April 5, 2017

Colorado Builds More Than Spacecraft

April 5, 2017 – This week, space professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs from around the world have come together at the 33rd Annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs to explore the future of all sectors of the space industry. Located one mile closer to space, Colorado’s aerospace companies, education institutions, and state leadership are growing aerospace talent and capabilities as the state’s aerospace industry continues to expand. Read More


SwRI Managing Development Of OCTOCAM Astronomical Instrument

SwRI is prime contractor overseeing the development of OCTOCAM, an astronomical workhorse housing eight detectors within the refrigerator-sized instrument. Designed to operate in concert with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, OCTOCAM will simultaneously observe visible and invisible light spectra almost instantaneously, in tens of milliseconds, to enhance Gemini South observations. Image Credit: Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia

April 5, 2017 – The Gemini Observatory has named Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) as prime contractor to develop OCTOCAM, a next-generation astronomical instrument to complement the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. OCTOCAM is a unique fast-multichannel imager and spectrograph, providing rapid exposures of high-resolution images and color spectra from ultraviolet to infrared wavelengths. Read More


NASA’s MAVEN Reveals Most Of Mars’ Atmosphere Was Lost To Space

This artist’s concept depicts the early Martian environment (right) – believed to contain liquid water and a thicker atmosphere – versus the cold, dry environment seen at Mars today (left). NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution is in orbit of the Red Planet to study its upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

April 5, 2017 – Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Read More


Design Evolution: Lockheed Martin Is Using 3-D Printed Parts For U.S. Military Satellites

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

April 5, 2017 – When the U.S. Air Force’s sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite launches into space, a 3-D printed part will be along for the ride. A Remote Interface Unit, an aluminum electronic enclosure designed to hold avionic circuits, will be the first 3-D printed part certified for use on a Lockheed Martin military satellite. Read More


United Launch Alliance Completes Crew Emergency Egress System

April 5, 2017 – The final test of the Emergency Egress System (EES) was conducted recently, signifying the completion of another United Launch Alliance (ULA) milestone supporting NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The EES was developed in support of Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule and is a means of rapid egress for astronauts in case of an anomaly. Read More


SwRI-Built Storm-Scanning Satellites Enter Operations Phase

hese SwRI-designed and -built spacecraft, eight microsatellites for NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission (shown during payload integration), recently transitioned into operations phase after a December 2016 launch into low-Earth orbit. The CYGNSS mission is designed to measure the ocean surface beneath a hurricane to allow scientists to predict wind speed and how strong a storm will be when it makes landfall. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

April 5, 2017 – NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission has successfully completed its development and commissioning phase and moved into the operations phase. The constellation of eight microsatellites — the first engineered and fabricated by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) — has now started on-orbit instrument calibration and validation and is on track to collect data for the 2017 hurricane season. Read More


EchoStar XXIII Satellite Successfully Positioned In Orbital Slot

April 5, 2017 – EchoStar Corporation reported April 3 that it has begun in-orbit testing of its new EchoStar XXIII satellite following successful placement into its geosynchronous orbital slot at 45° West longitude. Read More


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United Launch Alliance Issues Layoff Notices At Vandenberg AFB
Source: Noozhawk.com

United Launch Alliance has issued layoff notices to 48 employees at Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the company’s notice to the California Employment Development Department.


Kuprion Inc. To Bring Copper-Based Nanotechnology To The Global Market
Source: Kuprion Inc.

Imagine electronics using less power, running cooler, lasting longer and withstanding higher operating temperatures. This could be the future through a novel nanocopper-based assembly material developed by scientists at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California.


Five Questions For Robert Braun
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

When Robert Braun was 11, a neighbor brought him to work at the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. Braun was interested in space, and that day, the Viking 1 lander was scheduled to touch down on Mars, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to land on another planet.


Two Special Astronomy Events Planned At Adams State
Source: Adams State University

Learn more about solar eclipses and take a look through the powerful telescopes at the dark night sky.


Listening In On The Early Universe From The Far Side Of The Moon
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

A University of Colorado Boulder team has entered into a five-year, $4.5-million cooperative agreement with NASA to become part of a virtual institute to pursue the construction of astronomical observatories on the moon.


Three Students Earn National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

From rebuilding disaster-stricken communities to studying the effect of climate change on human migration patterns, 27 University of Colorado Boulder graduate students, including three from aerospace engineering sciences, will have an opportunity to expand their research efforts in the coming years after winning a prestigious 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.


Multifaceted Mines Team Takes On NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge
Source: Colorado School of Mines

A team of Colorado School of Mines students is one of just eight finalists in a NASA competition to design and build a system to extract water from the subsurface of Mars, and their ideas have a chance of someday making it into space.


Jeffco EDC Honors ADAPT
Source: ADAPT

ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, has been honored by the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation with its Genesis Award at the 24th annual Industry Appreciation Awards Breakfast.


Lockheed Martin Sets 18-Month Goal For A2100 Satellite Builds
Source: SpaceNews

Lockheed Martin wants to cut in half the time it needs to build satellites that use its flagship A2100 spacecraft platform.


Aerospace Symposium To Be Held In Longmont April 19
Source: Colorado Space Coalition

The Longmont Aerospace Symposium, scheduled for April 19, will feature the role businesses in Longmont play in the aerospace industry and specifically in getting to Mars. The event is sponsored by EnerSys Advanced Systems and will feature some of the top industry leaders from across the country.


UCAR Praises Passage Of Weather Research And Forecasting Innovation Act
Source: NCAR/UCAR

With the unanimous passage of legislation to improve weather research and prediction, Congress has taken a major step today toward strengthening the nation’s resilience to severe weather and boosting U.S. economic competitiveness.


Space Foundation Selects Chief Executive Officer
Source: Space Foundation

The Space Foundation announced today that Thomas E. “Tom” Zelibor, retired Rear Admiral, USN, has been selected as its Chief Executive Officer, effective April 30, 2017.


Deep Space Gateway To Open Opportunities For Distant Destinations
Source: NASA

NASA is leading the next steps into deep space near the moon, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems needed for challenging missions to deep space destinations including Mars. The area of space near the moon offers a true deep space environment to gain experience for human missions that push farther into the solar system, access the lunar surface for robotic missions but with the ability to return to Earth if needed in days rather than weeks or months.


NASA Laser Communications To Provide Orion Faster Connections
Source: NASA

NASA is working to forever change the way astronauts communicate to and from space using an advanced laser communications system called LEMNOS, which will enable exponentially faster connections than ever before.


Waves On Sun Give NASA New Insight Into Space Weather Forecasting
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Our sun is a chaotic place, simmering with magnetic energy and constantly spewing out particles. Sometimes the sun releases solar flares and coronal mass ejections — huge eruptions of charged particles — which contribute to space weather and can interfere with satellites and telecommunications on Earth. While it has long been hard to predict such events, new research has uncovered a mechanism that may help forecasting these explosions.


Lockheed Martin Debuts System To Protect Space Assets
Source: Lockheed Martin

A growing number of satellite system owners and operators need new capabilities to protect their assets and missions in space. To address this need, Lockheed Martin introduces iSpace – intelligent Space – which provide defense, civil, commercial, and international customers with sensor data processing, space domain awareness, command and control, and battle management capabilities for the space domain.


NASA’s Hybrid Computer Enables Raven’s Autonomous Rendezvous Capability
Source: NASA

A hybrid computing system developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven.


Unique Changes To Comet 67P Observed By Rosetta Spacecraft
Source: LASP

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft spent nearly two years orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, most of it at distances that allowed instruments to monitor and characterize the comet’s surface at unprecedented spatial scales. Some of the more remarkable changes documented during Rosetta’s mission were recently published in the journal Science.


ULA Hosts CisLunar Panel At 33rd Space Symposium
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno and key space enterprise partners discuss the vision of a self-sustained space economy within the confines of CisLunar space.