February 14, 2018

Ball Aerospace Delivers Flight Cryocooler Early For NASA’s Landsat Mission

Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

February 14, 2018 – Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Achieving this milestone early will allow Goddard additional time and options during the instrument integration and test phase. Read More

A Lonely Beauty

This image of the spiral galaxy NGC 3344, located about 20 million light-years from Earth, is a composite of images taken through seven different filters. They cover wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the optical and the near-infrared. Together they create a detailed picture of the galaxy and allow astronomers to study many different aspects of it. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA

February 14, 2018 – Beauty, grace, mystery — this magnificent spiral galaxy has all the qualities of a perfect galactic Valentine. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 3344 presents itself face-on, allowing astronomers a detailed look at its intricate and elegant structure. And Hubble’s ability to observe objects over a wide range of different wavelengths reveals features that would otherwise remain invisible. Read More

AAS Officials Concerned With Proposed Cancellation Of WFIRST

Image Credit: NASA

February 14, 2018 – Sharing alarm voiced by other scientists, leaders of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are expressing grave concern over the administration’s proposed cuts to NASA’s astrophysics budget and the abrupt cancellation of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Read More

Maxar Technologies, Leader in New Space Economy, Announces Move Of Its Headquarters To Westminster, Colorado

Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

February 14, 2018 – Maxar Technologies Ltd. (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets, today announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Westminster, Colorado from San Francisco. Read More

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U.S. Air Force Seeks Builder For 22 More GPS III Satellites
Source: GPS World

The U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSC) has released its request for proposals (RFP) to build 22 new GPS III satellites, called the GPS III Follow-On Phase 2 contract. The contract will be awarded to a single bidder, the Air Force Space Command stated in the announcement posted on FedBizOpps.gov.

Rotating Dusty Gaseous Donut Around An Active Supermassive Black Hole
Source: ALMA

High resolution observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) imaged a rotating dusty gas torus around an active supermassive black hole. The existence of such rotating donuts-shape structures was first suggested decades ago, but this is the first time one has been confirmed so clearly. This is an important step in understanding the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies.

Orion Supplier Awarded 2017 NASA Johnson Small Business Contractor
Source: NASA

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has selected San Diego Composites (SDC) of San Diego, California, as 2017 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year for its support of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the agency’s mission to send humans to the Moon and beyond. SDC is a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, NASA’s prime contractor for the Orion spacecraft.

Ocean Worlds, May 21-24, 2018: Abstract Deadline Approaching
Source: Planetary News

The 3rd Ocean Worlds meeting will be held May 21–24, 2018, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058. In the next of a series of Ocean Worlds meetings, the focus will be on the potential for silicate-water interactions to occur on Ocean Worlds beyond Earth, from a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspective.

NASA TV To Air U.S. Spacewalk At The International Space Station
Source: NASA

Two astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Friday, Feb. 16, to move components for the station’s robotic system into long-term storage. Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 5:30 a.m. EST on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are scheduled to begin the planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk at 7:10 a.m.

Constructing The Crewed Orion – EM-2 Spacecraft Deep Into Welding Operations
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Construction of the living and working area for the first crewed Orion spacecraft is well underway at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. Building on lessons learned from previous construction, Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin has already completed four of the seven welds necessary to assemble the crew module pressure vessel.

CommAgility To Supply LTE Systems For Lockheed Satcom Project
Source: ExecutiveBiz

Lockheed Martin has selected CommAgility to supply integrated LTE hardware and software for the Bethesda, Maryland-based defense contractor’s ongoing satellite communications project.