Some rumors of the SS2 vehicle.
prag·ma·tism (prgm-tzm) n. A way of approaching situations or solving problems that emphasizes practical applications and consequences.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Here are the stories on the Launch of Genesis II from Bigelow Aerospace yesterday:
- Aviation Week
- Yahoo News
- New Scientist
Space Adventures says they plan to have contracts signed at the end of the year for the first Lunar tourist. The plan is to have a Russian Soyuz circumnavigate the Moon with a private passenger.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
National Space Society To Co-Host Participatory Exploration Summit with NASA Ames Research Center
June 26, 2007, Moffett Field, CA – The National Space Society, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is co-hosting the Participatory Exploration Summit at Ames Research Center today. This invitation-only event will bring together Web 2.0, virtual world and Internet experts with NASA stakeholders to discuss the use of new technologies to better engage the public with space exploration.
Confirmed attendees include television host and author Bill Nye; Popular Science editor-in-chief Mark Jannot; and Jerry Heneghan, CEO of Virtual Heroes and an executive producer of the America's Army Game Project. Leaders from companies and organizations such as Twitter, IBM, Creative Commons, Qualcomm, McCann Worldgroup, Digital Space Commons, Kurzweil Technologies, O'Reilly Radar and more are expected to attend.
Participatory exploration employs the use of new interactive technologies to more deeply engage citizens with space missions. Such technologies are second nature to youth today and will be essential to capturing and retaining the long-term interest of future generations in exploration.
"Participatory exploration is the next big thing for space," said George Whitesides, Executive Director of the National Space Society. "This goes beyond the simple distribution of images via the web to an era in which the public truly experiences space exploration, in real-time and in high resolution. Participatory exploration offers the opportunity for NASA and other space organizations to redefine the public's relationship with exploration, and energize the public about space exploration goals and missions."
For more information on the Summit, visit: http://colab.arc.nasa.gov/pes
NASA and the National Space Society will co-host the event. Sponsors of the event include Virtue Arts, Lunar Explorer, Virtual Heroes and Virtual Astronaut.
About the National Space Society
The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. For more information about NSS, how to join or donate, or the society's annual International Space Development Conference, visit:
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
NASA has scheduled a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 26, to preview the asteroid belt-bound Dawn mission. It will air live on NASA Television and be streamed on the agency's Internet homepage at www.nasa.gov. Dawn is expected to launch on a Delta II on July 7, 2007.
After signing an agreement with SpaceDEV earlier this week, NASA has signed unfunded Space Act agreements with Spacehab Inc. and Constellation Services International to work on orbital launch capability so NASA can focus on exploration of the Moon and Mars.
[update 7:45 am] Sam Dinkin has an interview with CSI CEO Charles Miller.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
SpaceDev, Inc. (OTC BB:SPDV.OB) has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to facilitate its development of reliable, safe and affordable transportation of passengers and cargo to and from Earth orbit. Under the Agreement, NASA will provide information about the agency's projected commercial demand for crew and cargo services to the International Space Station (ISS) as well as technical support regarding commercial vehicle requirements for rendezvous and docking with the ISS. NASA will also provide inputs to the development program through regularly scheduled technical exchange.
"We appreciate the leadership and foresight of Michael Griffin, Scott Horowitz, Alan Lindenmoyer and the entire NASA COTS office in their commitment to us and the emerging space industry," said Mark Sirangelo, SpaceDev's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This Agreement will allow us to work closely with NASA to share data, concepts and updates on our program's progress. Having a continuous interchange with NASA will help accelerate our ability to make strides to meet our country and industry's near and long term needs for space transport. We are committed to the use of the NASA Langley derived HL-20 as the foundation of our space transport program."
This Agreement builds on SpaceDev's continuing and developing relationship with NASA as a result of the COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) proposal effort, where SpaceDev was one of three finalists in the competition. The SpaceDev vehicle has on-board propulsion utilizing SpaceDev's patented hybrid solid rocket motor technology. SpaceDev's unique space transportation system is designed to effectively, reliably and safely carry crew/passengers and cargo in suborbital as well as orbital flight regimes. It is a piloted space solution which launches vertically and lands horizontally on conventional runways.
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
The European Space Agency is looking at using "quantum entanglement", where two quantum particles' states become "linked" to "communicating with satellites with total security."
Researchers successfully completed a 90 mile test with this concept earlier this year.
After the installation of the new solar panels on the ISS, the Russians computer lost their mind (forgive the technical software terms ;-). Astronauts and Cosmonauts are attempting a reboot. If they can't fix it NASA says it may abandon the ISS.
These are the systems that control thrusters are also used to control the oxygen-production and carbon-dioxide scrubbing.
NASA seems optimistic that they can fix the problem.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
RLV and Space Transport News asks since the ISS assembly has gone so well, minus the shuttle and Russian money problems, why is NASA so scared of in-space assembly for a Moon mission?
TGV Rockets has completed a successful test firing of their engine technology. They hope to dramatically decrease the cost of military suborbital missions and quick satellite-like views of a theatre.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
According to NASA Watch, members of both parties in Washington are starting to say what some of us have been saying for a while.
[A] greater use of private sector solutions - i.e. the use of commercial launch vehicles - specifically EELVs - as the launch vehicle of choice for the CEV. No one seems to be all that fond of continuing the development of Ares 1 (a government-owned solution) or the cost of developing something that already exists i.e. something you can buy now (EELVs).
China is working on a draft space law. This is likely a political move aimed at the US and Europe. The law is supposed to "effectively protect the space environment, reduce or eradicate fragments in space and expand international cooperation."
Monday, June 11, 2007
China has delayed their first unmanned Lunar mission 5 - 6 months. Chang'e was originally scheduled for April, but is now expected to launch in October. Delays are from the new oxygen/hydrogen propulsion system China is developing for their Lunar exploration plan.
After China's January ASAT Test, the US Congress has plans to increase military space funding. The House bill increases the Pentagon’s 2008 budget request by 1/3 for the Operationally Responsive Space program.
ORS's mission is to develop a system that can quickly launch low cost satellites to replace damaged satellites or to quickly increase US space capabilities for a military operation.
The Senate Armed Services Committee bill plans to double the funding for space situational awareness programs.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam says that we could have industrial complexes and human colonies on Mars in 50 to 75 years. Sounds good to me.
Virgin Galactic has appointed their first travel agent for space, or space agent. British luxury tour operators, Elegant Resorts, is now the only agent in the world able to book sub-orbital flights on board Virgin Galactic.
Friday, June 08, 2007
XCOR's development strategy, which focuses on going after government contracts that move the company closer to creating its own commercial space vehicle. XCOR has worked on methane-powered rocket technology for NASA, and was recently awarded an Air Force contract to design a rocket-powered supersonic vehicle that can reach altitudes of 200,000 feet.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
In Oklahoma Armadillo Aerospace's Pixel vehicle past the level 1 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge requirements not once but twice. If it had happened at the X-Prize cup it would have won the $350,000 prize. There is video...
The International Civil Aviation Organisation is a new UN directorate to handle commercial spaceflight up to the geostationary orbit. It should take a few years for the ICAO to finished formation. The creation was cased by the interest and progress in space tourism and other private space ventures.
[Update: June 8, 2007] I misunderstood the article and this is a creation of an ICAO like organization over space to be named later. Thanks to Alessandro.
The Democratic presidential candidate and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, spoke to a group of space professionals in Washington last month. He said space is a "a bona fide area of economic growth and opportunity" and that he would use the Spaceport America model for his national space policy. He is the only Democratic candidate I would consider voting for, mostly for his views on space.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Press Release from NSS:
NASA, National Space Society and Northrop Grumman Corporation To Unveil Extrasolar Planet Exhibition at Goddard Visitor Center
Student Educational Exhibition debuts June 5, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON, DC June 4, 2007 -- The wonder and science of the search for extrasolar planets will come 'down to Earth' in a unique way on Tuesday evening, June 5, when a new artistic installation is unveiled at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. The exhibit is part of a new educational initiative to educate and stimulate student interest in planetary science.
'Worlds Beyond' is a hands-on educational project that merges the search for planets outside our solar system with the creativity of an interactive art installation. Middle-school students from around the Washington, DC area have participated in this pilot education program and will be presenting their finished projects at the special opening event.
The opening will take place at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center, on Tuesday, June 5th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Visitor Center is located off of Rt. 193, Greenbelt Rd., in Greenbelt, Maryland.
In addition to the art exhibition, NASA scientists and engineers will be present to interact with the students and the public to share the wonders of the discovery of extrasolar planets, those that orbit stars other than our sun.
The event will continue into the early evening when the Worlds Beyond exhibition will come alive with an LED light display, representing the Earth's local Galactic region.
George Whitesides, Executive Director of the National Space Society, remarked, "Worlds Beyond will give students and the public a remarkable personal connection to our celestial neighborhood, and to these special extra-solar systems."
As part of the opening, a new model of the James Webb Space Telescope will be unveiled at the Visitor Center. The Webb Telescope, managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center and designed and built by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., will play a key role in the discovery and study of extrasolar planets.
In addition, the event will premier a new composition by noted musician and sonification researcher Marty Quinn of Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab based solely on the scientific data characterizing the newly-discovered extrasolar planets.
Worlds Beyond was organized by the National Space Society in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and was sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
For information on Worlds Beyond, visit http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/worldsbeyond.html. To learn how students and local schools can participate in the project, contact Adam Esposito, National Space Society, at (202) 429-1600, or via email at email@example.com.
For more information on NASA's science programs, visit:
About the National Space Society
The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.
Editors: For images, please contact Adam Esposito at the National Space Society, at (202) 429-1600, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
National Space Society
Phone: (202) 429-1600
Sunday, June 03, 2007
The International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, representing the 570 space shuttle workers voted to go on strike today, one week before the launch of Atlantis. The strike could start as early as June 12.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Robot Guy gives his response on how VSE should be implemented. I can't disagree with much of what he says. I am a big proponent of using Hardware we already have (live the EELV, for instance) instead of building a bunch o' shiny new rockets.
NASA has released The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination (pdf). This document is meant to create ways for space agencies to exchange information on exploration plans. Basically, it allows the space agencies of the Earth to cooperate to fill each other's gaps as we go out into the solar system.
It does outline NASA's high level exploration tasks. First the Moon, then Mars, then Asteriods and other Moons. It's a pretty easy read.
Since reports that NASA rejected a joint lunar program with Russia, Russia now says the US is planning to go it alone to the Moon in order to get all the Helium-3 to themselves. Russian space company, Energia, claims they will start industrial production of Helium-3 in 2020. Okay, sure.
On another note, Russia's lunar partner, China, the strong supporter or peace in space, had this to say:
"Whoever conquers the moon first will be the first to benefit," said Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of China's lunar program.
Ahh, peace for all mankind.