"NASA has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston to begin work on the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program. The system will protect astronauts during voyages to the International Space Station and exploration of the moon's surface. The letter contract requires Oceaneering International to begin work on the basic period of performance while NASA and the company negotiate the contract's final terms."
Commercialization: February 2009 Archives
Space Florida's President tries to build bridges with critics, Orlando Sentinel
"Space Florida President Steve Kohler -- under fire from legislators and space boosters for his group's checkered record of business development -- is trying to enlist the help of his critics in the aerospace community to improve the agency's image and effectiveness. In an email sent last Friday to members of the industry group that is planning an upcoming industry day in Tallahassee, Kohler acknowledged that the agency is facing "a time of focused scrutiny" from what he described as "few in the broader stakeholder community."
"This notice is issued in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2459f-1(d). The 2009 Power Beaming and Tether Challenges are now scheduled and teams that wish to compete may now register. The NASA Centennial Challenges Program is a program of prize contests to stimulate innovation and competition in space exploration and ongoing NASA mission areas. The 2009 Power Beaming Challenge is a prize contest designed to promote the development of new power distribution technologies. The 2009 Tether Challenge is a prize contest designed to develop very strong tether material for use in various structural applications. The Spaceward Foundation is administering both Challenges for NASA."
"Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Michael F Battaglia
Title: Technology Infusion Manager
Editor's update: I am told that this procurement notice is being modified. The notice itself tells people to contact the field center they are interested in and gives a link for contact information. Since the process whereby you input these notices requires contact information - and does not have a way to tell people to contact field centers - the "000" values were entered.
"SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today that it is changing its corporate name to Astrotech Corporation. The shareholders of the Company's common stock authorized the corporate name change at the annual meeting held on Feb. 10, 2009. SPACEHAB has filed for and received approval for the name change with the state of Washington. "Astrotech Corporation is a name that more accurately reflects the Company's current mission and vision for future growth," said Thomas B. Pickens III, SPACEHAB's chairman and chief executive officer. "By aligning our corporate name with our core business offering, we are communicating to the investment community and customers the Company's new focus."
Editor's 16 Feb note: I have just learned that Tom Rogers has died.
Thomas F. Rogers, 85 - Defense Official Became Space Tourism Booster, Washington Post
"Thomas F. Rogers, 85, a physicist and former Defense Department deputy director who, in retirement, became a prominent advocate for outer-space tourism, died Feb. 13 of kidney failure at the Vantage House nursing home in Columbia. Mr. Rogers spent much of his early career as a research administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as deputy director of defense research and engineering at the Pentagon."
Editor's note: Memorial services are being held Saturday - Feb. 21 at 1 P.M. at the Vantage House 5440 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044.
Two satellites collide in orbit, SpaceflightNow
"In an unprecedented space collision, a commercial Iridium communications satellite and a presumably defunct Russian Cosmos satellite ran into each other Tuesday above northern Siberia, creating a cloud of wreckage, officials said today. The international space station does not appear to be threatened by the debris, they said, but it's not yet clear whether it poses a risk to any other military or civilian satellites."
"This will be a very big year for SpaceX and the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. In 2006, SpaceX won the NASA COTS competition to demonstrate transport of cargo and optionally crew to and from the International Space Station. Under that agreement, SpaceX will conduct the second flight of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle and first flight of its Dragon spacecraft in 2009. The final flight, scheduled for 2010, will demonstrate Dragon's ability to berth with the Space Station."