Briefs: NG-LLC on Facebook, Twitter; Armadillo lands on lunar pad; MSS and BonNova testing - RLV News
@Regolith_Chal - A family team near Kennedy Space Center announces intent to enter the Regolith Challenge: http://attilarobot.com/
@glxp - Nancy Conrad, Founder /CEO Conrad Foundation, will be speaking live in 15 min. (3pm PDT): http://bit.ly/4Kr9f
Mission 3 press conference - ARCA on Google Lunar X PRIZE blog
"COTS-like”: the future of space procurement - The Space Review - From the article:
As USAF Colonel Peter Garretson observed in a recent article, “The most important and transformational program at NASA is not Constellation, but rather COTS [Commercial Orbital Transportation Services] and its innovative partnership and prize programs, which are focused on a meaningful and more important sustainable expansion of viable American capabilities.” ... Candidate developments for future COTS-like procurements ... Lunar reconnaissance landers (~100 kilogram-class): ... Over a dozen teams are currently competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE to land 10 kilogram-class landers on the Moon. An astonishing amount of utility can be packaged on a lander of this scale. The 100 kilogram-class offers greater capabilities that could prove immensely useful to the Constellation program in performing precursor science, landing site selection and reconnaissance, infrastructure such as navigation and communications aids, and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) demonstrations to support human exploration.
Most-precious resource for NASA: Next generation - Orlando Sentinel (link via NASA Watch) - From the article by the NASA Administrator:
We can continue to inspire the next generation of NASA scientists and engineers by holding more competitions to help high-school and college students turn their creative talents to exploring our planet, solar system and galaxy; ensuring more government scientists and engineers are mentoring and tutoring in classrooms; offering more incentives for private-sector innovators to add value to NASA's special resources; and continuing to use our growing familiarity with space to understand and protect our home planet.