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2013-01-10 10:10:50

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) has released its 2012 annual report. This report is based on the panel's 2012 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; center visits and meetings; direct observations of NASA operations and decision-making; discussions with NASA management, employees, and contractors; and the panel members' past experiences. The report highlights issues that could have an impact on safety. Congress established the panel in 1968 after the Apollo 1 fire to...

2013-01-04 20:20:04

HOUSTON, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will hold a news briefing at 10:30 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to discuss the details of a recent agreement for ESA to provide a service module for the Orion spacecraft's Exploration Mission-1 in 2017. NASA Television will carry the briefing live from the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agreement, which expands on the...

2012-12-13 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency's Orion capsule, the most advanced spacecraft ever designed, which will carry astronauts farther into space...

2012-12-11 09:54:25

NASA announced Monday the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification of commercial spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the International Space Station. Advances made by these American companies during the first contract phase known as the certification products contracts (CPC) will begin the process of ensuring integrated crew transportation systems will meet...

2012-12-10 20:20:11

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA announced Monday the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification of commercial spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Advances made by these American companies during the first contract phase known as the...

Golden Spike To Send Tourists To The Moon
2012-12-06 19:01:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Former NASA executives are launching a private company to send people up to the moon and back for $1.5 billion. The new business is offering countries a two-person trip to the moon, whether it is for scientific research or just to get a taste of a stellar view of Earth. The last man stepped foot on the moon 40 years ago and the United States has remained the only country to accomplish that feat. Also, NASA's eyes are now set...

2012-11-14 12:30:47

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's PhoneSat project has won Popular Science's 2012 Best of What's New Award for innovation in aerospace. PhoneSat will demonstrate the ability to launch one of the lowest-cost, easiest-to-build satellites ever flown in space -- capabilities enabled by using off-the-shelf consumer smartphones. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations, and...

2012-10-15 15:20:32

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Helping to lead the way in the growing use of electronic lien and title processing across the country, DealerTrack (Nasdaq: TRAK) today announced its ELT Direct offering will be used in South Dakota and Wisconsin this year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101028/DEALERTRACKLOGO ) Beginning this month, South Dakota will take their lien and title notification processing online. Lenders doing business in the state will be able to...

2012-08-03 13:09:55

NASA Friday announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are intended to ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and...

2012-08-03 06:20:09

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Friday announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are intended to ultimately lead to the availability...