May 10, 2017

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Applications Due June 16

The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board is accepting applications from interested total force officers and civilians. Rated officers and acquisition engineers are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by June 16, 2017. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

May 10, 2017 – Application packages for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board are due by June 2, 2017. Read More


RRCC Awarded CCCS Innovation Grant For $193,000 To Support STEM Projects

May 10, 2017 – Two Red Rocks Community College programs were selected for funding by the Colorado Community College System’s Innovation Challenge Awards. The 2017-2018 Innovation Grants will build programming for RRCC’s IDEA Institute and WeBWorK Math Instruction. Read More


NASA TV Coverage Set For 200th Spacewalk At International Space Station

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen during a January 6, 2017, spacewalk during Expedition 50 aboard the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

May 10, 2017 – NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer will perform a landmark 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station Friday, May 12. Live coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Read More


Observatories Combine To Crack Open The Crab Nebula

This composite image of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant, was assembled by combining data from five telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Very Large Array, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, the XMM-Newton Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, NRAO/AUI/NSF and G. Dubner (University of Buenos Aires)

May 10, 2017 – Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula, by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves seen by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to the powerful X-ray glow as seen by the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory. And, in between that range of wavelengths, the Hubble Space Telescope’s crisp visible-light view, and the infrared perspective of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Read More


NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight

Image Credit: NASA

May 10, 2017 – NASA completed its third mid-latitude Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) flight at 9:24 p.m. MDT, Saturday, May 6, after 12 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes aloft. Read More


U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment Funds Mountain West Advanced Manufacturers Network

May 10, 2017 – ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, in cooperation with the University of Utah, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for the first phase of the Mountain West Advanced Manufacturer’s Network (MWAMN). From the approximately $2.7 million in funding, roughly $1.5 million will go to Colorado School of Mines and ADAPT. Read More


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NASA Investigating Damaged SLS Tank Section
Source: SpaceNews

NASA and Boeing are investigating a recent mishap at the Michoud Assembly Facility that damaged a portion of a liquid oxygen tank being developed for the Space Launch System.


21st Space Wing Quarterly Award Winners
Source: USAF/Peterson Air Force Base

21st Space Wing Quarterly Award winners stand alongside leadership in the Club after winning their award at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., April 27, 2017. Airmen from each 21st SW group competed against each other to win the wing-level award for the first quarter of 2017.


Waves Of Lave Seen In Io’s Largest Volcanic Crater
Source: UC Berkeley

Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa, researchers have obtained an exceptionally detailed map of the largest lava lake on Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system.


Spaceport Business Park Phase Nearing Completion In Midland
Source: NewsWest 9

The Midland International Air and Space Port is getting closer to finishing a phase of their Spaceport Business Park. That park is set up for future aerospace business to set up shop in the Permian Basin.


Scientists Push To Orbit Pluto
Source: Scientific American

Humanity’s first up-close look at Pluto was so intriguing that some researchers want to go back and spend a lot more time studying the icy world. Late last month, 35 scientists met for 7 hours in Houston to discuss the basic blueprint and science goals of a potential Pluto orbiter mission.


Testing Prepares NASA’s Space Launch System For Liftoff
Source: NASA

The world’s most powerful rocket – NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) – may experience ground wind gusts of up to 70 mph as it sits on the launch pad before and during lift off for future missions. SLS model testing in NASA Langley Research Center’s 14×22-Foot Subsonic Wind Tunnel in Hampton, Virginia, is designed to simulate wind conditions.


Video: NASA Astronaut Discuss Life In Space With His Alma Mater
Source: NASA

Colorado astronaut Jack Fischer participates in a live Q&A from the International Space Station with students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned his master’s in aerospace engineering in 1998.


DigitalGlobe Moves To The Cloud With AWS Snowmobile
Source: DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe has been collecting imagery of Earth from space since our QuickBird satellite launched in 2001. As we’ve continued to launch new satellites to join our world-class constellation, our collection capacity and resolution have increased. In the past 17 years, we’ve collected more than 7 million square kilometers of imagery.


Time Warfare: Threats To GPS Aren’t Just About Navigation And Positioning
Source: Defense One

When people talk about the U.S. military’s dependence on positioning, navigation, and timing, or PNT, information, they’re usually thinking about GPS — more formally, the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System. And these days, they’re often concerned about the ways adversaries can disrupt GPS signals and thereby deny U.S. forces the positioning and navigation information that enables the “American Way of War.” But there’s another aspect of PNT that is getting short shrift …


Lowell Observatory Astronomer Named Director Of Telescope Array In Flagstaff
Source: Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory astronomer Gerard van Belle has been named the director of the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) in Flagstaff, Arizona, effective May 1.


Could There Be Life On Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus? New Research Raises The Possibility.
Source: Public Radio International

New research from NASA’s Cassini mission has all eyes on Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth-largest moon. The research, recently published in Science magazine, indicates that plumes of vapor escaping from cracks in the moon’s icy shell are full of molecular hydrogen, the fuel for microbial life.


Dante Lauretta To Receive Alumni Achievement Award
Source: University of Arizona

Dante Lauretta, leader of the University of Arizona’s biggest space mission, will receive the institution’s Alumni Achievement Award. Lauretta, a UA professor of planetary science and cosmochemistry and principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, has reached the pinnacle of his field …


NASA’s Mars Plan May Include Yearlong Mission To The Moon
Source: Space.com

A group of astronauts may spend a year in orbit around the moon in the late 2020s as part of NASA’s plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, agency officials said today (May 9).