December 5, 2017

NASA And Lockheed Martin Invite Media To Visit Colorado Companies

Technicians assist as the Orion crew module for Exploration Mission-1 is moved toward the thermal chamber in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the spacecraft is being assembled ahead of its mission. Image Credit: NASA

December 5, 2017 – Two Colorado companies designing, manufacturing and testing flight hardware for NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in support of human missions near the Moon and into deep space will open their facilities to media Monday, December 11. Read More


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Atmospheric Beacons Of Life From Exoplanets Around C And K Stars
Source: Astrobiology at NASA

The current explosion in detection and characterization of thousands of extrasolar planets from the Kepler mission, the Hubble Space Telescope, and large ground-based telescopes opens a new era in searches for Earth-analog exoplanets with conditions suitable for sustaining life. As more Earth-sized exoplanets are detected in the near future, we will soon have an opportunity to identify habitale worlds. Which atmospheric biosignature gases from habitable planets can be detected with our current capabilities?


How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
Source: Tech Briefs

In speaking with aerospace engineers about the roots of their love for launch, many mentioned an early inspirational “toy”: the model rocket. Estes Industries, established in 1958 by Vernon Estes, has manufactured a variety of model kits. Now the Estes-Cox Corp., the company presently offers more than 300 rocket-specific products.


Flight VA240: Arianspace’s Second Ariane 5 Launch For The Galileo Constellation And Europe
Source: arianespace

For the second time, an Ariane 5 ES version will be used to orbit satellites in Europe’s own satellite navigation system. At the completion of this flight, designated Flight VA240 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, 22 Galileo spacecraft will have been launched by Arianespace with Soyuz and Ariane 5 launchers.


NASA Simulations Of Collisions To Early Earth Show Metal Deposits
Source: NASA

Planetary collisions are at the core of our solar system’s formation. Scientists have long believed that after the Moon’s formation, the early Earth experienced a long period of bombardment that diminished about 3.8 billion years ago. During this period, called “late accretion,” collisions with moon-sized planetary bodies, known as planetesimals, embedded extensive amounts of metal and rock-forming minerals into the Earth’s mantle and crust. It is estimated that approximately 0.5 percent of Earth’s present mass was delivered during this stage of planetary evolution.


Student Experiments SOAR On NASA’s WB-57 High-Altitude Aircraft
Source: NASA

More than 130 students from seven schools worked with NASA engineers to design experiments to fly high-altitude Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR) missions last week that also collected data for atmospheric research.


Cygnus Cargo Craft Leaves Station Wednesday Morning
Source: NASA

The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station on Wednesday, Dec. 6. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of Cygnus’ departure beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST. Cygnus arrived to the space station Nov. 14 with nearly 7,400 pounds of cargo to support dozens of science …


AMS Short Course: GOES-R Series Products And User Applications
Source: American Meteorological Society

The AMS Short Course on GOES-R Series: Products And User Applications will be
held on 7 January 2018 preceding the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin,
Texas. This course is designed to communicate to users the new capabilities made possible by
NOAA’s next generation GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), Geostationary
Lightning Mapper (GLM), and derived products for improved environmental intelligence,
forecasts and warnings.


Orion’s European Service Module “Wall Panels”
Source: ESA

In a series of blog posts based on images taken at Thales Alenia Space building facility in Turin, Italy, we will have a look at the vertical panels that form part of Orion’s European Service Module primary structure, these images show work on the second service module that will propel astronauts beyond the Moon and provide essentials such as water, air, electricity and power.


How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&A About The Toughness Of NASA’s Webb Telescope
Source: NASA

Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth’s environment and the frigid, airless environment of space? Paul Geithner, the deputy project manager – technical for James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, answered some questions about the design challenges of building the telescope and the gauntlet of tests it has endured in the years leading up to launch.


Our Partnership With Japan Airlines
Source: Boom Supersonic

We’ve been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for well over a year, and today we’re able to speak publicly about the partnership we’ve forged. With a $10M investment and pre-order of 20 aircraft, this is not just a milestone for Boom, but one for civil aviation. JAL is the first airline in history to make a material financial commitment to a faster future.


Japan Airlines Invests In Fledgling Supersonic Aircraft Company
Source: Wall Street Journal

Pact with Boom Technology reflects carrier’s focus on faster future aircraft.