June 8, 2017

University Of Queensland And Lockheed Martin Take Computing Out Of This World

Mechanical vibrations inside the computer chip will be used to perform computations. Image Credit: University of Queensland/Lockheed Martin

June 8, 2017 – University of Queensland researchers have partnered with global technology leader Lockheed Martin to develop next generation computers for aerospace applications. ARC Future Fellow and project lead Professor Warwick Bowen said the partnership would develop a new approach to computer technology, with the potential for future commercial impacts in the aerospace industry. Read More


Three DIY CubeSats Score Rides On NASA’s First Flight Of Orion, Space Launch System

Three teams earned a $20,000 prize check and a slot to launch their CubeSat on Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of NASA’s Space Launch System. NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, Steve Jurczyk, Benjamin Fried of team CU-E3, Kyle Doyle of team Cislunar Explorers, Wesley Faler of Team Miles, and NASA’s Ames Research Center Director, Eugene Tu. Image Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart

June 8, 2017 – NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has awarded rides for three small spacecraft on the agency’s newest rocket, and $20,000 each in prize money, to the winning teams of citizen solvers competing in the semi-final round of the agency’s Cube Quest Challenge. Read More


ILS Proton Successfully Launches The EchoStar XXI Satellite

ILS Proton Successfully Launches the EchoStar XXI Satellite. Image Credit: ILS/Business Wire

June 8, 2017 – International Launch Services (ILS), a leading launch services provider for the global commercial satellite industry, successfully delivered the EchoStar XXI satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for EchoStar Corporation. EchoStar is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Read More


Cell Cultures Go For The Gold

Each BioCell has six wells to accommodate six different test samples. Image Credit: BioServe

June 8, 2017 – A wide variety of research relies on growing cells in culture on Earth, but handling these cells is challenging. With better techniques, scientists hope to reduce loss of cells from culture media, create cultures in specific shapes, and improve retrieval of cells for analysis – all of which would improve experiment results. Handling cells in microgravity poses even greater challenges, and with ongoing cell investigations aboard the International Space Station, optimizing handling techniques is critical. Read More


NASA Awards Universal Stage Adapter Contract For Space Launch System Rocket

June 8, 2017 – NASA has selected Dynetics, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, to develop and build a universal stage adapter for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The adapter will connect NASA’s Orion spacecraft and provide additional cargo space for the future configurations of the rocket containing an exploration upper stage (EUS). Read More


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SST Committee Approves The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act Of 2017
Source: U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology today unanimously approved H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017, as the bill now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017 simplifies and strengthens the outdated space-based remote sensing regulatory system. At the same time, this bill enhances U.S. compliance with international obligations, improves national security and removes regulatory barriers facing new and innovative space companies.


Research: H2O And O2 Absorption In The Coma Of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Measured By The Alice Far-Ultraviolet Spectrograph On Rosetta
Source: arXiv.org

We have detected H2O and O2 absorption against the far-UV continuum of stars located on lines of sight near the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko using the Alice imaging spectrograph on Rosetta.


ALMA Finds Ingredient Of Life Around Infant Sun-Like Stars
Source: European Southern Observatory

ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand how life arose on Earth.


Organic Compound Found In Early Stages Of Star Formation
Source: Queen Mary University of London

Scientists seeking to understand the origins of life have found a new organic compound in the material from which a star like the Sun is forming. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are part of a team that have for the first time detected methyl isocyanate (or CH3NCO) in a solar-type protostar, the kind from which our Sun and the Solar System formed.


Observers Track New Horizons’ Next Target
Source: Sky & Telescope

On June 3rd, 22 teams of observers in South America and South Africa tried to learn something about distant 2014 MU69, which New Horizons will visit in early 2019.


Leading Satellite Operators Introduce Minimum Antenna Performance Requirements
Source: California Institute of Technology

Five leading satellite operators – AsiaSat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES – have announced the requirements for minimum antenna performance for satellite ground stations.


Caltech Postdoc A Future Astronaut
Source: California Institute of Technology

NASA announced today that Caltech’s Jessica Watkins, GPS Chair’s Postdoctoral Scholar and California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Fellow, has been selected for the 2017 Astronaut Class.


Physics Students Share Love Of Science With High-Schoolers
Source: Colorado School of Mines

Twenty members of the Society of Physics Students at Colorado School of Mines shared their love of physics with students at Pinnacle High School earlier this spring, encouraging them to pursue science and higher education with hands-on demonstrations.


Two New Satellites For Jupiter
Source: Sky & Telescope

Just a mile across, a pair of moonlets found orbiting Jupiter bring the planet’s total satellite count to 69.


Three Night Time Science Flights Planned From Texas Balloon Launch Facility
Source: NASA

Gaining more detailed views of star formation and other galactic phenomena as well as detecting the faint quantum gravity signature from the first moments after the Big Bang are the goals of NASA’s 2017 Scientific Balloon Campaign at the agency’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, Texas.


Window To A Watery Past On Mars
Source: ESA

This 70 km-wide crater and its surrounds offer a window into the watery past of the Red Planet. The scene, captured by ESA’s Mars Express, is a composite of two images taken in March 2007 and February 2017.


Video: 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class News Conference
Source: NASA

On June 7, Vice President Mike Pence joined NASA’s Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa to announce the 12 men and women who were selected to the 2017 astronaut class from more than 18,300 applicants. The new astronaut candidates could one day be performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil aboard spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling to the moon or even Mars with the help of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.


“Auriga” Project Helps Uncover The History Of Galaxies
Source: Heidelberg Institute For Theoretical Studies

A research team led by HITS scientist Robert Grand ran 36 simulations of Milky Ways on German supercomputers, for the first time including the magnetic fields that permeate the gas and dust between the stars.


Dutch Astronomers Explain The Formation Of Seven Exoplanets Around Trappist-1
Source: Astronomie.nl

Astronomers from the University of Amsterdam have offered an explanation for the formation of the Trappist-1 planetary system. The system has seven planets as big as the Earth that orbit close to their star. The crux, according to the researchers from the Netherlands, is the line where ice changes in water.