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  • Support builds for Bridenstine to lead NASA despite past skepticism on climate change
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    If confirmed, Jim Bridenstine would be the first NASA administrator in the post-Apollo era who wasn’t yet born when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. He’s a politician and a Navy aviator, not a rocket scientist, whose credentials have already been criticized by two prominent Florida senators. And the congressman's comments expressing skepticism about the role humans have played in climate change have sparked controversy. But in the days since President Trump announced that Bridenstine was his p... Read more

  • Lawmakers eye private moon missions
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    A House panel on Thursday met to discuss ways to boost private missions to the moon. Lawmakers from both parties on the House Science Subcommittee on Space expressed support for private lunar expeditions but raised concerns about property rights and the role of NASA. Representatives from private space companies Blue Origin LLC, Moon Express Inc. and Astrobotic testified about their plans. “It’s time for America to return to the moon — this time to stay,” said Bretton Alexander of Blue Origin in ... Read more

  • Rep. Perlmutter and Rep. Polis Introduce the Helicopter Fuel System Safety Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Jared Polis (CO-02) introduced the Helicopter Fuel System Safety Act to require all newly manufactured helicopters be built with safer fuel systems. The legislation requires within one year all newly manufactured helicopters comply with the recommendations from the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group which significantly reduces the risk of post-crash fires. Additionally, the legislation requires the Federal Aviation Administra... Read more

  • Ball holds ground-breaking ceremony for expansion of aerospace center in Westminster
    Posted in In the News on April 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WESTMINSTER — Broomfield-based Ball Corp. on Thursday held a ground-breaking ceremony for a 145,000-square-foot expansion of its Aerospace Manufacturing Center in Westminster. The expansion will enhance the manufacturing and production capabilities of Ball’s subsidiary, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Inc., based in Boulder. John Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive of Ball Corp., said the expansion will allow the company to “keep pace with projected growth and meet the needs of the cust... Read more

  • Back to the moon in Orion in 2 years: Space industry is energized by the possibility
    Posted in In the News on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Colorado Springs — The U.S. space industry is suddenly hustling to launch NASA astronauts around the moon in an Colorado-developed Orion capsule in 2019 or even sooner, making the country’s next lunar mission earlier by at least two years and hastening preparations to reach Mars by 2033. The timeline for NASA sending astronauts on ambitious missions has been transformed by President Donald Trump taking office, Congress showing bipartisan support for funding deep-space exploration, and the maturi... Read more

  • NTSB says several factors, including helicopter design, caused fatal Frisco Flight For Life crash
    Posted in In the News on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON D.C. –The widow of a Flight for Life pilot who died in a fiery chopper crash in Frisco is reacting to National Transportation Safety Board findings that helicopter design flaws contributed to her husband’s death. 9Wants to Know reporter Chris Vanderveen was the only Denver reporter at Tuesday’s hearing and interviewed Karen Mahany following the 3-hour long hearing. Days after the death of her husband, Pat, Karen Mahany pledged to protect the legacy of a man who had logged more than 1... Read more

  • House lawmakers debate how rigorously to regulate activities in space
    Posted in In the News on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The Final Frontier needs boundaries, too. With private entrepreneurs eager to launch tourists into Low Earth Orbit, service satellites and mine the moon, lawmakers are debating what sorts of regulations should be adopted to manage the increased commerce expected to take place in space over the next decade. Partisan differences over the role that government should play quickly emerged at a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Republicans advocated a mod... Read more

  • Bera new top Democrat on House space subcommittee
    Posted in In the News on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats have named Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) as the new ranking member of the space subcommittee as they finalized the roster of members who will serve on that subcommittee. Bera, entering his third term in the House, succeeds Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat who previous served as the top Democrat on the subcommittee. Edwards chose not to run for reelection to the House in 2016, unsuccessfully running for the Senate instead. “As a kid who grew up during the height of the s... Read more

  • Report tells FAA fires after helicopter crashes aren't necessary
    Posted in In the News on December 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    KUSA - The Federal Aviation Administration now knows, in no uncertain terms, what 9Wants to Know has documented since the fiery crash of a Flight for Life helicopter in Frisco last year. Fuel systems that abide by 1994 federal standards all but guarantee there won’t be a fuel-fed fire following a survivable helicopter crash. The FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee received a report on Thursday that said “nearly all thermal injuries in survivable accidents would be expected to be elimina... Read more

  • Astronaut on International Space Station chats with Wheat Ridge HS students
    Posted in In the News on November 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, K-12 Education

    WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- Their dreams reach way beyond the skies. Students at Wheat Ridge High School have their sights set on the stars. NASA Commander Shane Kimbrough took a break from his duties on the International Space Station (ISS) to chat with 400 students Friday. Kimbrough explained how astronauts stay in shape. “We work out at least an hour every day.” Another question addressed concerns about how astronauts are affected by germs in space. “If somebody is sick then the whole crew is going... Read more

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