Silicon Valley Space Center to Bid on Moffett Field Development

Moffett Federal Airfield lease area.
Moffett Federal Airfield lease area.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 (SVSC PR) — A historic piece of real estate, NASA Ames Moffett Field’s 1,000+ acre airfield, 3 iconic hangars, including the famous hangar one and a professional golf course are up for a development bid this October. Two previous NASA scientists, Dr. Sean Casey and Dr. Peri Pappadopoulos, Co-Founders of Silicon Valley Space Center, plan to win it!


The Power of the Suborbital Experiments Market is Growing

SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.
SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Last week, I got to see close-up views of the power of the emerging suborbital space industry in two very different locations some 300 miles apart.

Monday was all about SpaceShipTwo, which lit its engine for the first time over the dusty Mojave Desert and provided viewers on the ground with a 16-second display of flames and black smoke. The little space plane soared skyward above its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane before gliding to a perfect landing on the center line of Runway 30 at the Mojave Air and Space Port.


Space Hacker Workshop This Weekend in Silicon Valley

There is still time to sign up for the first Space Hacker Workshop for Suborbital Experiments this weekend in Mountain View, Calif. Come see how you can design a space experiment for —  and even fly aboard —  XCOR’s Lynx suborbital space plane. The workshop runs Saturday and Sunday.

The discounted $125 registration rate expires tonight at midnight PDT. If you show up at the door, it will cost you $150. Sign up at

A press release with a full description of the workshop follows after the break.


First Space Hacker Workshop Set for May 4-5 in Silicon Valley

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. (Citizens in Space PR) –
Are you a hardware hacker? Do you have the Right Stuff to become a citizen scientist or citizen astronaut? Here’s your chance to find out.

Citizen scientists and hardware hackers will learn how to do “space on the cheap” at the first Space Hacker Workshop for Suborbital Experiments. Participants at the two-day workshop will learn how they can build and fly experiments in space, and even fly in space as citizen astronauts, through the Citizens in Space program.

The Space Hacker Workshop takes place May 4-5 at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California, across the street (literally) from NASA Ames Research Center. The workshop is sponsored by Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, and the Silicon Valley Space Center.


Citizen Science Microgravity Workshop Set for Silicon Valley

Citizen Science/SVSC/Ardulab Microgravity Workshop

The Silicon Valley Space Center
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM (PDT)
Mountain View, CA

This workshop covers the sub-orbital flight opportunities provided by the Citizen Science Program.

Citizen Science has purchased 10 flights about the XCOR Lynx vehicle.  Each flight can accommodate 12 cubelab/nanolab payloads and one payload astronaut.  Citizen Science challenges scientists, engineers, students, faculty, and astropreneur to develop the most compelling micro-gravity payloads for these commercial, NewSpace missions.  All entrants are welcome!!

Presentation topics include:

a)  An overview of the XCOR flight program
b)  The goals and objectives of sub-orbital Citizen Science
c)  A review of micro-gravity experiments
d)  Details on Ardulab construction and operations
e)  Hands-on design and operations of Ardulab modules
f)   Presentations and panel discussions by industry and governmental micro-gravity experts.

Meet and network with the new leaders of the commercial space industry.

Registration fee covers lunch with morning and afternoon snacks and PDF version of all presentation materials.

Silicon Valley Space Center to Develop Suborbital Payloads for Lynx

Mountain View, California, March 22, 2013 (SVSC PR) –
The Silicon Valley Space Center will develop four scientific payloads to fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is currently under construction in Mojave, California.

The payloads will fly on missions sponsored by the United States Rocket Academy’s Citizens in Space program. The payloads are part of a cooperative agreement between the Silicon Valley Space Center and Citizens in Space, which was announced today.