June 27, 2017

IRISS Teams Up With NIST And DARPA To Test Nobel Prize-Winning Technology

June 27, 2017 – CU researchers Dan Hesselius of the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS) Initiative and Greg Rieker and Shalom Ruben of the CU Precision Laser Diagnostics Lab teamed with Kevin Cossel and Nathan Newbury’s team at NIST and DARPA to test their ability to track a drone with a comb laser, enabling precise measurement of trace gases. The results of this work were published in Volume 4, No. 7, in the scientific journal, Optica. Read More


Perlmutter Introduces The Space Weather Research And Forecasting Act

June 27, 2017 – Today, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) introduced the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act. This bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), is the House companion to S. 141 introduced by Senators Gary Peters, Cory Gardner, Cory Booker, and Roger Wicker which passed the Senate earlier this year. Read More


Bye Aerospace Named A Colorado Companies To Watch Winner

Image Credit: Bye Aerospace

June 27, 2017 – Bye Aerospace, Inc. announced that it has been named a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence and influence of Bye Aerospace as a growing high-tech aerospace company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado. Read More


SWF Provides Technical Expertise To Second MILAMOS Workshop In India

Image Credit: Secure World Foundation

June 27, 2017 – Secure World Foundation (SWF) Director of Program Planning Dr. Brian Weeden participated in the second workshop to develop a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Use of Outer Space (MILAMOS), which was held in New Delhi, India, June 23-25, 2017. The workshop brought together more than 50 international legal experts, technical experts, and researchers to continue drafting rules on international law and military uses of space. Read More


New Space Weather Model, The Geoelectric Field Model, Announced Today

June 27, 2017 – The NWS Director, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, announced a new space weather model, the Geoelectric Field model, today. It was developed by NOAA, in collaboration with the USGS, NASA, and Natural Resources Canada, to provide real-time situational awareness of regional electric fields generated by disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field. Read More


LSST Solar System Science Collaboration

June 27, 2017 – Over its 10 year lifespan, the Large Synoptic Sky Survey Telescope (LSST) will catalog over 5 million Main Belt asteroids, almost 300,000 Jupiter Trojans, over 100,000 NEOs, over 40,000 KBOs, and over 10,000 comets. Many of these objects will receive hundreds of observations in multiple bandpasses. The LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) is preparing methods and tools to analyze this data, as well as understand optimum survey strategies for discovering moving objects throughout the Solar System. Read More


Nomination Period Opens For 2018 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

June 27, 2017 – The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its highest award, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. Honoring its late, long-time chairman, Gen. James E. Hill, USAF (Ret.), the award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to humankind through exploration, development and use of space, or through use of space technology, information or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. Read More


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Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light Switch Effect At Uranus
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology

More than 30 years after Voyager 2 sped past Uranus, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using the spacecraft’s data to learn more about the icy planet. Their new study suggests that Uranus’ magnetosphere, the region defined by the planet’s magnetic field and the material trapped inside it, gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as it rotates along with the planet.


Thoughts on Commercial Space, Part IIA
Source: George Sowers

The history of commercial space is fascinating and dramatic. It is full of spectacular technical and business failures and some success. I’ve had the privilege of living through much of it and what follows is largely from my memory, though I have made liberal use of the internet to get the facts and dates correct.


Students To Study Earth From Three NASA Flying Laboratories
Source: NASA

This summer 32 undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA airborne science field campaign designed to immerse them in the agency’s Earth science research. NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), now in its ninth year, provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in science, mathematics or engineering fields to participate in a NASA airborne science research campaign. Students use the aircraft as high-altitude platforms for making observations, gathering remote-sensing data, as well as directly sampling the air where the plane is flying.


Kennedy Scientists Developing Technology To Remove Martian Dust
Source: NASA

NASA’s Journey to Mars requires cutting-edge technologies to solve the problems explorers will face on the Red Planet. Scientists at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are developing some of the needed solutions. Dr. Carlos Calle, lead scientist in the center’s Electrostatics and Surface Physics Laboratory, and Jay Phillips, a research physicist working there, are developing an electrostatic precipitator to help solve the dust problem.


These Are The Photos Of Jupiter’s Weather That Everyone Is Talking About
Source: The Washington Post

Six years ago, the Juno satellite was launched into space with Jupiter as its goal. Now it’s sending back incredible images — and perhaps raising more questions than providing answers.


Stanford Research Reveals Extremely Fine Measurements Of Motion In Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes
Source: Stanford University

After 12 years observing black holes at the center of an amalgam of ancient galaxies, a multi-institution team, including Stanford’s Roger Romani, may have recorded the smallest-ever movement of an object across the sky.


Video: GOES-16 Field Campaign
Source: NOAA

With NOAA’s revolutionary GOES-16 weather satellite in space and data flowing, the GOES-R team, a joint NOAA and NASA effort, set out to fine-tune and validate the satellite’s earth viewing instruments during what was known as the GOES-16 Field Campaign.