March 2, 2018

Colorado Company Saying Goodbye To High Cost Of General Aviation

The Sun Flyer Prototype. Image Credit: Bye Aerospace

March 4, 2018 – George Bye spoke at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum last Wednesday as part of AeroInnovate’s Denver Roadshow public event. Bye discussed his company’s innovative – and potentially disruptive – electric and solar-electric propulsion technologies in the aviation marketplace. Read More

No One Shows A Child The Sky

Mae Jamison addresses the audience during a talk at Macky Auditorium on February 27, 2018. Image Credit: Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado

March 4, 2018 – More than 1200 guests visited Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado Boulder last Tuesday for a sold-out address by former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space. Jemison referred to an African proverb that says, “No one shows a child the sky,” and talked about the significance of people around the world looking up at the stars. Read More

NASA Announces Ninth Round Of Candidates For CubeSat Space Missions

Artist’s impressions of CubeSats orbiting Earth. Image Credit: ESA/Medialab

March 3, 2018 – NASA has selected 11 small research satellites from seven states and Puerto Rico to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard space missions planned to launch in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The selections are part of the ninth round of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative. CubeSats are a type of spacecraft called nanosatellites, often measuring about four inches on each side and weighing less than three pounds, with a volume of about one quart. CubeSats are built using these standard dimensions as Units or “U”, and are classified as 1U, 2U, 3U, or 6U in total size. Read More

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches GOES-S Weather Satellite For NASA And NOAA

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

March 2, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the GOES-S mission for NASA and NOAA lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida on March 1 at 3:02 p.m. MST. GOES-S is the second satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R series of satellites, built by Lockheed Martin. Read More

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BE-4 Engine Tests Continue As ULA Waits To Make Vulcan Engine Decision
Source: SpaceNews

As Blue Origin continues tests of its BE-4 engine, United Launch Alliance is keeping quiet about when it might select that engine or an alternative for its Vulcan rocket. Blue Origin started testing of the BE-4 in October 2017 at its West Texas test site.

Student’s Dreams Take Flight Behind Simulator In Youth Program
Source: CBS Denver

A program aimed at inspiring young pilots and aerospace engineers took flight in Denver. The Mile High Flight youth program, sponsored by the Tuskegee Airmen, celebrated 21 years at Metro State University on Saturday.

Rideshare Mission For U.S. Military Confirmed As Second Falcon Heavy Launch
Source: Spaceflight Now

More than two dozen satellites from the U.S. military, NASA and research institutions will ride into orbit on SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket launch, a mission currently scheduled for liftoff in June, a military spokesperson said.

Raytheon, NOAA Win Aviation Week Laureate Award For Unmanned Hurricane Tracker
Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Company and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received Aviation Week magazine’s prestigious Laureate award for using the Raytheon Coyote unmanned aerial vehicle to provide near-real-time, potentially life-saving data during hurricanes.

Unprecedentedly Wide And Sharp Dark Matter Map
Source: Subaru Telescope – National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

A research team of multiple institutes, including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and University of Tokyo, released an unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map based on the newly obtained imaging data by Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope. The dark matter distribution is estimated by the weak gravitational lensing technique.

NASA Left Adrift As Trump’s Pick To Run The Agency Languishes
Source: Bloomberg

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the storied agency that put humans on the moon in 1969, is adrift on Earth in 2018. In its second year without a permanent leader, NASA is trying to pivot back toward human spaceflight for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Simultaneously, it faces critical decisions about how to end America’s role in the International Space Station. And there’s that issue of commercial space billionaires putting it out of business entirely.

PlanetVac Xodiac – We Need Your Help To Make It Happen
Source: The Planetary Society

We can learn a lot from remote observations of planetary bodies, but nothing beats being able to grab some planetary material (dirt, rocks, stuff) for analysis in a scientific instrument on the planetary surface, or even better, for return to a lab on Earth. For example, sampling missions have taught us Mars could once have been habitable, the Moon is almost 4.6 billion years old, and comets can carry the building blocks of life. But grabbing samples is not easy, and these kinds of missions are expensive and filled with risk. We want to help make things better, so we’ve partnered with the innovative space technology company, Honeybee Robotics, to create a planetary surface sampling device called PlanetVac.

JAXA Offers Opportunities To Naming To Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) And Send Messages To Mercury

Based on BepiColombo, the joint mission to explore Mercury between European Space Agency (ESA) and JAXA, JAXA is developing the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). The objective of the MMO is understanding the Mercury’s environment and magnetosphere. The MMO, partnering the other orbiter built by ESA, is scheduled for launch from ESA’s Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana by the fiscal year 2018*. To make the MMO more familiar, JAXA offers to the public opportunities to nickname it and send messages to carry aboard.

GAO: JWST’s New Launch Window “Likely Unachievable,” Could Bust Budget Cap

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its latest report on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) today and the news is worrisome. Even though prime contractor Northrop Grumman now has teams working on the telescope 24 hours a day, GAO concluded that the latest launch schedule, announced just months ago, is “likely unachievable.” If the launch date slips past June 2019, the project’s costs are likely to exceed the $8 billion cost cap imposed by Congress.

In Response To Trump Budget, NASA Ending Separate Technology Plan
Source: Ars Technica

Even though Congress has yet to formally consider President Trump’s new budget for NASA, the space agency is already moving swiftly to implement some of its core principles. Among those is a White House desire to end a separate program within the agency focused on the development of advanced new spaceflight technologies intended to keep NASA at the cutting edge.

Around The World In 84 Days
Source: Eos

In the Stratéole 2 program, set to launch in November 2018, instruments will ride balloons into the stratosphere and circle the world, observing properties of the air and winds in fine detail.

Susan Helms, Colorado Women’s Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018
Source: Denver 7

Susan Helms is a former NASA Astronaut and Retired Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force. The following is a transcript of a conversation she had with a representative of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame shortly after learning of her induction.