June 10 – June 16, 2019

AMERGINT Delivers Dream Chaser Serial And Virtual Front-End Processors To Sierra Nevada Corporation

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

June 15, 2019 – AMERGINT Technologies has completed delivery of softFEP systems to Sierra Nevada Corporation for the Dream Chaser ground stations. SNC will deploy the softFEP Apps in a mixed hardware and virtualized environment to process the in-flight commanding and telemetry links for the Dream Chaser Cargo System. Read More

OSIRIS-REx Mission Breaks Another Orbit Record

On Jun. 12, 2019, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft went into orbit around asteroid Bennu for a second time — breaking its own record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by any spacecraft. Image Credit: University of Arizona

June 15, 2019 – On June 12, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed another significant navigation maneuver—breaking its own record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft. The maneuver began the mission’s new phase, known as Orbital B, and placed the spacecraft in an orbit 680 meters (2,231 feet) above the surface of asteroid Bennu. Read More

Opterus, Catalyst Space Accelerator Cohort Company, Wins $250,000 OEDIT AIA Grant

Research and Development, Inc. of Loveland, Colorado, a current
Catalyst Space Accelerator participant, creates and manufactures
critical components for spacecraft structures, some of which were
successfully flown on eight space units in 2018.

June 15, 2019 – Catalyst Space Accelerator is proud
to announce that one of their current cohort companies has received a
$250,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and
International Trade (OEDIT) Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Grant
Program. Read More

Space Foundation To Celebrate Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

June 14, 2019 – The success of the Apollo 11 Moon
landing in 1969 made possible our adventures in space today and laid a
foundation for future achievements in space. The Space Foundation
Discovery Center in Colorado Springs is celebrating the Apollo 11 Moon
landing with a spectacular family event on July 20, made possible by
premier sponsor Raytheon. Read More

Orion Launch Abort System Designed To Pull Its Weight For Moon Missions

Image Credit: NASA

June 14, 2019 – Astronauts inside NASA’s Orion
spacecraft will soar toward the Moon atop the Space Launch System (SLS)
rocket as part of the agency’s Artemis program to establish a permanent
presence at the Moon and learn the skills needed to send humans to
Mars. Crew members will journey aboard Orion with the confidence
knowing the spacecraft is specifically designed with a number of
features to support humans traveling to deep space, including a highly
capable Launch Abort System (LAS). The LAS is a structure on top of the
crew module that can fire within milliseconds and, with the crew
module attached, outrun the powerful rocket if an emergency arises
during launch. Read More

How NASA’s Spitzer Has Stayed Alive For So Long

artist’s concept shows NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in front of an
infrared image of the Milky Way galaxy. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

June 14, 2019 – After nearly 16 years of exploring
the cosmos in infrared light, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will be
switched off permanently on January 30, 2020. By then, the spacecraft
will have operated for more than 11 years beyond its prime mission,
thanks to the Spitzer engineering team’s ability to address unique
challenges as the telescope slips farther and farther from Earth. Read More

NASA’s Cassini Reveals New Sculpting In Saturn Rings

false-color image mosaic shows Daphnis, one of Saturn’s ring-embedded
moons, and the waves it kicks up in the Keeler gap. Images collected by
Cassini’s close orbits in 2017 are offering new insight into the complex
workings of the rings. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science

June 14, 2019 – As NASA’s Cassini dove close to
Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on
the workings of Saturn’s complex rings, new analysis shows. Read More

Lockheed Martin Delivers GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) Ground System Upgrade To Control More Powerful GPS Satellites

U.S. Air Force recently declared Lockheed Martin’s third GPS III
satellite “Available For Launch” or “AFL.” Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

June 13, 2019 – The next step in modernizing the
Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation with new
technology and capabilities is happening from the ground up! On May 22,
Lockheed Martin delivered the GPS III Contingency Operations (COps)
software upgrade to the U.S. Air Force’s current GPS ground control
system. Read More

Coalition Partners Graduate Space Capstone Course In NSSI Historic First

National Security Space Institute graduates its first Space 300 class
with international space operators at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado,
May 10, 2019. Image Credit: Air Force Space Command

June 13, 2019 – A year after former Secretary of the
Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, announced her initiative for an
increased coalition partner participation in space education, the
National Security Space Institute graduated its first Space 300 class
with international space operators, May 10, 2019. Read More

The Sun May Have A Dual Personality, Simulations Suggest

Sunspots appear on the surface of Earth’s sun. Image Credit: NASA/SDO

June 12, 2019 – Researchers at CU Boulder have
discovered hints that humanity’s favorite star may have a dual
personality, with intriguing discrepancies in its magnetic fields that
could hold clues to the sun’s own “internal clock.” Read More

NASA Opens International Space Station To New Commercial Opportunities

Image Credit: NASA

June 12, 2019 – NASA is opening the International
Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and
ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth
orbit. Read More

NASA Spacecraft To Use ‘Green’ Fuel For The First Time

Aerospace engineers perform final checks before the spacecraft shipped
to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. GPIM is one of four unique
NASA technology missions aboard the June 2019 SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch
of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Test
Program-2 (STP-2). Image Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne

June 11, 2019 – A non-toxic, rosé-colored liquid
could fuel the future in space and propel missions to the Moon or other
worlds. NASA will test the fuel and compatible propulsion system in
space for the first time with the Green Propellant Infusion Mission
(GPIM), set to launch this month on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Read More

Students Boosting Technical Skills At NASA Wallops’ Rocket Week

Students prepare their experiments during a previous RockOn workshop Image Credit: NASA/Berit Bland

June 11, 2019 – University and community college
students will boost their technical skills as rocket scientists
building experiments for space flight during Rocket Week June 14-21,
2019, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Read More

More News

Five Questions For Daniel Baker
Source: CU Connections

Space Foundation Is Now Accepting Nominations For Space Technology Hall Of Fame
Source: Space Foundation

Inflatable Planetarium Lets Colorado Kids Explore The Cosmos
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

NASA Overcomes Military’s GPS Tweaks To Peer Inside Hurricanes
Source: Science/AAAS

Satellite Observations Improve Earthquake Monitoring, Response
Source: University of Iowa

The Formative Years: Giant Planets vs. Brown Dwarfs
Source: Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)

Newly-Launched Russian Telecom Satellite Relying On Backup Thrusters
Source: Spaceflight Now

House Armed Services’ Space Launch Legislation Revised In 11th-Hour Deal
Source: SpaceNews

Bridenstine Estimates Artemis Cost At $20-30 Billion
Source: SpaceNews

ULA Preparing Proven Hardware And New Innovations For Vulcan
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Former Blue Origin And SNC Executive Joins Vector
Source: SpaceNews

Experiment To Demo ‘Cloud’ Technology In Space
Source: National Defense Magazine

Magnetic Field May Be Keeping Milky Way’s Black Hole Quiet
Source: NASA

New Chandra Control Center Opens
Source: NASA/Chandra X-Ray Center

MDA, A Maxar Company, Announces Successful Launch Of Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission
Source: Maxar Technologies Inc.

Study Finds That A GPS Outage Would Cost $1 Billion Per Day
Source: Ars Technica

Bigelow Announces Plans For Private Astronaut Flights To Space Station
Source: Spaceflight Now

NASA Invests In Concepts Aimed At Exploring Craters, Mining Asteroids
Source: NASA

Table Salt Compound Spotted On Europa
Source: NASA/JPL

Sign Of Progress: NASA Pays Tribute To Hidden Figures
Source: NASA

NASA’s Mars 2020 Will Blaze A Trail — For Humans
Source: NASA/JPL

NOAA Readies For COSMIC-2 Satellite Launch
Source: NOAA

Starshade Would Take Formation Flying To Extremes
Source: NASA

Johnson-Built Device To Help Mars 2020 Rover Search For Signs Of Life
Source: NASA

Center For Aerospace Structures Is Now The Aerospace Mechanics Research Center
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Hubble Observes Tiny Galaxy With Big Heart
Source: ESA/Hubble

NASA’s Webb Sunshield Undergoes Rocket Fitting, More Testing
Source: NASA