Armadillo Aerospace Successfully Completes Level 2 of Lunar Lander Challenge

Armadillo Aerospace Successfully Completes Level 2 of Lunar Lander Challenge

Armadillo Aerospace succeeded yesterday in completing the necessary flights to qualify for a $1 million prize in NASA’s Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge according to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Two other companies plan to compete for the prize before the October 31 deadline, so Armadillo has not yet officially won. Nonetheless, its Scorpius launch vehicle …

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Events of Interest: Week of September 14, 2009

Events of Interest: Week of September 14, 2009

The following events may be of interest next week. See our calendar for more information. Note: dates, times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check the committee’s website for up-to-date information. AIAA Space 2009 Conference and Exposition Monday-Thursday, Sept. 14-17 Pasadena, CA Hearings on the Augustine Committee Report Tuesday, Sept. 15 2:00 …

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One Way Trips to Mars: Science Friday Interviews Lawrence Krauss

One Way Trips to Mars: Science Friday Interviews Lawrence Krauss

NPR’s Science Friday interviewed Lawrence Krauss yesterday. He is the author of the provocative New York Times op-ed arguing for sending astronauts on one-way trips to Mars. His premise is that historically people traveled to new lands with no expectation of returning home and this should be no different. It would save money and one …

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SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheets Updated

SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheets Updated

We have just updated three of our fact sheets to reflect recent congressional and other actions: Major Space-Related Legislation in the 111th Congress: A Checklist FY2010 Funding for Selected DOD Space Programs NASA’s Project Constellation All are available from our left menu under “Our Fact Sheets and Reports.”

Augustine Committee Report: Update to House S&T Committee Witness List

Augustine Committee Report: Update to House S&T Committee Witness List

The House Science and Technology Committee has just updated its witness list for the hearing on Tuesday about the Augustine Committee report. Apparently NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden no longer will be there. Instead, it will be Norm Augustine, chair of the Review of Human Space Flight Plans Committee, followed by a two-person panel: former NASA …

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UPDATED: Shuttle Lands at Edwards

UPDATED: Shuttle Lands at Edwards

Bad weather in Florida led NASA to decide to land space shuttle Discovery at Edwards Air Force Base, California today instead of Kennedy Space Center. The landing is set for 8:53 pm EDT. UPDATED: The shuttle landed successfully at Edwards at 8:53 pm EDT (5:53 pm local time).

Big Day For Space Transportation Systems

Big Day For Space Transportation Systems

Today should see the launch of a new rocket in Japan, the test firing of a new rocket motor in Utah, and the landing of the space shuttle in Florida. At 1:01:46 pm EDT (2:01:46 am September 11 Japan Standard Time), the maiden launch of Japan’s H-IIB rocket should lift off carrying the H-II Tranfser …

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Japan's HTV is Off

Japan's HTV is Off

Japan’s H-IIB launch vehicle appears to have performed as planned. The HTV spacecraft has separated from the launch vehicle and is in its preliminary orbit. The HTV will perform on-orbit tests for the next several days. It is scheduled to arrive at the ISS a week from today, September 17. Unlike other spacecraft, it will …

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Rep. Mollohan Reacts To Augustine Committee Report

Rep. Mollohan Reacts To Augustine Committee Report

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, told The Hill newspaper that the Augustine committee report “confirms his concerns that ‘the emperor has no clothes’” and called on NASA to better explain its human space flight plans. He added that he will work with the Obama Administration and fellow …

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Science On the International Space Station: New NASA Report Shows The Record So Far

Science On the International Space Station: New NASA Report Shows The Record So Far

NASA has published a report compiling the results of scientific experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) during the past 8 years. Although the program has focused on assembling the ISS during this time rather than utilizing it, more than 100 scientific experiments and technology demonstrations have been conducted. The report, International Space Station …

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