September 13, 2017

Colorado Springs Air Show: 21st Space Wing Seeks Volunteers

The Pikes Peak Regional Air Show will be held at the Colorado Springs airport Sept. 23-24, 2017. The 21st Space Wing is asking for volunteers to help with this event.

September 13, 2017 – The Pikes Peak Regional Air Show will be held at the Colorado Springs Airport and the 21st Space Wing is looking for volunteers for the September 23-24, 2017, event. Read More


Researchers Create First Global Map Of Water In Moon’s Soil

A new map reveals quantities of water trapped in the lunar soil. The amounts increase toward the poles, suggesting that much of the water was implanted by the solar wind (yellow dots mark Apollo landing sites). Image Credit: Milliken Lab / Brown University

September 13, 2017 – In research that may prove useful to future lunar explorers, scientists from Brown University have created the first quantitative map of water and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermost portion of the Moon’s soil. Read More


Dreamy Swirls On Saturn

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

September 13, 2017 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there. Read More


New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has A Porous Crust

A new map of the thickness of Mars’ crust shows less variation between thicker regions (red) and thinner regions (blue), compared to earlier mapping. This view is centered on Valles Marineris, with the Tharsis Montes near the terminator to its west. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/UMBC/MIT/E. Mazarico

September 13, 2017 – NASA scientists have found evidence that Mars’ crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet’s interior structure and evolution. Read More


NASA-Funded Research At USC Provides Evidence Of Ground-Ice On Asteroids

Large, smooth areas on exoplanet Vesta correlated with higher concentrations of hydrogen. Image Credit: Elizabeth Palmer and Essam Heggy

September 13, 2017 – Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta. The work, under the sponsorship of NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics program, is part of ongoing efforts at USC Viterbi to improve water detectability techniques in terrestrial and planetary subsurfaces using radar and microwave imaging techniques. Read More


NOAA Takes Virtual Reality To Another Dimension

Image Credit: NOAA

September 13, 2017 – On September 15, 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin its fiery plummet into Saturn’s atmosphere after orbiting the giant ringed planet for 13 years. Now, you can relive Cassini’s historic mission with a new NOAA visualization technology that brings you along for the ride. Read More


Final Rocket Components Arrive In Florida For Parker Solar Probe

Second Stage of the Delta IV Heavy for the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Mission is offloaded from the Delta Mariner and transported to the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF). Image Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

September 13, 2017 – All components of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe have arrived for prelaunch processing at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Read More


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Farewell To Cassini
Source: Caltech

Members of the Cassini science team gather to commemorate the end of a decades-long mission to explore Saturn, its rings, and its moons. The mission, which launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004, will end on the morning of September 15 as the probe plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere. This week, the roughly 200 members of Cassini’s science team were on campus for their final Project Science Group meeting before signal is lost.


Driving Cassini: Doctoral Student Controls Spacecraft In Mission’s Final Days
Source: Georgia Tech

When the Cassini spacecraft plunges into Saturn on September 15 to end a nearly two-decade mission, Georgia Tech student Michael Staab will have a front row seat. It’s almost literally the driver’s seat. Staab is working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California while pursuing his aerospace engineering doctoral degree in the distance learning program. He’s a Cassini Spacecraft Flight Controller, which means he’s one of only three people authorized to tell the machine what to do and where to go as it orbits Saturn.


Space Wing connects With Sci-Fi At Comic Con
Source: Peterson Air Force Base

Since Peterson Air Force Base is home of the 21st Space Wing, it was no surprise to find members of Team Pete out in force during the 2017 Colorado Springs Comic Con, Aug. 25-27, 2017. The event is a celebration of science fiction and fantasy.


Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder Anomaly
Source: USGS

Early morning September 13, 2017, the Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder (SSR) experienced an anomaly. The Flight Operations Team (FOT) initial analysis of telemetry indicated what is referred to as an “SSR choke anomaly” where the SSR locks up.


NASA’s One-Year Mission Investigates How Space Affects Astronauts’ Functional Performance
Source: NASA

Adapting to the microgravity environment of space changes the way your brain interprets sensory signals, decreases muscle strength and alters cardiovascular function. Astronauts will need to overcome these changes to perform critical mission tasks on a journey to Mars.


3… 2… 1… And Liftoff Of Cassini Spacecraft On A Billion Mile Trek To Saturn
Source: NASA

This is part three of a five-part series detailing personal accounts of NASA Glenn’s Cassini Mission launch team.


Video: Dream Chaser Spacecraft Captive Carry Flight 2017
Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Watch as our Dream Chaser® spacecraft was carried beneath a Columbia Helicopter over Edwards Air Force Base in California on August 30, 2017. This test, also known as the Captive Carry, is one of many milestones happening at NASA’s Armstrong flight Research Center leading up to a free flight later this year.


NASA’s Dragonfly Project Demonstrates Robotic Satellite Assembly Critical To Future Space Infrastructure Development
Source: NASA

A revolutionary NASA Technology Demonstration Mission project called Dragonfly, designed to enable robotic self-assembly of satellites in Earth orbit, has successfully completed its first major ground demonstration.


The Saturn System Through The Eyes Of Cassini
Source: NASA

Over a period of 13 years, Cassini has captured about 450,000 spectacular images within the Saturn system, providing new views of the “lord of the rings” and a plethora of iconic images. To honor the art and science of Cassini, this free eBook was developed collaboratively by a team from NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).


Lockheed Martin Unveils A New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System At The Defence And Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI)
Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK’s Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed to be used in environments where conventional, larger unmanned air systems are not practical.


A One-Of-A-Kind Star Found To Change Over Decades
Source: University of Notre Dame

Astronomers studying the unique binary star system AR Scorpii have discovered the brightness of the system has changed over the past decade. The new evidence lends support to an existing theory of how the unusual star emits energy.


Curiosity Mars Rover: Stunning Scenery
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just begun Sol 1815 science duties – and the scenery is outstanding.


Big Launch Companies Predict Doom For Upcoming Smallsat Launchers
Source: SpaceNews

Leading launch service providers say emerging companies developing a generation of dedicated small-satellite launchers will struggle to compete in the marketplace and will ultimately lose out to the bigger players.


Cassini’s ‘Last Breath Of Data’ From 1.5 Bn Km Away
Source: CSIRO

This Friday evening (15 September) at about 9:54pm AEST, CSIRO’s team at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will capture the final signals from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere at over 111,000 kph.


Heading Back To The Moon In Decades To Come
Source: The Anchor

Nearly 45 years ago, in 1972, man stepped upon the lunar surface during the Apollo 17 mission. In the decades since, the space industry and NASA have chosen to focus on low Earth orbiting projects, such as the International Space Station. While these programs provided humans with vital information about operating in space, manned deep space programs remained on the back burner of NASA’s budgets. However, this era seems to be at its end, and a new beginning for deep space exploration is on the horizon.


Three New Crew Members Arrive At International Space Station
Source: NASA

After a six-hour flight, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 10:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 12, where they will continue important scientific research.


Fully Automated Satellite-Assembly Lines? Not Quite Yet
Source: SpaceNews

While robots began assisting and replacing assembly line workers in automobile and airplane factories years ago, humans still reign supreme in satellite manufacturing. But that’s slowly starting to change.


Skygazers Prepare For OSIRIS-REx To Swoop Past Earth
Source: Cosmos

Stargazers will have a chance to get a close-up look at NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft when the three-metre-wide probe sweeps through Earth’s skies for a close approach above Australia during the early morning hours of September 23, 2017.


Infostellar Closes Series A Financing Round With $7.3m For Satellite Antenna Sharing Platform, With Lead Investor Airbus Ventures
Source: AsiaOne

Infostellar, developer of a cloud-based satellite antenna sharing platform, announced today a $7.3 million Series A investment, led by Airbus Ventures, with additional funds from WERU Investment, D4V, Sony Innovation Fund, and existing investors, FreakOut Holdings, and 500 Startups Japan.


New Tools For Exploring The Surface Of Mars
Source: Mars Daily

In past decades, spacecraft have sent back huge amounts of complex data about Mars, providing a wealth of information about the planet. More than ever, the scientific community needs a way to sift through, compare, and analyse these data, prompting the development of two new tools for exploring the surface of the Red Planet: the iMars webGIS and the Planetary SUrface Portal (PSUP).


Tianzhou-1 Cargo Craft Re-Joins Tiangong-2 Space Lab After Express Rendezvous Demo
Source: Spaceflight101

China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft completed an express link-up with the unoccupied Tiangong-2 space laboratory on Tuesday, continuing a shakedown mission to pave the way to an operational cargo architecture for the upcoming Chinese Space Station (CSS).


Launch Operators Expect Minimal Delays From Hurricane Irma
Source: Spaceflight Now

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance expect to resume launches with little or no delay after Hurricane Irma veered west of Cape Canaveral last weekend, sparing the launch base from the storm’s most extreme damage.


3D Wireless: The Promise And Challenges Of Next-Generation Space And Airborne Wireless Systems
Source: Silicon Flatirons

This conference is prefaced by an optional pre-conference tutorial, which will provide an introductory overview of the technology, business, and regulatory questions that will inform the conference discussion. The conference will focus on the intersection of new air and space technologies with spectrum policy. Free registration. Will be held at the University of Colorado Law School.


Lockheed Martin Virtual Field Trip – LIVE From Lockheed Martin’s Sites In Silicon Valley
Source: Lockheed Martin

Join Discovery Education and Lockheed Martin as we take students behind the scenes at the state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center to explore how new innovations are helping engineers and scientists continue to explore deep space. Tune in to meet the experts using cutting-edge simulation labs to advance the frontiers of science! Submit your students’ questions before the event and they might be answered live by the Lockheed Martin space team. No special equipment is needed to view this event online.