Executive Branch

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Visits NASA KSC:  Pence: ‘We will put American boots on the face of Mars’  Vice President Mike Pence’s pledge to put American boots on Mars as part of a new era of space exploration fired up workers during a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. “Here from this bridge to space, our nation will… [Continue Reading]

Titusville Talking Points July 2017

The Titusville Talking Points is published quarterly by the City of Titusville to inform its residents of improvements taking place around town. It features a list of newly established businesses, current and forthcoming construction projects and city government news.  Highlights for this quarter include: Titusville Splash Park New Life for La Cita Golf Caring for… [Continue Reading]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Health Care Benefits:  5 health care developments that were born in space  Among the dividends from U.S. human space exploration are advances in health care, including robotic surgery and countermeasures for asthma and osteoporosis. Asteroid Mission:  NASA closing out Asteroid Redirect Mission  NASA is closing out the once planned Asteroid Redirect Mission in compliance with… [Continue Reading]

Commercial Space Transportation

Antares Resupply Missions:  Antares to resume Cygnus launches later this summer   Orbital ATK has announced it plans to resume use of the company’s Antares launch vehicle as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island, Va., launch complex for future re-supply missions to the International Space Station. Citizens for Space Exploration – a… [Continue Reading]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Launch Abort System Test:  Orbital ATK motor test proves successful  Orbital ATK led a successful ground test firing of the Launch Abort System under development for NASA’s Orion crew exploration spacecraft in the Utah desert. The abort system is designed to sit atop Orion during the launch phase and be capable of rapidly pulling… [Continue Reading]

International Space Station

Bread Crumbs in Space:  ‘Bake in Space’: Experiment to test baking crumb-free bread on Space Station  Bake in Space is an experiment scheduled to launch to the International Space Station next year to determine whether there is a crumb free bread suitable for a space menu. German researchers are attempting to solve a problem with… [Continue Reading]

Brevard Delivers: Quarterly Report (June 2017)

Brevard Delivers is a County-published update on County Government upcoming projects, projects that are underway and projects that have recently been completed.  The publication, which is available in the second, third and fourth quarters in electronic form only, also features in-depth stories on major projects that the County is undertaking, including tax-funded restoration of the… [Continue Reading]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

New Astronauts:  NASA introduces 12 new astronauts  Vice President Mike Pence joined Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, in Houston on Wednesday to introduce a new class of U.S. astronaut recruits. “I can’t tell you how privileged and honored I feel today to be able to congratulate the newest class of American heroes, the 2017 class… [Continue Reading]

Commercial Space Transportation

Dragon Mission to ISS:  SpaceX launches its first refurbished Dragon cargo ship to the Space Station  SpaceX’s 11th NASA contracted Dragon cargo capsule lifted off for the International Space Station on Saturday with nearly 6,000 pounds of crew supplies and scientific experiments.  (See also:  S.S. John Glenn freighter departs Space Station after successful cargo delivery Starliner… [Continue Reading]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion/SLS Ride for Cube Sats:  https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/three-diy-cubesats-score-rides-on-nasa-s-first-flight-of-orion-space-launch-system SLS Test Fire: Powerful NASA SLS rocket engine test-fired in Mississippi | video Watch the 500 second test firing of an RS-25 rocket engine. One of four assigned to the first stage of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, the engine is a crucial component of the heavy lift rocket… [Continue Reading]