May 4, 2017

Space Foundation Is Now Accepting Nominations For Space Technology Hall Of Fame

Image Credit: Space Foundation

May 4, 2017 – The Space Foundation is seeking nominations for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 2018. This international program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth. Read More

NASA-Funded Sounding Rocket Will Take 1,500 Images Of Sun In 5 Minutes

The RAISE payload, partially enclosed in a clean tent, is shown after completion of testing before going to the launch pad. Image Credit: Amir Caspi, Southwest Research Institute

May 4, 2017 – On May 5, 2017, scientists will launch a sounding rocket 200 miles up into the atmosphere, where in just five minutes, it will take 1,500 images of the sun. Read More

GOES-16’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Captures Electrifying Imagery Of Lightning

May 4, 2017 – GOES-16’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) captured this electrifying imagery of the lightning associated with the recent severe weather over the Mississippi Valley and southern Plains this past weekend. (The animation begins at approximately noon on Friday, April 28, 2017, and ends at midnight on Saturday, April, 29.) Read More

Get Up Close With The Newest Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite!

JPSS-1 spacecraft rendering. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

May 4, 2017 – Are you passionate about all things space, weather, satellites, and social media? Then this is the event for you. Be a part of the experience! Read More

NASA Seeks Additional Information For Lunar Missions

Image Credit: NASA

May 4, 2017 – NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking ideas from industry for the agency to possibly participate in existing or future uncrewed commercial missions to the moon. Read More

New Movie Shows Cassini’s First Dive Over Saturn

May 4, 2017 – A new movie sequence of images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26. Read More

Orion Motor Ready For Crewed Mission

Image Credit: Orbital ATK

May 4, 2017 – Engineers at Orbital ATK’s facility in Elkton, Maryland, recently completed a successful test of the Orion Launch Abort System motor designed to steer the astronauts away to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency. Read More

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Colorado Astronaut On Living In Space: ‘It’s Just Incredible’

A Colorado native went from a mile high to outer space. Jack Fischer of Louisville is onboard the International Space Station about 240 miles above the Earth.

U.S. Air Force Lines Up Space Launch Vehicle Investments
Source: Aviation Week

The U.S. Air Force is heading back to the future, as it tries to retain competition in America’s national security space launch market while simultaneously weaning itself of the Russian RD-180-powered Atlas V rocket.

Vector Becomes First To Complete Successful Flight Test Of Launch Vehicle
Source: Vector

Vector, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Sea Launch and VMware, announced the successful test launch of the P-19H engineering model of the Vector-R launch vehicle. This flight test is the first of several upcoming launches which will enable Vector to evaluate critical technologies and functions of the operational family of Vector launch vehicles.

Cadets Showcase FalconSAT Program At End-Of-Semester Review
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy

Cadets gave an end-of-semester review on the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Satellite Program to faculty and the school’s space-community partners April 28. The FalconSAT program is the Academy’s small-satellite engineering program.

2017 VEX IQ World Championship Colorado Winners
Source: Action Works

Congratulations to 10424G Arigato Sr. Roboto from Central Elementary in Longmont for bringing home the Build Award. This award is given to the team with the most sturdy and well-crafted robot.

Conference Announcement: 2017 Space Weather Enterprise Forum
Source: Space Weather Prediction Center

We are pleased to announce the National Space Weather Partnership will host the 2017 the Space Weather Enterprise Forum on June 27, 2017 at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center at L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “Implementing a National Space Weather Partnership”.

The Outer Space Treaty And Colorado Space Business
Source: CSBR

On behalf of CSBR member Skip Smith of Sherman and Howard’s Space Law Practice Group, we are pleased to share the following invite to this timely discussion on the Outer Space Treaty with regard to Colorado space business.

OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite To Unveil The Real Nature Of Asteroid Bennu
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way to uncovering the secrets of an intriguing carbonaceous asteroid named Bennu, which holds many clues about the formation of the Sun and planets. With the help of its imaging system, the probe is expected to deliver crucial insights into the real nature of this rocky body, improving our understanding of the evolution of the Solar System.

The Mystery Of Pluto’s Beating Heart

Deep chasms, overlapping craters, mountain chains, nearly featureless plains and shades of pink, red and black cross Pluto’s surface. It is a world of surprises, with a hundred questions answered and a thousand more asked.

NASA Seeks ‘FabLab’ Concepts For In-Space Manufacturing
Source: NASA

NASA is seeking proposals for development of a first-generation, in-space, multi-material fabrication laboratory, or FabLab, for space missions.

A Lot Of Galaxies Need Guarding In This NASA Hubble View
Source: NASA

Much like the eclectic group of space rebels in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has some amazing superpowers, specifically when it comes to observing innumerable galaxies flung across time and space.

Students Taste Sweet Smell Of Success In Culinary Challenge
Source: NASA

Twenty-eight teams of high school students from Alabama, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Virginia and the Houston and Dallas areas competed in regional competitions as part of this year’s third annual NASA Culinary Challenge. The 10 winning teams then competed in the final stage to have their dessert selected to be flown to the space station.

Gemini Software Heritage Shaping Human Spaceflight Today
Source: Aviation Week

When a United Launch Alliance rocket boosts Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser commercial cargo vehicle toward the International Space Station (ISS) at the end of this decade, it will find its way there with technology that has roots in the orbital rendezvous technology the government funded in the Gemini program more than a half-century ago.