Editor's note: According to the revamped Bigelow Aerospace website: "Want to Take a Ride? Once the domain of only the privileged, Bigelow Aerospace is now offering to the public an exciting new opportunity. For the first time, you can actually send an item of your own into space. Your personal selection will be floating inside a spacecraft hundreds of miles above the Earth. If all systems function properly, your personal treasure (be it a photo, ring, bottle-cap or toy) will be floating in space for years."
Commercialization: May 2006 Archives
"This is a modification to the synopsis entitled NASA'S Exploration Team (NEET) Educators Resources/Exploration Station at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida, NNK06156918C which was posted on June 18, 2006. You are notified that the following changes are made: The Cooperative Agreement Announcement is hereby canceled and will be reissued at a future date. The due date for responses N/A extended. Documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet."
Editor's note: I'm confused. The solicitation that was pulled was posted on 18 May 2006 - not 18 June 2006.
Orbital Sciences to lay off 10% of workers, The Arizona Republic
"Up to 100 people will lose their jobs at Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Chandler plant, a response a company spokesman attributes to a slowdown in sales of its rockets used to launch commercial payloads, such as satellites."
"Contract Award Amount: $5851425.00"
"Contract Award Amount: $1035717300"
Editor's note: Hmmm. This is odd: $5 Million ($5851425.00) for one contract and a billion ($1035717300) for the other - both of which seem to be virtually the same - or is one of those pesky little decimal points (important in rocket science) missing?
"Under the proposed agreement, Boeing will pay a total of $615 million. In addition to the $50 million monetary penalty, Boeing will pay $565 million to resolve potential civil claims asserted by the Department's Civil Division. A written agreement will be drafted and is expected to be signed in the next few weeks."
"As part of the preparations for Russian Visiting Crew 11, space flight participant Daisuke Enomoto and his backup Anousheh Ansari were for the acquainted with operational Soyuz space vehicle. The same familiarization activities were conducted by Mikhail Tyurin, test cosmonaut, pilot-cosmonaut, next Soyuz commander and flight engineer of ISS-14 Prime Crew."
"The Chicago-based defense contractor has been the subject of government investigations into the recruitment of a U.S. Air Force weapons buyer while she still had oversight of the billions of dollars in Boeing contracts, and the appropriation of secret information on Lockheed Martin Corp. rocket programs."
"Difficult market conditions first drove the Pentagon and NASA to propose that the two rival companies merge their rocket launch units, but keep separate rockets in production, said Thompson, of the Lexington Institute. But he noted that the officials involved with that recommendation had since left office, and government lawyers were now imposing onerous conditions on the merger, including requirements for investment levels and pension commitments, that threatened to undermine the business case for the deal."
"Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Kistler and California-based Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, acknowledged that they were finalists. Other sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the official NASA reticence, indicated that the Virginia-based t/Space consortium, California-based SpaceDev, Texas-based Spacehab and Andrews Space in Seattle were also on the list."
"Now these are the key questions then: How do we sustain the vision for space exploration to lead us to settlement? How do we afford it? How do we nurture it? My answer - and I think a lot of yours' - is the private sector. This is not necessarily easy or straightforward. For a start why would the private sector individual spend the money on space exploration? And if they do what is the role of the Government? And in particular how do we address the number one item in all space activities - how to get to space to start with?"
"Lloyd Chapman, President of the American Small Business League, has filed suit in Federal court against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in order to obtain the names of firms to which NASA has awarded small business contracts. Efforts by Chapman to obtain the information through FOIA were largely ignored by NASA personnel -- no written response was ever received -- however, NASA did acknowledge receipt of the requests by telephone."
Point of Contact
Name: Jay Dryer
Title: Senior Technical Advisor
Phone: (000) 000-0000
Fax: (000) 000-0000
Editor's note: I don't think Jay wants any phone calls about this solicitation.