International Space Station

New ISS Airlock:  The International Space Station will get a new, private airlock in 2019  Houston-based Nanoracks has reached an agreement with NASA for the installation of a cargo airlock on the U.S. segment of the International Space Station, possibly at the Tranquility module. Boeing will assemble and install a compatible berthing mechanism. The new […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Update:  Insider exclusive: Orion designed to keep crew in the ‘loop’  Lockheed Martin, NASA’s prime contractor for development of the Orion crew module, is paying close attention to the requirements and limitations of future crew members as it proceeds, according to the company’s crew module director. Work is underway at NASA’s Johnson Space Center […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Commercial Crew:  Commercial crew providers remain confident in schedules Prepare for the inaugural launches of astronauts by Boeing and SpaceX in 2018, representatives of the two companies are declaring in response to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office audit that cautions the flights could be delayed until 2019. Boeing’s Starliner 100 and SpaceX’s crewed Dragon are […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Crewed EM-1 Mission:  Panel urges caution as NASA studies flying crew on first SLS; ESA deal hinges on what Trump does with NASA’s human spaceflight plans;NASA just got real about returning to the moon; Expert panel supports study to accelerate first crewed SLS mission; Trump makes NASA add astronauts to moon mission, could save $10 […]

Chamber Trip to China (Oct. 8-16, 2017)

REGISTER FOR THE TRIP! The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce is following up a successful trip to China in 2011, with another this year!  Join us for a 9-day excursion as we visit Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an, October 8-16th.  The trip includes 4-5 star hotel accommodations, 3 meals a day,  and English-speaking tour guides and […]

2017 Taste of Titusville Food Extravaganza and Business Expo

Titusville, January 26, 2017 – Planning for the 2017 Taste of Titusville Event is underway!  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will once again be held at Searstown Mall. This is a favorite local event that local businesses will not want to miss!  Taste tickets SELL OUT at […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Human Missions to Mars:  Why Mars is the best planet  The passage of time, four billion years, has separated Mars and the Earth. The two planets may once have exhibited similar conditions, including temperate environments. However, while life thrived on the Earth, Mars turned cold and desert-like. The red planet may hold answers to why […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Contracts for Boeing and SpaceX:  Boeing and SpaceX win four more NASA orders for space taxis, with one big ‘if’  NASA has agreed to purchase four more crew launches to the International Space Station from Boeing and SpaceX — if their spacecraft achieve agency certification. Each company had contracts for two flights previously. The two companies […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion in 2017:  https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-readies-for-major-orion-milestones-in-2017 SLS Rocket Test Stand:  Huge NASA rocket test stand constructed in 2.5 years | Time-lapse video  Video offers the latest on the lengthy construction of a NASA Marshall Space Center test stand to help prepare the Space Launch System rocket for its first test flight in late 2018. SLS is a […]