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CoorsTek Hosts United States Senator Cory Gardner At Its Center For Advanced Materials In Golden

US Senator Cory Gardner visits the CoorsTek Center for Advanced Materials in Golden, Colorado. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/CoorsTek

August 23, 2017 – CoorsTek, the world’s leading engineered ceramics manufacturer, today announced that Colorado’s United States Senator Cory Gardner, and members of his staff toured the CoorsTek Center for Advanced Materials in Golden on August 17. Opened in 2016, the Center is one of the most important advanced materials research and development hubs in the world today, and in the vanguard of American science, technology, and manufacturing leadership. Read More


More Than 1,000 Visitors Attend Space Foundation Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Image Credit: Space Foundation

August 23, 2017 – An hour before the doors opened for the Space Foundation’s Solar Eclipse Party, people began to gather outside of the Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, eagerly awaiting the chance to score last-minute eclipse viewing glasses and to stake out the perfect spot to watch the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse. Read More


SwRI, CSF Announce 2017 Suborbital Space Conference In Colorado

August 23, 2017 – As a new generation of suborbital space vehicles prepares to come online for space research, education, and space tourism over the next two years, the 2017 Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will bring together hundreds of researchers, educators, flight providers, spaceport operators, government officials, and others in late December. Read More


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Eclipse Equals Great Science Lesson For Longmont, Boulder Schools
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

About 900 students at Longmont’s Timberline PK-8 sat in the fields around the school on Monday and studied a sliver of the sun through protective glasses, emitting a chorus of “wow” and “cool.” Most St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley students went outside Monday to join the millions across the country experiencing the eclipse.


Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX’s Spacesuit: ‘This Actually Works’ … And Also Looks Really Cool
Source: GeekWire

The spacesuit designed to be worn aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule turns up the coolness dial for spaceflight, as befits a company that’s a corporate cousin of the Tesla electric-car venture.


Mars Fakers
Source: Air & Space Magazine

“This is as close to flying an actual space mission as you can probably get without being an astronaut,” says Ron Franco, an American Airlines pilot and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. In 2016, he volunteered for NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog as part of a four-person, 30-day, simulated mission to the asteroid Geographos. HERA, which operates in a hangar at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, goes to great lengths to make the mission as realistic as possible; the project’s goal is to research what humans will need to handle long-duration space exploration.


Cosmic Ray Study Prepped For Installation After Monday Eclipse
Source: NASA

Overnight, robotics controllers extracted a new astrophysics experiment from the trunk of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft. The Canadarm2 will hand off the new astronomy gear to the Japanese robotic arm which will then install it outside the Kibo laboratory module.


Exploring The Ground Truth: NASA’s Twin Study Investigates Metabolites
Source: NASA

You may think you’re just an average Joe, but according to your metabolomics data your body is percolating some expressive information about your daily life.


Wind Tunnel Test Of Deep Space Rocket Calls For New Coat Of Paint
Source: NASA

NASA’s most advanced launch vehicle is undergoing a variety of testing before the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be used to launch astronauts in the agency’s Orion spacecraft on missions to explore deep space. In one particular series of tests, this advanced piece of machinery is getting a fresh coat of paint.


Mark Your Calendars: New GOES-R Satellite Virtual Course For University Faculty
Source: NOAA

University educators: Are you looking for ways to incorporate the latest satellite data into your coursework and student research? You are invited to attend the GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course, a series of seven interactive webinars that provide an introduction to the new capabilities offered by the latest-generation GOES-R series weather satellite.


NASA Breaks Ground On New Collaborative Biosciences Facility In Silicon Valley
Source: NASA

On Aug. 22, 2017, officials at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley broke ground for a new Biosciences Collaborative Facility. The Biosciences Collaborative Facility will be a two-story, 40,000-square-foot building housing wet chemistry laboratories designed with the latest technology to serve NASA’s programs in fundamental space biology, astrobiology and bioengineering.


JWST Proposal Workshops: Registration Now Open
Source: USRA

Two 2.5 day workshops will be held this Fall for those interested in proposing solar system observations with the James Webb Space Telescope(JWST). The first (Nov. 13-15, 2017) will be at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore Maryland. The second (Dec. 13-15, 2017) will be held at the European Space Research Technology Center (ESTEC), in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.


Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Could Have Thrust Earth Into 2 Years Of Darkness
Source: CU Boulder Today

Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, according to a news release from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This event would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs.


NASA’s Voyager Probes, 40 Years Out, Are Brought Near In ‘The Farthest’
Source: Space.com

Forty years ago, NASA launched twin robotic explorers on a mission to travel farther out than any spacecraft had gone before, and today, they continue to be our most distant emissaries. The story of those probes, and of the people behind them, is the focus of the aptly-titled documentary, “The Farthest,” airing Wednesday (Aug. 23) on PBS.


3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress + Quality Information Framework Summit
Source: Action Engineering

The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress focuses on CAD collaboration and interoperability for the entire product lifecycle. More than ever before, information needs to be digital and fully associated as Model-Based Definition (MBD), Model-Based Enterprise (MBE), Smart Manufacturing, and Internet of Things (IoT) continue to evolve. For discrete manufacturing, this means CAD interoperability and collaboration to enable the digital thread. 3D CIC returns to Golden, Colorado for the 2017 event, with the theme: UNITE: Engineering & Shop Floor Collaboration.


Free Space Optical Could Help Address Spectrum Crunch
Source: FierceWireless

The commercial optical fiber market is a large one compared to the free-space optical market, but the folks at LGS Innovations, a former subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, see that changing. The company has been working in the optical communications and technologies space for more than 20 years, mostly related to government work. Now, the commercial sector is coming around.


Getting To The End Game With QIF: Useable Parts
Source: Action Engineering

Mark Nielsen of TechAzul will present at the 2017 Quality Information Framework (QIF) Symposium. The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (3D CIC) and the QIF Symposium will be held in Golden, Colorado on October 3-5, 2017.


NASA Mission To Study Atmospheric Disturbances From Marshall Islands
Source: NASA

A NASA rocket mission to study disturbances in the upper atmosphere that interfere with communication and technology systems will form night-time white artificial clouds visible by residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands during two rocket flights to occur between August 29 and September 9. The Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo, or WINDY, mission will study a phenomenon that occurs in the ionosphere – a layer of charged particles in the upper atmosphere.


NASA Seeks Information From Potential Partners For A Solar Electric Propulsion Flight Demonstration
Source: NASA

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate released a Request for Information (RFI) to potential partners for a technology demonstration of advanced solar electric propulsion (SEP) technology on Aug. 8, with responses due by Sept. 8, 2017. NASA has been developing advanced SEP technologies in the form of large, lightweight solar arrays, and an electric propulsion system that includes a 13-kilowatt Hall Effect thruster with magnetic shielding, a power processing unit and a xenon flow controller.


Video: MinXSS UHF Communications System
Source: James Mason

Render of the MinXSS UHF Communications System using SolidWorks.


SWE Announces Annual Award Recipients
Source: Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) announced today the recipients of its annual awards program. The program recognizes innovators and leaders who are supporting the enrichment and advancement of women in the engineering community from industry to education. SWE award recipients include professionals and collegiates from influential businesses, corporations and universities across the globe.


Ball Aerospace Awarded Consecutive Top Performing Supplier Recognition By Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Source: Ball Aerospace

For the second consecutive year, Ball Aerospace was recognized by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as a Top Performing Supplier. This award identifies the top two percent of a supply base of 1,200 Lockheed Martin suppliers.


NASA Powers Up Spacecraft That Could One Day Carry Humans To Mars
Source: CNN

NASA just got one step closer to its most ambitious spacecraft ever: One that can carry humans to the moon, Mars and perhaps beyond. It’s called Orion. And Lockheed Martin (LMT), NASA’s contractor for the project, said the latest version of the vessel was powered on for the first time Tuesday morning, lighting up the intricate on-board computers that will one day help guide Orion through the vacuum of space.


Witnessing Turbulent Motion In The Atmosphere Of A Distant Star
Source: Max Planck Institute For Radio Astronomy

For the first time, astronomers have succeeded in obtaining a map of the turbulent motions in the atmosphere of a star other than the Sun, thanks to an innovative technique that combines three telescopes at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Cerro Paranal located in northern Chile.


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