Panoramio Winners, SpaceX OrbComm and Next Giant Leap, regolith simulant, lunar SBIRS, Garver at ISPCS, TARC open, Phoenicia Art

Links: New Earth API Docs, Fire Shot, Where 2.0, Panoramio Winners, New SketchUp, Belgrade News - Google Earth Blog - This includes a link to the June 2009 Panoramio Geotagged Photo Contest Winners. As usual, I like to pick one that strikes me as having a "space feeling" in one way or another, and that's the one you see here. Follow the link to see expanded views of all of the pictures and their locations in Google Earth/Google Maps.

@SpaceX_Media - ORBCOMM AND SPACEX REACH DEAL TO LAUNCH SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

@NextGiantLeap - Orbcomm deal to buy 18 Falcon 1e launches finalized http://bit.ly/1ae6bb

NGL partner Sierra Nevada Corp is building the Orbcomm Gen2 satellites. NGL lander based on Orbcomm bus.

@Regolith_Chal - The regolith simulant testbed was installed yesterday, doing some finishing touches today.

@glxp - Do want: my own lunar sandbox. Turns out you can buy lunar/Mars simulant here: http://bit.ly/fTqO2

@SoldTheMoon - I'm locked to the keyboard prepping SBIRs. NASA deadline is Thursday. Exploring lava tubes, rugged drive trains.. all great!

Surge effort by Alex Gutierrez and our CMU friends resulted in six SBIR/STTR submissions to NASA this afternoon; winners named in Nov.


@ISPCS - Just confirmed- Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA, will speak at lunch on October 22 during ISPCS

@wikkit - I ran into Scott Zeeb of TrueZer0 at the donut shop this morning. He said he's making progress on their new biprop engine design

Team America Rocketry Challenge Registration Opens - Rocketry Online

My weekend with the Stainless Bully... - Unreasonable Rocket

Here are several updates on fundraising and team goals from Team Phoenicia:

An Artful Lift-off: A Offer of Help
A Second Artful Offer
Should We Stay or Should We Go Now? (in reference to next February's Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Boulder, Colorado)
More Tank Yous

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