June 26, 2017

NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane

Illustration of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft as outlined during the project’s Preliminary Design Review last week. Image Credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin

June 26, 2017 – NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane. Read More


Astro Aerospace Delivers Mission Critical Capability For NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace delivers mission critical capability for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

June 26, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation reached another major milestone for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, with the delivery of the mid-boom assemblies. The graphite-epoxy assemblies were designed, built, and tested by Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman business. Read More


Saturnian Dawn

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

June 26, 2017 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn’s sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band. Read More


GPS III In Full Production: Second Lockheed Martin Satellite Assembled, Ready To Begin Environmental Testing

In May 2017, the U.S. Air Force’s second GPS III satellite was fully assembled and entered into Space Vehicle (SV) single line flow when Lockheed Martin technicians successfully integrated its system module, propulsion core and antenna deck. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

June 26, 2017 – In a specialized cleanroom designed to streamline satellite production, Lockheed Martin is in full production building GPS III – the world’s most powerful GPS satellites. The company’s second GPS III satellite is now assembled and preparing for environmental testing, and the third satellite is close behind, having just received its navigation payload. Read More


Vice President Visits Front Range For Day With Space

Vice President Mike Pence greets Air Force Space Command Commander General Jay Raymond, June 23, 2017. Pence visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Christopher DeWitt

June 26, 2017 – Vice President Michael Pence made history by being the first vice president to send a payload command to a Global Positioning System satellite, Friday, June 23, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The command is part of the care the 50th Space Wing space professionals provide on a daily basis to ensure GPS remains the world’s premiere space-based position, navigation and timing system. Read More


ULA Interns, Ball Aerospace Mentors, And Colorado Students Participate In Record-Setting Launch

The Future Heavy rocket. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

June 26, 2017 – A 53-foot-tall high-power sport rocket carried payloads thousands of feet above the New Mexico desert on Saturday, June 24, at Spaceport America. United Launch Alliance (ULA) summer interns designed, built and launched the Future Heavy rocket, which carried 16 payloads (experiments and instruments) built by K-12 students, Ball Aerospace mentors and a combined ULA/Roush Industries team. The rocket launched at the Spaceport America Cup International Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in association with the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA). Read More


Blue Origin Selects Alabama For New BE-4 Manufacturing Facility

June 26, 2017 – Blue Origin announced plans to manufacture its BE-4 engine in a state-of-the art production facility to be built in Huntsville, Alabama — the Rocket City. The new facility will be in Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second-largest research park, and construction can begin once an engine production contract with United Launch Alliance is awarded. Read More


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Meet The Neighbors: Hubs Of Entrepreneurial Space
Source: Space Angels

By now, most readers are aware that there has been a rapid transition from the public space initiatives led by NASA during the 20th century to the rise of the private space sector. Across the United States, private space companies are making their mark on the established aerospace industry. And while certain regions of the U.S.—such as Houston and Cape Canaveral—have been fixtures of the aerospace industry for decades, other cities are becoming increasingly relevant to the future of space.


TDRS-M Satellite And Its Atlas 5 Rocket Shipped To Florida For Launch Campaign
Source: Spaceflight Now

A space-bound NASA satellite was hauled aboard a military transport aircraft from a Southern California factory to the launch site in Florida on Friday and its United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket booster arrived by sea from the manufacturing plant in Alabama today.


Launch Of Military’s New Space-Based Satellite Tracker Delayed To August
Source: Spaceflight Now

The launch from Cape Canaveral of a small U.S. military satellite built to track objects in geosynchronous orbit has been delayed from mid-July until at least late August, an Air Force spokesperson said. The Air Force did not disclose a reason for the two-month delay, or a new target launch date for the SensorSat mission.


SpaceX Nails Two Rocket Launches In One Weekend
Source: CNN

SpaceX just capped off two successful missions to space this weekend — the company’s quickest launch turnaround yet. After it launched a communications satellite into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk’s private space outfit finished its run with a clean launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday.


A Car With Imagination
Source: CU Engineering Magazine

‘Ninja Car’ autonomous technology has potential for space exploration.


Chandra Samples Galactic Goulash
Source: NASA

What would happen if you took two galaxies and mixed them together over millions of years? A new image including data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals the cosmic culinary outcome. Arp 299 is a system located about 140 million light years from Earth. It contains two galaxies that are merging, creating a partially blended mix of stars from each galaxy in the process.


Supersonic Flight Promised By 2023 As Boom Announces Airline Orders
Source: CNBC

The return of Concorde supersonic flight has been brought a step closer with the announcement that 5 airlines have placed a total of 76 orders with U.S. firm Boom.


Aerospace Beckons Manufacturing Sector
Source: Journal-Advocate

Breaking into the manufacturing big leagues will take time and is only for those willing to make the commitment, according to a couple of heavy hitters at Friday’s Progressive 15 Manufacturing Expo. Joe Rice, director of governmental relations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, told those attending the conference that it’s a long process to become a Lockheed Martin supplier, but the company is looking to diversify its supply chain.


100: Hal Levison’s Eyes Are On The Stars, But He’s Down To Earth
Source: Longmont Times-Call

When Hal Levison was gifted a telescope for his 12th birthday, he knew his future was in the stars. Now 58, Levison is a planetary scientist and astronomer at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder — a powerhouse for space study — where he has worked since 1995.