Commercialization: October 2007 Archives

Bigelow Aerospace to offer $760 million for spaceship, New Scientist

"Bigelow Aerospace intends to spur development of a commercial space vehicle to take people into Earth orbit by offering to sign a contract worth $760 million with any company that can meet their criteria, company president Robert Bigelow says."

NASA Offers $2 Million Lunar Lander Competition Prize

"During the X PRIZE Cup Oct. 27-28, NASA's Centennial Challenges Program will offer prizes totaling $2 million if competing teams successfully meet the requirements of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The challenge will take place at Holloman Air Force Base, in Alamogordo, N.M. The purpose of the lunar lander challenge is to accelerate technology development leading to a commercial vehicle that could one day be capable of ferrying cargo or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the moon's surface."

Editor's note: Have a look at these images from Genesis II. Either Bigelow Aerospace is going to run a gambling operation in low Earth orbit ("Bigelow Bingo") or he has lots of little itty bitty numbered satellites he is going to deploy.

Bingo in Soace, Bigelow Aerospace

Ames/Google Jet Update

Google guys get grand garage, Mountain View Voice

"In July, the company signed a two-year contract with NASA allowing its owners to use the coveted Moffett airstrip whenever they liked, along with the hangar space, in exchange for $2.6 million and the right to place scientific instruments on the planes. The deal, negotiated behind closed doors, was announced in mid-September."

Mary Cleave's New Gig

Dr. Mary Cleave Appointed to Board of Directors of Sigma Space Corp.

"Sigma Space Corp. announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Cleave to its Board of Directors, effective October 1st, 2007. Dr. Mary L. Cleave was the Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate until March of this year. She also served as deputy associate administrator (advanced planning) in the Office of Earth Science at NASA Headquarters."

NASA JSC Solicitation: Commerical Space Transportation Services Phase 1 Demonstration

"As a continuation of the COTS Phase 1 project, NASA/JSC plans to solicit proposals from all interested industry participants for Earth to orbit space flight demonstrations of any combination of the following mission capabilities:
A) External unpressurized cargo delivery and disposal,
B) Internal pressurized cargo delivery and disposal,
C) Internal pressurized cargo delivery, return and recovery,
D) Crew Transportation."

Spaceward Games 2007 Update

Spaceward Games Heads into the Home Stretch and Opens to the Public, Space Elevator Reference

"Qualifying lasted until the early hours of the morning with Centaurus the last team trying to qualify but failing at 1:00 am. At this point four teams have qualified to compete for this years chance at NASA's Centennial Challenge prize for power beaming which has a $500,000 prize. They are: ..."

The Space Elevator Reference - Videos and other updates

Live webcams - provided by and, The Space Elevator Reference

Son of COTS Announced

NASA to Open New Competition for Space Transportation Seed Money

"NASA announced Thursday it will conduct a new competition for funding that remains in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Project, known as COTS. The new competition follows NASA's decision to terminate its funded agreement with aerospace firm Rocketplane Kistler of Oklahoma City, which repeatedly failed to meet agreed-upon milestones in its effort to develop and demonstrate commercial transportation capabilities to low Earth orbit."

NASA Updates Media on Status of COTS Project Thursday

"Thursday, NASA will provide an update about the status of the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Project, also known as COTS. NASA will host a news media roundtable at 2:30 p.m. EDT at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., S.W., Washington. Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, will participate in the briefing."

Editor's 18 Oct note: Once again ESMD seems to be going out of its way to screw up media participation. The only notice I am aware of was emailed late this morning. I only got mine in my email account an hour before the event itself. Did ESMD just dream up this telecon today? Or did they know about it yesterday? Its almost as if PAO and ESMD just don't care any more.

Editor's 19 Oct update: I just got a media advisory from JSC for an upcoming event that was held yesterday:

"From: info@JSC.NASA.GOV
Date: October 19, 2007 10:35:46 AM EDT

Either this proves that JSC PAO sends things out without reading them - or people in that office never took that Calendar 101 class. Either way the word "inept" pops up in my mind.

Spaceward Games 2007 Update

Spaceward Games 2007 Update, The Space Elevator Reference

"This afternoon teams had the opportunity to improve on their qualifying results of yesterday. Because of the bad weather yesterday, provisional qualifying was held indoors to see if teams could attach their climbers and show they could climb the ribbon, stop and descend the ribbon safely. All the teams except Centaurus succeeded."

The Space Elevator Reference - Videos and other updates

Live webcams - provided by and, The Space Elevator Reference

SpaceX Successfully Completes NASA Critical Design Review for First Commercial Transportation System to the International Space Station

"SpaceX has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for its first Falcon 9 / Dragon mission as part of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration program. During a three day period, SpaceX hosted a group of over forty top level NASA representatives and key SpaceX customers for a review of the design of the Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon spacecraft and associated ground systems for the first COTS demonstration mission."

New Space Solar Power Organization Announced - The Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy, NSS

"The Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy (SSAFE), a new organization advocating investment in space-based solar power technologies to address the planet's future energy needs, was announced today at the National Press Club. The coalition of thirteen leading research organizations and space advocacy groups focused their inaugural event on the announcement of a new study of space-based solar power led by the National Security Space Office (NSSO).'"

Advance Comments on NSSO-led Study on Space-Based Solar Power, Space Frontier Foundation

Do As I Say - Not As I Do

Rocketplane Kistler President Resigns, SpaceNews

"RpK came in with a lot of promises and a half baked business plan and the market place is weeding them out," [David] Gump said. "It's disingenuous to now say they were shocked - shocked - they would have to compete for ISS cargo business. That was plan[ned] in the original ISS cargo announcement. Everybody who bid knew it.

Editor's note: With regard to "... a lot of promises and a half baked business plan": You know what they say about people who live in glass houses, David...

Spacehab Announces Receipt of NASDAQ Staff Determination Letter

"SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced its receipt of a NASDAQ Staff Determination letter on October 2, 2007 indicating that the Company fails to comply with NASDAQ Marketplace Rules 4310(c)(4) and 4310(c)(3), and that its securities are, therefore, subject to delisting from The NASDAQ Capital Market."

Texas Investor Eyes Space Station as Orbiting Pharma Lab, WIired

"Pickens' father made a fortune in oil, became a corporate raider, and now runs a hedge fund. He's worth $2.5 billion. No wonder his son looked to the heavens to make his fortune. Spacehab recruited the younger Pickens earlier this year to turn the company around. The 20-year-old penny stock firm has a market cap of about $5 million.'"

Texas Man Linked to Past and Future of Space Exploration by Sputnik and Soyuz, NY Times

"And, [Richard Garriott] added, he is hoping to accomplish something on the flight that no other space tourist has done: take a spacewalk, an option Space Adventures announced last year for an extra $15 million. "But that is NOT yet set in stone," he wrote. He has had two suited-up training sessions in a Russian underwater facility, he said, and "It's MUCH harder than it looks." Air pressure stiffens the suit, and every movement is a struggle."

More Bad News For Kistler

Editor's note: Word has it that Randy Brinkley has left Rocketplane Kistler.

How NASA helped invent Silicon Valley, CNET

"Several companies in what would become Silicon Valley benefited from the ambitious goals and budget largesse of the Apollo space program," said Dag Spicer, the senior curator of the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, Calif. "The stringent quality and performance requirements of (integrated circuits) for Apollo allowed early semiconductor companies to learn at government (that is, public) expense, a technology that would soon have broad application and whose price would plummet as these companies perfected manufacturing methods."

Spacehab Announces NASDAQ Deficiency Notice and Going Concern Qualification, Spacehab

"SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced its receipt of a notice from NASDAQ Staff on September 25, 2007 stating that the Company does not comply with Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(3). Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(3) requires the Company to have $500,000 of net income from continuing operations for the most recently completed fiscal year or two of the three most recently completed fiscal years; or $35,000,000 market value of listed securities; or $2,500,000 in stockholders' equity."



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