July 19, 2017

PISCES And Honeybee Robotics Receive NASA STTR Grant To Develop In-Situ Resource Utilization

July 19, 2017 – The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) and Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. have received a $118,690 NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to jointly develop an In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technology that could launch the future of space settlement. Read More


Parent Information Nights For Wings Aerospace Academy

Image Credit: Wings Aerospace Academy

July 19, 2017 – The academic year is fast-approaching and Wings Aerospace Academy (WAA) will be showcasing changes to its program, as well as enrollment information, at scheduled Parent Information Nights. Read More


United Launch Alliance Signs Contract With Sierra Nevada Corporation To Launch Dream Chaser

The cargo version of Dream Chaser is encapsulated in an Atlas V fairing. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

July 19, 2017 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA’s Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. Read More


NASA’s New Horizons Team Strikes Gold In Argentina

Now you see it, now you don’t: NASA’s New Horizons team trained mobile telescopes on an unnamed star (circled) from rural Argentina on July 17, 2017. A Kuiper Belt object 4.1 billion miles from Earth — known as 2014 MU69 — briefly blocked the light from the background star, in what’s called an occultation. The time difference between frames is 200 milliseconds, or 0.2 seconds. This data helps scientists to better measure the shape, size and environment around the object; the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by this ancient relic of solar system formation on January 1, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

July 19, 2017 – A primitive solar system object that’s more four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:50 a.m. local time July 17), several telescopes deployed by the New Horizons team in a remote part of Argentina were in precisely the right place at the right time to catch its fleeting shadow — an event that’s known as an occultation. Read More


Ball Aerospace Interns Showcase Skills On High-Altitude Balloon Launch

The BIRST payload teams take a celebratory photo before launch. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

July 19, 2017 – The Ball Intern Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) successfully completed a high-altitude balloon launch on Saturday, July 15, 2017. A balloon provided by Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) was launched from Limon, Colorado, carrying intern-designed payloads to approximately 100,000 feet. Read More


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Data Of China’s First X-ray Space Telescope To Be Open To Global Scientists
Source: Chinadaily.com

China’s first X-ray astronomical satellite, launched in mid June, is expected to start regular observation in November and its data will be open to scientists all over the world, say the main designers of the satellite’s data system.


Stepping Down As Chair
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/Penny Axelrad

For the past five years, I have had the honor of serving as chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, now newly named in honor of Ann and H.J. Smead. It has been an exciting time, especially over the past year. We welcomed Bobby Braun, a highly respected aerospace professor, researcher, and former NASA Chief Technologist, as the new dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science; celebrated the naming of our department and the recognition of several distinguished and accomplished faculty members; and are now getting ready to break ground on a dedicated aerospace building, a transformational project that is moving forward after years of planning by many of our faculty and staff members. With the completion of my term, I am delighted to welcome Professor Brian Argrow into this position.


Vanessa Aponte Is Advancing Next Generation Space Technology And Next Generation Engineers
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Vanessa Aponte (AeroEngr PhD ’06) has rubbed shoulders with astronauts, designed equipment to travel into space, and worked with technology so specialized she is not allowed to talk about it. As a Lockheed Martin engineer and CU aerospace PhD graduate, she has achieved great things and is instilled with a personal drive and ability to create opportunities where others might see none.


Sue van den Heever Appointed Associate Department Head
Source: Colorado State University

Prof. Sue van den Heever has been appointed ATS Associate Department Head. This is a new position for the department and represents a combination and upgrade of responsibilities previously handled in part by the Graduate Student Counselor and the Curriculum Committee Chair.


Hernandez Takes Small Business To The Skies
Source: The Colorado Springs Business Journal

Gus Hernandez began Dynamic Aerospace Technologies in January 2015. For the past two years, the retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and Air Force Academy graduate has been establishing a foundation for his “imagery engineering” business, which utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to capture imagery for everything from commercials to agricultural mapping.


SpaceX Drops Plans For Powered Dragon Landings
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX no longer plans to have the next version of its Dragon spacecraft be capable of powered landings, a move that has implications for the company’s long-term Mars plans.


SNC Names Paragon As Dream Chaser Supplier
Source: Parabolic Arc

Paragon was recently selected by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to provide flight hardware for its Dream Chaser spacecraft. Paragon will provide the Thermal Control Radiators for the vehicle’s cargo module.


Centaur Upper Stage In Place Atop Atlas V
Source: NASA

The Centaur upper stage has been installed atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. The rocket is slated to launch the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M.


Goodbye HERA, Hello Sleep: NASA’s HERA XIII Crew Returns Home To Slumber
Source: NASA

After 45 days in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), the four-man crew can hardly hold their eyes open. This mission was the first of its kind to last 45 days, as well as incorporate sleep reduction for research purposes.


Katherine Glasheen Is Designing Drones To Think Differently
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Katherine Glasheen has a nickname fit for an engineer: machine, and it is not just because it rhymes with her last name. A second year aerospace PhD student, she has a drive to advance technology, and is conducting research on socially aware drones, a project that will become increasingly important with wider adoption of UAVs.


Space Science Institute Sees Eclipse As A Bright Opportunity For Libraries
Source: Westword

The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), a branch of the Boulder-based Space Science Institute that focuses on expanding STEM education and learning opportunities, is running an eclipse project with libraries nationwide through its STAR Library Education Network, STARnet.


Homing In On ‘Hot Dogs’
Source: NASA

A NASA image shows a portion of the all-sky survey from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. It highlights the first of about 1,000 “hot DOGs” found by the mission (magenta circle). Hot DOGs are hot dust-obscured galaxies and are among the most powerful galaxies known. Yellow circles are active supermassive black holes found by WISE, which are much more common.


Recognizing, Celebrating, And Scaling Innovation In Education
Source: Colorado Succeeds

Colorado Succeeds and 9NEWS are partnering with Governor Hickenlooper, Lieutenant Governor Lynne, Governor Ritter, Governor Owens, and Colorado’s top CEO’s to host The Inaugural Succeeds Prize on October 3, 2017. The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators. One finalist will be awarded $15,000.


Good Night, LISA Pathfinder!
Source: Max Planck Institute For Gravitational Physics

After 16 months of science measurements an international team deactivated the LISA Pathfinder satellite on the evening of the 18th of July 2017. The gravitational-wave laboratory in space powered down after receiving the last commands in the evening and circles the Sun on a safe parking orbit. LISA Pathfinder has tested key technologies for LISA, the future gravitational-wave observatory in space, and has demonstrated their operative readiness.


Raytheon Forecasting System Updated For Atlantic Hurricane Season
Source: Raytheon Company

Raytheon works closely with the weather community to develop, deploy and maintain enhanced weather data analysis and dissemination capabilities. Tools such as the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite and the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground system, ensure a continual flow of weather and climate data, which is used by the National Weather Service to generate accurate forecasts and warnings, helping to protect life and property.


NASA Will Not Release Public Report On SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon Failure
Source: Parabolic Arc

NASA will not publicly release the results of its own investigation into the catastrophic failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched a Dragon resupply ship into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2015. After saying it would release a summary of the agency’s investigation, NASA passed the buck to the FAA on an accident that destroyed $118 million worth of cargo the space agency was sending to the International Space Station (ISS).


Former XCOR CEO Blames Company Problems On Lost Contract
Source: SpaceNews

The former chief executive of XCOR Aerospace told a Senate committee July 18 that the company’s recent financial problems, which led to a layoff of all of its employees last month, could be blamed on a terminated engine development contract.