July 15 – July 21, 2019

SETI Institute Collaborates With Girl Scouts To Develop New Space Science Badges

From left to right, the new Space Science badges for Girl Scout Cadettes, seniors, and Ambassadors. Image Credit: Girl Scouts of the USA

July 19, 2019 – Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced the release of 42 new badges for girls in grades K–12 in outdoor adventure and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Among these new badges are the Space Science badges for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10), and Ambassadors (grades 11-12) which were developed as part of the SETI Institute’s Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts program (also known as Girl Scouts Stars). These badges follow the Space Science badges for Girl Scouts in grades K-5, which were released in 2018. Read More

ESA To Provide Third European Service Module For Orion Artemis 3 Mission

Orion and European Service Module orbiting the Moon. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/ATG Medialab

July 19, 2019 – With NASA’s announcement to bring humans back to the surface of the moon before the end of 2024, ESA is preparing to deliver a third European Service Module (ESM) for the Orion spacecraft. Read More

NASA Extends Exploration Of Universe For Eight Astrophysics Missions

Image Credit: NASA

July 18, 2019 – As the Agency sets its sights on sending astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars, NASA is continuing its pursuit of cosmic science beyond our solar system by extending the missions of eight astrophysics spacecraft that are currently operating, following a review of their productivity. The missions — Chandra, Fermi, Hubble, NICER, NuSTAR, Swift, TESS, and the NASA contribution to the European XMM-Newton mission — represent a wide range of scientific capabilities and tackle a variety of burning questions about the universe. Read More

SEAKR Is Building RF Processors For Saturn Satellite Networks’ Small GEO Satellites “NationSat”

SEAKR Is Building RF Processors For Saturn Satellite Networks’ Small GEO Satellites “NationSat”. Image Credit: SEAKR Engineering Inc.

July 17, 2019 – SEAKR Engineering, Inc. (SEAKR) is pleased to announce it is using next generation technologies to build digital RF processors for Saturn Satellite Networks’ (Saturn) small GEO satellite known as “NationSat.” Saturn is a company founded by space industry veterans focused on building small geostationary satellites, and is building its first NationSat satellite using a 2.5 kW bus design. Saturn’s new GEO satellites deliver the most affordable access to space communications for countries and national service operators where traditional satellites are too big and expensive. Read More

PlanetIQ Secures $18.7 Million Series B Financing Round Co-Led By New Science Ventures And AV8 Ventures

Image Credit: PlanetiQ

July 16, 2019 – PlanetiQ, the high-definition satellite-based weather forecasting and analytics company, announced it has completed an $18.7 million Series B round of financing. New Science Ventures and AV8 Ventures co-led the investment round with participation from existing and new investors, Valo Ventures, Kodem Growth Partners, Access Venture Partners, Virginia Tech Innovation Fund, Hemisphere Ventures, Service Provider Capital, Earth Investments, Moonshots Capital, and a large Kansas City-based family office that wishes to remain anonymous. Read More

AFRL And Catalyst Space Accelerator Announce Applications Are Open For New Space-Based ISR Cohort

July 16, 2019 – Catalyst Space Accelerator is excited to announce the opening of applications for the next cohort, the Space-Based ISR Cohort #CAISR, to be held from September 9 – November 22, 2019. The deadline for applications is August 7, 2019. Read More

United Launch Alliance Adds New Partners For Annual Student Rocket Launch

The Future Heavy rocket. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

July 16, 2019 – Two new partners are joining United Launch Alliance (ULA) in an annual event designed to inspire the next generation of rocket scientists, engineers and space entrepreneurs. RUAG Space and Airborne Systems will provide flight components for the Future Heavy Super Sport high-power sport rocket. The rocket, built by ULA interns and mentors, will launch at the 2019 Student Rocket Launch, sponsored by ULA and Ball Aerospace. Read More

More News

NASA’s Webb Telescope Shines With American Ingenuity
Source: NASA

Lunar Rocks Debunk Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories
Source: Australian National University

Drinking Red Wine On The Red Planet
Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Building A Toolkit For The Moon
Source: ESA

Powering The Future With Lunar Soil
Source: ESA

CSU Played Key Role In Restoration Of Apollo 11 Mission Control Center
Source: Colorado State University

Beyond The Moon Landing, Inspiration And Accomplishment
Source: Colorado State University

Moon Landing At 50: How We Got There And What We’re Still Learning About Our Celestial Neighbor
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

AF Academy Professor, Astronaut Reflects On Space Program, Apollo 11 Mission
United States Air Force Academy

The New Voice Of StarDate
Source: McDonald Observatory

Artist Returns Armstrong To The Moon
Source: Art Technologies

China’s Plans To Solve The Mysteries Of The Moon
Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters

Earth’s Shining Upper Atmosphere — From The Apollo Era To The Present
Source: NASA

Breakthrough Listen Launches New Optical Search With Arizona’s Veritas Telescope Array
Source: Breakthrough Initiatives

Exiled Moons May Explain Astronomical Mysteries
Source: Source: Macquarie University

Colorado Company Pushes Boundaries Of Space Exploration
Source: ABC Denver7

$3M In NASA Funding To Help Students Build CubeSats
Source: The University of Arizona

Space Race: America Is Losing It
Source: CNN

Atlas V And Delta 4 Launch Delays Caused By Common Component In Upper Stage
Source: SpaceNews

Starhopper Fires Up For An Eventful Static Fire Test
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Colorado Family Sculpts Apollo 11 Monument At Kennedy Space Center
Source: CBS Denver

Protests Continue Against Giant Telescope’s Construction On Hawaii’s Sacred Mauna Kea
Source: Space.com

Indian Moon Launch Rescheduled For Monday
Source: Spaceflight Now

Adams County Wants To Bring Big Space Business To Its Spaceport
Source: CBS Denver

Retired Astronaut Rescued After Falling 500 Feet Down Colorado 14er
Source: OutThere Colorado

4th SOPS Accepts Control Of WGS-10
Source: Schriever Air Force Base

MASCOT Confirms What Scientists Have Long Suspected
Source: DLR

A Material Way To Make Mars Habitable
Source: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

NASA Funds Demo Of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled In Orbit
Source: NASA

Velcro Companies “Walking On The Moon” Again To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Lunar Landing
Source: Space Traveler Magazine

Plant Pillows In Space
Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation

New Hubble Constant Measurement Adds To Mystery Of Universe’s Expansion Rate
Source: NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute/University of Chicago

HiRISE Spots Curiosity Rover At Mars’ ‘Woodland Bay’
Source: NASA/JPL

eROSITA Launch Heralds New Era For X-Ray Astronomy
Source: Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Galileo’s Initial Services Rocky Patch Continues
Source: GPS World

Faulty Valve Blamed For Crew Dragon Test Accident
Source: SpaceNews

IceCube: Antarctic Neutrino Detector To Get $37 Million Upgrade
Source: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Robots To Install Telescopes To Peer Into Cosmos From Moon
Source: Voice of America

House Passes NDAA, Keeps HASC Chairman Smith’s Space Launch Reforms Alive
Source: SpaceNews

Apollo 11: CEO Of Rocket Maker ULA Recalls Watching Moon Landing On TV As A Kid
Source: Fox News