January 26, 2018

GOLD Mission To Image Earth’s Interface To Space

Artist rendering of SES-14 satellite, the spacecraft that carries GOLD as NASA’s first ever hosted payload. Image Credit: NASA/CIL/Chris Meaney

January 26, 2018 – The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, designed and built by the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, launched from the Guiana Space Centre on Thursday, January 25, as a commercially hosted payload on the SES-14 satellite. Read More

9th Joint SRR/PTMSS Meeting

January 26, 2018 – The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) will convene their ninth joint meeting June 12-15, 2018 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Read More

Aerospace Day At The Colorado State Capitol 2018

January 26, 2018 – Join the Colorado Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE), Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT), Aerospace States’ Association (ASA), Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and Manufacturers Edge in coordination with our numerous aerospace partner organizations, for a day at the Colorado State Capitol. Enjoy a full day of networking and dialogue with Colorado Legislators discussing how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita in our nation and how they can effectively support aerospace in our state. Read More

Astronaut Memorial Event To Be Held January 28

University of Colorado Boulder alumni Ellison Onizuka and Kalpana Chawla, who died in space shuttle accidents 17 years apart, will be remembered on campus.

January 26, 2018 – The University of Colorado Boulder will honor its fallen astronauts this weekend. The annual memorial event will take place at 9:38 a.m. Sunday, January 28, to coincide with the exact anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Read More

CU Boulder GOLD Mission Launched Despite Ariane-5 Anomaly

Liftoff of the Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana at 3:20 p.m. MST, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Image Credit: Arianespace

January 26, 2018 – NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD mission launched at 3:20 p.m. MST, Thursday, January 25, as a commercially hosted payload on the SES-14 satellite. The satellite was launched on an Ariane-5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Read More

National Space Defense Center Transitions To 24/7 Operations

Image Credit: United States Air Force

January 26, 2018 – Less than a year after changing the name of the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center to the National Space Defense Center, the NSDC transitioned to 24/7 operations on January 8, marking a significant step for the expanding, interagency team focused on protecting and defending the nation’s critical space assets. Read More

InSight On The Surface Of Mars

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

January 26, 2018 – An artist’s rendition of the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a lander designed to give Mars its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast between May 5 through June 8, 2018, and land on Mars six months later, on November 26, 2018. Read More

NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Announces Initial Sponsors For 2018 NOCOM Trade Show

January 26, 2018 – Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCO) has announced two returning major sponsors for its NOCOM 2018 manufacturing trade show April 12, 2018: Aerotek and EKS&H. The event showcases Northern Colorado’s expanding manufacturing sector, connecting suppliers, manufacturers, capital, and services. Read More

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IMPACT Center – Industry Open House Event
Source: CU LASP

With funding from NASA, the Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) studies the dusty plasma environments around airless bodies within the interplanetary medium, and includes partnerships with LASP, CU Boulder’s departments of physics and aerospace engineering sciences, the Colorado School of Mines, and international collaborators. The January 30 Industry Open House event provides an opportunity for aerospace contractors with high-speed impact testing needs to view the Lab’s facilities.

Space Weather: 20 Years of Lessons from Advanced Composition Explorer
Source: AIAA Rocky Mountain Section

AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Speakers Program Space Weather: 20 Years of Lessons from Advanced Composition Explorer Gerry Murphy Founder, DesignNet Engineering Space Environment matters to real space missions. Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) was launched in 1997 to an L1 orbit to observe and understand the energetic particle environment sourced by our own galaxy and our own star. ACE has served as early warning of solar particle events and has also given us a deeper understanding of the origin of Cosmic rays.

Astronaut Jack Fischer Shares “Awesome” ISS Experiences During Visit To NASA Glenn
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

Astronaut Jack Fischer’s favorite word is Awesome. And why not? If your job consists of rocketing into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft and spending 136 days on the International Space Station (ISS), the word awesome is probably an accurate descriptor.

Virtual Reality Program Allows For Immersive SLS Experience
Source: NASA

A new virtual reality software program will allow users to experience the excitement of standing on the launch pad beneath NASA’s massive new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) and see the breathtaking visual of the rocket bursting through clouds. The software is available for anyone with an Oculus Rift to download for free in the Oculus store.

Tech Firm In Broomfield Combining Aerospace With Great Outdoors
Source: BizWest

Outside Analytics Inc., a tech company that uses the founders’ aerospace background to apply geospatial mapping to outdoor recreation, has raised $550,000. The funding will be used for product development, Ben Tarr, company president, told BizWest. Outside Analytics plans to release a live beta test around May, and will offer a free and paid premium version of its platform when it is released.

Spacewalkers Preparing For Monday’s Spacewalk With Updated Plan
Source: NASA

During a spacewalk on Jan. 23, 2018, Expedition 54 flight engineers Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle replaced a Latching End Effector (LEE-B) on the Canadarm2 robotic arm. An issue preventing the LEE from transitioning to an operational state on one of two redundant sets of communications strings was detected.

Hubble’s Standout Stars Bound Together By Gravity
Source: NASA

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a glistening and ancient globular cluster named NGC 3201 — a gathering of hundreds of thousands of stars bound together by gravity. NGC 3201 was discovered in 1826 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop, who described it as a “pretty large, pretty bright” object that becomes “rather irregular” towards its center.

CU Boulder Aerospace Team Aces International Student Competition
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder aerospace senior design Team REPTAR has earned first place in the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace International Student Competition team division. The award was presented at the annual AIAA SciTech Forum, held in Orlando, Florida.

NASA Covers Many Wildfires From Many Sources
Source: NASA

NASA’s satellite instruments are often the first to detect wildfires burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours of the satellite overpass. Together, NASA instruments, including a number built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, detect actively burning fires, track the transport of smoke from fires, provide information for fire management, and map the extent of changes to ecosystems, based on the extent and severity of burn scars.

Attempting To Contact NASA’s IMAGE
Source: NASA

In mid-January, an amateur astronomer reported they believed they had made contact with a NASA satellite called Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). IMAGE launched on March 25, 2000, and contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has acquired time on the Deep Space Network (DSN) to focus on the source and determine whether the signal is indeed IMAGE. This process must take into consideration the vintage nature of the spacecraft, and includes locating appropriate software and commands to potentially operate the mission. We will share more information as it becomes available.

The Long Road To Mars
Source: Physics World

With ambitious plans being dreamed up to send astronauts to the red planet, what challenges would face them if they ever went – and what technology would they need?

Potential End Of The ISS Raises Concerns, Presents Opportunities
Source: SpaceNews

The White House’s next budget request for NASA will likely include plans to end the agency’s operations of the International Space Station by the mid-2020s, a plan that could create new opportunities for commercial space ventures but has already generated opposition from one key senator.

X Prize Teams Plan To Keep Shooting For The Moon
Source: SpaceNews

The finalists in the Google Lunar X Prize competition say they will continue efforts to send spacecraft to the moon despite the expiration of the prize in March. The X Prize Foundation announced Jan. 23 that the competition, which offered $30 million in prizes for private teams able to land on the moon and achieve milestones there, will expire at the end of March after prize sponsor Google decided not to extend the competition deadline again.