NGOs: Web Articles

Reusable Rocket Plane Soars in Test Flight |

"A reusable rocket plane has made a successful test flight from New Mexico's Spaceport America — a prototype craft built to showcase proprietary advanced launch technologies. The small unpiloted vehicle soared into New Mexico skies on Oct. 10, making use of launch services provided by UP Aerospace of Denver, Colo." This was the 3rd in a series of test flights of this vehicle.

Regolith Excavation Challenge | Prize Funding Provided by the NASA Centennial Challenges Program

"Teams from across the country will design and build robotic machines to excavate simulated lunar soil, otherwise known as regolith, in hopes of winning a $750,000 prize funded by the NASA Centennial Challenges program. CSA will provide a Lunar Regolith Simulant Testbed, a sandbox containing a sand-like material that simulates the lunar surface. The testbed is used for various education and outreach activities, such as the Regolith Challenge."

Leaders to Discuss Space Technology's Impact on the Economy | AIAA

"The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (7/21) announced that "aerospace industry leaders will meet on July 27 to discuss how the development of space technology has stimulated the national and global economy, and how space technology can drive future economic growth." The "Space: Stimulating Economic Growth Today and Tomorrow" event will "feature panelists from an array of private space technology companies, analyzing the past, present, and future effects of space technology development on the national and world economy." AIAA President David Thompson said, "Gatherings such as this provide us with the opportunity to reflect on the past influence of space technology on the world's economy, while also allowing us to examine what the future may hold."

What Matters: Audio interview with Peter Diamandis | McKinsey

"In this week’s "What Matters" podcast, we hear from Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation—a nonprofit group focused on driving innovation through large, incentive competitions. In 2004, the foundation awarded the Ansari X PRIZE, a $10 million award for the first private group to build and launch a reusable, manned spacecraft. Diamandis recently spoke with Paul Jansen, a principal in McKinsey’s San Francisco office, about how prizes can spur innovation, create new markets, and address some of the world’s thorniest socioeconomic problems."  This link provides an audio and a written record of the interview with Diamandis.  Many of the XPrize Foundations prizes have been designed to stimulate private space commerce. 

The Prospects for Space Commerce in the Aftermath of 9-11| Space Future

Surprisingly, this article, written 7 years ago (2002) by the founder of “The Space Show”, still has much to commend it. Space commerce has certainly evolved over this time, but many of the market challenges he mentions are still there and his 8 recommendations for making progress are still valid. Livingston has likely interviewed more people associated with the space-based economy than anyone else on the planet, and his views have evolved, but have weathered the passage of time. That’s likely a testament to his good insights and the difficulty of the challenges facing this emerging market. However, I think he would agree that we are making progress, which is very reassuring.

Space Department: Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

“The OECD has launched a Forum on Space Economics to help space agencies and governments better analyse the opportunities and challenges of the space sector. Building on OECD expertise, the Forum will collect and evaluate data and socio-economic indicators, and will aim to provide evidence-based analysis to help agencies and governments shape policies to ensure that the potential of space is more fully realized.” The US is a member of the OECD and their international reports provide a window into the current status and future of commercial space endeavors that is unique.

About the Regolith Excavation Challenge | 2008 Results

An update is provided on the 2008 Lunar Regolith Challenge (worth $750K) that was conducted in August. It is a design and performance competition to move a specified amount of simulated lunar material in a specified time to further future lunar resource utilization. There was no winner this year and plans are still evolving for the 2009 Challenge. This challenge, funded by the NASA Centennial Challenges Program is coordinated by CSEWI. The event is co-hosted by the California Space Authority, California Polytechnic State Univ. and the San Luis Obispo College of Engineering. Also three sponsors are listed.