Archive for December, 2010

Aldrin Visits Aldrin

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stopped by his namesake school – Buzz Aldrin Elementary in Reston, New Jersey – on Monday to visit with students.

Aldrin, 80, chatted with children in their classrooms, answered questions and wished them all happy holidays.

See the Original Article at the RestonPatch

Buzz Aldrin Endorses Private Space Vehicles

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

For the past year or so, we have witnessed the growth of a brave new industry. Spearheaded by Virgin Galactic, one of the many companies owned by Sir Richard Branson, the race for the creation of a civilian,

private space exploration program is now more exciting that ever.

Despite a few government officials though, no major figure has expressed his or her support for the actions undertaken by Virgin and its partners. Until now, that is, when Buzz Aldrin, the second man in the history of mankind to have set foot on the moon, publicly announced his endorsement of the Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDEV2) announced by NASA last week. Below you can read some excerpts of Aldrin’s statement.

“I want to establish that I am personally delighted to see the expansion of private sector involvement in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development-2 Program, through the recent announcement that Virgin Galactic will be partnering with Sierra Nevada Corporation, and with Orbital Sciences Corporation, in this important step to commercialize access to space – for both civil space, and for the emerging space tourism business.”

“I would like to endorse this kind of approach as the right direction for our future in human space flight – in partnership with NASA, as a cost effective means of meeting our civil space needs, while also providing the foundation for expanded commercial access to space for the private sector, and enabling the eventual expansion of humankind beyond the bounds of Low Earth Orbit.”

CCDEV2 is a program meant to establish the grounds for the private manufacturing of the first commercial space vehicles. The project calls for the creation of a space craft (to be used for orbital flights) which will feature reusable lifting-wing bodies and will be capable of runway landings.

Read the Original Article at Autoevolution.com

Buzz November Travels

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Buzz didn’t let a little hurricane stop them! After weathering Hurricane Tomas in St. Lucia at the end of October, Buzz and Lois were out on the road traveling again for most of November. Buzz took off for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to participate in the Astronaut Scholarship Fund’s autograph show before jetting off to London for the ICONS dinner at Windsor Castle. Never ones to stay put for long, the Aldrins were back stateside after just a few days and landed in New York where they celebrated with renowned artist Romero Britto as he unveiled his newest collection of work centered around the Apollo XI mission and Buzz himself. Buzz and Romero participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade and enjoyed a wonderful opening reception where Buzz took time to sign the original Britto pieces. A week later Buzz and Lois attended Danny DeVito and wife Rhea’s X-prize party at their Beverly Hills home. The last shot is of Buzz with Astronauts Dave Scott and Al Worden. We also wanted to thank all those that sent well wishes Buzz’s way as he took a few days off at month’s end to recover from toe and back surgery!


Message from Buzz re: NASA CCDev-2 Program

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

RE: Recent announcement of VG collaboration with OSC, and with SNC, on NASA CCDev-2 Program

In response to media inquiries concerning my perception of the radical new course of America’s involvement with space, I want to establish that I am personally delighted to see the expansion of private sector involvement in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development-2 Program, through the recent announcement that Virgin Galactic will be partnering with Sierra Nevada Corporation, and with Orbital Sciences Corporation, in this important step to commercialize access to space – for both civil space, and for the emerging space tourism business. We have learned through nearly fifty years of Human Space Flight experience, and from nearly thirty years of the Space Shuttle operations, that returning reusable vehicles to the launch site is operationally much more efficient, and thus the private sector requirement for low operational costs will dominate this need. I also see great value in capitalizing on the investment that NASA has already made in the Orion Program – to use this capability for its intended purpose – returning from higher energy, deep space missions, where this configuration is better suited to meet these requirements. I would like to endorse this kind of approach as the right direction for our future in human space flight – in partnership with NASA, as a cost effective means of meeting our civil space needs, while also providing the foundation for expanded commercial access to space for the private sector, and enabling the eventual expansion of humankind beyond the bounds of Low Earth Orbit.

Buzz Interview with BBC London

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

BBC News London had a few questions for Buzz after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch and covered topics of commercial vs government funded space activities and the future of commercial space activity.

Download Buzz Aldrin Interview with BBC London