Keith Cowing: October 2009 Archives

Digging Teams Claim Victory in NASA Regolith Competition

"Nineteen teams pushed their robotic competitors to the limit and three teams claimed a total of $750,000 in NASA prizes for their hard work and innovation at this year's Regolith Excavation Challenge held at NASA's Ames Research Center on Moffett Field. After two days of intense competitive drama, organizers conferred Paul's Robotics of Worcester, MA, with the first place title, second went to Terra Engineering of Gardena, CA, and Team Braundo of Rancho Palos Verde, CA, took home third."

NASA 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge Kicks Off

NASA 2009 Regolith Excavation Games Continue Into Second Day

NASA Recognized for Excellence in Project Management

"NASA has been recognized for 40 years of shared project management success by the Project Management Institute, or PMI, of Newton Square, Pa. "NASA has advanced the discipline of project, program and portfolio management by example," said Ricardo Viana Vargas, chairman of the PMI Board of Directors during their Global Congress-North America annual conference that took place in Orlando, Fla., in October. Vargas also noted that 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of PMI and the Apollo 11 moon landing."

NASA: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Programs and Associated Activities, GAO

GAO Report Affirms That NASA Has Effective Mechanisms for Coordinating with Other Federal Agencies and Avoiding Duplicative Efforts, House Science and Technology Committee

"After reviewing agency policies, procedures, coordination and collaboration mechanisms, and selecting three NASA areas for in-depth review, namely higher education, fundamental aeronautics, and Earth Science projects related to climate and weather research, GAO found that: No duplication was found in the areas selected for an in-depth review; Policies, procedures and mechanisms are in place to avoid duplication; and NASA personnel actively seek to coordinate and to avoid duplication with other federal agencies."

Keith's note: You can watch/listen to a recording of a live webcast made of Charlie Bolden speaking at the Space Transportation Association breakfast this morning in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill at

Topics covered include last night's Astronomy event at the White House, Augustine Commission, and Green aviation.



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