August 29, 2017

Bye Aerospace, SolAero Technologies Announce Completion And Delivery Of First Solar Wing For Bye’s StratoAirNet UAV

StratoAirNet Wing. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/SolAero Technologies Corp.

August 29, 2017 – SolAero Technologies Corp (SolAero) announced the completion and delivery of the first solar wing for Bye Aerospace’s “StratoAirNet”, a solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). SolAero is integrating their advanced high-efficiency solar cell technologies on the graphite composite StratoAirNet wing using proprietary methods to maintain the critical laminar flow surface on the wing. The initial wing-solar cell configuration will deliver sufficient power, approximately 2,000 Watts, under ideal daylight conditions at altitude, to achieve sustained flight of the StratoAirNet solar-electric UAV. Read More


In-Orbit Testing Of EchoStar XXI Satellite Successfully Completed

The EchoStar XXI satellite, built by SSL for EchoStar, before launch. Image Credit: PRNewsFoto/SSL

August 29, 2017 – EchoStar Corporation today announced the successful completion of in-orbit testing and handover of the EchoStar XXI satellite from manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL) to EchoStar’s satellite operations team who manages flight operations via EchoStar XXI’s primary satellite earth station located in Griesheim, Germany and a secondary station in Rambouillet, France. Read More


PADT And Stratasys Announce First-Of-Its-Kind Additive Manufacturing Lab At Metropolitan State University Of Denver

August 29, 2017 – Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) today announced the company is teaming with Stratasys Ltd., a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, to unveil a first-of-its-kind additive manufacturing lab in Colorado – located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Read More


Teledyne Brown Engineering And Oakman Aerospace Inc. To Partner On MUSES And ISS Commercialization

Image Credit: Oakman Aerospace Inc.

August 29, 2017 – Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) announce a partnership centered on the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) which was launched on June 3, 2017 and is currently operating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This platform was developed as part of a cooperative agreement with Teledyne Brown Engineering and NASA and will provide opportunities for imaging, technology demonstration, and space qualification payloads supporting commercial, research, scientific studies, and humanitarian efforts. Read More


Lockheed Martin, CU Boulder Expand Research Collaboration

From left to right: Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Vice Chancellor for Research Terri Fiez, Lockheed Martin CTO Keoki Jackson and College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Bobby Braun. Image Credit: Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado

August 29, 2017 – Building on a $3 million partnership announced in 2016 to establish new academic programs focused on radio frequency (RF) systems, Lockheed Martin and CU Boulder today announced a follow-on Master Research Agreement (MRA), signed during a morning ceremony on the CU Boulder campus. Read More


NASA Team Passes Major Technological Milestone For Characterizing Exoplanets

Instrument Scientist Michael McElwain and his team developed an integral field spectrograph called PISCES. The tabletop-sized instrument now is installed at a Jet Propulsion Laboratory facility to test light-suppression technologies for a planned follow-on to the James Webb Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA

August 29, 2017 – NASA researchers say they have passed a major milestone in their quest to mature more powerful tools for directly detecting and analyzing the atmospheres of giant planets outside the solar system — one of the observational goals of NASA’s proposed Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope, also known as WFIRST. Read More


WorldView-4 Imagery To Become Available To All Commercial Customers On August 31

WorldView-4 is DigitalGlobe’s next very high resolution imaging satellite providing high resolution and color imagery to commercial, government and international customers. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 29, 2017 – DigitalGlobe, Inc. today announced that it has delivered high-accuracy, high-resolution imagery from its WorldView-4 satellite to PSMA Australia to further build out Geoscape, a digital representation of the Australian continent’s built environment. WorldView-4 satellite imagery will be available to all commercial customers beginning on August 31. Read More


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SES Swaps SES-12 And SES-14 Launches
Source: SES

SES today announced a change of launch vehicles and launch slots for its SES-12 and SES-14 satellites. Under the new agreements, SES-12 will be launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from SpaceX in Q1 2018 while SES-14 will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket early in Q1 2018. The swap of launches will enable SES to improve service quality and continuity for its customers. Both SES-12 and SES-14 are using electric propulsion for orbit-raising and will enter into service some four to six months after launch.


NASA’s New Space Telescope Is In Harvey’s Path
Source: The Atlantic

As tropical storm Harvey continues to drench Houston, turning streets into muddy rivers, NASA workers are keeping watch over a giant $8.6 billion space telescope at the edge of the city. The James Webb Space Telescope is currently sitting inside a massive, sealed cryogenic chamber at the Johnson Space Center, a sprawling NASA facility in southeast Houston.


Citizen Spacecraft Builders Literally Race To The Moon In NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge
Source: TechCrunch

NASA is in the business of giving small-time scientists and engineers opportunities: its small business grants, open data initiatives and other efforts are meant to empower the high school kid or hobbyist who could be the next Wernher von Braun. But in the Cube Quest Challenge, for the first time ever, NASA is enabling amateur spacecraft builders to participate in a mission to deep space.


Dream Chaser Prepares For Captive Carry Test; Completes Runway Tow Tests
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

The third transportation vehicle for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contracts for resupply efforts of the International Space Station has passed a major ground test milestone at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Completing a 60 mph (96.5 k/h) tow test earlier this month, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser mini-spaceplane is now aiming for a series of Captive Carry flight tests suspended underneath a 234-UT lifting commercial helicopter.


BlackSky Awarded $16.4M Contract by Air Force Research Lab For Next-Generation Geospatial Intelligence Brokering Platform
Source: Spaceflight Industries

Spaceflight Industries today announced that BlackSky has been awarded a two-year $16.4 million cost-plus-prime contract with the Air Force Research Lab to develop and deliver a cloud-based geospatial intelligence broker platform. The brokering platform will provide on-demand analytics, collection, and information services from global data sources.


How NASA’s Johnson Space Center Is Riding Out The Hurricane
Source: Ars Technica

Surrounded by rising floodwaters, a skeleton crew at NASA’s Johnson Space Center is keeping the lights on for the International Space Station. About 125 people are riding out Harvey’s devastating flood on-site at Johnson Space Center, or JSC. Those on-site include the ISS Mission Control team, the support team for the James Webb Space Telescope (which is currently at JSC for testing), and the JSC Recovery Team, which has the task of dealing with the storm and its impacts.


“My Space City Vision…” Is Theme For Space Foundation’s Eighth Annual International Student Art Contest
Source: Space Foundation

Returning for its eighth year, the Space Foundation’s Annual International Student Art Contest is now accepting art submissions. Student artists from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the contest by submitting their original artwork. Children may draw, paint or create a digital mixed media image for the 2018 contest theme “My Space City Vision…”


E.T. Phone Home
Source: JILA

When Steven Spielberg’s adorable extra-terrestrial, E. T., wanted to phone home, he should have contacted an information theorist like JILA’s Graeme Smith. Smith could have at least explained how E. T. could have used a cell phone to send a low-noise message to a cell phone tower,1 and from there …


Video: Dream Chaser Rolls Through Tow Tests At NASA Armstrong
Source: NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

In this 2-minute, 41-second video, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) puts its Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle through a series of ground tests at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, to prepare for upcoming captive-carry and free-flight tests later this year.


Breaking Barriers: 70 Years Of Success
Source: United States Air Force Academy

The Air Force celebrates its 70th birthday this year and its seven decades of breaking barriers. The Air Force Academy has made many contributions to our service’s legacy of advancing technology and innovation and developing leaders of character for our nation. We’re proud to highlight the achievements of the men and women on the our faculty and staff and the diverse array of nearly-50,000 cadets who have graduated and continued to break even more barriers.


NASA’s Lunar Mission Captures Solar Eclipse As Seen From the Moon
Source: NASA

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, captured an image of the Moon’s shadow over a large region of the United States, centered just north of Nashville, Tennessee. As LRO crossed the lunar south pole heading north at 3,579 mph (1,600 meters per second), the shadow of the Moon was racing across the United States at 1,500 mph (670 meters per second).


Multi-Domain Command And Control A Priority For Air Force Space Command
Source: Buckley Air Force Base

The Commander of Air Force Space Command spoke at the Air Force Association Lance P. Sijan Chapter’s Multi-Domain Command and Control Symposium here Thursday. He emphasized that the ability to effectively operate across multiple warfighting domains simultaneously is paramount to the success of current and future joint operations.


Layoffs Begin As Denver-Based Tech Educator Galvanize Restructures
Source: The Denver Post

As some technology bootcamps have begun to sputter, Denver’s Galvanize said it is dealing with its own growing pains and on Tuesday cut 37 employees, or 11 percent of its workforce.


Minotaur Rocket Roars From Cape Canaveral
Source: Florida Today

A rocket powered by remnants of a Cold War nuclear missile bolted from Cape Canaveral early Saturday with an Air Force satellite that will track threats to military spacecraft high overhead. Orbital ATK’s Minotaur IV, making its first flight from Florida, shot from long-dormant Launch Complex 46 at 2:04 a.m., catapulted by 500,000 pounds of thrust from the first of three decommissioned Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile motors.


A PLM Journey: From Paper To PDM/PLM
Source: Action Engineering

Jon Pabst of Sierra Nevada Corporation will present at the 2017 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress. 3D CIC and the Quality Information Framework Symposium will be held in Golden, Colorado on October 3-5, 2017.


Our CEO Joins Minority Business Advisory Council
Source: DynAeroTech

DynAeroTech CEO/President, Gus Hernandez, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been selected by John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, to the Minority Business Advisory Council, through January 31, 2020.


High-Res Satellites Want To Track Human Activity From Space
Source: WIRED

When the new “WorldView Legion” sat-set is finished in 2021, DigitalGlobe will be able to image parts of the planet every 20 minutes, flashing by for photos dozens of times a day instead of the current rate of twice a day.


Video: Unique Look At The Mars InSight Spacecraft
Source: Lockheed Martin

Get a unique perspective of the InSight spacecraft coming out of it’s shipping container in our Littleton, Colo. clean room. InSight is the first mission to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Information gathered will boost understanding of how all rocky planets formed, including Earth.


Mary Wohnrade, P.E. At Wohnrade Civil Engineers, Inc. Joins Elite Global Group Recognized For Their Accomplishments And Advancing The Role of Women Working In The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Marketplace
Source: Springer Nature

Wohnrade Civil Engineers, Inc., a full-service engineering firm leading the way in both the development of precision aerial mapping, and incorporating Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) data into civil engineering design, announced today that its Principal Engineer and owner, Mary Wohnrade, P.E., has been selected as an honoree in the category of Champion in the inaugural Women to Watch in UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Women and Drones and Drone360 Magazine, recognizes Wohnrade’s industry accomplishments and efforts in advancing the role of women working in the UAS marketplace.


Research: OSIRIS-REx: Sample Return from Asteroid (101955)Bennu
Source: Springer Nature

In May of 2011, NASA selected the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, ResourceIdentification, and Security–Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) asteroid sample return mission as the third mission in the New Frontiers program. The other two New Frontiers mis-sions are New Horizons, which explored Pluto during a flyby in July 2015 and is on its wayfor a flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019, and Juno, an orbiting mis-sion that is studying the origin, evolution, and internal structure of Jupiter. The spacecraftdeparted for near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu aboard an United Launch Alliance AtlasV 411 evolved expendable launch vehicle at 7:05 p.m. EDT on September 8, 2016, on aseven-year journey to return samples from Bennu.


New Findings From Old Data
Source: Eos

Recalibrated and reanalyzed data from the Voyager flybys of Jupiter 40 years ago, presented in a series of papers in JGR: Space Physics, shows the value of archival data. Several of those initial studies were authored by Fran Bagenal, now a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This summer Bagenal and coworkers (primarily two undergraduate students) have a three-paper series just published in JGR Space Physics on the recalibration and reanalysis of the Voyager data.


NASA Watching Harvey From Satellites And The ISS
Source: NASA

NASA has a lot of resources providing information on Tropical Storm Harvey as it continues to drop tremendous, flooding rainfall on Texas and Louisiana. Satellites like NASA’s Aqua satellite and platforms like aircraft and the International Space Station continue to provide various kinds of data on the storm.


NASA Considers Kicking Mars Sample Return Into High Gear
Source: The Planetary Society

NASA is considering a leaner, faster plan to retrieve samples from the surface of Mars. The agency’s next-generation Mars 2020 rover, which arrives at Mars in 2021, will collect rock and soil samples and store them for future return to Earth. But thus far, no plan has solidified on how, or even if, those samples will be returned. That is starting to change.


Planetary Society Statement On NASA’s Intentions To Pursue A Sample Return Mission From Mars
Source: The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society is greatly encouraged by today’s statements by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, regarding NASA’s plans for a Mars sample return mission in the 2020s. The Society had previously urged NASA to define its robotic exploration plans after the Mars 2020 rover mission, and this represents an important step forward for the program.