Commercialization: February 2005 Archives

Cyberspace to Outer Space, Let's Have a Conference and Go There, NY Times

"Nobody's holding a space conference, so I decided to do one," [Esther Dyson] said in an interview. "It's not that there aren't space conferences, but nothing as tacky and commercial as we want to be."

Editor's note: You can sign up for Dyson's pricey course here. Note: one of the participants is Bruce J. Holmes, Director for Strategic Partnerships, Planning and Management, NASA Langley. Hmm, I wonder: is LaRC is looking to get involved in space tourism?

Stennis services center on governor's radar, The Sun Herald

"If Stennis beats out NASA facilities in Huntsville, Ala., and Cleveland, about 500 jobs will initially be created in the $23.7 million shared services building. The average salary for the new NASA employees, who would be providing payroll, human resources, and customer service to more than 20,000 people, will be $55,000."

The Latest from JP Aerospace

Recent Videos from JP Aerospace

"In addition to launching rockets from balloons as part of a high altitude launch system, JPA uses rockets as a research tool for Airship to Orbit.

Here is a small sample of launches we've conducted.

Most of those in the video are ground launches from suspended gondolas or from gimbaled launch rails."

Paper: Panel Won't Seek Criminal Probe, AP

"A Pentagon task force investigating defense contracts that may have been rigged by a former Air Force official imprisoned for favoring Boeing Co. found some "anomalies" but won't seek a criminal probe, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday."

Pentagon to investigate 8 more Druyun contracts, AP

"The Pentagon on Monday said its internal watchdog would investigate eight additional weapons contracts handled by convicted former Air Force acquisitions official Darleen Druyun for possible abuses."

House Transportation Committee Hearing on Commercial Space Transportation: Beyond The X Prize [contains links to prepared testimony]

"The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the status and future of the U.S. commercial space transportation industry and the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in providing safety oversight of the industry."

Rep. Calvert Addresses Commercial Space Transportation Conference

"In 2010 the Shuttle will be retired. So there is right now a need to move people into space quickly, safely and reliably. I believe that need could be met in large part by the private sector and that the people in this room will play a key role in making it happen. The job of Congress is to pass legislation and exercise its oversight functions in such a way that will enable this industry to succeed"

Comments on the House Floor upon Introducing a Bill to Enhance the Safety of Commercial Space Flight by Rep. James Oberstar

"Mr. Speaker, I support commercial space exploration and the commercial space industry, but not at the expense of totally ignoring safety. The Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, P.L. 108-492, prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from issuing safety design and operating regulations or even minimal safety requirements for individual licenses for the next eight years unless there is a potentially catastrophic incident."

Space Entrepreneurs Resolve To Create Industry Group to Promote Safety Standards and Growth of the Personal Spaceflight Industry

"Leaders from the newly emerging Personal Spaceflight Industry today announced their intent to organize an industry federation to design and uphold the standards and processes necessary to ensure public safety and promote growth of the personal spaceflight industry."

House Science Committee Chair Boehlert's Testimony on New Commercial Space Law

"This is an infant industry; it is not the equivalent of today's airline industry. The law fully protects uninvolved third parties and requires extraordinary disclosures to immediate participants, and it sets the industry on a path toward greater regulation as it develops. That's the right balance and it passed muster with Members who are not exactly in the anti-regulatory camp in both chambers of Congress. The final wording was worked out between my staff and Senator Hollings' staff."

Win A trip Into Space

Volvo and Virgin Galactic Team Up in Space

"Volvo Cars of North America on Sunday will make history during its first-ever Super Bowl advertisement by announcing it will give away a chance to win a seat on Virgin Galactic's commercial passenger-carrying spaceship."

Reader comment from someone@nasa.gov who has been in space multiple times: "I found it interesting in the Virgin Space advertisement piece that they say would-be astronauts will see stars. Actually, if you launch into daylight, there will be no stars visible. The contrast between anything that is lit (inside of the cabin, the earth, windowframe etc.) will prevent the eyes from dark adaptation enough so as to allow the crew to see any stars. Now, if the windows were blocked out to see only dark space - and the time were at least a couple of minutes - one could see stars. But since they will only get a couple of minutes of free-fall and little to no attitude control in free flight, I don't think they will see stars. Besides, the view of the stars (when you can see them on orbit) is about as good as we've seen in the mountains. The earth is the real treat to see from space."


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