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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Beavin to Speak at NewSpace 2010

Michael Beavin of the Office of Space Commercialization will speak at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2010 conference in San Francisco, CA, July 22-24, 2010. He will participate in a roundtable discussion with government and industry on low cost, reliable

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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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Video of Commercial Crew & Cargo Transport Event

On June 18, Michael Beavin of the Office of Space Commercialization moderated a panel at AIAA’s event on Innovations in Orbit: An Exploration of Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation. The event featured key leaders from government and industry in this

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Commercial ISS Resupply Contracts Awarded

Today, NASA announced contract awards to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Orbital Sciences Corporation for International Space Station (ISS) Cargo Resupply Services (CRS), establishing the two companies as commercial cargo haulers to the ISS. Under the CRS contracts, the companies

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Report on Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles and Applicable Markets

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In December 2002, the Office of Space Commercialization released a report (dated October 2002) providing an analysis of the technical viability of several suborbital launch system concepts. The report also examines the commercial market potential for suborbital space transportation services.

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