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    February 28, 2011
    California Items
    CSA Reception and Business Forum in Silicon Valley - Mar. 9
    Co-Hosted by the California Space Authority (CSA) and the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR).
    Join us for a Reception and Business Forum with the visiting French Aerospace Valley Association (FAV) from 3:30 -
    7:00 pm for a reception and panel discussion on how to do business with French companies. Enhance your
    business with international relationships and broaden the gateway to the European market. Click for a list of
    participating French company representatives:
    Limited seating. Call 805-349-2633 for information and reservations.

    California Space Week in Washington, D.C. Starts Mar. 28
    CSA and its members will meet with Congressional members and staff to discuss issues of vital importance to CA
    space enterprise. In addition, there will be private meetings with key executive branch officials representing the
    White House, NASA, the Air Force, Department of State, DARPA, Department of Commerce and the Department of
    Transportation. Additional details available at

    New Boeing Division To Pursue Hosted Payload Opportunities (Source: Space News)
    Boeing Satellite Systems International on Feb. 22 announced it is forming a new division to market to the U.S.
    government extra space on satellites the company builds for commercial satellite fleet operators. Boeing officials
    said they hope to turn what has been an episodic business in selling “hosted payload” capacity into a regular
    service. (2/22)

    SpaceX Named One of 50 Most Innovative by MIT’s Technology Review (Source: SpaceX)
    SpaceX has been named one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world by MIT’s Technology Review.
    “Private companies will dominate near-Earth space travel. And SpaceX, with its manufacturing advances for making
    rocket engines and astronaut capsules, is leading the way,” said Jason Pontin, Technology Review Editor in Chief
    and Publisher. (2/23)

    Southwest Research Institute Buys Six XCOR Lynx Missions (Source: XCOR)
    In a first for the reusable suborbital launch vehicle industry, XCOR Aerospace announced that the Southwest
    Research Institute (SwRI), a commercial entity, has purchased six suborbital flights to carry SwRI experiments as
    pathfinder missions for other SwRI suborbital clients. This is the first such contract SwRI has issued, and XCOR is
    proud to be chosen for this opportunity.

    "When someone issues a commercial contract with their own money, this means something," said XCOR Chief
    Operating Officer Andrew Nelson. "XCOR feels SwRI signing their first contract with us demonstrates the superiority
    of the Lynx platform over others in the field. We have the ability to fly up to four times a day, quickly perform an
    experiment and then return it to the customer. In addition, we offer the best price in class versus the competition."

    Each of the six flights will include a SwRI trained principal investigator / payload specialist. This group of talented
    individuals includes Dr. Alan Stern, former NASA Associate Administrator for Science, Dr. Dan Durda, who has
    campaigned in F-18s and Dr. Cathy Olkin, an experienced SwRI researcher. On these flights, the SwRI principal
    investigators will perform research using biomedical, microgravity, and astronomy imaging experiments conceived
    and prepared for flight at SwRI. SwRI has an option to purchase three additional flights at any time, providing more
    value for the money spent and greater flexibility for experimental research. (2/24)

    Lynx Development Proceeds Towards First Test Flight (Source: Parabolic Arc)
    I’ve been hearing some good things out of Mojave about XCOR. It seems that most of the funding is in place, the
    rest will soon be, and that work is coming along nicely on building the first test flight vehicle which the company
    hopes to fly soon. XCOR anticipates commercial flights in the US to start in late 2012, with production Lynx vehicles…/spot1…                                                                                         1/21
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    flying internationally by 2014. XCOR’s COO, Andrew Nelson said that the company continues to develop and
    produce safe, reliable and reusable rocket powered vehicles, propulsion systems, advanced non-flammable
    composites and other enabling technologies.

    “We’re building the Lynx, have a robust wet lease order book and we’re making engines for other customers,”
    Nelson said. “We’re always delighted to talk to potential investors and partners interested to join us in our
    development program.”

    Of course, estimates on first commercial flights have been optimistic before (it’s perpetually 18 months away), the
    signs are pointing in the right direction. The big question is: Who will be first to fly commercially? XCOR or Virgin
    Galactic. I think Richard Branson would be pretty embarrassed if it’s the former. (2/23)

    NASA Awards SAIC $62 Million IT Contract Extension (Source: Space Daily)
    Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract extension by NASA for the
    Unified NASA Information Technology Services (UNITeS) contract to continue providing a broad range of information
    technology (IT) services in support of the NASA Information Technology Service Network. (2/22)

    NASA Ames to Manage New Emerging Commercial Space Office (Source: Parabolic Arc)
    NASA Ames will assume management of a new Emerging Commercial Space Office that would be created under
    space agency’s proposed FY 2012 budget, officials said. Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Ames Director Pete
    Worden said the office would focus on spurring the development of new space technologies that are not covered by
    other NASA and FAA commercial space centers. The office’s activities would include managing NASA’s $30.1
    million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data program, adapting smart phones and other off-the-shelf technologies
    for use in satellites, transferring NASA technology and knowledge to the private sector, and related activities. (2/22)

    DirecTV Swings to Profit (Source: Wall Street Journal)
    DirecTV Group Inc. swung to a fourth-quarter profit as the satellite-TV provider continues to take market share from
    its cable rivals. The El Segundo, Calif., company added 289,000 net new U.S. customers, or more than double its
    growth from a year ago, while its Latin America unit signed up 378,000 net new customers in the period. The growth
    stands in contrast to the cable providers, which continued their slow bleed of video customers in the fourth quarter.

    Masten Conducts Tethered Flight Test (Source: HobbySpace)
    Masten Space Systems carried out a tethered flight test of their Xaero vehicle. "This is the second tethered flight of
    Xaero. The first flight is short and boring. This test is our first look at how well the rocket is navigating itself. It went
    very well and the guidance engineering department is working to fine tune the system for perfect performance." The
    company plans to conduct future flight test at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. Click here to see the video. (2/21)

    California Rocket Launch Scrubbed Again, Delayed Until Next Month (Source: Santa Maria Times)
    With crews still troubleshooting a problem that led them to scrub Wednesday's liftoff attempt, the Taurus XL rocket
    launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been delayed for at least a week. Liftoff of the rocket carrying NASA's
    Glory satellite reportedly has slipped to early or mid-March as crews have suspended launch preparations until they
    solve a problem with ground support equipment, officials said this morning.

    Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, with less than 10 minutes before the rocket was scheduled to lift off, ground
    controllers spotted a glitch before transitioning the Taurus to internal power. A 47-second launch window -
    essentially just one shot a day - left no time for the launch team to troubleshoot the problem and proceed with
    blastoff. "We had an indication that a ‘hold-fire' command was sent when indeed it had not," said Omar Baez, NASA
    launch director. (2/25)

    NASA Ames to be at Forefront of Agency's Commercial Space Efforts (Source: Palo Alto Daily News)
    As NASA looks to the commercial space industry to take on the expensive task of shuttling humans into space,
    Ames Research Center in Mountain View could play a central role in developing the agency's partnerships with
    companies. Under a 2012 fiscal year budget proposed by President Barack Obama last week, NASA Ames will
    become the home of a new "emerging commercial space" office, center director Simon "Pete" Worden said
    Tuesday. The office "will be a clearinghouse where we can assist NASA, figuring out how we can better use these
    emerging commercial opportunities, as well as get feedback from the commercial community on how NASA can
    help them," Worden said. (2/23)

    Up to 250 JPL Employees Could Face Layoffs as NASA Deals with Budget (Source: Pasadena Star-News)
    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory plans to lay off an estimated 200 to 250 employees before the end of March as the
    space agency deals with evolving federal budget constraints, a JPL official said. President Obama's budget
    proposal calling for keeping NASA's budget flat at about $18.7 billion through fiscal year 2012 and beyond would
    mean delays in several projects now in the pipeline, while ongoing projects would be fully funded.…/spot1…                                                                                               2/21
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    "If we can make a small reduction in workforce now we will have enough money to keep going for the remainder of
    the year," Richard O'Toole, executive manager of JPL's office of legislative affairs, said Wednesday. The decision to
    lay off up to 250 employees was made about month and a half ago, O'Toole said, in response to ongoing
    uncertainties in the 2011 budget and had nothing to do with the proposed 2012 budget. (2/24)

    National & International Items
    Shuttle Discovery Docks with Space Station for 13th and Final Time (Source: CNN)
    Some 220 miles above the Earth's surface, the shuttle Discovery docked Saturday afternoon with the International
    Space Station for the last time. Due to problems lining up with each other, the shuttle's "hard-mating" with the
    permanent orbiter threatened to push the six-man crew off schedule. The hook-up was finished around 3 p.m., yet
    NASA's Mission Control noted a possibility that the installation of an express logistics carrier would not be
    completed until Sunday, one day later than planned. (2/27)

    Injured Astronaut Aboard Space Shuttle 'In Spirit' (Source: AP)
    An astronaut who was bumped from space shuttle Discovery's final flight following a bicycle crash told his orbiting
    friends Friday that he's with them "in spirit." Injured just last month, Timothy Kopra hobbled on crutches into Mission
    Control and called Discovery's six astronauts, congratulating them on "an awesome launch" and wishing them well.
    Astronaut Michael Barratt teasingly confided that Kopra was aboard the shuttle "in a little bit more than spirit, but we'll
    have to explain that when we get back." (2/25)

    Last Discovery Launch Casts Doubt on Future of NASA's Prestige in U.S. (Source: UF Independent Alligator)
    The space shuttle Discovery took its final voyage Thursday to the International Space Station. It was NASA’s third-to-
    last shuttle launch, which for some students represents a saddening finality for a staple of scientific and American
    pride. Some students think the U.S. will lose something special when NASA’s shuttle program ends.

    “The space exploration is the stuff that everyone loves,” said Peter Nguyen, a UF physics and astronomy double
    major. “It’s a source of national pride.” Evan Kassof, a UF physics and music composition double major, said a big
    loss will be the diminishing role of an iconic hero: the astronaut. “The sad thing is we won’t have astronauts, and
    that will make American kids even less interested in science,” he said. (2/25)

    Hoped-for Space Shuttle Atlantis Flight Now Planned (Source: Orlando Sentinel)
    NASA’s hope to fly three more space shuttle flights, including Thursday’s launch of Discovery, now appear close
    enough to be met that managers are counting on it. Mike Moses, space shuttle launch integration manager for
    NASA, said that agency budget crunchers are confident they have found the money to launch and fly Atlantis on one
    extra flight this year.

    Until now, NASA had been counting for sure on only two more space shuttle launches: Discovery, plus that of
    Endeavour as early as April 19. The proposed final mission for Atlantis, known as as STS-135, was sought, but not
    officially funded. While it still might not be firmly funded, and while NASA’s funding still can change, Moses said
    NASA now is counting on it. It could launch as early as June 28. (2/23)

    Affording the Final Shuttle Launch (Source: Space Politics)
    NASA administrator Charles Bolden suggested that NASA stretched out the shuttle program far longer than it should
    have. “It was time for the shuttle to go a long time ago, in deference to a vehicle that was going to take humans to the
    Moon,” he said, suggesting that the Challenger accident 25 years ago forced NASA “to stick with the shuttle and
    break off our exploration dreams for a while.” He also criticized the situation the current gap of several years
    between the retirement of the shuttle and a replacement system to carry US astronauts to orbit.

    “What is not acceptable is the fact that the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America, finds
    itself in a situation that we didn’t do the proper planning to have a vehicle in place to replace shuttle when it lands its
    last landing in June,” he said.

    Bolden said it likely would. “We are budgeted for 135 and unless something disastrous happens, it’s our intent to fly
    it,” he said. Shuttle managers are also confident the money will be there. “We have a plan in place to shuffle the
    money around and fund the flight, STS-135,” said shuttle launch integration Mike Moses, the Orlando Sentinel
    reports, adding that “we’ve gotten the letter from headquarters saying we’ll be able to fly STS-135 regardless of what
    happens in the next budget.” (2/25)

    Endeavour Ready to Leave Hangar in Preparation for Final Flight (Source:
    The shuttle Endeavour will take its first steps toward space Monday when the ship moves a quarter-mile from its
    processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building to join a burnt orange fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.
    Endeavour is scheduled to back out of Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 2 Monday morning on a 76-wheel
    transporter.…/spot1…                                                                                         3/21
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    The 100-ton space plane has been inside the hangar since landing on its last mission in February 2010. After being
    thoroughly inspected and geared up for another mission, the orbiter's payload bay doors were closed in November.
    Endeavour was precisely weighed and workers measured its center-of-gravity Feb. 14, then technicians mounted
    the ship atop the transporter Feb. 15. Endeavour's landing gear was retracted in preparation for rollover Feb. 16.

    Last Flights Reminds Us How Much Houston Will Miss the Shuttle Program (Source: Houston Chronicle)
    Houstonians have had front-row seats to the saga of manned space exploration since President John F. Kennedy
    told a Rice stadium crowd in 1962 that America was going to the moon. His successor, President Lyndon B.
    Johnson, cemented the city's role in that effort by securing for the region what would become the Johnson Space
    Center in Clear Lake.

    The magnificent launch of the oldest space shuttle, Discovery, on its 39th and likely last flight Friday was a
    bittersweet reminder that an era of NASA missions planned and controlled from JSC is waning, and the future of the
    program, and Houston's role in it, is uncertain. Only two more shuttle flights are scheduled before the fleet is
    mothballed in museums. (2/27)

    Texas Congressman Less Optimistic on Final Shuttle Flight Funding (Source: Space Politics)
    Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) told Houston TV station KTRK that “it’s still a fight” over whether NASA gets sufficient funding
    to fly the final (STS-135) Shuttle mission, suggesting yet again that money be taken from NASA earth sciences
    programs to pay for the shuttle mission, should it come to that. While the House has passed a continuing resolution
    (CR) to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2011 (cutting NASA’s budget by several hundred million
    dollars in the process). “We’re optimistic it’s going to be there when we get there,” Chris Ferguson, commander of
    STS-135, told KTRK. “If it is, fantastic and if it’s not, well it’s the will of taxpayers.” (2/25)

    Bringing Shuttle to Ohio: 'We'll Be Able To Do That,' Congressman Says (Source: Dayton Daily News)
    The space shuttle Atlantis is closer than ever to an eventual home at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, but
    getting it there will take money and cooperation, U.S. Rep. Steve Austria, R-OH, said. Austria said it will take $28
    million to move and house the shuttle — known for having more military payloads than other shuttles — to the
    Riverside museum.

    “As a community, we’ll be able to do that,” Austria said of coming up with $28 million. “I have no doubt.” Transporting
    Atlantis to the museum will cost about $8 million, he said. Upgrading the museum for a shuttle home will take about
    $20 million. Boeing said last week it will give $5 million toward construction of a new 200,000-square-foot wing at
    the museum to house Atlantis. (2/21)

    Launches May End, But Space Coast Still Entices (Source:
    Unless a sexy new program, such as commercial space travel or something Mars-bound, comes along, the
    Kennedy Space Center likely will make the transition from a living part of history to a museum. But it will make a
    heck of a museum. Before my lunch with an astronaut, I wandered among America’s earliest rockets, tall as
    buildings and well kept, even if they seemed borrowed from a 1950s movie set through modern eyes.

    Later that afternoon, I headed out on the two-hour “Discover KSC” tour on a bus of about 40 filled seats and a tour
    guide. We set out from the visitors center and into the heart of Kennedy Space Center, where the Vehicle Assembly
    Building adorned with an American flag and NASA logo loomed. That’s where shuttles have been mated with their
    fuel tanks and solid-fuel rockets.

    The next day I joined an even longer tour of adjacent Cape Canaveral. That tour brought us into the control room that
    sent the first American rocket into space. It brought us to the control room that controlled Shepard’s launch. It
    brought us to the exact spot where Apollo 1 caught fire; they asked us to remove our hats for that one. The Cape
    Canaveral tour was nothing but history, which seemed encouraging for the future of the Space Coast. Even after the
    end of the shuttle program, anyone with a sense of space history will still find something there. (2/27)

    House Majority Cuts NASA FY11 Budget by $600 Million (Source: Space KSC Blog)
    NASA's Fiscal Year 2011 budget began last October, but the money for the budget must be appropriated in a
    separate bill by Congress. Until that happens, Congress passes a "continuing resolution" (CR) to keep the
    government in operation, essentially extending the prior year's budget, sometimes with targeted additions or cuts.
    NASA is currently operating under a CR that will expire March 4. If no new CR is passed by then, theoretically the
    government could "shut down," although what really happens will be determined agency by agency.

    NASA's routine administrative activities might close, but STS-133 would still be on orbit and of course so would the
    International Space Station, so presumably critical employees associated with those missions would continue to
    work — without pay?! It remains to be seen. The House of Representatives early Saturday passed a CR (H.R. 1) that…/spot1…                                                                                      4/21
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    if enacted would cut about $600 million from NASA's approved budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

    According to Space Policy Online, the appropriations committee already had cut NASA $303 million below its
    FY2010 appropriated level. With the $298 million cut in the Weiner amendment, NASA would be cut $601 million
    from its FY2010 appropriation, giving the agency a total of $18.123 billion for FY2011. Compared with President
    Obama's request of $19.000 billion for NASA in FY2011, it is a $877 million reduction. (2/22)

    PolitiFact Says Rep. Posey Charges of Underfunding NASA are "Mostly True" (Source: PolitiFact)
    According to Space Coast Congressman Bill Posey: "The president promised to close the space gap, but he now
    seems intent on repeating the events that created the space gap in the first place -- putting in place a new rocket
    design and then trying to underfund the effort..." The PolitiFact "Truth-o-Meter" says Posey's charge is "Mostly True."
    Click here to read the article. (2/23)

    Two High-Priority Climate Missions Dropped from NASA’s Budget Plans (Source: Space News)
    Even though NASA’s Earth science budget is slated to rise next year, the space agency has been ordered by the
    White House to shelve a pair of big-ticket climate change missions that just last year were planned for launch by
    2017. Under pressure to rein in federal spending, the White House eliminated funding for the Climate Absolute
    Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) and Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice
    (DESDynI) missions. (2/25)

    Will Our 'Sputnik Moment' Fizzle Out? (Source: MSNBC)
    One month after President Barack Obama urged America to rise up and respond to a "Sputnik moment" in
    international high-tech competition, there are rising worries that the trend line for civilian research and development
    spending is going down rather than up. The most worrisome development came last Friday, when the House
    approved a spending plan for the rest of the current fiscal year that would make deep cuts in spending for science
    and tech programs.

    The budget for the Energy Department's Office of Science, for example, would be cut by 18 percent. Ned Sauthoff,
    head of the U.S. ITER fusion research program, said such a reduction really translates into a roughly 30 percent cut,
    because a whole year's worth of spending reductions would have to be spread over about seven months. If the
    House's budget becomes law, that could mean the shutdown of all the particle accelerators at federal labs, as well
    as a premature end to dozens of experiments in next-generation biofuels, batteries and nuclear reactors.

    Biomedical research would take a hit as well — which carries a particularly deep sting for geneticist Eric Lander,
    president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as well as co-chair of the President's
    Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. He believes the 21st century will be "the century of biomedical
    research," and worries that the United States could lose its lead in the field to other countries. Click here to read the
    article. (2/25)

    Blame Game in the House on NASA FY-11 Cut (Source: Space Politics)
    Last week the full House approved an amendment to its 2011 continuing resolution to transfer nearly $300 million
    from NASA to a Justice Department community policing program. The amendment was introduced by a Democrat,
    but passed thanks to the votes of 70 Republicans, who joined 158 Republicans to approve the amendment. So
    what was the reaction of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)?

    Brooks blames the Obama Administration: “If the White House had argued for NASA among House Democrats, we
    would have protected NASA from this cut,” he told the Huntsville Times. Of course, if those 70 Republicans hadn’t
    voted for it, the amendment wouldn’t have passed regardless of what the Democrats did, as the GOP is now in the
    majority, but Brooks offers no explanation why 70 of his fellow House Republicans voted for the amendment. (2/22)

    Gov't Shutdown Wouldn't Leave Shuttle Discovery Stuck in Space (Source:
    If Congress is unable to agree on a federal budget for 2011 before the current stopgap measure expires on March 4,
    the potential government shutdown that would follow should not leave NASA's space shuttle Discovery in the lurch.
    The Discovery mission will extend through the March 4 deadline for congressional budget talks, but a top NASA
    official said that shouldn't be a problem. "we'll be able to just press on and continue kind of the way we're heading
    and see what happens and what goes forward," NASA's space operations chief Bill Gerstenmaier said. (2/25)

    Former Senior NASA Official Returning to Capitol Hill (Source: Space News)
    Christopher M. Shank, one of former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin’s top aides, is returning to Capitol Hill in March
    as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Smith, a 24-year veteran of the House of
    Representatives, chairs the House Judiciary Committee and serves on the Homeland Security Committee and the
    Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees NASA. (2/23)

    NASA on the Defense (Source: AJC)
    After President Obama unveiled his budget in 2010, I wrote a blog about how the U.S. space program had been…/spot1…                                                                                         5/21
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    taking its lumps in the Congress. A year later the story is much the same. NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden just
    doesn't move many on Capitol Hill who are on the fence about funding the agency. A week ago, NASA took its lumps
    in the GOP budget cutting bill that made it through the House. At first, the GOP shielded the space agency from
    sizeable cuts, but on the floor both parties joined to change that.

    For example, Democrats and Republicans pulled almost $300 million out of NASA and shifted that to grants for local
    police in the popular COPS program. NASA was lucky that so many Republicans defected during a later vote on $22
    billion in extra cuts, because those reductions would have gone across-the-board, and hit the space agency in the

    When I started covering the space program in the 1980s, NASA's budget was about 1% of the overall federal budget.
    Now it is less than one-half of one percent - and threatening to get even smaller. It hasn't helped that American
    space policy has zigged and zagged among different packages of goals from administration to administration, as
    the budget slowly increased, but always seemed under siege. (2/24)

    NASA Enters Budget Fight with an Alliance, but Cracks are Showing (Source: Huntsville Times)
    NASA's budget is like the rest of the federal government these days, under pressure to drop, but this year supporters
    say there is at least broad agreement on what NASA should be doing. "That gives us a mission, a reason to move
    forward," Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said of President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012.

    It wasn't that way last year when the White House sent a budget to Capitol Hill that proposed killing Constellation,
    NASA's rocket program of record at the time. It was being developed here, and Huntsville has a key role in NASA's
    new mission, too. The president wanted to replace Constellation with long-term research by NASA on a new deep-
    space rocket and a government-stimulated commercial fleet to carry astronauts and cargo to the International Space

    With the space shuttle winding down, Congress rebelled at the idea of no NASA manned rocket coming behind it. In
    one of its few bipartisan acts last year, Congress passed and President Obama agreed to sign the NASA
    Authorization Act of 2010. It ordered NASA to build - not just design - a new heavy-lift rocket for deep-space missions
    by 2016, but it also supported the president's push for commercial rockets. (2/21)

    Space Exploration Requires Longer Leash (Source: Galveston Daily News)
    Space is boundless, so it’s more than a little ironic that the United States keeps hitting the same wall in its efforts to
    fund its space exploration programs. The problem is not so much today’s or even tomorrow’s freezes on spending
    — it’s tough all over. The problem is in conflicting priorities.

    NASA is being instructed to keep building it’s own vehicles and to support commercial projects. But the agency is
    not getting enough money to do both. For some time now, NASA has been hobbled because it is an agency that has
    goals that might take 20 or 30 years to achieve, yet congressional priorities can change every two years, and the
    president’s goals can change every four. What’s needed is some realization that we can’t, as Americans, achieve
    20-year goals in space while setting new funding priorities every couple of years. NASA is one agency that needs to
    be on a longer funding leash. (2/22)

    NASA Chief Reflects on Budget Cuts (Source: CNN)
    CNN's John Zarrella sits down with NASA chief Charles Bolden about the budget cuts for the United States space
    program. The chief also talked about his disappointment of the lack of progress on developing a vehicle to replace
    the space shuttle. Click here to see the interview. (2/25)

    NASA Targets June Merger of Operations, Exploration Divisions (Source: Space News)
    NASA expects by June 5 to combine its Exploration Systems and Space Operations mission directorates into a
    single organization, dubbed the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, according to internal
    briefing charts. The new organization is expected to better-align NASA’s manned spaceflight goals as the U.S.
    space agency retires its fleet of shuttle orbiters and outsources crew and cargo transportation to and from the
    international space station to private firms. (2/25)

    Can Tax Credits Entice Space-Related Businesses to Florida? (Source: Orlando Sentinel)
    When the space shuttle is retired later this year, Kennedy Space Center will turn into a virtual ghost town, without a
    government rocket to launch for the first time in 50 years. The only launch activity will be at nearby Cape Canaveral
    Air Force Station, where United Launch Alliance sends up satellites and SpaceX is set to continue testing the Flacon
    9 rocket it plans to send to the International Space Station.

    State Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, is trying to spur launch activity with HB 873, which would provide tax
    incentives to new space-related ventures in hopes of providing jobs to the 7,000 or so shuttle workers looking at
    imminent layoffs. The bill creates a fully transferable net operating loss tax credit, which would allow space-related
    businesses to sell their net operating losses to other Florida companies for cash. The bill also credits a non-…/spot1…                                                                                        6/21
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    transferable corporate income tax credit of up to 50 percent for a commercial space-related business.

    To qualify for either incentive, a space business must create or maintain at least 35 jobs and invest a minimum of
    $15 million in infrastructure development within three years of the bill’s effective date. “Florida is no longer the
    national leader in space-related incentives. Other states are passing us by, so the Legislature must take action to
    attract more space businesses,” Crisafulli said in a statement. “97% of the space-related market opportunity is
    located outside of Florida – it is ours to capture, and this bill will help us do just that.” Sen. Thad Altman, R-
    Melbourne, has sponsored the Senate companion bill. (2/21)

    New Mexico’s Bet on Space Tourism Hits a Snag (Source: New York Times)
    Somewhere off a dusty road in southern New Mexico sits a hulking horseshoe-crab-shaped structure and a two-
    mile-long slab of concrete flanked by mesas and mountains. Welcome to Spaceport America, the country’s first
    facility built specifically for commercial space travel — an endeavor that the state envisioned as the epicenter of a
    fledgling industry where tourists would pay large sums to take suborbital flights into space.

    These days, though, after years of planning and debate, New Mexico’s grand ambitions for Spaceport have come
    down to earth, its future entwined with the state’s struggling economy. Though more than 400 people have put down
    flight deposits totaling more than $55 million, it is still not exactly clear when the first flight will launch. Gov. Susana
    Martinez removed the Spaceport’s supervising board, pushed out its executive director and began a review of the
    project’s finances, saying the Spaceport needed more robust private investment. Click here to read the article. (2/23)

    Virginia Spaceport: Utilities Project Will Clear Way for Rockets (Source: Salisbury Daily Times)
    A $3.4 million project is about to get underway that will create a clear passage for large rocket payloads to travel
    along Atlantic Road from NASA Wallops Flight Facility to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island. The
    Wallops Space Transit Corridor Clearance Project will result in all above-ground utility lines owned by ANEC,
    Verizon and Charter Cable along the route being buried, Wallops Research Park Project Manager Amy Bull said.
    Nearly 300 cables in all are to be moved underground. The Virginia Department of Transportation already has made
    the necessary modifications to traffic signals along the route. The target date for the project’s completion is May 31
    in order to accommodate Orbital Sciences Corp.’s timetable for missions to the International Space Station. (2/21)

    Hawaii Trying to Capitalize on Commercial Space Exploration (Source: Pacific Business News)
    The Hawaii Senate is considering a bill that would authorize the state to pursue a Federal Aviation Administration
    spaceport license that could launch the state into the multibillion-dollar space exploration and tourism business.
    Senate Bill 112 would enable the state’s Office of Aerospace Development to conduct the environmental and safety
    assessments that are required for the license, said Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa Beach-Waipahu, author of the bill. A
    similar measure was passed by the Legislature in 2009, but funds were not released by then-Gov. Linda Lingle.

    NASA Picks Eight Companies to Discuss CCDev 2 Proposals (Source: Space News)
    As it awaits congressional action on its 2011 budget, NASA is proceeding with plans to award roughly $200 million
    to companies developing technologies in support of the agency’s commercial space transportation goals. NASA
    contacted at least eight companies in February, inviting ATK, Blue Origin, Boeing, Excalibur Almaz, Orbital Sciences
    Corp., Sierra Nevada Corp., SpaceX, and ULA to Johnson Space Center to discuss their proposals for a second
    round of awards under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. NASA hopes to make the
    awards in March.

    NASA spokesman Michael Braukus declined to comment on CCDev source selections. Multiple industry sources
    said NASA contacted the six companies in writing, inviting them to discuss their bids in Houston and ranking the
    strengths and weaknesses of specific proposals. NASA officials have said the value of the second round of CCDev
    contracts, known as CCDev 2, will depend on funds appropriated this year.

    The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 recommended Congress appropriate $312 million for NASA’s commercial crew
    initiatives this year. However, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a continuing resolution Feb. 19 that
    would slash funding for NASA in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year by about $600 million below the
    $18.7 billion appropriated for the agency in 2010. (2/24)

    NASA Proposes License Grant for Bigelow Technology (Source: Parabolic Arc)
    NASA has recommended that Bigelow Aerospace be granted a license to market some of its patented inflatable
    space habitat technology, according to a notice published in the Federal Registrar. "NASA hereby gives notice of its
    intent to grant a partially exclusive license in the United States to practice the invention described and claimed in
    United States Patent 7,509,774 (issued March 31, 2009) and NASA Case No. MSC 24201-1, entitled 'Apparatus For
    Integrating A Rigid Structure Into A Flexible Wall Of An Inflatable Structure' to Bigelow Aerospace". (2/22)

    Taking the Initiative: SLI and the Next Generation (Source: Space Review)
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    work on reusable launch vehicles has languished. Stewart Money argues that it's time to revisit making launch
    vehicles at least partially reusable. Visit to view the article. (2/21)

    Space Tourism Poised to Blast Off in the Next Two Years (Source: MSNBC)
    As a self-described “adventure junkie,” Yanik Silver of Potomac, Md., has raced cars in Baja, run with the bulls in
    Pamplona and swum with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa. Still to accomplish? A trip into suborbital
    space, a goal the founder of Maverick Business Adventures hopes to achieve as space tourist No. 144 on the Virgin
    Galactic passenger list when the company begins commercial service in the next 18 months to two years.

    The experience won’t be cheap — Silver has already put down a $175,000 deposit on the $200,000 trip — but he’s
    convinced it will be worth it. “It’ll be an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he told
    'As fans of space travel are well aware, NASA’s space shuttle program is on a glide path toward retirement. On
    Thursday, Discovery blasted off on its final trip to the International Space Station, to be followed by the final flights for
    Endeavour (April) and Atlantis (June).

    In their stead, a handful of entrepreneurs are hoping to offer commercial space travel for the general public — or at
    least its most deep-pocketed members. Last month, Space Adventures, which has already taken seven “space
    tourists” to the space station, announced it would offer three similar trips on Russian Soyuz spacecraft starting in
    2013. Factoring inflation, exchange rates and mission profile, the estimated tab for a seat on the 10- to 12-day trip is
    “probably close to $50 million,” said company President Tom Shelley. (2/25)

    Human Spaceflight's Future May Lie in Orbiting Hotel, Other Ventures (Source: Orlando Sentinel)
    With NASA's future in disarray, the next advance in human spaceflight may rest with a businessman more familiar
    with wake-up calls than rocket launches. Hotelier Robert Bigelow, owner of Budget Suites of America, wants to
    expand his hospitality empire and open a new space station by 2016 that could lodge up to a dozen guests.

    Though the idea sounds far-fetched, Bigelow already has put two prototypes into orbit and is in talks with NASA
    about attaching one of his modules to the International Space Station. "This will be the time when we see which
    countries are the ones that have the power to take control of mankind's future," wrote Bigelow recently.

    The venture has supporters talking about the dawn of a new commercial space age. But working against Bigelow —
    besides the laws of physics — are decades of broken promises from space entrepreneurs and the elusiveness of
    making a profit beyond Earth's gravity. This time around, however, the stakes are much higher. Click here to view the
    article. (2/27)

    Future of Space Tourism, Research Will Be Focus of Conference (Source: UCF)
    The CEO and president of Richard Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, will discuss the promise of space
    tourism at the University of Central Florida on Monday, Feb. 28. George Whitesides also will describe how space
    vehicles in development will open new avenues for science and technology during a free public talk at 8 p.m. in the
    Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The talk is part of the second-annual Next-Generation Suborbital
    Researchers conference that runs through March 2. (2/21)

    Astronauts 4 Hire Plan Events During Suborbital Conference (Source: Astronauts4Hire)
    Astronauts4Hire will conduct a number of activities during next week’s Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers
    Conference (NSRC), providing important opportunities for the organization to connect with the suborbital research
    community. Most of the events will be held in the Student Union building on the University of Central Florida campus.
    Click here for details. (2/21)

    Suborbital Research Contracts Adding Up (Source: Hobby Space)
    With the 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference coming up next week in Orlando, we might
    soon see more announcements like the one last week from XCOR about the purchase by SwRI of research flights
    on their Lynx spaceplane. There have been several other publicly announced contracts for research payloads to fly
    on commercial reusable suborbital rocket vehicles. Click here for a summary. (2/25)

    Send Your Stuff to Space by Rocket! (Source: New Mexico Space Grant Consortium)
    Let us send your research, commercial merchandise, business, or personal paraphernalia to space. On Apr. 1, the
    NM Space Grant Consortium will fly the launch sounding rocket to space, approximately 70 miles above the Earth's
    surface. During the rocket's 15-minute flight, it will reach speeds of 4,000 miles per hour, taking 90 seconds to lift its
    payload capsule (for four minutes) into space. Then the rocket body and payload will separately re-enter the
    atmosphere and parachute to a landing about 50 miles away from the launch site.

    Once retrieved, "your stuff" will be mailed back, or hand delivered (if you attend the Launch). The nearly 20-foot tall
    rocket will give a ride to nearly anything you can shove into a one-inch square box ($996). Larger items are also OK,
    with some restrictions. We must receive your package by Mar. 1. Email us to inquire about multiple purchases for
    larger space at Click here for information. (2/21)…/spot1…                                                                                           8/21
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    The Beer has Landed: Astronauts4Hire Completes Space Beer Microgravity Test (Source: Astronauts4Hire)
    Astronauts4Hire has completed its inaugural paid contract to test the world’s first beer designed for consumption in
    space. The experiment, which marks humanity’s first formal study on alcohol absorption in microgravity, took place
    aboard a parabolic trajectory microgravity flight out of Cape Canaveral, Florida operated by Zero Gravity Corporation
    (ZERO-G). Yesterday’s flight was the first in a series of microgravity flights qualifying the beer recipe for consumption
    in space, funded in part by sales of the beverage on Earth. (2/27)

    Amateur Rocketry Challenge: Get Paid to Launch Your Rocket Above 100,000 Feet (Source: Rocketry Planet)
    Can you really get paid to launch your rocket above 100,000 feet? You can if you take up John Carmack of Armadillo
    Aerospace on his recent offer. Earlier this week, the gamer-turned-aerospace developer posted an offer of $5,000
    for the first rocket to exceed 100,000 feet above launch altitude that could provide a GPS serial log of the flight with at
    least one report above the magic number. The rocket would also have to be recovered intact within 24 hours of the

    Paul Breed and Robin Snelson are kicking in an additional $2000 and $1000, respectively, bringing the prize up to
    $8,000. Carmack has also indicated that the rocket can be balloon launched but it still must gain 100k feet [30.48
    kilometers] under rocket propulsion from the point it leaves the launch platform. Click here for information. (2/27)

    Renowned NASA Space Flight Risk Expert Dr. Feng Hsu Now Assessing Private Risks (Source: Earth Times)
    With more than 90 books published and worldwide recognition for his expertise as technical adviser and leading
    expert of Risk and Safety Assessment and Management at several NASA centers and Brookhaven National Lab, Dr.
    Feng Hsu recently shared his assessment of the risks in getting the new civilian space travel industry off to a safe,
    successful liftoff.

    “The time of this futuristic business is not quite here yet, and it could be another year or two. Even if SpaceShipTwo
    and Lynx tests of their spacecrafts will be on schedule successfully in the summer of 2011, there could still be
    some tough challenges ahead from a profitable commercial operation since there are far too many risk factors that
    must be overcome,” Hsu said. “A single system anomaly or mishap during test flights or even in private space
    flights could potentially kill the entire industry in its infancy. It is not so much of the real system risk or failure, it is all
    about the public’s perceived high risk of space travel.”

    Mitchell J. Schultz, managing director of Xtraordinary Adventures, said he’s pleased to have the collaboration and
    support from Dr. Hsu on risk evaluation of suborbital space flight and space tourism: “Dr. Hsu adds a new level of
    expertise and connections that will not only help our company, but also help the entire private space tourism industry
    for taking a more realistic view and achieve some of its objectives much sooner. His whole-hearted support will also
    enable Xtraordinary Adventures to expand into international markets around the globe.” (2/19)

    Xtraordinary Adventures Promotes Space Travel (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)
    Mitchell J. Schultz, space tourism specialist and managing director of Xtraordinary Adventures, recently published
    several articles about the possiblities of a mishap in early private spaceflight, and issued a list of 1,000 of the most
    successful athletes, businesspeople, models, comedians, authors, movie, TV and music personalities that should
    become more aware now of taking a suborbital space flight.

    "All these super personalities have a following and peers who will go wild when they hear that their STAR is going
    on a space trip," Schultz said. "With Dr Hsu's risk assessment of all vehicles and companies available for suborbital
    spaceflight, Xtraordinary Adventures can make this available for all who wish to know more. Regardless of which
    vehicle they wish to fly in, this is their opportunity to be listed and forever recognized as one of the earliest civilian
    space pioneers."

    Within the last five years, more than 500 worldwide adventures have already pre-registered for a suborbital space
    flight. SpaceShipTwo and Lynx are scheduled to be test flown this summer in Mojave, California. Costs remain
    between $95,000 and $200,000 and all future participants must be qualified and pre-instructed on flight
    expectations. (2/22)

    Hynes: Time to Bring Private/Public Investment Together in Space Industry (Source: Las Cruces-Sun-News)
    In the 1850s when our country started to fund the transcontinental railroad, we were in a deep recession. There was
    no railroad industry, not in our country, not in the world. Locomotives were not safe, in fact they killed people. There
    were no manufacturing plants capable building engines, rail, nor was the country in the position to enable this new
    industry to grow. This was a time for vision and leadership and it was coming. President Lincoln, who made his
    reputation as a railroad lawyer, knew linking the country together would create an immense market for jobs, and
    quicken the flow of fresh goods from the East to West.

    The global aerospace industry was created in America in the 1950s. By the time the military developed the ICBM
    program, and the civilian agency that is now NASA, the government had taken over the space industry... Since the…/spot1…                                                                                                    9/21
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    1970s, the shuttle was the only way humans got to space from the U.S. Soon we will rely on the Russians to get our
    astronauts to the ISS. The government has left our country without a fundamental tool, a vehicle rated to carry
    humans to space. It is like having a railroad without locomotives to carry people. (2/22)

    How Serious is Space Solar Power? (Source: MSNBC)
    The idea of beaming down power from outer space has surfaced in science-fiction stories and government studies
    for decades now. Commercial deals have been struck, prototype satellites have been proposed, international
    initiatives have been announced. But has any real progress been made toward developing space-based solar
    power systems?

    A few ventures have been working on the technological challenge of beaming power from Point A to Point B, in the
    form of laser beams or microwaves. In 2009, a company called LaserMotive won $900,000 in a NASA-backed
    competition for beam-powered robots. The same company proved last year that they could keep a quadrocopter up
    in the air all night, just by focusing a laser beam on its power-generating arrays. And in 2008, Managed Energy
    Technology demonstrated a wireless RF transmission system that could send a small-scale power beam over a
    distance of up to 90 miles.

    But all these experiments are firmly grounded on planet Earth. Has anyone gotten to the point of building the
    hardware for beaming experiments in outer space? "None of them that I know of is at the point of turning steel," said
    Air Force Col. M.V. "Coyote" Smith. Smith spearheaded a 2007 study for the Defense Department that laid out a
    scenario for the military use of space-based solar power, and made a follow-up proposal for a power-beaming
    satellite project called "One Lightbulb." Click here to see the article. (2/26)

    Pentagon Considering Commercial Launches for Space Experiments (Source: Space News)
    On the heels of its successful November launch, the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program has begun planning a
    mission that could involve hosting military experiments on commercial satellites or hitching a ride to space on a
    commercial launch vehicle.

    The Space Test Program at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., organizes space launches for experiments developed by
    many government agencies. The most recent STP-S26 mission crammed seven small satellites atop a Minotaur 4
    rocket and demonstrated numerous technologies that the military may incorporate into future operational missions.

    Next Military Spaceplane Prepared for Launch (Source:
    The second Orbital Test Vehicle, the U.S. military's secretive mini space shuttle, arrived at the Atlas 5 rocket's
    assembly hangar Monday morning for mounting atop the launcher. Liftoff is scheduled for March 4 from Cape
    Canaveral's Complex 41. Already shrouded within in the aerodynamic nose cone for launch, the OTV 2 spaceplane
    was hauled across the Cape overnight from its processing area to the Atlas' Vertical Integration Facility. (2/21)

    Defense Contractors Bracing for Big Budget Cuts (Source: AIA)
    Defense contractors are bracing for major cuts in the defense budget, as underscored by Joint Chiefs of Staff
    Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen's statement last week that debt is the "greatest threat to our national security."
    Companies "should be concerned," said Michael Herson, president of American Defense International. "They need
    to adapt to the changes that are coming," he said. (2/25)

    Space is a DOD ‘Poster Child’ For Cost Increases (Source: DOD Buzz)
    Tougher contracts, less ambitious and more flexible requirements must be pursued if the Air Force and the US
    military are to get the space systems they need, says the head of Air Force Space Command. “We have to get
    control of the cost of space programs. We’ve become the poster child for things that are late and expensive. We’ve
    got to develop better requirements and trade requirements. We’ve got to be willing to say good enough is good
    enough,” Gen. William Shelton said.

    How to do that? “If it’s good enough to win, we need to build good enough to win… We’ve got to write better
    contracts, contracts that hold contractors accountable.” One of the poster children for better contracts is the
    Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite that has been ever so slowly climbing into orbit
    recently. While Shelton made it clear he thinks that the spacecraft will make it to orbit, it will have cost the American
    taxpayer a considerable amount of cash. Reports indicate that the problem lies in a fuel line that was not correctly
    cleared before launch. So fuel is not making it to the spacecraft’s engines. Shelton would not confirm the cause but
    did say it “was a quality issue.”

    The Air Force has incurred the opportunity costs due to the late arrival on orbit, plus the cost of the technical teams,
    Shelton said. To ensure contractors are held responsible in future he wants contracts to be rewritten so they are
    much clearer about who is liable for what when problems occur once the satellite leaves the ground. (2/22)

    Thuraya Accuses Libya of Jamming Satellite Signals (Source: Space News)…/spot1…                                                                                      10/21
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    Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications on Feb. 25 said it has “conclusive evidence” that
    Libya, one of its shareholders, is the source of “unlawful and intentional jamming” of Thuraya signals in Libya and
    surrounding areas over the past week. The Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based company has dealt with Libya-
    based jamming in the past.

    The Thuraya-2 satellite’s network is operational, it said, but is still contending with jamming attempts at its beams
    serving Libya. The Thuraya statement follows similar complaints from Arab television broadcaster Al Jazeera, which
    said its signals into Libya had been jammed, and that the broadcaster had traced the jamming’s source to a Libyan
    intelligence service facility south of Tripoli. (2/25)

    Middle East at Forefront of $7.5 Billion Space Tourism Industry (Source: AME info)
    The plethora of opportunities for private and public sector investors throughout the region that exist in the
    commercial space and satellite industry will be examined during the third annual Global Space & Satellite Forum
    (GSSF), in Abu Dhabi on 9-11 May.

    With many aspects of commercial space and satellite services continuing to take giant strides forward, it is highly
    appropriate that Abu Dhabi should be hosting one of the leading international space and satellite conferences.
    Having just arrived in French Guiana, Yahsat's Y1A satellite which is due to be launched in the coming weeks,
    highlights the crucial investment role that Abu Dhabi and the wider Middle East is playing.

    Indeed those involved in space tourism are looking towards the Middle East for further funding. "Virgin Galactic and
    Bigelow Aerospace have already set up investment deals with UAE groups and perhaps it's only a matter of time
    before we see another international space company's development being funded from the Middle East," said Nick
    Webb, Director, Streamline Marketing Group, organizers of GSSF 2011. (2/22)

    Space Policy Unit Calls for Australian Satellites (Source: IT News)
    With satellite technology underpinning Australian banking, defense and meteorological systems, relying wholly on
    international providers may not be the best idea, the Space Policy Unit has suggested. According to unit chair
    Rosalind Dubs, Australia was “a significant user of space services”, but had become overly dependent on third

    Australian civilians and the military used the US Global Positioning System (GPS), which also provided time
    information to banks. Meanwhile, Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology cooperated with agencies
    from the US, Europe, Japan, China and India for earth observation and weather data. Although the Australian
    Communications and Media Authority currently regulated 12 satellite networks, including those operated by the
    Department of Defense, Optus and Foxtel, Dubs said the Government did not own any of its satellites. (2/22)

    The Case for International Cooperation in Space Exploration (Source: Space Review)
    ESA is currently weighing which major space science mission it should pursue in the coming decade, a decision
    that will rest in part on the role of international cooperation on this missions. Lou Friedman suggests that this could
    be a model for broader cooperation in space exploration. Visit to view
    the article. (2/21)

    Desperate US Wants to be Part of India’s First Manned Space Mission (Source: DNA)
    NASA is trying hard prevent India’s first manned space mission, tagged at Rs10,000 crore, from being indigenous.
    And India does not seem to have a problem. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and NASA are amid
    discussions to collaborate on India’s first space mission in low-earth orbit — a mission which will be launched after
    2017 as it awaits the Center’s approval.

    As per ISRO sources, NASA and US space officials are pushing for the collaboration through Deviprasad Karnik,
    India’s space attache at its embassy in Washington. DNA has learnt that US’ desperation emanates from pressure
    from within their country to restart its manned space mission, which it suspended in 1972 citing huge costs. (2/21)

    Boeing Offers India Significant Space Cooperation (Source: IANS)
    Boeing has offered to partner with India on manned space missions, including on the very significant "composite
    cryogenic tanks" for the launch and propulsion control of rockets. The development is apparently a result of
    President Barack Obama's visit here last November and the recent removal of the Indian Space Research
    Organization (ISRO) and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) from the so-called US
    Commerce Entities list which prohibited the transfer of dual use high technology to them. (2/23)

    India: Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Sources: Space News, Frontline)
    A series of articles appearing in India's Frontline magazine explores in detail the controversial satellite-lease deal
    between Antrix Corp., the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and Devas
    Multimedia, including the potential legal avenues for terminating the arrangement. The Indian government
    announced it would annul the five-year old deal in which Devas, a company run by former ISRO officials, was given…/spot1…                                                                                     11/21
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    what has been described a sweetheart deal to lease 90 percent of the capacity on a pair of S-band satellites under
    construction by ISRO. (2/22)

    India Tests Rocket Motor, Delays Satellite Launch (Source: Hindustan Times)
    After 16 successful launches of its workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in the last 17 years, the
    Indian space agency is now testing a key component to re-qualify its on-flight performance parameters to avoid any
    unpleasant surprises. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is testing the gas motor which is fitted in the
    second stage/engine powered by liquid fuel for high temperature tolerance levels.

    The test has forced ISRO to postpone the launch of its remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 and two other
    payloads by nearly a month. Remote sensing satellites like Resourcesat send back pictures and other data for
    various uses. India is a major player in providing such data in the global market. The rocket was scheduled for
    launch this week. (2/26)

    Europe's ATV Supply Ship Has Docked with the Space Station (Source:
    Europe's second Automated Transfer Vehicle has arrived at the space station with seven tons of fresh supplies,
    rocket fuel and propellant. The ATV control center is located in Toulouse, France. Engineers in Moscow and Houston
    supported the ATV arrival. (2/24)

    European Space Concepts Enter Competition (Source: BBC)
    The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected four new mission concepts to compete for a launch opportunity at
    the start of the 2020s. The mission ideas cover a broad range of disciplines, from investigations of black holes and
    general relativity to a near-Earth asteroid sample-return and studies of planets orbiting far-away stars. The concepts
    have rather impenetrable names right now - Loft, STE-Quest, MarcoPolo-R, and Echo - but that will change for the
    one eventually selected. (2/27)

    China Mars Probe to be Launched in November (Source: People's Daily)
    China's first Mars probe will be launched from a Russian rocket in November, said local media on Monday. The
    Mars explorer, Yinghuo-1, marks the country's first attempt at deep space exploration after its sending a probe to the
    moon. The 110-kilogram micro-satellite was originally planned to be launched in October 2009 from the Baikonur
    Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed.

    The orbiter is due to probe the Martian space environment with a special focus on what happened to the water that
    are supposed to have existed on the planet. China is aiming to build a space exploration program on par with those
    of the United States and Russia. China currently has a probe -- the Chang'e 2 -- orbiting the moon and carrying out
    various tests in preparation for the expected 2013 launch of the Chang'e-3, which it hopes will be its first unmanned
    lunar landing. (2/21)

    Russia, Israel Eye Joint Development of Communication Satellites (Source: Xinhua)
    Russia and Israel have set up a joint group that would focus on the development of communications satellite. "We
    will consider the options of making several communication satellites and the joint development of a remote sensing
    satellite," said Anatoly Perminov, head of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). (2/25)

    50 Years After Gagarin, Russian Space Research Cries Out for Funding (Source: Moscow NewS)
    Russian science is aiming high – but 50 years after Yury Gagarin’s legendary space flight, the funding for space
    technology is lagging behind. The modernization pushed by President Dmitry Medvedev has prompted a flurry of
    investment into the Skolkovo Innovation Center, and cutting-edge industries such as nanotechnology are benefiting
    from high level backing.

    But efforts to recreate the commercial successes of Silicon Valley in Russia risk leaving many space programs
    earthbound due to lack of funding. It’s a seemingly strange conflict of priorities since, as Professor Vadim Gushin of
    Russia’s Institute of Biomedical Problems points out, space technology is by definition innovative. But his
    involvement in multi-national efforts to improve the physical and emotional well-being of cosmonauts has shown
    that space research does not feature prominently on Medvedev’s much-touted innovation agenda. (2/21)

    Statue of World's First Spaceman Gagarin to Go Up in London (Source: RIA Novosti)
    A monument to world's first cosmonaut Yury Gagarin will be erected in downtown London in July, Britain's minister
    for universities and science, David Willetts, said. Willetts made the statement after signing an agreement with the
    Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos in Moscow on holding the Russian-British Year of Space in 2011. He
    said the statue will be built near a monument to British explorer and navigator James Cook, joking that the site could
    serve as a perfect place for space launches. (2/22)

    Sotheby's to Auction Soviet Vostok Space Capsule (Source: RIA Novosti)
    Sotheby's auction house announced on Thursday that it will auction a 1961 Soviet space capsule on April 12, the
    50th anniversary of the first manned mission to space. The Vostok 3KA-2 spacecraft is the twin of the Vostok 3KA-3,…/spot1…                                                                                   12/21
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    which carried Yuri Gagarin into space. The 3KA-2 model lifted off 20 days before Gagarin's momentous flight
    carrying a cosmonaut mannequin (Ivan Ivanovich) and a live dog (Zvezdochka, or little star.)

    The capsule, which was scorched during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, went on display at the gallery of
    the auction house on Thursday. It is expected to sell for between $2 million and $10 million, the Associated Press
    reported. The interior of the space ship, which contained 815 kg of instruments classed as "secret" until 1986, has
    been stripped for security reasons. The owner of the capsule, who wished to remain anonymous, bought it privately
    from the Russians years ago and felt the 50th anniversary was an appropriate time to sell. (2/24)

    Russia: 2012 Olympic Flame May be Sent to ISS (Source: RIA Novosti)
    The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos is positive about a recently advanced idea to send Olympic Flame
    to the International Space Station (ISS) and back to Earth as a part of the preparations for the 2012 Winter Olympics,
    Stats Secretary Vitaly Davydov said. "Frankly speaking, we have not studied possibilities to deliver Olympic Flame to
    the ISS. This is a very specific issue; naked flame onboard the space station is prohibited for safety reasons,"
    Davydov said, adding that if elaborated and technically sound project of delivery was worked out, Roscosmos would
    consider it. (2/23)

    Rokot Launches Suspended Following Failed Satellite Launch (Source: Interfax)
    "Rokot launches have been suspended to fulfill recommended measures to ensure the necessary level of quality
    and reliability of Rokot conversion delivery vehicles, which will involve evaluations conducted by the federal state
    unitary enterprise TsNIImash and four Defense Ministry central research institutes, which will issue appropriate
    decisions," a Roskosmos source said.

    In the meantime, a source in the space industry told Interfax-AVN that the launch of military and dual-purpose
    spacecraft using Rokot conversion delivery vehicles, which was scheduled for late March, has been postponed until
    the embargo on the launch of rockets of this type is lifted. "A decision to postpone the launch, which is scheduled for
    march 2011, will be made in the nearest future to increase the reliability of Rokot launches," the source said. (2/21)

    Russian Satellite Launched to Wrong Orbit in February Will Not Operate (Source: Interfax)
    Early reports suggest that the failed launch of the Geo-IK-2 geodetic spacecraft was caused by malfunction of the
    upper stage and control system, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "The preliminary cause of the failure is in the
    upper stage and apparently in the control system," Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin said. "The spacecraft
    will not operate according to its designated purpose as it is on the orbit that does not allow it to do so," he said.

    Russian Mission Cannot Be Salvaged (Source: Space News)
    A senior Russian defense official is quoted by Itar-Tass as saying the Geo-IK-2 satellite placed into the wrong orbit
    by a Rockot rocket will not be able to carry out its mission. First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin said the
    investigation into the early February launch mishap is ongoing but made no mention of possible foul play by a
    foreign power, as did an unnamed Russian official last week. (2/21)

    Russia Launches Navigation System Satellite (Source: Reuters)
    Russia launched on Saturday one of the final satellites needed to complete a space-based navigation system,
    which Moscow hopes will challenge the dominant U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). The satellite, Glonass-K,
    which was launched shortly after 6:00 a.m. local time, reached orbit, said Aleksei Zolotukhin, spokesman for the
    Defense Ministry's space forces. The entry of the space craft into space "went according to plan. Steady telemetric
    communications have been established with the space craft," he said.

    After the embarrassing loss of three satellites last year, two more are expected to be launched in 2011 to complete
    the $2 billion project that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said will give Russia "satellite navigation
    sovereignty." Moscow is hoping the navigation technology Glonass will create a revolution in domestic consumer
    technology, with applications expected to be used in mobile telephones and automobiles. (2/26)

    Russia Postpones GLONASS Launch (Source:
    Unspecified technical reasons have postponed the launch of a Russian navigation satellite for 24 hours. A Soyuz-
    2.1 was scheduled to launch at 10:15 pm EST Wednesday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia and
    place a GLONASS-K navigation satellite into orbit. That launch has been rescheduled to Friday because of
    "technical reasons", without elaborating. The launch would be the first for the GLONASS system since three such
    satellites were lost in a Proton launch failure in December. Russia is working to fully reconstitute its GLONASS
    satellite constellation, its version of the American GPS satellite navigation system. (2/24)

    Russia to Launch Two More GLONASS Satellites in 2011 (Source: Interfax)
    Russia will launch two more navigation satellites this year in addition to one launched on Saturday, the chief of the
    country's Plesetsk spaceport said. Maj. Gen. Oleg Maidanovich, who was talking to reporters after a GLONASS-K
    satellite went to orbit from Plesetsk, was referring to GLONASS-M satellites to be carried into space by Soyuz 21-B…/spot1…                                                                                      13/21
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    rockets with Fregat upper stages. (2/27)

    Isle of Man: Greetings, Astropreneurs (Source: The Lawyer)
    Since 2001, the Isle of Man has built a portfolio of space-related businesses and initiatives, benefiting from the zero
    corporate tax rate alongside specific tax exemptions for the industry, plus efficient access to orbital slots and the
    island’s insurance, banking, legal and accountancy expertise. The island’s government has stated that it “is pro-
    space and committed to helping the space industry flourish”. It works in collaboration with local space services
    company ManSat, which, among other things, specializes in orbital filings.

    Current industry presence in the Isle of Man include SES Satellite Leasing, a company incorporated in the island as
    a procurement vehicle for SES, the world’s leading satellite operator, and a number of other major satellite
    companies engaged in broadcasting, global positioning and remote sensing. The International Space University’s
    (ISU) International Institute of Space Commerce is also on the island.

    Other Manx businesses include space manufacturing companies such as CVI Technical Optics, which specialises
    in laser optics. CVI’s laser-induced detection and ranging system was used on the Phoenix Mars Lander and played
    a part in the historic detection of high-altitude snow over Mars. Click here to read the article. (2/21)

    Launching a Space Station to Other Worlds (Source: Discovery)
    Imagine strapping a giant rocket engine on the International Space Station (ISS), inflating a few balloon-like
    structures to hold your luggage, and adding a spinning carousel-wheel for artificial gravity. This ungainly-sounding
    assemblage, dubbed Nautilus-X, ("Non-Atmospheric Universal Transport Intended for Lengthy United States
    eXploration") has been proposed by the NASA Technology Applications Assessment Team at the Johnson Space

    The JSC group is chartered with examining key technologies that can advance space exploration in a timely and
    affordable manner. The designers optimistically believe that such a planet-roaming "space station with rockets"
    could be ready by 2020 at a cost of under $4 billion. If this number is realistic, the vehicle would be cheaper than the
    projected costs for the "Apollo-on steroids" Orion capsule.

    NASA has already spent approximately $5 billion on Orion since 2006, and will need roughly another $6.6 to 7.1
    billion to meet a 2015 launch. The real ISS could be used to test components of the Nautilus, and no doubt the
    experience with the ISS would provide applicable spin-off technology. Click here to view the article. (2/22)

    This Moon was Made for Mining (Helium-3) (Source: Discovery)
    The 2009 indie film Moon features Sam Rockwell as an employee (named Sam) of the fictional Lunar Industries, a
    mining corporation back on Earth. Just wrapping a three-year solitary stint on the moon, Sam is charged with
    overseeing the automated harvesters which extract helium-3 from the lunar regolith. Canisters of the harvested
    helium-3 are then sent to Earth to be used to generate fusion energy.

    Much of the film deals with Sam's growing personal crisis as he finds out a few unpleasant things about his
    employer. The movie's premise is technically science fiction, but the notion of mining the moon for valuable natural
    resources that are in short supply on Earth is closer to reality than you might think.

    As Discovery News reports, thanks to a critical shortage last year, the price of the isotope helium-3 has skyrocketed
    from $150 per liter to $5,000 per liter. But helium-3 isn't the only resource the moon might have to offer. It could also
    be a source for rare earth elements, such as europium and tantalum, which are in high demand on Earth for
    electronics and green energy applications (solar panels, hybrid cars), as well as being used in the space and
    defense industries. (2/22)

    NASA's New Satellite, 'Glory,' Will Monitor Aerosols' Effects On Climate Change (Source: Huffington Post)
    NASA is set to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite on a $424 million mission to analyze airborne grit spewed by
    volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes. The Glory satellite is slated to blast off before dawn Wednesday
    from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Taurus XL rocket. Once boosted to an altitude of 440 miles, it will join a
    fleet of satellites that has been collecting climate data for years.

    Its main job will be to study fine airborne particles known as aerosols. Smaller than the diameter of a human hair,
    these ubiquitous specks can track great distances across the globe and are largely responsible for producing hazy
    skies. Scientists know very little about aerosols and their effect on climate. A better understanding is critical to
    improving climate models. (2/22)

    How Climate Change Models Could Get Better, Thanks to NASA (Source: Christian Science Monitor)
    The Glory satellite's data should help atmospheric scientists improve climate models. Better models not only would
    increase scientists' knowledge of how the climate system operates, but also would help them make more accurate
    projections of the effects of global warming – even as atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to…/spot1…                                                                                      14/21
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    rise, as a result of burning fossil fuels and land-use changes. (2/23)

    Just Another Asteroid Hurtling Toward Earth (Source: Boston Globe)
    Hollywood hype aside, close encounters of a rocky kind are fairly common. But they’re fascinating to local scientists
    who want to learn how it all began, and maybe fend off armageddon. At 4:33 a.m. on a recent Friday, Timothy Spahr
    was startled awake by a beep from his cellphone: A text message alerted him that a rocky object was hurtling toward
    Earth. He told his wife it was “some asteroid thing’’ and went to check his computer.

    In Hollywood, this would be the opening scene to a doomsday movie. But for Spahr, director of the Minor Planet
    Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, it is just another day. About once a month, an object on
    a potential crash course with Earth disturbs his slumber. They almost always miss — and this time was no
    different. The asteroid was just a few feet across and on track to miss by about 11,000 miles. He sent a note to
    contacts at NASA and posted information about it online. (2/27)

    Maui Finds Its Place in Space (Source: Maui Weekly)
    Astronomers and other scientists agree that the threat of catastrophic bombardment by natural objects from space
    is real and that steps need to be taken to meet that threat. Thousands of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are known to
    exist. At any time, one or more of these objects could emerge as a threat to our planet. “The only way to beat the
    odds is to locate every possible asteroid or comet that could pose a threat to the Earth,” said David Levy, co-discover
    of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.

    Exceptionally good observing conditions on Maui attract those who track potential threats to our planet. “Maui is a
    huge participant in the future space workforce,” said Larry Denneau, a senior software engineer for the PanSTARRS
    (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System atop Haleakalä) Moving Object Processing System. “As
    one of the software architects for the asteroid detection system, I am excited to see PanSTARRS begin to realize its
    potential as a hazardous asteroid finder, and to see the Maui community involved in discovering and tracking them,”
    he said. (2/24)

    Hawaii Telescope Establishes Near-Earth Asteroid Discovery Record (Source: Space Daily)
    The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope on Haleakala, Maui, discovered 19 near-Earth asteroids on the night of January
    29, the most asteroids discovered by one telescope on a single night. "This record number of discoveries shows
    that PS1 is the world's most powerful telescope for this kind of study," said Nick Kaiser, head of the Pan-STARRS
    project. "NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's support of this project illustrates how seriously they are
    taking the threat from near-Earth asteroids." (2/27)

    Detector Array Deterioration Poses New Problem for JWST (Source: Space News)
    NASA is investigating a detector problem common to three primary instruments on the James Webb Space
    Telescope (JWST) that could get worse with time as a planned 2014 launch date for the overbudget flagship-class
    astronomy mission slips further into the future. NASA chartered a Failure Review Board Feb. 7 to assess the
    problem, which affects detector arrays made by Teledyne Imaging Sensors of Camarillo, Calif., for JWST’s Near
    Infrared Camera (NIRCam), Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) and Fine Guidance Sensor-Tunable Filter
    Imager. (2/25)

    Exotic Superfluid Found in Ultra-Dense Stellar Corpse (Source: WIRED)
    The ultra-dense meains of the galaxy’s youngest supernova are full of bizarre quantum matter. Two new studies
    show for the first time that the core of the neutron star Cassiopeia A, is a superfluid, a friction-free state of matter that
    normally only exists in ultra-cold laboratory settings. “The interior of neutron stars is one of the best kept secrets of
    the universe,” said astrophysicist Dany Page. “It looks like we broke one of them.” Click here to read the article.

    Two Planets Found Sharing One Orbit (Source: New Scientist)
    Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its
    apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that
    Earth once shared its orbit with a Mars-sized body that later crashed into it, resulting in the moon's formation.

    The two planets are part of a four-planet system dubbed KOI-730. They circle their sun-like parent star every 9.8
    days at exactly the same orbital distance, one permanently about 60 degrees ahead of the other. In the night sky of
    one planet, the other world must appear as a constant, blazing light, never fading or brightening. (2/25)

    Surprising Earth-like Clouds Found in Saturn Moon's Smog (Source:
    In the dense smog of Saturn's largest moon Titan, one far dirtier than anything on Earth, scientists have uncovered a
    surprise — pearly white cirrus-like clouds much like the ones that can be seen in our skies. These new findings
    shed light on how Titan's mysterious atmosphere works. (2/22)…/spot1…                                                                                         15/21
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    How Kleopatra Got its Moons (Source: UC Berkeley)
    The asteroid Kleopatra, like its namesake, the last pharaoh and queen of Egypt, gave birth to twins – two moons
    probably spawned by the asteroid sometime in the past 100 million years. A team of French and American
    astronomers, including Franck Marchis, a research astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, also confirm
    earlier reports that the asteroid is shaped like a dog bone.

    In addition, the team’s detailed study of the asteroid using small telescopes as well as the large Keck II telescope is
    Hawaii allowed it to determine the precise orbits of the twin moons and calculate the density of Kleopatra, showing
    that the asteroid is probably a big pile of rock and metal rubble. (2/22)

    Starless Planets May be Habitable After All (Source: New Scientist)
    Liquid water may survive on free-floating planets that have no star to warm them. If they also support life, they could
    act as stepping stones to spread life around the galaxy. Gravitational tussles with other planets or passing stars can
    eject planets from their solar systems. But even in the cold of space, these wayward worlds could stay warm, thanks
    to the decay of radioactive elements in their rocky cores. (2/21)

    Life on Other Planets: Latest Discovery Follows Recent Signs of Extraterrestrials (Source: The Telegraph)
    Experts examining results from the Kepler telescope have identified more than 1,200 planets in orbit around distant
    stars, 54 of which are a similar size to Earth and in habitable zones from their suns. The research follows several
    recent discoveries which point to the possibility of life on other planets.

    Last year, NASA scientists claimed they had found vital clues which appeared to indicate that primitive aliens could
    be living on Titan, one of Saturn’s biggest moons. Experts suggested that life forms may have been breathing in the
    planet’s atmosphere and also feeding on its surface’s fuel. (2/21)

    Would Finding E.T. Change Our View of God? (Source: Discovery)
    Probably one of the highest risk/reward activity in modern science is being conducted by a very small group of
    astronomers: the search for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations (SETI). Because they are trying to answer a
    purely hypothetical question, SETI astronomers certainly have detractors that wonder if the pursuit is worth even a
    modest investment. But answering the question “are we alone?” would have a profound cultural and theological
    impact on our view of our place in the universe. Click here to read the article. (2/25)

    What Would You Ask ET? (Source: MSNBC)
    What would happen if we found out that we are not alone in the universe? Or, on the flip side, what would happen if
    we decided that we really were alone? Experts provided updated answers to those age-old questions, from a
    scientific as well as a religious angle, during a Sunday session at the American Association for the Advancement of
    Science's annual meeting. But one of the most intriguing questions had more of a personal spin: What would you
    ask E.T. if you had the chance? Click here to read the article. (2/21)

    More Evidence Against Dark Matter? (Source: Science)
    Thousands of physicists, astrophysicists, and astronomers are searching for dark matter, mysterious stuff whose
    gravity seems to hold the galaxies together. However, an old and highly controversial theory that simply changes the
    law of gravity can explain a key property of galaxies better than the standard dark-matter theory, one astronomer
    reports. That claim isn't likely to win over many skeptics, but even some theorists who favor the standard theory say
    the analysis hands them a homework problem they should solve. (2/25)

    Biggest Ever Solar Storm Could Cause Power Cuts Which Last for MONTHS (Source: Daily Mail)
    The world is overdue a ferocious 'space storm' that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and
    trigger blackouts - causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say. Astronomers today warned
    that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history - and that the planet should
    prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster.

    A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite
    systems used for synchronizing computers, airline navigation and phone networks. If the storm is powerful enough
    it could even crash stock markets and cause power cuts that last weeks or months, experts told the American
    Association for the Advancement of Science. The chances of a disruption from space are getting stronger because
    the sun is entering the most active period of its 11 to 12-year natural cycle. (2/21)

    Where Old Spacesuits End Up (Source: Voice of America)
    No one appreciates the technology and design of the spacesuit more than Dr. Joseph Kerwin, who in 1973, was
    one of the first astronauts to conduct in-space repairs. He and fellow astronaut Pete Conrad fixed a jammed solar
    panel on the Skylab space station. That would not have been possible without the spacesuit, which Kerwin
    describes as "a little spacecraft." The suit provided protection from meteorites and vacuum. It circulated oxygen,
    removed carbon dioxide, kept the astronauts cool, provided communication and enough mobility to do the job.…/spot1…                                                                                     16/21
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    All suits which have returned from space, more than 200 of them, belong to the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and
    Space Museum. In addition to flown suits, the museum has gloves, helmets and other ancillary equipment. Most are
    stored at a facility 10 kilometers from Washington, in a room where humidity and temperature are carefully
    controlled. Kerwin’s suit is here. So is that of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. There are suits from
    the earlier Mercury missions, and several experimental suits which were never used. Stored on shelves, they are
    shrouded under protective covering. (2/25)

    Space Camp Changing Direction With NASA's New Vision (Source: WAFF)
    The U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Camp lifted off with the space shuttle program, but it won't end with the
    last mission. Shuttle veteran Robert "Hoot" Gibson gave hundreds of kids a play by play for Discovery's last launch
    Thursday. The retired astronaut said he is confident interest the space program will remain high as NASA moves
    towards more commercial space flight. The Space Camp theme now is "The Moon, Mars, and Beyond"

    "Here at Space Camp, we focused for quite a few years on the space shuttle and the things that it did. And as we
    move into future and retire the space shuttle, Space Camp is going to pick up the reins and move into the next
    phase," said Gibson. Marcia Lindstom, the Space Camp's Director of Operations said they are revamping the
    Mission Center Complex to mirror NASA's changing direction.

    "You can have a lunar-themed mission, or a Mars mission. Or even an asteroid,. So it's moon, Mars and beyond.
    Children are still interested. They still want to discover, explore, understand. And we still want to inspire and teach
    and encourage them to dream huge dreams," Lindstrom said. (2/25)

    $18,000 in Prizes Offered by Yuri’s Night for Ad Competition and Space Sweepstakes (Source: Yuri's Night)
    Yuri's Night is excited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight by launching two contests: the
    “Call to Humanity” Space Exploration Ad Competition, which calls on talented graphic designers, artists, and other
    creative individuals to create a powerful and inspiring print campaign that will move people to think about and
    support humanity’s future in space, and the "International Space Sweepstakes," a free global drawing.

    The Ad Competition Grand Prize is a 4-day Space Travelers “Zero-G Flight-Russia” travel package (with a $1,000
    voucher for travel to and from Moscow), which consists of a microgravity flight aboard an Ilyushin-76 aircraft in
    Russia and an all-inclusive 4-day tour of the homeland of Yuri Gagarin – a $9,000 value in total. The submissions
    will be rated by a panel of celebrity judges based on their emotional impact, artistic merit, and adherence to the
    themes. The deadline for submissions is March 31.

    Simultaneously, Yuri’s Night is launching the International Space Sweepstakes to give anyone in the world the
    chance to travel to Russia, witness a rocket launch at Baikonur, and experience the history of the Russian space
    program first hand. Entries are free (though donations to Yuri’s Night are encouraged), but are limited to one per
    person. All interested and eligible participants are welcome (and encouraged) to participate in both the Competition
    and the Sweepstakes. The winner, who will be chosen by random selection, will receive a 10-day Space Travelers
    "VIP Lift-Off in Baikonur" travel package and a $1,000 travel voucher for travel to and from Moscow. Click here. (2/26)

    Space Buffs Can Blast Off With These Must-Have NASA iPhone and iPad Apps (Source: Appolicious)
    With NASA’s long-running space shuttle program winding down in the coming months, interest has peaked in
    attending one of the last few remaining launches at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Here are a solid set of
    iOS (iPad/iPhone) titles are a must-have for all serious space buffs, no matter where you’ll be watching these final
    launches from! Click here. (2/23)

    Three Journalists Share Space Foundation's Public Outreach Award (Source: Space Foundation)
    Three journalists who have shaped the way the nation views and understands space have been selected to receive
    the Space Foundation's 2011 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award, to be presented at the 27th National
    Space Symposium on Apr. 11. The recipients are: Jay Barbree, NBC News; Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press;
    and William Harwood, CBS News. (2/22)

    New National Space Society Chapter in Florida Plans Space Law Symposium (Source: SPACErePORT)
    A new South Florida Chapter of the National Space Society has been established, bringing the number of active
    chapters in the state to three. The new chapter has multiple lawyers on its board who will be holding the 1st annual
    SPACE LAW Symposium on May 11 at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The event will begin at 1:00 pm. An Embry-
    Riddle legal scholar will be among the presenters. Attendees be eligible for 4 CLE credits including 1 Ethic's
    component. Chapter President (and attorney) William McEachern can be reached at for
    information. (2/22)

    Astronaut Gibson Hired as Expert Witness in Yankee Plane Crash (Source: New York Post)
    Lawyers for the widow of Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle say any idiot can fly a space shuttle, but it takes a real pilot to
    control a tiny, single-engine plane. The legal eagles want to keep a former space-shuttle commander from telling…/spot1…                                                                                         17/21
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    jurors about his NASA career when he testifies about Lidle's fatal Upper East Side plane crash. Ex-astronaut Robert
    "Hoot" Gibson is slated to appear as an expert witness for aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design, which Melanie Lidle
    has charged with negligence in the design of her late husband's Cirrus SR20 G2.

    The plane slammed into an apartment building while making a turn over the Hudson River. Court papers say
    Gibson's spaceman credentials are "simply irrelevant" to the 2006 crash that killed Lidle and his pal/flight instructor
    Tyler Stanger. "Flying an airplane and commanding a space shuttle are two very different things," the Manhattan
    federal court filing says. "The space shuttle is fully automated with an autopilot, in sharp contrast to a single-engine
    airplane that a pilot flies manually from airport to airport."

    Texas Man Enters Plea in Hacking of NASA (Source: AP)
    A Texas man who prosecutors say hacked into the computer systems of a Minnesota company and NASA's
    Goddard Space Flight Center has pleaded to one count of wire fraud. Prosecutors announced that 26-year-old
    Jeremey Parker of Houston entered his plea on Wednesday. A sentencing date has not been set. In his plea
    agreement, Park admitted to stealing about $275,000 from a company, and he also admitted that in September
    2009 he hacked into two NASA computers that supported oceanographic data being back to Earth from satellites
    that was available to paying researchers. Parker made the data freely available. NASA spent about $43,000 to repair
    the damage. (2/23)

    Ex-UF Space Researcher and Wife Convicted of Obtaining Fraudulent NASA Contracts (Source: Gainesville Sun)
    A U.S. District Court jury in Gainesville found former UF nuclear engineering professor Samim Anghaie and his wife,
    Sousan, both guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and more than two dozen counts of wire fraud. Each count
    carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

    The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a dozen other counts involving money laundering for both Samim and
    Sousan Anghaie and a charge of making false statements for Sousan Anghaie. Samim was found guilty of using
    false documents, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, while Sousan was found not guilty of the
    charge. The couple are free on bond while they await their sentencing date, which has not yet been scheduled.

    They were accused of submitting false information, including research taken from UF students without their
    knowledge, to obtain contracts from NASA and the U.S. Air Force. They have obtained $3.4 million in contracts since
    1999 and used the money they received from the contracts to buy multiple vehicles and homes, according to
    prosecutors. Samim Anghaie started at UF in 1980 and was director of its Innovative Nuclear Space Power and
    Propulsion Institute. (2/26)

    Green Touches Energize KSC's Newest Facility (Source: Happy News)
    Kennedy Space Center rang in 2011 with the grand opening of NASA's "greenest" facility on Jan. 20. As the new hub
    for fueling spacecraft on journeys to unlock the mysteries of the universe, the Propellants North Administrative and
    Maintenance Facility will tap into Earth's most natural resources. "This is our start. This is setting the standard," said
    Kennedy's Center Director Bob Cabana. "How can you not be enthused about something that requires zero energy?
    It actually puts more energy out than it requires to run in a 24-hour period." Click here for a photo with the article.

    Bermuda: ‘Unsung Heroes’ of Space Race (Source: BerNews)
    Bermuda’s NASA tracking station, at the end of Mercury Road on Cooper’s Island, adjacent to Clearwater Park, lies
    abandoned now, most of the facilities dismantled. But Cooper’s Island still retains signs from its heyday which
    began with the US/Soviet “space race” and ended after a 1997 space shuttle innovation rendered the station
    unnecessary. Located on a 77-acre rock-coral shelf just off of Saint David’s Island on the northern shores, the main
    station was an eastward extension of Kindley Air Force Base, managed by the US Air Force. Its use dated back to a
    World War II agreement between US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

    Eumetsat Secures Full Approval for New Weather Satellite System (Source: Space News)
    Europe’s Eumetsat meteorological organization on Feb. 25 said it has secured the backing of all 26 of its member
    governments for the six-satellite Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system, an investment of more than 2.37 billion
    euros ($3.2 billion) whose approval ends one of the most stressful periods in the organization’s history. (2/25)

    Thales’ 2010 Revenue Showed Slight Increase (Source: Space News)
    French defense and aerospace contractor Thales Group on Feb. 24 said revenue from its space business, mainly
    its 67 percent ownership of hardware builder Thales Alenia Space and 33 percent share of satellite services
    provider Telespazio, rose “very slightly” in 2010 but booked multiple large orders. Thales Alenia Space reported
    revenue in 2009 of 2.05 billion euros ($2.94 billion). (2/25)

    California Aerospace Events Calendar…/spot1…                                                                                      18/21
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    23rd Annual High-Tech Small Business Conference - Westin LAX Hotel - Mar. 1-2
    This is the event you have been waiting for! Presented by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the U.S. Small
    Business Administration (SBA). This two-day event is designed to provide an opportunity for small businesses to
    interface with major corporations, federal agencies, local government, NASA Centers and JPL's purchasing and
    technical communities to discuss procurement opportunities. To register, please visit or E-mail:

    3rd Annual Americas Business Forum at UCLA on Mar. 2-3
    This event offers a limited number of complimentary tickets to CSA Members! "Creating Jobs through Exports" - Do
    business with Canada, Mexico, Brazil and other growing Latin American markets without leaving California. At UCLA
    Covel Commons, 330 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. When CSA member complimentary tickets are gone, there is a
    special discounted rate of $175. Contact for your complimentary ticket.
    First come, first served! For additional information and registration, visit

    CSA Reception and Business Forum in Silicon Valley - Mar. 9
    Co-Hosted by the California Space Authority (CSA) and the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR).
    Join us for a Reception and Business Forum with the visiting French Aerospace Valley Association (FAV) from 3:30 -
    7:00 pm for a reception and panel discussion on how to do business with French companies. Enhance your
    business with international relationships and broaden the gateway to the European market. Click for a list of
    participating French company representatives:
    Limited seating. Call 805-349-2633 for information and reservations.

    Tour of Aerospace Facilities in Southern California - March 10
    SpeedNews would like to offer the opportunity to visit Goodrich Aerostructures in Chula Vista and Northrop
    Grumman in El Segundo on Thursday, March 10th.
    The tour of Northrop Grumman offers a close-up look at the assembly line that produces many of the parts of the
    F/A-18 Super Hornet, which is the most capable, affordable and effective multi-mission strike fighter in the
    world.This tour is hosted by Gilbert W. Speed, founder of SpeedNews.
    Registration for tour Pre-registration for tour is required by March 1st.

    Small Business Conference to Be Held at Vandenberg – Mar 16-17
    The 5th Annual Vandenberg AFB Small Business Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 16-17 at
    the Pacific Coast Club. Contractors are invited to attend the conference, which will highlight the latest updates on Air
    Force contacting opportunities, marketing to the government and teaming strategies with large businesses. The
    second day of the event will include a GPC Vendor Fair, open to all contractors and base employees from 9:30 a.m.
    to 1:30 p.m., during which event-goers will have the opportunity to shop and talk with vendors.

    From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be a “speed dating” session of five-minute mini market meetings with
    government and prime contractor representatives. Admission is $40 for the two-day event. Pre-registration is
    required at (2/16)

    Casa Romantica Launches Out-of-This-World Exhibit Through Mar. 17
    Space food is one of the curiosities presented in "They Came from Outer Space," an exhibit about space exploration
    that the Casa has on loan from NASA through March 27 at 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. During Saturday's
    opening day of the exhibit, the Casa offered a few culinary samples for sale – commercially available versions of
    freeze-dried, vacuum-packed astronaut ice cream ($2) and space sticks ($1).

    California Space Week in Washington, D.C. Starts Mar. 28
    CSA and its members will meet with Congressional members and staff to discuss issues of vital importance to CA
    space enterprise. In addition, there will be private meetings with key executive branch officials representing the
    White House, NASA, the Air Force, Department of State, DARPA, Department of Commerce and the Department of
    Transportation. Additional details available at

    University of Nebraska, College of Law – Space Insurance Conference – Mar 28
    Located at the ANDAZ HOTEL (formerly the Ivy Hotel.) Boeing and International Space Brokers speak at the event.
    Free Registration and Free Valet Parking
    To register go to

    21st Annual Legislative Summit – Mar. 28-30
    For the first time, the Legislative Summit will also include a business matchmaking session, focused on
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    and their bottom line are designed, examined and changed continuously. You must be at the table to ensure those
    adjustments lead to the best possible outcomes. As chamber executives, your chambers and members benefit
    greatly when you attend and represent them. In order to be included and represented effectively, the Hispanic
    business community, headed by you, our chamber leaders, must deepen its relationships on Capitol Hill and
    across Washington, maintaining a high profile with key decision makers. Showing up last year is no substitute for
    attending this year. The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” applies very much in D.C., and we must be present to
    be counted.
    Registration for the business matchmaking session is included in the cost of Summit registration.
    The Summit website is constantly updated and is a wonderful primary resource for all information about the event:
    Thank you in advance for helping to make the 2011 Legislative Summit our most successful ever!

    Event Addresses Challenges for Aerospace/Defense Manufacturers in Anaheim on Apr. 5-7
    The senior-most executives from aerospace and defense manufacturing are gathering this spring at AeroDef 2011
    Manufacturing Exposition and Conference to address the challenges facing the major OEMs and their supply
    chains, under pressure to improve program performance due to continual budget pressure and cuts. The three-day
    event, scheduled for April 5-7, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., is being structured by a
    committee of top executives from Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Bell
    Helicopter and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Visit

    Space Shuttle: T+30 Years Anniversary Celebration – Friday, April 15
     On April 12, 1981, one of the most historic and extreme test flights took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida as
    the Space Shuttle Columb ia launched into orbit. That first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, which had two Astronauts
    onboard - Commander John Young and Pilot Bob Crippen - landed at Edwards AFB in California on April 14. In
    2011, we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of that mission. To commemorate this significant milestone, the
    Antelope Valley Board of Trade in partnership with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will be hosting an intimate
    evening with STS-1 Pilot Bob Crippen on Friday, April 15th. A dinner program will be held at the University of
    Antelope Valley's Grand Ballroom. UAV is located at what was formerly known as the Antelope Valley Inn on Sierra
    Highway in Lancaster.
     A reception with no-host bar commences at 5:30 pm. The dinner and program will be from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Dryden
    Center Director David McBride will also be featured. Tickets for this very special event can be purchased from the AV
    Board of Trade. Please contact Teri at 661-942-9581 or The cost is $50 per person. Seating is
    limited, so don't miss out on this unique opportunity.

    Space Tourism Reception with Dennis Tito, The Olympic Collection, LA - Apr. 28
    Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dennis Tito's historic flight aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-32 to the
    International Space Station (ISS). Tito was the first official space tourist in history having paid for his own $20 million
    ticket for the flight. Contact: John Spencer at or call 310-313-6835.

    RS2011 - Reinventing Space Conference, LAX Westin Hotel - May 2-6
    The Responsive Space Conference is expanding to become the Reinventing Space Conference to re-emphasize
    the importance of creating affordable and responsive space missions. Come join the continuing conversation on
    Responsive Space. For more information and on-line registration, go to:

    Central Coast STEM Education Forum, San Luis Obispo – May 26
    Place: PG&E Energy Education Center
    6588 Ontario Rd,
    just off of 101 at the San Luis Bay Dr exit
    Pre-registration required: contact Endeavour Institute

    San Jose School Plans Space Experiment Conference on Aug. 1-2
    Come join us for the debut of an exciting new education conference to teach high school administrators, teachers
    and students educators how to start and maintain a meaningful space education program in your school. This
    HANDS-ON conference will focus on many exciting topics: what it takes to start a first class space education
    program in your school. Visit

    Space Tourism 2011 (ST11) and Space Tourism Society (STS) Orbit Awards Dinner in LA on Oct. 4
    Space Tourism 2011 will be the "crossroads" of the growing and diversifying interests in space tourism
    experiences. Join us for an exciting one-day high-end business, adventure travel, marketing, design, and media
    event. Hosted by the Space Tourism Society Contact John Spencer at or call 310-313-6835.…/spot1…                                                                                        20/21
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    Last Week’s DOD Contract Awards in California
    Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00421-10-D-0005); Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Alexandria, Va. (N00421-10-D-
    0006); National Technologies Associates, Inc., Alexandria, Va. (N00421-10-D-0007); and Science Applications
    International Corp., San Diego, Calif. (N00421-10-D-0008), are each being awarded modifications to a previously
    awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract to exercise options for management,
    organizational, and business improvement services, financial and business solutions, and human resources
    services supporting Naval Air Systems Command Corporate Operations and Comptroller offices. The aggregate
    not-to-exceed amount for these options is $16,181,000, and the companies will have the opportunity to bid on each
    individual task order. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. However, services may be performed at any of
    the following NAVAIR sites: St. Inigoes, Md; Lakehurst, N.J.; Point Mugu, Calif.; China Lake, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.;
    Cherry Point, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla., and North Island, Calif. Work performed under these contracts is expected to
    be completed in February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
    Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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