January 7 – January 13, 2019

Ball Aerospace And Maxar’s SSL Will Be Vying For Opportunity To Construct MethaneSAT

January 12, 2019 – Environmental Defense Fund announced that it has signed contracts with two leading aerospace companies that will compete for the opportunity to build EDF’s MethaneSAT. Read More

‘Missing’ Galactic Mergers Come To Light With New Technique

A computer simulation of a galaxy (left); the same galaxy adjusted to appear as it might in an observation by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (middle); a computer simulation of a merging pair of galaxies (right). Image Credit: Nevin et al., 2019

January 8, 2019 – Galaxy mergers—in which two galaxies join together over billions of years in sometimes-dramatic bursts of light—aren’t always easy for astronomers to spot. Now, scientists from CU Boulder have developed a new technique for finding these cosmic couplings. Read More

Leadership Changes At Roccor And Solid Power, Two Industry-Leading Colorado-Based Startups

Chris Pearson, CEO of Roccor. Image Credit: Business Wire

January 8, 2019 – Roccor, a disruptive military and aerospace component supplier in the rapidly growing small satellite market, along with Solid Power, a developer of all solid-state rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, jointly announced today that Chris Pearson has been appointed as the chief executive officer of Roccor effective January 1, 2019, while Doug Campbell will assume a full-time position as CEO of Solid Power. Campbell will remain engaged with Roccor in the role of chairman of Roccor’s board of directors. Read More

Ball Aerospace’s Heidi Hallowell Elected AIAA Associate Fellow

January 8, 2019 – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has recognized Ball Aerospace’s Heidi Hallowell, principal systems engineer, among its 2019 class of Associate Fellows. To earn the honor, professionals must demonstrate notable contributions and leadership in furthering the advancement of aerospace science and technology. Read More

Hubble Takes Gigantic Image Of The Triangulum Galaxy

This gigantic image of the Triangulum Galaxy — also known as Messier 33 — is a composite of about 54 different pointings with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Image Credit: NASA/ESA

January 7, 2019 – The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of a close neighbor of the Milky Way — the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years. This panoramic survey of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies provides a mesmerising view of the 40 billion stars that make up one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye. Read More

Citizen Scientists Find New World Using Kepler Space Telescope Data

The newfound planet K2-288Bb, illustrated here, is slightly smaller than Neptune. Located about 226 light-years away, it orbits the fainter member of a pair of cool M-type stars every 31.3 days. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Francis Reddy

January 7, 2019 – Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where liquid water may exist on the planet’s surface. The new world, known as K2-288Bb, could be rocky or could be a gas-rich planet similar to Neptune. Its size is rare among exoplanets – planets beyond our solar system. Read More

Maxar Technologies Reports Failure Of Its WorldView-4 Imaging Satellite

WorldView-4 rendering. Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

January 7, 2019 – Maxar Technologies Inc. today reported that its WorldView-4 satellite experienced a failure in its control moment gyros (“CMGs”), preventing the satellite from collecting imagery due to the loss of an axis of stability. Read More

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2019 Boulder Space Weather Summer School
Source: High Altitude Observatory

Lockheed Martin Halts Work On GOES-T To Wait For Instrument Fix
Source: SpaceNews

Stratolaunch Airplane Nears First Flight
Source: SpaceNews

A New Era Of Global Aircraft Surveillance Is On The Horizon As Aireon Completes System Deployment
Source: Aireon

Birth Of A Black Hole Or Neutron Star Captured For The First Time
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory

Giant Pattern Discovered In The Clouds Of Planet Venus
Source: JAXA

First Flight Of Prototype Supersonic Airliner Planned For This Year
Source: Aerospace Testing International

Meet The Inspiring 1st Female Head Of The National Air And Space Museum
Source: TODAY

Vector Announces Dedicated Launch Of Hiber Nanosat This Year
Source: Vector

Iridium Completes Historic Satellite Launch Campaign
Source: Iridium Communications, Inc.

SpaceX Plans To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Workforce
Source: Spaceflight Now

China Begins 2019 Launch Campaign With A Success
Source: Spaceflight Now

Controllers Troubleshoot Problem With Hubble Camera
Source: Spaceflight Now

Air Force To Upgrade Existing GPS Ground Control System While Next-Generation OCX Lags
Source: SpaceNews

Astronomers Map ‘Light Echoes’ Of Newly Discovered Black Hole
Source: University of Maryland

Five Things To Know About January’s Total Lunar Eclipse
Source: Syracuse University

Hardware Problem Knocks Hubble Camera Off Line
Source: Astronomy Now

Young Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs May Lack Ingredients For Life
Source: NASA

Nature’s Magnifying Glass Reveals Unexpected Intermediate Mass Exoplanets
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory

Pluto Probe Encounters A Pristine World In The Solar System’s Suburbs
Source: Scientific American

NASA Is Returning To The Moon In Laser-Technology Style
Source: LGS Innovations

Rocket Lab Appoints Lars Hoffman As Senior Vice President
Source: Rocket Lab

SpaceX Demo-1 Slips To February
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com

National Space Club And Foundation Announces Winner Of 2019 Goddard Trophy: Robert Lightfoot Jr.
Source: SpaceRef

Space Elevator Pioneer Dies
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

Astrophysics Meetings, But Not Missions, Disrupted By Government Shutdown
Source: SpaceNews

Opinion: Three Cheers For Space Robots
Source: The Washington Post

Glacial Pace Of Space Weather Modernization
Source: SpaceNews

U.S. Will Pick Up Pace In Race To Space With China, DOD Official Says
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

NASA’s TESS Rounds Up Its First Planets, Snares Far-Flung Supernovae
Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

New Horizons Goes Beyond The Known World
Source: LASP/University of Colorado Boulder

Lifting The Veil On Star Formation In The Orion Nebula
Source: SOFIA Science Center

CubeSats Joining Hera Mission To Asteroid System
Source: ESA

Hera Adds Objectives To Planetary Defense Test Mission
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

China’s Lunar Rover Enter Standby Mode For ‘Noon Nap’ As Chang’e-4 Tests Continue
Source: SpaceNews

Raytheon Names Scott Weiner Vice President, Corporate Development
Source: Raytheon Company

Legendary Queen Guitarist Brian May Is Also An Astrophysicist With A PhD
Source: CNBC.com

GomSpace Comments On Non-Payment From Our Customer Sky And Space Global
Source: GomSpace A/S