April 8 – April 14, 2019

Mapping The Energy Of Lightning In Space

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

April 14, 2019 – A lightning strike releases an incredible amount of energy, most of it felt on Earth’s surface, but some of that energy travels up, far above the clouds and into space, and a new satellite is being designed by the University of Colorado Boulder to map the phenomenon. Read More

NASA Twins Study Offers New Insight On How A Human’s Body Responds To Spaceflight

Colorado State University Professor Susan Bailey studies telomeres, or the protective ‘caps’ on the ends of chromosomes. Telomeres typically shorten as a person ages. Image Credit: John Eisele/Colorado State University

April 14, 2019 – When NASA decided to study identical twin astronauts — one remaining on Earth while the other orbited high above for nearly one year, starting in March 2015 — scientists were not sure what they would find. Read More

Sending American Astronauts To The Moon In 2024; NASA Accepts The Challenge

Image Credit: NASA

April 14, 2019 – The president directed NASA to land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, and the agency is working to accelerate humanity’s return to the lunar surface by all means necessary. Read More

From Concept To Satellite Instrument In Three Months

LASP graduate students Bennet Schwab (left) and Robert Sewell pose with the DAXSS flight unit. Image Credit: CU/LASP

April 14, 2019 – In the wake of an unfortunate event, two University of Colorado Boulder (CU) graduate students have accomplished a remarkable feat in space science: they’ve designed and built a new satellite instrument in less than three months. Read More

United Launch Alliance Progresses Toward Purpose-Built Vulcan Centaur For National Security Missions

Artist depiction of the Vulcan Centaur rocket. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

April 14, 2019 – Earlier this week, United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno gave an update on the continued progress of the Vulcan Centaur during a ULA media event at the 35th Space Symposium. Read More

NASA Selects Two New Space Tech Research Institutes For Smart Habitats

Illustration of the interior of a deep space habitat Image Credit: NASA

April 8, 2019 – As exploration missions venture beyond low-Earth orbit and to the Moon — and eventually Mars — NASA must consider automated technologies to keep habitats operational even when they are not occupied by astronauts. To help achieve this, NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and autonomous systems. Read More

Maxar And NASA Successfully Complete Design Review For Restore-L On-Orbit Servicing Spacecraft Bus

Restore-L’s central structure in Maxar’s Silicon Valley manufacturing facility. Image Credit: Maxar (CNW Group/Maxar Technologies Ltd.)

April 8, 2019 – Maxar Technologies today announced that the spacecraft bus it is building for NASA’s Restore-L project to refuel a satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has completed an important review process called the Critical Design Review (CDR). With the CDR complete, the spacecraft bus is on track to ship to NASA in 2020 for integration with the robotic payload and a forecasted launch in 2022. Maxar is also building both nimble robotic arms for the Restore-L spacecraft, which will capture, manipulate and refuel the Landsat 7 satellite. Read More

Harris Corporation Awarded $84 Million Contract To Produce Experimental Space Vehicle To Enhance GPS Capabilities

Image Credit: Harris Corporation

April 8, 2019 – Harris Corporation has received an $84 million contract to produce Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3), an experimental satellite that will demonstrate new position, navigation and timing capabilities to improve the resiliency of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Read More

FAA To Hold Workshops For Denver Metroplex Project

Image Credit: ATAC

April 8, 2019 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold 12 public workshops between April 29, 2019 and May 16, 2019 in and around Denver about proposed airspace improvements over the metropolitan area. Read More

More News

More Testing For Mars Insight’s ‘Mole’
Source: NASA

Studying Behavior In Space Shows Mice Adapt To Microgravity
Source: NASA

Sirangelo Selected To Help Lead NASA Moon To Mars Program
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Three Virgin Galactic Crew Presented With Commercial Astronaut Wings At 35th National Space Symposium
Source: Virgin Galactic

Harris Corporation Celebrates Production Of 100th Unfurlable Satellite Mesh Reflector
Source: Harris Corporation

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Successful In Commercial Debut
Source: Spaceflight Now

Israeli Probe Crashes In Attempt To Become First Privately-Funded Moon Lander
Source: Spaceflight Now

SpaceIL Says “Chain Of Events” Led To Crash Of Lunar Lander
Source: SpaceNews

Lockheed Martin Offers Architecture For 2024 Human Lunar Landing
Source: SpaceNews

U.S. National Lab-Sponsored Payloads Destined For Space Station On NG CRS-11
Source: ISS/U.S. National Laboratory

NASA Announces Winners Of 25th Annual Rover Challenge
Source: NASA

Robotic Refueling Mission 3 Update
Source: NASA

NASA’s Webb Telescope Mirrors Utilize Innovative Space Shielding
Source: NASA

NASA Invests In 18 Potentially Revolutionary Space Tech Concepts
Source: NASA

Black Hole Image Makes History: NASA Telescopes Coordinate Observation
Source: NASA

S-Network Space Index Is First Certified Space Data Product
Source: Space Foundation

Black Horizon Space App Debuts At 35th Space Symposium

Taking Mars 2020 Integration Head-On
Source: NASA

Curiosity Tastes First Sample In ‘Clay-Bearing Unit’
Source: NASA

Hubble Peers At Cosmic Blue Bauble
Source: NASA

Astronaut Twins Study Yields New Insights And Portable DNA Sequencing Tools
Source: Weill Cornell Medicine

NASA Twin Study Provides Multi-omics View Of Human Body’s Response To Year In Space
Source: University of California – San Diego

NASA Twins Study: A Year In Space Has Little Effect On Gut Microbiome
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago

Stratolaunch Completes Historic First Flight Of Aircraft
Source: Stratolaunch

NASA Invites You To “Picture Earth” For Earth Day
Source: NASA

NASA TV Coverage Set For April 17 Cygnus Launch To Space Station
Source: NASA

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For Asteroid Redirect Team
Source: NASA

NASA’s Landmark Twins Study Reveals Resilience Of Human Body In Space
Source: NASA

Reaction Engines Pre-Cooler Passes Mach 3.3 Test
Source: Aviation Week

NASA Researchers Catalogue All Microbes And Fungi On The International Space Station
Source: Biomed Central

Iron Volcanoes May Have Erupted On Metal Asteroids
Source: University of California – Santa Cruz

Jupiter’s Atmosphere Heats Up Under Solar Wind
Source: NASA/JPL

Astronomers Find Evidence Of A Planet With A Mass Almost 13 Times That Of Jupiter
Source: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

NASA To Host 2019 Rover Challenge, Veteran Astronaut Sunita Williams To Attend
Source: NASA

U.S. Space Dominance Dominates 35th Space Symposium Agenda
Source: SpaceNews

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference To Share Twins Study Results
Source: NASA

SwRI Develops Robotic Machine Vision Solution For Shiny Objects
Source: Southwest Research Institute

A Place For Women In Space
Source: Foreign Policy

NASA Launches Two Rockets Studying Auroras
Source: NASA

NASA Administrator Delivers Keynote And Speaks To Media At Space Symposium
Source: NASA

NEWS FROM THE SPACE SYMPOSIUM: New Information Sharing Center To Track Threats To Space Systems
Source: National Defense Magazine

ULA To Fly Vulcan Technology On Atlas 5 To Gain Flight Heritage
Source: SpaceNews

Shielding Astronauts From Space Radiation On The Way To The Moon
Source: ESA

U.S. And Canadian Astronauts Wrap Up Power Upgrades Spacewalk
Source: NASA

Second Falcon Heavy Launch Set For Wednesday
Source: Parabolic Arc

SLS Flight Software And Avionics In “Run For Record” Testing
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Space Information Sharing And Analysis Center To Be Based In Colorado Springs
Source: SpaceNews