March 5, 2017 – March 11, 2017

Hughes Launches JUPITER LTE Acceleration Technology To Fill Emerging Demands Of Cellular Backhaul Market
Source: Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, has introduced its next evolution of JUPITER System technology which includes advanced LTE acceleration to support cellular backhaul requirements for mobile network operators and VSAT service providers as they expand their cellular services into areas without suitable terrestrial backhaul.

Delta IV To Launch WGS-9 For The U.S. Air Force
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

The ULA Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-9 satellite for the U.S. Air Force is scheduled for no earlier than March 17, due to Eastern Range availability. The launch vehicle team is finalizing closure actions for the booster issue in support of final launch preparations.

NASA Moving Ahead With Plans For Cislunar Human Outpost
Source: SpaceNews

Despite uncertainty about potential policy changes, NASA is pressing ahead with plans for a cislunar “gateway” outpost for future human missions, with decisions about how to develop it expected in the coming months.

Groundbreaking Space Missions, Student Success Focus Of Aerospace Summit
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Alumni, industry execs and other space buffs celebrated the state’s growing prominence in aerospace—from probing the Bennu asteroid to an array of industry partnerships—at the second annual CU Boulder Aerospace Summit earlier this week.

Image Credit: NASA Ames/G. Barentsen

Light From An Ultra-Cool Neighbor
Source: NASA

This animation shows the amount of light detected by each pixel in a small section of the camera onboard NASA’s Kepler space telescope. The light collected from TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star approximately 40 light-years from Earth, is at the center of the image.

Colorado’s Aerospace Industry: Going The Distance
Source: AIAA Executive Report

The Spring 2017 issue of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics highlights Colorado’s robust aerospace industry, saying “It’s a boom driven by a growing and talented workforce advancing the critical missions of NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Air Force, and by a healthy commitment to partnerships between academic, government, and industry stakeholders.

Colorado Springs Man Envisions A Galaxy Not Far Away
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

The idea has floated in Jesse Collette’s mind for about three years, ever since his job took him to Alaska where he came by a big yellow orb protruding from the ground, representing the sun.

Photos: Atlas V Rocket Assembled To Launch The S.S. John Glenn
Source: Spaceflight Now

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, flying in its basic two-stage configuration with no strap-on solids, was stacked aboard a mobile launch platform at Cape Canaveral’s Vertical Integration Facility on Feb. 22 and 23 in preparation to send Orbital ATK’s S.S. John Glenn cargo ship into orbit for the International Space Station.

Report: China Developing Advanced Lunar Mission Spaceship
Source: Associated Press

China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing on the moon, according to state media.

Keeping Liquids Off The Wall
Source: NASA/Johnson Space Center

On Earth, liquid flows downhill thanks to gravity. Creating an effective liquid fuel tank involves little more than putting a hole at the bottom of a container. That won’t work in space, though.

Bridenstine Argues For FAA/AST Funding Increase, Gets Endorsement For NASA Administrator

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee making the case for a funding increase for FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST). He won praise from subcommittee members and one endorsed Bridenstine to serve as the next NASA Administrator.

Society Of Asian Scientists And Engineers Conference At Mines
Source: Colorado School of Mines

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers is holding its 2017 West Regional Conference March 18, 2017, at Colorado School of Mines, which is also serving as the event’s top sponsor.

Upending The Space Biz With Satellites For You And You And You
Source: WIRED

York plans to mass-produce a satellite platform that does for the space industry what the industrial loom did for clothing.

Adams State Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Source: Adams State University

Developing virtual classrooms that expand course choices for students is the goal of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recently awarded to Adams State University, in partnership with three other institutions.

Microbes in Microgravity – BioServe In ISS Magazine
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies has been working with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to better understand why bacteria act differently in space. The research could eventually lead to better vaccines and methods to treat bacterial infections.

Honeybee Robotics Secures Two Phase II SBIR Awards From NASA
Source: Honeybee Robotics

Honeybee Robotics today announced it has received two NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards for new approaches to on-orbit structures assembly and planetary geotechnical characterization.

Two Congressmen Press The Air Force For Decision On Engine For United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Rocket
Source: SpaceNews

Two members of Congress are pressing the Air Force to make the decision on what engine to use on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket.

Inconvenient Mistruths: Justin Farrell Talks About The Spreading Of Misinformation On Climate Change
Source: CIRES

Justin Farrell, a visiting professor from Yale currently stationed at the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), has been studying how the seemingly unconnected organizations distributing misinformation about climate change are actually part of a broader network, a network that has managed its information flow to be as convincing as possible.

A Perspective on China’s Space Activities at 55th Goddard Memorial Symposium
Source: Secure World Foundation

SWF Director of Program Planning Dr. Brian Weeden gave an invited talk at the 55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on China’s plans for space.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble Hones In on a Hypergiant’s Home
Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA

This beautiful Hubble image reveals a young super star cluster known as Westerlund 1, only 15,000 light-years away in our Milky Way neighborhood, yet home to one of the largest stars ever discovered.

Student Scientists Select Menu for Astronauts
Source: NASA

If you’ve ever had a cold preventing you from really tasting your food, you’ve experienced what astronauts aboard the International Space Station encounter at every meal. In a reduced-gravity environment, the fluids in astronauts’ bodies shift around equally, filling up their faces, feeling similar to the congestion from a cold, reducing their ability to smell, and ultimately dulling their sense of taste.

Orbital ATK Dedicates Cygnus Spacecraft To John Glenn
Source: NASA

A supply spacecraft set to carry thousands of pounds of experiments and equipment to the International Space Station will also carry the name John Glenn, Orbital ATK said Thursday during a ceremony dedicating the mission to the first American to orbit the Earth.

From GOES-16 To The World

As atmospheric scientists around the world look forward to seeing extraordinarily detailed images from the new GOES-16 satellite, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are preparing for central roles in disseminating the satellite’s data.

Seven New Co-Investigators Add Depth to New Horizons Kuiper Belt Mission Team

With NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft speeding toward its next target – a New Year’s Day 2019 encounter with Kuiper Belt object (KBO) 2014 MU69 – mission Principal Investigator Alan Stern and NASA have added some new expertise to the team’s roster.

Delta IV WGS-9 Mission Profile
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket will launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission for the U.S. Air Force.

NASA Mission Named ‘Europa Clipper’
Source: NASA/JPL

NASA’s upcoming mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa now has a formal name: Europa Clipper. The moniker harkens back to the clipper ships that sailed across the oceans of Earth in the 19th century.

Cryo Coupler SBIR Phase II Win
Source: Altius Space Machines

Altius was excited to be selected yesterday by NASA for an SBIR Phase II contract to develop a cryogenic propellant transfer coupling for in-space refueling. This is a follow-on to one of the three SBIR Phase I contracts Altius was awarded last April, and completed during the second half of 2016.

NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Source: NASA/JPL

A regional dust storm currently swelling on Mars follows unusually closely on one that blossomed less than two weeks earlier and is now dissipating, as seen in daily global weather monitoring by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape Of Saturn’s Moon Pan
Source: NASA

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).

Over 1,000 FIRST Students Across Thirteen Western States Compete In Super Regional Championship To Exercise The Sport Of The Mind!
Source: FIRST

Very few athletes will ever compete in a Super Bowl but what sport can every young person go pro in? The sport of science, technology, engineering and math.

SEAKR Supporting the Iridium® NEXT Constellation
Source: SEAKR Engineering, Inc.

Iridium is replacing its existing communications constellation by sending 75 Iridium NEXT satellites into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket over 8 different launches.

Hubble Dates Black Hole’s Last Big Meal

For the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it’s been a long time between dinners. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole ate its last big meal about 6 million years ago, when it consumed a large clump of infalling gas.

Private Space Stations Could Orbit The Moon by 2020, Robert Bigelow Says

Giant space-station refueling depots could be orbiting the moon by 2020, but only if the Trump administration makes the funding and national drive needed for it to happen a priority, according to aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow.

Our Best Ever Look At Pan, Saturn’s Little “UFO”
Source: Lights in the Dark

Behold the almighty Pan! Thanks to Cassini’s ring-grazing orbits we’ve just received the highest-resolution images ever of Pan—which, at only about 17 miles (27 km) across …

Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)
Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program is managed by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), one of nine teams with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). ExMASS is an academic year-long, national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program that envelops students in the process of science.

Studying Magnetic Space Explosions With NASA Missions
Source: NASA

Every day, invisible magnetic explosions are happening around Earth, on the surface of the sun and across the universe. These explosions, known as magnetic reconnection, occur when magnetic field lines cross, releasing stored magnetic energy. Such explosions are a key way that clouds of charged particles — plasmas — are accelerated throughout the universe.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The Entrance To Mawrth Vallis
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

In Andy Weir’s “The Martian,” stranded astronaut Mark Watney drives from the Ares 3 landing site in Acidalia Planitia towards the Ares 4 landing site in Schiaparelli Crater via Mawrth Vallis. This image covers the entrance to Mawrth Vallis.

New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft
Source: NASA/JPL

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth’s orbit can be a technological challenge. Detecting these objects in orbit around Earth’s moon is even more difficult.

DigitalGlobe And The Associated Press To Receive Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award At 33rd Space Symposium
Source: Space Foundation

DigitalGlobe and journalists with The Associated Press (AP) worked together to deliver critical public visibility of modern day slavery in the fishing industry, helping the public at large gain a better understanding of how the use of space technology can improve the quality of life on Earth.

RocketBuilder: Orbit Optimization
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Extend your spacecraft’s lifetime. The variable injection capability of Atlas V enables an average spacecraft lifetime extension of nearly two years. More lifetime on orbit means more revenue.

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested At U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
Source: NASA

Engineers successfully tested the parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona Wednesday, March 8. This was the second test in a series of eight that will certify Orion’s parachutes for human spaceflight.

Perlmutter Calls For Support Of NASA Reauthorization
Source: Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Rep. Perlmutter is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and been a leading voice in support for a manned mission to Mars in 2033.

AeroSpace Ventures Small Business Forum
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Are you a small business leader interested in learning how you can best partner with the University of Colorado Boulder? Join us for the inaugural AeroSpace Ventures Small Business Forum on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Forum sessions will identify pathways, best practices, and expectations for small businesses when engaging with CU Boulder through sponsored research, technology transfer, SBIR/STTR and hiring, among other topics.

6 Months Later: 18th SPCS All-Stars Continue To Shine
Source: USAF/21st Space Wing Public Affairs

During a ceremony July 22, 2016 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the 21st Space Wing stood up the 18th Space Control Squadron. The 18th SPCS falls under the 21st Operations Group, and assumed the day-to-day Space Situational Awareness and routine satellite catalog maintenance missions from the Joint Space Operations Center, also located at Vandenberg.

First Integrated Flight Hardware For NASA’s Space Launch System Arrives In Florida
Source: NASA

The first integrated piece of flight hardware for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage, or ICPS, arrived March 8 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The ICPS was shipped from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) facility in Decatur, Alabama aboard the Mariner barge.

GOES-16 Water Vapor Imagery: Wave Structures Within A Dry Slot
Source: CIMSS/University of Wisconsin-Madison

A variety of mesoscale wave structures were seen in GOES-16 Lower-Tropospheric Water Vapor (7.3 µm) and Middle-Tropospheric Water Vapor 6.9 µm images within a dry slot along the southern edge of a trough associated with a large and intense mid-latitude cyclone centered over Hudson Bay, Canada on 08 March 2017. Beneath this dry slot, wind gusts exceeded 60 mph across southern portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Lower Michigan as momentum aloft was mixed downward to the surface.

Satellite Builders Unsure What Trump Will Mean For Their Business
Source: SpaceNews

Satellite manufacturers aren’t yet sure how the policies of the Trump administration will impact their businesses.

AES Junior Lands Fellowship At Virgin Galactic
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Some high school students seem to have their entire lives already mapped out. Christine Reilly was not one of them — picking a college major was not easy. Now, as a CU Boulder Smead Aerospace junior and Norlin Scholar, she cannot imagine herself anywhere else.

NASA Selects Over 100 Small Business Projects To Advance Space Innovation
Source: NASA

NASA has selected 133 proposals from U.S. companies to conduct research and develop technologies that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space and benefit the U.S. economy. The proposals, valued at approximately $100 million total for contract negotiations, were selected under Phase II of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Indicators Show Potatoes Can Grow On Mars
Source: International Potato Center/Centro Internacional de la Papa

The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth.

Peeking Through the Haze: A Look At Titan’s Bright Surface Features
Source: Astrobites

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only solar system object other than the Earth to have a thick atmosphere and standing surface liquid. When the Cassini spacecraft began observing Titan, it even discovered lakes and seas dotting the northern hemisphere.

Mars Astronaut Radiation Shield Set For Moon Mission Trial-Developer
Source: Reuters

A vest designed to shield astronauts from deadly solar particles in deep space is set for trials on a lunar mission ready for deployment on any manned mission to Mars, its Israeli developers said.

Jeff Bezos Adds OneWeb Satellite Venture To Blue Origin’s New Glenn Launch Manifest
Source: GeekWire

A day after announcing the first launch customer for Blue Origin’s yet-to-be-built New Glenn rocket, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos introduced the second customer: OneWeb, a venture that aims to create a satellite network for global broadband access.

Ancient Stardust Sheds Light On The First Stars
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Astronomers have used ALMA to detect a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the Universe was only four percent of its present age.

Astronomers Find Faintest Early Galaxies Yet, Probe How The Early Universe Lit Up
Source: McDonald Observatory/The University of Texas at Austin

Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new technique to discover the faintest galaxies yet seen in the early universe —10 times fainter than any previously seen. These galaxies will help astronomers probe a little-understood, but important period in cosmic history.

Perlmutter Mars 2033 Provision Included In FY17 NASA Authorization
Source: Congressman Ed Perlmutter

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) authored a provision included in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 to further our understanding of how to successfully launch a human space flight mission to Mars by 2033. Section 435 of the bill requires NASA to report on the technical and budgetary requirements for a human space flight mission to Mars in the year 2033 utilizing the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle – two projects essential to the future of deep space missions.

AIAA RMS Annual Honors And Awards Banquet
Source: AIAA RMS

Every day individuals at our companies, at our schools, and in our everyday life exemplify service to the aerospace industry. Some of those individuals are implementing their technical skill in creating tomorrow’s high-technology. Others are …

33rd Space Symposium Will Bring Space Leaders From More Than 30 Countries To Discuss Global Space Activity
Source: Space Foundation

Space leaders from more than 30 countries, are expected to attend the Space Foundation’s 33rd Space Symposium, participating as speakers, panelists and exhibitors, and with delegations representing China, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Russia and the European Commission.

SAGE III Installed On Its New Home On The International Space Station
Source: NASA

Just a little more than two weeks after its Feb. 19 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is now safely installed on the outside of the International Space Station, where it will monitor ozone and aerosols in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

New Flight Opportunity For School Districts
Source: Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce a new opportunity for school districts across the U.S., Canada, and internationally to participate in the 14th flight opportunity of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).

NASA Parachute Device Could Return Small Spacecraft From Deep Space Missions
Source: NASA

After a two-month stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s Technology Educational Satellite (TechEdSat-5) that launched Dec. 9, 2016, was deployed on March 6, 2017 from the NanoRacks platform and into low-Earth orbit to demonstrate a critical technology that may allow safe return of science payloads to Earth from space.

Dawn Identifies Age Of Ceres’ Brightest Area
Source: NASA/JPL

The bright central area of Ceres’ Occator Crater, known as Cerealia Facula, is approximately 30 million years younger than the crater in which it lies, according to a new study in the Astronomical Journal. Scientists used data from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft to analyze Occator’s central dome in detail, concluding that this intriguing bright feature on the dwarf planet is only about 4 million years old — quite recent in terms of geological history.

ECLSS Systems Put To The Test For Commercial Crew Missions
Source: NASA

Extensive evaluations are underway on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States. One of the most intensely studied systems is called ECLSS. Short for environmental control and life support system and pronounced ‘e-cliss,’ the system is a complex network of machinery, pipes, tanks and sensors that work together to provide astronauts with air and other essentials during missions for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to and from the International Space Station.

TMT’s Tertiary Mirror Enters Production Stage
Source: Thirty Meter Telescope Organization

Last month, the Thirty Meter Telescope successfully completed the Test Results Review of the Telescope Tertiary Mirror (M3) Prototype. Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) engineers presented a series of tests on the M3 prototype, which received full approval from the members of the multinational review panel. As a result, CIOMP is now moving into the construction phase of its full-scale tertiary mirror system for TMT.

36 Undergraduate Women Selected As Brooke Owens Fells, Earning Senior Mentorship And Paid Positions At Leading Aerospace Firms
Source: Brooke Owens Fellowship Organization

Today, the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program – a volunteer-led program awarding internships and senior mentorship to exceptional undergraduate women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration – announced 36 young leaders as recipients of 2017 Brooke Owens Fellowships.

NASA’s Kepler Provides Another Peek At Ultra-cool Neighbor
Source: NASA

On February 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope also has been observing this star since December 2016. Today these additional data about TRAPPIST-1 from Kepler are available to the scientific community.

House Approves NASA Transition Authorization Act
Source: U.S. House of Representatives

The House of Representatives today approved the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (S.442), which cleared the Senate last month. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation reaffirms Congress’ commitment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and directs NASA to pursue a balanced portfolio of activities.

NOAA’s New Satellite Is Sending Back The Best Lightning Data We’ve Ever Seen
Source: The Washington Post

Data is trickling in from NOAA’s new weather satellite that was launched late last year. In January, we saw the satellite’s first high-resolution images of Earth and the weather over North America. Now we’re getting to see the best lightning data …

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

A Mass Of Viscous Flow Features
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Viscous, lobate flow features are commonly found at the bases of slopes in the mid-latitudes of Mars, and are often associated with gullies. These features are bound by ridges that resemble terrestrial moraines, suggesting that these deposits are ice-rich, or may have been ice-rich in the past.

Successful Night Sky Star Tracker Pointing Test
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/LASP

We took the lens cap off of the star camera on MinXSS-2, put the spacecraft on our homemade air bearing table and looked at the Colorado night sky from a mile high.

New Tech Best Practices Drive Progress On Next-Gen GPS OCX Control System
Source: Raytheon Company

Raytheon’s use of technology development best practices and its completion of a systems engineering milestone are driving progress on the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system will provide improved performance and security for the GPS technology used by millions of users worldwide.

Hughes Announces JUPITER Aero System Offering Industry’s Fastest In-Flight Internet Connectivity
Source: Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced its JUPITER™ Aero System for Inflight Connectivity (IFC). The new aero solution offers the industry’s fastest in-flight Internet connectivity, capable of supporting speeds in excess of 400 Mbps and operates on both Ka and Ku-band frequencies, making it the ideal solution for commerical air routes throughout the world.

StellarXplorers National Finalists Announced
Source: Air Force Association

The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today the National Finalist teams invited to the StellarXplorers III National Finals, April 5-9, 2017. Teams will travel all-expenses-paid to Colorado to compete for the National Championship title.

Earth Is Bombarded At Random
Source: ETH Zurich

Do mass extinctions, like the fall of the dinosaurs, and the formation of large impact craters on Earth occur together at regular intervals? “This question has been under discussion for more than thirty years now,” says Matthias Meier from ETH Zurich’s Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology.

SwRI’s Thacker Named Fellow Of AIAA
Source: Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Dr. Ben Thacker, director of the Materials Engineering Department in Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) Mechanical Engineering Division, has been selected to the Class of 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellows.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Testing Of Orion Spacecraft Auxiliary Engines
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed hot-fire acceptance testing of eight auxiliary engines that will be used on the first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

$5.8 Million Grant Helps Expand Radio Telescope To Study ‘Cosmic Dawn’
Source: University of California Berkeley

radio telescope array being built in South Africa to explore the period after stars first formed in the early universe has received $5.8 million in new funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The Fast And The Furious
Source: JILA

The lovely Crab Nebula was created by a supernova and its spinning-neutron-star remnant known as a pulsar. Pulsar wind nebulae, such as the Crab, shine because they contain plasmas of charged particles, such as electrons and positrons, traveling at near the speed of light. A key question in astrophysics has long been: What process accelerates some of the charged particles in plasmas to energies much higher than the average particle energy, giving them near light speeds?

50th OSS Continues To Improve Future Space Operator Courses
Source: USAF/50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The world of space is constantly expanding and changing, making it crucial for space operations Airmen to have the most current information as they work in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment.

ULA WGS-9 Launch Delayed Due To Booster Issue
Source: Defense Daily Network

United Launch Alliance (ULA) delayed the launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-9 satellite for the U.S. Air Force for no earlier than March 14 after finding a booster issue, the company said Saturday.

Introducing satTRAC Analytics For Efficiently Managing Satellite TT&C Links
Source: AMERGINT Technologies

Jeff Papenfuss, AMERGINT’s Vice President of Waveform products, said “This new capability adds another dimension to satTRAC’s already extensive software toolset for quickly isolating and correcting issues with TT&C links. With the increasing size of constellations and the migration to lower-cost, less robust satellites, we anticipate that operators will be dealing with an increase in the frequency and complexity of anomalies. The satTRAC Analytics software provides the necessary insight to address these challenges quickly with little or no disruption to operations.”

SDA And AGI To Launch Next Generation Space Traffic Management Service
Source: Analytical Graphics, Inc.

The Space Data Association (SDA) and Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have entered into a long term agreement to launch an upgraded Space Data Center (SDC) Space Traffic Management (STM) service, powered by ComSpOC. SDC 2.0, which will be available to all members of the SDA, has a highly accurate, independently generated catalogue of space objects which will grow to include objects larger than 20cm in and traversing the GEO arc, and will allow for transparent and actionable collision warnings.

Blue Origin Releases Details Of Its Monster Orbital Rocket
Source: Ars Technica

After months of speculation, Blue Origin finally released more details about its New Glenn rocket on Tuesday.

Successfully Launched Sentinel-2B To Complete Europe´s Colour Vision Mission Of Earth
Source: Airbus Defence and Space

Europe´s Copernicus programme has got its second eye. On Tuesday, 7 March at 02:49 am CET (6 March at 10.49 pm local time), a Vega launcher successfully took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA).

Innosphere Participates In Fort Collins Startup Week 2017
Source: Innosphere

A week of creative thinking, planning, lightbulb ideas and revisions on old ones; This is what Fort Collins Startup week is made of. This year hundreds of entrepreneurs gathered together in various venues throughout Fort Collins to network with those new and old to the startup business at the Fort Collins Startup Week 2017.

Colorado Likely To Benefit From Privatized Space Travel
Source: CBS Denver

It’s been 60 years since the first Earth satellite was launched into outer space. The Soviet Union sent Sputnik into orbit in 1957, triggering a “space race” with the United States. Now there’s a new out-of-this-world mission and Colorado is helping lead the way …

Sierra Nevada To Resume Dream Chaser Flight Tests
Source: Spaceflight Now

An atmospheric test model of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser space plane is being readied for tow and landing tests at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California this spring.

Cryovolcanism On Dwarf Planet Ceres
Source: Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Highly resolved images of Occator crater show evidence for long-lasting geologic activity.

Trump Administration Planning To Cut NOAA Weather Satellite Programs
Source: SpaceNews

Budget documents developed by the administration for the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal call for a 17 percent cut in NOAA’s overall budget, and a 22 percent cut for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service …

Bubble-Recoil Could Be Used To Cool Microchips, Even In Space
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago

The bubbles that form on a heated surface create a tiny recoil when they leave it, like the kick from a gun firing blanks. Now researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, under funding from NASA, have shown how this miniscule force can be harnessed …

“It’s About The People…” An Interview With Tory Bruno Of ULA
Source: TMRO

Tory Bruno the CEO of United Launch Alliance joins us to talk about the future of humans in space. The new Vulcan rocket, ACES upper stage and CisLunar 1000 are just a few of the topic we cover. Tory lays out …

One Giant Leap: Jeff Bezos Shows Off Blue Origin’s Shiny New BE-4 Rocket Engine
Source: GeekWire

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is providing a sneak peek at his Blue Origin space venture’s BE-4 rocket engine, which could someday help power missions to the moon.

NGA Project To Improve Maritime Domain Awareness In The Arctic Begins
Source: Ball Aerospace/Spire Global, Inc.

Ball Aerospace and Spire Global, Inc. are collaborating on a program on behalf of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to improve Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) in the Arctic. Together, Ball and Spire are developing a data collection and analysis platform that monitors maritime traffic in the Arctic, which will enable improved awareness of vessel activity and behaviors.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Enceladus is a world divided. To the north, we see copious amounts of craters and evidence of the many impacts the moon has suffered in its history. However, to the south we see a smoother body with wrinkles due to geologic activity.

New Images From Space Show Earth And Solar Storms Like Never Before
Source: Lockheed Martin

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the first images from two Earth and solar weather-monitoring space instruments aboard the GOES-16 satellite, which launched in November. Today’s images from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) are a first for continuous lightning tracking in geostationary orbit, 22,300 miles above the earth.

This image shows lightning data captured on February 14, 2017 over the course of an hour and displayed over an image of the Western Hemisphere from the Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-16. Brighter colors indicate more lightning energy was recorded; color bar units are the calculated kilowatt-hours of total optical emissions from lightning. Image Credit: NOAA/NESDIS

Flashy First Images Arrive from NOAA’s GOES-16 Lightning Mapper

Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite are giving NOAA National Weather Service forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public to dangerous weather.

Former Cosmonaut Joins Lineup Of Astronauts At Space Foundation Yuri’s Night
Source: Space Foundation

Former Russian Cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev will be a featured guest at the Space Foundation’s Yuri’s Night party on April 2, at the Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, joining a lineup of former NASA astronauts and other space dignitaries.

RAVAN Earth Science CubeSat Records “First Light” Data
Source: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat captured its “first light” data from Earth on January 25, 2017.

MAF Recovering From Tornado Strike, Aims To Protect SLS Critical Path

While NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) continues to work through a recovery effort following last month’s tornado, Steve Doering, SLS Stages Element Manager, has provided a recent assessment of the damage.

GOES-16 Deciphers Winter Scene
Source: Satellite Liaison Blog

Three GOES-16 channels can be used to decipher today’s winter scene over the upper midwest. With snow on the ground and multiple cloud layers, it can sometimes be difficult to discern what is snow, low cloud, and high cloud …