August 5 – August 11, 2019

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Communications Satellite For The U.S. Air Force Space And Missile Systems Center

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

August 11, 2019 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on August 8 at 6:13 a.m. EDT. This marked the 80th successful launch of an Atlas V rocket, which has successfully launched and precisely delivered the entire AEHF constellation on orbit. ULA has a track record of 100 percent mission success with 134 successful launches. Read More


International Astronomical Union Approves Second Set Of Pluto Feature Names

This map, compiled from images and data gathered by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its flight through the Pluto system in 2015, contains Pluto feature names approved by the International Astronomical Union. Names from the newest round of nominations are in yellow. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Ross Beyer

August 10, 2019 – Several people and missions who paved the way for the historic exploration of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt – the farthest worlds ever explored – are honored in the second set of official Pluto feature names approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the international authority for naming celestial bodies and their surface features. Read More


Hubble Showcases New Portrait Of Jupiter

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter’s clouds in this new image taken on June 27, 2019 by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, when the planet was 644 million kilometers from Earth — its closest distance this year. The image features the planet’s trademark Great Red Spot and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in the planet’s turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

August 10, 2019 – The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter’s clouds in this new image taken on June 27, 2019. It features the planet’s trademark Great Red Spot and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in the planet’s turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. Read More


Orion’s Service Module Completes Critical Propulsion Test

Image Credit: NASA

August 10, 2019 – NASA is building a system to send astronauts to the Moon for Artemis missions, and that includes tests to make sure the Orion spacecraft is prepared to safely carry crew on an alternate mission profile in the face of unexpected problems. That capability was most recently demonstrated with a successful, continuous 12-minute firing of Orion’s propulsion system that simulated a possible alternate mission scenario. Read More


NASA’s Spitzer Spies A Perfectly Sideways Galaxy

Galaxy NGC 5866 lies 44 million light-years from Earth and has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years – a little more than half the diameter of our own Milky Way galaxy. From our viewpoint, NGC 5866 is oriented almost exactly edge-on, yielding most of its structural features invisible. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

August 10, 2019 – This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope might look like a lightsaber floating in space, but it’s actually an entire galaxy viewed on its side. Read More


Fort Carson Breaks Ground On New Space Battalion Readiness Center

Burns & McDonnell joined IICON Construction and representatives of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to break ground recently on the Space Battalion Readiness Center in Colorado. Image Credit: Burns & McDonnell

August 9, 2019 – Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, joined IICON Construction and representatives of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to break ground recently on the Space Battalion Readiness Center in Colorado. Read More


Critical Deployment Of NASA Webb’s Secondary Mirror A Success

Following a successful deployment test of NASA Webb’s mission-critical secondary mirror, technicians and engineers visually inspect the support structure that holds it in place. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

August 9, 2019 – In order to do groundbreaking science, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope must first perform an extremely choreographed series of deployments, extensions, and movements that bring the observatory to life shortly after launch. Too big to fit in any rocket available in its fully deployed form, Webb was engineered to intricately fold in on itself to achieve a much smaller size during transport. Read More


GOES-17 Mishap Investigation Board Study Completed

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-17 satellite, which launched March 1, 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, is pictured with its large solar array deployed in a clean room at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 9, 2019 – A Mishap Investigation Board appointed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified the most likely cause for an instrument issue aboard NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-17 satellite that launched March 1, 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Read More


NASA Announces Next Phase Of Commercial Lunar Payload Services

Commercial landers will carry NASA-provided science and technology payloads to the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the Moon by 2024. Image Credit: NASA

August 6, 2019 – NASA has announced the latest opportunity for industry to participate in its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) efforts to deliver science and technology payloads to and near the Moon. Read More


More News

ICEYE Releases World-First Under 1 Meter Resolution Radar Imagery From SAR Microsatellites
Source: ICEYE


China Enters New Space Era With Successful Orbital Launch
Source: China.org.cn


CU Engineering Diversity Efforts Recognized Nationally
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Vector Replaces CEO, Suspends Operations Amid Financial Problems
Source: SpaceNews


Arianespace Press Onward With Dual-Passenger Ariane 5 Launch
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


CU Boulder Team Earns Second Place At Small Sat Conference
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Interning At Blue Origin As A Matthew Isakowitz Fellow
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Blue Canyon Technologies Continues NASA CubeSat Operations
Source: Blue Canyon Technologies


New Finds For Mars Rover, Seven Years After Landing
Source: NASA


A Year In Antarctica
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Northrop Grumman’s Hemispherical Resonator Gyro Achieves 50 Million Operating Hours In Space
Source: Northrop Grumman


Maxar’s 1300-Class Communications Satellite Built For Intelsat Performing According To Plan After Launch
Source: Maxar Technologies Inc.


NASA Starts Buying Long Lead Parts For Third Orion ESM, SLS Core Stage
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


How A Record-Breaking Solar Storm Ignited A Vietnam War Mystery
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Upcoming Atlas 5 Mission Will Launch Air Force Cubesat Before It Releases Main Payload
Source: SpaceNews


Arianespace And SpaceX Offering New Dedicated Rideshare Services
Source: SpaceNews


Electric Thrusters Changed Attitude Of University Würzburg CubeSat
Source: SpaceNews


Colorado Springs Defense Firm To Double Size Within 3 Years
Source: The Gazette


NASA’s First Interplanetary Smallsats May Struggle To Stay Under Cost Caps
Source: Spaceflight Now


First Set Of Beautiful Images Of The Earth Captured By Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander
Source: ISRO


NASA Mars Mission: Radiation Tests Reveal “Unexpected Potential Problems”
Source: Inverse


Boeing-Built Satellite To Bring Affordable Broadband To Africa, Europe, Middle East
Source: Boeing


EDRS-C Successfully Launched
Source: ESA


CU Boulder Explores Mining In Space With Bacteria
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Hubble Uncovers A ‘Heavy Metal’ Exoplanet Shaped Like A Football
Source: NASA


SpaceX Plans To Launch ‘Starship’ Rocket In Florida
Source: ExecutiveBiz