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ASAP Criticizes NASA Commercial Crew Program on Transparency



In its 2014 Annual Report, the NASA Aerospace Advisory Panel (ASAP) slammed the space agency for “less-than-candid and -transparent communication” over the multi-billion dollar Commercial Crew Program.

“There are certain areas where this exemplary behavior of candid, timely, and transparent communication of risk has been insufficient,” ASAP said in its report. “The Commercial Crew Program (CCP) has been notably less forthcoming. This lack of transparency has been a concern for a number of years and, despite numerous discussions with the Director of Commercial Spaceflight Development (DCSD) and with senior leadership at NASA Headquarters, this less-than-candid and -transparent communication with the ASAP regarding the CCP has persisted.

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UrtheCast Expands After Signing $65 Million Contract


urthecast-logoThe Earth-imaging company UrtheCast has opened a second office in Vancouver, Canada, with the help of a recently signed deal. And the company is hiring.

“With an infusion of data, projects, and engineers, it was time to expand our office. Our Vancouver headquarters has been busting at the seams for quite some time now, so we’re looking forward to having more room and welcoming even more people to our team,” said UrtheCast’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Larson. “Our entire system continues to grow as we look for video specialists, GIS experts, and infrastructure experts to help build out our cloud for the data we are collecting.”

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NASA, Commercial Crew Partners Lay Out Plans for Human Spaceflight


NASA and its commercial crew partners, Boeing and SpaceX, held a press conference in Houston this afternoon to discuss their plans for launching U.S. astronauts from Cape Canaveral in 2017. Below are my notes on the event.


  • Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
  • Kathy Lueders, NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager
  • Mike Fincke, NASA Astronaut
  • Ellen Ochoa, Johnson Space Center Director
  • John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Space Exploration
  • Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President & COO

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One-Year Space Station Mission Will Involve Extensive Scientific Experiments


HOUSTON (NASA )PR) — “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.”  When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, many strides came before to achieve that moment in history.  The same is true for a human mission to Mars.  One step towards that journey begins in March 2015, when NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will make history as the first American to spend a year in space.

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Sarah Brightman Discusses Upcoming Trip to Space


British singer Sarah Brightman and backup Satoshi Takamatsu at as press conference in Moscow on Monday.

NASA, Boeing & SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts


HOUSTON (NASA PR) — NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems.

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Video: NASA, Scott Kelly Get SOTU Shout Outs From President Obama


President Barack Obama recognizes NASA and Astronaut Scott Kelly at the 2015 State of the Union Address.

Video Look at Upcoming Year-Long Mission on ISS


Video Caption: The launch of Soyuz TMA-16M will return three veteran space fliers to the International Space Station, with two of them embarking on the first ever yearlong mission to this vehicle.

NanoRacks: The Fastest Space Manifester in the West


nano_racks_logoWebster, TX—January 13 2014 — NanoRacks successfully manifested payloads onto SpaceX-5 in record time: nine days. Historically, it takes months, years even, to successfully manifest a payload for delivery to the International Space Station. But that speed is too slow for the agile commercial space industry.

NanoRacks was able to manifest CubeSats under a nine day deadline, and MixStix experiments in under one-month. That’s how little time there was to manifest payloads onto SpaceX-5 after the loss of Orb-3, and the company, working side by side with NASA and our customers, made it happen.

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Brightman & Takamatsu Complete First Day of Cosmonaut Training

Satoshi_Takamatsu and Sarah Brightman (far right) meet the media. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Satoshi_Takamatsu and Sarah Brightman (far right) meet the media. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) – Today in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) the famous British actress, songwriter and dancer Sarah Brightman and Japanese advertising guru Satoshi Takamatsu began their spaceflight training.

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