Funding the Future of European Space Through OSIP in 2021

Credit: ESA

PARIS (ESA PR) — What do high-tech sponges, aircraft shaped like falcons and 3D printers on the Moon have in common?

They can all be found among the topics of the 87 research and development activities funded by ESA’s Discovery & Preparation programme between November 2020 and April 2021.

ESA set up the Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP) to discover and invest in new unconventional ideas that could greatly benefit and advance European space industry and academia.


Commercial Military Satellite Communications Capacity Revenues & Demand Stabilizing After Period of Decline

PARIS, WASHINGTON D.C., MONTREAL, YOKOHAMA, March 2, 2017 (Euroconsult PR) – According to Euroconsult’s soon-to-be-released report, SatCom for Defense & Security: Strategic Issues & Forecasts, global military demand for commercial satellite capacity has fallen by an estimated 20% from a peak of 12.5 GHz in 2011 following tremendous growth over the previous decade, due in large part to lower usage of the U.S. DoD.


Registration is Open for Spaceport America Drone Summit

Sunset at the "Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space" terminal hangar facility at Spaceport America. (Credit: Bill Gutman/Spaceport America)
Sunset at the “Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space” terminal hangar facility at Spaceport America. (Credit: Bill Gutman/Spaceport America)

Spaceport America, NM (Spaceport America PR) – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA has partnered with the New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, the International Cinematographers Guild and the AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics to bring together drone enthusiasts from across the USA and beyond to share in three action-packed days of racing, workshops, R/C fixed wing airplane demos and an aerial cinematography contest inside the futuristic horizontal launch campus.


Spaceport America to Host Drone Summit

First Spaceport America Drone Summit to be held at Spaceport America,

New Mexico from March 11-13, 2016

SPACEPORT AMERICA, NM, November 18, 2015 (NMSA PR) – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, announced today the launch of the first Spaceport America Drone Summit to be held at Spaceport America in Southern New Mexico from March 11-13, 2016.


Mojave Gets Plane Crazy Again on Saturday

The Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation


Plane Crazy Saturday

Mojave Air and Space Port
Saturday, November 16, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This is a historical aircraft display day and free family ‘educational’ event – kids are especially welcome! Doors will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch is available in the Voyager Restaurant. The restaurant opens at 8 a.m.

Glenn Stearns
Glenn Stearns

Monthly Speaker

Glenn Stearns
Future of Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Mojave Board Room
11 a.m.

  • Monterey Bay UAV School
  • Founder California Spaceports Network & Sustainable Lifestyle Network
  • Member of the National Space Society as a Space Ambassador for Planetary Sustainability Earth, Mars & Beyond

Special Note to Vendors:

If the weather permits our booths to be outside, aircraft, space collectibles and artworks will be available for sale and viewing. If weather is inclement, there will be no booths.

We are not allowed to set up inside the building anymore. If you have a booth, call first for weather report at Mojave Air and Spaceport. 661.342.0604

A Note to Pilots:

CAP Composite Squadron 84 Edwards AFB will be conducting our Flightline Safety again this month. We want all pilots to be sure to alert the CAP before they go to their aircraft to start the engine for departure, to keep all of our visitors safe! Thank you!




No smoking on flightline!!!!


Voyager Restaurant        Radio Shack – Mojave         Rosamond News

Barnett Carpet Cleaning – Rosamond           Kieffe & Sons Ford – Mojave/Rosamond

Karl’s Hardware – Rosamond/Mojave

Report: NASA to Turn Shuttle Landing Facility Over to Space Florida, Paving Way for Lynx Flights

The Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. (Credit: NASA)
The Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Space Florida is the victor in competition to control the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The privatization of SLF, which was a 3-mile long runway, will pave the way for commercial spaceflights by XCOR’s Lynx and other vehicles.

The preliminary deal, to be announced at KSC on Friday by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, would give Space Florida control of one of the largest landing strips in the world and one that’s enshrined in space history: Nearly 80 shuttle crews landed there before NASA ended the 30-year program in 2011….

A top executive with the California company XCOR Aerospace, a space-plane builder that has expressed interest in the runway for months, said the preliminary agreement makes it all but certain that it would establish a base at the strip for “participant flights” — beginning as soon as 2015.


Will Mojave Become an UAS Research and Test Site?

In a move that could have a major impact on the Mojave Air and Space Port, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has solicited proposals from interested parties for the establishment of six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country.

Mojave spaceport officials have said they are seriously considering submitting a proposal for this designation. They have also brought in a NASA Dryden executive, John W. Kelly, to serve a one-year executive internship. One of Kelly’s main focuses will be on the research potential for UAS activity.


Flight Opportunities Program Exec Interns at Mojave Air and Space Port

John W. Kelly

John W. Kelly, program manager for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, began a one-year executive internship at the Mojave Air and Space Port last week.

Kelly will be focusing on access to space initiatives as well as the research potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Kelly also will help to build a closer working relationship between the spaceport and the nearby NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, where he is employed.

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) solicited proposals from state and local governments, eligible university and other public entities to develop six UAS research and test sites around the country.

Mojave spaceport officials are considering submitting a proposal for designation as an UAS research and test site. So, Kelly’s expertise would be valuable if the spaceport goes forward with a proposal.

Designation as one of the six UAS sites would bring new companies and many new jobs to the spaceport, which is located in California’s High Desert.

Mojave Airport Eyes Possible UAV Test Site Designation

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

The Mojave Air and Space Port is considering whether to apply to become one of six sites designated to test unmanned aerial vehicles by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Mojave General Manager Stu Witt said on Tuesday that officials are weighing their options and will not make any decisions about whether to apply until they see a request for proposal (RFP) from the FAA. Last week, the agency has put the selection process on hold citing safety concerns and privacy issues.


Lockheed, LaserMotive Power UAS Using Laser

Stalker UAS. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

PALMDALE, Calif., August 7, 2012 (Lockheed Martin PR) — Lockheed Martin and LaserMotive, Inc., have completed a series of flight tests of the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to further validate the performance of an innovative laser power system. These tests mark the first-ever outdoor flight of a UAS powered by laser.

Stalker is a small, silent UAS used by Special Operations Forces since 2006 to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. In a recent wind tunnel test, the UAS demonstrated 48 hours of continuous flight powered by this innovative laser system.

Florida Space Coast News: L2 Aerospace Teams with Cella Energy on UAVs

Cape Canaveral, FL (L2 PR) – L2 Aerospace, an innovative company providing integrated ground, air and space-based products and services, is pleased to announce their partnership with Cella Energy, a company with patented technology in safe, low-cost hydrogen storage materials to produce longer duration unmanned systems.


Space Florida Signs Agreement on Unmanned Aerial Systems Initiative

Editor’s Perspective: Florida officials are attempting to diversify the Space Coast’s economy away from reliance upon NASA. One promising area is the booming field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), which employs people with very similar skill sets as the space industry.

Kennedy Space Center, FL, July 9, 2012 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida – the State of Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace economic development agency – has selected ENSCO, Inc. – an engineering, science and advanced technology solutions company for the defense, security, transportation and aerospace industries – to play a leading role in its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Initiative.