Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Charlie and the Space Factory

Two press releases suggest Thursday August 23 will be a busy day for NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

According to a NASA press release, Bolden will spend the day with the media, granting interviews and leading tours. "Bolden will detail recent progress related to NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives," according to the release.

Bolden will also attend a 10 AM press conference at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to announce an agreement with XCOR. While Bolden is in town, a 10 AM press conference will be held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to announce an agreement with XCOR. According to a press release posted by SpaceRef.com, "XCOR Aerospace will announce details regarding its intent to establish a manufacturing and assembly center for XCOR Lynx Mark II suborbital reusable launch vehicles on Florida’s Space Coast." The press release doesn't mention Bolden; sorry for the incorrect post yesterday. I wouldn't be surprised if Bolden shows up, but XCOR is not part of the NASA commercial spaceflight initiative so technically there's no reason for him to be there.

Attending the event will be:

  • Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll
  • XCOR CEO Jeff Greason
  • Space Florida President Frank DiBello
  • NASA-KSC Director Robert Cabana
  • NASA Chief of Staff David Radzanowski
  • U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
  • EDC of Florida’s Space Coast President Lynda Weatherman
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex COO Bill Moore
  • Jacksonville Aviation Authority Sr. Manager of Aviation Planning & Spaceport Development Todd Lindner

Presumably Bolden will stick around for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes launch on Friday at 4:07 AM EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Corrected at 8:30 AM EDT August 22, 2012.

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