January 16, 2018

Wings Over The Rockies Announces Unique Campus At Centennial Airport

Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight Center will be housed on an active runway at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado. One of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Wings Over the Rockies

January 16, 2018 – After more than a decade of planning and fundraising, Wings Over the Rockies (Wings), an aerospace focused Colorado non-profit, is proud to announce its unique entertainment and education campus, Exploration of Flight. Read More

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-47 Mission For The National Reconnaissance Office

January 16, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 on January 12 at 3:11 p.m. MST. Designated NROL-47, the mission is in support of national defense. Read More

JUICE Ground Control Gets Green Light To Start Development Of Jupiter Operations

Artist’s impression of the JUICE mission exploring the Jupiter system. Image Credit: Spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Jupiter: NASA/ESA/J. Nichols (University of Leicester); Ganymede: NASA/JPL; Io: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona; Callisto and Europa: NASA/JPL/DLR

January 16, 2018 – ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – JUICE – passed an important milestone, the ground segment requirements review, with flying colours, demonstrating that the teams are on track in the preparation of the spacecraft operations needed to achieve the mission’s ambitious science goals. Read More

Hubble Weighs In On Mass Of Three Million Billion Suns

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, RELICS

January 16, 2018 – In 2014, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope found that this enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns — so it’s little wonder that it has earned the nickname of “El Gordo” (“the Fat One” in Spanish)! Known officially as ACT-CLJ0102-4915, it is the largest, hottest, and brightest X-ray galaxy cluster ever discovered in the distant Universe. Read More

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We’re Hosting A ‘State of NASA’ Event At An Agency Location Nearest You
Source: NASA

NASA is opening its doors and inviting its social media followers and news media to an in-person ‘State of NASA’ event on Feb. 5, 2018, at one of the agency’s locations across the country. The event takes guests on a tour of the center and highlights the work of the agency as we work to send humans to space, create cutting-edge technologies and make scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as we also make progress on the next generation of air travel.

SWF Contributes To Discussion On Deterring Future Conflict In Space
Source: Secure World Foundation

SWF Director of Program Planning Dr. Brian Weeden participated in the 2nd Annual Symposium on Space and Deterrence hosted by the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The theme of this year’s event was “Space in 21st Century Conflict: Calibrating Risks, Tailoring Strategies,” and it focused on how the United States and its partners should deal with the increased counterspace threats to space in order to deter future conflicts in space.

Sue van den Heever, Melissa Burt Receive Awards At AMS Annual Meeting
Source: Colorado State University

Prof. Sue van den Heever and Melissa Burt received American Meteorological Society awards at the organization’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, January 8-12. Van den Heever was honored as the 2018 recipient of the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, and Melissa Burt was given the Commission on Professional Affairs Award for Early Career Achievement.

Mining Resources In Space
Source: IITV

George Sowers, Professor of Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, joins host Jon Caldara to discuss exploring space for resources and how water can be rocket fuel.

Meet Logan Turner, The 16-Year-Old High-School Student About To Have A Paper Published By NASA
Source: Greeley Tribune

Logan Turner was in fourth grade when she knew she’d be an astrophysicist. She was babysitting her little brother and turned on the TV to kill time. She flipped through channels to NOVA, the award-winning PBS science documentary series. Everything about it — the planets, the black holes, the dark energy — filled her with wonder. Everything the 16-year-old Frederick High School senior has done since then has been in pursuit of that goal.

GomSpace Signs Contract For Low-Inclination Launch On Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne
Source: GomSpace A/S

GomSpace has purchased a launch for several nanosatellites onboard a LauncherOne rocket from the California based company Virgin Orbit. The flight, which is bound for a low-inclination orbit, is scheduled to occur in early 2019.

Air Force To Create Three-Star ‘Vice Commander’ Post To Manage Space Activities
Source: SpaceNews

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has notified the congressional armed services committees of a new plan to create a three-star position that would directly support U.S. Space Command. The post would be “vice commander of Air Force Space Command,” and would be based in the Washington, D.C. area — not in Colorado Springs, where Air Force Space Command is headquartered.

NASA Briefing Thursday Will Preview Upcoming U.S. Spacewalks
Source: NASA

American and Japanese astronauts aboard the International Space Station will embark on a pair of spacewalks Jan. 23 and 29 to service the station’s robotic arm. Experts from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will preview this work in a briefing at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Cubic’s GATR Satellite Antenna System Receives Approval For Full Rate Production To Support U.S. Army
Source: Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation today announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division’s GATR satellite antenna systems will proceed to Full Rate Production (FRP) for the U.S. Army’s Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) program. T2C2 was granted approval for FRP as a result of the T2C2 Full Rate Production Milestone review. The FRP decision will enable the Army’s program office to procure and field Cubic’s GATR satellite antenna systems to Army units.

Colorado Aerospace Companies Flying High
Source: Lakewood Sentinel

Colorado’s economy may be more associated with beer and marijuana than space, but the state’s robust aerospace industry is flying high. Leaps in technology and beefed-up defense spending have been kind to the hundreds of aerospace companies in Colorado, many centered in the Denver suburbs, where legions of engineers are designing, building and operating space-age technology with globe-spanning influence.

With Every First In Space, New Dreams Are Launched
Source: NASA

In 1978, Peggy Whitson was a senior at Mt. Ayr Community High School in Iowa, preparing for graduation before heading to Iowa Wesleyan College to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry. Today among her numerous records, she is the U.S. astronaut with the most cumulative time spent in space, an accomplishment made possible by NASA’s selection her senior year of high school on Jan. 16, 1978, of its first diverse class of astronauts, including the first women, first African-American, and first Asian-American astronauts.

Twilight Haze
Source: NASA

In this view, individual layers of haze can be distinguished in the upper atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Titan’s atmosphere features a rich and complex chemistry originating from methane and nitrogen and evolving into complex molecules, eventually forming the smog that surrounds the moon. This natural color image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 31, 2005, at a distance of approximately 20,556 miles (33,083 kilometers) from Titan.

The Energetic Adolescence Of Carbon Dioxide
Source: JILA

The reaction, at first glance, seems simple. Combustion engines, such as those in your car, form carbon monoxide (CO). Sunlight converts atmospheric water into a highly reactive hydroxyl radical (OH). And when CO and OH meet, one byproduct is carbon dioxide (CO2) ­– a main contributor to air pollution and climate change. But it’s more complicated than that.

James Webb Space Telescope Completes Critical End-To-End Test
Source: Spaceflight Now

NASA’s $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope has completed critical end-to-end testing in a giant vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Center, proving the telescope will work properly in the deep cold of space, bring starlight to a sharp focus and precisely track its astronomical targets when launched in 2019, engineers said Wednesday.

Ariane 5 Down To Two Dozen Launches Before Ariane 6 Takes Over
Source: SpaceNews

European launch provider Arianespace expects to conduct just 23 more Ariane 5 launches before the next-generation Ariane 6 becomes its primary rocket. The final Ariane 5s will launch between 2020 and 2022, overlapping with the first three years of Ariane 6 missions.

RS-25 Hot Fire Opens 2018 Testing For SLS Engines
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

The RS-25 test team conducted their first hot-fire test of the year in the A-1 test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Tuesday afternoon test continued development work started with Development Engine 0528 (E0528) in last month’s hot-fire. The six-minute long firing put the new, “3D printed” pogo accumulator assembly through a second test case and will acceptance test another engine controller for use on one of the early Space Launch System (SLS) launches.

Air Force Launches New Project To Update Missile-Warning Ground Software
Source: SpaceNews

Air Force officials are talking to potential vendors this week about an upcoming project to update the software used to control the military’s missile-warning satellites and to analyze the data beamed from space.

NOAA’s GOES-S Spacecraft Prepares for Encapsulation
Source: NASA

Technicians and engineers prepare NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, or GOES-S, for encapsulation in its payload fairing inside a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida. After encapsulation, the weather satellite will be moved to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.