Close encounters of the bright-planet kind

January 27, 2008 0

The first day of the month starts off with a beautiful planet pairing in the eastern sky. Early in the morning, the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, rise together before the sun with a small waning crescent moon in attendance.

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Venture Capital Helping Private Space Travel

October 23, 2007 0

Space travel isn’t something that is only limited to government agencies.  A new space race has gotten underway, and it is being led by some of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world.  Instead of relying on capital companies, like Arthur Trueger’s BerkeleyVC, these entrepreneurs are fronting the money from their own (very deep) pockets.

People like Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin), Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), and Elon Musk (founder of PayPal) are leading a new revolution in space exploration.… Read the rest

Investing in Moon Land

October 10, 2007 0

In a previous post i mentioned that the Lunar Registry is offering plots of land up in one acre increments.  Once my excitement that i may be able to live on the moon someday subsided, i felt a little uneasy thinking about the negative aspects of what the privatization of space would bring.  Billion-dollar corporations have already shown that they will exploit anyone and everything just to increase profit by a tenth of a percentage point; just imagine the recklessness with which they will treat space.

My fear is that in the not-so-distant future people will be buying and selling plots of moon land or spaces in space like they are trading stocks in the market or online services. … Read the rest

Orion Missions Could Mean Unemployment For NASA Employees

August 31, 2007 0

Lawmakers want to make sure NASA’s next big mission to the moon doesn’t send too many workers to the unemployment line.

A four-year gap between the last scheduled shuttle launch and the first launch of Orion set for the year 2014 could leave thousands of NASA employees out of work, WESH 2 News reported.  Read moreRead the rest

Orion Image

August 2, 2007 0

The spacecraft that NASA hopes will return humans to the moon is scheduled to begin flight testing in fall 2008. The Orion spacecraft’s first duty will be to replace NASA’s aged space shuttle fleet with missions in Earth’s orbit, including visits to the International Space Station. They are scheduled to begin in 2015.   The spacecraft that NASA hopes will return humans to the moon is scheduled to begin flight testing in fall 2008. The Orion spacecraft’s first duty will be to replace NASA’s aged space shuttle fleet with missions in Earth’s orbit, including visits to the International Space Station. They are scheduled to begin in 2015. … Read the rest

$16.7 Million Contract For Work On Ares I

June 22, 2007 0

NASA has authorized a contract with a maximum value of $16.7 million with Alcoa North American Rolled Products of Bettendorf, Iowa, to supply aluminum lithium plates and metal ingots for early development of the Ares I crew launch vehicles upper stage. The firm fixed-price contract has a period of performance through Aug. 5, 2008.

Ares I is an in-line, two-stage rocket that will transport to low Earth orbit the Orion crew exploration vehicle containing up to six astronauts. The first stage will consist of a single reusable solid rocket booster similar to those used on the space shuttle, with an additional fifth segment.… Read the rest

Recent Orion News

April 16, 2007 0

After a trip out of town its time to catch up on last weeks news.

NASA, Lockheed fret over Orion funding

Astronauts, NASA brass recognize Phoenix contributions to space program 

Orbital to provide Orion crew exploration vehicle launch abort test booster for NASA

NASA turns to past for ideas – Orion will use Apollo-style equipment for ocean recovery

NASA’S Orion Program: Hardware Progresses, Challenges Ahead

Space program needs to pick up pace

Orbital to Provide Abort Test Booster for NASA Testing

DED chief hopes funding keeps NASA plant in N.O.

NASA urged by Congress to continue planning robotic missions

Less is more for astronauts – As spacecraft get smaller, greener, shorter occupants in big demand… Read the rest

Supply Team in Orion Bid Announced

March 29, 2007 0

Boeing’s bid to win work in New Orleans on NASA’s next space exploration program will be joined by a team of eight suppliers — including Northrop Grumman — that would work with the aerospace company.

NASA will award what’s expected to be a multibillion-dollar contract in late August, with Boeing’s key competition being a team of Alliant Techsystems Thiokol, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Lockheed Martin, which currently produces space shuttle components at the 832-acre Michoud facility.… Read the rest

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