Commercialization: November 2007 Archives

Mr. B's Big Plan, Air & Space

"Having pledged five times that much--more than half his net worth--to build inflatable space habitats using technology pioneered, then abandoned, by NASA, Bigelow, with a company of roughly 125 employees, is aiming even higher. His goal is to send people to a larger, habitable module called Sundancer by 2010. By 2012, he hopes to place a full-size, 330-cubic-meter (11,700-cubic-foot) module, the BA 330, in orbit, with more to follow later."

Entrepreneur of the Year: Elon Musk, Inc.com

"Yet the kingmakers of innovation--the academics, the investors, the bloggers--tend not to talk about Musk. They dwell on idea people like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, the 23-year-old wunderkind whose high-concept notions about social networks have made him the hottest thing in business. Or they talk about prognosticators, people like MIT's Nicholas Negroponte, whose One Laptop per Child program has captured the imaginations of moguls, wonks, and Davos attendees everywhere. Elon Musk isn't a software geek or a self-styled visionary. He's not particularly young or brash or handsome, and he can come off as kind of a jerk. He isn't hawking new technology, and he's quite shy. Yet he just might change the world."

Editor's note: Aerojet will shortly be announcing that it has named Glenn Mahone to be its Executive Director of Strategic Communications in Aerojet's Washington, D.C. office. Mahone recently served as vice president for defense contractor Systems Application and Technologies, Inc. Prior to that he served as the AA for Public Affairs at NASA HQ.

Garriott Gets A Back Up

Space flight dream nears, Herald Sun

"A Thrill-seeking Melbourne multi-millionaire is one small step from being the first Australian private citizen in space. Self-described "thrillionaire" Nik Halik has been named as the back-up crewman for next year's October commercial flight to the International Space Station. While excited by the announcement, Mr Halik said it was just one step towards his real dream - being one of the first to colonise the moon."

NASA Ames ready for liftoff - Giant research park at Moffett will include office space, 1,000 housing units, Mountain View Voice

"A 5.6 earthquake was only the second thing to shake City Hall on Tuesday night, after a NASA Ames official announced the agency would be taking bids next year on a massive research park at Moffett Field that will provide homes and office space for private companies, NASA and several colleges. Michael Marlaire, NASA Ames director of partnerships, said the research park would become "a goldmine for the informal meeting" -- in other words, the casual exchange of ideas -- as college students worked and lived next to employees from NASA and companies like Google."

Company floats Zeppelin idea, Mountain View Voice

"After noticing the controversy over the Google founders' jumbo jets last month, Los Gatos-based Airship Ventures is putting out feelers to see what Moffett neighbors would think of up to 1,000 Zeppelin flights a year out of the airfield. The company aims to provide tours of the San Francisco Bay Area for $500 a person in its 264-foot Zeppelin NT airship -- which is slightly longer, but much quieter, than a Boeing 747."

Foothill-De Anza among those eyeing Research Park - Local district joins UC, San Jose State in bid to create 'super campus', Mountain View Voice

"Besides creating a consortium of federal agencies and private high tech firms, the NASA Ames Research Park at Moffett Field will include a strong educational presence and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District hopes to get in on the game."

NASA and Google at 2

NASA, Google partnership still taking flight, SF Chronicle

"More than two years after forging a partnership that technology insiders hoped would spawn a new era of innovation in Silicon Valley, Google and NASA have few tangible products to show for their collaboration. But that that doesn't faze Google's managers, who say the goal is to get employees brainstorming and promote the space program - not to create flashy products. "Google didn't enter into this partnership saying 'How are we going to change this product and that product?' " said Dan Clancy, engineering director at Google. "The tangible results are that we have a lot more interaction between our staff and their staff."

Space Adventures Offers Unique Opportunity to Participate in Richard Garriott's Orbital Spaceflight Mission as Back-up Crew Member

"Today, Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced that for the first time the coveted opportunity to train as a private space explorer alongside one of its orbital spaceflight candidates, and among professional astronauts, is now available to the public."

Small Fire During Demolition Work at Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX

"Cape Canaveral, Florida - November 7, 2007 - At 10:45 AM, a fire began during demolition activities at SpaceX's Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40). The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Fire Department arrived 9 minutes later and promptly extinguished the flames. There were no injuries to personnel or smoke inhalation, and no damage to surrounding property."

Spandex Space Suit, The Best Inventions Of The Year, Time

"With manned space exploration in the doldrums, maybe what NASA needs is a new outfit for its astronauts. Enter Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics at MIT, who is developing the Bio-Suit. It's a formfitting space suit made of elastic polymers that improve mobility."

Editor's note: Alas, Time magazine has honored a project of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. Earlier this year Mike Griffin made a stupid decision and killed NIAC - and work on all these advanced concepts came to a halt.

Killing NIAC, earlier post

Rocket Science, The Best Inventions Of The Year, Time

"It's hard to find a filling station in space, but it's easy to find methane, abundant on many planets and moons. NASA is taking advantage of that with a methane-fueled [XCOR] rocket (above and in tests at right). Future probes could save weight by carrying a little fuel, then gassing up en route just like any long-distance traveler."

Space Exploration: A Measure of American Competitiveness - Speech by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin

"It is my goal to get these critics to recognize that the development of space is a strategic capability for our nation, a view completely in keeping with the founding principles of the American nation - pushing back the frontier. There was a time when the land upon which we stand here in Chicago lay far beyond our western frontier. Today, that frontier lies in space. We've sent out the first few explorers, and they returned with wondrous tales. In President Kennedy's famous words, "Now is the time to take longer strides". The geography of our solar system dictates that these next strides will again be to Earth's moon - three days journey away. But this time, a lunar outpost will follow soon afterward, allowing us to exploit its resources and its vantage point."

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: NASA and Small Business

"NASA's OSBP is working to provide small businesses with enhanced access to NASA and with more opportunities to do business with the Agency. At Business Opportunity Expos, small businesses have the opportunity to present their capabilities to NASA small business specialists and procurement and technical personnel from throughout the Agency and communicate with large businesses that support NASA. The 17th annual NASA Business Opportunities Expo was held on October 16 near Kennedy Space Center and was attended by approximately 900 people and featured 175 exhibitors. These expos also are a means for small businesses to network with each other and develop long lasting business relationships."

SpaceX Breaks Ground at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40

"Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) held official ground breaking ceremonies today at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, opening a new era in commercial space operations. SLC-40 will be the primary launch site for SpaceX's new Falcon 9 launch vehicle, with operations beginning in late 2008."

NASA HQ Solicitation: Global Forum on Space Economics

"NASA Headquarters (HQ), Office of Communications Planning, is planning to procure a membership to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Space Economics. The OECD provides a unique forum whereby governments of up to approximately 30 democracies, other non-governmental organization (NGOs), and the private sector work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization."

Global Forum on Space Economics, OECD


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