September 19, 2017

Mars Habitat Project Open To The Public

Image Credit: Adams State University

September 19, 2017 – The Adams State University Sculpture program has organized a two-day public event showcasing a Mars Habitat concept outdoor installation. The project will be open to the public from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, September 29 and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, September 30, near the Zacheis Planetarium. Read More


University Of Colorado Among Top Universities Selected In Aviation Week Network’s 2017 Workforce Study

September 19, 2017 – Aviation Week Network has released the universities chosen by aerospace and defense (A&D) corporations and universities as preferred suppliers and top providers of graduates for hiring within the global aerospace and defense industry. The University of Colorado is among the universities selected. Read More


2017 NIAC Symposium

Image Credit: NASA

September 19, 2017 – On September 25-27, 2017, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program’s 2017 Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E Tufts Avenue Denver, Colorado 80237. Attendance is free. Read More


Breathing Easy With The Earth And Space Air Prize Competition

Image Credit: NASA

September 19, 2017 – Breathable air is necessary to sustain humans both on Earth as well as in space. Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems, such as asthma and respiratory tract irritation. To ensure the health of humans living on Earth as well as those traveling in spacecraft to explore the solar system, aerosol sensors are needed to monitor air quality and alert engineers when action is necessary. Read More


Lockheed Martin Introduces New Satellite Lineup

Lockheed Martin’s family of solutions—all now featuring common components—include four series of satellites from nanosatellites to powerful geostationary platforms. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin

September 19, 2017 – Today Lockheed Martin debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference. Read More


Size Matters In The Detection Of Exoplanet Atmospheres

Artist’s impressions of exoplanetary system. Image Credit: Alexaldo

September 19, 2017 – A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected. The largest population-study of exoplanets to date successfully detected atmospheres around 16 ‘hot Jupiters’, and found that water vapour was present in every case. Read More


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SecAF Outlines Air Force Priorities During Speech
Source: U.S. Air Force

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson discussed the state of the Air Force during the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 18, 2017. Wilson covered the Air Force’s five priorities, all driven by the needs of the nation. Wilson stressed the need to restore readiness, cost-effectively modernize, drive innovation, develop exceptional leaders and strengthen alliances.


Arctic Sea Ice At Minimum Extent
Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

Arctic sea ice extent has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.64 million square kilometers (1.79 million square miles) on September 13, 2017, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The 2017 minimum is the eighth lowest in the 38-year satellite record.


SSL Selected To Help U.S. Air Force Test And Validate Scenarios For Hosting Payloads
Source: SSL

SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it was selected by Innoflight, Inc., a veteran-owned business specializing in electronics systems for Defense & Aerospace, to provide a high fidelity simulation environment for testing the security of hosted payloads on commercial satellites.


Cold World, Hot Topic: Can Microbes Survive On Mars?
Source: Space.com

A tiny version of Mars on Earth is tucked inside the Space Life Sciences Lab here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center — a specialized simulation chamber that’s helping scientists delve into the prospect of detecting life on the Red Planet.


Billionaire Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Space Venture Fires Up Its Engines – All Six Of ’Em
Source: GeekWire

The world’s biggest airplane hit another milestone this week with the completion of the first phase of engine testing at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port, according to Stratolaunch, the space venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.


Fiske Planetarium: Farewell To Cassini
Source: Fiske Planetarium

Dr. Amanda Hendrix will share Cassini mission science highlights and science results from Cassini’s final orbits will be discussed. Hendrix is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS instrument. Events will be held September 21 and 22.


Scientists Propose New Concept Of Terrestrial Planet Formation
Source: NASA

A team of scientists from NASA, Hampton University and Louisiana State University propose a new way of understanding the cooling and transfer of heat from terrestrial planetary interiors and how that affects the generation of the volcanic terrains that dominate the rocky planets. Based on the present dynamics of Jupiter’s tidally heated moon, Io, the scientists hypothesize that the geological histories of the solar system’s terrestrial bodies, specifically Mercury, Venus, Moon and Mars, are consistent with a mode of early planetary evolution involving heat-pipes. They further propose that heat-pipe cooling is a universal process that may explain the common features seen on the surfaces of terrestrial planets.


Space Prospectors: The Next Frontier For Aerospace Researchers? Developing Spacecraft To Explore Asteroids For Natural Resources
Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Someday – 10, 20, 50 years from now – a powerful rocket will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center, bound for a rendezvous with an asteroid millions of miles from Earth. When it catches up to the asteroid – hurtling through space at more than 60,000 miles per hour – it will release a cadre of small robotic prospectors that will descend to just a few feet from the surface and scour it for minerals, landing when they find something to sample. Eventually, they will return to the mother ship to deposit their samples and head back out.


HIAD Heat Shield Material Feels the Burn During Arc Jet Testing
Source: NASA

NASA heat shield material that could one day be used on an inflatable aeroshell during atmospheric entry on Mars recently underwent testing at Boeing’s Large Core Arc Tunnel in St. Louis, Missouri. The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project is focused on development of the inflatable aeroshell technology and manufacturing capability at large scale, to support an orbital atmospheric entry flight experiment at Earth and Mars. HIAD overcomes size and weight limitations of current rigid systems by utilizing inflatable soft-goods materials that can be packed into a small volume and deployed to form a large aeroshell before atmospheric entry.


NASA Small Satellite Promises Big Discoveries
Source: NASA

Small satellites provide a cheap, responsive alternative to larger, more expensive satellites. As demand grows, engineers must adapt these “nanosatellites” to provide greater data returns. NASA, in collaboration with educational partners, targets 2021 for the launch of an innovative CubeSat that addresses these challenges.


Solar Antics
Source: ESA

The Sun’s recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space.


The Mercury 13 Women Were Ready For Space, But NASA Never Gave Them A Chance
Source: Houston Press

While women selected to go through physical testing to become astronaut candidates believed the tests offered a real chance at space travel, in reality Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb and the other 12 female pilots who were ultimately tested ended up being show ponies, the lady astronauts who posed for photos but never got close to being launched into space.


Introducing DigitalGlobe Imagery+Analytics For Esri ArcGIS Enterprise
Source: DigitalGlobe

Convenient access to recent high-resolution satellite imagery and timely location intelligence is a proven way to improve GIS analysis and enhance decision-making. Satellite imagery not only provides a visual context to better understand geography, it is also a rich source of geospatial data that can be unlocked for automated analysis to make better informed business decisions.


Secrets Of The Bright Star Regulus Revealed
Source: UNSW Sydney

Almost 50 years after it was predicted that rapidly rotating stars would emit polarised light, a UNSW-led team of scientists has observed the phenomenon for the first time. They used a highly sensitive piece of equipment designed and built at UNSW Sydney and attached to the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in western NSW to detect the polarised light from Regulus, one of the brightest stars in the night sky.


End Of Saturn Probe Is Bittersweet For Littleton Engineer
Source: Littleton Independent

In a brilliant streak of light, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft fell from orbit and disintegrated in the atmosphere of the planet Saturn on the morning of Sept. 15, concluding a 20-year mission that saw it make discoveries about the ringed planet and its moons that scientists will study for generations. A few hundred million miles away in Littleton, Lockheed Martin engineer Kevin Johnson watched on a live feed as one of the crowning achievements of his career came to a fiery end.


China To Launch More BeiDou-3 Satellites In 2017
Source: Chinadaily

More BeiDou-3 satellites will be launched in November 2017, according to a senior designer of the satellite navigation system. By the end of this year, two more groups of BeiDou-3 satellites will be sent into space, said Ran Chengqi of state-owned Beidou Navigation Satellite System on Monday at a high-tech forum.


Minotaur 4’s Canceled Commercial Cubesat Rideshares Could Spark Policy Changes
Source: SpaceNews

Following a decision to pull eight Spire commercial cubesats from an Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 launch from Cape Canaveral Aug. 26 carrying a military payload, the U.S. Air Force says it and other government agencies are crafting clear procedures on how to handle such future rideshare agreements.


Solar Wind Impacts On Giant ‘Space Hurricanes’ May Affect Satellite Safety
Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

In space, small fluctuations in the solar wind as it streams toward the Earth’s magnetic shield actually can affect the speed and strength of “space hurricanes,” researcher Katariina Nykyri of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has reported.


Commercial Space Travel Fails To Woo U.S. Voters, But Sector Aims Higher
Source: Morning Consult

Some Americans seem underwhelmed by the possibility of affordable private-sector space travel, even as the industry sets its sights on loftier goals than shepherding wealthy clients into outer space.


New Research Suggests Mercury’s Poles Are Icier Than Scientists Thought
Source: Brown University

A Brown University study identifies three large surface ice deposits near Mercury’s north pole, and suggests there could be many additional small-scale deposits that would dramatically increase the planet’s surface ice inventory.