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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dateline October 5, 2006: Space News from the Internet

  • NASA has modified the contractt with ATK Thiokol for the Ares I first stage. The extension goes through Dec 31, 2006 and adds $35 million making the total value of the contract $63 million.
  • Even the Washington Post thinks the ULA is a bad idea. The FTC is now intervening the formation of the ULA. They are requiring ULA to do the following:

    (1) ULA must cooperate on equivalent terms with all providers of government space vehicles;
    (2) Boeing and Lockheed's space vehicle businesses must provide equal consideration and support to all launch services providers when seeking any U.S. government delivery in orbit contract; and
    (3) Boeing, Lockheed, and ULA must safeguard competitively sensitive information obtained from other space vehicle and launch services providers.

  • Michael Belfiore has the cover of his book on private space business leaders out.
  • A new class of planets orbit their sun in hours rather than years.
  • The shuttle has a ding. Better not tell Dad ;)
  • Scientists are looking for other habitable universes (subscription)
  • Burt Rutan is one of Popular Mechanic's breakthrough leaders.
  • The Register thinks space tourism will help NASA with the public.

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