February 12, 2018

Carbon In The Solar System Workshop

February 12, 2018 – With recent results from the Pluto system, the Saturn system, Mercury, and nearly all points in between, NASA will hold a workshop to discuss and synthesize these results to improve our understanding of the role of carbon in the Solar System, how it evolves and how to recognize it. Read More

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NASA Updates Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking Coverage
Source: NASA

Loaded with three tons of food, fuel and supplies, a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch at 3:13 a.m. EST (2:13 p.m. Baikonur time) Tuesday, Feb. 13, to resupply the International Space Station. The previous launch attempt on Feb. 11 was automatically aborted shortly before liftoff.

Planet Mineralogy For The 10 Closest Stars
Source: Astrobiology at NASA

The composition of a planet is intrinsically connected to the composition of its host star. As such, stellar abundances of planet-building materials could provide insight into the composition of the planets they harbor. With this in mind, a recent study examines the potential composition of theoretical planets around the ten closest stars to the Sun.

NASA Acting Administrator Statement On FY 2019 Budget Proposal
Source: NASA

A statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the Fiscal Year 2019 agency budget proposal.

Maxar Technologies: Leading The New Space Economy With Purpose
Source: DigitalGlobe

At Maxar Technologies, we believe that insights unlock infinite possibilities. And what inspires us, what keeps us pushing beyond the limits of what’s currently possible, is our primary purpose: To create the connections and intelligence that power a better world.

Pentagon Space Budget Shaped By Threats From Russia, China
Source: SpaceNews

The Trump administration’s budget request for the Defense Department includes $9.3 billion for space programs — $4.8 billion for satellites, $2.4 billion for launch vehicles and $2.1 billion for maintenance and support. The funds also cover space tests and classified programs.

NASA Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Overview
Source: NASA

Includes budget highlights and anticipated achievements.

BridgePort Launches The First Craft Brew Into Space To Celebrate Newly Renovated Portland BrewPub
Source: BridgePort Brewing

On January 25, 2018, BridgePort Brewing reached new heights with its signature IPA-style brew, shooting it into space to mark multiple milestones for the 34-year-old Portland-based brewery. After an hour and a half, the bottle flew slightly above 22 miles in the sky as a nod to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of The Original IPA, the opening of the new BrewPub and the enhanced five-barrel brewing system recently added to Oregon’s original craft brewery. The bottle of craft beer dropped back down to Earth via parachute landing intact only 55 miles away from launch point.

UAE Launches Seed Grants To Support New Research Into Space Settlement & Space Habitation
Source: Dubai Future Foundation

In its commitment to accelerating global space exploration activities, the UAE launches the Space Settlement Challenge; a dedicated seed grant fund that supports ambitious projects from all areas of research pursuing ideas and concepts to unlock the future of human space habitation. The challenge aims to attract brilliant minds from all around the world regardless of discipline, background, or origin.

Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion Launching March 13, 2018
Source: Private Division

Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion will be available for PC on March 13, 2018. Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion adds a wealth of new and exciting content to the game, including a robust Mission Builder for players to create and share their own scenarios, a History Pack containing missions inspired by historical moments in space exploration, and more. Originally announced in March 2017, Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion marks the first expansion for the critically acclaimed physics-based space simulation game that originally launched through Steam Early Access in March 2013.

Soyuz Ignition Abort Thwarts Express Rendezvous Plans For Progress MS-08 Cargo Craft
Source: Spaceflight101

It was a Déjà vu at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday when a Soyuz rocket stood fully fueled for an express cargo delivery to the International Space Station but suffered a last-second abort of its countdown moments before lighting the engines – scratching plans of a record-setting rendezvous by the Progress MS-08 cargo ship.

2017 Satellite Executive Of The Year: Gwynne Shotwell, President And COO, SpaceX
Source: Via Satellite

While Musk takes a lot of credit for his vision, in Shotwell he found the perfect executive to run SpaceX like a finely oiled machine. She is one of the most admired and respected executives in our industry, and an inspiration for young women around the world.

Reworked Spaceport Secrecy Bill Clears Committee
Source: Las Cruces Sun-News

A reworked bill to give commercial space companies operating at Spaceport America protections from the state’s open records law passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Friday.

SpaceX Gets Set To Launch Prototype Starlink Internet Satellites
Source: GeekWire

The first test satellites for SpaceX’s global internet constellation are being prepped for launch as early as this week — three years after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the project in Seattle.

Positive Results As Space Drill Put To The Test For Exomars
Source: ASDNews

Space qualification tests of the drill manufactured by Leonardo at its Nerviano (Milan) plant for the ExoMars 2020 mission have now been completed with success. The announcement comes at the presentation of the exhibition “Mars – Close encounters with the Red Planet,” beginning this week and extending through June 3 at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.

Sierra Nevada’s Madison Staff Wins Expanded NASA Contract For Growing Veggies In Space
Source: Wisconsin State Journal

Madison scientists and engineers will be working on bigger and better ways for astronauts to eat fresh food in space, thanks to a contract awarded by NASA. Sierra Nevada Corp. has signed an agreement with the space agency that will give the company’s Madison operation — formerly known as Orbitec — another two years to work on plant growth modules, some as big as a room.

Trump Administration Supports Transition To Commercially-Focused Space Station
Source: Spaceflight Now

The Trump administration is proposing to end direct government support of the International Space Station in 2025, but plans to include $150 million in NASA’s fiscal 2019 budget, to be unveiled Monday, to begin work on transitioning, if possible, to a more commercially focused outpost, according to an internal NASA review.

China Adds Two More Satellites To Home-Grown Navigation Network
Source: Spaceflight Now

Two more Chinese Beidou navigation satellites successfully lifted off aboard a Long March 3B rocket Monday on China’s seventh space launch in five weeks. The Long March 3B rocket and a restartable Yuanzheng upper stage deployed the two Beidou navigation satellites — the 28th and 29th to join China’s navigation network — nearly four hours after launch from the Xichang space base in Sichuan province, according to Chinese state media reports.

Elon Musk: I Will “Eat My Hat” If A Competitor’s Rocket Flies Before 2023
Source: Ars Technica

Flush with the success of the Falcon Heavy rocket launch last week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk began discussing the performance of the booster Monday on Twitter. He was evidently miffed about comparisons between the Delta IV Heavy rocket—manufactured by SpaceX competitor United Launch Alliance—and the Falcon Heavy rocket.

NASA Budget Proposal Seeks To Cancel WFIRST
Source: SpaceNews

The Trump administration is offering $19.9 billion for NASA in its fiscal year 2019 request, while seeking to cancel a flagship astronomy mission and end NASA funding of the International Space Station in 2025.

AIAA Announces Its Class Of 2018 Fellows And Honorary Fellows
Source: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected its Class of 2018 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 2 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Colorado Invests $60M In Metropolitan State University Initiative To Close Skills Gap
Source: Education Dive

Colorado’s low unemployment rate and worker shortage has sparked big-scale partnerships between the state’s colleges and businesses. Throughout the state, the two sectors are working more closely together to ensure learners leave college with the skills to fill vacant jobs in booming sectors and degrees reflect the needs of employers.