Space access topic of the day on The Space Show

Our friend David Livingston will be hosting a round-table discussion which will include the topics of rockets, engineering, and cost effective space access on his Radio/Podcast program, The Space Show. The LIVE broadcast will take place Sunday, April 9. 2006, from noon-1:30PM PDT (yeah, that pesky daylight savings time has … Continue reading

New ISS crew rockets into orbit

A Russian Soyuz rocket soared skyward from Baikonur Cosmodrome yesterday, carrying the next long duration crew for the International Space Station and a Brazilian astronaut who will return home with the current station crew in early April. US astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, and Brazilian Marcos Pontes are … Continue reading

Solar eclipse puts on a show across the African continent

Oh by the way, there was a Solar Eclipse today. Yeah, I missed the boat too. A view of the shadow passing as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA NASA TV provided live coverage of the event. Yeah I missed that too. On their website they have video … Continue reading

STS-121 Launch Delayed to July Window

NASA has delayed the next space shuttle launch from May until at least the first of July, in order to replace suspect engine cut-off (ECO) sensors in the external fuel tank. Discovery is slated to fly mission STS-121, the second of two engineering test flights in the return to flight … Continue reading

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter makes orbit

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has successfully slipped into orbit around Mars. Over the next 6 months or so the craft will use a series of aero-braking maneuvers to refine that orbit to a nearly circular loop ranging from 320 kilometers (199 miles) to 255 kilometers (158 miles) in altitude, … Continue reading

Space advocates beware journalists with agendas

Sorry outside distractions kept me from posting recently so I’m going to do a bit of catch up. First up, is an article that appears to have taken a wonky turn posted a couple days ago on Wired News. Okay kids, adjust your tinfoil hats and take a look… “The … Continue reading

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter propulsion system sought

US Space News has posted a link to “The Draft” requesting responses from parties interested in making the propulsion systems for the LRO. Or in their words… NASA/GSFC is issuing this draft LRO Propulsion Subsystem Insertion Thrusters Statement of Work (SOW), Specification, and Deliverable Items List and Schedule for the … Continue reading

Part-Two of: A conversation with Paul Spudis

Dr. Paul D. Spudis is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland and Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Spudis was formerly with the Branch of Astrogeology, U. S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona and the … Continue reading

The Space Review: this week’s articles

Eric Hedman thinks that alt.space startups should be asking themselves some tough questions to enhance their business plans and chances of success. Jeff Foust reviews the latest space IMAX movie, about the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, in Review: Roving Mars in IMAX. Andrew Turner describes the Aquarius system, which … Continue reading

The Write Stuff interviews Mike Griffin

Another new space blog has entered the blogosphere and this one, The Write Stuff by Michael Cabbage of the Orlando Sentinel, is starting off with a bang by interviewing NASA administrator Mike Griffin. Lots of interesting stuff to be had here, including Mike’s thoughts on COTS: The space station market … Continue reading

Could COTS come to the rescue of NASA’s Shuttle budget overrun?

Only a handful of days remain until NASA’s FY2007 budget is revealed. There’s been plenty of speculation about what’s going to be in there, and more to the point what isn’t: as things currently stand, the Shuttle has a funding shortfall of several billions of dollars between now and its … Continue reading

Self-Repairing Spacecraft

In an article titled “Spacecraft, Heal Thyself” the European Space Agency introduces the results of a new study to develop spacecraft that can self-repair. Thanks to the new study funded by ESA’s General Studies Programme, and carried out by the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, UK, engineers have … Continue reading

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