July 8 – July 14, 2019

Assembling The European Service Module 2 For Orion Power And Propulsion

Image Credit: Airbus

July 11, 2019 – The European Service Module-2 (ESM-2) is currently undergoing assembly at Airbus in Bremen, Germany. ESM-2 is the engine of the Orion spacecraft that will carry its first crew into space. The mission is called Artemis 2 and is targeted to launch in 2022. Read More


Ball Aerospace Completes Critical Design Review Of NASA’s IXPE Mission

Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Ball Aerospace

July 10, 2019 – The mission critical design review (M-CDR) of NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) space-based astrophysics observatory was recently completed at Ball Aerospace’s Boulder, Colorado, facility. The IXPE mission is led by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, with support from Ball Aerospace, the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at University of Colorado Boulder and other partners. Read More


Maxar Teams With Dynetics On Power And Propulsion Element For Lunar Gateway

Maxar has signed an agreement to team with Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics on the power and propulsion element for the NASA-led Gateway. Image Credit: Maxar Technologies

July 10, 2019 – Maxar Technologies announced it has signed a teaming agreement with Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics to support Maxar in building and demonstrating the power and propulsion element for the Gateway − an essential component of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future expeditions to Mars. The teaming agreement establishes a framework for the companies to work together on the mission, with substantive work being executed by Dynetics in Huntsville, Alabama. Read More


Blue Canyon Technologies Providing CubeSats In Support Of NASA CLICK Flight Demonstration Missions

July 10, 2019 – Small satellite manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) announced it has been selected by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Small Spacecraft Technology program and NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, in collaboration with the University of Florida and MIT, to provide multiple 3U spacecraft for its CubeSat Lasercom Infrared Crosslink (CLICK) flight demonstration missions. The CubeSats will be used for separate demonstration missions: the first is a laser space-to-ground demonstration mission and the second will demonstrate laser crosslinks and ranging in low-Earth orbit. Read More


Faustson VP Hostetter Named To 2020 Governors Fellowship Class

Faustson VP Heidi Hostetter has been named to the 2020 class of Colorado Governors Fellows. Image Credit: Faustson

July 9, 2019 – Faustson, a worldwide leader in machining and additive manufacturing, is pleased to announce that its VP Heidi Hostetter has been named to the 2020 class of Colorado Governors Fellows. This group of 23 business and community leaders will spend the next year studying issues and preparing to help shape policy and perception of life and public service in Colorado. The group was inducted into the program on June 27, 2019 by Governor Jared Polis. Read More


Catalyst Campus Overflows For AFRL Space Accelerator Demo Day

Demo Day for the Catalyst Space Accelerator Resilient Commercial Space Communications Cohort, held June 27, 2019 in the historic Harvey House event center on the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs. Image Credit: Catalyst Space Accelerator

July 9, 2019 – The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicle Directorate’s Catalyst Space Accelerator held its third Demo Day on June 27, 2019 at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs. The seven companies in the Resilient Commercial Space Communications Cohort were granted a unique opportunity to pitch their innovative, disruptive technologies to an overflowing audience of government and corporate strategic investors, Space Communications subject matter experts, and venture capitalists. Read More


Maxar Technologies Extends Contract With Esri For Highest Quality Satellite Imagery Mosaics

July 9, 2019 – Maxar Technologies announced that it signed a three-year contract to continue providing its Vivid and Metro satellite imagery mosaics to Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This new contract builds upon Esri and Maxar’s long-term partnership and demonstrates Esri’s commitment to providing ArcGIS users with the highest quality satellite imagery foundation available. Read More


Second Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Ready For July 25 Liftoff

The U.S. Air Force’s second Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite is encapsulated for launch. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

July 9, 2019 – The GPS satellite constellation is about to get its next heathy dose of new technology and more advanced capabilities. The second next-generation, Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite – nick-named “Magellan” by the U.S. Air Force — is sealed up and ready for its planned July 25 launch. Read More


More News

Maxar Begins Production On Legion-Class Satellite For Ovzon
Source: Maxar Technologies Inc.


UMD Physicist For Apollo Experiment Gets Chance To Send Next Gen Version To Moon
Source: University of Maryland


Vice President Pence Visits VAFB
Source: Schriever Air Force Base/USAF


Scientists Deepen Understanding Of Magnetic Fields Surrounding Earth And Other Planets
Source: DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


Smead Aerospace Earns High Marks Among World Universities
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Rescue Plan For InSight Lander’s Stuck Heat Probe Gets Underway
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Blue Moon, Meet Blue Moon Beer: Moon-Lander-Themed Kegs To Celebrate Apollo 11
Source: Space.com


China Set To Carry Out Controlled Deorbiting Of Tiangong-2 Space Lab
Source: Space News


House Science Leaders Seek Answers On Removal Of NASA’s Gerstenmaier, Hill
Source: Parabolic Arc


A Rover Pit Stop At JPL
Source: NASA


Astronaut Scott Kelly To Speak At UCCS In September
Source: KOAA News5


Tungsten As Interstellar Radiation Shielding?
Source: University of Vienna


Thirty Meter Telescope Set To Start Construction
Source: David Y. Ige, Governor, State Of Hawai’i


Hubble Discovers Mysterious Black Hole Disc
Source: ESA/Hubble


Modeling Early Meteorite Impacts On The Moon
Source: University of California – Davis


Rise Of Private-Sector Research Onboard The ISS National Lab On Display With SpaceX CRS-18 Mission
Source: International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory


Interstellar Iron Isn’t Missing, It’s Just Hiding In Plain Sight
Source: Arizona State University


Upside-Down 3D-Printed Skin And Bone, For Humans To Mars
Source: ESA


Aerospace Road Trip Stops In Grand Junction
Source: Grand Junction Sentinel


Head Of NASA’s Human Exploration Program Demoted As Agency Pushes For Moon Return
Source: The Verge


Vega Flight VV15 Failure: Arianespace And ESA Appoint An Independent Inquiry Commission
Source: ESA


NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For Astrophysics Mission
Source: NASA


Touchdown Two: Japan’s Hayabusa2 Scores Success
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space


A Once-In-A-Lifetime Look At Apollo Moon Rocks
Source: CU Boulder Today


Organic Solar Cells Will Last 10 Years In Space
Source: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)


Mission To Rare Metal Asteroid Could Spark Space Mining Boom
Source: NBC News


Space Operator Continues To Inspire, Fuel Warfighting Spirit
Source: Schriever Air Force Base


Paragon Space Development Corporation Wins NASA SBIR Phase II Award For COSMIC
Source: Paragon Space Development Corporation


Virgin Galactic Projects Rapid Growth And Profitability After Going Public
Source: SpaceNews


23rd Space Operations Squadron Changes Command
Source: Schriever Air Force Base


Holes In The Universe Sharpen Cosmic Measurements
Source: University of Portsmouth


India’s First Moon Lander Stacked For Launch
Source: Spaceflight Now


White House Challenges HASC Space Corps Language, Strongly Objects To Space Launch Provisions In NDAA
Source: SpaceNews


Buzz Aldrin Is Looking Forward, Not Back — And He Has A Plan To Bring NASA Along
Source: Ars Technica


FCC To Introduce New Simplified Licensing Regulations For Smallsats
Source: SpaceNews


The Evolution Of The Spacesuit
Source: Aviation Week


Star Formation May Be Halted By Cold Ionised Hydrogen
Source: Astron


A New Plan For Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going
Source: NASA/JPL


Vectrus Acquires Advantor Systems
Source: Vectrus, Inc.


New Method May Resolve Difficulty In Measuring Universe’s Expansion
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory


SNC’s Eren & Fatih Ozmen Named One Of America’s Most Successful Self-Made Couples By Forbes
Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation


ESA Pioneer Satellites Launched
Source: Parabolic Arc


Firefly Aerospace And Israel Aerospace Industries Enter Exclusive Agreement For U.S. Commercialization Of Lunar Lander Technology
Source: Firefly Aerospace Inc.


With M-Code On Its Way, Collins Aerospace’s New GPS Receiver Ready To Help Customers Make The Switch
Source: Collins Aerospace


A Denver Sculptor Was The First Black Man Trained As An Astronaut Ahead Of Apollo 11, But He Never Made It To Space
Source: The Denver Post


Roscosmos Moves Toward Reusable Boosters, Aims For The Moon
Source: Parabolic Arc