September 13 – September 19, 2019

HiRISE Views NASA’s InSight On Mars

The HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter got its best view yet of the InSight lander on September 23, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

October 20, 2019 – The HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently sent home eye-catching views of the agency’s InSight lander on Mars. Read More


Blue Canyon Technologies Selected For MIT Lincoln Laboratory Agile Microsatellite Mission

October 20, 2019 – Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) is supporting MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Agile MicroSatellite (AMS) mission. BCT will design, manufacture and operate a 6U CubeSat the mission, which will be critical in demonstrating the potential low-altitude performance of CubeSats. Funded by the U.S. Air Force, launch is planned for late 2021. Read More


Dream Chaser Primary Structure Arrives In Colorado

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

October 15, 2019 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces the arrival of the primary vehicle structure to the company’s Colorado production facility, kicking off full assembly of the Dream Chaser spacecraft ahead of its first mission for NASA in 2021. The structure is the largest piece of technology to make up Dream Chaser and the most advanced high-temperature composite spaceframe ever built. Read More


Study Suggests Ice On Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

Shackleton Crater, the floor of which is permanently shadowed from the sun, appears to be home to deposits of water ice. A new study sheds light on how old these and other deposits on the Moon’s south pole might be. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

October 14, 2019 – The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon’s south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface, but no one is sure exactly when or how that ice got there. A new study published in the journal Icarus suggests that while a majority of those deposits are likely billions of years old, some may be much more recent. Read More


Accelerator To Use Funds To Benefit Cohort Companies

October 14, 2019 – The Catalyst Space Accelerator (CSA) is among the 60 winners of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) $3 million Growth Accelerator Fund Competition for accelerators and incubators from across the United States that support STEM-focused startups and entrepreneurs. Read More


Kevin Orangers Named Executive Director Of Space Foundation Discovery Center

Kevin Orangers is the new Executive Director of the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. Image Credit: The Space Foundation

October 14, 2019 – The Space Foundation announced today that Kevin Orangers is the new Executive Director of the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, the region’s only space science center. Read More


NASA Smallsats Can Aid Hurricane Forecasts With GPS

Illustration of one of the eight CYGNSS satellites in orbit above a hurricane. Credit: NASA

October 14, 2019 – Eight briefcase-size satellites flying in a row may be key to improving forecasts of a hurricane’s wind speed – detecting whether it will make landfall as a Category 1 or a Category 5. NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) fleet, launched in 2016, was designed to show whether the same GPS signals your phone uses for navigation can be used to measure winds deep within a hurricane or typhoon. The answer appears to be a resounding yes. Read More


SwRI Space Scientist Part Of International Team That Uses Deep Learning To Create Virtual “Super Instrument”

October 14, 2019 – A study co-written by a Southwest Research Institute scientist describes a new algorithm that combines the capabilities of two spacecraft instruments, which could result in lower cost and higher efficiency space missions. The virtual “super instrument,” is a computer algorithm that utilizes deep learning to analyze ultraviolet images of the Sun, taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, and measure the energy that the Sun emits as ultraviolet light. Read More


More News

Joint Polar Satellite System’s Microwave Instrument Fully Assembled
Source: NOAA


Solar Orbiter Leaves Europe For The USA
Source: DLR German Aerospace Center


UH Team Unravels Origin, Chemical Makeup Of Titan’s Dunes
Source: University of Hawai’i


Mars 2020 Unwrapped And Ready For More Testing
Source: NASA


Japan To Develop Gateway Habitat, Resupply Vehicles
Source: Parabolic Arc


China Launches Mysterious Geostationary Satellite
Source: Spaceflight Now


Failed Battery Charge/Discharge Unit Replacement Complete During Historic EVA
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


NASA’s Planetary Protection Review Addresses Changing Reality
Source: NASA


SNC Releases Dream Chaser CRS-2 Patch
Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation


Mars InSight’s ‘Mole’ Is Moving Again
Source: NASA/JPL


Space Weather Aviation Forecasting On A Global Scale
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Building A Satellite Swarm To Investigate An Atmospheric Anomaly
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Hubble Observes New Interstellar Visitor
Source: ESA


Boeing Contracted To Build Rocket Stages For NASA’s Artemis Missions
Source: Boeing


NASA Administrator Selects Douglas Loverro As Human Spaceflight Head
Source: NASA


SpaceX Submits Paperwork For 30,000 More Starlink Satellites
Source: SpaceNews


Senate Confirms Barbara Barrett To Be Air Force Secretary
Source: SpaceNews


2nd Space Operations Squadron Decommissions 22-Year-Old Satellite
Source: Schriever Air Force Base

Axelrad Inducted Into National Academy Of Engineering
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


NASA Spacecraft Launches On Mission To Explore Frontier Of Space
Source: NASA


NRL Launches Space Weather Instrument On NASA Satellite
Source: The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Interstellar Comet With A Familiar Look
Source: Astronomical Observatory, Jagiellonian University


Milky Way’s Center Will Be Revealed By NASA’s Webb Telescope
Source: NASA


Hints Of Life Under The Ice Of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus?
Source: Deseret News


The US Army Bests On Space As Its ‘Path To The Future’
Source: DefenseNews


Stratolaunch Gets Mystery New Owner
Source: SpaceNews


Alexei Leonov, World’s First Spacewalker, Dies
Source: Spaceflight Now


PCC Taking Pueblo Chile From Soil To Sky
Source: The Pueblo Chieftain