February 28, 2018

Lockheed Martin Completes Foundation For Satellite Factory Of The Future

Lockheed Martin Completes Foundation for Satellite Factory of the Future. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin

February 28, 2018 – The foundation for Lockheed Martin’s satellite production factory of the future has been completed. The Gateway Center construction is making rapid progress and is on track for its completion in 2020. The project recently reached a significant milestone, when the construction team began installing vertical structural steel. Read More

SwRI Patents High-Speed Flash Memory System For Use On Satellites

SwRI has patented a design methodology to build solid state recorders for space applications using flash memory systems. These next generation data storage systems provide significantly higher data capacity and performance than is possible with conventional space data recorders. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

February 28, 2018 – Engineers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have patented a flash memory storage system that allows satellites to collect and store vast amounts of data for later transmission to ground stations. Read More

Space Security And Defense Program To Receive 2018 Space Achievement Award

Image Credit: Space Foundation

February 28, 2018 – The Space Foundation has selected the Space Security and Defense Program to receive its 2018 Space Achievement Award for bringing space survivability and protection to the forefront of national leadership. The award annually recognizes individuals or organizations for critical milestones in the evolution of space exploration and development. Read More

Omaha Trophy Winners Announced For 2017

February 27, 2018 – In recognition of outstanding support to U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) strategic deterrence mission, U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of USSTRATCOM, announced the winners of the 2017 Omaha Trophies February 26, 2018. Read More

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Women in Geoscience Discussion Forum 2018
Source: Colorado School of Mines

We’ll be discussing work-life balance, career changes, imposter syndrome & more! RSVP by Thursday, March 1.

When Do Aging Brown Dwarfs Sweep The Clouds Away?
Source: Carnegie Institution For Science

Brown dwarfs, the larger cousins of giant planets, undergo atmospheric changes from cloudy to cloudless as they age and cool. A team of astronomers led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné measured for the first time the temperature at which this shift happens in young brown dwarfs. Their findings, published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters, may help them better understand how gas giant planets like our own Solar System’s Jupiter evolved.

Tesla In Space Could Carry Bacteria From Earth
Source: Purdue University

A red Tesla convertible hitched a ride to space with a SpaceX rocket in early February, bringing with it what may be the largest load of earthly bacteria to ever enter space. NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection makes sure spacecraft planning to land on other planets are sterile. Much like an invasive species, organisms from Earth could thrive on another planet and wipe out native organisms. After all, it was bacteria that stopped the Martian invasion in H. G. Wells’ fictional “War of the Worlds.”

Applied Composites, An AE Industrial Partners Portfolio Company, Acquires San Diego Composites
Source: Applied Composites

Applied Composites Holdings, LLC (“Applied Composites”), announced today that it has acquired San Diego Composites, Inc. (“SDC”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Russia Claims It Now Has Lasers To Shoot Satellites
Source: Defense One

Russian defense companies have created a plane-mounted laser that can hit satellites — at least according to an anonymous source quoted by Russian news agency Interfax. On Saturday, an Interfax report cited the source as saying that weapons maker Almaz-Antey has “completed work on the anti-satellite complex,” which includes the laser and associated ground control gear.

Interview With NASA LSP & Delta II Program Manager At United Launch Alliance
Source: WeatherNation

Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo sits down with Scott Messer NASA LSP & Delta II Program Manager at United Launch Alliance to talk about the upcoming GOES-S satellite launch.

Inside InSight
Source: NASA JPL

Dig deep into the workings of Earth’s next trip to the Red Planet. InSight, scheduled to launch in May, 2018, will be the first NASA mission to observe the deep interior of Mars and learn about the history and evolution of rocky planets. See the instruments InSight will bring to Mars, including the first seismometer ever taken to the surface of another planet.

Orion Test Module Headed To Johnson Space Center To Be Prepped For Test Of Emergency Systems
Source: Houston Chronicle

President Donald Trump wants to launch Orion, the spacecraft designed to transport humans beyond the moon in 2022, but NASA officials first must make sure astronauts can escape in case of emergency. The space agency will be one step closer to that goal on Friday when the simplified crew module for the vehicle arrives at Johnson Space Center.

How Does Water Change The Moon’s Origin Story?
Source: Carnegie Institution For Science

It’s amazing what a difference a little water can make. The Moon formed between about 4.4 and 4.5 billion years ago when an object collided with the still-forming proto-Earth. This impact created a hot and partially vaporized disk of material that rotated around the baby planet, eventually cooling and accreting into the Moon. For years, scientists thought that in the aftermath of the collision hydrogen dissociated from water molecules and it and other elements that have low boiling temperatures, so-called “volatile elements,” escaped from the disk and were lost to space.

Colorado Built Weather Satellite To Launch Into Space Thursday
Source: CBS Denver

The second in a series of new weather satellites is scheduled to launch from Florida Thursday evening. It’s part of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R Series, known as the nation’s most advanced fleet of geostationary weather satellites. It was built in Littleton, Colorado.

Bruce McCandless And His Flying Machine
Source: Air & Space Magazine

Astronaut Bruce McCandless II, who died last December at the age of 80, was a principal designer and the first test pilot of NASA’s Manned Maneuvering Unit, first flown on shuttle mission STS-41B in February 1984. McCandless gave this talk about the development of the jetpack in 2015, at an Association of Space Explorers’ meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Fellow astronaut Tom Jones—who wishes he had gotten to fly the MMU himself—was there, and has condensed and edited McCandless’ s remarks.