November 14, 2017

UCAR Congressional Briefing: Moving Research To Industry

The NCAR-based Model for Prediction Across Scales simulates the entire globe while enabling scientists to zoom in on areas of interest. It is one of the key tools for improving forecasts in the future. Image Credit: UCAR

November 14, 2017 – Federally funded scientific advances are enabling the multibillion-dollar weather industry to deliver increasingly targeted forecasts to consumers and businesses, strengthening the economy and providing the nation with greater resilience to natural disasters, experts said today at a congressional briefing. Read More


Expanded Networks, Faculty Mentorship Bolster Female Undergrads’ Pursuit Of Geoscience

A recent PROGRESS networking event at a Colorado State University solar field. Image Credit: Ilana Pollack/Colorado State University

November 14, 2017 – To retain more undergraduate women in geoscience majors, a supportive network that includes faculty mentorship seems to be a key driver, according to a new study led by Colorado State University. Read More


General Atomics Acquires Assets Of Surrey-US, LLC

November 14, 2017 – General Atomics announced today that it has acquired the majority of the assets of Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (Surrey-US), an Englewood, Colorado.-based provider of innovative small satellite technologies, systems and services. The assets and workforce will be integrated into General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) to support the organization’s growth initiatives focused on the development and delivery of small satellite and advanced payload systems. Read More


DigitalGlobe Enhances Monitoring Capabilities In SecureWatch For Defense And Intelligence Customers

November 14, 2017 – DigitalGlobe, a business unit of Maxar Technologies, today announced the latest release of SecureWatch, a powerful geospatial intelligence subscription service that provides on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s entire 17-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery, as well as more than 3 million square kilometers of new image collections daily. The update introduces new functionalities that enable defense and intelligence mission partners to exploit the complete power of The DigitalGlobe. Read More


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WEF Council On The Future Of Space Technologies Discusses Incentives For Space Sustainability
Source: Secure World Foundation

SWF Director of Program Planning Dr. Brian Weeden participated in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2017 held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. from November 11-12, 2017. The annual meeting brought together more than 700 global experts from the WEF’s network of Global Future Councils to identify the latest trends and risks, explore interconnections among issues, and collectively develop solutions to promote innovative thinking on the future.


New NASA Mission Concept Aimed At Why Planets Lose Their Atmospheres
Source: NASA

A team of NASA scientists want to use Earth as a laboratory to understand how planets lose their atmospheres and has proposed a mission that the agency recently selected as one of five for further consideration as a possible NASA Explorer mission. In the proposed mission that some believe is a potential keystone in the study of the Sun and its effects on planetary atmospheres, the team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is advancing a dual-satellite, polar-orbiting mission to study the universal processes that control atmospheric erosion and its interaction with stellar winds, the continuously flowing stream of charged particles released from the Sun’s corona.


Proposed NASA Mission Would Investigate Where Space Weather Begins
Source: NASA

A NASA team is advancing a mission to reveal unprecedented details about solar flares, powerful eruptions that explode with enough energy that each one could power all of Earth for 16,000 years, and which — when extreme — can interfere with radio communications and satellites near Earth.


Herschel Discovers Galaxy Merger In The Very Early Universe
Source: ESA

What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA’s Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.


Powering Up NASA’s Human Reach For The Red Planet
Source: NASA

NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that could literally “empower” human crews on the Mars surface, energizing habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform Red Planet resources into oxygen, water and fuel.


NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test
Source: NASA

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed.


Robotic Arm Reaches Out And Grapples Cygnus
Source: NASA

At 5:04 a.m., Expedition 53 Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Randy Bresnik of NASA successfully captured Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft using the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Robotic ground controllers will position Cygnus for installation to the orbiting laboratory’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module.


Congratulations To Recent ESRL Award Recipients!
Source: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

ESRL’s parent office, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), recently announced its 2017 award recipients. The awardees will be honored at a ceremony on November 15 in Silver Spring, MD.


TMT’s Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Proceeding To Final Design Phase
Source: TMT

Following a successful second IRIS Preliminary Design Phase Review (PDR-2) at the TMT Project Office in Pasadena, IRIS is proceeding into its Final Design phase. The focus of the second review, held in September, involved an assessment of the IRIS software (including its data reduction system) and electrical design (including its detectors) as well as programmatic aspects spanning project cost and overall schedule.


Video: Inside The World Of JPSS-1
Source: NOAA

In 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of their partners at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will launch the JPSS-1 satellite, the first operational satellite in NOAA’s next generation polar-orbiting satellite system. This video takes you inside the world of JPSS-1, providing a look at some of the satellite’s incredible instruments and explaining its journey to space.


NASA’s Next Mars Lander Zooms Toward Launch
Source: Scientific American

After expensive delays, NASA’s next mission to Mars is on track to embark next year. As spacecraft names go, this one is a mouthful: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. At NASA, and here at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which built the craft, it’s just called InSight.


Contracting White Dwarf Observed For The First Time
Source: Lomonosov Moscow State University

Astrophysicists from MSU (Russia) and his colleagues from Italy and Russian Academy of Sciences have found the first observational evidence for a contracting white dwarf. Constant high spin-up rate of a star of this type, located in an enigmatic binary system, can be easily explained if the white dwarf is contracting, the researchers argue.


With Launch Of New Night Sky Survey, UW Researchers Ready For Era Of ‘Big Data’ Astronomy
Source: University of Washington

The first astronomers had a limited toolkit: their eyes. They could only observe those stars, planets and celestial events bright enough to pick up unassisted. But today’s astronomers use increasingly sensitive and sophisticated instruments to view and track a bevy of cosmic wonders, including objects and events that were too dim or distant for their sky-gazing forebears. On Nov. 14, scientists with the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington and eight additional partner institutions, announced that the Zwicky Transient Facility, the latest sensitive tool for astrophysical observations in the Northern Hemisphere, has seen “first light” and took its first detailed image of the night sky.


NASA Haughton-Mars Project: New Partnership On Mars Drone Applications Research
Source: SETI Institute

The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technologies and applications for future Mars exploration.


China’s Long March 4C Launches Fengyun-3D Weather Satellite & HEAD-1 Ship-Tracking MicroSat
Source: Spaceflight 101

ULA’s Delta II rocket was forced to abandon a nighttime launch attempt from California in the early hours on Tuesday due to a technical issue with the rocket’s second stage engine actuator as well as a fouled range with boasts in the offshore hazard area where the vehicle’s ground-lit boosters were expected to impact. Liftoff with the JPSS-1 satellite has been rescheduled for 9:47:02 UTC on Wednesday, the opening of a brief window.


Nighttime Delta II Launch Attempt Halted By Technical Issue & Fouled Range
Source: Spaceflight 101

ULA’s Delta II rocket was forced to abandon a nighttime launch attempt from California in the early hours on Tuesday due to a technical issue with the rocket’s second stage engine actuator as well as a fouled range with boasts in the offshore hazard area where the vehicle’s ground-lit boosters were expected to impact. Liftoff with the JPSS-1 satellite has been rescheduled for 9:47:02 UTC on Wednesday, the opening of a brief window.


Brogan BamBrogan’s Arrivo Takes The Hyperloop To Colorado
Source: WIRED

The good people of Denver, Colorado, have seen the self-driving trucks that deliver beer and those designed to get smashed. They have wooed Silicon Valley and welcomed big pot. Now they are getting a hyperloop.


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Successfully Completes Rendezvous And Berthing With International Space Station
Source: Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the “S.S. Gene Cernan” CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company’s eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory.


BAE Systems Helps DARPA Test Space Technologies To Protect Against Emerging Threats
Source: BAE Systems, Inc.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation, and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies.