Chris Shank to Join Honeywell

Chris Shank to Join Honeywell

Christopher Shank is joining Honeywell as Director, Civil Space Sales, beginning November 9. Mr. Shank was NASA’s Chief of Strategic Communications and a key advisor to then-NASA Administrator Mike Griffin. He left the agency early this year to join the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL). Previously he was on the staff of the …

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GAO Tells DOD to Better Align Availability of Satellites, Ground Systems and User Terminals

GAO Tells DOD to Better Align Availability of Satellites, Ground Systems and User Terminals

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) wants the Department of Defense (DOD) to do a better job of ensuring that all three aspects of their space systems — satellites, ground control systems, and user terminals — are synchronized to ensure that full capabilities are provided to warfighters in a timely manner. In a report released on …

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Masten Officially Wins First Place, Armadillo Aerospace Second, in Lunar Lander Challenge

Masten Officially Wins First Place, Armadillo Aerospace Second, in Lunar Lander Challenge

Masten Space Systems was declared the official winner of First Place in Level 2 of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge today. Masten’s landing accuracy of 19 cm beat out Armadillo Aerospace’s 87 cm. First place carries a $1 million prize. Armadillo Aerospace wins $500,000 for Second Place. The prizes will be presented on Thursday, …

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NAC Update

NAC Update

NASA announced new members and additional committees for the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) today. The four new committees and their chairs are: Commercial Space, Brett Alexander Education and Public Outreach, Miles O’Brien Technology and Innovation, Esther Dyson Information Technology and Infrastructure, to be announced

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Primitive Bodies Panel October 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Primitive Bodies Panel October 2009

The Primitive Bodies Panel of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Planetary Science Decadal Survey met on October 28-30, 2009 at the NRC’s Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. Most of the meeting was closed, but on October 28-29, the following presentations were made in open session. Titles are from the agenda for the meeting. The Large …

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Events of Interest: November 2-6, 2009

Events of Interest: November 2-6, 2009

The following events next week may be of interest. Check our calendar on the right menu for more details or follow the links below. Congressional activities are always subject to change. During the week: The Senate may consider the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill (H.R. 2847). It did not bring up the bill last …

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Masten Qualifies for Level Two of Lunar Landing Challenge; Armadillo Objects

Masten Qualifies for Level Two of Lunar Landing Challenge; Armadillo Objects

Masten Space Systems qualified for the Level Two prize of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Landing Challenge. The prize is administered for NASA by the X-prize Foundation. There are prizes for Level One (First Place, $350,00; Second Place, $150,000), and Level Two (First Place, $1 million; Second Place, $500,000). Masten’s successful flight on the third try …

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Another Problem for MSL?

Another Problem for MSL?

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission could suffer additional cost increases due to concerns over the integrity of the titanium used in the structure of the spacecraft, Spaceflightnow.com reported last week. The website reported that NASA officials told the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council that there was a need to check the …

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Ares I-X Flight Anomalies Noted

Ares I-X Flight Anomalies Noted

Media reports are noting two anomalies with the Ares I-X test launch on Wednesday. The two minute powered flight prior to separation of the two stages is judged to be a success. After the first stage separated from the dummy second stage, however, the latter went into a flat spin instead of continuing on an …

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New York Times Lauds Discoveries From NASA's Swift Satellite

New York Times Lauds Discoveries From NASA's Swift Satellite

A New York Times editorial this morning praises NASA’s Swift satellite for finding the “afterglow” of the explosion that ended the life of star GRB 090423 13.1 billion light-years away. “It’s one thing to explore such remote recesses of time in theory. It’s something else again to witness their afterglow. And GRB 090423 is an …

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