April 22 – April 28, 2019

The Giant Galaxy Around The Giant Black Hole

This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the entire M87 galaxy in infrared light. Image Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Spitzer Space Telescope/NASA

April 27, 2019 – On April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon, the area beyond which light cannot escape the immense gravity of the black hole. That giant black hole, with a mass of 6.5 billion Suns, is located in the elliptical galaxy Messier 87 (M87). EHT is an international collaboration whose support in the U.S. includes the National Science Foundation. Read More


SwRI Leaders Hamilton, Stern Inducted Into UT-Austin Academy Of Distinguished Alumni

President and CEO Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., was inducted into the inaugural class of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics on April 26. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

April 27, 2019 – Three of SwRI’s finest were inducted into the inaugural class of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics on April 26. President and CEO Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., Associate Vice President Dr. Alan Stern (Space Science and Engineering Division, 15) and retired Executive Vice President Dr. Norm Abramson joined an illustrious class of 24 honorees. Read More


TRI-AD, Maxar Technologies And NTT DATA Collaborate To Build High-Definition Maps For Autonomous Vehicles From Space

An example of the automated HD map for autonomous vehicles built by NTT DATA, Maxar Technologies and TRI-AD. Image Credit: CNW Group/Maxar Technologies Ltd.

April 27, 2019 – Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD), Toyota’s automated driving software development company, Maxar Technologies, a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, and NTT DATA Corporation, a leading IT services provider, today announced they will collaborate on a proof of concept to build automated high-definition (HD) maps for autonomous vehicles using high-resolution satellite imagery. This is an important move toward advancing TRI-AD’s open software platform concept known as Automated Mapping Platform (AMP) and help realize the scalability of autonomous driving. Read More


AFA’s StellarXplorers Announces National Champions

April 27, 2019 – The Air Force Association’s (AFA) StellarXplorers program – the National High School Space Challenge – announced the National Champions of its fifth National Finals Competition held April 11-13, 2019 at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read More


Mystery Of The Universe’s Expansion Rate Widens With New Hubble Data

This is a ground-based telescope’s view of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The inset image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, reveals one of many star clusters scattered throughout the dwarf galaxy. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU), and Palomar Digitized Sky Survey

April 25, 2019 – Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say they have crossed an important threshold in revealing a discrepancy between the two key techniques for measuring the universe’s expansion rate. The recent study strengthens the case that new theories may be needed to explain the forces that have shaped the cosmos. Read More


McMahon Developing Systems For Future Mars Missions

Jay McMahon. Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

April 24, 2019 – Jay McMahon has earned a NASA early career fellowship to help ensure future missions to Mars can land safely. McMahon, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has received a three year, $600,000 NASA Space Technology Research Early Career Faculty fellowship. Read More


NASA’s InSight Lander Captures Audio Of First Likely ‘Quake’ On Mars

April 23, 2019 – NASA’s Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely “marsquake.” Read More


Next Atlas V Arrives At The Launch Site

The Atlas V first stage rolls off the Mariner. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

April 23, 2019 – United Launch Alliance’s sea-faring cargo vessel has delivered the Atlas V rocket to the Cape Canaveral launch site from our manufacturing facility in preparation for boosting a U.S. national security asset into space this summer. Read More


NASA Calls For Proposals To Stimulate Sustainable Demand For Low-Earth Orbit

The International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

April 23, 2019 – NASA and its international partners opened the door for research in orbit more than 20 years ago by launching the first pieces of the International Space Station, and NASA wants to work with U.S. industry to ensure that a robust, sustainable orbital economy will endure. Read More


New Planetary Protection Board To Review Guidelines For Future Solar System And Beyond Exploration

A view of Mars showing Valles Marineris. Image Credit:NASA

April 23, 2019 – Following National Academy of Sciences recommendations, advice from the NASA Advisory Council, and subsequent unanimous agreement from NASA’s science leadership, the agency has established an independent Planetary Protection Review Board to review established guidelines for planetary protection and recommend any updates that are required. Planetary protection policies are designed to protect solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life, and to protect Earth from possible harm from potential biological sources beyond our planet. Read More


Apogee Engineering’s Recent Contract Wins Signal Strong Federal Focus On Space Mission Innovation & Intelligence Technology Advances

April 22, 2019 – Apogee Engineering (Apogee), a leading small business contractor within the federal industry, today announced that the company recently won three major Department of Defense (DoD) contracts with a total value exceeding $190 million. Apogee provides intellectual capital, technical solutions, and critical mission support to U.S. military organizations and federal/civilian agencies. Read More


More News

CSAF Pays Visit To Space Flag: Participants Increase Warfighter Capabilities
Source: Air Force Space Command


The Day The Asteroid Might Hit
Source: ESA


Remembering Cassini, Texas Style
Source: NASA


SpaceX Receives FCC Approval To Launch 1,500 Starlink Satellites
Source: Parabolic Arc


China Sees Lunar South Pole Base By Around 2029
Source: Parabolic Arc


NIAC Award: Power Beaming For Long Life Venus Surface Missions
Source: Parabolic Arc


Russia Ships X-Ray Astronomy Satellite To Launch Site
Source: Spaceflight Now


Carbon-Monitoring Instrument Poised For Launch To International Space Station
Source: Spaceflight Now


Few Details Available In Early Days Of SpaceX Accident Investigation
Source: Spaceflight Now


Dream Chaser Progress Ahead Of CRS2 As SNC Keeps Crew Version Alive
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Managing Trust And Expectations In Space Ecosystems
Source: satsearch


Bill Asks For NASA Report On Establishment Of Space Resources Institute
Source: Parabolic Arc


Successful Operation Of Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2’s SCI
Source: JAXA


2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


NASA Awards PathFinder Digital Contract To Study Free Space Optics
Source: PathFinder Digital LLC


Progress Continues On Dream Chaser Space Plane
Source: Spaceflight Insider


Hubble Snaps Crowded Cluster
Source: NASA


Next-Generation NASA Instrument To Study Uranus & Neptune Atmospheres
Source: NASA


Space Technologist Lindsay Aitchison Ensures Astronauts Are Suited For The Next Moon Mission
Source: NASA


Lucy In The Sky With Asteroids
Source: The Planetary Society


Relativity Space To Launch Thai Satellite On 3D-Printed Rocket
Source: Space.com


Colorado Politicians Jockeying Over Where To House U.S. Space Command
Source: Westword


Leaders Say Siting US Space Command At Buckley Would Be ‘Largest’ Economic Boom In Aurora History
Source: Sentinel Colorado


Scientists Discover What Powers Celestial Phenomenon STEVE
Source: AGU


Adams County Space Port Inks Deal With Japanese Company To Be Launch Site For Reusable Spacecraft
Source: The Denver Post


NASA, FEMA, International Partners Plan Asteroid Impact Exercise
Source: NASA


VISIONS-2 Provides A Look At Earth’s Escaping Atmosphere
Source: NASA


Women In Space: Enhancing Capability Through Diversity
Source: U.S. Air Force


The Emergency Launch Abort Systems Of SpaceX And Boeing Explained
Source: Space.com


Colorado Springs Defense Contractor Lands $190 Million In Work
Source: The Gazette


Lunar Base And Gateway Part Of Sustainable Long-Term Human Exploration Plan
Source: SpaceNews


Mars 2020 Is Wired For Sound
Source: NASA


Uniphi Space Agency Is Proud To Announce The Fourth-Annual National Astronaut Day May 5th, 2019
Source: uniphi space agency


Dark Matter Detector Observes Rarest Event Ever Recorded
Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rapid Destruction Of Earth-Like Atmospheres By Young Stars
Source: University of Vienna


UNH Scientists Find Auroral ‘Speed Bumps’ Are More Complicated
Source: University of New Hampshire


NASA Social Media Efforts Win Two Webby Awards
Source: NASA


Pentagon Makes Strong Pitch For Space Force As NDAA 2020 Markup Nears
Source: SpaceNews


SECAF Underscores Space Strategy And Partnerships With Allies
Source: Air Force Space Command


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine To Speak At ISS R&D Conference
Source: ISS U.S. National Laboratory


Assembly Work For The Spring
ESA Orion Blog


Hubble Confirms Interstellar Buckyballs
Source: AAS NOVA


Larsen Named CU Boulder Student Employee Of The Year
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge Winner Designs Best Planetary Greenhouse
Source: NASA


UP Aerospace Targets Government Customers With $1 Million Dedicated Smallsat Launches
Source: SpaceNews


Multiple Regenerative Medicine Payloads Ready For Flight To The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory
Source: ISS U.S. National Laboratory


Illuminating Gases In The Sky: NASA Technology Pinpoints Potent Greenhouse Gases
Source: NASA


Message From The PI: The Health Of HiRISE
Source: Alfred McEwen/The University of Arizona


Op-Ed: Reestablishing U.S. Space Command In Colorado Springs Is The Only Serious Option
Source: U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn/SpaceNews


Dinosaur National Monument Gets ‘Dark Sky Park’ Designation
Source: 9news.com


SpaceX Likely To Move Next Rocket Landing To Drone Ship
Source: Spaceflight Now


DoD Practices Starliner At Sea Recovery For First Time
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


ASTROSAT: Canadian Technology On Board India’s First Space Astronomy Mission Adds To Unique View Of The Universe
Source: Canadian Space Agency


PathFinder Digital Awarded Contract By Boeing
Source: PathFinder Digital LLC


Podcast: Beyond Earth: How Humans Will Tackle The Next Generation Of Space Travel
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Six Students Earn NASA Space And Technology Research Fellowships
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Seminar – Countdown To Launch: Smead Aerospace 2019
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Celebrate Earth Day With These GOES Satellite Images
Source: NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information
Service (NESDIS)


Earth Vs. Asteroids: Humans Strike Back
Source: ESA


NASA Earth Data Helps Scientists To Understand Our Home Planet
Source: NASA


Self-Driving Spacecraft Set For Planetary Defense Expedition
Source: Parabolic Arc


Robotic Refueling Mission 3 Can’t Perform Cryogenic Fuel Transfer
Source: Parabolic Arc


Beidou Navigation Satellite Successfully Launch By China
Source: Spaceflight Now


Boeing Receives $605 Million Air Force Contract For WGS-11 Communications Satellite
Source: SpaceNews


Spaceflight Looks To More Rideshare Missions With Fewer Satellites Per Launch
Source: SpaceNews


NASA Moves Ahead With Cargo Dragon Launch After Crew Dragon Anomaly
Source: SpaceNews


SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident May Affect NASA Plans To Launch Astronauts From US Soil
Source: Space.com


NASA Administrator Statement On SpaceX Static Fire Test
Source: NASA


SpaceX Confirms Anomaly During Crew Dragon Abort Engine Test
Source: Spaceflight Now


Physical Optics Corporation’s Technology Launched To The International Space Station
Source: Physical Optics Corporation