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RUAG Space Finalizes First U.S.-Made Fairing

Image Credit: RUAG Space

October 16, 2018 – RUAG Space, a leading supplier of products for the space industry and trusted partner of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), announced today that it has completed the bonding and curing of its first U.S.-made United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V-500 demonstration test fairing at its Decatur, Alabama facility. This milestone emphasizes the company’s commitment and focus on market growth within the United States. Read More

SwRI’s Strofio Will Measure Mercury’s “Exosphere”

The ESA BepiColombo spacecraft bound for Mercury includes Strofio, an SwRI-developed novel spectrometer designed to measure the sparse particle population of the planet’s tenuous exosphere. Development challenges included mass and configuration limits and operating in the harsh Mercury environment. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

October 16, 2018 – The European Space Agency’s BepiColombo spacecraft will launch towards Mercury carrying a unique payload designed and built at Southwest Research Institute: an instrument called Strofio, which will study Mercury’s tenuous exosphere. Part of the SERENA suite of instruments, Strofio’s measurements will help us better understand the planet’s surface and the history of the smallest rocky planet orbiting close to the Sun. Read More

OSIRIS-REx Executes Second Asteroid Approach Maneuver

Illustration of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine. Image Credit: University of Arizona

October 16, 2018 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-2) yesterday. The spacecraft’s main engine thrusters fired in a braking maneuver designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to Bennu from 315 mph (141 m/sec) to 11.8 mph (5.2 m/sec). Likewise, the spacecraft’s approach speed dropped from nearly 7,580 miles (12,200 km) to 280 miles (450 km) per day. The mission team will continue to examine telemetry and tracking data and will have more information over the next week. This burn marked the last planned use of the spacecraft’s main engines prior to OSIRIS-REx’s departure from Bennu in March 2021. Read More

After Two Long Careers, QuikSCAT Rings Down The Curtain

QuikSCAT imaged winds during many storms, including Hurricane Katrina, shown here covering the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005. Highest wind speeds appear purple, with winds weakening outward from the eye. Barbs show wind direction; white barbs indicate heavy rainfall. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 14, 2018 – Launched in June 1999 for an intended two-year mission, NASA’s SeaWinds scatterometer instrument on the QuikSCAT spacecraft was turned off on Oct. 2 in accordance with its end-of-mission plan. QuikSCAT spent its first decade creating an unprecedented record of the speed and direction of winds at the ocean surface. Then, for another nine years, it served as the gold standard of accuracy against which new spaceborne scatterometers were calibrated. Read More

United Launch Alliance Set To Launch AEHF-4 For U.S. Air Force

October 14, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is planned for October 17 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The two-hour launch window opens at 10:15 a.m. MDT, and the live launch broadcast will begin October 16 at 9:55 p.m. MDT at Read More

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