November 18 – December 1, 2019

New Horizons Team, Principal Investigator Stern Receive Sir Arthur Clarke Award For International Space Achievement

The New Horizons spacecraft made the farthest exploration on record when it observed Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth. This composite image was compiled from data obtained by the NASA spacecraft as it flew past the object on January 1, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Roman Tkachenko

November 30, 2019 – The team that captivated the world with its exploration of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt received the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for International Space Achievement at the recent British Interplanetary Society Reinventing Space Conference 2019 Gala Dinner in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The New Horizons mission team and its Principal Investigator Alan Stern were jointly selected for outstanding achievements in space over the past many years. Read More

SNC’s ‘Shooting Star’ Arrives At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Shooting Star is a 15-foot attachment to Dream Chaser that will be used on NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract to provide extra storage for payloads and to facilitate cargo disposal upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

November 23, 2019 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) delivered a test version of its Shooting Star cargo module to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for testing ahead of its planned launch with SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft in 2021. Read More

CU Boulder’s Knipp Recognized For Expanding The Field Of Space Weather Research

Delores Knipp is earning two honors for her research into space weather. Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

November 23, 2019 – Delores Knipp is earning two honors for her research into space weather. Knipp, a research professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the Chancellor’s Grand-Challenge Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center (SWxTREC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been awarded the 2019 International Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal by the European Science Foundation. Read More

Oakman Aerospace And ArsUltra Advance Partnership With Strategic MOU To Develop Modular Spacecraft Solution

Image Credit: Oakman Aerospace Inc.

November 23, 2019 – Oakman Aerospace Inc. (OAI) and Argentina-based ArsUltra S.A. (AU) signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on integrating their respective technologies as well as potential new technology creation. The new agreement indicates the companies’ shared intention to advance spacecraft development through Modular Open System Architectures (MOSA) along with standardization and interoperability constructs. Read More

Boeing Starliner Placed Atop United Launch Alliance Rocket For First Flight

On November 21, 2019 the Boeing Starliner space vehicle was mated to its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Image Credit: Boeing/United Launch Alliance)

November 23, 2019 – Boeing’s new CST-100 Starliner is now connected to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that will launch the spacecraft on its first flight test to the International Space Station. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is targeted for December 17. Read More

SEAKR Appoints Kent Lietzau To Lead Company’s Business Development

SEAKR Appoints Kent Lietzau to Lead Company’s Business Development. Image Credit: SEAKR

November 17, 2019 – SEAKR Engineering, Inc. (SEAKR) has appointed Kent Lietzau to lead Business Development for the expanding space electronics company. Lietzau will oversee growth in SEAKR’s commercial, civil and government business arenas. Read More

New Horizons Kuiper Belt Flyby Object Officially Named ‘Arrokoth’

Rev. Nick Miles, of the Pamunkey Tribe, opens the 2014 MU69/Arrokoth naming ceremony at NASA Headquarters with a traditional Algonquian song. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

November 17, 2019 – In a fitting tribute to the farthest flyby ever conducted by spacecraft, the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 has been officially named Arrokoth, a Native American term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language. Read More

SwRI Demonstrates Balloon-Based Solar Observatory

Balloon Solar Observatory – SSIPP. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

November 17, 2019 – Southwest Research Institute successfully demonstrated a miniature solar observatory on a high-altitude balloon November 1. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP) — a reusable, high-precision solar observatory about the size of a mini fridge and weighing 160 pounds — was carried by a stratospheric balloon, collecting 75 minutes of solar images in the proof-of-concept flight. Read More

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Receives $731.8M Contract For Next-Generation Satellite Communications System
Source: General Dynamics Mission Systems

Asteroid Named For CU Boulder Researcher
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Rocket Lab Scrubs Launch Of Upgraded Electron Rocket
Source: Spaceflight Now

China Launches Radar Observation Satellite
Source: Spaceflight Now

UP Aerospace Announces Successful Launch Of Space Loft-14 Rocket From Spaceport America
Source: Parabolic Arc

Orion Arrives At Plum Brook For Environmental Testing
Source: Parabolic Arc

NASA’s Briefcase-Size MarCO Satellite Picks Up Honors
Source: NASA

Impact Crater Data Analysis Of Ryugu Asteroid Illuminates Complicated Geological History
Source: Kobe University

Ariane 5 Launches Satellites For Egypt, Inmarsat
Source: SpaceNews

NASA Proposes To Buy Seat On Short-Duration Commercial ISS Flight
Source: SpaceNews

ESA’s Hera Asteroid Mission Is Go
Source: ESA

L3Harris Technologies To Fund Space Foundation STEM Programs At Six Colorado Springs Schools
Source: Space Foundation

Colorado School Of Mines Students Spearhead Projects To Manage Space Debris
Source: CBS Denver

Two Centaur Missions Proposed To NASA’s Discovery Program
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO Completes Acquisition Of AIM Aerospace
Source: AIM Aerospace

A Model Will Help To Understand The Solar Dynamics
Source: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)

Maxar Commends Senate Commerce Committee’s Passage Of NASA Authorization Bill
Source: Maxar Technologies

NASA Awards $15.75 Million To US Small Businesses For Continued R&D
Source: Parabolic Arc

NASA/ESA Continue Challenging Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Repair Spacewalks

SpaceX’s First Starship Prototype Ruptures During Cryogenic Test
Source: Spaceflight Now

Air Force To Revise Selection Criteria For Launch Procurement In Wake Of Blue Origin’s Successful Protest
Source: SpaceNews

New Companies Join Growing Ranks Of NASA Partners For Artemis Programs
Source: NASA

The First Global Geologic Map Of Titan Completed
Source: NASA/JPL

NASA’s TESS Helps Astronomers Study Red-Giant Stars, Examine A Too-Close Planet
Source: Iowa State University

Mysteries Behind Interstellar Buckyballs Finally Answered
Source: The University of Arizona

NASA To Announce Additional Commercial Moon Delivery Providers
Source: NASA

NASA To Showcase Science And Engineering Achievements At Annual Supercomputing Conference
Source: Herald Mall Media

NASA Finds Neptune Moons Locked In ‘Dance Of Avoidance’
Source: NASA

Images From NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory Peel Away Layers Of A Stellar Mystery
Source: New Jersey Institute of Technology

China’s First Mars Lander Performs Successful Hover Test
Source: Parabolic Arc

Japanese Sample Return Craft Departs Asteroid, Heads For Earth
Source: Spaceflight Now

ULA Kicks Off Next Delta 4-Heavy Launch Campaign
Source: Spaceflight Now

China Launches Second Kuaizhou-1A Rocket In Four Days

NASA/ESA Begin Challenging Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Repair Spacewalks