May 2010

I’m going to be taking a few weeks off from my regular postings as I travel to Chicago for Space Investment Summit 8 and other parts of the U.S.

I discovered this link to AIAA’s Enterprise Network speaker archives which includes slide presentations.

Topics include

  • SBIR
  • Innovation and New Technology
  • B2B Marketing for Technology firms
  • Commercializing your Technology
  • “Development and Initial Testing of a Nanosat Launch Vehicle”
  • “Starting and Building a Small Aerospace Business:
    A Practical Guide”

and many more topics which will mostly be useful for space focused entrepreneurs &  engineers looking for additional insight into tech commercialization.

Source: National Space Society

Ray Bradbury receiving the 2010 NSS Space Pioneer Award

The NSS Space Pioneer Award for 2010 in the Mass Media category was presented to Ray D. Bradbury at his home in Los Angeles, on May 13. John Spencer, NSS Board member, made the presentation accompanied by Raymond Wells and Robert Jacobson as photographers. At 90 years young, Mr. Bradbury said he was honored to be recognized by a society which is striving to pull humanity into a brighter future; that is also his life’s quest.

His small study was like a time machine with original work and memorabilia from around the world covering several decades. The NSS award now sits proudly next to a real Maltese Falcon from the movie. This kind and inspiring man is truly a modern day wizard.

Virgin Galactic CEO George T. Whitesides interviewed on MSNBC. George handled some of the more obnoxious questions well.

A former Michigan auto worker bailed on Motor City(i.e. Detroit)  to purse  Space Dreams in New Mexico. I think it’s awesome that this individual took a chance to pursue his dream. I wish him well.

Kentucky based Space space start-up Nanoracks ” flew its second payload on STS-132″ which is currently docked at the Space Station  according to David Anderman, spokesperson for Nanoracks, LLC. Nanoracks develops  research modules to  be used  for space research on the Station.*Nanoracks was featured on 62MileClub’s April 7th video and blog.

It’s a coup for any company to have a payload on one of the last shuttle flights Nanoracks on the previous one along with the current one. Nanoracks is trailblazer in pioneering access to the International Space Station.

*Source: From Constellation Services’ David Anderman

As an  FYI, Nanoracks LLC, a NewSpace company, flew its second payload on STS-132. This new payload, identical to the first Nanoracks module flown on STS-131, will be installed inside the International Space Station over the next few days. Each Nanoracks host module can accommodate up to 16 CubeLab experiments, which utilize the CubeSat standard bus, making it easier for developers to access ISS for space research. Nanoracks, and its partner KentuckySpace, have sold 5 slots to commercial and educational users aboard ISS, with several more potential customers in the pipeline.

Attention undergraduate and graduate students


* * * APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 14, 2010 * * *

The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council’s (NAS/NRC’s) Space Studies Board (SSB).

Established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the NAS/NRC, the SSB provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the NAS/NRC for activities on space research.  It oversees advisory studies (including the on-going decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, life and microgravity sciences, and solar and space physics) and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.  The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships, named after the first chair of the SSB, are offered twice annually.  The SSB is now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its autumn 2010 program.  The deadline for applications is June 14, 2010.  Successful candidates will be contacted no later than July 2, 2010.

Visit to learn more about the program and to get application information.

Entrepreneur and private space explorer, Richard Garriott will give the keynote at next week’s Space Investment Summit (SIS)in Chicago. The target audience for this Summit are entrepreneurs and investors (both individual and institutional) who would like to learn where are the opportunities in the commercial space industry. It’s also a great way to meet entrepreneurs and other thought leaders in New Space. Accredited investors can register for free. 62MileClub is one of the sponsors of this event.

Related links

As I write this note, we have the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis orbiting the Earth as a part of its last scheduled mission. We’re patiently anticipating the maiden flight of SPACE X’s Falcon 9 which ought to be noted is a test flight. There are several other news items which although might not make the national headlines, are wins for the New Space. They also keep me bullish on this sector’s future.

Faces of Space member, George T. Whitesides, was named Virgin Galactic‘s new Chief Executive Office. He previously served  as Chief of Staff for NASA and was previously the Executive Director for the National Space Society,a leading space advocacy non profit. George is one of next

George T. Whitesides

generation space leaders who are making helping make space more accessible.

Rick Homans,  was named by Governor Bill Richardson to serve as the Chairman of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.  He served as the Spaceport’s first  Chairman from 2005-2007. His acceptance of this position and second term reaffirms my belief that this Spaceport could have a strong future.

Rick Homans

Taking into consideration that Homans already served as Spaceport Chairman, he could have decline to serve a second time  had he though the Spaceport would be unsuccessful. Also, Homans led the effort to recruit Virgin Galactic as a tenant for Spaceport America.
To date, the New Mexico Spaceport has created 600 direct construction jobs and 1,200 indirect jobs according to a email from A Spaceport America (i.e. New Mexico Spaceport) Newsletter.

ARFF Dome Construction @ Spaceport America in New Mexico

I view the above announcements as positive signs for commercial space industry.

In case you missed Friday’s launch of the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis, below are several videos of the launch.

Source: NASTAR Press Release

Note, this event already occured.

Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s NASTAR® Center Supports New York Art Charity Event to Send American Artist Laurance Rassin into Space

Southampton, PA, May 03, 2010 — Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR®) Center announced today that it is partnering with Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., and Virtuoso, premier travel agents for Virgin Galactic, and the Durst Organization to support artist Laurance Rassin in his goal of becoming the first American artist to create art in space. The art exhibit titled “Simply Blue” will feature a public reception for the artist at the Condé Nast Tower at 4 Times Square on May 6th, 2010 from 6-8 pm.

The collection for “Simply Blue” spans a decade of the artist’s signature color filled, large scale impasto oil paintings, bronze sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, and textiles and reflects his love of the modern era, space travel and romance. “Simply Blue” is open to the public and will be on exhibit through June 4th in the lobby of 4 Times Square. Proceeds will be shared between support for Laurance’s flight aboard Virgin Galactic and the on-going flights of the non-profit, Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) whose mission is to evacuate children from the Chernobyl region of Ukraine.

Mr. Rassin will start his space training at the NASTAR Center facility in Pennsylvania later this year. To date, the NASTAR Center has trained over 220 people for space flights. A video featuring Mr. Rassin’s upcoming spaceflight instruction and personal space story will be showcased during the art event.

In March 2010, Virgin Galactic completed its first “captive carry” test flight over the Mojave Desert with the spaceship, VSS Enterprise. Test flight programming will continue through 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations. Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) recently completed its 90th flight to safety and has rescued 2,690 children to date by permanently evacuating them from the devastated Chernobyl region.

Brienna Henwood, Director for Space and Research at the NASTAR Center, stated “Laurance’s passion and artistic expression of space demonstrates that space is now accessible to everyone — not just highly trained astronauts. I am impressed by the significant relationships created around this common goal and am encouraged that together we can help others in achieving the same dream of space.”

About Laurance Rassin

Laurance Rassin is a New York artist and artistic director of The New Blue Riders. Weaving an over-arching narrative with over 500 original works of art, Laurance interjects humor to his whimsical characters and interior scenes allowing his fictional almost cinematic stories to unfold. With Laurance’s work, now featured regularly at Bonhams & Butterfields, 20th Century in Manhattan, he has shown not only auction house appeal, but also terrific pop appeal. His women’s fashions continue to dazzle on the runways in Manhattan, Miami and London where a line of “wearable art” bearing his name, Laurance Rassin Signature, has been featured at Saks Fifth Avenue in select stores nationwide and continues to be a great source of inspiration.

About The NASTAR Center

The National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center ( is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Environmental Tectonics Corporation. The NASTAR Center houses a variety of state-of-the-art equipment and professional staff to support the training and research needs of the aerospace community, including military aviation (fixed and rotary wing), civil aviation (fixed and rotary wing), space travel (government and private) and research support and data collection. The NASTAR® Center’s equipment and programs are highly modular and flexible and can accommodate a wide range of aerospace training and research requirements

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