United Launch Alliance Selects L3 Technologies To Design Next-Generation Avionics Systems
December 4, 2017 – L3 Technologies announced today that it has entered into an agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to become the exclusive provider of avionics and related services for its new Vulcan Centaur rocket system, delivering an estimated $1 billion-plus in mission-critical systems and services, over a 10-year period. Read More
Space Foundation Announces New Scholarship Recognizing Former Board Chairman, Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr.
December 4, 2017 – The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation held its annual meeting last week, where Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., USN (Ret.), led his final meeting as Chairman of the Board. In lieu of a traditional departure gift, the Space Foundation established a special scholarship recognizing Admiral Ellis for his commitment and support of the Space Foundation’s New Generation Space Leaders Program. Read More
NASA Selects University Partners For Small Spacecraft Collaboration
December 4, 2017 – NASA has selected nine university teams to collaborate on the development and demonstration of new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft. Beginning this winter, each university team will work with NASA engineers and scientists on two-year projects. Read More
Lockheed Martin Ships GOES-S Satellite From Colorado To Florida
December 4, 2017 – Lockheed Martin shipped the GOES-S satellite, NOAA’s next-generation weather satellite, from Denver to Cape Canaveral aboard a Lockheed Martin-built Air Force C-5 transport aircraft today. Read More
AFSPC Commander Becomes JFSCC, Joint Space Forces Restructure
December 4, 2017 – Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, became the Joint Force Space Component Commander today, taking operational responsibility for employment of all joint space forces. Read More
Collision After Moon Formation Remodeled Early Earth
December 4, 2017 – Southwest Research Institute scientists recently modeled the protracted period of bombardment following the Moon’s formation, when leftover planetesimals pounded the Earth. Based on these simulations, scientists theorize that moon-sized objects delivered more mass to the Earth than previously thought. Read More
U.S. Must Move Faster Or Risk Losing Lead In Space
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
The U.S. advantage in space is eroding and the military must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain, defense officials said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Gen. John Hyten told CBS News reporter David Martin that the United States is prepared to fight a war in space today, but not in the future.
Research Bolsters Possibility Of Plate Tectonics On Europa
Source: American Geophysical Union
A recent study provides new evidence that the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth. The presence of plate tectonic activity could have important implications for the possibility of life in the ocean thought to exist beneath the moon’s surface.
NASA is seeking proposals for U.S. industry-developed space technologies through its ‘Tipping Point’ solicitation, a public-private partnership opportunity to stimulate the commercial space sector, while also delivering technologies and capabilities needed for NASA, other government agencies, and commercial space missions. The solicitation, titled “Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies,” is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), and addresses the need for technologies in strategic thrust areas, a high-level strategic implementation structure that serves to guide future investment plans for the directorate.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, known as BEAM, will remain attached to the International Space Station to provide additional performance data on expandable habitat technologies and enable new technology demonstrations. NASA awarded a sole-source contract to Bigelow Aerospace to support extension of the life of the privately-owned module, and its use to stow spare space station hardware.
European Service Module Structure
In a series of blog posts based on images taken at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Turin, Italy, we will now have a look at part of Orion’s structure. This tank bulkhead made of aluminium forms the top platform of the second European Service Module – the one that will fly with astronauts.
There was a time when you could find spacecraft clean rooms in two sizes — – big and bigger. After all, these harsh-white, sterile environments have to handle very large spacecraft, support equipment, and a small legion of highly trained technicians and engineers. But today, more than ever, spacecraft come in all shapes and sizes. The bigger ones already have their clean room needs covered, but what about the little guys? Well, JPL has them covered too, with the new Integrated CubeSat Development Laboratory.
Stratcom Commander Discusses Space Wars
Source: Defense Video Imagery Distribution System
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, participates in a panel to evaluate whether the U.S. has the strategy, capacity and know-how to prevail in space at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., Dec 2, 2017. “Courtesy of the 5th Annual Reagan National Defense Forum and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute”
A Tale Of Two Big Geospatial Data Breakthroughs: Quantifying Built Environments
Approximately three years ago, we came in contact with PSMA Australia. Though a relatively small organization, PSMA had an audacious goal: To map the entirety of Australia in tremendous detail. The PSMA team believed a highly accurate and detailed map of the entire continent’s built environment would bring immense value to numerous customers across a variety of industries.