Exploration: February 2005 Archives

ESMD Industry Day

NASA Exploration Systems Directorate Industry Day

"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) will present to industry an overview of upcoming acquisition activities related to the implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration.The objective of this forum is to provide industry with particulars focused on the following: 1. Overview of the Crew Explorations Vehicle (CEV) Request for Proposal (RFP); 2. Overview of the draft Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) Request for Proposal (RFP); and 3. Overview of Research and Technology: Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), Centennial Challenges Program and other related topics."

Opening Statement of House Science Committee Chair Sherwood Boehlert

"So where does that leave me on the current budget proposal? With the same mixed feelings I've had in the past. First, let me blunt, I don't think NASA should be our top budget priority either in this Committee or the Congress. That means in a budget as excruciatingly tight as this one, NASA probably should not get as much as the President has proposed. Moreover, even if NASA received every cent it has requested, it would still be trying to do too much at once - the historic pattern for the Agency, as the Gehman Report noted. So something has to give, and this hearing will be a first step in looking at what that might be."

Editor's note: With regard to the VSE, and space exploration in general, I'd have to put Rep. Boehlert in the column labeled "lukewarm supporters at best" after hearing this comment last week. Indeed, at a time when supporters of space exploration should stand and be counted, those who shy away from supporting the VSE (or pay it faint praise as Boehlert is now doing) could see their lack of enthusiasm serve as an aid to those who would seek to put NASA back on a road of declining budgets and fading fortunes.

Mars Doesn't Need Women !?

Men Will Be the First to Go To Mars, RIA Novosti

"There would be probably no women on the first flight to Mars, Director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems (IMBP), academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the Presidential Council on Sciences and Education Anatoly Grigoryev announced after his speech in front of the students of the Moscow International University. "After all, women are fragile and delicate creatures; that is why men should lead the way to distant planets and carry women there in their strong hands," the head of IMBP said with a smile."

Editor's note: I see that there are still a few Neanderthals at the IMBP.

Speakers' presentations from the 1st Space Exploration Conference, held Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla., are now available online at http://exploration.nasa.gov/documents/1stexplorationconference.html The site also includes a transcript of James Cameron's closing keynote speech.

Orbital Joins Lockheed Martin-Led Crew Exploration Vehicle Team

Lockheed Martin Crew Exploration Vehicle team includes top industry innovators

"The depth and breadth of expertise and experience that Orbital Sciences, EADS SPACE Transportation, United Space Alliance, Hamilton Sundstrand and Honeywell bring to our CEV team is unparalleled, exciting and highly focused on meeting NASA's needs for the future," said Michael Gass, vice president and general manager of Space Transportation for Lockheed Martin Space Systems."



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