Commercialization: March 2009 Archives

Selling Crap to NASA

Prosecutor: Faulty part could have destroyed shuttle, Houston Chronicle

"A Friendswood man pleaded guilty Monday to selling NASA a space shuttle part that prosecutors allege could have endangered astronauts' lives. Richard J. Harmon, 60, the former owner of Cornerstone Machining Inc. in Alvin, pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of fraud involving a space vehicle part. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes scheduled Harmon's sentencing for June when he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine."

NASA and Microsoft To Make Universe of Data Available To The Public

"MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA and Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday plans to make planetary images and data available via the Internet under a Space Act Agreement. Through this project, NASA and Microsoft jointly will develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the most interesting NASA content -- including high-resolution scientific images and data from Mars and the moon -- explorable on WorldWide Telescope, Microsoft's online virtual telescope for exploring the universe. "Making NASA's scientific and astronomical data more accessible to the public is a high priority for NASA, especially given the new administration's recent emphasis on open government and transparency," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington."

NASA OIG: Evaluation and Oversight of NASA's University-Affiliated Spaceport Technology Development Contract Needed Improvement

"We found that performance evaluation factors used to assess ASRC Aerospace Corporation's performance were not TO-specific and did not provide the basis for a fair and objective assessment of the USTDC contractor's performance. Because performance evaluation factors were not TO-specific and tied to desired outcomes as required by acquisition regulations, the performance evaluations provided little evidence that the approximately $2.2 million in USTDC award fees for FY 2007 were fully justified or were an accurate reflection of the contractor's performance."

NASA To Sign Agreement With Three Companies to Participate in a Massively Multiplayer Gaming Initiative

"Officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are finalizing negotiations for a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with three gaming companies whose joint proposal for a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game has been selected for collaborative development. The three companies - Project Whitecard, Inc., Virtual Heroes, Inc., and Information In Place/WisdomTools - teamed up to create a proposal for "Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond," a game concept developed for NASA's MMO gaming initiative, which is designed to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and career fields."

Veteran Astronaut Scott Parazynski Joins Wyle Business Development Staff in Houston

"A former astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle flights has been named a director of business development for Wyle's Integrated Science and Engineering Group based in Houston, Texas. Dr. Scott Parazynski joins Wyle to assist in the company's continued growth and diversification providing integrated science, engineering, and human health and performance services to the Federal Government. He will also assume the role of medical director for Wyle's Antarctic operations including support of the National Science Foundation's United States Antarctic Program. Wyle is competing for this program as a team member of Antarctic Research Support (ARS), a joint venture between CSC and EG&G."

Scott Parazynski: Everest Part Deux, in 3-D

Editor's note: You can follow Scott's climb at onorbit.com/everest and on Twitter at SPOTScott

NASA, Universities Unveil Plans to Build New Campus at Ames

"The University of California, Santa Cruz, (UCSC) and Foothill-De Anza Community College District today announced a dynamic new partnership with NASA Ames Research Center to establish a sustainable community for education and research at the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field."

Editorial: Great partnership in the making at NASA Ames, San Jose Mercury News

"Hurdles remain. After completing environmental reviews on the land, the partners must find a private developer with the heft to design and build the community. But within a decade, we could look back at this as a pivotal moment when the region's colleges and universities broke down barriers between them in pursuit of a new frontier."

Editor's note: Sources report that the Space Enterprise Council was recently eliminated by the US Chamber of Commerce.

NASA JSC Solicitation: Recovery Industry Day for Construction

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, is hereby soliciting firms for attendance at the "RECOVERY Industry Day for Construction." Recovery Industry Day for Construction will consist of informative presentations to Industry regarding construction services, associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) - Cross Agency Support, to be performed at NASA-JSC. Recovery Industry Day is open to all firms (Large and Small Businesses); both companies that have performed work at JSC and those that have not performed work at JSC, and who are interested in pursuing construction contracting opportunities under NAICS Codes 238160 Roofing Contractors and 236220 Commercial and Institutional Building Construction."

Space Economy Symposium

Congressman Parker Griffith (D-AL) to Keynote Space Economy Symposium

"The Space Economy Symposium is an initiative of George Mason University in collaboration with Phillips & Company and hosted by the Space Enterprise Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Friday, March 13, 2009. The purpose for the Symposium is to initiate a robust policy dialogue to gain greater understanding of space-related activities as a key contributor to national competitiveness. Through presentations, panel discussions, and participant interaction, the Symposium will promote new perspectives and insights about present and future impacts of space on the economy, the roles of government, industry and entrepreneurs in developing the space economy, and trends in commercial space that will drive the space economy."


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