November 7, 2017

NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase Of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

November 7, 2017 – Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won’t be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenges competition, seeks ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges citizen inventors to lead the way. Today, NASA and challenge partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, announce the opening of Phase 3 of the competition for team registration. Read More


AGU, AMS Honor NCAR Scientists

Image Credit: NCAR/UCAR

November 7, 2017 – Three senior scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have been recognized by professional organizations for their exceptional contributions in the atmospheric and climate sciences. Read More


Shocking Results Of Galaxy-Cluster Collisions

Composite image of Abell 2744 region, with radio, X-Ray, and optical (visible light) data combined. Image Credit: Pearce et al.; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra, Subaru; ESO

November 7, 2017 – A giant collision of several galaxy clusters, each containing hundreds of galaxies, has produced this spectacular panorama of shocks and energy. The collisions generated shock waves that set off a celestial fireworks display of bright radio emission, seen as red and orange. In the center of the image, the purple indicates X-rays caused by extreme heating. Read More


Newest Version Of Raytheon’s Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System Is Now Operational

Svalbard, Norway, is the location of the northernmost Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System station. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Raytheon Company

November 7, 2017 – Raytheon’s next-generation Common Ground System for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS CGS 2.0) is now operational, supporting 11 polar-orbiting satellites and delivering observations to NOAA’s National Weather Service almost 50 percent faster than before. Read More


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Uncovering Hidden Intelligence With Multispectral Imagery
Source: DigitalGlobe

Powerful cameras onboard DigitalGlobe satellites are capable of detecting a much wider spectrum of light than our human eyes can see. The images they produce make it possible for analysts to see a hidden world in which answers to key intelligence questions (KIQ’s) become more readily apparent.


JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected As A Member Of ISS Expedition Crew
Source: JAXA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a national research and development agency, is delighted to announce today that JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi was selected as a crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62/63. The ISS Expedition 62/63 will be the third spaceflight for Astronaut Noguchi.


Europe Builds Service Module For NASA
Source: Deutsche Welle (DW)

50 years after the last moon landing, astronauts are due to head there again. In NASA’s new ORION space ship. The European Space Agency is involved too – producing the service module, ESM. It will house everything necessary for the mission – engines, fuel, gas, water and oxygen for the astronauts. It’s due to be delivered in 2018.


Alma’s Image Of Red Giant Star Gives A Surprising Glimpse Of The Sun’s Future
Source: Chalmers

A Chalmers-led team of astronomers has for the first time observed details on the surface of an aging star with the same mass as the Sun. ALMA:s images show that the star is a giant, its diameter twice the size of Earth’s orbit around the Sun, but also that the star’s atmosphere is affected by powerful, unexpected shock waves. The research is published in Nature Astronomy on 30 October 2017.


DARPA Laying Groundwork For Growth In-Space Robotics
Source: SpaceNews

The forward-leaning technology arm of the U.S. Defense Department is betting that in just a few years, the business of sending robots to high orbit to repair and refresh satellites will be so successful that the government and the industry should now begin to discuss rules and protocols.


Godspeed, Dick Gordon: Seattle-born Apollo 12 Astronaut Passes Away At 88
Source: GeekWire

The first Seattle-born astronaut to fly in space, Dick Gordon, passed away on Monday at his home in California at the age of 88, NASA and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation reported. He flew into orbit in 1966 as pilot for the Gemini 11 mission. Three years later, he was the command module pilot for Apollo 12, and orbited the moon while crewmates Pete Conrad and Alan Bean went down to the lunar surface.


Report: The Second Space Age – Diverse, Disruptive, Disordered, And Dangerous
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first human-made object to orbit the Earth. Precisely 60 years later, space-faring nations face a much different space environment; one that’s more diverse, disruptive, disordered, and dangerous.


NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-Of-A-Kind Capabilities
Source: Phys.org

NASA scientists, who always are on the hunt for new platforms from which to carry out their research, now may avail themselves of two agency-developed unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, that some say represent the future for drone aircraft. Unlike most commercially available unmanned aircraft systems, Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 and Black Swift Technologies’ S2 small Unmanned Aircraft System, or sUAS, purposely were designed for scientific investigations.


Bridenstine Pledges Support For SLS And Orion To Senators
Source: SpaceNews

As the Senate Commerce Committee prepares to advance his nomination as NASA administrator to the full Senate, Jim Bridenstine offered pledges of continuity for many key agency programs. In responses to questions submitted for the record by several members of committee and posted to the committee’s website, Bridenstine said he believed the Space Launch System and Orion programs were critical to the agency’s exploration plans, as well as contributions from commercial space ventures.


Space War: How The Air Force Plans To Defend The Final Frontier
Source: Popular Mechanics

If you ask the Pentagon, the first space war was more than 25 years ago. “People reference Desert Storm as the first space war,” General John W. “Jay” Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), said during a recent visit to the Popular Mechanics offices in New York. “It really was the first time that we took strategic space information and integrated it into a theater of operations.”


Universities Space Research Association Supporting Arecibo Observatory After Hurricane Maria
Source: USRA

Universities Space Research Association, (USRA) one of the entities that manages Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, today announced actions it has undertaken to support Observatory staff as they recover from hurricane Maria.


Inprentus To Provide NASA With Ultra-High Precision Diffraction Gratings For The Advancement Of Solar Science
Source: Inprentus Inc.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, through its Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science, or H-TIDeS, program has chosen Inprentus to provide mechanically ruled, high line density, ultra-low micro roughness, blazed gratings to observe extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation environments such as the solar corona. Inprentus will provide four iterations of diffraction gratings for evaluation to establish the mechanical ruling parameters necessary to make significant progress toward the goal of a 6000 line/mm diffraction grating with < 0.4 nm RMS surface micro roughness. Ultimately, if successful, the optimized diffraction grating would be provided to NASA’s H-TIDES program in support of its goal of developing Heliophysics Instrumentation to be flown on suborbital sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons, the International Space Station, CubeSats or other Low Earth Orbit (LEO) experimental missions.


Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case For Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Source: Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it has successfully completed an important milestone in developing advanced solid rocket propulsion and other technologies to be used in a new generation of intermediate- and large-class space launch vehicles. The company is in early production of development hardware for its Next Generation Launch (NGL) system, and on October 27 successfully completed the structural acceptance test on the first motor high-strength composite case for this program.


50th OSS Lead, Develop Future Space Operators
Source: Schriever Air Force Base

The 50th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for directing space superiority support operations for the Department of Defense’s largest composite satellite wing and global Command and Control Network. The squadron is a component of the 50th Operations Group and consists of approximately 185 personnel.


Bezos And Musk Have Different Ideas On How To Pay For Space Race
Source: Bloomberg

Jeff Bezos sold $4 billion of Amazon.com Inc. stock in the past three years, including $1.1 billion last week, using most of the money to support his space company, Blue Origin LLC. That sets its business model apart from other billionaire-backed space ventures, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which have both taken outside funding and moved more quickly to commercialize operations.


How Can The US Improve Its Space Cybersecurity?
Source: Via Satellite

As a managing partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, Joshua Hartman frequently makes public appearances to speak on the intersection of space, defense and cybersecurity. Here, Hartman shares his thoughts on how U.S. policymakers are adapting to new cybersecurity threats in the space domain.


Vega Rocket Cleared To Launch Imaging Satellite For Morocco
Source: Spaceflight101

Europe’s Vega rocket has been given the green light for a nighttime liftoff from French Guiana at 1:42 UTC on Wednesday with the Mohammed VI-A satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco. Built by European aerospace companies Airbus and Thales Alenia, the satellite is flying a semi-secret mission to double as a civilian asset for environmental monitoring and mapping and as a military imaging craft to collect data for border and coastal security in the North African nation.