February 7, 2018

Orion AA-2 Crew Module Painted For Flight

A new Orion capsule is being moved from the Flight Test Article Development and Intergration Facility, Building 1232 at NASA Langley, where it was constructed, to Langley Airforce Base where it will be painted. Image credit: NASA/David C. Bowman

February 7, 2018 – The Orion crew module for the Ascent Abort Test 2 (AA-2) was transported from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, to the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Friday, January 26, for a fresh coat of paint before final testing and shipment to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Specific flight test markings are being painted on the crew module to allow for attitude and trajectory data collection during launch. Read More

Donor Gift Creates New Scholarship And Educational Opportunity At Space Foundation

Image Credit: Space Foundation

February 7, 2018 – The Space Foundation has received funding for an education program to help teachers inspire students to pursue careers in the space industry. The new Dr. Rochelle Abrams Space Across the Curriculum Educator Training Scholarship and Congressional Space Policy Education Program will not only help build a future workforce of space professionals, it will also help educate policy makers about the need to support educators and train this future workforce. Read More

Fossilized Feature Records Moon’s Slow Retreat From Earth

Image Credit: NASA

February 7, 2018 – A study led by CU Boulder researchers provides new insight into the moon’s excessive equatorial bulge, a feature that solidified in place over four billion years ago as the moon gradually distanced itself from the Earth. Read More

Intermap Technologies Reports Task Orders, Additional Sales Leadership

February 7, 2018 – Denver-based Intermap Technologies Corporation announced today that it has been awarded $1.8m in government task orders to provide foundation geointelligence. In addition to wide-area multi-frequency radar, Intermap will deliver 3-D data with a calibrated high resolution laser sensor, called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). Read More

CU Boulder CubeSat Team Wins Air Force University Competition

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

February 7, 2018 – The MAXWELL cubesat, a University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace graduate project, has been selected as a winner in the Air Force University Nanosatellite Program Flight Selection Review. Ten university teams were competing for two available slots on a future rocket launch. Read More

Sierra Nevada Corporation Receives Official NASA Launch Window For Dream Chaser Spacecraft

A graphic rendering of the Dream Chaser spacecraft berthed to the International Space Station. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

February 7, 2018 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) received NASA’s Authority to Proceed for the Dream Chaser spacecraft’s first mission, with a launch window for late 2020. The mission will provide cargo resupply to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services Contract 2 (CRS2). Read More

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AeroInnovate Denver Roadshow
Source: AeroInnovate

The mission of AeroInnovate is to help entrepreneurs bring their aviation and aerospace businesses to the marketplace. The Denver Roadshow is an outreach event to these innovators in the Greater Denver area. The Roadshow will give entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to hear directly from investors and OEMs, as well as learn about the benefits of aero-specific business accelerator.

Radiant Solutions President Tony Frazier Selected To 2018 Wash100 For His Leadership In Space Based Intelligence
Source: GovCon Exec

Executive Mosaic is honored to introduce Tony Frazier, president of Radiant Solutions, as an inductee into the 2018 edition of the Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of influential leaders in the government contracting arena–for his leadership in improving space-based intelligence and encouraging innovations within the geospatial industry. Radiant Solutions is one the four business units of Maxar Technologies that was formed in October 2017 after MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates closed its approximately $3.6 billion acquisition of DigitalGlobe.

Falling Away From Jupiter
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt

This image of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed a close flyby of the gas giant planet on December 16, 2017.

ASU STEM Saturdays Begin February 24
Source: Adams State University

Adams State University continues to encourage young students to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. This spring, faculty members in STEM fields will continue to offer free interactive sessions to stimulate the imagination and curiosity of students. STEM Saturdays begin February 24.

NASA Technology To Help Locate Electromagnetic Counterparts Of Gravitational Waves
Source: NASA

A compact detector technology applicable to all types of cross-disciplinary scientific investigations has found a home on a new CubeSat mission designed to find the electromagnetic counterparts of events that generate gravitational waves. NASA scientist Georgia de Nolfo and her collaborator, astrophysicist Jeremy Perkins, recently received funding from the agency’s Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program to develop a CubeSat mission called BurstCube.

Ancient Light Looks At Space And Time
Source: La Voz Bilingue

Ancient colonies and cultures often used the stars and the sky as a means of guidance for travel, architecture and communication. Tomorrow and Friday the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado-Boulder will hold a two-evening live faculty talk that will highlight the art and architecture that thousand-year-old civilizations left behind and how those aspects intertwine with the land, the sun, the moon and the stars.

Successful Falcon Heavy Test Flight: “Starman” Reaches Orbit, 2/3 Rocket Cores Recovered
Source: Spaceflight101

The stakes were high for SpaceX on Tuesday when their triple-core monster rocket leapt off from Florida’s Space Coast on an ambitious shakedown mission that held many unknowns for the California-based company. Many had thought it impossible just a few short years ago, but SpaceX again beat the odds – even to the surprise of company leader Elon Musk – by successfully sending Falcon Heavy off into orbit and recovering two of its main boost stages in science-fiction-like fashion by flying them back to the Cape in near-simultaneous acrobatics.

Mae Jemison And The Final Frontier
Source: Hackaday

From the time Mae Jemison was a little girl, she was convinced that she would go to space. No one could tell her otherwise. She was sure that space travel would be as common as air travel by the time she was an adult. That prediction didn’t pan out, but that confidence combined with her intellect, curiosity, and the above-average encouragement of her parents drove Mae to do everything she wanted, including space travel.

Don’t Expect Deep Discounts On Preflown SpaceX Boosters
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX customers should not expect deep discounts when they opt to launch satellites on previously flown boosters instead of new ones, at least not initially, said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability for Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX.

NASA Partners With Black Swift Technologies To Study Volcanoes Via Drone
Source: The Drive

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Boulder-based Black Swift Technologies completed gas-sampling drone missions in Costa Rica last month.

HKU Scientist Makes Key Discoveries In The Search For Life On Mars
Source: Hong Kong University

The planet Mars has long drawn interest from scientists and non-scientists as a possible place to search for evidence of life beyond Earth because the surface contains numerous familiar features such as dried river channels and dried lake beds that hint at a warmer, wetter, more earthlike climate in the past. However, Dr Joseph Michalski of the Department of Earth Sciences & Laboratory for Space Research at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and his colleagues have published papers recently that cast increased doubt on the idea of surface life evolving on Mars.

HINODE Captures Record Breaking Solar Magnetic Field
Source: National Institutes of Natural Sciences

Joten Okamoto (NAOJ Fellow) and Takashi Sakurai (Professor Emeritus of NAOJ) were analyzing data taken by the Solar Optical Telescope onboard HINODE, when they noticed the signature of strongly magnetized iron atoms in a sunspot. Surprisingly the data indicated a magnetic field strength of 6,250 gauss (*1). This is more than double the 3,000 gauss field found around most sunspots.

Creating A Hotspot For Understanding Venus – The Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory
Source: Europlanet

A new simulation facility at the Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) could help revolutionise our understanding of the hot, hidden surface of Venus. The Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL) can analyse rock samples similar to those found on the surface of Venus at temperatures up to 1000 degrees Celsius, enabling researchers to interpret accurately data acquired by space missions and ground-based observations.

China’s Space Lab: New Reentry Forecast
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

A new reentry time window forecast for the fall of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab has been provided by the Space Debris Office at the European Space Agency’s ESOC mission control centre, Darmstadt, Germany. The current estimated window is now roughly March 25 to approximately April 17, with the caveat “this is highly variable.”

First Person To Walk Untethered In Space Gives A Final Interview
Source: National Geographic

Photos of a dummy named Starman casually taking a luxury car on a spin through space may have captivated Earthlings yesterday, but 34 years ago, a similarly surreal photo of an actual astronaut commanded attention. On February 7, 1984, Bruce McCandless became the first human to float free from any earthly anchor when he stepped out of the space shuttle Challenger and flew away from the ship.

Communication Devices Ease Contact With Commercial Spacecraft
Source: NASA Spinoff

While we’ve all seen the videos, photos, and tweets astronauts send from orbit, most of the information transmitted between the ISS and Earth is experiment data. As early as 2010, however, the system for downlinking this data was operating at full capacity, limiting the station’s ability to carry out its primary mission. Upgrades were in order. AMERGINT Technologies Inc., a new company at the time, was already making a name for itself, bringing in customers like the Department of Defense and Honeywell. So the Colorado Springs-based startup was ready when it got its biggest break yet: a contract to provide Johnson Space Center with a new data processor to handle a major increase in communications with the space station.

A New Look At Speeding Outflows
Source: AAS Nova

The compact centers of active galaxies — known as active galactic nuclei, or AGN — are known for the dynamic behavior they exhibit as the supermassive black holes at their centers accrete matter. New observations of outflows from a nearby AGN provide a more detailed look at what happens in these extreme environments.

Kevin Hartnett – Connecting Astronomy, Photography And Poetry
Source: NASA

An interview with Kevin Hartnett, science operations manager for the Hubble Space Telescope project. He oversees the work that’s done on Hubble for NASA at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Europe’s Station Lab In Space 10 Years; Crew Studies Eyes And Muscles
Source: NASA

To commemorate today’s event, ESA’s former Director of Human Spaceflight Feustel Beuchl called up to astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei today and asked about the status of Columbus operations. Scientists Lars Karlsson and Alexander Stahn inquired about a pair of ESA-sponsored experiments researching airway inflammation and circadian rhythms.

CU Boulder Announces Membership In New University Climate Change Coalition
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder on Tuesday announced it has joined the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), a newly formed coalition of 13 leading North American research universities that have united to help communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

All-Terrain Balloon Wheels By WheelEEZ Aid Mars Rover Success
Source: Wheeleez Inc.

Mars Rover Manipal is a multi-disciplinary student team from Manipal University striving to design and build next generation rover for exploration of extraterrestrial environment and applications of robotics in interplanetary missions. Since inception, the team has provided a platform to aspiring engineering students by pushing them beyond the theoretical knowledge they gain in classrooms to inculcate technical and practical skills. The team is also working on research related to the role of a rover in the field of space exploration and future Mars missions.