February 26, 2017 – March 4, 2017

Twelve AIAA Student Members Named To 20 Twenties List
Source: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Twelve student members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have been named winners of Aviation Week Network’s awards program: “Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties.”


No Laughing Matter? When It Comes To Climate Change, CU Boulder Show Begs To Differ
Source: CIRES

Climate Change is no laughing matter — unless it is. That’s the premise for a show, “Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy,” which takes place March 17th at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry: Atlas Team Delivers
Source: Aerospace

On a beautiful sunny morning (a rarity lately), the Atlas V rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, successfully delivering another critical national security payload to orbit.


How Will Your Child Spend the Summer?
Source: Space Foundation

Why send your children to camp this summer, when you can give them an Explore Space Experience? Registration is open now to enroll children ages 9 to 14 years in the Space Foundation’s all-day summer programs.


Industry Veteran And Satellite Startup Join Forces To Industrialize Space
Source: Forbes

Underneath the high tech glamour of space lies, in many ways, an old-fashioned industry. Most rockets are painstakingly built by hand.


Solar Storms Trigger Surprising Phenomena Close To Earth
Source: Technical University of Denmark

New research from DTU shows that eruptions on the Sun’s surface not only send bursts of particles into Earth’s atmosphere, but — contrary to previous belief — also remove electrons across large areas.


NASA Examines Deadly Spring-Like Weather With GPM Satellite
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Rainfall from spring-like downpours in the U.S. from February 25 to March 1 were analyzed at NASA using data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite.


Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble Showcases A Remarkable Galactic Hybrid
Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image showcases the remarkable galaxy UGC 12591. UGC 12591 sits somewhere between a lenticular and a spiral. It lies just under 400 million light-years away from us in the westernmost region of the Pisces–Perseus Supercluster, a long chain of galaxy clusters that stretches out for hundreds of light-years — one of the largest known structures in the cosmos.


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Cassini Targets A Propeller in Saturn’s A Ring
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured these remarkable views of a propeller feature in Saturn’s A ring on February 21, 2017. These are the sharpest images taken of a propeller so far, and show an unprecedented level of detail. The propeller is nicknamed “Santos-Dumont,” after the pioneering Brazilian-French aviator.


NASA Selects United Launch Alliance Reliable Atlas V Rocket To Launch JPSS-2 Mission
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

NASA’s Launch Services Program announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-2) mission, the third in the nation’s new generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system.


NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission
Source: NASA

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Launch is currently targeted for 2021 on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


Lockheed’s Satellite Boost System Is Under U.S. Air Force Review
Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. Air Force has opened a review of the propulsion systems used for Lockheed Martin Corp.’s military satellites after an undisclosed problem during a recent attempt to boost one into orbit, according to the service.


I am Building: Anton Kolomiets
Source: NASA

My number one childhood dream was to be an astronaut. When I was younger, I loved to design and build radio-controlled aircraft. I got my pilot’s license in high school, and always knew I wanted to enter the aerospace field as a profession. Because my spacesuit isn’t quite ready yet, I’m more than happy to roll up my sleeves and help the space industry on the engineering side. I am a mechanical engineer and production operations lead for the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) at United Launch Alliance’s Decatur, Alabama, production facility …


MAVEN Steers Clear Of Mars Moon Phobos
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/LASP

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars’ moon Phobos.


Probing Seven Worlds With NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
Source: NASA

With the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star 40 light years away, astronomers are looking to the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to help us find out if any of these planets could possibly support life.


New Plant Habitat Will Increase Harvest On International Space Station
Source: NASA

A new, nearly self-sufficient plant growth system by NASA is headed to the International Space Station soon and will help researchers better understand how plants grow in space.


NASA Scientists Demonstrate Technique To Improve Particle Warnings That Protect Astronauts
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Our constantly-changing sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energized particles — collectively, these events contribute to space weather. In a study published January 30, 2017, in Space Weather, scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado, have shown that the warning signs of one type of space weather event can be detected tens of minutes earlier than with current forecasting techniques …


GOES-R/GOES-16: A Powerful Weather Satellite In Pictures
Source: Space.com

On November 19, 2016, an Atlas V rocket launched the first next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) satellite. See photos from the launch and mission in our full gallery here.


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Sergey Dushkin

Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape In High Resolution
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Sergey Dushkin

This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft.


The 20th Anniversary Of The Hubble Space Telescope’s STIS Instrument
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Happy 20th birthday to Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS)! In February 1997, astronauts installed STIS on the telescope during the second servicing mission.


Temperature Swings Of Black Hole Winds Measured For First Time
Source: Caltech

Supermassive black holes can be voracious, devouring gas, dust, and other material pulled in by their gravity. These feeding frenzies can get messy: the disks of matter surrounding black holes can fling out ultrafast streams of hot gas, or “winds,” that blast through their host galaxies. These winds, according to new measurements …


NASA Releases Software Catalog, Granting The Public Free Access To Technologies For Earthy Applications
Source: NASA

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Martian Meanders And Scroll-Bars
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

This is a portion of an inverted fluvial channel in the region of Aeolis/Zephyria Plana, at the Martian equator.


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

North Polar Layers
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The North Polar layered deposits are a 3-kilometer thick stack of dusty water ice layers that are about 1000 kilometers across. The layers record information about climate stretching back a few million years into Martian history.


Atlas 5 Powers Covert Reconnaissance Payload To Orbit On Its 70th Mission
Source: Spaceflight Now

Performing a successful spacelift mission for the U.S. spy satellite agency, an Atlas 5 rocket delivered a surveillance package into orbit today believed by analysts to be another pair of tandem sleuths to scoop up radio signals from adversarial ships at sea.


Atlas V Launches 70th Mission With NROL-79 From Vandenberg
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

For its second launch of the year, the Atlas V rocket marked its 70th mission to space on Wednesday as the veteran rocket lofted the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-79 spacecraft to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).


Ball Aerospace Honors 22 Employees With Excellence Awards
Source: Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace has recognized 22 employees for outstanding contributions to the business and its customers in the areas of administration and leadership, engineering, program management, technical and strategic support, sustainability, business and customer support. The Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who are selected by their peers.


United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-79 Payload For The National Reconnaissance Office
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 March 1 at 9:50 a.m. PST. Designated NROL-79, the mission is in support of national defense.


Titan’s Atmosphere And Climate
Source: arXiv:1702.08611/Sarah Hörst

Titan is the only moon with a substantial atmosphere, the only other thick N2 atmosphere besides Earth’s, the site of extraordinarily complex atmospheric chemistry that far surpasses any other solar system atmosphere, and the only other solar system body with …


Metropolitan State Students Will Help Produce, Control Satellites In New Program With York Space Systems
Source: Denver Post

You don’t need eons of experience or a NASA pedigree to build satellites for space anymore. Soon, students at Metropolitan State University of Denver will …


Science Checkout Continues For ExoMars Orbiter
Source: ESA

Next week, the ExoMars orbiter will devote two days to making important calibration measurements at the Red Planet, which are needed for the science phase of the mission that will begin next year.


Academy Physics Experiment Goes To International Space Station
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

A cadet and faculty space physics experiment is in the hands of astronauts aboard the International Space station, more than 250 miles above the Earth. The latest Air Force Academy academic product in space is the Space Test Program-Houston 5 Automated Plume Sentry or “APS.”


York Space Systems Partners With Metropolitan State University Of Denver For The Establishment Of New Satellite Manufacturing Facility
Source: York Space Systems

York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of small and medium class spacecraft, today announced an agreement with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) for the establishment of its new manufacturing facility and Mission Operations Center located on campus, supporting full production of the company’s proprietary S-Class platform.


SSL Equipment For NASA Spacecraft Servicing Demonstration Reaches The International Space Station
Source: Space Systems Loral (SSL)

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that it provided a two-axis gimbal mechanism for NASA’s Raven flight demonstration, which was delivered to the International Space Station on the 10th SpaceX Cargo Resupply Mission.


NASA Explores Opportunity For Smaller Experiments To ‘Hitch A Ride’ To Mars
Source: NASA

NASA’s goals for human deep space exploration are complex and ambitious. To maximize resources as it pushes the boundaries of exploration, the agency is exploring opportunities to take advantage of emerging private sector space capabilities.


Image Credit: NASA

Waiting For The Burn
Source: ESA/NASA

The European propulsion system of the Orion spacecraft has been installed at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico and is ready for testing.


Universities Space Research Association’s Chair, Board Of Trustees, Elected To The National Academy of Engineering
Source: Universities Space Research Association (USRA)

James H. Crocker, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), was elected a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering “for technical leadership and engineering contributions in astrophysics and planetary exploration.”


Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
Source: NASA/JPL

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet’s landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales grand to tiny on the strangely structured landscapes within Gale Crater.


NASA Buys Soyuz Seats From Boeing With Options Through 2019 If Commercial Crew Is Delayed
Source: Space Policy Online

NASA has purchased two seats with an option for three more on Russian Soyuz spacecraft through Boeing to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).


Flight Hardware For NASA’s Space Launch System On Its Way To Cape
Source: NASA

The interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is on its way by barge to United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Operation Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


SpaceX To Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond The Moon Next Year
Source: SpaceX

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year.


NASA’s Webb Telescope Team Prepares For Earsplitting Acoustic Test
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Inside NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland the James Webb Space Telescope team completed the environmental portion of vibration testing and prepared for the acoustic test on the telescope.


In Buying DigitalGlobe, MDA Ensures SSL Will Build Just-Disclosed WorldView Legion Constellation
Source: SpaceNews

Before going public with their plans to merge, Canada’s MDA Corp. and DigitalGlobe were already working together on a next-generation imaging constellation called WorldView Legion they say will be able to revisit some locations on Earth up to 40 times in a day.


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

At The Center
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The north pole of Saturn sits at the center of its own domain. Around it swirl the clouds, driven by the fast winds of Saturn. Beyond that orbits Saturn’s retinue of moons and the countless small particles that form the ring.


First Solar Images From NOAA’s GOES-16 Satellite
Source: NASA

The first images from the Solar Ultraviolet Imager or SUVI instrument aboard NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite have been successful, capturing a large coronal hole on January 29, 2017.


Artists, Lawyers, Scientists, Ethicists Talk Drones At March 3-4 Symposium
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

The advent of unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones, presents a wealth of possibilities for improving everything from storm tracking and crop monitoring to military operations and commercial shipping. But with these possibilities also comes a host of legal, ethical and social considerations.


Eighth Grade Science Teacher Is 2017 Recipient Of The Alan Shepard Technology In Education Award
Source: Space Foundation

Ashlie Blackstone Smith, an eighth grade physical science teacher at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has been selected by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation as recipient of the 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.


Trump’s Departing NASA Liaison Urges Careful Vetting Of Crewed Test Flight Idea
Source: Space.com

NASA should consider flying crew on the debut test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule to better support the overall goals of U.S. space exploration …


Atlas 5 Rocket To Provide Spacelift For U.S. National Reconnaissance Office
Source: SpaceFlight Now

Taking a U.S. national security satellite payload into space is the primary objective of the 70th Atlas 5 booster that will be launched Wednesday.