July 1 – 7, 2019

Ball Aerospace Successfully Commissions Small Satellite, Begins On-Orbit Testing Of Green Fuel

Ball Aerospace commissions small satellite for NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission, begins on-orbit testing of propellant. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

July 5, 2019 – Ball Aerospace has officially commissioned NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) and begun on-orbit testing of a non-toxic, high-performance propellant. GPIM launched on June 25, 2019 at 12:30 a.m. MDT on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.  Read More


National Aviation Hall of Fame Class Of 2019 To Be Inducted At Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum

Image Credit: NAHF

July 5, 2019 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame will hold their 57th Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony in Denver, Colorado, on September 28. The NAHF Class of 2019, who will be inducted during the ceremony at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, is a diverse group representing a range of enduring contributions to both the advancement of flight and human exploration of space. Read More


Lockheed Martin And NASA Successfully Demonstrate Orion Launch Abort System In Flight Capability

The NASA Orion Ascent Abort-2 test launched from Cape Canaveral, demonstrating the abort system that will keep astronauts safe. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

July 5, 2019 – The critical launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft was put to its hardest test this week and demonstrated its capability to pull the crew module and future astronauts to safety during a launch if there is an emergency. The Ascent Abort-2 flight test is a major test milestone that is enabling the safe passage of astronauts aboard Orion on the Artemis missions to the Moon and then Mars. Read More


An Infrared Close Up Of The Moon

Shown here is a simulation of the level of detail that the L-CIRiS infrared camera will reveal of the moon’s surface. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

July 3, 2019 – A first-of-its-kind camera developed in partnership between CU Boulder and Ball Aerospace will soon be landing on the moon. Read More


NASA Eyes GPS At The Moon For Artemis Missions

The team developing a GPS receiver for use in and around lunar orbit are from (left to right): Jason Mitchell, Luke Winternitz, Luke Thomas, Munther Hassouneh, and Sam Price. Image Credit: NASA/T. Mickal

July 3, 2019 – GPS, a satellite-based navigation system used by an estimated four billion people worldwide to figure out where they are on Earth at any moment, could be used to pilot in and around lunar orbit during future Artemis missions. Read More


Atmosphere Of Mid-Size Planet Revealed By Hubble And Spitzer

Image Credit: Artist’s Illustration: NASA, ESA, and L. Hustak (STScI);
Science: NASA, ESA, and B. Benneke (University of Montreal)

July 3, 2019 – Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical “fingerprint” of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system, but they are common around other stars. Read More


NASA Selects Teams To Study Our Moon, Mars’ Moons, And More

Eight new research teams were selected for the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Image Credit: NASA

July 2, 2019 – NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Read More


NASA Selects Caltech-Led Lunar Mission As A Finalist

Lunar Trailblazer follows up on a key discovery by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission: small amounts of water and hydroxyl (in blue and violet) across the surface of the moon, especially near the poles. Image Credit: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ./USGS

July 2, 2019 – NASA has selected a Caltech-led mission to send a small satellite to quantify and study water on the Moon. The project is one of three finalists selected from more than a dozen proposals for small satellite missions – at least one of which is expected to move to final selection and flight. Read More


NASA’s InSight Uncovers The ‘Mole’

On June 28, 2019, NASA’s InSight lander used its robotic arm to move the support structure for its digging instrument, informally called the “mole.” This view was captured by the Instrument Deployment Camera on the spacecraft’s robotic arm. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

July 2, 2019 – The heat-sensing spike that NASA’s InSight lander deployed on the Martian surface is now visible. Last week, the spacecraft’s robotic arm successfully removed the support structure of the mole, which has been unable to dig, and placed it to the side. Getting the structure out of the way gives the mission team a view of the mole – and maybe a way to help it dig. Read More


More News

GPS Satellite Encapsulated For Delta 4 Launch
Source: Spaceflight Now


Soyuz Rocket And Fregat Upper Stage Deliver 33 Satellites To Three Different Orbits
Source: Spaceflight Now


DSCOVR Spacecraft In Safe Mode
Source: SpaceNews


CU Professor Partners With Lockheed Martin To Study Binary Asteroids
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


NASA Selects LASP-Led IMPACT Center To Conduct Dust-Related Research
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Artificial Gravity Breaks Free From Science Fiction
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


X-Rays Spot Spinning Black Holes Across Cosmic Sea
Source: NASA


New CU President Visits All Four Campuses, Immerses In Space Research At CU Boulder
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


SMU’s ‘Titans In A Jar’ Could Answer Key Questions Ahead Of NASA’s Space Exploration
Source: Southern Methodist University


European Mars Lander Suffers Parachute Damage In Test
Source: SpaceNews


JAXA, DLR To Cooperate On Martian Moons EXploration Mission
Source: Parabolic Arc


Report: Maxar’s Space Tech Business Draws Interest From Leonardo, Thales
Source: GovCon Wire


U.S. Air Force Academy Chooses Merlin Flight Simulators
Source: Aerospace Testing International


Phase Four Reinvents Electric Propulsion With Maxwell
Source: Phase Four


First Contact! LightSail 2 Phones Home To Mission Control
Source: The Planetary Society


Scientists Scramble To Build Payload For 2021 Moon Landing
Source: Berkeley News


STScI To Design Science Operations For New Panoramic Space Telescope
Source: NASA


Mars 2020 Rover Gets A Super Instrument
Source: NASA/JPL


Paragon Space Development Corporation Awarded NASA Contract For ISRU Technology
Source: Paragon Space Development Corporation


Exos Suffers Setback In Reusable Suborbital Launch Attempt
Source: SpaceNews


New Camera System To Offer High-Resolution Images And Video Of Lunar Landings
Source: Planetary Science Institute


Hubble Captures Cosmic Fireworks In Ultraviolet
Source: ESA/Hubble


US Space Command To House Two Commands At Colorado, California
Source: Executive Gov


Rocket Lab Flies Again From New Zealand As Work Progresses At Virginia Launch Pad
Source: Spaceflight Now


Long-Awaited Space Sustainability Guidelines Approved By UN Committee
Source: SpaceNews


SpaceX Targets 2021 Commercial Starship Launch
Source: SpaceNews


EGS Rolls ML-1 Out To Pad 39B For Summer Of Testing
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


How To Save A Life — On Mars
Source: University of Colorado Boulder