CSExtra – Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the globe. NASA initiates a 3rd round of competition under its Commercial Crew Development initiative with a flexible approach to deal with budget uncertainties. A House panel receives testimony on the high revenue and job impact of export controls on the U. S. satellite industry. Russia points to software lapses as the cause of the Phobos Grunt mission. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joins President Obama at the White House Science fair. Five time shuttle astronaut Janice Voss dies of cancer. NASA seeks new astronauts, who will need more than the “right stuff”. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory carries a penny. Another theory on missing aliens. The making of a moon rock detective.
1. From Space News: In spite of anticipated tight budgets, NASA looks to provide $300 million to $500 million to at least two companies under the third round of agency’s Commercial Crew Development program. NASA’s solicits new proposals on Tuesday. The agency intends to select at least two companies for 21 months of development. NASA hopes to demonstrate a new commercial capability that will transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station by around 2017. http://bit.ly/wq6Kw0
A. From Spaceflightnow.com: Company proposals are due March 23. NASA turns to flexible Space Act Agreements to pursue the next round of development. http://bit.ly/xLCp3e
B. From Florida Today: During the next round of Commercial Crew Development competition, NASA is asking each company to outline the procedures it would follow to safely launch its own test pilots. http://on.flatoday.com/Ak6ion
2. From Spacepolicyonline.com: An Aerospace Industries Association report outlines the impact of a 1999 decision to place export controls on U. S. satellites makers. The restriction has cost the U. S. satellite industry nearly $21 billion in lost revenues during the decade that followed, or an estimated 28,000 jobs annually, The AIA released the report in conjunction with testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on export reform. http://bit.ly/xn63E1
3. From Spaceflightnow.com: Russian investigators point to a software lapse for the loss of the Phobos-Grunt mission. The programming error led to simultaneous reboots of two working channels on board the craft’s primary computer. The conflict placed the spacecraft in safe mode, assuring power but not allowing the maneuver that would boost the spacecraft from Earth orbit toward the Martian moon Phobos. http://bit.ly/xGyLS9
4. From Space.com: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joins President Obama at the White House Science Fair. The second annual high profile student competition is intended to show case the importance of science, technology engineering and math to the nation’s future economic security. http://bit.ly/zHGcNY
5. From Discovery.com: Janice Voss, a five-time NASA shuttle astronaut has died. Voss, 55, battled cancer. During a break in her astronaut duties, Voss headed science activities for the exo-planet hunting Kepler space telescope. Voss began her career with NASA as a teenage co-op student. She went on to earn a doctorate from MIT. http://bit.ly/AcZdap
6. From the Chicago Tribune: In an editorial, the Tribune contemplates the near record number of applications submitted to NASA for one of nine to fifteen openings in the astronaut corps. Those who prevail will need the “right stuff”, and more as the space agency seeks the resources to field the spacecraft for future missions. http://trib.in/A58iG2
7. From Collectspace.com: NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory is cruising toward the red planet with a penny in its figurative pocket. Demonstrating that a penny can still go a long way, the coin will serve as a camera calibration aid. Due to land on Mars Gale Crater in early August, MSL is also known as Curiosity. http://bit.ly/zzSwov
8. From Discovery.com: More on the Fermi paradox — why a universe far older than our solar system has not produced an advanced civilization capable of making a visit. Perhaps the aliens achieved a state in which they don’t pollute the cosmos with stray communications or other tell tale signs of their existence. http://bit.ly/w3gJXc
9. From the Los Angeles Times: Joseph Gutheinz, former U. S. Army officer and NASA investigator, is passionate about recovering lost moon rocks from the Apollo missions that have drifted away from the space agency. An attorney and criminal justice instructor at a Houston area junior college, Gutheinz found his students helpful detectives. http://lat.ms/ySZZQ9
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