First Fatality for Commercial Human Spaceflight

Two days after a commercial cargo hauler exploded on its way to the International Space Station, another unrelated commercial spacecraft suffered a catastrophic failure, claiming the life of one test pilot and injuring another. Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo vehicle, which was going through flight

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.2 Million to Support Innovation and the Development of a Space Industry Cluster in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $1.2 million to the University of Texas at Brownsville. The EDA investment will help build a high-tech business incubation facility that will spur

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Final Report of Space Workforce Task Force

The President’s Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development, co-chaired by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., today released its report to the president with recommendations to enhance economic development strategies along

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Public Inputs Sought on Space Coast Workforce

On June 24, the Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development launched an interactive website to encourage public comment on ways to promote economic growth and sustainability in the Space Coast region as it adapts to changes in

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Task Force Budget Request Increased to $100 Million

The President has amended his FY 2011 budget request to expand the Florida Space Coast workforce and economic development effort to other regions affected by space industry job losses. The request has been increased from $40 million to $100 million,

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Remarks of Secretary Locke on Space Coast Economy

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke spoke about the Florida Space Coast economy during a June 4 town hall meeting in Orlando, Florida. He and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden co-chair the President’s Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development.

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Presidential Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development

On May 3, President Obama established a task force co-chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the NASA Administrator to plan a $40 million initiative for economic development and retraining along Florida’s Space Coast as the space shuttle program comes

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Lunar Lander Challenge Awards

At an awards ceremony on November 5, 2009, the X Prize Foundation and NASA culminated the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X Prize Challenge by presenting the Level 2 awards to Masten Space Systems ($1 million for first place) and Armadillo

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Microgravity Research Competition Prize Awarded

On April 18, the Heinlein Prize Trust announced the winner of its Microgravity Research Competition. The prize went to a team from the University of Texas for nanotechnology research that may be applicable to drug delivery and other commercial applications.

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National Academies Report on Economic Impacts of Space Weather

The Space Studies Board, part of the National Research Council of the National Academies, has published a report titled, Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts. The report summarizes findings from a workshop on the societal and

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