December 23 – December 31, 2018

Students Designing Augmented Reality System For Astronauts

December 22, 2018 – NASA is turning to university students for help with the next big space technology – augmented reality. The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected by NASA as one of 16 colleges to participate in the Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) 2019 challenge. Read More

Lockheed Martin Creating Up To 550 Jobs In Jefferson County

December 22, 2018 – Lockheed Martin Space is relocating portions of its production for the Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program to its headquarters in unincorporated Jefferson County. The project will relocate portions of the program’s manufacturing capabilities as well as engineering positions across all disciplines. Lockheed Martin is actively pursuing local talent to staff a number of these key roles primarily in systems, electrical, and mechanical engineering, project management and business operations. Read More

IEEE And Lockheed Martin To Sign Corporate Partnership Agreement

December 22, 2018 – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, and Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, have signed an agreement to work together under the IEEE Corporate Partnership Program. Read More

Ultima Thule’s First Mystery

December 22, 2018 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is bearing down on Ultima Thule, its New Year’s flyby target in the far away Kuiper Belt. Among its approach observations over the past three months, the spacecraft has been taking hundreds of images to measure Ultima’s brightness and how it varies as the object rotates. Read More

Lucy Finds Its Place In The Solar System: Navigating NASA’s First Mission To The Trojan Asteroids

This diagram illustrates Lucy’s orbital path. The spacecraft’s path (green) is shown in a frame of reference where Jupiter remains stationary, giving the trajectory its pretzel-like shape. After launch in October 2021, Lucy has two close Earth flybys before encountering its Trojan targets. In the L4 cloud Lucy will fly by (3548) Eurybates (white), (15094) Polymele (pink), (11351) Leucus (red), and (21900) Orus (red) from 2027-2028. After diving past Earth again Lucy will visit the L5 cloud and encounter the (617) Patroclus-Menoetius binary (pink) in 2033. As a bonus, in 2025 on the way to the L4, Lucy flies by a small Main Belt asteroid, (52246) Donaldjohanson (white), named for the discoverer of the Lucy fossil. After flying by the Patroclus-Menoetius binary in 2033, Lucy will continue cycling between the two Trojan clouds every six years. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

December 22, 2018 – In science fiction, explorers can hop in futuristic spaceships and traverse half the galaxy in the blink of a plot hole. However, this sidelines the navigational acrobatics required in order to guarantee real-life mission success. In 2021, the feat of navigation that is the Lucy mission will launch. To steer Lucy towards its targets doesn’t simply involve programming a map into a spacecraft and giving it gas money – it will fly by six asteroid targets, each in different orbits, over the course of 12 years. Read More

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NASA Opens The Floodgates For Firms With Planetary Ambitions
Source: SpaceNews

Our Universe: An Expanding Bubble In An Extra Dimension
Source: Uppsala University

China Launches Two More Long March Rockets; Another Possible Before End Of Year
Source: Spaceflight Now

Long March 2D Concludes 2018 Campaign With Hongyan-1 Launch

Crewed Orion Spacecraft Passes Critical Design Review

Soyuz Launches Cluster Of 28 Satellites
Source: Spaceflight Now

Tracking Santa!
Source: Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

NASA Telescopes Take A Close Look At The Brightest Comet Of 2018
Source: NASA

Maxar’s SSL Highlights Its U.S. Industry Leadership In Next-Generation Solar Electric Propulsion
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.

New Horizons May Make Yet Another Flyby After Ultima Thule

US Army Awards Harris Corporation Nearly $218 Million Contract To Provide Wideband Satellite Communications Mission Support
Source: Harris Corporation

Baby Star’s Fiery Tantrum Could Create The Building Blocks Of Planets
Source: University of Warwick

Holiday Asteroid Imaged With NASA Radar
Source: NASA

China’s Deep Dive Into Luna Icognita
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

Firefly Aerospace Enters Launch Brokerage Agreement With Spaceflight
Source: Firefly Aerospace, Inc.

Groups Blast Space Start-Up For Pedaling Mercury Satellite Thrusters; SpaceX, OneWeb & Planet Labs Urged Not To Use Dangerous Neurotoxin Technology
Source: Mercury Policy Project

DeFazio Succeeds In Killing Space Frontier Act

NASA Astronaut Back On Land After 197-Day Mission, Just In Time For The Holidays!
Source: Our Community Now

NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Return To Earth After 197-Day Mission
Source: NASA

Success In Commercial Remote Sensing
Source: DigitalGlobe Blog

Next-Generation Of GPS Satellites From Colorado Headed To Space
Source: Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Space Force Proposal Creates An Independent Service Under The Department Of The Air Force
Source: SpaceNews

FCC Fines Swarm $900,000 For Unauthorized Smallsat Launch
Source: SpaceNews

Chinese Long March 11 Launches With The First Hongyun Satellite