September 29, 2017

Astronaut, Physician Mae Jemison To Speak At CU Boulder In February

Mae C. Jemison

September 29, 2017 – The first woman of color to go into space and an icon of women’s rights and civil rights, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, will visit the University of Colorado Boulder February 27–28, 2018, as a guest of the Leo Hill Distinguished Leadership Speaker Series. She will give a keynote address, open to the public, and visit with students in the classroom during the series, which is aimed at inspiring and illustrating leadership. Read More


Small Collisions Make Big Impact On Mercury’s Thin Atmosphere

Scientists used models along with earlier findings from the MESSENGER mission to shed light on how certain types of comets influence the micrometeoroids that preferentially impact Mercury on the dawn side of the planet. Here, data from the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer, or MASCS, instrument is overlain on the mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System, or MDIS. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

September 29, 2017 – Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers. Read More


Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Expansion Of German Aerospace Center Partnership

Concept image of SNC’s habitation prototype based on its Dream Chaser cargo module. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

September 29, 2017 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, expanding its relationship with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for further collaboration on space initiatives. Read More


CU Boulder Awarded $1.1 Million To Support Underrepresented Doctoral Students

Dr. Ronald McNair died on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, also taking the lives of the spacecraft commander, Mr. F.R. Scobee, the pilot, Commander M.J. Smith (USN), mission specialists, Lieutenant Colonel E.S. Onizuka (USAF), and Dr. J.A. Resnik, and two civilian payload specialists, Mr. G.B. Jarvis and Mrs. S. C. McAuliffe.

September 29, 2017 – The University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded a five-year $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the McNair Scholars Program to help increase the number of doctoral degrees earned by students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read More


MAVEN Observes Large Solar Storm That Sparked Global Aurora On Mars

Image credit: NASA/Univ. of Colorado

September 29, 2017 – An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface, led by two Boulder teams, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft led by CU Boulder and the Mars Science Laboratory’s Radiation Assessment Detector led by the Boulder office of Southwest Research Institute.​ Read More


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Doubts Raised About Elon Musk’s Point-to-Point by Rocket Plan
Source: Parabolic Arc

John Logsdon has spotted a potentially showstopping problem with Elon Musk’s plans to fly people point-to-point using his humongous rocket.


SSL-Built Satellite For AsiaSat Begins Post-Launch Maneuvers According To Plan
Source: SSL

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator and SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the high performance AsiaSat 9 satellite was launched on 29 September Baikonur time (28 September US time) and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.


Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. Acquires TiNi Aerospace Inc.
Source: Ensign-Bickford

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) today announced it acquired TiNi Aerospace Inc. TiNi joins Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) and its subsidiary, NEA® Electronics, Inc., as well as new EBI acquisition Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. as another innovative solutions provider to aerospace and defense customers around the globe.


Students Help Solve Space-Farming Challenges
Source: NASA

College students working with NASA are helping devise solutions that may make living on other worlds possible. Short for eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge, the X-Hab Challenge represents one of several platforms NASA leverages to crowdsource solutions to complex challenges in order to keep humans healthy and productive in deep space. Universities submit their ideas and NASA’s technical experts review and select the proposals.


SWF Team Authors 2017 Space Law Moot Court Problem
Source: Secure World Foundation

Can two countries with a long history of peaceful relations avoid hostilities when their values and operations clash on the surface of the Moon? This is a key question posed in this year’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court problem authored by SWF Executive Director Dr. Michael Simpson and Space Law Advisor Christopher Johnson, Esq.


‘Son Of Concorde’ Moves Closer To Reality As NASA Tests Supersonic Prototype That Could Cut Travel Time From London To New York In Half
Source: Daily Mail

NASA has revealed the latest tests on a radical supersonic plane that could revolutionise air travel. The space agency is using a model of its Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) Preliminary Design in windtunnel tests at NASA’s Langley Research Center.


Hughes Wins Most Innovative Satellite Application/Service VSAT 2017 Stellar Award
Source: EchoStar

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced that its HughesNet® Gen5 service has been named the Most Innovative Satellite Application/Service by VSAT Global at the industry conference held in London, England. The VSAT Stellar Awards from VSAT Global recognize initiatives driving change across the satellite industry and celebrate the companies improving global connectivity.


SpaceX Explorer Commercial Options For Updated BFR Architecture, Elon Musk Sets ‘Aspirational’ Schedule
Source: Spaceflight101

SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk provided on update on the company’s proposed Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) and BFR Rocket on Friday, discussing a number of changes to the original ITS concept presented in 2016, notably a significant downsizing of the booster and spacecraft to enable a spinoff variant viable for commercial missions in Earth orbit to drive in revenue for the realization of ambitious projects like Moon Base Alpha and building a city on Mars.


Student Spotlight: Kate Berg From Peak To Peak Charter School
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Kate is part of a group of Peak to Peak students who create payloads for the United Launch Alliance’s intern rocket launches.


Space Visionaries Boost Pluto Lander
Source: EarthSky

This week – at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium (September 25-27, 2017) in Denver, Colorado – Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) presented a concept mission for a Pluto lander. As currently envisioned, the probe would land on Pluto using drag from the super-thin atmosphere and a few pounds of propellant. Then, it could explore the surface further by hopping from one location to another, using Pluto’s low gravity.


ILS Proton Successfully Launches The AsiaSat 9 Satellite For AsiaSat
Source: International Launch Services (ILS)

International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the AsiaSat 9 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong. This was the 3rd commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 96th ILS Proton launch overall.


Elon Musk Says His Next Spaceship Could Not Only Take You To The Moon And Mars, But From NY To London In 29 Minutes
Source: The Washington Post

For years, Elon Musk has been focused on building a colony on Mars. That’s why he founded SpaceX in 2002, and it’s been the driving force behind the company ever since. But during a speech in Adelaide, Australia, on Friday morning, Musk said he has dramatically expanded his already-outsize ambitions.


China Puts Secretive Satellite Trio Into Orbit Atop Long March 2C Rocket
Source: Spaceflight 101

China conducted a secretive launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Friday, involving a Long March 2C rocket deploying a trio of satellites into orbit under the designation Yaogan-30 Group 01. Friday’s launch marked China’s Return to Flight after the July 2nd failure of the Long March 5 rocket and likely opens a busy end-of-year salvo that has been observed with the Chinese space program for a number of recent years.