February 18 – February 24, 2020

Mines Mechanical Engineering Student Earns Aerospace Fellowship

Claire Thomas, one of 40 members of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Class of 2020. Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

February 19, 2020 – A Colorado School of Mines mechanical engineering major has been awarded a prestigious fellowship that provides undergraduate women and gender-minority students with paid aerospace internships and executive-level mentors. Read More

Ball Aerospace-Built Geostationary Air Quality Instrument Launches Successfully

February 19, 2020 – The Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) instrument, jointly developed by Ball Aerospace and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) under the leadership of Ball Aerospace, launched successfully on February 18, 2020. GEMS was integrated onto KARI’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite. Read More

Lockheed Martin’s Most Advanced Mobile Communications Satellite Launches

JCSAT-17 lifts off on an Ariane 5 rocket. Image Credit: Arianespace

February 19, 2020 – Lockheed Martin’s third satellite based on the modernized LM 2100™ bus launched from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket yesterday and is traveling to its transfer orbit for a series of in-orbit tests before operations are handed over to Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation. JCSAT-17 will provide flexible mobile communications services to users in Japan and the surrounding region. Read More

USSF Signs Vision For Single, Integrated Satellite Communications Enterprise

Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force, and Commander, U.S. Space Command, recently signed the USSF Vision for Enterprise Satellite Communications (SATCOM). Image Credit: DoD/Patrick Morrow

February 19, 2020 – Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force, and Commander, U.S. Space Command, recently signed the USSF Vision for Enterprise Satellite Communications (SATCOM). The Enterprise SATCOM Vision outlines the new Service’s vision to evolve SATCOM into a single enterprise that can continue to deliver effects to warfighters from and through a contested, degraded and operationally-limited (CDO) environment. Read More

TRIDENT Mission Concept Led By USRA Among Four Selected By NASA’s Discovery Program

Dr. Louise Prockter, Program Director-USRA, and Director, Lunar and Planetary Institute

February 19, 2020 – NASA recently announced that it has selected four science investigations as a step in choosing one or two missions for flight opportunities in the 2020’s as part of its Discovery program. Among these is the Trident mission concept. Trident’s Principal Investigator is the Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) Louise Prockter, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute. A co-investigator is USRA Staff Scientist at LPI, Paul Schenk. Read More

Pluto At 90

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto using a Zeiss blink comparator at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. With that machine, he compared sections of the sky where Percival Lowell had predicted a planet would reside, watching for objects moving through the night sky. He discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Image Credit: Lowell Observatory

February 18, 2020 – Ninety years ago today, Clyde Tombaugh, a young astronomer working at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered Pluto. In doing so he unknowingly opened the door to the vast “third zone” of the solar system we now know as the Kuiper Belt, containing countless planetesimals and dwarf planets—the third class of planets in our solar system. Read More

Findings From NASA’s Juno Update Jupiter Water Mystery

The JunoCam imager aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image of Jupiter’s southern equatorial region on Sept. 1, 2017. The image is oriented so Jupiter’s poles (not visible) run left-to-right of frame. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

February 18, 2020 – NASA’s Juno mission has provided its first science results on the amount of water in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Published recently in the journal Nature Astronomy, the Juno results estimate that at the equator, water makes up about 0.25% of the molecules in Jupiter’s atmosphere – almost three times that of the Sun. These are also the first findings on the gas giant’s abundance of water since the agency’s 1995 Galileo mission suggested Jupiter might be extremely dry compared to the Sun (the comparison is based not on liquid water but on the presence of its components, oxygen and hydrogen, present in the Sun). Read More

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How To Deflect An Asteroid
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Simple, Fuel-Efficient Rocket Engine Could Enable Cheaper, Lighter Spacecraft
Source: University of Washington

China’s Farside Mission Reawakens To Continue Exploration
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

Bacteria On The International Space Station No More Dangerous Than Earthbound Strains
Source: PLOS

Swedish Institute Of Space Physics One Step Closer To The Edge Of The Solar System
Source: Institutet för rymdfysik

Hubble Turns Lens Toward Gender Bias, Yielding Lessons For Earthlings
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

NOAA Warns Of Risks From Relying On Ageing Space Weather Missions
Source: SpaceNews

Long March-2D Conducts Maiden Launch From Xichang With Four Satellites
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Space Adventures Announces Plans To Fly Private Citizens On SpaceX Crew Capsule
Source: Spaceflight Now

First Solar Orbiter Instrument Sends Measurements
Source: ESA

2,300 Students Across 55 Locations: Collins Aerospace Goes Big With ‘Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day’
Source: Collins Aerospace

NRAO, SETI Institute Agree On New Research Programs
Source: Parabolic Arc

NASA Science, Cargo Heads To Space Station On Northrop Grumman Mission
Source: NASA

SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites For New Megaconstellation, Misses Rocket Landing
Source: Space.com

Bye Aerospace Appoints Son Of Neil Armstrong To Advisory Board
Source: GlobalAir.com

Making Air From Moon Dust: Scientists Create A Prototype Oxygen Plant
Source: Astronomy