November 10 – November 16, 2018

New Sierra Nevada Corporation Satellite To Launch

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

November 16, 2018 – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) new satellite, Space Test Program Satellite #5 (STPSat-5), is scheduled to launch on Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on Monday, November 19, 2018, creating a new opportunity for scientific research and development for the Department of Defense (DoD). Read More


Kepler Space Telescope Bid ‘Goodnight’ With Final Set Of Commands

November 16, 2018 – On Thursday evening, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth. The “goodnight” commands finalize the spacecraft’s transition into retirement, which began on October 30 with NASA’s announcement that Kepler had run out of fuel and could no longer conduct science. Read More


Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient In Sand, Glass

This image of supernova remnant G54.1+0.3 includes radio, infrared and X-ray light. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CXC/ESA/NRAO/J. Rho (SETI Institute)

November 16, 2018 – We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and our bodies were formed directly by stars. Now, a new study using observations by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reports for the first time that silica — one of the most common minerals found on Earth — is formed when massive stars explode. Read More


How NASA Will Know When InSight Touches Down

This image depicts the MarCO CubeSats relaying data from NASA’s InSight lander as it enters the Martian atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 16, 2018 – What’s the sound of a touchdown on Mars? If you’re at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it sounds like winning the Super Bowl: cheers, laughter and lots of hollering. But in the minutes before that, NASA’s InSight team will be monitoring the Mars lander’s radio signals using a variety of spacecraft — and even radio telescopes here on Earth — to suss out what’s happening 91 million miles (146 million km) away. Read More


Supersonic Commercial Travel Begins To Take Shape At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works

A machinist prepares the milling equipment for the first manufactured part of the aircraft structure for the X-59 QueSST at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, Palmdale, California. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

November 16, 2018 – Lockheed Martin Skunk Works began manufacturing the first part for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, marking a milestone to bring supersonic commercial travel over land one step closer to reality. Read More


SwRI’s Alan Stern Appointed To National Science Board

SwRI’s Dr. Alan Stern has been appointed by the president to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board. He is pictured here before the New Horizons spacecraft in January 2006, shortly before its launch. Image Credit: NASA

November 15, 2018 – Dr. Alan Stern, planetary scientist and associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute, has been appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) by the Trump Administration. Read More


Lunar Outpost Unveils Lunar Resource Prospector

Image Credit: Lunar Outpost

November 15, 2018 – Lunar Outpost, a space technology startup developing enabling technologies for a sustained presence on the Lunar surface, announced their Lunar Prospector designed to search for and map the Moon’s natural resources. The first Prospector was demonstrated driving and drilling in Lunar regolith simulant at the Colorado School of Mines’ new Lunar testbed facility in the Earth Mechanics Institute overseen by the Center for Space Resources. This event marks the first commercial Lunar Prospector publicly tested in the United States. Read More


NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua

An artist’s concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) as it passed through the solar system after its discovery in October 2017. Observations of ‘Oumuamua indicate that it must be very elongated because of its dramatic variations in brightness as it tumbled through space. Image credit: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser

November 15, 2018 – In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as ‘Oumuamua – the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system. The infrared Spitzer was one of many telescopes pointed at ‘Oumuamua in the weeks after its discovery that October. Read More


SwRI Scientists Map Magnetic Reconnection In Earth’s Magnetotail

The latest findings of the SwRI-led Magnetospheric Multiscale mission detailed the magnetic reconnection processes taking place in the Earth’s magnetotail. Scientists discovered that the tail regions where magnetic fields meet, break apart and reconnect are surprisingly nonturbulent, but create hypersonic jets of electrons. Image Credit: SwRI

November 15, 2018 – Analyzing data from NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has found that the small regions in the Earth’s magnetosphere that energize the polar aurora are remarkably calm and nonturbulent. The new observations, which also revealed intense electron jets associated with the regions where magnetic reconnection occurs, were outlined in a paper published in Science November 15. Read More


Space Foundation Signs Space Commerce Project Agreement For Minority Business Enterprises

Image Credit: Space Foundation

November 15, 2018 – Today, at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Space Foundation leadership signed an agreement for a grant from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to present a series of nationwide workshops with the goal of bringing minority business leaders into the greater space commerce community. Read More


Lockheed Martin Launches $30 Million STEM Scholarship Program

November 15, 2018 – Lockheed Martin today launched a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarship program for high school and college undergraduate students planning to pursue a major in engineering and computer science. Beginning in 2019, the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship program will award a $10,000 annual scholarship to 200 recipients who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Recipients may renew the scholarship up to three times for a total potential value of $40,000 per student. Read More


SwRI’s Scott Bolton Honored By Smithsonian Magazine

Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton will receive a 2018 American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine, recognizing his contributions to the physical sciences. Bolton is principal investigator of the Juno mission. Image Credit: SwRI

November 15, 2018 – Dr. Scott Bolton, associate vice president of Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division, is being honored with a 2018 American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine. Deemed the “Golden Globes of Intellect,” these awards honor individuals in nine wide-ranging categories. Read More


NASA To Broadcast Administrator’s Welcome For Orion Powerhouse

Engineers and technicians from ESA (European Space Agency) and ESA contractor Airbus use a crane to uncrate the European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 6, 2018. The service module will provide power and propulsion for the Orion spacecraft for Exploration Mission-1, a three-week mission around the Moon. The service module also will house air and water for astronauts on future missions. Image Credit: NASA/Bill White

November 14, 2018 – NASA is hosting an event at its Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7 a.m. MST (9 a.m. EST) Friday, November 16, to celebrate the arrival of the European Service Module for the agency’s Orion spacecraft. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will preside over the event, which will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Read More


Lockheed Martin Boosts Student Mars Missions With $150,000 Grant For Challenger Learning Center Of Colorado Springs

From Lockheed Martin Space, Kay Sears, Vice President and General Manager for Military Space, and Monica Palko, Vice President and General Counsel, pose with Robert Fredell, President & CEO of the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado Springs. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

November 14, 2018 – Colorado students will soon have a chance to visit Mars thanks to Lockheed Martin. The company announced a $150,000 grant which will provide the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado Springs with a next-generation Mission to Mars upgrade for its spacecraft and mission control simulator. Read More


OSIRIS-REx Executes Fourth Asteroid Approach Maneuver

Illustration of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine. Image Credit: University of Arizona

November 14, 2018 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its fourth Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-4) yesterday. The spacecraft fired its Attitude Control System (ACS) thrusters to slow the spacecraft from approximately 0.31 mph (0.14 m/sec) to 0.10 mph (0.04 m/sec). The ACS thrusters are capable of velocity changes as small as 0.02 mph (0.01 m/sec). The maneuver targeted the spacecraft to fly through a corridor designed for the collection of high-resolution images that will be used to build a shape model of Bennu. The mission team will continue to examine telemetry and tracking data over the next week to verify the new trajectory. Read More


Ball Aerospace Team Receives NASA Group Achievement Recognition

Image Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

November 13, 2018 – Ball Aerospace recently received a Group Achievement Award from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, recognizing the company for the innovative solution that enabled the continued use of the Kepler spacecraft for the K2 science mission. Read More


U.S. Department Of Labor Approves Lockheed Martin National Standards Of Apprenticeship

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

November 13, 2018 – Lockheed Martin today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) has approved its proposed National Standards of Apprenticeship, establishing a common framework for the company to develop and expand registered apprenticeship programs across its U.S. facilities. These programs will include on-the-job training and classroom instruction for highly-skilled roles. Read More


Boulder County Hosting World GIS Day Event And Presentations

November 12, 2018 – Boulder County is hosting a World GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day event on Wednesday, November 14 in Boulder. The event is free and open to the public. Read More


November 19 Is Deadline To Enter Space Foundation International Student Art Contest

November 12, 2018 – Student artists from around the world are invited to submit their original artwork depicting the theme “Where Will Your Spaceship Take You?” The contest is open to children ages 3 to 18 years and is sponsored by Austin-based Firefly Aerospace. Read More


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Space Tango Unveils ST-42 For Scalable Manufacturing In Space For Earth-Based Applications
Source: Space Tango Inc.


NorthStar Earth And Space Inc. Announces Partnerships, $52 Million In Additional Financing For Global Environment Information Platform
Source: NorthStar Earth and Space Inc.


STScI Visualizations Of The Universe Form Heart Of New “Deep Field” Film
Source: NASA


TAGSAM Testing Complete: OSIRIS-REx Prepared To TAG An Asteroid
Source: NASA/The University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin


NOAA GOES-17 Shares First Images Of Alaska, Hawaii And The Pacific
Source: NOAA NESDIS


Trans-Galactic Streamers Feeding Most Luminous Galaxy In The Universe
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory


SpaceX Launches Qatar’s Es’hail 2 Communications Satellite
Source: Spaceflight Now


International LIDAR Mapping Forum Keynotes Feature Thought Leaders From USGS, NASA, Ithaca College, The Digit Group
Source: Inside Unmanned Systems


This Space Tourism Company Is Interested In Boeing’s Starliner Space Taxi
Source: Investor’s Business Daily


ANA And Murbeni Join To Build Spaceport In Japan
Source: Nikkei Asian Review


New Arecibo Observatory Message Challenge Announced
Source: University of Central Florida/UCF Today


Shanahan Offers Much Lower Cost Estimate For Space Force
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com


Hundreds of ‘Flat Earth’ Believers Gather In Colorado For Conference
Source: WTVR.com


Astronomers Find Possible Elusive Star Behind Supernova
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center


Small Satellites Tackle Big Scientific Questions
Source: LASP/University of Colorado Boulder


Science On The Cusp: Sounding Rockets Head North
Source: NASA


Launch Teams Simulate Boeing Uncrewed Flight Test Prelaunch Procedures
Source: NASA


Mars Mission Advocates See Benefits In NASA’s Lunar Exploration Plans
Source: SpaceNews


Live Coverage: Antares Launch From Virginia Delayed To Saturday
Source: Spaceflight Now


Rocket Lab Raises An Additional $140 Million
Source: SpaceNews


Military Satellite Communications: Buyers Can’t Make Up Their Minds
Source: SpaceNews


Will Megaconstellations Cause A Dangerous Spike In Orbital Debris?
Source: SpaceNews


Live Coverage: SpaceX Set To Launch Communications Satellite For Qatar
Source: Spaceflight Now


For Arid, Mars-Like Desert, Rain Brings Death
Source: Cornell Chronicle


Dan Jablonsky: DigitalGlobe-NRO Imagery Contract Extension Reflects Gov’t Customer Continuity
Source: ExecutiveBiz


Elon Musk’s SpaceX Wins FCC Approval To Put 7,000 Starlink Internet Satellites Into Orbit
Source: The Washington Post


Extended Life For ESA’s Science Missions
Source: ESA


Half Of The World’s Annual Precipitation Falls In Just 12 Days, New Study Finds
Source: NCAR/UCAR


NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate Cosmic Jets From Young Stars
Source: NASA


International Team/NASA Make Unexpected Discovery Under Greenland Ice
Source: NASA


Washboard And Fluted Terrains On Pluto As Evidence For Ancient Glaciation
Source: SETI Institute


Orion Recovery Team: Ready To ‘Rock And Roll’
Source: NASA


Antares Rocket Transferred To Virginia Launch Pad For Station Resupply Flight
Source: Spaceflight Now


Space Foundation Board Selects Former NASA Astronaut Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford To Receive The 2019 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award
Source: Space Foundation


India’s GSLV Mk.3 Aces Test Launch, Clearning Way For Lunar Mission
Source: Spaceflight Now


CU Boulder Ranks Best In World For Geosciences, Rises To No. 43 Overall In Global Standings
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Sierra Nevada Corporation Again Awarded Tier I Superior Supplier By U.S. Air Force
Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation


Here Are 6 Reasons To Study Asteroids And Comets
Source: EarthSky


Satellite Images Show How The Camp Fire Destroyed Entire Towns And Killed Dozens Of People
Source: Business Insider


Cold Super-Earth Found Orbiting Second-Closest Star System To Our Own
Source: Carnegie Institution For Science


New York Students To Speak With Astronaut Aboard Space Station
Source: NASA


Maxar Technologies’ MDA To Provide Advanced Communications Subsystems For Heinrich Hertz Satellite
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


Tyvak’s CICERO 6U Nanosatellite Successfully Deployed
Source: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc.


3D Printing, VR, Simulated Stardust And More Heading To ISS
Source: NASA


FCC To Seek Comment On Revised Orbital Debris Guidelines
Source: SpaceNews


PGA Engine Tests The Latest Milestone For Stratolaunch
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Rocket Lab Delivers Seven Payloads To Orbit, Plans Next Launch In December
Source: Spaceflight Now


A 1972 Solar Storm Triggered A Vietnam War Mystery
Source: CU Boulder Today


SpaceX Fires Falcon 9 Booster On Pad 39A, Aims For Comsat Launch Thursday
Source: Spaceflight Now


Winners Announced For Aviation Week’s Annual Laureate Awards
Source: Aviation Week Network


China Developing New Launch Vehicle For Human Spaceflight, Future Moon Missions
Source: SpaceNews


Orion’s European Service Module Structural Connection Begins
Source: ESA


Engineers, Students Played Key Role In Hunt For Alien Worlds
Source: CU Boulder Today


Maxar Technologies Announces Recent Insider Purchases
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Completes Continent-Wide Mapping Mission For PSMA Australia
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


NASA Wants Canada To Build AI-Equipped Robots For New Space Station
Source: CTV News


Navigating Without The “Surly Bonds”
Source: Aerospace America


Rocket Lab Launches First Operational Electron Mission
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Firefly Aerospace Announces Addition Of Deborah James To Advisory Board
Source: Firefly Aerospace Inc.