October 24, 2017

MicroLink Devices Signs Exclusive License Agreement To Manufacture NREL IMM Solar Cell Technology

October 24, 2017 – MicroLink Devices has entered into an exclusive license agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to commercialize inverted metamorphic multi-junction (IMM) solar cell technology. The IMM solar cell architecture enables the manufacture of solar cells with very high efficiency as well as light weight, which are ideal for powering satellites and solar aircraft. Read More


State-Of-The-Art Solid Rocket Motor Development And Manufacturing Facility Completed At Spaceport America

SpaceLoft Rocket Motor Qualification Static Test Conducted Oct. 9, 2017 at the Space Propulsion Center (SPC), Spaceport America, New Mexico. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/UP Aerospace

October 24, 2017 – UP Aerospace Inc. and Cesaroni Aerospace teamed to create a state-of-the-art solid rocket motor manufacturing and test facility at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The project was completed in under one year with the culmination of three full-scale SpaceLoft solid rocket motor static test firings. The tests were conducted to verify new high-performance motor casing and insulation manufacturing techniques, and validate the automated, remotely controlled propellant mix, and cast processing facilities. Read More


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Record-Breaking Space Jump A Giant Leap Forward For Commercial Space Flight
Source: Paragon Space Development Corporation

Three years ago today, former Google executive Alan Eustace, supported by Paragon Space Development Corporation® (Paragon) and its StratEX team, dropped from a high-altitude balloon straight into history. With that record-setting jump, Eustace helped usher in a new era of space flight: one that is open not just to governments, but also to visionary companies and individuals who set out to achieve what once was deemed impossible.


Commercial Rocket Launches Coming To Kodiak Island
Source: Alaska Aerospace/Kodiak Daily Mirror

The state-owned aerospace company that operates the launch facility at Narrow Cape has secured its first commercial contracts to launch from Kodiak Island, with a launch expected to occur early next year.


Lockheed Martin’s Colorado-Based Space Business Drives Surprise Earnings Miss
Source: Denver Business Journal

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s third-quarter profits fell short of what investors expected Tuesday, and its Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. division had the roughest results among the defense giant’s four business units.


Inside The “Unblinking Eye” Tasked With Defending America In Space
Source: CBS News

The U.S. military prepares for many battles, including ones that could extend into space. The Air Force considers space to be a war-fighting domain, just like air, land, and sea, but space is getting crowded and competitive, with more countries developing new technologies. The U.S. also tracks more than 500,000 pieces of debris – or space junk – that complicate operations in orbit.


Hard Rock And Heavy Metal: Piece Of Scandinavia’s Oldest Meteorite Up For Grabs
Source: Sputnik International

A piece of Muonionalusta, a million-year-old iron meteorite found in arctic Sweden about a century ago and believed to be the oldest in the world, is being auctioned off.


Scientists Call For A Treaty To Protect Famous Space Places
Source: GeekWire

What’s the best way to preserve the Apollo footprints on the moon, the Face on Mars, or the mysterious “white spots” on the dwarf planet Ceres? A pair of researchers argue that there ought to be an international treaty.


Elon Unbound: Musk’s Giant Leap To Mars
Source: Parabolic Arc

Since Elon Musk unveiled his Big [Expletive] Rocket (BFR) in Adelaide last month, there has been a lot of analysis of the engineering aspects. Musk’s Ask Me Anything session on Reddit was an engineer’s dream, with the billionaire providing detailed answers about the Raptor engines, thrust to weight ratios and a host of other technical issues.


India Gears Up For Second Moon Mission
Source: Nature

In a large shed near the headquarters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore, a six-wheeled rover rumbles over dark grey rubble in a landscape designed to mimic the Moon’s rocky surface. This test and others scheduled for the next few weeks are crucial steps in India’s quest to launch a second mission to the Moon next March.


Fireworks In Space
Source: NASA/Johnson Space Center

NASA’s Twins Study preliminary results have revealed that space travel causes an increase in methylation, the process of turning genes on and off, and additional knowledge in how that process works.


Commander Of 1st Flight Of Space Shuttle Challenger Dies
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85.


Satlets: Crazy Idea Or Ingenious Concept? This Week’s Test On ISS Will Offer Clues
Source: SpaceNews

On Oct. 25, astronauts onboard the International Space Station plan to link NovaWurks’ spacecraft building blocks in the first on-orbit test of a radically new approach to satellite design and manufacturing. Instead of fitting spacecraft components into a rectangular bus as companies have for decades, NovaWurks invented Hyper-Integrated Satlets (HISats), identical seven-kilogram modules with everything a satellite needs to function, including communications, pointing, power, data processing and propulsion.


Woerner: Cooperation Should Reign As Spacefaring Nations Clean Up Earth Orbit And Venture Beyond ISS
Source: SpaceNews

European Space Agency Director-General Jan Woerner on Oct. 24 said cooperation should trump competition as the world’s spacefaring nations set out to clean up Earth’s orbit while establishing an international human presence at the moon and beyond.


Q&A: Airbus’ Oliver Juckenhöfel Gung-Ho On Deep Space Gateway
Source: SpaceNews

As the head of the Airbus space site in Bremen, Germany, Oliver Juckenhöfel leads a workforce of 1,000 people responsible for the bulk of the European aerospace giant’s human spaceflight and upper stage work. Juckenhöfel’s team is busy finishing assembly of the Orion Service Module, the primary power and propulsion element of NASA’s deep space exploration capsule currently slated to perform its first lunar roundtrip — without crew onboard — sometime in 2019. As that work wraps up, Juckenhöfel and his team have already started work on its successor, which will return humans to lunar orbit.


Xenesis Licenses Cutting Edge IP From NASA/JPL
Source: Space Daily

Xenesis.io has signed a formal License Agreement with NASA’s Office of Technology Transfer, for the further development, manufacture and distribution of the World’s first functional Free Space Optical Transceiver Terminal, for commercial Space to Earth communications.


Aerojet Rocketdyne Breaks Grounds On New Era Of Advanced Manufacturing In Huntsville
Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., marked a key milestone today when it officially broke ground on a new, 136,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in Huntsville, Alabama. During a ceremony, attended by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and other local dignitaries, the company took the next step in its journey to expand its existing presence in the region with a new, state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Facility.