November 3 – November 9, 2018

Aboard 1st Spacecraft To Trojan Asteroids: NASA Ralph’s Next Adventure

Illustration of Lucy. Image Credit: SwRI

November 8, 2018 – Ralph, one of NASA’s most well-traveled space explorers, has voyaged far and accomplished much: on the New Horizons mission, Ralph obtained stunning flyby images of Jupiter and its moons; this was followed by a visit to Pluto where Ralph took the first high-definition pictures of the iconic minor planet. And, in 2021, Ralph journeys with the Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Read More


European-Built Service Module Arrives In U.S. For First Orion Moon Mission

The European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft is loaded on an Antonov airplane in Bremen, Germany, on Nov. 5, 2018, for transport to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time, NASA will use a European-built system as a critical element to power an American spacecraft, extending the international cooperation of the International Space Station into deep space. Image Credit: NASA/Rad Sinyak

November 8, 2018 – The powerhouse that will help NASA’s Orion spacecraft venture beyond the Moon is stateside. The European-built service module that will propel, power and cool during Orion flight to the Moon on Exploration Mission-1 arrived from Germany at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday to begin final outfitting, integration and testing with the crew module and other Orion elements. Read More


NASA’S OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Zooms In On Bennu

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

strong>November 8, 2018 – This set of 16 images shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s steady approach toward the asteroid Bennu during the last half of October 2018. From October 12 to October 29, the long-range PolyCam camera took one optical navigation image per day, except on October 16 and 17 when PolyCam was not scheduled to take images. Read More


Raytheon’s GPS OCX Passes Stringent Cybersecurity Tests

November 7, 2018 – Raytheon Company’s GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, has completed rigorous cybersecurity vulnerability assessments that tested the system’s ability to defend against both internal and external cyber threats. GPS OCX prevented the broadcast of corrupt navigation and timing data in all tests, bolstering the program’s readiness for the GPS III launch next month. Read More


The Mars InSight Landing Site Is Just Plain Perfect

This artist’s concept depicts the smooth, flat ground that dominates InSight’s landing ellipse in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 7, 2018 – No doubt about it, NASA explores some of the most awe-inspiring locations in our solar system and beyond. Once seen, who can forget the majesty of astronaut Jim Irwin standing before the stark beauty of the Moon’s Hadley Apennine mountain range, of the Hubble Space Telescope’s gorgeous “Pillars of Creation” or Cassini’s magnificent mosaic of Saturn? Read More


Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Awarded Imagery Contract Extension With U.S. Government

November 7, 2018 – DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, announced that it has signed a three-year extension of its existing EnhancedView Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), reinforcing the U.S. Government’s continuing demand for commercial imagery and confidence in DigitalGlobe’s current and future capabilities. The agreement, now known as EnhancedView Follow-On (EVFO), adds three option years to the current contract under the same terms and value of $300 million per year, providing continuity of service and revenue visibility potentially through August 2023 and adding $900 million of cumulative backlog. Read More


More News

Jovian Close Encounter
Source: NASA


Clues From An Unexpected Glitch
Source: AAS Nova


SpaceX Set To Return To Launch Action Amid LSP Status Upgrade
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


How The United Nations Is Trying To Keep The Peace In Space
Source: POLITICO


Scientists Capture The Sound Of Sunrise On Mars
Source: Anglia Ruskin University


NASA TV Coverage Set For Nov. 15 Cygnus Launch To Space Station
Source: NASA


Landing Site Selected For UK Mars Rover
Source: UK Space Agency


Dawn Falls Silent: Successful Mission Comes To An End
Source: DLR


Raytheon Wins Two National Geospatial Agency Contracts Valued At Up To $600M
Source: Raytheon


Revisiting Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua
Source: AAS Nova


Harvesting Renewable Energy From The Sun And Outer Space At The Same Time
Source: Cell Press


Phase Four Accelerates Commercialization Of Satellite Propulsion With Introduction Of Maxwell
Source: Phase Four


Commentary: Lost In Space: Bill Nelson Joins NASA’s List Of Losers
Source: Orlando Sentinel


NASA Looks To University Researchers For Space Tech Solutions
Source: NASA


Astronomers Get Best View Yet Of Supermassive Black Holes In Colliding Galaxies
Source: W.M. Keck Observatory


Scientists Theorize New Origin Story For Earth’s Water
Source: American Geophysical Union


ICEYE-X2 SAR Satellite To Be Launched On Upcoming Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express Mission
Source: ICEYE


Trump Appoints New National Science Board Members
Source: American Institute of Physics


NASA’s ICON Mission On Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL Rocket Scrubbed
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


OSIRIS-REx Sees Bennu From ‘All Sides’
Source: NASA


Multimessenger Links To Fermi Show How Luck Favors The Prepared
Source: NASA


SpaceX Statement: Falcon 9 Certified By NASA LSP As Category 3 Launch Vehicle
Source: SpaceX/Spaceref.com


Maxar’s Radiant Solutions Selected By DARPA To Develop Next-Generation Optical System For Agile Earth Observation Satellites
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


NASA Announces Media Activities For New Horizons New Year’s Event
Source: NASA


NASA Suborbital Flight Opportunities
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


iROC CEO Bruce Furst Signs 1st Intergalactic Music Licensing Agreement For Outer Space
Source: Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation (iROC)


Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach
Source: NASA


Space Force Reorganization Could Raise Profile Of DARPA’s Space Missions
Source: SpaceNews


Space Command: A Worldwide Network Centered In Colorado Springs
Source: KOAA.com


Turbulence In Space Might Solve Astrophysical Mystery
Source: DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


John Hopkins Scientist Finds Elusive Star With Origins Close To Big Bang
Source: John Hopkins University


Paul McConnaughey Named Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director
Source: NASA


NASA Renovates, Dedicates Bermuda Tracking Station
Source: NASA


In Memory Of Michael J. Thompson
Source: NCAR/UCAR


Requiem For A Revolutionary Space Probe
Source: Scientific American