April 2014

  • TEACHERS IN SPACE - Training Future Commercial Astronauts Around The Globe
Since the first manned flight to space, our dreams of traveling to space have become reality. Space entrepreneurs using new
ideas and technologies in pursuit of personal spaceflight and global transportation have led to companies like Virgin Galactic, Blue
Origin, XCOR, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX taking charge of the next space adventure. The new space adventure promises to fulfill
the dream that anyone can now venture into space, experience weightlessness and ultimately become an astronaut.
 
To address a growing need for training, I...
  • Elon Musk Confirms Historic Soft Landing That Could Make Space Flight Much Cheaper
Elon Musk, a serial entrepreneur and a co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, confirmed on Friday that his company SpaceX successfully executed a soft landing of its Falcon 9 rocket's first stage in the Atlantic Ocean.
 
The Falcon 9 rocket was used last week to launch the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station.
 
It was the first time the rocket's first stage, or the bottom part of the rocket that's ignited at launch, was equipped with four "landing legs."
 
These legs would eventually be used to...
  • Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo: What Your $250K Flight Will Feel Like
The future of manned spaceflight is coming into focus. Whether it's through NASA's Orion program, its partnerships with private companies or in the form of the quick, space-immersion experiences that Virgin Galatic’s SpaceshipTwo spaceships are soon to offer.
 
Billionaire Richard Branson recently placed a full-scale replica of his spaceship on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. You can see it for yourself in the gallery above and Vine video below.
 
Despite the company working on private spaceflight for almost a...
  • SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.
 
Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the Dragon cargo carrier was shown drifting away in the blackness of space, against the blue backdrop of Earth.
 
It's transporting 2½ tons of goods, including a new spacesuit, spacesuit replacement parts, much-needed food, legs for NASA's humanoid, Robonaut, a bevy of mating flies, and...
Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Space Systems signed a letter of intent Thursday with Houston leaders to explore a future for the Louisville-based company and its high-profile Dream Chaser program at the Texas city's proposed spaceport.
 
The announcement gives Houston's efforts a significant boost in the emerging "new space" market, which for years sought legitimacy in the public's eye and is now quickly gaining momentum. National competition is mounting as Colorado's own spaceport efforts are faltering due to airspace concerns.
 
Houston Airport System...
  • When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake

A few days ago on Houston’s Reddit outpost, mention of late Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s wide-eyed trip to a Clear Lake grocery store led to a trip to the Houston Chronicle archives, where a batch of photos of the leader were found.

It was September 1989 and Yeltsin, then newly elected to the new Soviet parliament and the Supreme Soviet, had just visited Johnson Space Center.

At JSC, Yeltsin visited mission control and a mock-up of a space station. According to Houston Chronicle reporter Stefanie Asin, it wasn’t all the screens...

  • Space Center Houston sets date for NASA shuttle carrier's move to new home

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet that ferried dozens of space shuttles from landing sites in California and New Mexico back to Florida will be moving from its current spot in a remote part of Ellington Field to its new home just outside the front doors of Space Center Houston.

According to Space Center Houston's Facebook page, the move will begin on the night of April 28 and continue the next evening to sidestep any major traffic concerns for Clear Lake residents. Nine large plane pieces will be moved over two nights.

Last week, the Houston...

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