February 21, 2018

Colorado Spaceport Designation Under Formal Review

Image Credit: Front Range Airport

Image Credit: Front Range Airport

February 21, 2018 – The State of Colorado is one step closer today to having an official commercial spaceport designation. Front Range Airport Director David Ruppel shared a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) office of commercial space transportation stating that the application to conduct launch operations from Spaceport Colorado is officially under review. Read More

Denver Museum Of Nature & Science To Host 4th Annual Girls And Science Event


February 21, 2018 – The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 will host the fourth annual Girls & Science event on March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. All ages are welcome, and activities will focus on children and teens ages 8-13. Read More

Mines, Lockheed Martin Team Up For Engineers Week Event

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

February 21, 2018 – In honor of National Engineers Week, Colorado School of Mines and Lockheed Martin teamed up February 16 for a fun day of activities and industry mentorship to encourage female and minority students underrepresented in the STEM fields to pursue careers in engineering. Read More

Mars Orbiter On Precautionary Standby Status

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission over the red planet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

February 21, 2018 – NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on February 15 in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage. Read More

Ball Aerospace Launches Vizzen Software On AWS Marketplace

VizZen software helps users better envision their data. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Ball Aerospace

February 21, 2018 – Ball Aerospace has launched VizZen, a new commercial, off-the-shelf cloud-based content management and visual-data repository that is available for purchase on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. A single content management solution, VizZen integrates any source content, adapts to any data schema and is customized to any industry – at competitive pricing. Read More

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U.S. Commercial Space – Don’t Ignore China
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

Written Remarks before the National Space Council on February 21, 2018 by Jeffrey Manber. CEO, NanoRacks.

U.S. Announces Proposed Overhaul Of Space Regulations
Source: Aerospace America

The U.S. National Space Council on Wednesday took aim at government agencies that Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the session, said have “remained stuck in the past” when it comes to their interactions with space launch companies and commercial satellite operators.

Amateur Astronomer Captures Rare First Light Of Massive Exploding Star
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory

Thanks to lucky snapshots taken by an amateur astronomer in Argentina, scientists have obtained their first view of the initial burst of light from the explosion of a massive star. During tests of a new camera, Víctor Buso captured images of a distant galaxy before and after the supernova’s “shock breakout” – when a supersonic pressure wave from the exploding core of the star hits and heats gas at the star’s surface to a very high temperature, causing it to emit light and rapidly brighten.

VP Mike Pence Announces Candidates For National Space Council Advisory Group
Source: Space.com

Vice President Mike Pence has selected 29 candidates to serve on an advisory group for President Trump’s newly reinstated National Space Council. Pence, chairman of the council, released his list of candidates in a statement issued by the White House Tuesday evening (Feb. 20), on the eve of the council’s second formal meeting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida today.

Remarks By Vice President Pence At Second Meeting of the National Space Council
Source: The Whitehouse

Vice President Pence’s remarks at the Space Station Processing Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Tesat Celebrates 10 Years Of Laser Communications In Space
Source: Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG

Exactly ten years ago on 21st February, 2008, a government-to-government cooperation between the United States and Germany to establish a laser link between two operational satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) started a new chapter in the history of space. The German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and stable orbital laser link.

NASA Wants Ideas From University Teams For Future Human Space Missions
Source: NASA

Teams at U.S. colleges and universities have an opportunity to potentially help NASA with innovative design ideas to meet the challenges of space exploration. The 2019 eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts to develop technologies and capabilities that will enable future human missions throughout our solar system.

Oerlikon And Boeing To Collaborate In Additive Manufacturing Work
Source: Boeing

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and Oerlikon, a leading technology and engineering group, signed a five-year collaboration agreement to develop standard materials and processes for metal-based additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is a controlled process in which material is joined or solidified to create a three-dimensional part.

Bigelow Space Operations Announces Partnership With CASIS To Fly Payloads To The International Space Station
Source: Bigelow Space Operations

Bigelow Space Operations (BSO) is proud to announce a partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. BSO is officially a user of the ISS National Lab, and will be facilitating the integration of payloads for commercial, academic and government customers.

Lockheed Martin Launches Unmanned Vehicle Control Software That Can Simultaneously Control Multiple UAV Types, Operating Anywhere On Earth
Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin software has been simultaneously flying, on average, at least six unmanned aircraft during every hour of the last 25 years, completing missions as diverse as reconnaisance, inspection, mapping and targeting. Today, Lockheed Martin is launching VCSi, a new vehicle control software, as the culmination of more than two decades of experience and 1.5 million hours of operational use.

National Space Council Backs Incremental Space Regulatory Reform
Source: SpaceNews

Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Space Council approved a series of recommendations Feb. 21 that make modest, and expected, reforms to regulations of commercial space activities.

International Team Publishes Roadmap To Enhance Radioresistance For Space Colonization
Source: Biogerontology Research Foundation

An international team of researchers from NASA Ames Research Center, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate at Health Canada, Oxford University, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Insilico Medicine, the Biogerontology Research Center, Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Lethbridge, Ghent University, Center for Healthy Aging and many others have published a roadmap toward enhancing human radioresistance for space exploration and colonization in the peer-reviewed journal Oncotarget.

Gravity Assist Podcast: Mars, With Bruce Jakosky And Michael Meyer
Source: Space.com

The Gravity Assist Podcast is hosted by NASA’s Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, who each week talks to some of the greatest planetary scientists on the planet, giving a guided tour through the Solar System and beyond in the process. This week, he is joined by the “man about Mars,” Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado, who is the principal investigator of NASA’s MAVEN mission, and Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead Mars scientist.

Will ThinSats Inspire The Next Generation Of Engineers And Scientists?
Source: SpaceNews

When Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket blasts off from Wallops Island, Virginia, this fall on its way to the International Space Station, the rocket’s second stage will carry an unusual payload: one cubesat and 63 ThinSats, miniature satellites shaped like a slice of bread.

Surfing Complete
Source: ESA

Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.

Driving Jets From The Sun
Source: AAS Nova

What launches small jets and enormous coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the Sun’s surface? New simulations explore how changing magnetic fields can drive these powerful eruptions.