June 2009


Congratulations to Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan who became the first couple to get married in microgravity.

First microgravity wedding

First microgravity wedding

Economic Recovery May be in the Stars, Aerospace Experts Say

Kansas City Info Zone: article

View of Earth from Existing Bigelow Inflatable

View of Earth from Existing Bigelow Inflatable

Other recent articles about Bigelow Aerospace.

Here’s a look on what Virgin Galactic’s new home in New Mexico could look like.

Foster and Partners rendition of Virgin Galactic's new home in New Mexico

Foster and Partners rendition of Virgin Galactic's new home in New Mexico

Space Investment Summit 7
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
8:15 am – 6:30 pm

Hynes Convention Center
http://www.massconvention.com/
Boston, Massachusetts

Overview of event here.

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Press release from The Space Foundation

Space Foundation Seeking Space Technology Hall of Fame Nominations; August 10 is Deadline

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2009) – The Space Foundation is now seeking nominations for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 2010. The program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth. Nomination information, including online and downloadable nomination forms, is available on www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.

The deadline is August 10 and anyone can submit a nomination of a technology that was developed for space and then modified or adopted for use on Earth.

The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, established the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1988 to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and to encourage further innovation. Since that time, 61 technologies have been inducted.

Inducted technologies include energy-saving technologies, life-saving medical devices, health improvement technologies, satellite and telecommunication technologies, and practical commercial devices. Some noteworthy examples are the automatic external defibrillator; non-invasive breast biopsy technology; MRI and CAT scan imaging; anti-shock garments; LASIK eye surgery; implantable pacemakers and hearing aids; and technologies that power cellular phones, terrestrial networks, and satellite broadcast television and radio communications. The 2009 inductees were a life-saving food supplement derived from algae and space shuttle-based aerodynamic vehicle design that has revolutionized large trucks.

Each nomination is reviewed for completeness, assessed by technical experts, and then ranked by a prestigious panel of judges who look at economic benefit, public awareness, societal benefit, longevity, and public/private/partnership investment.

Award ceremonies for the 2010 inductees and honorees will be part of the 26th National Space Symposium, which will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 12 – 15, 2010. Conducted by the Space Foundation, the symposium is the premier annual gathering of the global space community.

Additional information about the Space Technology Hall of Fame, including a complete list of inducted technologies, is available at www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.

ISDC 2009 videos taken at the May conference in Orlando, Florida. Thank you to Spacevidcast for making these HD videos available. DVDs are available for purchase as well.

NewSpace 2009 – Agenda Released!

Held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the conference programming will span Friday, July 17, through Monday, July 20.

Friday, July 17: Space Elevator Day:

Hosted by the Space Science and Engineering Institute, a special one-day session will explore the potential and possibilities of space elevator technology with panels such as “Carbon Nanotube Technology”, “Economic Growth Opportunities”, and “Spaceward and the Elevator Games”. In the evening, the regular conference programming will commence with a screening of the film Orphans of Apollo.

Saturday, July 18: Enabling the Future:
“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Serving as the opening day of the full NewSpace conference, Saturday will begin with a special session organized by NASA Ames, which will explore public and private partnerships, small satellites, and commercial space initiatives at this leading edge research center. The afternoon will investigate what opportunities the future holds for NewSpace and features panels such as “Suborbital Point-to-Point: Going Places or Taking Us for a Ride?”, “Space Solar Power: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?”, and “NewSpace in the Age of Economic Uncertainty”.

Sunday, July 19: The Business of NewSpace:

Sunday morning will host a Business Plan Competition, where submitters will compete for real prizes. The afternoon will investigate business and policy of NewSpace with panels such as “Commercial Lunar Opportunities” and “Drawings to Dockings: the Future of COTS”. The day will close with a series of business case studies, where both successful and unsuccessful startups will be investigated and compared.

Monday, July 20: Apollo Anniversary Day: Moon, Mars, and Beyond:

Monday will serve as a look at what destinations lie in the future for NewSpace. To this end, it will investigate not only what destinations exist and how they will be utilized, but also how will we get there. This will be done with panels such as “Commercial Space Facilities”, “Eat or Be Eaten: The Threat and Promise of Near Earth Objects”, and “Lunar Science and Settlement”. The day will conclude with a final view of “Where Do We Go from Here?” The annual gala will follow, which will serve not only to commemorate Apollo, but to investigate what Apollo means to the future.

“For twenty years, the Space Frontier Foundation has led the public conversation about the rapid economic development and settlement of space. Today, amidst global concerns about jobs, the environment, and the future, we invite you to join us help solve those challenges by opening the space frontier. Come to Silicon Valley this July and become a part of this next great era in human history.”

~ James Muncy, Space Frontier Foundation co-Founder

Discounted early-bird registration for the Conference is available at the NewSpace 2009 website, which also provides information about our group rate ($99/night) at the Domain Hotel in nearby Sunnyvale, California.

For more information about the foundation, conference and registration, visit www.spacefrontier.org/newspace2009 – or RSVP on Facebook today!

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Completion expected for Spaceport America in New Mexico 18 months from now.

New Mexico Spaceport Groundbreaking on 6-19-09

New Mexico Spaceport Groundbreaking on 6-19-09

A couple of gradudate students in marine biology have some ideas on how space could enable us to better to take care of our current best spaceship, Mother Earth.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

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