July 3, 2017

NASA Examines Tropical Storm Nanmadol Inside And Out

At 05:12 UTC (1:12 a.m. EDT) on July 3, NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible-light image of Tropical Storm Nanmadol approaching Japan. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA

July 3, 2017 – Two NASA satellites provided a look at the Northwestern Pacific Ocean’s latest tropical storm from outside and inside. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided an outside look at Nanmadol when it’s maximum sustained winds peaked, and the GPM Core satellite provided an inside look at the rainfall within the storm. Read More


Final RFP Released For Launch Services Contract

July 3, 2017 – The Air Force released a final Request for Proposal for an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Service supporting the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8, AFSPC-12 and GPS III 4-6 missions. The draft RFP was released on May 3 to obtain industry feedback for the final RFP. After extensive industry engagements and Government reviews, the final RFP was released on June 29, 2017 with proposals due back to the Air Force no later than August 14, 2017 in accordance with the solicitation instructions. The contracts for these missions are expected to be awarded in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Read More


Earth Lab Joins CIRES

July 3, 2017 – Beginning July 1, on its second anniversary, a University of Colorado Boulder program called Earth Lab became part of CIRES, a longstanding leader in Earth system research. Earth Lab scientists and staff are tackling a critical challenge in Earth science research at CIRES: dealing with increasingly enormous environmental datasets. Read More


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Canada Reveals Two New Astronauts During 150th Anniversary Celebration
Source: Space.com

Canada revealed its two new astronauts on Saturday (July 1), as part of the nation’s celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Lt. Colonel Joshua Kutryk of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Jenni Sidey, an engineer and lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the UK, were introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Canada’s fourth astronaut class


OU Researchers In Orbit Over $161 Million NASA Contract
Source: Tulsa World

The University of Oklahoma has long been known for weather and climate research, but a high-ranking administrator says an eight-year, $161 million project that formally began Saturday puts OU in an entirely new orbit.


NASA Bioprinting In Space May Lead To Breakthroughs In Cancer Research
Source: 3DPrint.com

NASA has been using 3D printing for decades now, and few organizations can top their experience or resourcefulness with the technology. NASA tends to make big news with 3D printing, most of it centered around rockets and Mars, as well as inspiring student challenges. While the organization has also been 3D printing in space on the International Space Station since the first 3D printer in space arrived in 2014, and continuing to develop new technologies to do so, many may be surprised to hear that they are now investigating the uses of bioprinting in space, with their team at the International Space Station working to improve on their technique, beginning with handling.


Under Pressure – Extreme Atmosphere Stripping May Limit Exoplanets’ Habitability
Source: Royal Astronomical Society

New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not. Models developed for our own Sun have now been applied to cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters, in research presented by Dr Christina Kay, of the NASA Goddard Flight Center, on Monday 3rd July at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull.


Why Lockheed Martin Is Investing In A Company That Makes Tiny Satellites
Source: Washington Business Journal

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. is eyeing the small satellite market, announcing Thursday that its venture capital arm is investing in a West Coast microsatellite maker.


Lamborn-Backed Space Corps Proposal Raising Concerns
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

A local congressman’s push to put military satellites under a separate space corps is raising the eyebrows among some retired generals who worry the attempt to streamline the Pentagon’s efforts in orbit could have unintended consequences.


COSGC DemoSat And BIRST Flights
Source: Edge of Space Sciences

This will be two flights to support the Colorado Space Grant Consortium summer program and the Ball Aerospace BIRST intern program. The nominal configuration will be 2 3000g balloons. However, if cloud coverage precludes non-exempt flights, we will split the payloads and fly 4 1500g balloons to meet exempt requirements.


The American Flag In U.S. Missions
Source: NASA

Celebrating Independence Day: The American flag in U.S. missions. Images from NASA.


A Large Satellite Appears To Be Falling Apart In Geostationary Orbit
Source: Ars Technica

On the morning of June 17th, the Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES lost control of a large satellite in geostationary space, nearly 36,000km above the Earth’s surface. Shortly after, the satellite operator began working with another company that specializes in space situational awareness to track its drifting machine, AMC-9. Then a few days ago that company, ExoAnalytic Solutions, began seeing the AMC-9 satellite fragment.


Dragon Splashes Down To Complete Resupply Mission
Source: NASA

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 8:12 a.m. EDT, west of Baja California and the recovery process is underway, marking the end of the company’s eleventh contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Expedition 52 astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson of NASA released the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station’s robotic arm right on schedule, at 2:41 a.m.