White House Grants Ethics Waiver to DOD Acquisition Chief

White House Grants Ethics Waiver to DOD Acquisition Chief

On Friday, the White House released a list of 10 administration officials who were granted ethics waivers. Among them is Ashton Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. (See our separate story about the waiver granted for NASA Administrator Bolden). The May 11 memo granting the waiver, signed by Jeh Charles Johnson, …

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Virgin Galactic Optimistic Despite Harsh Economic Times

Virgin Galactic Optimistic Despite Harsh Economic Times

Virgin Galactic’s business plan does not appear to be negatively affected by the global economic downturn according to a September 4 Aviation Week & Space Technology article. “With a rather unique support base of $40 million in deposits representing $60 million in total income from 300 suborbital adventurers, the project’s financial footing remains firm despite …

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White House Releases Ethics Waiver for NASA Administrator Bolden

White House Releases Ethics Waiver for NASA Administrator Bolden

As pointed out by Jeff Foust on Spacepolitics.com, on Friday the White House released a list of 10 individuals for whom ethics waivers were granted, including NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. The waiver, which was signed on July 23 by someone whose signature is obscured on the document, can be found here. The waiver notes that …

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Visiting Queens? Check Out "Rocket Park Mini-Golf"

Visiting Queens? Check Out "Rocket Park Mini-Golf"

NPR’s Science Friday highlights the Rocket Park Mini-Golf course at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. It isn’t just fun, but teaches the mini-golfers about the space program. Check out the video on NPR’s website. Former astronaut Charles Camarda (who flew on the STS-114 Return to Flight mission) now works on public outreach …

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Aerospace Companies Forced to Sell Subsidiaries To Comply With New Acquisition Law?

Aerospace Companies Forced to Sell Subsidiaries To Comply With New Acquisition Law?

Colin Clark reports in DODBuzz that some aerospace companies are being forced to sell subsidiaries in order to comply with the recently enacted Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act. Clark quotes sources as saying that Northrop Grumman’s pending sale of its TASC unit is a case in point. Some of those sources are highly critical of …

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Augustine Update: Sept. 4, 2009

Augustine Update: Sept. 4, 2009

The official website for the Augustine committee has posted an update saying that a “Summary Report” will be transmitted to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) next Tuesday, September 8. Rumors have been rampant all week that an executive summary of the report would be issued imminently. NASA’s legislative affairs website …

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Euroconsult Projects $1 Billion in Earth Observation Data Sales in 2009 Rising to $3.9 Billion by 2018

Euroconsult Projects $1 Billion in Earth Observation Data Sales in 2009 Rising to $3.9 Billion by 2018

The European research and analysis firm Euroconsult has released a new report projecting $1 billion in annual data sales for earth observation satellites in 2009, “a figure expected to nearly quadruple by 2018.” The report, Satellite-Based Earth Obervations, Market Prospects to 2018, also reports that 260 Earth observation and meteorology satellites will be launched in …

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House S&T Hearing On Augustine Report Set for September 15

House S&T Hearing On Augustine Report Set for September 15

The House Science and Technology Committee has scheduled a hearing on “Options and Issues for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program: Report of the ‘Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans’ Committee,” otherwise known as the Augustine committee. The hearing will be held on September 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Mr. …

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NASA and ATK Confirm September 10 as New Date for Ares Test

NASA and ATK Confirm September 10 as New Date for Ares Test

NASA and ATK announced today that the rescheduled test of the Ares 1 rocket motor will be conducted on September 10. Space.com reported the story on Wednesday. The test will take place at 1:00 pm MT (3:00 pm EDT) and will be carried live on NASA’s media channel.

Palapa-D May Be OK After All

Palapa-D May Be OK After All

Indonesia’s Palapa-D telecommunications satellite has successfully arrived in geostationary transfer orbit despite the underperformance of China’s Long March 3B rocket according to Thales Alenia Space, the satellite’s manufacturer. A press release from the company states that three perigee boost maneuvers were used to reach the correct orbit for this phase of the satellite’s checkout; it …

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