December 14, 2017

GOLD Team Successfully Completes Environmental Testing

The GOLD instrument (the gray and white object located on the front right corner of the top deck) has completed environmental testing and is shown here on the SES-14 spacecraft in preparation for a scheduled January 2018 launch date. Image Credit: Airbus

December 14, 2017 – NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, instrument has successfully completed environmental testing at Airbus in Toulouse, France, in preparation for its groundbreaking mission to observe the nearest reaches of space. Scheduled for launch in late January 2018, GOLD will measure densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere. Read More

Lockheed Martin And NEC To Enhance Satellites, Space Travel With Artificial Intelligence

December 14, 2017 – Lockheed Martin and NEC Corporation today announced that Lockheed Martin will use NEC’s System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT) in the space domain. SIAT’s advanced analytics engine uses data collected from sensors to learn the behavior of systems, including computer systems, power plants, factories and buildings, enabling the system itself to automatically detect inconsistencies and prescribe resolutions. Read More

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used To Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. Image Credit: NASA/Wendy Stenzel

December 14, 2017 – Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. Read More

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Live Coverage: SpaceX Cargo Launch To International Space Station Set For Friday
Source: Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with SpaceX’s 13th operational Dragon resupply flight to the International Space Station.

Dawn Of A Galactic Collision
Source: ESA

A riot of colour and light dances through this peculiarly shaped galaxy, NGC 5256. Its smoke-like plumes are flung out in all directions and the bright core illuminates the chaotic regions of gas and dust swirling through the galaxy’s centre. Its odd structure is due to the fact that this is not one galaxy, but two — in the process of a galactic collision.

GOES-16 Is On-Station At 75.2ºW, Ready To Soon Become GOES-East
Source: CIMSS

The GOES-16 satellite finished it’s eastward drift from the initial check-out position at 89.5º West longitude, arriving at 75.2º West on 11 December 2017 — and should officially be declared the operational GOES-East satellite by 20 December.

Soyuz MS-05 Returns Crew Back To Earth

The Russian Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) and completed its journey back to Earth with its three crewmembers on Thursday. The vehicle undocked at 05:14 UTC ahead of landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan around 08:38 UTC. The Soyuz returned ESA’s Paolo Nespoli, Randy Bresnik of NASA and Sergei Ryazansky of Roscosmos.

A Better Way To Weigh Millions Of Solitary Stars
Source: Vanderbilt University

Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems. Getting accurate measurements of how much stars weigh not only plays a crucial role in understanding how stars are born, evolve and die, but it is also essential in assessing the true nature of the thousands of exoplanets now known to orbit most other stars.

NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest To Date
Source: NanoRacks

NanoRacks is pleased to have taken part in yet another successful Blue Origin New Shepard space vehicle mission. This morning marked New Shepard’s 7th flight, and the third flight in which NanoRacks has managed customer payload integration.

Apollo Constellation Engine Makes Major Breakthrough Which Results In A $250,000 Savings Per Satellite
Source: Apollo Fusion

Today we are excited to announce a major breakthrough with our new electric propulsion system, Apollo Constellation Engine (ACE). Apollo recently tested ACE in an independent lab at The Aerospace Corporation where thrust, Isp, and system efficiency measurements closely matched Apollo’s own lab tests. These results showed that ACE has 3x better impulse per kg and 3x better impulse per liter than competing thrusters on the market today. These advantages can result in a launch cost savings of $250,000+ for satellite manufacturers.

Vector And Astro Digital Join Forces For Dedicated Launch
Source: Vector

Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, today announced that it will join forces with Astro Digital, a leader in real-time satellite imagery data, to conduct a dedicated launch in 2018 featuring one of Astro Digital’s satellites for remote sensing applications.

NASA Space Art Program At Texas Children’s Hospital
Source: KRIV Fox26 Houston

Children with cancer paint a spacesuit, then talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station about their creation.