July 26, 2017

Global Science & Technology, Inc. Awarded NOAA ProTech-Satellite Domain Contract

July 26, 2017 – Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) has been selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a prime contractor award on the ProTech-Satellite Domain. The Satellite Domain is one of five domains within the Professional and Technical Support Services (ProTech) Program’s suite of contracts, with a shared $3 billion ceiling value. Read More

MDA To Provide Communications Subsystem For Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft cargo module in orbit. Image Credit: SNC

July 26, 2017 – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received an Authorization to Proceed on a multi-million dollar contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). MDA will provide a communications subsystem for on-board communication signal processing capabilities for the Dream Chaser Cargo System, a cargo transportation spacecraft being developed by SNC under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS2) program. Read More

Astrobotic And United Launch Alliance Announce Mission To The Moon

The Peregrine Lander will deliver payloads to lunar orbit and the lunar surface. Image Credit: Astrobotic

July 26, 2017 – Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket in 2019, during the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The Peregrine Lander will deliver payloads to lunar orbit and to the Moon’s surface. Read More

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NASA Is Building A Prototype For A Habitat In Deep Space — By Recycling An Old Cargo Container
Source: The Washington Post

An aluminum cargo container, built more than 15 years ago to move large equipment to space, will be transformed into a prototype of a space habitat where astronauts would live during long missions. The project is a step toward NASA’s next big human spaceflight project called the Deep Space Gateway, a “spaceport” in the moon’s orbit where astronauts would live for up to a year.

China To Select Third Group Of Astronauts This Years
Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

China will select its third group of astronauts this year, Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Engineering Office said Wednesday. The first and second astronaut groups were all previously airforce pilots. However, the selection of the third group will also include engineers who will be responsible for maintenance, assembly and other tasks.

National Geographic Live: A View From Above With Astronaut Terry Virts
Source: Lone Tree Arts Center

Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space.

TDRS-M Status Update
Source: Kennedy Space Center

NASA has provided Boeing concurrence to remove and replace the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite’s (TDRS-M) Omni S-band forward antenna. Pending Eastern Range approval, NASA, Boeing, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are now targeting Aug. 20 for launch.

Using Satellite Data To Study Space Weather
Source: Canadian Space Agency

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is supporting nine Canadian research teams that are studying space weather so that we better understand it and are better equipped to predict and respond to its effects. In analyzing data from instruments aboard Canadian and international satellites (sometimes combined with ground-based observations), the researchers will advance scientific knowledge and understanding of the physical processes occurring in geospace (the region of space closest to Earth) and improve our understanding of what causes space weather.

Galileo Arrives On The Space Station
Source: ESA

If one’s good, two are better, and this is especially true when it comes to developing new applications for navsat systems like Galileo and GPS. That’s why an experiment on the International Space Station will start receiving signals from both simultaneously.

2017 NIAC Symposium
Source: NASA

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is proud to announce its annual Symposium which will be held on September 25-27, 2017 in Denver, Colorado! All are invited to attend and the event is free and open to the public.

NASA’s Webbcam Shows Webb Telescope Chilling In Chamber A
Source: NASA

The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast to the heat of the city. You can view this contrast yourself by checking out the new temperature overlay on the Webbcam.

The Dark Side Of The Crater: How Light Looks Different On The Moon And What NASA Is Doing About It
Source: NASA

Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn’t big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunlight. On Earth, shadows in otherwise bright environments are dimly lit with indirect light from these tiny reflections. That lighting provides enough detail that we get an idea of shapes, holes and other features that could be obstacles to someone – or some robot – trying to maneuver in shadow.

Colorado Companies Help To Propel Fledgling Drone Industry Forward
Source: BizWest

When it comes to the drone industry, Colorado is a leading state for operators per capita. Before the Federal Aviation Administration authorized the commercial use of drones, operators had to get an exemption to fly commercially. Colorado had more of those than any state in the country, said Jay Lindell, an aerospace champion at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and moderator at Longmont Startup Week’s panel on the state of drones in Colorado.

Innovation Mitigates Cloud Problem In Climate And Weather Forecast Models
Source: CIRES

Computationally, it’s just too expensive to represent certain clouds in the detail needed to make them behave realistically; yet clouds are critical to accurate weather and climate modeling. Now, a team of CIRES, NOAA and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee experts has proposed a solution, and in a test, their new clouds even produced credible drizzle.

23 July Far-Sided CME Event Summary
Source: Space Weather Prediction Center

The Sun produced an impressive coronal mass ejection (CME) on July 23rd. While directed away from Earth, which is good news for us, the CME was intercepted by NASAs STEREO-A spacecraft, which is good news for scientists. Based on preliminary but incomplete data from STEREO-A, the CME was relatively fast and carried a strong magnetic field. This suggests that had it impacted Earth’s magnetic field, significant geomagnetic storm activity may have occurred.

Has Cassini Found A Universal Driver For Prebiotic Chemistry At Titan?
Source: ESA

The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan boasts a thick nitrogen and methane atmosphere with some of the most complex chemistry seen in the Solar System.

Video: Atlas 5 Rocket Assembled To Launch NASA’s TDRS-M Bird
Source: Spaceflight Now

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket that will boost NASA’s latest communications relay satellite into space is targeting an Aug. 20 liftoff at 7:56 a.m. EDT (1156 GMT). On Wednesday, July 12, United Launch Alliance workers began stacking the launch vehicle, designated AV-074, by erecting the first stage aboard the mobile launch platform parked inside the VIF.

Researchers Uncover 200-Year-Old Sunspot Drawings In Maine
Source: AGU Blogosphere

When the summer of 1816 was abnormally cold, with severe frosts in June and snow in July, Reverend Jonathan Fisher did what he always did: He documented it in his journal. Alongside his journal entries, Fisher sketched the sunspots during the summer of 1816, thinking they might be responsible for the cold summer temperatures.

TDRS-M Given Priority Over CRS-12 Dragon As Launch Dates Realign
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Launch delays are sometimes part of the equation in determining when specific missions launch in relation to each other. Sometimes, those delays occur to missions for the same agency, as is now the case with TDRS-M and CRS-12. With replacement operations to the TDRS-M omni antenna underway, NASA/United Launch Alliance has requested 10 August for the TDRS-M launch and SpaceX has requested 14 August for the CRS-12 Dragon launch to the International Space Station.