June 14, 2017

Mimas Polar Maps

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

June 14, 2017 – The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn’s moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini images. Each map is centered on one of the poles, and surface coverage extends to the equator. Grid lines show latitude and longitude in 30-degree increments. Unlabeled versions of these maps are also provided. Read More


Orion Frame Work

Image Credit: ESA

June 14, 2017 – The European Space Agency’s contribution to NASA’s Orion spacecraft is taking shape at Airbus in Bremen, Germany. This is no test article: the service module pictured here will fly into space by 2020, past the Moon and farther than any other human-rated spacecraft has ever flown before. Read More


Tory Bruno Demos Emergency Egress System For Boeing Starliner

ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno demos the Emergency Egress System (EES) for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule. Starliner will launch on a ULA rocket. Image Credit: Tory Bruno/United Launch Alliance

June 14, 2017 – President and CEO of United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, yesterday tried out the Emergency Egress System (EES) that will allow astronauts to quickly evacuate the Crew Access Tower (CAT) for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule in case of an anomaly. Read More


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From Vision To Actualization: PSMA Develops A Comprehensive Continental Dataset
Source: DigitalGlobe

What if you could identify, quantify and define every structure across an entire country or region? What if the resulting dataset included dozens of important attributes—from building footprints and heights to swimming pools and solar panels? And…what if you could do it for a country as massive and diverse as Australia?


Lab Scientist Finds Jupiter Is One Old-Timer
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

An international group of scientists has found that Jupiter is the oldest planet in our solar system.


Making Humans A Multi-Planetary Species
Source: New Space

This paper is a summary of Elon Musk’s presentation at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, September 26–30, 2016. In February 2017, SpaceX announced it will launch a crewed mission beyond the moon for two private customers in late 2018.


Is The Earth Observation Industry Consolidating Or Just Evolving?
Source: SpaceNews

Three deals in less than three months appeared to herald a new wave of consolidation among both established companies and startups. Those events have created the perception that the sector is consolidating: companies are merging with or acquiring one another to shore up their positions in the market.


Sustainable Space: Future NASA Space Station May Be Built From Recycled Rockets
Source: International Business Times

Astronauts might one day be living inside a rocket, as NASA tries to take recycling into space. New Scientist reported the space agency signed a contract with three American companies to investigate the idea of a space station built from recycled parts — specifically looking at taking used rocket stages and transforming them into orbiting laboratories and other habitable spaces.


Lockheed Martin Names ‘Generation Beyond’ Video Challenge Winners; Rick Ambrose Comments
Source: Executive Mosaic

Lockheed Martin has awarded participants from schools in California and New Jersey as the winners in a video challenge to design part of a spacecraft that would bring astronauts to Mars, GovCon Executive reported June 7.


Lab Instrument Will Explore Asteroid Psyche
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In a few years, an instrument designed and built by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers will be flying hundreds of millions of miles through space to explore a rare, largely metal asteroid.


NASA Closing Out Asteroid Redirect Mission
Source: SpaceNews

With administration plans to cancel it announced earlier this year, and a lack of congressional support, NASA is in an “orderly closeout” phase of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) while keeping alive some of its key technologies for other applications.


Chaotically Magnetized Cloud Is No Place To Build A Star, Or Is It?
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

For decades, scientists thought that the magnetic field lines coursing around newly forming stars were both powerful and unyielding, working like jail bars to corral star-forming material. More recently, astronomers have found tantalizing evidence that large-scale turbulence far from a nascent star can drag magnetic fields around at will. Now, a team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has discovered a surprisingly weak and wildly disorganized magnetic field very near a newly emerging protostar.


Climate Change Science Is Under Attack, But Trump Will Not Silence Young Researchers
Source: Times Higher Education (THE)

Sir Keith Burnett on the reaction of scholars and students in America as the US president pulls out of the Paris Agreement with a special focus on the Colorado School of Mines and the State of Colorado.


Adams State Migrant Education Program Presents STEM Academy
Source: Adams State University

Twenty-three high school students from across Colorado are becoming immersed in the sciences the week of June 12 as part of the Migrant Education Program’s STEM Academy at Adams State University. Now in its third year, the week-long academy introduces students to education and career opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).


2 SOPS Bids Farewell To Aging Satellite
Source: Schriever AFB/50th Space Wing

The 2nd Space Operations Squadron began the disposal of Satellite Vehicle Number 32, Inter Range Operation Number 6809, June 5, and was fully disposed June 12. The process took several days, and each day focused on a different aspect of the disposal, such as putting the vehicle into a spin-stabilized configuration, firing thrusters to raise the orbit, depleting the vehicle of any remaining fuel and disconnecting the battery chargers and turning off the receivers.


TUI/Firmamentum Lands DARPA Contract To Pursue In-Space Manufacture Of A High-Throughput SATCOM Satellite
Source: Tethers Unlimited, Inc.

Firmamentum, a division of Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI), announced that it has signed a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a system that would use in-space manufacturing and robotic assembly technologies to construct on orbit a small satellite able to provide high-bandwidth satellite communications (SATCOM) services to mobile receivers on the ground.


SC17 Call For Participation
Source: NASA

SC17 will once again bring together the international high performance computing community— a gathering of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers that is unequaled in the world—for an exceptional program of technical presentations, papers, workshops, informative tutorials, timely research posters and Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions. The SC17 Exhibition Hall will feature
the latest technologies and accomplishments from the world’s leading vendors, research organizations and universities; it provides the unique opportunity to see the latest technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science. SC17 will be held in Denver, Colorado.


Russian Rocket Launches On Two-Day Cargo Delivery To Station
Source: NASA

Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted ISS Progress 67 cargo craft launched at 5:20 a.m. EDT (3:20 p.m. local time in Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Student Team Wins Satellite Launch Slot From NASA
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

A University of Colorado Boulder student satellite team has won a free ride to space. NASA announcing last week that CU Boulder’s Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) is one of three national winners in the space agency’s Cube Quest Challenge small satellite competition.


AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Newsletter
Source: AIAA-RM

The latest newsletter with some end of year accomplishments for the AIAA Rocky Mountain Section.


Orbital ATK Poised To Test Orion Launch Abort Motor
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, NASA, Orbital ATK and Lockheed Martin are slated to carry out the first of three qualification ground tests (QM-1) of the Launch Abort Motor being developed for use on the space agency’s Orion spacecraft.


Operator License For Spaceport Colorado In Adams County Could Be Less Than A Year Away
Source: Denver Post

Spaceport Colorado, the state’s greatest venture into space travel, is less than a year away from learning whether the Federal Aviation Administration will grant the facility a license to start launching people and satellites into the heavens.


Photos: Russian Proton Rocket Blasts Off With EchoStar 21
Source: Spaceflight Now

Look back on last week’s launch of a Russian Proton rocket from Kazakhstan with the EchoStar 21 communications satellite, a commercial craft designed to beam broadband connectivity to customers across Europe. These images show sunrise at the Central Asia spaceport, retraction of the mobile gantry at the Proton launch pad, and liftoff of the liquid-fueled launcher on 2 million pounds of thrust from six RD-276 first stage main engines.