Space Station Delivery Service Enters Operational Phase

Today, another SpaceX Dragon capsule delivered more cargo to the International Space Station. It was the first such delivery under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program, bringing the Dragon out of demonstration mode and into operational status. Learn more at

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First Commercial Resupply Mission Reaches International Space Station

Today, the Dragon space capsule developed and launched by SpaceX — a U.S. commercial space firm — successfully delivered approximately 1,000 pounds of cargo from NASA to the International Space Station. It was a historic first for the commercial space

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NASA Awards Hosted Payload Contract for Laser Communications Demo

In April 2012, NASA announced a $3 million contract with Space Systems/Loral to initiate the process of hosting the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to

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New NASA Flight Demos Include Two Hosted Payload Missions

Today NASA announced its selection of three Technology Demonstration Missions, including the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) project that will both fly as hosted payloads on commercial communications satellites. Learn more at nasa.gov

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Historic First Flight of Private Space Capsule

On December 8, the U.S. firm Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) became the first company in history to achieve the successful launch and re-entry of a private space capsule. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launched from Florida at

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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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Survey of NASA Industrial Base for Shuttle and Constellation

In July 2010, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) initiated an assessment of the U.S. industrial base that supports NASA. The goal is to understand the impacts resulting from both the retirement of the Space Shuttle program

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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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