Marc Boucher: September 2012 Archives

NASA Watch Service Disruption

Marc's note: As some of you have noticed NASA Watch was offline for nearly a day. This was the result of a Denial of Service attack that was directed specifically at NASA Watch (it would appear) and not our other websites. We are working with our ISP to determine the source of the attack.

Craig Covault Joins SpaceRef

Veteran Space Reporter Craig Covault Joins Growing SpaceRef Team, SpaceRef

"SpaceRef is pleased to announce that award winning veteran reporter Craig Covault has agreed to join the growing SpaceRef team. Craig will be a Contributing Editor for SpaceRef's Space Quarterly magazine and a Senior Editor for SpaceRef's network of web sites."

Marc's note: I'm happy to make this announcement, Craig will be a great addition to our team.

Google+ Hangout with NASA, Small Business Administration Chiefs Sept. 19 Features Mars Curiosity Contractor, NASA

"NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills will speak about the contributions of small businesses to the success of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission during a Google+ Hangout at 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 19. "

Marc's update: It's good to see NASA using social media tools like Google+ Hangout. I hung out in a recent sessions and it proved to be very informative. What's more, you can ask Bolden questions in this one. Now whether your question is passed on and answered is another matter. But it is a cost effective way of getting your message out and interacting with the public. We'll see if these sessions catch on.

James B. Armor Wins 2012 AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management, AIAA

"The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that the 2012 AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management has been won by Maj. Gen. James B. Armor, U.S. Air Force (retired), AIAA Associate Fellow, and vice president, strategy and business development, ATK Space Systems Division, Beltsville, Md."

Marc's note: Coincidentally the current issue of Space Quarterly has an interview with Maj. Gen. Armor. Here's an excerpt. You can read the full interview by subscribing.

Iran Space Program Update

Iran Space Program Update, SpaceRef

The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"Considering the changes in the Iranian space organization during the last decade, it was amazing to find a complete stand of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) at the exhibition of the International Astronomical Congress in Cape Town last fall. This kind of openness was not in concert with the organizational changes that were signified by the more military control of the space scene and space organizations in Iran during the last five years."

Israel Space Program Update

Military Space Drives Israel Space Program for Now, Space Quarterly Magazine

The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"Israel, a country of close to 8 million people with an approximate $80 million space budget, both civil and military, is ranked 9th in the world in the latest edition of Futron's Space Competitiveness Index. This, despite having less than 1/10th the GDP than four of the countries ahead of it and 1/5th of the other four. Israel is also part of a small exclusive group of nations that has the ability to both manufacture and launch its own satellites. To say that Israel is punching above its weight is an understatement. How did it reach this status? Out of sheer necessity."


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