March 18 – March 24, 2019

Lockheed Martin’s First Smart Satellites Are Tiny With Big Missions

Lockheed Martin’s nanosatellite bus, the LM 50, will host the first SmartSat-enabled missions set for delivery this year. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

March 24, 2019 – Lockheed Martin announced a new generation of space technology launching this year that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit. Satellites that launched one, ten or even fifteen years ago largely have the same capability they had when they lifted off. That’s changing with new architecture that will let users add capability and assign new missions with a software push, just like adding an app on a smartphone. This new tech, called SmartSat, is a software-defined satellite architecture that will boost capability for payloads on several pioneering nanosats ready for launch this year. Read More


SNC’s Dream Chaser Passes Another NASA Milestone

Dream Chaser engineer Liz Antognoli works on the payload mock-up demonstration. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

March 24, 2019 – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft passed NASA’s Integrated Review Milestone 5 (IR5), a key status check on SNC’s performance of a variety of ground and flight operations. Read More


SwRI-Led Team Discovers Surprisingly Old Surface On Near-Earth Asteroid

Using data from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, an SwRI-led team discovered that the surface of near-Earth asteroid Bennu is geologically older than expected. Craters and large, often fractured boulders (shown here) likely date from the time the asteroid was still orbiting in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/University of Arizona

March 24, 2019 – A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered that the surface geology on asteroid Bennu is older than expected. Early observations of the near-Earth asteroid (NEA) by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission indicate a surface that is between 100 million and 1 billion years old. Read More


University Of Colorado Astrophysicist To Address Vice President Pence, National Space Council

Professor Jack O. Burns, Ph.D. Image Credit: Jack O. Burns

March 24, 2019 – University of Colorado Boulder astrophysicist Jack Burns is ready for the United States’ next moon shot. On Tuesday, March. 26, Burns will address Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the National Space Council at a meeting focusing on the challenges and opportunities of sending people back to lunar soil. Read More


GPS III Space Vehicle 02 “Magellan” Arrives In Florida

GPS III Space Vehicle 02 “Magellan” arrives in Florida in preparation for its July launch from Cape Canaveral Air force Station. Named in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the Earth, was transported in a custom container from the Lockheed Martin factory facility in Littleton, Colorado to the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, by a C-17 Globemaster III originating from Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, West Virginia. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Lt. Daniel Eichman)

March 24, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate achieved another major program milestone March 19, successfully delivering the second GPS III Space Vehicle to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing. Read More


SwRI-Led Team Identifies Water-Bearing Minerals On Asteroid Bennu

This mosaic image of the asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from 15 miles away. An SwRI-led team is looking at the spectral data from the surface to better understand the composition of the asteroid. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/University of Arizona

March 24, 2019 – A Southwest Research Institute-led team discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. Using early spectral data from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft orbiting the asteroid, the team identified infrared properties similar to those in a type of meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites. Read More


Jupiter Marble

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

March 24, 2019 – This striking view of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet. Read More


NASA’s New Horizons Team Unravels The Many Mysteries Of Ultima Thule

March 18, 2019 – The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule – the Kuiper Belt object NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past on New Year’s Day, four billion miles from Earth. Read More


Saber Astronautics Wins $1.875M USAF Contract For A Virtual Reality Space Operations Center

The US Air Force has awarded Saber Astronautics a USD $1.875M Phase II contract to develop next generation space operations concept called the “Space Cockpit”. Space Cockpit is a world first virtual reality space operations center that enables operators across US services and allied partners to visualize the local space environment, make rapid decisions, and manage large number of space objects. Read More


Trembling Aspen Leaves Could Save Future Mars Rovers

Image Credit: University of Warwick

March 18, 2019 – Researchers at the University of Warwick have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up energy supply that could save and extend the life of future Mars rovers. Read More


Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program Accepting Applications

March 18, 2019 – The Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant program is now accepting applications from current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs. Read More


More News

Mitigating The Loss Of Satellite Data By Using CubeSat Remote Sensing Technology
Source: Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Testing The Value Of Artificial Gravity For Astronaut Health
Source: ESA


Drone Maps Icy Lava Tube In Iceland In Preparation For Cave Exploration On The Moon And Mars
Source: SETI Institute


Looking For Life? Try Around K Dwarfs
Source: AAS Nova


Hayabusa2 Probes Asteroid For Secrets
Source: The University of Tokyo


New Data From InSight Shows A Contrasting Mars
Source: Room


NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises
Source: NASA


Carbon Monoxide Detectors Could Warn Of Extraterrestrial Life
Source: University of California – Riverside


NASA’s Webb To Explore Galaxies From Cosmic Dawn To Present Day
Source: NASA


Giant X-Ray ‘Chimneys’ Are Exhaust Vents For Vast Energies Produced At Milky Way’s Center
Source: University of California – Los Angeles


50th Space Communications Squadron Hosts Tech Expo
Source: Schriever Air Force Base


Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds
Source: NASA


SpaceX Claims To Have Redesigned Its Starlink Satellites To Eliminate Casualty Risks
Source: IEEE Spectrum


The Great Antarctic Meteorite Hunt
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


OSIRIS-REx Spies On The Weird, Wild Gravity Of An Asteroid
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


OSIRIS-REx Images Allow Closer Look At Boulder Breakup On Bennu
Source: Planetary Science Institute


Astrobotic Commends Strong Support For Lunar Exploration In NASA’s FY2020 Budget Request
Source: Astrobotic


Ultima Thule Latest: An Ancient Red Worldlet, Dancing Lobe To Lobe
Source: Cosmos


An Odd Ball In Space: OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Studies Asteroid Bennu Up Close
Source: The University of Arizona


Galactic Center Visualization Delivers Star Power
Source: NASA


Maxar Technologies Appoints Jim Lee As General Counsel
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


NASA Teams Install Key Space Launch System Stage Separation Mechanism
Source: NASA


NASA Instruments Image Fireball Over Bering Sea
Source: NASA


ExoMars Landing Platform Arrives In Europe With A Name
Source: ESA


Boeing Reaches Long Awaited SLS Engine Section Milestone As NASA Makes EM-1 2020 Schedule Push
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Blue Origin Studying Repurposing Of New Glenn Upper Stages
Source: SpaceNews


Almost Ready: SpaceX Has Work To Do Before Dragon Is Ready To Carry Crew
Source: SpaceNews


RUAG Revises Strategy To Win Constellation Orders
Source: SpaceNews


Inmarsat Receives Another Acquisition Offer — This Time From A Consortium Of Public And Private Investors
Source: SpaceNews


Fermi Clocks ‘Cannonball’ Pulsar Speeding Through Space
Source: NASA


NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Is Put To The Test
Source: NASA


Maneuver Puts SpaceIL Lander On Course For The Moon
Source: SpaceNews


Mynaric Raises $12.5 Million From Mystery Constellation Customer
Source: SpaceNews


Administration Proposes The End Of EUS While Administrator Considers Full Exploration Manifest Rewrite
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Electric Trainer Meeting Expectations
Source: AOPA


Ultra-Sharp Images Make Old Stars Look Absolutely Marvelous!
Source: Gemini Observatory


Astronaut Kathryn (Kay) Hire Retires From NASA
Source: NASA


Cooper Optimistic Congress Will Approve Space Force, But Will It Solve The Problem?
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com


The Road To Mars Includes A Detour Through Lakewood
Source: Englewood Herald


Colorado Air And Space Port Slated For Construction At Front Range Airport
Source: FOX31 Denver


Australia’s Space Industry Rockets Ahead
Source: The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology


Dave Mackay: Welcoming Virgin Galactic To The Explorers Club And Meeting The Apollo 11 Astronauts
Source: Virgin Galactic


Seminar: Successfully Navigating InSight To Mars – March 20
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


ESA’s Hera Asteroid Mission Borrows Eyes Of NASA’s Dawn
Source: ESA


Two Aerospace Students Recognized As “Tomorrow’s Leaders”
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Spiraling Giants: Witnessing The Birth Of A Massive Binary Star System
Source: RIKEN


OneWeb Secures $1.25 Billion In New Funding After Successful Launch
Source: Parabolic Arc


The USAF Shouldn’t Narrow Competition For Its Satellite Launches
Source: Defense One


Former Kennedy Space Center Director Richard G. Smith Passes Away
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center


DARPA Continues Work On Satellite Servicing Program As It Seeks New Ride
Source: SpaceNews


SpaceX Preparing To Begin Starship Hopper Tests
Source: SpaceNews


Japan Taps Toyota To Build Futuristic Moon Rover
Source: Space.com


A Habitat Prototype For NASA’s Moon-Orbiting Gateway
Source: Room, The Space Journal


Energy Loss Gives Unexpected Insights In Evolution Of Quasar Jets
Source: ASTRON