September 8 – September 14, 2018

MarCO Makes Space For Small Explorers

Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

September 13, 2018 – Twenty years ago, CubeSats — a class of boxy satellites small enough to fit in a backpack — were used by universities as a teaching aid. Simpler, smaller and cheaper than traditional satellites, they’ve made space more accessible to private companies and science agencies.

This summer, NASA has been flying the first two next-generation CubeSats to deep space. They’re currently on their way to Mars, trailing thousands of miles behind the InSight spacecraft. InSight and its CubeSat tag-alongs are already more than halfway to the Red Planet. Read More

Cassini’s Final View Of Titan’s Northern Lakes And Seas

During NASA’s Cassini mission’s final distant encounter with Saturn’s giant moon Titan, the spacecraft captured this view of the enigmatic moon’s north polar landscape of lakes and seas, which are filled with liquid methane and ethane. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

September 13, 2018 – During NASA’s Cassini mission’s final distant encounter with Saturn’s giant moon Titan, the spacecraft captured the enigmatic moon’s north polar landscape of lakes and seas, which are filled with liquid methane and ethane. They were captured on September 11, 2017 and four days later, Cassini was deliberately plunged into the atmosphere of Saturn. Read More

NASA Tests Space Tech On UP Aerospace Rocket

NASA’s Flight Opportunities funds flight of space technology on UP Aerospace’s rocket poised to launch at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Image Credit: NASA/Lauren Hughes

September 12, 2018 – Three NASA technology demonstration payloads launched aboard UP Aerospace’s SpaceLoft 12 mission from Spaceport America in New Mexico on September 12. Read More

Viasat Selects United Launch Alliance’s Proven Atlas V Rocket For Commercial Satellite Launch

September 10, 2018 – Global communications company, Viasat Inc., announced today it selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch one of its ViaSat-3 satellite missions. This is the first commercial contract ULA has directly signed since assuming responsibility for the marketing and sales of the Atlas V launch vehicle from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services earlier this year. Read More

SwRI Scientists Find Evidence For Early Planetary Shake-Up

SwRI scientist studied the binary asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius, shown in this artist’s conception, to determine that a shake-up of the giant planets likely happened early in the solar system’s history, within the first 100 million years. Image Credit: W.M. Keck Observatory/Lynette Cook

September 10, 2018 – Scientists at Southwest Research Institute studied an unusual pair of asteroids and discovered that their existence points to an early planetary rearrangement in our solar system. These bodies, called Patroclus and Menoetius, are targets of NASA’s upcoming Lucy mission. Read More

Boeing HorizonX Ventures Invest In BridgeSat To Advance Satellite Communications

September 10, 2018 – Boeing today announced its investment in Denver-based BridgeSat Inc., an optical communications solutions company enabling the future of connectivity in space through a network of ground stations and proprietary space terminals. Read More

Propose A Course For The CU Space Minor

Image Credit: NASA

September 8, 2018 – In response to the space industry boom and expanded roles of both CU Boulder and the state of Colorado in space exploration and space-developed technology, the university launched an undergraduate space minor in the 2016–17 academic year. Read More

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Firefly Aerospace Saves Space Foundation International Student Art Contest
Source: Space Foundation

United Launch Alliance To Launch Final Delta II With NASA’s ICESat-2
Source: United Launch Alliance

You’re Invited: SatSummit 2018
Source: Secure World Foundation

Larson And Lewis Honored With 2018 Distinguished Research Lectureship
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Jody Singer Named Director Of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Source: NASA

BUFFALO Charges Toward The Earliest Galaxies
Source: ESA

Exploring The Solar System? You May Need To Pack An Umbrella
Source: NASA

HyperSat LLC To Launch World’s First Commercial Constellation Of High-Resolution Hyperspectral Imaging Satellites In 2020
Source: HyperSat LLC

NASA-Funded ELFIN To Study How Electrons Gets Lost
Source: NASA

Juno Captures Elusive “Brown Barge”
Source: NASA

Pitted Cones: Possible Methane Sources?
Source: NASA

Response Data For Hurricane Florence
Source: DigitalGlobe

Space Seems Closer For Colorado High Schoolers Thanks To ISS Astronaut And Alum
Source: KUNC

SpaceX Promises Details Of “Private Passenger” Moon Flight Monday
Source: Spaceflight Now

Air Force To Award $7.2 Billion Contract To Lockheed Martin For 22 GPS Satellites
Source: SpaceNews

Maxar’s DigitalGlobe And LeoLabs Working To Promote Safe, Responsible Spaceflight
Source: DigitalGlobe

2018 Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings
Source: PwC US

The Evolution Of Thor – Delta II Prepares For Swansong

And The Emmy Goes To Cassini’s Grand Finale
Source: NASA

Sheltair Expands Westward
Source: Business Air

Aerojet Rocketdyne, NASA Conduct Second Evaluation Of RS-25 Engine; Eileen Drake Quoted
Source: ExecutiveBiz

SDO Spots 2 Lunar Transits In Space
Source: NASA

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Available For Interviews Before First Spaceflight
Source: NASA

Ball Aerospace Receives Exclusive License To Build LIDAR Cameras For Defense And Aerospace Industries
Source: Ball Aerospace

Raytheon Strengthens Alliance With Commercial Satellite Company, HawkEye 360, To Further Enhance Data Analytics For Government Users
Source: Raytheon

Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Announces The Availability Of MDA RADARSAT-2 Data In SecureWatch
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.

SpaceX Launches New Communications Satellite, Sticks Rocket Landing

Western Colorado Telescope Joins Air Force Network
Source: The Durango Herald

DARPA Launches $2B Campaign To Advance R&D Work On ‘Third Wave’ AI Tech
Source: GovCon Wire

FY19 Oversight Hearing On The NASA James Webb Space Telescope
Source: Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives

Spaceport Colorado Sells The Future
Source: The Denver Post

Haiyang-1C Launched By China’s Long March 2C

Dwindling Fuel Levels And A Balky Thruster Can’t Keep Kepler Down
Source: Spaceflight Now

Air Force Releases New Target Dates For Upcoming Military Launches
Source: Spaceflight Now