June 1, 2017

RUAG Space Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Of Its Manufacturing Facility In Decatur, Alabama

RUAG Group CEO Urs Breitmeier, Morgan County Commissioner Ray Long, U.S. Senator Luther Strange, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, Alabama Senator Arthur Orr, Mayor of Decatur Tab Bowling. Image Credit: RUAG Space

June 1, 2017 – RUAG Space, a leading product supplier to the space industry, held a celebratory reception in its new Decatur, Alabama facility to showcase the progress towards full production capabilities. Read More

Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: CU-E3

The Cube Quest Challenge team CU-E3 is made up of students from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Aerospace Engineering Science Graduate Projects class. Image Credit: CU-E3

June 1, 2017 – The shoebox-size CU Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) is being assembled by the University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering Science Graduate Projects Class. CU-E3 is designed for a communications technology demonstration mission, slated to travel more than 2.5 million miles into space. As a Deep Space Derby entry, the diminutive spacecraft will reach an orbit of about 10 times the distance between Earth and the moon. Read More

Dallas 8th-Grader Named Winner In Lockheed Martin’s Nationwide Video Contest

Caelan Lynch, an eighth-grader at the Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas, holds a check for $2,500 that she won in a Lockheed Martin contest to design a space module for human habitation and make a video about it. Her mother and father are shown standing, at left. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

June 1, 2017 – Caelan Lynch, an eighth-grade student at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas, was recognized as a winner and awarded a $2,500 check for her entry in Lockheed Martin’s first Generation Beyond Video Challenge. Read More

NASA Selects Seven Proposals To Support Astronaut Health On Missions To Mars

NASA astronaut Scot Kelly, Expedition 45 commander, performs research on fine motor skills aboard the International Space Station. Newly selected studies by the Human Research Program will examine countermeasures in mitigating the deleterious physiological and behavioral effects associated with long duration spaceflight. Image Credit: NASA

June 1, 2017 – NASA’s Human Research Program will fund seven proposals to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long duration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. The selected proposals will investigate the impact of the space environment on various aspects of astronaut health, including behavioral health and performance, cardiovascular alterations, human factors and radiation effects. All of the selected projects will contribute to NASA’s long-term plans for deep space exploration, including to Mars. Read More

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SpaceShipTwo’s Test Flight Makes A Splash
Source: GeekWire

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane took another step toward lighting up its engine in flight today, by simulating the shift in its weight with water instead of rocket fuel.

ULA Layoffs Raise Questions On Harlingen Operations
Source: The Brownsville Heralad

Space company United Launch Alliance has issued layoff notices to dozens of workers at its local facility, raising questions about how long the rocket-engine production site will operate in Harlingen.

Q&A: NASA Astronaut, Colorado Native Jack Fischer Talks To Denver7 From Aboard ISS
Source: Denver 7

NASA astronaut and Colorado native Jack Fischer is on his first expedition into space and he’s already been on two space walks. Fischer, an alumnus of Centaurus High School in Lafayette and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, has been on the space station since April.

Rover Findings Indicate Stratified Lake On Ancient Mars
Source: Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered that an ancient lake on Mars had a chemical stratification similar to that of lakes on Earth—a potential prerequisite for the presence of life.

LIGO Detects Merging Black Holes For Third Time
Source: LIGO Laboratory News

On June 1, 2017, LIGO announced a 3rd detection of gravitational waves. As in the first two detections, the event that produced the gravitational-wave burst was a merger of two black holes.

CSAF Explores Space With Team Buckley
Source: USAF/Buckley Air Force Base/460th Space Wing

Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, hosted a visit from Gen. David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, on May 25. After being greeted by Team Buckley leadership, Goldfein was introduced to members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard.

Inspiration Links The Beatles, A Fossil And A NASA Mission
Source: NASA

The link to our beginnings inspired the Lucy mission’s principal investigator, Harold Levison of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado, to name the spacecraft after the Lucy fossil. The connection to The Beatles’ song was the icing on the cake.

“Test What You Fly, Fly What You Test” A Critical Approach To JWST Ground System Testing
Source: a.i. solutions, Inc.

a.i. solutions is responsible for the design, development, testing, deployment and operation of the flight dynamics component to the JWST ground system. To address these challenges, a.i. solutions implemented an approach to testing the flight dynamics component of the ground system that was based upon experience developing such systems for NASA, NOAA and the US Air Force.

SSTL Demonstrates Video From Orbit Capability
Source: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has today released videos from orbit taken by CARBONITE-1, a technology demonstration satellite launched to demonstrate rapid build techniques and to test a telescope and video camera, both developed using innovative commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies.

NASA TV Coverage Set for Return of Two Space Station Crew Members
Source: NASA

Two crew members on the International Space Station are scheduled to depart the orbital outpost Friday, June 2. Coverage of their departure and return to Earth will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning Thursday, June 1, with the space station change of command ceremony.

Video: What’s On Board Next Space Station Supply Mission
Source: NASA

On May 31, NASA held a briefing at the Kennedy Space Center to preview the science cargo being transported to the International Space Station on the next SpaceX resupply mission to the station. SpaceX is targeting launch of its eleventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 5:55 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 1 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Refurbished SpaceX Supply Ship Ready For Liftoff Thursday
Source: Spaceflight Now

SpaceX will go for another first Thursday, this time flying a refurbished Dragon supply ship carrying nearly 6,000 pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station nearly three years after its first mission.