Exploration: July 2005 Archives

NASA outlines plans for moon and Mars, Orlando Sentinel

"Those and other specifics of NASA's ambitious plans for a new era of human space travel are outlined in a set of internal briefing charts on the agency's recent Exploration Systems Architecture Study. A copy of those briefings, parts of which are scheduled to be made public next month, was obtained by the Orlando Sentinel."

Cancellation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation

"The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby canceling the Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) Request for Proposal (RFP). An internal Agency review was conducted of the Technology Transfer program. We have concluded that the RFP no longer reflects the Agency's requirements."

Crew Exploration Vehicle, Phase 1 - One of Two Contracts Leading to Competitive Down-selection

- Lockheed Martin Corporation

- Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II

"Under this acquisition process, NASA has used a phased approach utilizing full and open competition to select two companies, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Northrop-Grumman/Boeing, for phase I contracts for concept development. Phase II will begin after a competitive down select of the phase I effort. Again the purpose of this sources sought is to identify potential sources for small business subcontracting opportunities during phase II performance."

Editor's note: This chart is from a Powerpoint presentation "Innovative Programs: Instruments and Potential Activities" by Brant Sponberg delivered at the Space Frontier Foundation's "Return to the Moon" conference.

NASA Studying Unmanned Solution to Complete Space Station as Return to Flight Costs Grow, SpaceRef

"NASA is completing an internal review that proposes using an expendable launch vehicle derived from space shuttle components to launch and complete the International Space Station following retirement of the shuttle orbiters in 2010, according to senior agency and industry sources."

Devon Island Update

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Editor's note: All of the HMP and SpaceRef.com-sponsored webcams are online on Devon Island at HMP Base Camp.

-MarsCam1 - looks at the Mess Tent and the Core building
-MarsCam2 - looks east
-MarsCam3 - inside the new Office Tent
-Greenhouse Webcam 1 - outside view of the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse
-Greenhouse Webcam 2 - inside the greenhouse
-Greenhouse Webcam 3 - inside the greenhouse

Editor's note: NASA doesn't quite have its act together and has decided to delay release of its new exploration architecture and plans for the space shuttle. As such, the earliest that Congress will be briefed will be the first week in September. In addition, details on what type of shuttle-derived heavy launch vehicle NASA wants (side mount vs in-line) are once again up in the air. Stay tuned.

Editor's upate: According to attendees at the Return to the Moon Conference in Las Vegas this weekend, Chris Shank said that he was specifically cleared by Mike Griffin to say that NASA does not have enough money to implement the exploration architecture it wants to put into place - unless the private sector lends a hand.

Floor Statements by Senators Huchison and Nelson Regarding "Sense of the Senate Regarding Manned Space Flight"

"That is why we want to make sure we have that other vehicle ready about the time we shut down the space shuttle so we will have human access to this international space station and reap the benefits, once it is fully constructed, of all the experimentation and the processing of materials we can uniquely do in the microgravity of Earth's orbit."

Google The Moon

"Welcome to Google Moon - In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we've added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor."

Editor's note: Be certain to zoom all the way in.

Futuristic design wins competition for new Antarctic Research Station, British Antarctic Survey

"The new modular station, elevated on ski-based jackable legs to avoid burial by snow, can be towed across the ice. The modules are simple to construct and can be re-arranged or relocated inland periodically as the ice shelf flows towards the sea."

Editor's update: Now it looks like the release may be slipped back until after the landing of Discovery. This is due to the feedback received after last week's briefings and the need for NASA to firm up its story.

Editor's note: Sources indicate that Mike Griffin will release the Exploration Architecture Study at a NASA HQ briefing Monday afternoon, 18 July.

Editor's note: As reported here last week, briefings regarding Mike Griffin's 60 day study have been underway for congressional and industry representatives in Washington. Not everyone gets the same briefing however. Reports from these briefings speak of lack of budget data, lack of a firm or final design for the heavy launch vehicle, and a general feel of disorganization within the presentations. External reviewers are citing a number of problems with they have been presented. Contractors are miffed because they don't think things have been thought through thoroughly - and that some very simple questions cannot be answered. The ISS partner nations are not happy campers either.

Among those briefed this week at NASA HQ were former astronaut (and O'Keefe choice for Deputy Administrator) Charles Bolden, GWU professor and Kerry presidential campaign space advisor John Logsdon, Marcia Smith from CRS, and Pete Worden. More to follow.

Griffin Wants Inline SDLV and 5 Segment SRB/CEV (earlier post)

To explore is human, editorial, Mike Griffin, USA Today

"If history demonstrates anything, it is that those nations that make a commitment to exploration invariably benefit. Because of Britain's centuries-long primacy in the maritime arts, variations on British systems of culture and government thrive across the globe."

NASA Plans to Build Two New Shuttle-derived Launch Vehicles, SpaceRef

"According to a new NASA study, when America goes back to the moon and on to Mars it will do so with hardware that looks very familiar. NASA has decided to build two new launch systems - both of which will draw upon existing Space Shuttle hardware. One vehicle will be a cargo-only heavy lifter, the other will be used to launch the Crew Exploration Vehicle."



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