Archive for May, 2012

Falcon 9 Set to Usher in the Dawn of a New Age (literally)

Falcon 9 Set to Usher in the Dawn of a New Age (literally)

The official sunrise won’t be until 6:30  Saturday morning, but for the 1,860 employees of SpaceX and thousands of supporters around the globe, the curtain goes up on a new chapter in space an hour and half earlier, at 4:55 am. That is when if all goes as planned the Falcon 9 launch vehicle will take off from Launch […]

NASA / Lockheed Martin Showcase Orion

NASA / Lockheed Martin Showcase Orion

Taking the opportunity of the upcoming SpaceX Cots launch to preview coming attractions, NASA and Lockheed Martin gave the space press a chance to take a look at the MPCV (Orion)  Structural Test Article.  Of  particular note was a growing tendency to speak in terms of efficiencies in operations, ranging from large to small.  It […]

Posted in: SLS / Orion
Boeing Upper Stage Will Power First Two SLS Launches

Boeing Upper Stage Will Power First Two SLS Launches

It all seems a little too familiar.  Nearly 50 years after NASA used the RL-10 engine to power the second stage of the Saturn 1 launch vehicle while work was proceeding in developing the J-2, NASA is apparently once again turning to the venerable engine for the upper stage of the first two flights of the SLS. This time […]

Senator Nelson Joins the fight for Commercial Crew

Senator Nelson Joins the fight for Commercial Crew

Perhaps sensing the potential benefits for his home state. Florida Senator Bill Nelson has come down decisively on the side of Commercial Crew in the ongoing debate. Accordng to an article in Florida Today, the Senate Democrat referred to the House appropriations committee edict to down select to a single provider now as “silliness.’  What once appeared […]

EELV Prices Continue to Escalate

EELV Prices Continue to Escalate

The Air force announced monday that it was awarding a firm fixed price contract to ULA for an Atlas V 551 for 2014 at 398 million. The launch award is for the fourth MOUS satellite, and is for the heaviest version of the Atlas V, which features 5 solid strap on boosters built buy Aerojet and the 5 meter payload […]

NASA Administrator Makes a Strong Argument for Competition in Commercial Crew

NASA Administrator Makes a Strong Argument for Competition in Commercial Crew

Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator COMSTAC Advisory Committee Public Meeting Washington, DC May 10, 2012 Thank you, Chairman Will Trafton and FAA Associate Administrator, George Nield, for giving me this opportunity to join you this morning. I also want to thank FAA Deputy Associate Administrator, Jim Van Laak for his support of this meeting and for […]

Apollo Astronauts Back A Single Provider

Apollo Astronauts Back A Single Provider

Once again injecting themselves into the ongoing debate about the future of the space agency, former NASA greats sent a letter to Frank Wolfe supporting an immediate selection of a single commercial crew provider. The letter itself is so full of qualifications that it gives the distinct impression the writers are not all that sure […]

SpaceX Launch Re-scheduled for May 19

SpaceX Launch Re-scheduled for May 19

With only a few “open items” left, we may finally getting close to the next launch

ESA considers rescinding geographic return policy

ESA considers rescinding geographic return policy

Concerned with producing a cost competitive next generation launch vehilce, ESA makes a surprising statement

A Tipping Point

A Tipping Point

What is the cost level which would enable a new tipping for non profits?

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