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NASA Deputy Administrator Garver to Give NewSpace 2012 Keynote

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NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver has graciously accepted the invitation to give keynote address at the NewSpace 2012 Conference. Her speech at NewSpace 2011 was a conference highlight and all involved are excited to hear what she has to share this year. NewSpace 2012 will be held on July 26-28 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Conference details registration are now available at newspace.spacefrontier.org.

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Space Frontier Foundation and NASA Announce $110,000 in NewSpace Business Plan Competition Prizes

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The Space Frontier Foundation will host the annual NewSpace Business Plan Competition during its NewSpace 2012 Conference at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley on July 26-28. The competition helps entrepreneurs creating startups and firms developing supporting, problem-solving and game-changing technologies in support of the NewSpace space industry. As many as 10 finalists will present their plans to a distinguished panel of judges, featuring venture capitalists, angel investors and business development leaders. They’ll receive professional feedback and exposure to the public, press and investor community. The winner will awarded a $100,000 Grand Prize funded by a grant from NASA Ames. This grant also funds a $10,000 Second Prize.

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SFF Recommends the 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

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The Southwest Research Institute’s Next-Generation Suborbital Research Conference brings together researchers from academia, industry and government to find dramatic solutions for reaching space. Held in Palo Alto, CA on February 27-29, 2012, this conference informs and listens to the suborbital community on how to increase opportunities for experimentation, education, market expansion and technology development. The Space Frontier Foundation recommends that those in our community looking to support and expand the usage of suborbital space register today. Advanced registration ends February 10th and is available at nsrc.swri.org.

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Commercial Crew Development Defies Death by Sticking to Space Act Agreements.

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The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) congratulates NASA on the smart decision to continue to utilize Space Act Agreements (SAA) over the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Many feared that the pressure to use the restrictive FAR contracts would be the death of the Commercial Crew Development program (CCDev). With this victory the program, and America’s ability to reach the ISS, gets a second chance. This positive evolution of how NASA works with vehicle contractors will boost the competitive development of multiple launch providers and the NewSpace economy. The goal of achieving low cost, reliable access to space is simply better for it.

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Learn and Launch for Less at NewSpace 2012

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Registration for the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2012 Conference is now open! Take advantage of the low early bird registration prices to learn about the commercial space industry and launch your venture for less. The conference will be held July 26-28 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Register today at newspace.spacefrontier.org.

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Compete in the Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition

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The Foundation and SEDS are proud to announce the Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Specifically designed to give students a chance to enter the world of space entrepreneurship, this competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with an idea for a frontier-enabling business. Competitors will pitch their space industry or space-scalable business proposal to a panel of investors and NewSpace leaders, and vie for the $1000 grand prize. To enter the competition, submit an Intent to Compete form by September 30, 2011.

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Hutchison and Shelby are Right!

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Study Endorses Senate Launch System as Affordable Near-Term Pork The Space Frontier Foundation today agreed with U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Richard Shelby in their claim that Booz Allen Hamilton’s “Independent Cost Assessment (ICA)” of the Space Launch System shows that SLS “can be initiated within our currently constrained fiscal limitations” and therefore “halt…

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