September 22 – September 28, 2018

Catalyst Accelerator Welcomes Second Cohort With Public Kick-Off

AFRL/RV Catalyst Accelerator on the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs kicks-off the customer discovery process with a Rapid Fire Commercialization Panel. Image Credit: Catalyst Accelerator

September 28, 2018 – The Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) Catalyst Accelerator will welcome the program’s second cohort with a public Kick-Off to be held Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs. A defense and national security industry accelerator headquartered at the Catalyst Campus, the AFRL/RV Catalyst Accelerator is the first accelerator program to be held in Southern Colorado. The official launch of this cohort on October 3 will welcome eight small businesses working on disruptive Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies. Read More

NASA Awards Contract For Climate Pathfinder Mission Instrument

September 28, 2018 – NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for development of a reflected solar spectrometer for the agency’s Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder mission. Read More

United Launch Alliance Building Rocket Of The Future With Industry-Leading Strategic Partnerships

Blue Origin’s BE-4 Engine Selected by ULA to Power Vulcan. Image Credit: Blue Origin

September 27, 2018 – United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) next-generation rocket – the Vulcan Centaur – is making strong progress in development and is on track for its initial flight in mid-2020. The Vulcan Centaur rocket design leverages the proven success of the Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicles while introducing advanced technologies and innovative features. Read More

Lockheed Martin Executive Tobey Joins CU Engineering

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

September 27, 2018 – Kathryn Tobey, who recently retired as a Lockheed Martin executive, is joining the University of Colorado Boulder as a scholar in residence. CU Engineering Dean Bobby Braun today announced Tobey‘s appointment to the college’s Engineering Management Program. Read More

Both Halves Of NASA’s Webb Telescope Successfully Communicate

Technicians send and monitor a series of commands to the James Webb Space Telescope that are designed to mimic how it will function in space. Tests like these help to assess the overall health of the observatory, while also ensuring that two halves of the observatory that have been temporarily connected with ground harnesses are ready for final assembly next year. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

September 26, 2018 – For the first time, the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — the spacecraft and the telescope–were connected together using temporary ground wiring that enabled them to “speak” to each other like they will in flight. Read More

NASA Administrator Talks Training, Future Missions With Newest Astronaut Class

Image Credit: NASA

September 26, 2018 – NASA’s newest class of astronaut trainees will join agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine Thursday, September 27, to talk about their experiences in the training program, hopes for future missions, and more, in a live episode of Watch This Space. The one-hour program will air at 8 a.m. MDT (10 a.m. EDT) on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Read More

UCAR, NSF Sign Agreement For NCAR Management

September 26, 2018 – The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for five years. The agreement, for up to $630M subject to the availability of funds, was signed last week. Read More

Opportunity Emerges In A Dusty Picture

NASA’s Opportunity rover appears as a blip in the center of this square. This image taken by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the dust storm over Perseverance Valley has substantially cleared. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

September 26, 2018 – NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again. A new image produced by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), shows a small object on the slopes of the Red Planet’s Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending into the Martian valley when a dust storm swept over the region a little more than 100 days ago. Read More

SwRI’s Alan Stern Awarded 2018 Lowell Thomas Award In Engineering Exploration

SwRI’s Dr. Alan Stern was selected by The Explorers Club to receive the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award in Engineering Exploration. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

September 24, 2018 – The Explorers Club has selected Dr. Alan Stern to receive the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award in Engineering Exploration. Stern, associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute, serves as principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission, which made headlines worldwide when the spacecraft made the first exploration of the Pluto system and set a record for the most distant worlds ever explored at more than 3 billion miles from the Sun. The spacecraft is now set to break that record on January 1, 2019, when it explores Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule — a billion miles past Pluto. Read More

DigitalGlobe Selected To Create A Geospatial Cloud Analytics Hub For DARPA

September 24, 2018 – DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract valued at $3.2 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide an unclassified environment with multi-source content for geospatial cloud analytics. This platform, called the Geospatial Cloud Analytics Hub (GCA Hub), will enable military and intelligence end users to leverage machine learning to extract insights at scale and make critical decisions. MDA, also a Maxar company, will provide RADARSAT-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and SAR data curation and processing tools to help DARPA users detect features and change faster and more accurately within GCA Hub. Read More

MAVEN Selfie Marks Four Years In Orbit At Mars

This image identifies the various parts of the MAVEN spacecraft selfie, with an artist’s sketch of the spacecraft for comparison. Individual components are identified in both the selfie and the computer image. Notice that the computer-generated image shows the IUVS instrument, but that it is not visible in the actual selfie (because that’s what’s taking the picture!). Image Credit: University of Colorado/NASA

September 24, 2018 – NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is celebrating four years in orbit studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet and how it interacts with the Sun and the solar wind. To mark the occasion, the team has released a selfie image of the spacecraft at Mars. Read More

Dust Storms On Titan Spotted By Cassini For The First Time

Artist’s impression of a dust storm on Titan. Researchers believe that huge amounts of dust can be raised on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, by strong wind gusts that arise in powerful methane storms. Such methane storms, previously observed in images from the international Cassini spacecraft, can form above dune fields that cover the equatorial regions of this moon especially around the equinox, the time of the year when the Sun crosses the equator. Image Credit: IPGP/Labex UnivEarthS/University Paris Diderot – C. Epitalon & S. Rodriguez

September 24, 2018 – Data from the international Cassini spacecraft that explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017 has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Titan. Read More

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We’re Hosting A ‘Moon To Mars’ Event At An Agency Location Nearest You
Source: NASA

National Solar Observatory Molding The Future Of Solar Physics Research Thanks To New NSF Funding
Source: National Solar Observatory

Space Foundation Selects Richard B. Cooper For New Strategic Communications & Outreach VP Position At Its Washington D.C. Office
Source: Space Foundation

IRISS To Conduct Further Research For TORUS Through 2020
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Students Get Inside Look At Ball Corp. Through First-Ever Career Day With CU Boulder
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

JunoCam Captures Dynamics Of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
Source: AAS Nova

Software Finds The Best Way To Stick A Mars Landing
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Plasma Thruster: New Space Debris Removal Technology
Source: Tohoku University

Jovian Swirls
Source: NASA

CubeRover To Develop Next Generation Planetary Rovers In Luxembourg
Source: Astrobotic Technology, Inc.

Author Christopher Stone Addresses Space Deterrence At Peterson
Source: U.S. Air Force/21st Space Wing

Greg Moss Explores The Colorado Air And Space Port

Tiny Satellite Stepped Onto Big Stage As Florence Churned
Source: Blue Canyon Technologies

NASA Unveils Sustainable Campaign To Return To Moon, On To Mars
Source: NASA

NASA To Air Live Coverage Of International Space Station Crew Landing
Source: NASA

Air Force Confirms It Received A Second Mystery Bid For GPS 3
Source: SpaceNews

Two Years After Rosetta
Source: University of Bern

ULA Awarded $867M To Sustain Launch Vehicles For Air Force EELV Program
Source: GovCon Wire

Interpreting New Findings Of Methane On Mars
Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

VLA Discovers Powerful Jet Coming From “Wrong” Kind Of Star
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

How A Tiny Curiosity Motor Identified A Massive Martian Dust Storm
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Tests Tiny Satellites To Track Global Storms
Source: NASA

Capella Space Closes $19M Series B To Deliver Reliable Earth Observation Data On Demand
Source: Capella Space

Firefly Aerospace Welcomes Shea Ferring As Vice President Of Mission Assurance
Source: Firefly Aerospace, Inc.

Satellite Built By Maxar’s SSL Successfully Performing Maneuvers
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.

ESA Choosing CubeSat Companions For Hera Asteroid Mission
Source: ESA

NASA Extends Chandra Operations, Science Support Contract
Source: NASA

Dark Side Of The Moon Holds Clues To Early Universe
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Space Mining — Learning How To Fuel An Interplanetary Gas Station
Source: NPR

Vector Awarded Patent For Enhanced Liquid Oxygen-Propylene Rocket Engine, Builds On Foundational Technology In Preparation Of Orbital Attempt
Source: Vector

NASA Is Taking A New Look At Searching For Life Beyond Earth
Source: NASA

Aerojet Rocketdyne Seeks Other Customers For AR1 Engine
Source: SpaceNews

Congress Includes Space Provisions In FAA Bill As Industry Seeks Action On Other Regulatory Issues
Source: SpaceNews

ArianeSpace Conducts Its 300th Mission With The 100th Ariane 5 Launch

Development Engine Continues RS-25 Ground Testing

Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Now Accepting Applications For The 2018-2019 Program
Source: Northrop Grumman

Financial Document Reveals Vulcan Rocket Engine Competition Is Over
Source: Ars Technica

Innovation Center Opens At Lockheed Martin In Orlando
Source: Lockheed Martin

Boeing Completes Acquisition Of Millenium Space Systems
Source: Boeing

Ancient Mars Had Right Conditions For Underground Life, New Research Suggests
Source: Brown University

MINERVA-II1: Successful Image Capture, Landing On Ryugu And Hop!
Source: JAXA

Martian Moon May Have Come From Impact On Home Planet, New Study Suggests
Source: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

A New Look At The Solar Corona
Source: AAS Nova

Four Extremely Young Asteroid Families Identified
Source: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Partnership Enables Landmark Science Glovebox Launch To Space Station
Source: NASA

NASA, BOEM To Study Technology For Next Generation Animal Tracking
Source: NASA

What’s The Recipe For A Habitable Planet?
Source: EarthSky Communications, Inc.

Japan Conducts HTV-7 Launch To Space Station, Test Of New Recoverable Capsule

Where No Commercial Satellite Bus Has Gone Before
Source: SpaceNews

Commanders In Chief: The Women Building America’s Military Machine
Source: Fortune

Lockheed Preps Ground System To Support GPS III Launches
Source: GPS World