Commercialization: April 2005 Archives

KB Home Initiates National Promotion to Support Launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery

"Commemorative Wristbands Available at Homebuilder's Sales Centers; Americans Encouraged to Wear Them 'Until They're Home"

Editor's note: It is interesting - and refreshing - to see a company with no obvious stake in NASA embark upon a program to raise the public's awareness of space exploration - and to do so on their own dime.

Editor's note: There are lots of automotive combustion things coming out of NASA today: two NASA Notices of Prospective Patent Licenses: Penske Racing South and Phoenix Systems International

Editor's note: Word is circulating that NASA will announce the winner(s) of the huge NASA IV&V service contract later this week. This contract has an estimated value (over 7 years) of more than $200,000,000. Stay tuned.

Commercial Space Hearings

Science Committee Democrats Explore Future of Commercial Space Flight

Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Hearing Charter: Future Markets for Commercial Space

"On Wednesday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics will hold a hearing to examine the future of the commercial space market and the government's role in that future."


- Chairman Ken Calvert
- Burt Rutan
- Molly Macauley
- Wolfgang Demisch
- John Vinter
- Elon Musk
- Will Whitehorn

National Space Society's International Space Development Conference: Benefits of Space Exploration, NASA HQ

"Speakers from many walks of life will present stories of how space exploration led to products that benefit people on Earth, such as:

- Space suit technology that has given children afflicted with an unusual disease a new lease on life.
- Technology used to monitor astronaut health in space that has been used by doctors to help treat people in remote regions across the globe.
- Microspheres that have been used by industry to clean up major oil spills.
- Digital implantable hearing aid technology that has restored hearing to over 60,000 people."

Editor's comment: NASA needs to get some new spinoffs to hype. These ones are all at least a decade old and are quite stale. Indeed, given that NASA's new charter, the VSE, is centered around exploration - for exploration's sake - why even bother with pushing these quasi-relevant, often quasi-contrived spin-offs at all? But, if the ISS is also to do science other than that which is directly in support of the VSE, then shouldn't NASA be looking for better, more current public justifications for such research?

Editor's update: If you tuned into this morning's Senate hearing on ISS science, you'd have heard a rapid-fire recitation of very recent - indeed current - direct-benefit/spinoffs/dual-use technologies from Bill Readdy, Micke Fincke, and Howard Ross. It would seem that one part of NASA (Exploration Systems Mission Directorate's Innovative Partnerships Program Benefits Manager) does not know what other parts of the agency (ISS - Space Operations Mission Directorate) are doing.

$200,000,000 - Telecom Tycoon Used International Financial Labyrinth, Washington Post

"According to SEC filings, Anderson later struck a deal for Feldman to resign as chairman, offering Feldman and his father a way to liquidate hundreds of thousands of Total-Tel shares at far more than the going price. The deal, signed on a day the stock closed at $12.25 a share, obligated Anderson or one of his companies to buy stock from the Feldmans for $16 a share. But before long, the deal was amended to involve another party: the Foundation for the International Non-Governmental Development of Space, a tax-exempt charitable foundation that Anderson created and presided over."

- FINDS website - now mysteriously offline
- FINDS website as it appeared on 21 October 2004
- FINDS information at the Foundation Center (includes links to 2001, 2002, and 2003 IRS filings)

Los Alamos National Laboratory Signs CRADA and License Agreement with Carbon Designs, Inc.

"Los Alamos National Laboratory and Carbon Designs, Inc. (CDI), today signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on the development of ultra-strong fibers made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). CDI will initially invest $2 million in this joint effort to develop fibers expected to be many times stronger than any current engineering materials. The long-range plan is for CDI, with LANL's assistance, to develop a supply of and production method for ultra-strong CNT fibers. According to Dr. Zhu, "The ultra-strong CNT fibers will significantly impact NASA's new mission in space exploration."

Topic Background: The Space Elevator Reference

NASA Special Notice: International Space Station Commercial Cargo Services

"This one day conference will focus on ISS cargo transportation and visiting vehicle integration requirements and is targeted to contractors and other government agencies interested in learning more about the potential future ISS Commercial Cargo Service (ICCS) requirements."

"It's Mainly Just for Fun", Reason Magazine

Burt Rutan: "When people think of the Wright brothers they think of 1903. I think a more important thing to look at when you make the point you're making is 1908 to 1911, early 1912. We're talking about only a three and a half year time period that started when only 10 people had flown, and ended three and a half years later when thousands of pilots flew hundreds of airplanes in 39 countries."


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