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September 2008
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ISDC 2008 & Space Investement Summit - Review
The annual conference of the National Space Society was held in Washington DC and also included a Summit on investment in NewSpace ventures.
XCOR Lynx flight profile
Space Access 2008 - Review
The Space Access Society's annual meeting - Space Access '08 - took place this year during March 27-29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Reviews, commentary and photos are presented here.
Bigelow Genesis II

Commercial Stairway to Space - 2008
A prognostication for how private commercial operations could dominate the development of human spaceflight activity by 2020.

Ups and Downs in NewSpace in 2007
A review of important events, business, and technology developments in the entrepreneurial spaceflight community and industry during 2007.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Artist Spotlight

Space to Work - by Mark C. Maxwell
Space to Work

LunarOutpostOperations - by Mark C. Maxwell
Lunar Outpost Operations

On Orbit Construction - by Mark C. Maxwell
On Orbit Construcion with Modular
Solar Electric Tugs

CXV Carrier Drop - by Mark C. Maxwell
CXV Carrier Drop

50kW Solar Electric Tug with Langley Space  Crane - by Mark C. Maxwell
50kW Solar Electric Tug
with Langley Space Crane

Mark Maxwell

More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month

Only Time
Previous space music in spotlight   
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards

Pete Conrad Foundation

The late Pete Conrad walked on the Moon during the Apollo 12 mission and later became a space technology innovator and entrepreneur. He was a leader of the team, for example, that developed and tested the DC-X/XA reusable rocket demonstrator and he also later founded the Universal Space Networks and Universal Spacelines companies.

To commemorate Conrad's accomplishments, the Conrad Foundation seeks to "energize and engage students in science and technology through unique entrepreneurial opportunities".

They just announced the opening of the 2008 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards. This program invites teams of high school students across the US to compete in to develop innovative concepts involving space and energy:

The competition is engages high school students in creating commercial products using science and technology.

Students design products in personal space flight, lunar exploration and renewable energy. NASA’s call for a human return to the moon and the increased interest in space transportation are the foundation of this year’s Conrad Award aerospace challenges. In addition, students will answer Al Gore’s energy challenge to America, by using renewable energy to change everyday life.

“This generation like every other generation, has the ability to design its future. Our award provides the resources for them to do so,” said Nancy Conrad, wife of the late Pete Conrad and founder of the Conrad Foundation.

Students create unique products, produce viable business plans, and are given opportunities to bring their ideas to market. This competition provides students with the ability to network with scientists, university professors, world business leaders, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. “Winning is just the beginning,” said Nancy Conrad. “This competition is the pipeline from education to industry. We have not only created a program, we’re driving a movement.”

(Emphasis mine.) Initial Submissions are due January 9, 2009. to obtain further information about the competition, see

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

University and Industry Team test
Multi-Chamber Aerospike Engine and LOX/Methane Rocket

A number of university student teams are involved in sophisticated rocket and spacecraft development projects. An example here is a group at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), which works with industry partner Garvey Spacecraft Corp. Since 2001 the partnership, sponsored by the California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative (CALVEIN), has carried out a many rocket projects. This year they successfully flew and recovered a prototype rocket vehicle powered by a 1,000 lbf-thrust LOX/methane engine developed by the CSULB students. The press release says "It is believed that this is the first such powered flight of this cryogenic propellant combination". They also static fired tested a multi-chamber Aerospike Engine. See a description of the test in this press release.

Multi-Chamber Aerospike Engine after Test
Aerospike engine after test.
CSULB - June 25, 2008
1,300 lbf thrust aerospike engine during the 3 s burn
1,300 lbf thrust aerospike engine
during a 3 s burn. CSULB - June 25, 2008

California State University, Long Beach and Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
Flight Test of a Liquid Oxygen and Liquid Methane Rocket on April 12, 2008.
CSULB - April 12, 2008

Check for the latest in leading edge rocketry projects on the Space Transport News blog.

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