"Odyssey Moon Ventures LLC, a U.S. company developing commercial systems for lunar exploration, announced today that it has partnered with NASA for the development of a robotic lunar lander. The unique public-private partnership will combine NASA expertise with innovative approaches to commercial space systems, resulting in new industrial capabilities for the company and benefits to the American space program. The partnership was established through a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement signed with the NASA Ames Research Center on October 30th, 2008. Under the terms of the agreement, NASA will provide technical data and engineering support to Odyssey Moon Ventures in support of the company's efforts to develop its "MoonOne" (M-1) robotic lunar lander."
Commercialization: October 2008 Archives
"SpaceDev, Inc. announced [Monday] that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by privately-held Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Under the agreement, SNC would acquire for cash the outstanding equity of SpaceDev for the gross purchase price of $38 million, which after certain deductions is expected to result in a net price to holders of SpaceDev common stock between $0.68 and $0.72 per share. The expected price represents a premium of between 42% and 50% over the average closing price of SpaceDev's common stock over the 30 trading days preceding this announcement."
"Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Lon L. Rains director of communications for the company's Space Technology sector, where he will guide efforts to increase the visibility of the company's capabilities in civil and military space, missile defense and high-energy lasers."
Space exploration vital to our economy, Opinion by former NASA Stratcomm Chief Bob Hopkins, Orlando Sentinel
"Whatever the outcome, the space economy is expanding all around us, and if we do not make the commitment to a comprehensive national space strategy and fully funding it, we will most assuredly see our nation's economic and technological standing fall behind our competitors. If we find it in the national economic interest to provide for a $700 billion bailout to Wall Street, we can surely make the relatively modest investment -- less than 3 percent of the bailout funding -- needed in space exploration, technology, research and science to ensure continued U.S global economic and technological leadership in the future. Commitment to space is vital to our economy."
"SPACEHAB, Incorporated, a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced its receipt of a NASDAQ Staff Determination letter on October 7, 2008 indicating that the Company has failed to regain compliance with NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(4), and that its securities are, therefore, subject to delisting from The NASDAQ Capital Market. The Company plans to request a hearing before a NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel to present its plan of compliance and request continued listing pending the completion of the plan. However, there can be no assurance the Panel will grant the Company's request for continued listing."
"SpaceDev, Inc. announced today that SpaceDev Founder and Board Member James Benson, 63, died peacefully in his home. Benson was diagnosed in 2007 with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, the cause of his death early this morning.
Mr. Benson had resigned from an operational role in SpaceDev in September 2006. He retained a seat on the Board of Directors of SpaceDev where he had continued to support the Company that he founded in 1997."
"The 2008 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication celebrates the agency's 50th anniversary and highlights 50 new examples of how NASA technology is being put to use in everyday life. This anniversary edition features a 50-year timeline of NASA-derived technologies from historical programs and projects, and a summary of award-winning NASA technologies included in Spinoff over the years. Spinoff 2008 lists many of the latest NASA innovations now in the commercial marketplace. These innovations have resulted in healthcare advances, transportation breakthroughs, public safety benefits, new consumer goods, environmental protection, computer technology and industrial productivity."
Sent: Thu Oct 09 13:07:08 2008
Dear members of the ESMD listserv... As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, I have decided to take a position with the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) within the FAA. AST is responsible for issuing licenses and permits to companies like SpaceX who want to launch rockets commercially.
"With a successful Falcon 1 launch under their belt, SpaceX has set its sights on hauling cargo for NASA with the larger Falcon 9 rocket, transporting crews to the International Space Station in its Dragon capsule, and landing on the Moon with a modified Falcon 1 rocket."
SpaceX Launch Successful (broadcast Friday, October 3rd, 2008), Science Friday
"3:00 pm EDT: Guest: Elon Musk, CEO and CTO, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California"
"Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, announced today that their orbital spaceflight client, Richard Garriott, will participate in a suite of experiments in cooperation with NASA during his 10-day mission. Mr. Garriott is scheduled to launch on October 12 onboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station (ISS). He will be joining the Expedition 18 crew which includes NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov."