October 3, 2017

World Space Week Takes Over The Space Foundation Discovery Center, Oct. 4 – 10

Image Credit: Colorado Space News

October 3, 2017 – The United Nations declared in 1999, that October 4 through October 10 each year would be recognized as World Space Week, a time “to celebrate at the international level, the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.” Read More


Seeing Double: Scientists Find Elusive Giant Black Hole Pairs

Illustration of supermassive black hole pair. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart

October 3, 2017 – Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. Read More


Another Chance To Put Your Name On Mars

NASA’s InSight lander will travel to Mars next year. When it does, it will be carrying two microchips bearing the names of members of the public. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 3, 2017 – NASA’s InSight lander, built in Colorado by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, will be carrying several science instruments — and hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public — when it lands on Mars in November of 2018. Read More


Sierra Nevada Corporation Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With Canadian Space Agency

Sirangelo (left) and Laporte (right) sign Memorandum of Understanding. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation/Canadian Space Agency

October 3, 2017 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to explore possibilities of using the Dream Chaser spacecraft for future CSA missions and to facilitate the exchange of information between SNC and Canada. The agreement is a significant step toward greater collaboration to develop Dream Chaser technologies and applications that are mutually beneficial for SNC, the Canadian space industry and academia. Read More


Lockheed Martin Completes First Flexible Solar Array For LM 2100 Satellite

The first Multi-mission Modular Solar Array unfurls at Lockheed Martin’s site in Sunnyvale, California. The reconfigurable design delivers 50 percent more power despite being 30 percent lighter. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

October 3, 2017 – After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin’s significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the U.S. Air Force. The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin’s multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses. Read More


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Aerospace Corp. Awarded $2.52 Million Grant By NASA To Study Upper Atmosphere
Source: The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) has received a grant for $2.52 million from NASA’s Heliophysics Science Division to design, build, and operate two 1.5U CubeSats that will measure and study two features of the nighttime upper atmosphere over a one-year period. The two CubeSats are expected to launch late 2019/early 2020.


Gravitational Wave Pioneers Win 2017 Physics Nobel
Source: American Physical Society

Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne share Nobel Prize for research culminating in LIGO detection of gravitational waves.


AIAA Announces Class Of 2018 Associate Fellows
Source: AIAA

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce its Class of 2018 Associate Fellows. AIAA will formally honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida, in conjunction with the 2018 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum), January 8–12.


Out Of This World! Operating The Kepler Mission With University Students
Source: LASP

Bill Possel, the director of LASP’s Mission Operations and Data Systems, will describe this unique student program and give updates on the latest results from Kepler. At LASP, October 4, 7:30 p.m.


Space Station Crew Marks New Era Of Research, Preps For Upcoming Spacewalks
Source: NASA

Expedition 53 marks the first long-term increase in crew size from three to four on the U.S. segment of the International Space station, allowing NASA to maximize time dedicated to research in space. Experiments from a wide array of disciplines are already taking place aboard, including the latest round of the Veggie plant growth payload.


‘Two For the Show’ – NASA Installs 2nd RS-25 Flight Engine For Testing
Source: NASA

RS-25 flight engine E2063 is delivered and lifted into place onto the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center on Sept. 27 in preparation for an Oct. 19 hotfire test. Once tested and certified, the engine is scheduled to help power NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) on its Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2), which will be the first flight of the new rocket to carry humans.


Parker Solar Probe Gets Visit From Namesake
Source: NASA

Eugene N. Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, today visited the spacecraft that bears his name: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. This is the first NASA mission that has been named for a living researcher, and is humanity’s first mission to the Sun.


New Antenna In Alaska Expands Spacecraft Communications Capabilities
Source: NASA

NASA’s newest communications antenna became operational today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks. The antenna will increase the agency’s communications support to Earth-observing missions.


Colorado Center Of Excellence Seeks Public Support For UAS In Firefighting Program
Source: Unmanned Aerial Online

The Colorado Center of Excellence (CoE) for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting has announced the launch of its online support application for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in public safety.


Team Rubicon Uses DigitalGlobe Technology To Aid Houston Residents After Hurricane Harvey
Source: DigitalGlobe

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there was an overwhelming need for water rescues in Texas. Despite never formally conducting floodwater rescues as an organization, Team Rubicon was moved to action by the numerous requests for assistance. On August 28—just three days after Harvey made landfall—we deployed six boat-rescue teams of experienced volunteers to the Houston area.


Russian Space Research Institute Announces July 2020 Date For Mission To Mars
Source: Sputnik International

According to the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute, the launch of the ExoMars-2020 mission, which will send a European rover to the red planet, is scheduled for July 24, 2020.


Russia May Adjust Space Program To Construct Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket
Source: Sputnik International

Russia may adjust its federal space program to facilitate funding of the construction of a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle (SHLLV), General Director of Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation Energia Vladimir Solntsev told Sputnik on Tuesday.


ODU Researcher To Lead NASA Sea Level Change Team
Source: Southside Daily

NASA announced that Old Dominion University researcher Ben Hamlington will serve as the agency’s Sea Level Change Team, or SLCT, for the next three years. The new SLCT consists of eight members selected from 20 research proposals. Hamlington’s research proposal, “Identifying, Quantifying and Projecting Decadal Sea Level Change” was chosen from five proposals to lead the team.


A New Year’s Worth Of Mars Orbiter Mission Data
Source: The Planetary Society

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission has now completed three years in orbit at Mars, and ISRO celebrated the anniversary by releasing the mission’s second-year data to the public.


Billionaires Are Leading The Space Race. What Will Trump’s NASA Do About Them?
Source: BuzzFeed

Donald Trump’s first space council meeting happens on Thursday. It may pick a winner in the billionaire-backed race for the Moon and Mars.


Previously-Flown Falcon 9 Booster Test-Fired For Weekend Launch
Source: Spaceflight Now

SpaceX test-fired a reused Falcon 9 booster Monday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, checking the rocket’s readiness for a planned liftoff Saturday with an Airbus-built commercial communications satellite.


ISS Partners Seek Clarity On Station’s Long-Term Future
Source: SpaceNews

The head of NASA’s human spaceflight program says he would like to see a decision made in the next two years on whether and how International Space Station operations will be extended beyond 2024. Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, and other representatives of ISS partner nations discussed that timeframe during a panel discussion at the 68th International Astronautical Congress here Sept. 27.