Masten Xaero Flies Again

On July 3, Masten Space Systems flew their Xaero vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle to 444m altitude. This flight marks a significant achievement for Masten Space Systems on the way to providing service to 5km+ for the Flight Opportunities Program. More information about the flight can be found on Masten's website.

ARC Flight Opportunities Program Tour

On June 26th we invited NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) staff to participate in a “Flight Opportunities Program Tour” produced as a webinar (slides available here). We’ve conducted face-to-face Flight Opportunities Program Workshops at Goddard Spaceflight Research Center and JPL, but the webinar format is new for us. It could provide FOP easier access ...

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NASA Space Technology Program’s Flight Opportunities Workshop at JPL

The Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) has conducted three Workshops designed to introduce our flight opportunities for research payloads at annual Next-gen Suborbital Research Conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and a one-day Workshop at Goddard Space Research Center in Fall 2011.

We recently completed a Workshop at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hosted by ...

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SpaceLoft-6 Flight Preparations for the SFEM

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The team flew in to Albuquerque Sunday evening and drove to Truth or Consequences in preparation to participate in the pre-launch activities for the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft-6 launch. The SL-6 launch is a mission by the Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS), but there was extra space available in the Nose Cone section of the vehicle ...

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24 New Experimental Payloads Selected For Commercial Suborbital Flights

A new set of 24 payloads have been selected into our program for maturation of their technologies. The selection is based on 35 proposals submitted to the 3rd Announcement of Flight Opportunities (AFO3) which closed late December of last year. Our new call AFO4 will be announced in the coming weeks. For more on the ...

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Pat Hynes’s Enchanted Commercial Space Camp

I recently attended the 7th annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It’s my second time doing so, and I’m still trying to grasp what makes the gathering so special to so many, including me. It is sometimes referred to as the “Pat Hynes event” partly ...

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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012

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Registration and abstract submittal for the 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC-2012) is now OPEN!

Abstracts are due December 2, 2011.

Hosted by NASA Ames Research Center, the Southwest Research Institute, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, NSRC is THE meeting for researchers and educators wanting to participate in, learn about, and contribute to the new ...

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New Space Markets Explored by Space Entrepreneurs & Silicon Valley CEOs

The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLab), a San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, met at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, on September 20th. The MIT Enterprise Forum is “a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people.”

The VLab ...

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Suborbital Research Stakeholders Gather at GSFC Workshop

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Innovative Partnerships Program and Earth Science Division hosted a “Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop” on September 7, 2011. The purpose was to have several commercial developers of suborbital reusable launch vehicles (sRLVs) present information to Earth and Space scientists about their emerging capabilities to fly research payloads to ...

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GSFC Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop

From our colleagues at the Goddard Space Flight Center:

Dear Colleagues,

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Innovative Partnership Program (IPP) and Earth Science Division will be hosting a Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop at the GSFC on September 7, 2011.

The purpose of the proposed workshop is to provide information for Earth and Space scientists ...

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