Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Rocket Motor Test:  The abort rocket motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft just aced a big test  Orbital ATK announced that the company’s contribution to the Abort System rocket for NASA’s Orion crew exploration capsule performed successfully during a recent ground test. If there were an emergency during liftoff, the rocket would help steer Orion […]

International Space Station

Exploration and Commercialization:  Made in Space  The International Space Station (ISS) serves two critical roles for pioneering space development. It is our gateway to human exploration of the solar system and an incubator for the commercial development of space beyond telecommunications. Made In Space is a small business that has capitalized on the unique capabilities […]

NASA Budget

FY17 Appropriations:  Trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open  President Trump signed a 2017 appropriations measure that funds government operations through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The measure includes $19.653 billion for NASA, a $368 million increase over 2016 and $628 million more than proposed for 2017 by President […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Outer Space Treaty:  Cruz interested in updating Outer Space Treaty to support commercial space activities  Senator Ted Cruz, chair of the Senate’s Space Subcommittee, indicated it may be time to seek changes to the 50-year-old UN Outer Space Treaty in order to encourage U.S. commercial space activities through ownership of recovered resources from the moon […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Starliner Progress:  Despite delays, Boeing’s Starliner moving steadily toward the launch pad  Boeing is moving closer to a goal of re-establishing a U.S. human space launch capability with the CST-100 Starliner. Starliner and SpaceX’s crewed Dragon are to provide commercial transportation to and from the International Space Station as soon as late 2018. Crews to […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Deep Space Gateway:  https://www.nasa.gov/feature/deep-space-gateway-to-open-opportunities-for-distant-destinations Flying Crew on EM-1:  NASA’s study of adding crew to EM-1 is completed, awaiting response  NASA’s assessment of whether it can add astronauts to EM-1, the first joint test flight of the Space Launch System and Orion crew exploration capsule, is complete and has been briefed to the White House as […]

International Space Station

Astronaut Breaks Record:  Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks NASA record for most days in space  Veteran U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of 534 days for most career time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut early Monday.  Whitson, who launched to the Station in late November, is not scheduled to return to Earth until […]

FY17 and FY18 Budgets

NASA Fares Well:  A Republican favorite, NASA escapes Trump’s budget ax  NASA, a national engine for economic growth and innovation, has fared well in President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1.  The $19.1 billion proposed for NASA, represents a less than one percent reduction, much less than proposed reductions […]

Education Committee Update – April 2017

The 2017 Outstanding Young Adult scholarship award went to Alexis Armstrong.  Alexis attends Space Coast Jr/Sr High School and competed with 17 other students to win the $1000.00 award. The scholarship is sponsored by Community Credit Union and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. Congratulations to Alexis! The Education Committee has selected October 3, 2017 to hold […]

Titusville Area Visitors Council Update – March 2017

The TAVC is continuing projects to fulfill a Visit Florida grant.  A new seasonal insert for the vacation guide will be published in April; advertiser opportunities are available for committee members.  A Trade Show display has been acquired. Square specifications and checkout agreements will allow members to purchase a branded square or use the TAVC display at events, trade shows, […]