September 29, 2018 – October 5, 2018

Lockheed Martin Solicits Ideas For Commercial Payloads On Orion Spacecraft

Artist’s concept of an Orion spacecraft and its European-built service module near the moon. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

October 5, 2018 – Today, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany, Lockheed Martin announced it is studying interest in flying commercial payloads aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The market analysis is the first step toward the company’s vision of bringing commercial opportunities to deep space and fostering a thriving commercial marketplace beyond low-Earth orbit. Read More

NASA Voyager 2 Could Be Nearing Interstellar Space

This graphic shows the position of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes relative to the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Voyager 1 crossed the heliopause, or the edge of the heliosphere, in 2012. Voyager 2 is still in the heliosheath, or the outermost part of the heliosphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 5, 2018 – NASA’s Voyager 2 probe, currently on a journey toward interstellar space, has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 is a little less than 11 billion miles (about 17.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, or more than 118 times the distance from Earth to the Sun. Read More

Raytheon Delivers First SeeMe Satellite To DARPA

Raytheon is producing small satellites on its advanced, automated missile production lines. Image Credit: Raytheon

October 5, 2018 – Raytheon Company has delivered the first Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements, or SeeMe, satellite to DARPA. Assembled on the company’s advanced missile production lines, the new SeeMe satellite will provide greater situational awareness to soldiers on the ground. Read More

NASA Evaluates Commercial Small-Sat Earth Data For Science

NASA awarded contracts to acquire test satellite data sets from three private sector organizations including SPIRE, which operates the LEMUR-2 constellation of 3U CubeSat satellites. Image Credit: SPIRE

October 5, 2018 – NASA has launched a pilot program to evaluate how Earth science data from commercial small-satellite constellations could supplement observations from the agency’s fleet of orbiting Earth science missions. On September 28, the agency awarded sole-source contracts to acquire test data sets from three private sector organizations. Read More

Lockheed Martin Reveals New Human Lunar Lander Concept

Lockheed Martin’s crewed lunar lander concept shows how to send astronauts to the surface of the Moon for sustainable exploration. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

October 3, 2018 – Today, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany, Lockheed Martin experts revealed the company’s crewed lunar lander concept and showed how the reusable lander aligns with NASA’s lunar Gateway and future Mars missions. Read More

Hubble Finds Compelling Evidence For A Moon Outside The Solar System

This artist’s impression depicts the exomoon candidate Kepler-1625b-i, the planet it is orbiting and the star in the centre of the star system. Kepler-1625b-i is the first exomoon candidate and, if confirmed, the first moon to be found outside the Solar System. Like many exoplanets, Kepler-1625b-i was discovered using the transit method. Exomoons are difficult to find because they are smaller than their companion planets, so their transit signal is weak, and their position in the system changes with each transit because of their orbit. This requires extensive modelling and data analysis. Image Credit: NASA/ESA

October 3, 2018 – Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and older data from the Kepler Space Telescope two astronomers have found the first compelling evidence for a moon outside our own Solar System. The data indicate an exomoon the size of Neptune, in a stellar system 8000 light-years from Earth. The new results are presented in the journal Science Advances. Read More

James Webb Space Telescope Speaks For The First Time At Northrop Grumman

echnicians and engineers work to prepare the two halves of the James Webb Space Telescope for continued integration and testing. Image Credit: Chris Gunn/NASA

October 3, 2018 – The two super elements of the James Webb Space Telescope successfully communicated for the first time. The test was completed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, in partnership with NASA, and demonstrated operability of the electrical interfaces between the Optical Telescope element/Integrated Science instrument module (OTIS) and Spacecraft Element (SCE). Read More

NASA, NOAA Convene GOES 17 Mishap Investigation Board

October 2, 2018 – NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have appointed a board to investigate an instrument anomaly aboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 17 weather satellite currently in orbit. Read More

OSIRIS-REx Executes First Asteroid Approach Maneuver

Illustration of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine. Image Credit: University of Arizona

October 2, 2018 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-1) today putting it on course for its scheduled arrival at the asteroid Bennu in December. The spacecraft’s main engine thrusters fired in a braking maneuver designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to Bennu from approximately 1,100 mph (491 m/sec) to 313 mph (140 m/sec). The mission team will continue to examine telemetry and tracking data as they become available and will have more information on the results of the maneuver over the next week. Read More

Discovery Center Recognizes World Space Week With Half-Off Admission

Image Credit: Space Foundation

October 1, 2018 – Declared by the United Nations in 1999, World Space Week is a global celebration of space science and technology. The Space Foundation is celebrating the week with half-off admission to its public Discovery Center, where visitors can discover (or re-discover) the excitement of space and space travel. Read More

A Half-Century of Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror In The Rockies

October 1, 2018 – More than 100 science fiction/fantasy/horror authors, artists and other participants will speak and autograph books at the 50th annual MileHiCon at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center October 19, 20 and 21, 2018. During the weekend, over 200 different programs will be offered on subjects including writing, publishing, artist demonstrations, hands-on workshops, science presentations, autograph sessions, kids programming, CosPlay, gaming and much more. Read More

Kepler Put In Sleep Mode As Telescope’s Pointing Performance Degrades

Image Credit: NASA

October 1, 2018 – NASA’s Kepler team has received data showing that the spacecraft’s ability to point precisely has degraded. In order to preserve high-value science data collected during its latest observation campaign, the Kepler team has placed the spacecraft in a stable, no-fuel-use sleep mode. Read More

Lockheed Martin Contract To Marry Machine Learning With 3-D Printing For More Reliable Parts

Soon robots like this could make decisions on how to build more effective 3-D printed parts. This multi-axis printer uses laser beams to deposit material and make metal components, which could be important resources for people far from supply chains. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

October 1, 2018 – Today, 3-D printing generates parts used in ships, planes, vehicles and spacecraft, but it also requires a lot of babysitting. High-value and intricate parts sometimes require constant monitoring by expert specialists to get them right. Furthermore, if any one section of a part is below par, it can render the whole part unusable. That’s why Lockheed Martin and the Office of Naval Research are exploring how to apply artificial intelligence to train robots to independently oversee—and optimize—3-D printing of complex parts. Read More

New Horizons Team Rehearses For New Year’s Flyby

From left, Kirby Runyon, Rajani Dhingra, Mallory Kinczyk and Kelsi Singer discuss the two primary objects of the simulated Ultima Thule system. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Henry Throop

September 29, 2018 – You never know what you’re going to see when you visit a world for the first time — particularly when it’s on the solar system’s most distant frontier – but you can get ready to see it. NASA’s New Horizons science team recently wrapped up a three-day rehearsal of the busiest days around the mission’s December 31- January 1 flyby of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object orbiting a billion miles beyond Pluto. Read More

Lockheed Martin Invests $750,000 In FIRST To Nurture Scientists, Engineers, And Space Explorers Of Tomorrow

September 29, 2018 – FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international K-12 not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen, today announced a $750,000 investment from Lockheed Martin. As a FIRST Strategic Partner, the global security and aerospace company is recognized as providing the highest level of sponsorship through cumulative and overarching support of the world’s leading child-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Read More

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Source: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

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Source: Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

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Source: Astrobotic

Parker Solar Probe Changed The Game Before It Even Launched
Source: NASA

Three Hops In Three Asteroid Days — MASCOT Successfully Completes The Exploration Of The Surface Of Asteroid Ryugu
Source: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

W.M. Keck Observatory Names New Chief Scientist
Source: W.M. Keck Observatory

Curiosity Rover To Temporarily Switch ‘Brains’
Source: NASA

Lockheed Martin Selects Industry Mission Payload Providers For Next Gen OPIR Missile Warning System
Source: Lockheed Martin

Moon Express Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With The Canadian Space Agency
Source: Moon Express

ICESat-2 Laser Fires For 1st Time, Measures Antarctic Height
Source: NASA

NASA, UAE Space Agency Sign Historic Implementing Arrangement For Cooperation In Human Spaceflight
Source: NASA

US State Department Clarifies Satellite Thruster Regulations
Source: SpaceNews

Dream Chaser Mock-Up Helps Colorado Engineers Prepare For Mission
Source: CBS Denver

NASA Concedes No Commercial Crew Flights This Year

W.M. Keck Observatory Awarded NSF Grant To Develop Next-Generation Adaptive Optics System
Source: W.M. Keck Observatory

NASA Television To Air Launch Of NASA Astronaut On First Space Mission
Source: NASA

Innovative Single-Person Spacecraft Design Passes Leak Test

Space Station Crew Returns To Earth, Lands Safely In Kazakhstan
Source: NASA

Building Robots That Eat Asteroids For Science, Safety, And Profit Seminar, Oct. 5
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

MASCOT Lands Safely On Asteroid Ryugu
Source: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

NASA, Israel Space Agency Sign Agreement For Commercial Lunar Cooperation
Source: NASA

First Orion Service Module Ready For Shipment To The U.S.
Source: SpaceNews

Statement On International Space Station Leak Investigation
Source: NASA

Black Holes Ruled Out As Universe’s Missing Dark Matter
Source: UC Berkeley

Memorandum Of Understanding With National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) For Cooperation On The X-Ray Imaging And Spectroscopy Mission: XRISM
Source: JAXA

Astronaut Tim Kopra Leaves NASA
Source: NASA

For Collecting Weather Data, Tiny Satellites Measure Up To Billion-Dollar Cousins
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SpaceX Completes Hotfire Test, Preps For First California Rocket Landing
Source: Spaceflight Now

ISS Partners Show Interest In Station Extension
Source: SpaceNews

Space Foundation Joins Italian Partners For New Space Expoforum 2019
Source: Space Foundation

Beyond Earth: A Chronicle Of Deep Space Exploration
Source: NASA

Descent Begins For European Asteroid Lander
Source: Spaceflight Now

New Extremely Distant Solar Sytem Object Found During Hunt For Planet X
Source: Carnegie Institution For Science

Russian Official Sounds Skeptical Note About Gateway
Source: SpaceNews

Computer Simulation Follows Light To Supermassive Black Holes
Source: Rochester Institute of Technology

New Horizons Sails Through ‘Final Exam’ Before Ultima Thule Encounter

Unusual Pair Of Asteroids Reveal Evidence For Early Planetary Shake-Up
Source: SciTechDaily

What’s Free-Space Got That Fiber Optics Don’t?
Source: LGS

NASA Opens Door To Additional Cooperation With China
Source: SpaceNews

Boeing Teams With Robotic Skies To Provide Enhanced Commercial Unmanned Aircraft System Services
Source: Boeing

A Wrench In Earth’s Engine
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Maxar’s SSL Selected By NASA To Develop Critical Technologies For On-Orbit Servicing And Space Exploration
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.

Kettering University Students Work On NASA Orion Spacecraft Cameras
Source: Kettering University

Man vs. Machine
Source: Washington Examiner

Interning At Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Company
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Hubble’s Warped View Of The Universe
Source: NASA

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Source: DigitalGlobe

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Source: Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group

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Source: University of Bern

LeoLabs Selects New Zealand To Expand Its Space Radar Network
Source: LeoLabs, Inc.

NASA Climate Mission Trump Tried To Kill Moves Forward
Source: Science

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