October 13 – October 19, 2018

NASA Calls For Instruments, Technologies For Delivery To The Moon

This composite image of the moon using Clementine data from 1994 is the view we are most likely to see when the moon is full. Image Credit: NASA

October 18, 2018 – NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on the lunar surface, as well as a Gateway for astronauts in space orbiting the Moon. Read More

Kes 75: Milky Way’s Youngest Pulsar Exposes Secrets Of Star’s Demise

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/NCSU/S. Reynolds; Optical: PanSTARRS

October 18, 2018 – Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result could provide astronomers new information about how some stars end their lives. Read More

Space Foundation To Expand Discovery Center Education Complex

Image Credit: Colorado Space News

October 18, 2018 – The Space Foundation has closed on space to nearly triple the size of its Discovery Center education complex in Colorado Springs. The additional 85,319 square feet at 4435 Arrowswest Drive adjoins its current building at 4425 Arrowswest Drive and will expand the total space from 45,716 square feet to 131,035 total square feet. Read More

DigitalGlobe Expands NASA Partnership With New Sole-Source Contract For Commercial Earth Observation Data

October 18, 2018 – DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, has announced that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded the company a sole-source contract for high-resolution commercial electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagery valued at up to $7 million. NASA-funded researchers will use this data to advance the agency’s science and application development goals to understand and explore Earth, improve lives, and safeguard our future. Read More

LASP Director Awarded EGU’s Alfvén Medal

Hannes Alfvén was a Swedish electrical engineer, plasma physicist, and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on magnetohydrodynamics. Image Credit: EGU

October 18, 2018 – The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has named LASP Director Daniel Baker as the recipient of the 2019 Hannes Alfvén Medal. The medal was established in 1997 in recognition of the scientific achievements of Hannes Alfvén and is awarded for outstanding scientific contributions towards the understanding of plasma processes in the solar system and other cosmical plasma environments. Read More

Lockheed Martin-Built Protected Communications Satellite Online In Orbit Following ULA Launch

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on October 17, 2018. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

October 18, 2018 – The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communication satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched on October 16 at 10:15 p.m. MDT. The mission for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 1:47 a.m. MDT. Read More

Educators: Apply For The 2019 Alan Shepard Technology In Education Award

Image Credit: Space Foundation

October 16, 2018 – Educators who have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may apply now to receive the 2019 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. Read More

Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Partners With Vodafone To Create An IoT Precision Agriculture Product

October 16, 2018 – DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, today announced the release of Sensing4Farming, an Internet of Things (IoT) product for smart, digital and precision agriculture created in partnership with Vodafone Spain, part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. Sensing4Farming provides crucial insights about crop health to farmers, agronomists, and agrobusinesses via computer, mobile phone or tablet to optimize agriculture productions. Read More

RUAG Space Finalizes First U.S.-Made Fairing

Image Credit: RUAG Space

October 16, 2018 – RUAG Space, a leading supplier of products for the space industry and trusted partner of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), announced today that it has completed the bonding and curing of its first U.S.-made United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V-500 demonstration test fairing at its Decatur, Alabama facility. This milestone emphasizes the company’s commitment and focus on market growth within the United States. Read More

SwRI’s Strofio Will Measure Mercury’s “Exosphere”

The ESA BepiColombo spacecraft bound for Mercury includes Strofio, an SwRI-developed novel spectrometer designed to measure the sparse particle population of the planet’s tenuous exosphere. Development challenges included mass and configuration limits and operating in the harsh Mercury environment. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

October 16, 2018 – The European Space Agency’s BepiColombo spacecraft will launch towards Mercury carrying a unique payload designed and built at Southwest Research Institute: an instrument called Strofio, which will study Mercury’s tenuous exosphere. Part of the SERENA suite of instruments, Strofio’s measurements will help us better understand the planet’s surface and the history of the smallest rocky planet orbiting close to the Sun. Read More

OSIRIS-REx Executes Second Asteroid Approach Maneuver

Illustration of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine. Image Credit: University of Arizona

October 16, 2018 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-2) yesterday. The spacecraft’s main engine thrusters fired in a braking maneuver designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to Bennu from 315 mph (141 m/sec) to 11.8 mph (5.2 m/sec). Likewise, the spacecraft’s approach speed dropped from nearly 7,580 miles (12,200 km) to 280 miles (450 km) per day. The mission team will continue to examine telemetry and tracking data and will have more information over the next week. This burn marked the last planned use of the spacecraft’s main engines prior to OSIRIS-REx’s departure from Bennu in March 2021. Read More

After Two Long Careers, QuikSCAT Rings Down The Curtain

QuikSCAT imaged winds during many storms, including Hurricane Katrina, shown here covering the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005. Highest wind speeds appear purple, with winds weakening outward from the eye. Barbs show wind direction; white barbs indicate heavy rainfall. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 14, 2018 – Launched in June 1999 for an intended two-year mission, NASA’s SeaWinds scatterometer instrument on the QuikSCAT spacecraft was turned off on Oct. 2 in accordance with its end-of-mission plan. QuikSCAT spent its first decade creating an unprecedented record of the speed and direction of winds at the ocean surface. Then, for another nine years, it served as the gold standard of accuracy against which new spaceborne scatterometers were calibrated. Read More

United Launch Alliance Set To Launch AEHF-4 For U.S. Air Force

October 14, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is planned for October 17 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The two-hour launch window opens at 10:15 a.m. MDT, and the live launch broadcast will begin October 16 at 9:55 p.m. MDT at www.ulalaunch.com. Read More

More News

Vector Secures Additional $70M In Series B Financing Led BY Kadem Growth Partners
Source: Vector

Centaur Arrives At Cape Canaveral
Source: United Launch Alliance

CU Boulder’s LASP Marks 70-Year Journey In Space
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Screening For The Slow Solar Wing
Source: AAS Nova

Two Orbiters Begin Their Long Journey To Mercury Friday Night
Source: Ars Technica

X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 400 Days On Latest Mystery Mission
Source: Space.com

Web Vision Technologies Announces The Vision For Mars Project To Help NASA Protect The Visual Health Of Astronauts
Source: Web Vision Technologies

Plant Hormone Make Space Farming A Possibility
Source: University of Zurich

Superflares From Young Red Dwarf Stars Imperil Planets
Source: NASA

Bioserve Providing Hardware For Space Experiment On The Immune System Response
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Lockheed Martin Reaches Technical Milestone For Long Range Discrimination Radar
Source: Lockheed Martin

Colorado Hospital Installs NASA-Inspired Machine To Aid In Patients’ Recoveries
Source: Beckers Hospital Review

ULA CEO Bruno: New Competitors In Military Launch Market ‘Good For The Country’
Source: SpaceNews

Morhard Sworn In As NASA Deputy Administrator
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com

Novel Technique Turns Chandra/ALMA Images Into A “Speedometer” For Sloshin
Source: Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics

New NASA Podcast Share ‘Invisible’ Stories Of Spaceflight
Source: NASA

Firefly Aerospace Announces Leo Sipich As Vice President Of Avionics
Source: Firefly Aerospace Inc.

Double Dust Ring Test Could Spot Migrating Planets
Source: University of Warwick

Journey To Mercury With Involvement From Bern
Source: University of Bern

NASA To Host Briefings, Events For ICON Launch To Study Space Weather
Source: NASA

Astronomers Find A Cosmic Titan In The Early Universe
Source: University of California – Davis

New Study Supports Survival Of Microbes And Organic Compounds In Space
Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Forget SpaceX. The Most Interesting Space Company Is Listed In Canada
Source: The Motley Fool Canada

Aron Wall Wins Breakthrough New Horizons Prize For Work On Black Holes And Spacetime
Source: Stanford

NASA’s Fermi Mission Energizes The Sky With Gamma-Ray Constellations
Source: NASA

BepiColombo: Two Orbiters Head To Mercury
Source: CNRS News

Rocket Lab Selects Wallops As First U.S. Launch Site, Readies Electron For November Launch
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Swedish Firm Buys Falcon Heavy Launch
Source: SpaceNews

Spaceflight, SETI Communities Mourn Passing Of Paul Allen
Source: Space.com

Astrobotic Wins NASA Research Contract To Target Landings On Icy, Outer Planet Moons
Source: Space Mining News

Third Annual Women In STEM Conference
Source: Metropolitan State University Denver

Astrophysicist Exploring The Outer Solar System Wins Prestigious Fellowship
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

The ‘Claw Game’ On Mars: NASA InSight Plays To Win
Source: NASA

NASA Moves To Maintain SLS Core Stage Work Tempo, Address Schedule Concerns In OIG Report
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Award-Winning Algorithm Takes Search For Habitable Planets To The Next Level
Source: King Abdullah University

Counting Down To ICON’s Launch
Source: NASA

All In The Family: Kin Of Gravitational Wave Source Discovered
Source: University of Maryland

Magnetic Fields May Be Key To Black Hole Activity
Source: NASA

With ‘Space Force’ On The Horizon, Colorado Company Leads The Way
Source: CBS Denver

Space Foundation VP Vinson Wins Tourism Leadership Award
Source: Space Foundation

NASA Awards Contract For Aerospace Model Systems And Test Hardware
Source: NASA

Kepler Communications Raises $16 Million For Telecom Constellation
Source: SpaceNews

Chandra Operations Resume After Cause Of Safe Mode Identified
Source: NASA

Net Closes Around Planet With Giant Rings Thanks To Photos From 1890
Source: Astronomie.nl

Stratolaunch Founder Paul Allen Dies
Source: SpaceNews

Atlas 5 Rocket Transferred To Launch Pad In Florida
Source: Spaceflight Now

Scientists To Debate Landing Site For Next Mars Rover
Source: NASA/JPL

NASA Television To Air Live Interviews With Astronaut Nick Hague
Source: NASA

45th Space Wing Gears Up For Surge In Launch Activity
Source: SpaceNews

Oct. 17 – Career Opportunities In The Aerospace And Defense Industries: An Insider’s Perspective
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Soyuz Failure Probe Narrows Focus On Collision At Booster Separation
Source: Spaceflight Now

AGI Hosts Space And Defense Software Expo In Colorado Springs
Source: The Gazette