July 13, 2017

JPSS-1 Launch Slips To October

JPSS-1 spacecraft rendering. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

July 13, 2017 – The launch of the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) has been postponed to a date no earlier than October 12, 2017. According to NOAA spokesperson John Leslie, there are some technical issues that need to be resolved before testing can be finalized. Read More

Lockheed Martin’s Rick Ambrose To Receive NDIA Space Division’s Highest Award

July 13, 2017 – The National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Space Division announced that it will award this year’s Honorable Peter B. Teets Award to Lieutenant General Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, Director, Missile Defense Agency, Ft. Belvoir, VA and Mr. Richard F. “Rick” Ambrose, Executive Vice President, Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Corp. Read More

More To Life Than The Habitable Zone

The TRAPPIST-1 system, depicted here in an artist’s conception, contains seven roughly Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf, which is a faint, low-mass star. This star spins rapidly and generates energetic flares of ultraviolet radiation and a strong wind of particles. The research teams say the behavior of this red dwarf makes it much less likely than generally thought that the three planets orbiting well within the habitable zone could support life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

July 13, 2017 – Two separate teams of scientists have identified major challenges for the development of life in what has recently become one of the most famous exoplanet systems, TRAPPIST-1. The teams, both led by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, say the behavior of the star in the TRAPPIST-1 system makes it much less likely than generally thought, that planets there could support life. Read More

Raytheon, NASA Open Space Simulation Facility To Commercial Customers

NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Image Credit: NASA/Raytheon

July 13, 2017 – As the headquarters for all aspects of human spaceflight — including spacecraft design and astronaut training — NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston is home to such technological wonders as a Space Shuttle and the Apollo-era Mission Control room. Read More

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Luxembourg Is The First European Nation To Offer A Legal Framework For Space Resources Utilization
Source: SpaceResources.lu

The Luxembourg Parliament adopted the draft law on the exploration and use of space resources. The Grand Duchy is thus the first European country to offer a legal framework ensuring that private operators can be confident about their rights on resources they extract in space. The law will come into force on August 1, 2017. Its first article provides that space resources are capable of being owned. The country’s law also establishes the procedures for authorizing and supervising space exploration missions.

NASA To Use Converted Bombers To Chase Totality
Source: Universe Today

In a classic swords-to-plowshares move, two converted WB-57 aircraft flown by NASA’s Airborne Science Program will greet the shadow of the Moon as it rushes across the contiguous United States on Monday, August 21st on a daring mission of science.

LISA Pathfinder: Bake, Rattle And Roll
Source: ESA

The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday.

Tributes To Wetter Times On Mars
Source: ESA

A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA’s Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator at the boundary of the southern highlands and northern lowlands, was imaged on 21 February 2017 by the spacecraft’s high-resolution stereo camera.

Starliner Meets Milestones As ULA Switches Atlas Booster For Maiden Flight
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

As Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew transportation vehicle for NASA continues to meet its processing milestones at the Kennedy Space Center and various test sites around the country, United Launch Alliance, the company tasked with launching Starliner on its journey toward the International Space Station, has made the decision to swap the Atlas booster that will power Starliner’s first flight next year.

Federal Court Dismisses Orbital ATK Suit Over Satellite Servicing Program
Source: SpaceNews

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Orbital ATK seeking to stop work on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency satellite servicing program, concluding the company’s claims had no basis in federal law.

White House Opposes Space Corps
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com

The Trump Administration informed the House that it does not agree on the need for the Space Corps proposed in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The White House Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) called the proposal premature because DOD is still in the process of studying potential organizational changes. The White House used stronger language to object to two other space provisions in the bill.

Video: Orion: Designed With Humans In Mind
Source: Lockheed Martin

From launch to landing, Orion will be the safest spaceship in the world, returning humans to deep space and bringing them home safely. We’re pushing the envelope for crew safety – all in the name of pioneering something never done before: sending people to Mars.

1 SOPS Welcomes New CC
Source: U.S. Air Force/Schriever Air Force Base

Col. Toby Doran, 50th Operations Group commander, hands the 1st Space Operations Squadron’s guidon to the squadron’s new commander, Lt. Col. Mark Bigley, during the unit’s change of command ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, July 7, 2017. Bigley was preceded by Lt. Col. Casey Beard.

22 SOPS Welcomes New CC
Source: U.S. Air Force/Schriever Air Force Base

Col. William Angerman, 50th Network Operations Group commander, hands the 22nd Space Operations Squadron’s guidon to the squadron’s new commander, Lt. Col. Lewis Sorvillo, during the unit’s change of command ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, July 6, 2017. Sorvillo was preceded by Lt. Col. Terrill McCall.

Welcome Col. Moore
Source: U.S. Air Force/Peterson Air Force Base

Col. Todd Moore assumed command of the 21st Space Wing during a change of command ceremony July 11, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Col. Doug Schiess relinquished command after two years as commander.

Distant Galaxies ‘Lift the Veil’ On The End Of The Cosmic Dark Ages
Source: National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Astronomers studying the distant Universe have found that small star-forming galaxies were abundant when the Universe was only 800 million years old, a few percent of its present age. The results suggest that the earliest galaxies, which illuminated and ionized the Universe, formed at even earlier times.