Marc Boucher: October 2009 Archives

NASA's Orion's Pad Abort-1 Test Vehicle [Image Set], OnOrbit

"At the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a portion of Orion's Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) test vehicle is shown from above in the Final Integration and Test Facility during preparations for the flight test.

From left to right are the abort motor, the jettison motor and the interstage section not yet attached. In addition to the attitude control motor (not pictured), these motors will be used for the first Orion test of the launch abort system, PA-1."

U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee
In the final report released by the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee they offered three paths with different options, they are;

1. Mars First
2. Moon First
3. A flexible Path

Our poll question is: Which of the three paths presented by the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee do you prefer?

NASA'S LCROSS Captures All Phases of Centaur Impact, NASA Ames

"NASA's Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was a smashing success, returning tantalizing data about the Centaur impact before the spacecraft itself impacted the surface of the moon. Last week, plunging headlong into Cabeus crater, the nine LCROSS instruments successfully captured each phase of the impact sequence: the impact flash, the ejecta plume, and the creation of the Centaur crater. "We are blown away by the data returned," said Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS principal investigator and project scientist. "The team is working hard on the analysis and the data appear to be of very high quality."

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Up to Four Teams to Compete for $2,000,000 in Space Elevator Games, The Space Elevator Reference

"Ben Shelef of the SpaceWard Foundation reports that he has secured a date for this years Power Beaming Challenge AKA the Space Elevator Games with up to $2,000,000 in NASA Centennial Challenge prize money at stake now that the previous technical issues have been resolved. Three teams have qualified for the games with a fourth attempting to qualify. It appears that this time around someone will win at least level 2 in prize money. The competition is scheduled for the week of November 2 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base near Mojave, California."

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