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  • Three Chinese Nationals and Two Corporations Charged with Illegally Exporting Defense Articles...

    10/06/2009 7:30:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 1,035+ views
    Boston.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | October 5, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Three Chinese Nationals and Two Corporations Charged with Illegally Exporting Defense Articles and Commerce Controlled Electronics Components to China and Conspiring to Violate U.S. Export Laws BOSTON, MA—Three nationals of the People’s Republic of China and two corporations were charged on October 1, 2009 in federal court with conspiring over a period of 10 years to illegally export defense articles, designated on the United States Munitions List, and Commerce controlled electronics components to end-users in China, including several Chinese military entities. Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks; John J. McKenna, Special Agent...
  • California vies for new space industry

    08/24/2013 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 11:07 AM EDT | Mihir Zaveri
    As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. Last year, the state enacted a law that shields space tourism companies such as Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic from similar lawsuits. “We’re still in the fledgling part of space...
  • Capitalism In Space

    08/14/2012 11:54:26 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 10th, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Ever since the Obama administration’s rollout of its space policy two and a half years ago, conventional ideological wisdom has been turned on its head. An administration that had seemed eager to increase government involvement in everything from auto companies to health care proposed a more competitive, privatized approach to spaceflight, and people claiming to be conservatives blasted it, demanding that the traditional (and failing) NASA monopoly continue. Jim Muncy, a former aide on space policy to California congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R.), put it cleverly: “Democrats don’t think that capitalism works within the atmosphere, and Republicans apparently don’t think it...
  • What Does The Success Of Dragon Mean?

    06/04/2012 10:35:45 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 13 replies
    PJMedia ^ | May 31st, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    SpaceX’s Dragon capsule completed a nearly perfect flight this morning, splashing down as planned in the Pacific Ocean within a mile of its target. It replicated everything that the Gemini series of flights in the sixties did in a single flight — getting to orbit, performing a rendezvous with another object, closely approaching it, berthing to it, detaching from it, and entering the atmosphere to be retrieved by a ship — except that it was entirely unmanned (so no spacewalk — that will await flights with crew aboard). The only problem encountered was an issue with the LIDAR, the laser...
  • Rationalizing Our Approach To Space Safety

    06/04/2012 10:31:47 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum
    Kickstarter ^ | May 15th, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    For my next project at CEI, I’m planning to do an Issue Analysis (similar to the one I did on Space Property Rights) laying out the history of risk and safety regulations, to provide some context for what is happening with both commercial crew (and other human spaceflight) at NASA, and with potential regulations that the FAA-AST may impose when the moratorium ends in 2015 (it will also make the case for extension).
  • U.S. Air Force space plane marks one year in orbit

    03/05/2012 7:05:31 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 3/4/2012 | Stephen Clark
    The U.S. Air Force's second X-37B space plane marked one year in orbit Monday, continuing its clandestine mission more than 200 miles above Earth. The robotic spacecraft's purpose is secret, but Air Force officials acknowledge the vehicle is performing well one year after it blasted off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on March 5, 2011. "We are very pleased with the results of the on-going X-37B experiments," said Lt. Col. Tom McIntyre, X-37B program director in the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office. "The X-37B program is setting the standard for a reusable space plane and, on this...
  • John Glenn Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of His Historic Flight

    02/24/2012 3:00:10 AM PST · by Makana · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2012 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – John Glenn fever has taken hold of Cape Canaveral once again. Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center. The NASA auditorium was packed Friday with hundreds of workers, many of whom stood along the walls to see the space legend. The 90-year-old Glenn was joined on stage by Scott Carpenter, 86, the only other survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Glenn recalled how he and his fellow Mercury astronauts traveled to Cape Canaveral to watch a missile blast off....
  • Race To Mine The Moon Heats Up

    10/27/2011 9:22:03 PM PDT · by Captain Beyond · 23 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 10/27/2011 | Loren Grush
    Astrobotic Technology's Red Rover, a lunar exploration vehicle that the company claims will be able to scout and drill for precious resources at the moon's poles. Moon, we just can’t quit you. NASA has shifted its goals from returning to the moon to visiting an asteroid or even Mars, but not everyone has given up on going back. The space agency's attention deficit has sparked a race among private companies eager to return to Earth's satellite.Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/10/27/race-to-mine-moon-heats-up/#ixzz1c2sHUuBP
  • Capturing an asteroid into Earth orbit

    08/25/2011 10:03:57 AM PDT · by BobZimmerman · 54 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | August 26, 2011 | Robert Zimmerman
    Want to mine an asteroid? Rather than travel to it with all their mining equipment, three Chinese scientists have proposed a better way. In a paper published today on the Los Alamos astro-ph preprint website, they have calculated the energy required to shift the orbits of the six thousand near-Earth asteroids and place them in Earth orbit for later mining. Of these, they found 46 asteroids that had the potential for such an operation, and two likely candidates for a space mission. One 30-foot-wide asteroid, 2008EA9, will actually be in the right place for this technique in 2049.
  • A cloudy vision of U.S. spaceflight (Lost in Space .. The Obama Years)

    07/19/2011 3:52:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/19/11 | Ralph Vartabedian and W.J. Hennigan
    When the orbiter Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, ending the 30-year-old space shuttle program, NASA will have its sights set on the next big exploration mission: sending astronauts to an asteroid in about 15 years. But the path to that goal remains poorly defined, jeopardized by a bleak budget outlook and a weak political consensus. It has left a deep angst that U.S. leadership in space flight is in rapid decline and the very ability to fly humans off the Earth is at risk. "I'm very disappointed about where we are today," said Robert L. Crippen, who...
  • SpaceX Succeeds: Will Congress Notice?

    12/10/2010 10:30:10 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 19 replies
    AOL News ^ | December 8th, 2010 | Rand Simberg
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully delivered the first commercial pressurized capsule to orbit and returned it safely to earth today. It was a milestone that should finally put to rest doubts in Congress about President Barack Obama's plan to rely on private spaceflight to service the International Space Station, but based on history, it probably won't.
  • Scientists reconstruct the Pioneer spacecraft anomaly

    09/24/2010 9:55:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    scientific american ^ | April 15, 2008 | JR Minkel
    Ten years ago, NASA researchers discovered that the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft had fallen slightly behind course during their 35-year journeys to the outer reaches of the solar system. In what has become known as the Pioneer anomaly, which was the subject of one of the talks this weekend at the American Physical Society here in St. Louis, nobody knows for sure why it happened. It probably stemmed from leaking gas or heat. But there's also the possibility, however remote, that gravity doesn't behave the way we expect. Until recently, researchers haven't had the data to distinguish the different...
  • DLR Tests New Sharp-Edged Spacecraft

    05/13/2010 5:23:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 581+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 5/13/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Re-entry into Earth's atmosphere is considered one of the most critical moments in spaceflight. To make the journey into space and back to Earth safer, cheaper and more flexible, the German Aerospace Center has designed an experimental spacecraft. The Shefex II project uses advanced technologies such as a sharp, angular design and active cooling of the heat shield. For the first time, scientists have tested a model of the spacecraft in a wind tunnel at Gottingen. In early 2011, Shefex II (SHarp Edge Flight EXperiment) is scheduled to lift off from the Australian testing ground at Woomera. This is in...
  • Congressman: Obama’s NASA Shakeup Breaks The Law

    02/14/2010 10:52:37 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies · 813+ views
    http://www.cfnews13.com ^ | February 14, 2010 | http://www.cfnews13.com
    WASHINGTON -- One Central Florida congressman has accused President Barack Obama of breaking the law for trying to cancel contract bids for the next generation of spaceflight.
  • Listen to the Apollo 11 Radiocast

    07/20/2009 6:45:26 PM PDT · by DigitalVideoDude · 4 replies · 365+ views
    NASA ^ | July 20, 1969 | NASA
    In case you were not aware, you can listen in real-time to a replay of the first moon walk, just about to happen...
  • "We Choose to go to the Moon"

    07/16/2009 12:07:29 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 13 replies · 785+ views
    Airline Insiders ^ | 07/16/2009 | Admin
    Today, July 16th, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which resulted in man landing on the moon for the very first time. NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped foot on the lunar surface 4 days later, on July 20th, 1969. Neil was the first, followed shortly thereafter by Buzz. All of this began because of John F. Kennedy’s words: “We choose to go to the moon In celebration of this historic achievement, we have added a link to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s website “We Choose the Moon.” The mission...
  • Russia to charge NASA $51 million per space flight

    05/13/2009 6:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 601+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/09 | Conor Sweeney
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will charge U.S. astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space tourists, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday. NASA needs to use the Russian Soyuz capsule because its own Space Shuttle will be retired next year after nearly 3 decades in service and a replacement is not due until 2014 at the earliest. Russia's own plans for a new spacecraft are running behind schedule, with the planned unveiling of a mock-up now delayed by a year to 2010, Interfax quoted Anatoly Perminov head...
  • Moon Stuck

    01/21/2008 8:41:38 AM PST · by Truth29 · 77 replies · 72+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | January 21, 2008 | Craig Covault
    Moon Stuck (snip) Some of the most influential leaders of the space community are quietly working to offer the next U.S. president an alternative to President Bush's "vision for space exploration"--one that would delete a lunar base and move instead toward manned missions to asteroids along with a renewed emphasis on Earth environmental spacecraft. (snip) "A large portion of the scientific community in the U.S. also prefers Mars over the Moon," he acknowledged. But "interest in the Moon is driven by goals in addition to and beyond the requirements of the science community. It is driven by the imperatives that...
  • Flight Log: The First Private Expedition to the Moon

    06/28/2007 10:41:02 AM PDT · by Freeport · 65 replies · 934+ views
    www.space.com ^ | 28 June 2007 | Leonard David
    ASPEN, Colorado - You don't have to pack your bags quite yet, but passenger travel to the Moon is on the flight manifest of a space tourist company. The price per seat will slap your wallet or purse for a swift $100 million - but you'll have to get in line as the first voyage is already booked. Space Adventures, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, is in negotiations with the customers who will fly the first private expedition to circumnavigate the Moon. "I hope to have those contracts signed by the end of the year," said Eric Anderson, Space Adventures' president...
  • Futuristic NASA think tank to be shut down[Institute for Advanced Concepts]

    03/21/2007 7:51:57 AM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 8 replies · 462+ views
    NewScientist.com news service ^ | 20 March 2007 | Maggie McKee
    NASA will likely shut down its Institute for Advanced Concepts, which funds research into futuristic – and often far-out – ideas in spaceflight and aeronautics, officials say. The controversial move highlights the budgetary pressures the agency is facing as it struggles to retire the space shuttles by 2010 and develop their replacement. The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was established to "give an opportunity for people outside of NASA to develop really revolutionary and creative concepts for future aeronautics and space missions", says Robert Cassanova, who has served as the institute's director since its inception in February 1998. The...
  • Stephen Hawking plans to see space(He's got a ticket to ride)

    01/07/2007 6:16:52 PM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 44 replies · 1,366+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/01/2007 | Roger Highfield
    Prof Stephen Hawking is planning a space flight. The world's best-known scientist, who is 65 today, told The Daily Telegraph: "This year I'm planning a zero-gravity flight and to go into space in 2009." A zero gravity flight is what astronauts call the "vomit comet", in which an aeroplane flies in such a way that people inside are temporarily weightless. Stephen Hawking is 65 today. He was struck down by motor neurone disease when he was 21 and given a year or two to live Prof Hawking's next step towards the cosmos then depends on the Virgin Galactic space tourism...
  • FAA issues 1st-ever space tourism rules

    12/16/2006 11:11:41 AM PST · by Stoat · 25 replies · 965+ views
    Yahoo News /AP ^ | December 15, 2006 | ERICA WERNER
    FAA issues 1st-ever space tourism rules By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer Fri Dec 15, 6:40 PM ET   WASHINGTON - Thrill-seekers looking to blast into space would need to be informed in writing of serious risks — including death — and promise not to sue the government under the first-ever rules for commercial space travel. The rules issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration mandate training and medical fitness evaluations for crew members, preflight testing and other steps companies must take before getting licenses to carry paying passengers into the beyond.The rules apply to American companies launching from...
  • Spaceflight on the cheap

    09/20/2006 3:04:49 PM PDT · by BigTex5 · 15 replies · 706+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Tuesday, September 19, 2006 | New Scientist
    How much does it cost to put a rocket into space? Three engineering students at Cambridge University in the UK reckon they'll be able to do it for just £1000 ($1879).
  • Remembering Wernher von Braun

    09/02/2006 3:07:31 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 54 replies · 3,423+ views
    The Space Review ^ | July 10, 2006 | Anthony Young
    Wernher von Braun in his MSFC office, with models of the rockets he helped develop in the background. (credit: NASA) Remembering Wernher von Braun by Anthony Young Monday, July 10, 2006 June 16th passed with virtually no mention of one of the greatest names in the exploration of space. On that date in 1977, Dr. Wernher von Braun passed away. He was admired and loved by many he worked with during projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, yet vilified by others because of his wartime efforts developing the V-2 for the Third Reich. He profoundly influenced the course of history...
  • NASA Plan for Moon Rocket Includes Foam

    08/05/2006 11:10:48 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 37 replies · 700+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug 4, 2006 | Jay Reeves
    Engineers designing the new U.S. moon rocket said Thursday they plan to cover part of it with the same type of foam that doomed Columbia and has been a problem throughout the space shuttle program. Used as insulation for tanks that hold super-cold rocket fuels, foam has been falling off the shuttle's huge, orange tank since the earliest flights. Part of the new manned rocket, called Ares I, will include a section similar to the shuttle external tank. That means any falling foam won't hit the crew compartment, said Don Krupp, chief of the vehicle analysis branch at Marshall Space...
  • Scouts played large part in Fossum's life

    07/12/2006 2:15:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 290+ views
    Monitor ^ | July 12, 2006 | Marc B. Geller
    Scouts played large part in Fossum's lifehttp://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=14170&Section=Local http://tinyurl.com/ru9qt July 12, 2006 Marc B. Geller Monitor Staff Writer McALLEN — One of the biggest influences in Mike Fossum’s life growing up in the Rio Grande Valley was his experience in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Beverly Alleyn, who like Fossum’s mother is a nurse, was his Cub Scout pack leader. And her husband, Mickey, led the Webelos program that Mike needed to complete with other Cub Scouts to transition into Boy Scouts. The Alleyns’ son, Rob, now a McAllen physician, was one of Mike’s classmates and rose with Mike through the...
  • Tourism Update: Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Plans Revealed

    07/06/2006 9:03:48 AM PDT · by Paradox · 7 replies · 506+ views
    space.com ^ | 05 July 2006 | Leonard David
    The public space travel business is picking up suborbital speed thanks to a variety of private rocket groups and their dream machines. Joining the mix is Blue Origin's New Shepard Reusable Launch System. It is financially fueled by an outflow of dollars from the deep pockets of billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com. The Bezos-backed Blue Origin, LLC commercial space outfit has recently turned in a draft environmental assessment (EA) for their West Texas launch site to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, D.C. The document is the best glimpse yet of...
  • Joint Ventures in Russia: Space Adventures Ltd.

    07/02/2006 6:41:04 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 234+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 30, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Space Adventures, Venture capitalist firm Prodea, and Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau are planning to share their science notes to build suborbital flight vehicles that can take you and me into space. Myasishchev will design and build the ships. Vienna, Va.-based Space Adventures -- which has already sent three tourists to the international space center since 2001 -- will do the selling. Prodea will beam up the necessary funds when required. The spaceship is expected to hold 5 very very wealthy travelers who have lots and lots of time on their hands to prepare for the trip. If I...
  • NASA's Bold Plan for Private Spaceflight

    06/29/2006 8:27:53 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 06/29/06 | Mark Williams
    From its beginnings in the 1950s, through the glory years of Apollo and to the present day, NASA has always owned and operated the rockets with which it launches crew and cargo into space. But last fall the agency attempted to kick start a quiet revolution in near-earth spaceflight. In an announcement, titled "Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS); Spaceflight Demonstrations," NASA requested proposals from companies interested in building and operating rockets that could reach the International Space Station and serve both government and private-sector customers (see "Private Space," March/April 2006).
  • Space professionals here for Human Spaceflight Forum, May 10

    05/01/2006 5:09:05 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 136+ views
    Several distinguished members of the U.S. space program, including the only scientist to walk on the moon, will participate in a Human Spaceflight Forum on Wednesday, May 10. The free public event, sponsored by the Princeton Astrobiology Club, will feature a series of lectures from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Peyton Hall auditorium and a panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in McCosh 50. The purpose of the forum is to start a dialogue between Princeton students and faculty with space professionals, addressing NASA's new initiative to fly to the Moon and Mars in the coming decades. Appearing...
  • Human orbital spaceflight: the ultralight approach

    04/17/2006 7:27:13 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies · 669+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 04/17/06 | Richard Speck
    Entrepreneurial breakthroughs in technology have always hinged on producing workable designs at affordable cost, and this usually required “radically minimal” design. Such a focus allowed Jacques Cousteau to prove that an affordable SCUBA system could replace a submarine for personal exploration of the ocean deeps. It allowed the Apple and Sinclair computers to make the “personal computer” more than a science fiction idea. It made the “funky” Aeronca C-2 the first certified (and successful) light aircraft in 1929. A “Personal Spacecraft” could weigh less than this 184-kilogram airplane. For orbital launch, the complete fueled system would of course weigh one...
  • Times have never been more promising for proponents of commercial spaceflight.

    03/13/2006 5:49:36 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 8 replies · 267+ views
    Technology Review ^ | March/April 2006 | Mark Williams
    When the Bush administration announced a new mission for NASA in January 2004, many dismissed it as a cynical P.R. ploy. Yet it was the first time a U.S. administration had declared that the country's policy on manned space exploration was to go into space and keep going (see "Toward a New Vision of Manned Spaceflight"). Given that ambition, the "Report of the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy" -- also dubbed "A Journey to Inspire, Innovate, and Discover" -- charted an ostensibly reasonable course. It decreed that when construction on the International Space Station finished...
  • First-Flight Shuttle Ride

    01/16/2006 10:29:44 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 12 replies · 694+ views
    Contrails Magazine ^ | 1/16/2006 | Mike Mullane
    First-Flight Shuttle Ride Aviation Week & Space Technology 01/16/06 author: Col. R. Mike Mullane Jan. 28 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle accident that killed NASA astronauts Dick Scobee, Mike Smith, Judy Resnik, Ron McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Hughes corporate payload specialist Greg Jarvis and teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe. Nearly 18 months before the Challenger accident, the Thiokol solid-rocket boosters used on Discovery's Mission 41D experienced the first major "blow-by" of gases around O-ring seals--the same problem that later doomed Challenger. Former astronaut USAF Col. (ret.) Mike Mullane, a mission specialist on that Discovery flight, describes his experience...
  • How do (Chinese)

    10/14/2005 8:39:24 AM PDT · by Robe · 21 replies · 385+ views
    Two Chinese astronauts, Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, continued their space travel Thursday aboard the nation's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou-6. How do they keep themselves clean during the planned 119-hour space flight? According to Dr. Li Yongzhi, who is in charge of medical monitoring and guarantee for astronauts, the two men cannot brush their teeth as they did on the Earth.
  • Spaceflight - An euro place in space

    10/07/2005 4:21:16 AM PDT · by montreal · 1 replies · 230+ views
    Flight International ^ | 10/04/2005 | ROB COPPINGER/LONDON
    A place in space A substantial national budget and a leading position in ESA makes France Europe’s strongest space nation. But can it withstand increasing international competition? The future of France’s space industry, largest among the European Union nations, is beholden to European policy, say its leaders, They warn that the region’s stagnant space budgets will leave the industry in a diminished competitive position if the situation does not change. The warning comes two months before the industry’s largest customer, the Euro­pean Space Agency, decides its next multi-billion euro budget. “The trend has been flat budgets. It’s a stagnation of...
  • US on the moon 'by 2020'

    09/19/2005 4:45:57 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 221 replies · 1,906+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 20 September 2005
    THE United States will send four astronauts to the moon by 2020, NASA administrator Michael Griffin said overnight. NASA is to design a new rocket to replace its ageing shuttles that will launch the capsule to make the return to the moon. The last manned mission to the moon was the Apollo 17 rocket in 1972.
  • Space Flight Must Continue

    06/13/2005 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 14 replies · 565+ views
    The Kerrville Daily Times ^ | 6-13-05 | Gerald MacCrossan
    INGRAM TEXAS— Space buffs packed the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theater Sunday to see the last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, and the father of mission control, Chris Kraft, speak. Joining them was current NASA Chief Scientist Jim Garvin and Kerrville resident Tom Moser, who was the first director of the U.S. space program. Kraft praised the turnout, which left not an empty seat in the room. “NASA needs to know that we have 300-plus people in this room interested in space,” he said. The panelists shared tales of their time working in the space program, from Kraft’s...
  • Probes to moon, Mars called priority

    06/01/2005 8:43:47 AM PDT · by blueberry12 · 275 replies · 2,088+ views
    CNN News ^ | June 1, 2005 | AP News
    HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- NASA's new administrator and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, vow the space agency will have the necessary funding to implement President Bush's vision to send astronauts back to the moon and to Mars. "We have the money to do good things," said Michael Griffin, who has visited at least seven of NASA's centers since his appointment in April. During a visit at the home of human spaceflight, he spoke Tuesday with astronauts, flight directors and other top administrators. Griffin said the agency has received a steady flow of funding that, when adjusted for inflation, is...
  • Successful Flight Test Of Prospector 6 NLV Development Vehicle

    05/25/2005 8:25:09 AM PDT · by bruin66 · 375+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 24 May 2005 | Unknown
    The successful launch and recovery of the Prospector 6 (P6) test vehicle on Saturday, 21 May 2005 represents another important milestone for the joint industry / academic team that is working to develop a low-cost Nanosat Launch Vehicle (NLV) that will be dedicated to delivering 10 kg payloads to low Earth orbit. The partially reusable P6 is a full-scale, low-fidelity prototype of the two-stage, pressure-fed NLV and is serving as a pathfinder for evaluating new vehicle technologies and efficient field site operations.
  • The Man Who Made Moon Dirt for NASA Is in Demand Again

    03/17/2005 7:03:53 AM PST · by billorites · 23 replies · 960+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2005 | Amy Schatz
    HOUSTON -- President Bush wants to go back to the moon, but Houston has a problem: an acute shortage of fake moon dirt. The White House kicked off a new space race last year when it announced plans for U.S. astronauts to return to the moon for long visits by 2020 in preparation for manned missions to Mars. In his latest budget, President Bush again increased the exploration budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. That means NASA now has the funds to design all sorts of new technologies to help sustain human life in space, from new, dust-resistant...
  • The Nanny State in Space

    11/18/2004 1:26:04 PM PST · by ezfindit · 13 replies · 517+ views
    OrthodoxNet.com ^ | 11/18/2004 | Chris Banescu
    No sooner had SpaceShipOne safely landed in the Mojave Desert, making history as the first privately-funded manned space vehicle, than government officials rekindled their desire to regulate this nascent private industry. Such concern for the safety of future space travelers is commendable but somewhat disingenuous, given Congress' rather poor record of oversight in maintaining the safety of NASA's Space Shuttle program. The revolutionary SpaceShipOne project was started by Burt Rutan partially in response to the challenge setup by the X-Prize. The prize was created to reward the first privately funded team that sent a three-person spacecraft into space on two...
  • New X Prize Sets Sights on Science, Technology and Social Solutions

    10/08/2004 7:39:55 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies · 431+ views
    space.com ^ | 07 October 2004 | Leonard David
    New X Prize Sets Sights on Science, Technology and Social Solutions By Leonard David Senior Space Writer posted: 07 October 2004 04:52 pm ET The X Prize Foundation and the World Technology Network announced today the formation of a joint venture to launch a series of technology incentive prizes to help spur innovation and breakthroughs in a range of scientific arenas. The creation of new X Prize awards follows the success of the twin SpaceShipOne flights that snagged the $10 million Ansari X Prize purse. However, these are focused on other arenas, such as medicine, environment, energy, nanotechnology, and...
  • Annual Competition for Public Space Flight

    10/05/2004 3:53:55 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 4 replies · 291+ views
    Annual Competition for Public Space Flight 1 hour, 4 minutes ago U.S. National - AP By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press Writer MOJAVE, Calif. - Hoping to build on the momentum sparked by SpaceShipOne's dash into space, supporters of opening the heavens to civilians are turning the winner-take-all race into an annual competition that might further fuel imaginations. AP Photo AFP Slideshow: X Prize Space Launch Competition Rocket Wins $10M Prize for Trip to Space (AP Video) The privately owned SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize on Monday by blasting into space for the second time in five days,...
  • The Race is On. DaVinci Project Notifies X-Prize

    08/05/2004 3:21:26 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 24 replies · 700+ views
    Space.com ^ | August 5, 2004 | Tarik Malik
    TORONTO, Canada -- A second team of rocketeers competing for the $10 million Ansari X Prize, a contest for privately funded suborbital space flight, has officially announced the first launch date for its manned rocket.The da Vinci Project, led by Brian Feeney of Toronto, Ontario, said Thursday the group plans to loft its Wild Fire Mark VI spacecraft on Oct. 2, just days after the planned launch of another X Prize contender, the U.S-based SpaceShipOne. The balloon-launched Wild Fire event will be followed by a second launch within two weeks to snag the X Prize purse, according to the plan.
  • The Final Frontier

    06/21/2004 11:11:46 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 7 replies · 171+ views
    Knight of The Mind ^ | Monday, June 21, 2004 | .cnI redruM
    Another technological barrier just fell by the wayside. A man named Mike Melville has flown "Spaceship One", the first entirely private spaceship, into space. It rode into the heavens aboard a carrier aircraft called "White Knight". The mission itself won't drop any jaws or break new technical ground. The significant fact is that this is the first time private industry has ever launched man into space. This begins an entire new era of expansion into the final frontier. Paul G. Allen, who leads Vulcan Inc., sponsored and financed the effort. Chief Engineer Burt Rutan has successfully developed the first ever...
  • SpaceShipOne ready to fly in Space

    06/20/2004 5:20:18 PM PDT · by Pandelirium · 9 replies · 777+ views
    Official Release and additional commentary ^ | June 2, 2004 | John Boney and Scaled Composites
    Burt Rutan, designer of numerous state-of-the-art flying machines including the note-worthy "Voyager" aircraft that flew around the world non-stop and un-refueled, is poised to set another record. This time, he has designed and built an aircraft that is an entrant for the Ansari X-Prize competition. Pilot Mike Melvill will be at the controls for the record flight, the first private-owned flight into space (62miles/1000km high). Another aircraft, a "StarShip" built by Beechcraft (now known as Ratheon), is a unique modern composite-built design that will fly chase during the missions. "This flight is one of the most exciting and challenging activities...
  • Mission to Nowhere

    01/09/2004 3:41:51 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 235 replies · 359+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/8/04 | Anne Applebaum
    Mars, as a certain pop star once put it, isn't the kind of place where you'd want to raise your kids. Nor is it the kind of place anybody is ever going to visit, as some of the NASA scientists know perfectly well. Even leaving aside the cold, the lack of atmosphere and the absence of water, there's the deadly radiation. If the average person on Earth absorbs about 350 millirems of radiation every year, an astronaut traveling to Mars would absorb about 130,000 millirems of a particularly virulent form of radiation that would probably destroy every cell in his...
  • Should Mars be Human Space Flight Objective?

    10/25/2003 12:09:36 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 66 replies · 416+ views
    spaceref.com ^ | 10/24/03
    "The whole point of leaving home is, after all, to go somewhere, not to endlessly circle the block." - Wesley Huntress, Carnegie Institution An October 16 hearing on the future of NASA's human space flight program revealed areas of consensus, and areas of disagreement, among the witnesses on directions for the U.S. space flight program. The panel of witnesses at this House Science Committee hearing brought a tremendous depth of expertise covering manned and unmanned space science and exploration, military technology, and the history of technology. Several were former NASA officials. While the witnesses saw little value in the current...
  • Astronaut Says Private Spacecraft May Beat Shuttle to Space

    10/24/2003 6:30:43 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies · 349+ views
    Los Angeles, October 12, 2003 – The Space Frontier Foundation yesterday strongly endorsed federal legislation enhancing commercial space development introduced by US Rep. Dana Rorhabacher (R-CA) in Congress. The bill lowers regulatory hurdles for commercial space projects, while protecting safety and the environment. Speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation's annual conference, Rorhabacher, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space and Science, said he introduced H.R. 3245, the Commercial Space Act of 2003, to protect America's budding commercial space industry. "I'm very excited by what new space pioneers are doing by building these private rockets," he said. "There will be...
  • China sets date for first Manned Space launch

    10/10/2003 9:39:06 AM PDT · by bonesmccoy · 58 replies · 619+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10-10-03 | AP
    China sets date for space launch Beijing confirms first manned space flight will be next week ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING, Oct. 10 — The Chinese government confirmed Friday that it would attempt its first manned space launch next week, saying the mission would begin between Wednesday and Friday “at a proper time.” A SUCCESSFUL launch would make China the third country in the world to put a human being into space. The former Soviet Union put Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961; the United States sent Alan Shepard up less than a month later. “Now all preparatory work for the launch...