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Scenes From a Spaceport

The tectonic shifts rolling through the American space program were there for all to see.

Moon Capital: A Commercial Gateway to the Moon

On 21 September 2010, the Moon Capital Competition will accept entries for the architectural design of an international and commercial lunar habitation.  One category is "Let's Get Serious" and another is "Let's Have Fun". 

Do NASA and NewSpace Need Destinations and Deadlines?

Do the new public and private sector partnerships in space infrastructure development require closer collaboration? 

Let's Stop Pretending We Can Establish Human Outposts Beyond Earth Orbit

We're not ready!  It's time for ISS research on human life support, development and testing of commercial space transport, robotic technologies, and lunar rovers as pathfinders. 

We Need Cheaper Access to Space: Can It Be Done?

What's really behind Obama's revised strategy for NASA?  Why is Bolden solidly behind it and convinced that his team, with commercial space partners, can make it happen? 

“I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help”

NASA will be the ideal "Collaborative Customer" for Commercial Space Services as they become available. But what will it require for the Agency to assume that role?


Space Manufacturing 14 Conference: Space Studies Institute

The 14th Space Studies Institute Conference on Space Manufacturing and Space Settlement is set for Oct. 29-31 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.  The agenda is now available.

Commercial Space Leaders to Gather at NewSpace 2010

This annual Space Foundation Conference (July 23-25, 2010) hosted many influential players in the commercial space scene, both industry and government.  The agenda is available and the major sessions (with slides) were videocast and are archived online ( .   

Endorsements Coming In for Obama's Space Plan

"President Obama’s new plan for NASA, released February 1st, is endorsed by bipartisan groups representing governors, former legislators, astronauts, and former NASA senior managers and a half dozen editorial boards."  See the Commercial Space Federation's links to all and the good news for commercial space.

Commercial Human Space Travel Provides New Research Opportunities

Katharine Sanderson's Special Report in Nature describes how commercial spaceflight can open doors for lower-cost, more frequent, flexible access to space for researchers (subscript or fee req'd).  See free editorial, "Divide and Conquer",  same issue, same topic.

"Person Of The Year: The Space Entrepreneur"

Dave Masten (Masten Space Systems) and Jeff Greason (XCOR) are interviewed by Aviation Week to represent their innovative emerging industry.   Photo compliments of "eSpace", the Center for Space Entreprenership. 

Solar Power Satellites

The latest issue of the "Online Journal of Space Communication" is devoted to Solar Power Satellites. "Evidence is building that 2010 will be the year this turns from an idea to the beginning of reality."