September 15 – September 21, 2018

Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes First Qualification Test Of New Rocket Motor For ULA Atlas V

On Sept. 20, 2018, in Promontory, Utah, Northrop Grumman conducted the first ground test of its newly-developed GEM 63 rocket motor that will fly on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

September 21, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation conducted its first ground test of a 63-inch diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) on Thursday in Promontory, Utah. Utilizing advanced technologies, the company developed this new rocket motor for use on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle. Read More

NASA Balloon Mission Captures Electric Blue Clouds

Polar mesospheric clouds observed by NASA’s PMC Turbo mission as it flew over the Arctic in July 2018. Image Credit: NASA/PMC Turbo/Joy Ng

September 21, 2018 – On the cusp of our atmosphere live a thin group of seasonal electric blue clouds. Forming 50 miles above the poles in summer, these clouds are known as noctilucent clouds or polar mesospheric clouds — PMCs. A recent NASA long-duration balloon mission observed these clouds over the course of five days at their home in the mesosphere. The resulting photos, which scientists have just begun to analyze, will help us better understand turbulence in the atmosphere, as well as in oceans, lakes and other planetary atmospheres, and may even improve weather forecasting. Read More

New Small Satellite Peers Inside Hurricane Florence

This animation combines the TEMPEST-D (Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems Demonstration) data with a visual image of the storm from NOAA’s GOES (Geoweather Operational Environmental Satellite) weather satellite. The brightly colored image taken by the small, experimental satellite TEMPEST-D captures Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean. The colors reveal the eye of the storm, surrounded by heavy rain. The green areas highlight the extent of the rain being produced by the storm, with the most intense rain shown in the yellow and red areas. The TEMPEST-D data is contrasted with a visible image of Florence taken by the GOES weather satellite, which shows the familiar cyclone-shaped clouds of the storm, but doesn’t reveal what’s inside. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/Naval Research Laboratory Monterey/JPL-Caltech

September 21, 2018 – A new experimental weather satellite no bigger than a cereal box got an inside look at Hurricane Florence in a test of technology that could influence the future of storm monitoring from space. The satellite took its first images of Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, September 11, just hours after its instrument was turned on. Read More

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Welcomes World-Class Aerospace Exhibit

Visitors will be able to build and fly a supersonic jet. Image Credit: Wings Over the Rockies

September 20, 2018 – Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum has announced the opening of Above and Beyond, the ultimate interactive flight exhibition, on Saturday, September 29th. Presented by Boeing, in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Above and Beyond presents a fascinating look into the current and future developments of aerospace. Read More

Ball Aerospace’s Maureen Masiulis Named SWE Emerging Leader

September 20, 2018 – Maureen Masiulis, a program manager in Tactical Solutions at Ball Aerospace, has been recognized with the 2018 Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader award honors any woman engineer who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments, and has 10 to 15 years of cumulative engineering experience. Read More

GOLD Captures Its First Image Of The Earth

Shown here is the “first light” image of ultraviolet atomic oxygen emission (135.6 nm wavelength) from the Earth’s upper atmosphere captured by NASA’s GOLD instrument. It was taken at approximately 6 a.m. local time, near sunrise in eastern South America. The colors correspond to emission brightness, with the strongest shown in red and the weakest in blue. This emission is produced at altitudes around 160 km (note how it extends above the Earth’s surface on the horizon), when the Earth’s upper atmosphere absorbs high energy photons and particles. The aurora, at the top and bottom of the image, and daytime airglow, on the right hand side, are also visible. An ultraviolet star, 66 Ophiuchi (HD 164284), is visible above the western horizon of the Earth. Outlines of the continents and a latitude-longitude grid have been added for reference. Image Credit: LASP/GOLD science team

September 19, 2018 – The GOLD instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a “first light” image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet. GOLD will provide unprecedented global-scale imaging of the temperature and composition at the dynamic boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space. Read More

Spire Global Backs Colorado Space Cluster With Largest Office

September 19, 2018 – Spire Global Inc. yesterday announced Boulder, Colorado will become a new vital hub of communication for the space to cloud analytics company. The new office in Boulder will be formally introduced as the largest of Spire’s five global offices on Wednesday, September 26 at an invitation-only “Open Sky Colorado” event at their new custom satellite weather facility. Spire’s fleet of remote sensing satellites utilizes proprietary data and algorithms to provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. Read More

NASA Hosts Science Chat On Upcoming Historic Planetary Encounter

Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule on Jan. 1, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

September 18, 2018 – Members of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft team will host a Science Chat at 11 a.m. MDT (1 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, September 19, on humanity’s farthest planetary flyby, scheduled to occur January 1 when the spacecraft encounters a mysterious object in the Kuiper Belt nicknamed “Ultima Thule.” Read More

Mattel Inc. Releases SNC Dream Chaser Spacecraft Matchbox Toy

September 18, 2018 – America’s next generation spaceplane will soon be available in stores. Toy maker Mattel, Inc. is releasing a Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft Matchbox® toy, which will be sold in stores starting in September. Read More

Hubble Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Features Around A Neutron Star

This animation depicts a neutron star (RX J0806.4-4123) with a disk of warm dust that produces an infrared signature as detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The disk wasn’t directly photographed, but one way to explain the data is by hypothesizing a disk structure that could be 18 billion miles across. The disk would be made up of material falling back onto the neutron star after the supernova explosion that created the stellar remnant.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and N. Tr’Ehnl (Pennsylvania State University)

September 17, 2018 – An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new features never before seen. One possibility is that there is a dusty disk surrounding the neutron star; another is that there is an energetic wind coming off the object and slamming into gas in interstellar space the neutron star is plowing through. Read More

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Final Delta II Rocket with NASA’s ICESat-2

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket is seen as it launches with the NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The ICESat-2 mission will measure the changing height of Earth’s ice. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

September 16, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 15 at 6:02 a.m. PDT. This marks the final mission of the Delta II rocket, which first launched on February 14, 1989, and launched 155 times including ICESat-2. Read More

USAF Selects Lockheed Martin For 22 Additional GPS III Satellites

GPS III satellites in production flow at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility (GPF) near Denver. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

September 16, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force announced selection of Lockheed Martin for a fixed-price-type production contract for 22 GPS III Follow-On satellites with a total estimated contract value up to $7.2 billion. Read More

NASA Completes Orion Parachute Tests For Missions With Astronauts

An Orion test capsule with its three main parachutes touches down in the Arizona desert September 12, 2018. The evaluation was the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts. Image Credit: NASA

September 15, 2018 – NASA has completed the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, checking off an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to the Moon and beyond. Read More

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Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX Moon Mission Is Troubling
Source: Time

New Horizons Science Chat Discusses Ultima Thule Flyby
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

Scientists ID Three Causes Of Earth’s Spin Axis Drift
Source: NASA

NASA iTech Semifinalists Rethink Terrestrial Technologies For Space
Source: ECN Magazine

Hubble’s Galaxies With Knots, Bursts
Source: NASA

University Takes Steps To Expand Military Space Cadre
Source: Maxwell Air Force Base

Former NASA Astronaut Among Keynote Speakers At Cherwell Global Conference
Source: The Gazette

21st Space Wing Celebrates Air Force’s Birthday
Source: Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group

Expansion Of China’s Beidou Satellite Fleet Continues With Successful Launch
Source: Spaceflight Now

Three Companies Win NOAA Commercial Weather Data Pilot Contracts
Source: SpaceNews

Building On New Shepard, Blue Origin To Pump A Billion Dollars Into New Glenn Readiness

Football + Aerospace. One Night Only At Folsom Field
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Exploring Strange New Worlds: “Star Trek” Planet Vulcan Found
Source: University of Florida

Unprecedented Ice Loss In Russian Ice Cap
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Northrop, SSL, Sierra Nevada Awarded NASA Small Spacecraft Dev’t Contracts
Source: GovCon Wire

Illuminating First Light Data From Parker Solar Probe
Source: NASA

Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes
Source: NASA

Planet And Orbital Insight Expand Satellite Imagery Partnership
Source: Planet

CU Engineering Well-Positioned For DARPA’s New Push On Artificial Intelligence
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Commercial Crew Providers Believe They Now Meet NASA Safety Requirements
Source: SpaceNews

Candy-Pink Lagoon Serves Up Salt-Rich Diet For Potential Life On Mars
Source: Europlanet Society

ExoMars Highlights Radiation Risk For Mars Astronauts, And Watches As Dust Storm Subsides
Source: ESA

Orion’s First Service Module Integration Complete
Source: ESA

New Horizons Team Successfully Observes Next Target, Sets The Stage For Ultima Thule Flyby
Source: JHUAPL

Elon Musk Unveils First Tourist For SpaceX ‘Moon Loop’
Source: BBC News

NASA Names Holly Ridings New Chief Flight Director
Source: NASA

Scientists Receive $1.3 Million To Study New Propulsion Idea For Spacecraft
Source: Space Traveler Magazine

TESS Shares 1st Science Image In Hunt To Find New Worlds
Source: NASA

Lockheed Martin Introduces Mission Planning System That Connects Systems And Assets Across Domains
Source: Lockheed Martin

The Rise Of New Navigation Satellites
Source: World Satellite Business Week/Aviation Week

Boom’s Chief Test Pilot On The Thrill And Challenge Of Going Supersonic (Again)
Source: TechCrunch

General Atomics To Host NASA MAIA Payload On OBT-2 Satellite
Source: ExecutiveBiz

Air Force Secretary: Space Force Will Cost $13B In New Expenses
Source: DefenseNews

Moon Ship Rising
Source: Aerospace America

Cryovolcanism Helped Shape Dwarf Planet Ceres
Source: Planetary Science Institute

Scientists Locate Parent Lightning Strokes Of Sprites
Source: Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

NASA Marshall To Host Small Business Alliance Meeting, Present Indusy & Advocate Awards Sept. 20
Source: NASA

NASA Space Laser Will Track Earth’s Melting Poles And Disappearing Sea Ice
Source: Science

British Earth-Imaging Satellites Ride Indian Rocket Into Orbit
Source: Spaceflight Now

United Launch Alliance Selects NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex As The Future Home Of The Last Delta II Rocket
Source: United Launch Alliance

NASA Hires Maxar To Study Manufacturing In Space
Source: The Motley Fool

Delta Blue: Last Delta II Rocket Launch Leaves Behind Colorful Legacy

Engineers Say Goodbye To Society-Changing Delta 2 Rocket
Source: Spaceflight Now