September 6, 2017

EchoStar III Satellite Recovered And Retired

September 6, 2017 – EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced today that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. Read More

GE Additive’s Design For Additive Manufacturing Course Comes To Denver

September 6, 2017 – H2 Manufacturing Solutions, in cooperation with GE Additive and Manufacturer’s Edge, is bringing GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course to Denver on October 24 and 25, 2017. The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will provide classroom space for the program. Read More

Second Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite Successfully Completes Test Simulating Strenuous Launch Environment

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Air Force’s second GPS III space vehicle (GPS III SV 02) successfully completed acoustic testing. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

September 6, 2017 – Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite’s life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. Read More

New Horizons Files Flight Plan For 2019 Flyby

Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flying by a possible binary 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019. Early observations of MU69 hint at the Kuiper Belt object being either a binary orbiting pair or a contact (stuck together) pair of nearly like-sized bodies with diameters near 20 and 18 kilometers (12 and 11 miles). Image Credit: NASA/Carlos Hernandez

September 6, 2017 – NASA’s New Horizons mission has set the distance for its New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, aiming to come three times closer to MU69 than it famously flew past Pluto in 2015. Read More

Jupiter’s Aurora Presents A Powerful Mystery

This is a reconstructed view of Jupiter’s northern lights through the filters of Juno’s Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (UVS) instrument on Dec. 11, 2016, as the Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter, passed over its poles, and plunged towards the equator. Such measurements present a real challenge for the spacecraft’s science instruments: Juno flies over Jupiter’s poles at 30 miles (50 kilometers) per second — more than 100,000 miles per hour — speeding past auroral forms in a matter of seconds. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI

September 6, 2017 – Scientists on NASA’s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter’s polar regions that contribute to the giant planet’s powerful aurora – only not in ways the researchers expected. Read More

Ball Aerospace Delivers The JPSS-1 Weather Satellite To Launch Site

Delivery truck carrying the NOAA JPSS-1 departing from Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

September 6, 2017 – Ball Aerospace successfully delivered the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), NOAA’s next-generation polar orbiting weather satellite, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on August 31. This follows a successful pre-ship review with NASA at Ball’s Boulder, Colorado, manufacturing complex. Read More

X-Rays Reveal Temperament Of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars

This artist’s illustration depicts one of these comparatively calm, older Sun-like stars with a planet in orbit around it. The large dark area is a “coronal hole”, a phenomenon associated with low levels of magnetic activity. The inset box shows the Chandra data of one of the observed objects, a two billion year old star called GJ 176, located 30 light years from Earth. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Queens Univ. of Belfast/R.Booth, et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

September 6, 2017 – A new X-ray study has revealed that stars like the Sun and their less massive cousins calm down surprisingly quickly after a turbulent youth. This result has positive implications for the long-term habitability of planets orbiting such stars. Read More

Astronaut Jack Fischer Back From Space

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer talks on the phone with President Donald Trump as Fischer flew on a NASA plane to Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston Sunday, September 3, 2017. Image Credit: NASA/Dan Huot

September 6, 2017 – Colorado astronaut Jack Fischer returned to Earth after spending months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Fischer, NASA’s Peggy Whitson, and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, landed back on Earth at 7:22 p.m. MDT September 2 in Kazakhstan. Read More

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Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller
Source: Defense One

Last month, Lockheed Martin released the first images from its experimental Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-optical Reconnaissance, or SPIDER, program. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, SPIDER is basically a telescope on a microchip. But it collects light data very differently from a conventional telescope.

Orbital ATK Completes Qualification Of Solid Rocket Booster Avionics For NASA’s Space Launch System
Source: Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, recently completed an important qualification test of the avionics system for the solid rocket boosters the company has developed and is now manufacturing for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). Completion of this milestone is an important step toward preparing the SLS and Orion spacecraft for their first flight in 2019.

Starliner To Start “Hot Fire” Engine Tests In New Mexico
Source: Boeing

A test version of the CST-100 Starliner — Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation vehicle — will soon begin a series of “hot fire” tests at NASA’s White Sand Facility in New Mexico. Boeing is building the Starliner for NASA to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station, with a first crewed flight test scheduled for next year.

New Swarming Drone Technology Could Help Find Lost Hikers, Study Wildlife
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder researchers have developed an advanced drone “swarming” technology that allows a single operator to control multiple unmanned aircraft for a variety of tasks, which could include searching for lost hikers or studying wildlife.

Earth Networks Launches Advanced Weather Service For Commercial Drone Market
Source: Earth Networks

Earth Networks, the leading provider of weather intelligence solutions today announced Sferic DroneFlight – a new advanced predictive weather offering specifically designed for rapidly growing commercial drone markets within construction, insurance, oil and gas, agriculture, and public safety. The announcement was made ahead of InterDrone, one of the world’s largest annual conferences focused on innovation in the drone industry.

Still Time To Register For ASU STEM Saturdays
Source: Adams State University

There are still spaces available for Adams State University Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays. These free interactive sessions will stimulate imagination and curiosity of students. The Exploring Infectious Disease with Molecular Tools scheduled for September 16, is open to grades 9 through 12. Earlier promotional materials had the wrong age group listed.

ISRO Suspects Pyro Elements Failed To Separate Rocket’s Heat Shield
Source: The Statesman

The Indian space agency is strongly suspecting the failure of pyro elements for the non-separation of the heat shield of its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s (PSLV) XL variant on Aug 31, said a senior official.

Does The Organic Material Of Comets Predate Our Solar System?
Source: CNRS

The ESA’s Rosetta mission, which ended in September 2016, found that organic matter made up 40% (by mass) of the nucleus of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a.k.a. Chury. Organic compounds, combining carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, are building blocks of life on Earth. Yet, according to Jean-Loup Bertaux and Rosine Lallement–from the Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (CNRS / UPMC / Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) and the Galaxies, Étoiles, Physique et Instrumentation department of the Paris Observatory (Observatoire de Paris / CNRS / Université Paris Diderot), respectively–these organic molecules were produced in interstellar space, well before the formation of the Solar System.

As Hurricane Approaches, SpaceX Poised To Launch Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane
Source: SpaceNews

As Florida braces for a hurricane expected to make landfall this weekend, the U.S. Air Force and SpaceX still hope to launch the X-37B reusable spaceplane before the storm hits.

Arianespace Resets Next Launch To Late September After Finding Electrical Equipment Problem
Source: SpaceNews

Arianespace is rescheduling the Ariane 5 launch meant for yesterday to the end of the month, having traced the source of the computer-triggered mission abort to a solid-propellant booster problem.

Mars Simulation Base Planned For Science, Ecotourism

Planners have mapped out a 400-million-yuan ($61 million) development plan to turn a red rock basin in China into a Mars scientific research base and eco-tourism site.

Readout Of President Donald J. Trump’s Call With NASA Astronauts Peggy Whitson And Jack Fischer
Source: The White House

President Donald J. Trump spoke with NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer who just returned to Earth after lengthy stays aboard the International Space Station.

PCC Named National Center Of Academic Excellence For Cyber Defense Education
Source: Pueblo Community College

The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Pueblo Community College a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE2Y) for its cyber security program.

Esprit Venture Challenge
Source: Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Boulder is a hotbed for entrepreneurs, winning top ratings for its inviting environment, top-tier research and education institutions, and diversity of businesses that attract highly educated, creative and collaborative individuals who are willing to take risks — people we call “Boulderpreneurs.” The Boulder Chamber’s Esprit Venture Challenge, presented by Colorado PERA, showcases the next generation of risk-taking Boulderpreneurs that the unique Boulder ecosystem fosters. If your company meets the criteria and can follow the Contest Rules and Terms of Use, you have a chance to win $10,000.

Two Significant Solar Flares Imaged By NASA’s SDO
Source: NASA

The sun emitted two significant solar flares on the morning of Sept. 6, 2017. The first peaked at 5:10 a.m. EDT and the second, larger flare, peaked at 8:02 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured images of both events.

Nevertheless, It Moves
Source: NASA/JPL

The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement seen in this movie sequence.

Astronomers Around World Submit Science Proposals For NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
Source: NASA

NASA’s call for proposals for its Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (ERS) program for the James Webb Space Telescope garnered worldwide participation, with scientists from 38 countries submitting a total of 106 scientific proposals.

Lockheed Martin Exec On Why It’s Investing $350M In A Colorado Satellite Factory
Source: Denver Business Journal

The investment comes despite uncertainty clouding federal space budgets.