retired US Navy combat pilot, and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords, is the keynote speaker for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Kelly, who commanded six NASA Space Shuttle missions, and is one of only two astronauts to have visited the International Space Station on four missions, will address an expected capacity audience attending the day-long business conference at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Stuart Witt Conference Center .
MOJAVE, Calif. (AVBOT PR) – Senior executives of two companies partnered in pioneering civilian space travel and new commercial space business will be among the speakers for the Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference at Southern California’s Mojave Air and Space Port.
The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, organizer of the annual day-long event, announced that George T. Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson, and Kevin Mickey, President of Scaled Composites, which won the X-Prize by being the first private company to carry passengers to space and back, have accepted invitations to appear on the program.
The two private sector aerospace leaders will address an audience of up to 800 at the conference, which also includes Astronaut Mark Kelly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket reservations.
CALGARY, Alberta (NASA PR) — People commonly use rocket science or brain surgery to refer to something incredibly complex and difficult. No wonder, then, that combining the two could result in something wonderful.
Powerful robotic arms developed by the Canadian Space Agency for the space shuttle and International Space Station – Canadarm and Canadarm2 – and a delicate surgical tool, dubbed neuroArm, are examples of the “wonderful things” that can happen when experts from different disciplines work together, says Garnette Sutherland, M.D.
Downey, CA (Columbia Memorial PR): On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Columbia Memorial Space Center will welcome both Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts and Virgin Galactic Representatives for a special, interactive event.
Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center), in partnership with Galactic Unite and Virgin Galactic, will host a live Google Hangout (http://www.challenger.org/new-media/events/galactichangout/) at the Challenger Learning Center inside the City’s Columbia Memorial Space Center. The event will run from 9 to 10 a.m. PST.
Via NASA – Nov. 20, 1998, was a day to mark in history. The Russian Space Agency , now known as Roscosmos, launched a Proton rocket that lifted the pressurized module called Zarya, or “sunrise,” into orbit. This launch would truly be the dawn of the largest international cooperation effort in space to ever come to light.
Zarya was the first piece of the International Space Station. Also known as the Functional Cargo Block (FGB), it would provide a nucleus of orientation control, communications and electrical power while the station waited for its other elements, including the Zvezda service module and Unity.
In the era of bell bottoms and Richard Nixon, there was the space shuttle.
When Ronald Reagan ruled the roost, all hope rested in the National Aerospace Plane.
During the Bill Clinton era, there were the X-33 and Venture Star.
In Barack Obama’s first term, the Air Force pursued its Reusable Booster System (RBS).
Five programs. One objective: to radically reduce the cost to orbit. More than $14 billion spent on development. And the result? A super expensive shuttle program. Four vehicles that never flew. And access to space just kept getting more expensive.
Undaunted by these previous failures, the brilliant engineers and scientists at DARPA are once again giving it the old college try. And this time around, they believe the technology has finally caught up with the ambition of making flying into orbit a daily occurrence.
By Jessica Eagan
International Space Station Program Science Office
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Rewind to the year 1983. NASA astronaut Sally Ride is the first American woman to visit the depths of the universe. Guion Bluford is the first African-American astronaut in space. Microsoft Word is first released. Michael Jackson performs the popular dance move forever known as the “Moonwalk.” Also 30 years ago on Nov. 28: The launch of Spacelab-1, a reusable laboratory with a legacy that still lives on through the International Space Station.
Florida Today reports Blue Origin has filed a formal protest over what it says is a plan by NASA to award an exclusive commercial lease to SpaceX for use of mothballed space shuttle launch pad 39A.
Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., had proposed to take over and modify pad 39A to support launches by multiple rocket companies, though its own orbital launch vehicle won’t be ready until 2018.
The protest could impact who ultimately uses the pad, but at a minimum will delay any lease award until the GAO reaches a decision, expected by mid-December.
Imagine a plant you can grow in the barren oil fields of West Texas that when you process its berries, jet fuel worth billions of dollars comes out. And that crop is there because of America’s space program.
That’s what Richard Godwin and his Florida-based company, Zero Gravity Solutions Inc. (ZGSI), are hoping to make possible. The company, which just went public, is using space-based genetic research to modify a tropical plant called jatropha curcas to grow in the cooler environment of West Texas. The plant’s berries could produce up to five to six tons of fuel per hectare.