November 27, 2017

On A Production Roll: Lockheed Martin Assembles Third U.S. Air Force GPS III Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite, GPS III SV03, is now fully integrated and ready to begin environmental tests. Lockheed Martin is in full production on ten contracted GPS III satellites at its GPS III Processing Facility near Denver. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

November 27, 2017 – The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin’s advanced satellite manufacturing facility is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle. Read More

Hubble And Gaia Team Up To Measure 3D Stellar Motion With Record-Breaking Precision

This image shows a small part of the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, situated only about 300 000 light-years away from Earth. This is one of two different pointings of the telescope that were used in a study combining data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Gaia satellite to measure the 3D motion of stars in this galaxy. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

November 27, 2017 – A team of astronomers used data from both the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Gaia satellite to directly measure the 3D motions of individual stars in a nearby galaxy. The achieved accuracy is better than anything previously measured for a galaxy beyond the Milky Way. The motions provide a field test of the currently-accepted cosmological model and also measure the trajectory of the galaxy through space. The results are published in Nature Astronomy. Read More

Texas Astronomers Will Lead Early Studies With James Webb Space Telescope

A full-sized model of the James Webb Space Telescope is seen in Austin during the South by Southwest festival in 2013. Image Credit: NASA/STScI

November 27, 2017 – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is expected to launch in 2019 after decades of development. Now the agency has announced the scientists who will use the $8 billion telescope first, testing its instruments to prove it’s in good working order. Steven Finkelstein, an associate professor of astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin, leads one of the chosen Early Release Science projects as principal investigator. Read More

Ball Board Elects Nate Carey As Vice President And Controller

Image Credit: Ball Corporation

November 27, 2017 – Ball Corporation’s board of directors today elected Nate C. Carey as vice president and controller of the corporation. Carey, 39, joined Ball as assistant controller in 2014 after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for more than a decade. He is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a MBA from Colorado State University. In addition to his role at Ball, Carey serves on the board of directors for A Precious Child, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to making a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children and families in Colorado. Read More

All Missions On Board For NASA Heliophysics Research

November 27, 2017 – Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries — like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized — still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomenon in the magnetic environment around Earth occurs. These events, called substorms, can cause auroras, disrupt GPS communications and, at their most intense, damage power grids. Read More

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December’s CU Wizards Will Feature Professor Brian Hynek, Rocks On Mars
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

For over three decades, the CU Wizards program has presented FREE monthly shows that entertain and inform children about the wonders of science. Under the direction of Prof. David Nesbitt, these interactive shows are presented once a month from September through June. They are hosted by renowned University of Colorado, Boulder professors and provide a perfect start to a fun-filled weekend. The shows are geared toward children and young adults in grades 1-9, but all are welcome! Each program lasts about an hour and includes several lively demonstration experiments.

Newly Discovered Twin Planets Could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery
Source: University of Hawaii

Since astronomers first measured the size of an extrasolar planet seventeen years ago, they have struggled to answer the question: how did the largest planets get to be so large? Thanks to the recent discovery of twin planets by a University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy team led by graduate student Samuel Grunblatt, we are getting closer to an answer.

Astrodyne TDI Acquired By Tinicum, L.P.
Source: Astrodyne TDI

Astrodyne Holding Corp. announced today that it has been acquired by Tinicum, L.P., and affiliated funds managed by Tinicum Incorporated. Astrodyne TDI designs and manufactures innovative, highly engineered power solutions for demanding applications worldwide. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Meet A CU Scientist Event
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Stop by the Broomfield Public Library for Science Discovery’s 3rd annual Portal to the Public: Meet a CU Scientist event! Scientists from CU Boulder will be presenting their work through a series of hands-on activity stations.

NASA Creates Virtual Reality Lab That Allows Students To Explore Lava Tubes
Source: Newsweek

With the help of students, NASA is exploring how virtual reality technology can help advance space exploration research. Thanks to the new development of virtual reality suites, scientists and students alike can explore the universe while at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland, NPR reports.

Antarctic Selfie’s Journey To Space Via Disruption Tolerant Networking
Source: NASA

NASA is boosting cyber to space with benefits for Earth. On Nov. 20, 2017, a selfie snapped from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica demonstrated technology that can enable the future interplanetary internet. Called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), the technology is NASA’s solution to reliable interplanetary data transmissions when vast distances or alignments of celestial bodies may disrupt communications.

Here’s How NASA Transformed Voyager 1 Data Into A Beautiful (And Super Geeky) Song
Source: Digital Trends

Outer space may be silent, but within the void lie symphonies waiting to be heard. For years, scientists have tracked charged particles as they zoom through the cosmos, using deep space probes to measure the particles’ paths and mapping algorithms to translate the data into musical scores. Now a team of space-music buffs have premiered a new composition to celebrate one of NASA’s most ambitious missions using measurements from mankind’s most distance creation — the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Three Chinese Military Surveillance Satellites Successfully Launched
Source: Spaceflight Now

A Chinese rocket placed three experimental military surveillance satellites in orbit Friday, the second set of related triplets launched in less than two months. The satellites lifted off aboard a Long March 2C rocket from the Xichang launch base in southwest China’s Sichuan province at 1810 GMT (1:10 p.m. EST) Friday, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Report Lays Out Potential Changes To WFIRST To Reduce Its Cost
Source: SpaceNews

An independent review board for NASA’s next flagship astronomy mission concluded in its final report that the project is “not executable” without additional funding or adjustments to the spacecraft. NASA released the report, a 65-page document in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, Nov. 22, a month after the agency published its response calling for a reduction in the proposed cost of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and changes to its management.

U.S. Military Gets Taste Of New Satellite Technology For Unmanned Aircraft
Source: SpaceNews

An unmanned military aircraft in mid-August took off from a test facility in North Dakota on a 1,075 nautical mile trip. Its mission was to show whether it could travel seamlessly across spot beams on a satellite without losing contact.

Boeing Starliner Trio Preparing For Test Flights

Boeing is progressing through various stages of assembling the first three CST-100 Starliner spacecraft – the latter of which will launch a NASA crew on a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS). A number of major milestones are upcoming, including a Design Certification Review (DCR) for trips to the orbital outpost.

Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2018
Source: RMC – AFCEA

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of AFCEA provides a national forum for industry and government to work together to help solve the challenges of cybersecurity, community cyber readiness and national defense. The theme this year is: “Secure the Enterprise: Data Strategy and Analytics/Cyber Resilience/Multi-Domain Ops.” Industry and DoD experts will convene to discuss enterprise security across multiple warfighting domains.