November 2, 2017

Mines Team Receives Funds For 2nd Space Observatory Mission

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Rodman

November 2, 2017 – A Colorado School of Mines team headed by Physics Professors Lawrence Wiencke and Fred Sarazin has been awarded NASA funding to fly a second long-duration balloon mission to test innovative optical methods for catching high-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos from deep space. Read More


AIAA Rocky Mountain Section’s Annual Technical Symposium Nov. 17

November 2, 2017 – The AIAA Rocky Mountain Section’s Annual Technical Symposium is returning for its sixth year! The symposium brings together innovative, enthusiastic, and technical minds for a one-day event to collaborate, network, and share ideas about new technologies and implementation strategies in the aerospace industry. Read More


Juno Aces Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter, Gets New Project Manager

This illustration depicts NASA’s Juno spacecraft soaring over Jupiter’s south pole. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 2, 2017 – Data returned Tuesday, October 31, indicate that NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, October 24. The confirmation was delayed by several days due to solar conjunction at Jupiter, which affected communications during the days prior to and after the flyby. Read More


Air Force Accepts Delivery Of GPS Next Generation Operational Control System

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

November 2, 2017 – The Space and Missile Systems Center announced that the United States Air Force has accepted delivery of the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) Launch and Checkout System (LCS) baseline from Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems. Read More


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Chad Asarch Appointed Vice Chairman Of Bye Aerospace Board
Source: Bye Aerospace

Chad Asarch, Principal with Steele Properties and the Monroe Group, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace, a world leader in the development of solar-electric aircraft.


Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Source: NASA

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today.


Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Source: NASA

Some of our solar system’s asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth — right around the corner in astronomical terms. Yet they’ve horned their way into this picture of thousands of galaxies scattered across space and time at inconceivably farther distances.


Picture This SELFI: NASA Advances Instrument To Study Enceladus
Source: NASA

NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the south pole of Saturn’s small moon, Enceladus.


Video: Spotlight Space: Exploring Mars’ Interior
Source: Lockheed Martin

We’re going behind the scenes to spotlight the latest space technology in this edition of Spotlight Space. NASA’s InSight lander will explore Mars’ interior and will be the first to record measurements of Mars’ interior, providing scientists with the greatest clues yet into evolutionary processes that shaped the rocky planets. In this episode, we’ll show you how it’s built for space and how the spacecraft will serve NASA.


Study Unveils Changes In The Brain During Extended Missions In Space
Source: Medical University of South Carolina

More people today are poised to explore space than ever before; those who do will experience the effects of microgravity on the human body. Recognizing the need for data related to those effects, MUSC neuroradiologist Donna Roberts, M.D., conducted a study titled “Effects of Spaceflight on Astronaut Brain Structure as Indicated on MRI,” the results of which will be featured in the Nov. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


Richard Branson Launches Vox Space To Compete With Elon Musk
Source: Futurism

Virgin Orbit has established a new subsidiary known as Vox Space. The company is set to go head to head with the likes of SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance for commercial satellite launch contracts.


SES GS Awarded U.S. Government Satellite Solutions Contract
Source: SES

SES announced that the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Future Satellite Communications Service Acquisition (FCSA) program has awarded SES Government Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, a spot on the Complex Commercial Satellite Communications Solutions contract (CS3).


Air Force Plans $10 Billion GPS III Contest Amid Lockheed Delays
Source: Bloomberg

The Air Force will hold a $10 billion contest for as many as 22 new Global Positioning System satellites that’s likely to pit Lockheed Martin Corp. — which is years behind schedule on the ones it’s already building — against Boeing Co. and possibly Northrop Grumman Corp.


The Moon Is One Step, Mars Is The Prize
Source: Axios

To ensure the greatest returns on the public’s investment in space exploration, landing on the Moon shouldn’t be an end in itself. Mars remains the most promising destination to establish a long-term human presence and to advance our scientific understanding of life elsewhere.


NASA’s Orion Embraces Apollo’s Heat Shield Heritage
Source: Aviation Week

It’s no accident that NASA’s Orion crew capsule resembles its smaller Apollo predecessor. Within aerospace circles, Orion was famously described as “Apollo on steroids,” when the four-person spacecraft and its mission of transporting astronauts to the Moon before 2020 was unveiled by NASA a dozen years ago as part of the now-canceled Constellation program.