Marc Boucher: April 2012 Archives

BRPH: The Old and the New in Spacecraft Facilities, Commercial Space Watch

"Switching out a spacecraft maintenance facility is definitely not an easy task. Besides the obvious requirements to contain toxic fuels and provide enough power, there is also the work of deciding what previous structures will be useful to new contractors."

Marc's note: We hear a lot about the big commercial space companies or the some of the so called "NewSpace" companies but what about the smaller commercial companies working in the background? Many of these companies contribute significantly to the economy. Here's a good story on BRPH featured on our site Commercial Space Watch. BTW the new web address for Commercial Space Watch is, why not bookmark it?

Space Marketing Wars

Space Marketing Campaigns Heat Up , Commercial Space Watch (With 3 videos)

"United Launch Alliance has launched another salvo in the space marketing campaign war with its latest video title "What We Believe". Dan Collins, Chief Operating Office, opens the video saying it's not about the "smoke and fire", which coincidentally is what Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne called their marketing video four months ago."

A Conversation with Dr. Scott Hubbard of Stanford University, Commercial Space Watch (Video)

"SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Scott Hubbard at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Dr. Hubbard is professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. He has been engaged in space-related research, as well as program, project and executive management for more than 35 years, including 20 years with NASA, culminating as director of NASA's Ames Research Center.

In our conversation we talk about Scott's new book Exploring Mars, Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery, his shaping of the Mars program, the current state of planetary science and cuts to the Mars budget. As well Scott discusses work at Stanford including advances in hybrid propulsion, the FAA Center of Excellence at Stanford for Commercial Space and much more."

Boeing SLS, CCiCap Update

A Conversation with Jim Chilton and John Mulholland of Boeing, Commercial Space Watch (Video Interview)

"A conversation with Jim Chilton and John Mulholland of Boeing. Mr. Mulholland is Vice President and Program Manager - Commercial Programs, Space Exploration while Mr. Chilton is Vice President and Program Manager Exploration Launch Systems. In our conversation we talk about NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev), Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap), space exploration including a return to the moon and more."

A Conversation with Wayne Hale (Video), SpaceRef

"SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Wayne Hale at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Mr. Hale is a former NASA space shuttle mission controller, flight director, space shuttle program manager, Deputy Associate Administrator for Strategic Partnerships and currently the Director of Human Spaceflight / International Programs with Special Aerospace Services. Wayne share his thoughts on the current status of the space program, the future and his current work."

NASA's Approach Under Fire in Panel Discussion, SpaceRef

"Amid the talk of international collaboration and co-operation at a panel of space leaders, NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver found herself answering questions about the cancellation of NASA's commitment to ExoMars, and the lack of launch capability for astronauts on American soil."

A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium, SpaceRef

"SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The conversation centered around his idea of doubling NASA's budget as it would spur innovation and fuel the economy. We also discussed his latest book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier."

Marc's note: Tyson gave memorable speech on Tuesday. It was similar to some of what he said to Congress last month. Our conversation touches on all of the highlights from his speech. It's 20 minutes worth watching.

The Space Report 2012: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity Reveals 12.2 Percent Global Space Industry Growth, Space Foundation

"The Space foundation today announced the availability of the 2012 edition of the Space Report to media today and to the public next week. According to the report the global space economy grew to $289.77 billion in 2011, reflecting a surprisingly robust single-year expansion of 12.2 percent and five-year growth of 41 percent* in a global economy that has been suppressed in many other sectors."

Orbital Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Company's Founding, Orbital

"Orbital Sciences Corporation celebrated the company's first three decades in the space business today as it completed 30 years of operations since the enterprise's founding on April 2, 1982. At anniversary events at the company's Dulles, Virginia headquarters and at other sites in Arizona, California, Maryland and Virginia, Orbital executives thanked employees and customers for making possible the company's successes to date, and for providing exciting opportunities for future achievements."

Marc's note: We've included the video address by David W. Thompson, Orbital co-founder.



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