May 16, 2017

Orion Processing Continues At Kennedy Space Center For First Flight With SLS

Orion EM-1 Crew Module is moved from Clean Room to Work Station inside the Operations and Checkout Building. Image Credit: NASA/Leif Heimbold

May 16, 2017 – Work continues to prepare NASA’s Orion crew module for its first integrated flight atop the Space Launch System rocket. The crew module was moved from a clean room to a work station inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for the next additions to the spacecraft. Read More

JWST Primary Mirror Prepared For Testing At Johnson Space Center

This photo shows one fully deployed wing, and one that is moments from being fully deployed. An engineer observes the move. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

May 16, 2017 – The towering primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stands inside a cleanroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it will undergo its last cryogenic test before it is launched into space in 2018. In preparation for testing, the “wings” of the mirror (which consist of the three segments on each side) were spread open. Read More

Lockheed Martin’s Modernized A2100 Completes Propulsion Subsystem Manufacturing And Delivery

Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion subsystem for the first modernized A2100 satellite. The hybrid chemical and electrical propulsion subsystem was built at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Stennis, Mississippi and shipped to Denver, Colorado. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

May 16, 2017 – Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion subsystem for the first modernized A2100 satellite. Integral to the spacecraft, the subsystem helps raise the satellite into orbit after launch and keeps it on station throughout its mission life. Read More

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Jupiter From New Horizons
Source: Alex Parker/The Planetary Society

More than a decade ago, on February 28, 2007, New Horizons took this picture of Jupiter with MVIC, its color imaging instrument. Due to the nature of these observations, the Red, Blue, and NIR channels were completely saturated (they appeared bright white with no detail), but the narrow-band methane channel was well-exposed. As part of some instrument calibration work I re-processed this archival Jupiter data using the latest approaches we developed after studying the Pluto flyby data. The new processing approach results in substantial detail enhancement.

NASA Hosts A Virtual Career Fair For Internships, Fellowships And Scholarships On Wednesday, May 24th
Source: NASA

NASA will live-stream a Virtual Career Summit on Wednesday, May 24th at 1 p.m. EST for students interested in internships, fellowships and scholarships at the space agency.

How Hard Did It Rain On Mars?
Source: Elsevier

Heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet’s impact craters and carved out river-like channels in its surface billions of years ago, according to a new study published in Icarus. In the paper, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory show that changes in the atmosphere on Mars made it rain harder and harder, which had a similar effect on the planet’s surface as we see on Earth.

Preparing For The Deep Space Gateway
Source: The Engineer

Private companies are building prototypes for a planned Deep Space Gateway space station to prepare crews and develop equipment for missions deeper into the solar system.

Finding Value In Big Data: DigitalGlobe’s GBDX
Source: Via Satellite

In order to maintain its reputation as a go-to source for detailed satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe is adapting its business structure to make it easier for other companies to leverage its data. According to Kevin Lausten, senior manager of geospatial big data at DigitalGlobe, such efforts have allowed the company to pursue opportunities in new market sectors, diversify its revenue streams, and also push for the democratization of Big Data.

DigitalGlobe To Provide Elevation Data To Rise Broadband For Wireless Internet Service Provisioning
Source: DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced an agreement to provide elevation data to Rise Broadband to enable faster and more efficient deployment of wireless internet services in the United States.

SWF Collaborated With Sherman & Howard To Host Panel Event Discussing The Outer Space Treaty & Colorado Space Business
Source: Secure World Foundation

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty. On May 12, 2017 Secure World Foundation and Sherman & Howard partnered to host a breakfast event discussing the ongoing relevancy of the Treaty to commercial space business in Colorado, the United States, and globally.

Nanotechnology Flight Test: Material Impact On The Future
Source: NASA

Mastering the intricacies of controlling matter at the nanoscale level is part of a revolutionary quest to apply nanotechnology to benefit industrial processes. A key element of that technology is the use of carbon nanotubes.

Movie Shows Ceres At Opposition From Sun
Source: NASA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres’ surface. Mission specialists had carefully maneuvered Dawn into a special orbit so that the spacecraft could view Occator Crater, which contains the brightest area of Ceres, from this new perspective.

NASA Aims To Create First-Ever Space-Based Sodium Lidar To Study Poorly Understood Mesosphere
Source: NASA

A team of NASA scientists and engineers now believes it can leverage recent advances in a greenhouse-detecting instrument to build the world’s first space-based sodium lidar to study Earth’s poorly understood mesosphere.