NASA's Ares Project Manager Resigns

NASA's Ares Project Manager Resigns

Steve Cook, manager of NASA’s Ares Projects Office at Marshall Space Flight Center that is developing new rockets to replace the space shuttle system, announced today that he is leaving NASA. Beginning September 14, he will become Director of Space Technologies at Dynetics in Huntsville, AL. Teresa Vanhooser will be Acting Manager of the Ares …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, Aug. 26-28, 2009, Now On SpacePolicyOnline.com

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, Aug. 26-28, 2009, Now On SpacePolicyOnline.com

The presentations that were made to the first meeting of the Inner Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey on Planetary Science are now available on SpacePolicyOnline.com. Look on our left menu for “National Research Council” and scroll down to Decadal Surveys, or just click here.

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, August 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, August 2009

The following presentations were made at the first meeting of the Inner Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey, August 26-28, 2009, Washington, D.C. Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher is required to open these files. Some of these are large files and make take a few moments to open; please be …

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South Korea's President Calls on Aerospace Workers to "Rise From Your Disappointment"

South Korea's President Calls on Aerospace Workers to "Rise From Your Disappointment"

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak made a surprise visit to his country’s Naro Space Center today to rally the space program’s workforce. On Tuesday, South Korea’s first attempt to launch a satellite into orbit failed when a fairing did not separate properly. As quoted by the Yonhap News Service, President Lee called the launch “half-successful,” …

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Ares 1 Solid Rocket Motor Test Scrubbed for Today

Ares 1 Solid Rocket Motor Test Scrubbed for Today

The test of the Ares-1 solid rocket motor has been scrubbed for today. On Twitter, space policy analyst Jeff Foust reports that it was an APU problem. Check back here for more details as additional information becomes available. Update: Spaceflightnow.com confirms that the problem was a valve in the APU (auxiliary power unit) and reports …

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NRC Adds New Member to Planetary Decadal Mars Panel

NRC Adds New Member to Planetary Decadal Mars Panel

The National Research Council (NRC) has approved the appointment of an additional member of the Mars Panel of the Decadal Survey on Planetary Science. Philippe Lognonn , Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, is the 13th and final member of the panel, one of five organized under the aegis of the Survey Committee. The …

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Shuttle Discovery Launch Delayed Again

Shuttle Discovery Launch Delayed Again

NASA has again delayed the launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-128 mission. The delay is just shy of 24 hours. The new launch date is still tomorrow, Friday, August 28, but instead of 12:22 am EDT it is 11:59 pm EDT. According to NASA’s press release, “NASA managers decided Thursday that more time …

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NASA's LCROSS Lunar Mission Suffers Anomaly

NASA's LCROSS Lunar Mission Suffers Anomaly

NASA’s lunar impact mission, LCROSS, suffered an anomaly over the weekend that could threaten its mission, according to media sources. The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was launched together with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 18 (see our previous story). LCROSS remains attached to the Centaur upper stage. The mission plan calls …

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Shuttle Discovery Launch Postponed Again

Shuttle Discovery Launch Postponed Again

NASA has again postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-128 mission. The launch had been rescheduled to 01:10 EDT Wednesday, Aug. 26, after a weather-related scrub earlier today (Tuesday). At a news briefing at 10:00 pm EDT today, NASA officials explained that a failure of a liquid hydrogen inboard fill and drain …

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South Korean Satellite Did Not Enter Orbit

South Korean Satellite Did Not Enter Orbit

South Korean officials have revealed that the satellite launched yesterday on the country’s first space launch did not enter orbit. Yonhap News Service quoted Kim Jung-hyun, Vice Science and Technology Minister, as saying that one of two fairings covering the STSAT-2 satellite did not detach properly. The second stage of the KSLV-1 launch vehicle could …

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