September 27, 2017

Lockheed Martin To Debut Mars Lander Concept At IAC Australia

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

September 27, 2017 – Never before in history have we had the technology and global interest to send humans to Mars. Lockheed Martin’s concept for how to send humans to Mars in about a decade is called Mars Base Camp. Read More


NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement On Researching, Exploring Deep Space

Image Credit: NASA

September 27, 2017 – Building a strategic capability for advancing and sustaining human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon will require the best from NASA, interested international partners, and U.S. industry. As NASA continues formulating the deep space gateway concept, the agency signed a joint statement with the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, on Wednesday, September 27 at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Read More


GOES-R Series Program Presented With Department Of Commerce Gold Medal

Department of Commerce Gold Medal. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA

September 27, 2017 – On September 26, 2017, acting GOES-R Series Program Director Mike Stringer accepted the Department of Commerce Gold Medal on behalf of the GOES-R team at the 69th Annual Honor Awards Ceremony. Read More


Engineers Warm NASA’s Webb Telescope As End Of Cryogenic Testing Nears

As Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston begins to warm, everyone can watch the temperature rise on the Webbcam. The overlay on the Webbcam displays the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, degrees Celsius, and on the Kelvin scale. The chamber temperature displayed is the average helium shroud temperature, and it is approximated based on chamber test parameters. Image Credit: NASA/Steve Sabia

September 27, 2017 – The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has begun to rise, signaling the beginning of the end of James Webb Space Telescope’s cryogenic testing. Read More


Colorado School Of Mines To Study Feasibility Of Space-Based Solar Power

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

September 27, 2017 – It’s always sunny in space, and the feasibility of harnessing space-based solar power for use on Earth and beyond is the subject of a newly funded research project coming out of Colorado School of Mines. Read More


Intermap Technologies Reports Expanded Task Order, Hurricane Response

September 27, 2017 – Intermap Technologies Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a further $800,000 expansion to its original 2017 U.S. Government task order for geospatial infrastructure services, providing the Company’s radar foundation data including void-free first return and bald-Earth 5m elevation models (DSM, DTM) and high resolution orthorectified radar imagery (0.625m ORI). The task order was originally announced on May 25, 2017 and previously extended on September 11, 2017. Read More


Researchers Partner With NASA To Study Astronaut Fitness Using Mock Orion Spacecraft

A lifesize replica of the Orion space capsule is helping a Kansas State University kinesiology team study astronaut fitness during an emergency escape. The NASA-funded research project can help with long-duration space missions to Mars or deep space. Image Credit: Kansas State University

September 27, 2017 – A mock space capsule has landed in Kansas State University’s Ice Hall. In this built-to-scale model of the Orion spacecraft, “astronauts” practice emergency escape maneuvers while a university kinesiology team studies their health and fitness levels. It’s all part of NASA’s plan for further human exploration of the solar system. Read More


Vice President Mike Pence Announces First Meeting Of The National Space Council

September 27, 2017 – Vice President Mike Pence announced the first meeting of the National Space Council is scheduled for October 5, 2017 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The meeting, titled “Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council,” will include testimonials from expert witnesses who represent the sectors of the space industry: Civil Space, Commercial Space, and National Security Space. Read More


A RAVAN In The Sun

On Aug. 21, 2017, RAVAN observed the sun during the solar eclipse. Here, an artistic rendering depicts RAVAN’s view just prior to the event. Image Credit: NASA

September 27, 2017 – While people across the nation gazed at August’s total solar eclipse from Earth, a bread loaf-sized NASA satellite operated by Blue Canyon Technologies had a front row seat for the astronomical event. Read More


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GomSpace And Luxembourg Government Partner To Develop New Space Activities In The Grand Duchy
Source: GomSpace Group

GomSpace Group AB (”GomSpace”) and The Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for their cooperation to develop, through a company in the Grand Duchy and 100% owned by GomSpace. The purpose is to create a Luxembourg based business unit with focus on operations of satellite constellations as well as data processing and distribution offered as a service to an international customer base, including a support center dedicated to regulatory affairs.


This Is The True Story Of Six Strangers Picked To Live In A NASA Dome
Source: The Washington Post

The project, which is the fifth of six NASA-funded studies at the University of Hawaii facility, was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of a long-term space mission on astronauts. Researchers hope the results will help NASA choose individuals best-suited to cope with the isolation and stress of two-to-three year trips to Mars — which the U.S. space agency hopes to begin by the 2030s.


Raytheon Coyote UAVs Help NOAA Track, Model Hurricane Maria
Source: Raytheon Company

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used six Raytheon Company Coyote unmanned aerial vehicles to track and model Hurricane Maria. Launched from a NOAA WP-3D Orion hurricane hunter aircraft, the Coyotes flew directly into the storm, giving researchers an unprecedented view of Maria from a safe distance.


Astronauts’ Gym Of The Future Could Be An Alpine Slide In Space
Source: CPR

A contraption that combines an alpine slide with a trampoline in outer space may help reduce the health impacts of life in zero gravity, says University of Colorado scientist Torin Clark. Clark and his team received a research grant for the Turbolift from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which funds ideas that sound like science fiction, but could be made real.


To Infinity And Beyond: Women Leaders In Science Open Universe Of Possibilities
Source: HuffPost

Forty one years ago, Fran Bagenal was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology “and the only woman in our group” working on the plasma instrument for NASA’s Voyager mission to Jupiter. Now a professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder and chair of NASA’s Outer Planet Assessment Group, Bagenal says in 1977 “there were no other women scientists” working at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Cal.


The Strange Structures Of The Saturn Nebula
Source: European Southern Observatory

The Saturn Nebula is located approximately 5000 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water Bearer). Its name derives from its odd shape, which resembles everyone’s favourite ringed planet seen edge-on. But in fact, planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. The Saturn Nebula was originally a low-mass star, which expanded into a red giant at the end of its life and began to shed its outer layers. The Saturn Nebula reveals many intricate structures, including an elliptical inner shell, an outer shell, and a halo.


Research Sheds New Light On How Earth And Mars Were Created
Source: University of Bristol

Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of the planets Earth and Mars.


Curiosity Mars Rover: Recovery Mode
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

Now in Sol 1827, NASA’s Curiosity rover has faulted itself and is staying put on Vera Rubin Ridge.


LIGO And Virgo Observatories Jointly Detect Black Hole Collision
Source: National Science Foundation

In August, detectors on two continents recorded gravitational wave signals from a pair of black holes colliding. This discovery, announced today, is the first observation of gravitational waves by three different detectors, marking a new era of greater insights and improved localization of cosmic events now available through globally networked gravitational-wave observatories.


Ten Years Of Dawn: A Decade Of Operations For Humanity’s First Double-Orbiter
Source: AmericaSpace

Dawn’s mission, which eventually rose from Earth a decade ago, on 27 September 2007, would be twice canceled before being reinstated to become humanity’s first-ever mission to visit a single dwarf planet, much less orbit as many as two extraterrestrial bodies. As NASA’s first exploratory voyage to utilize ion propulsion, Dawn’s JPL-built trio of xenon-ion thrusters would accomplish a remarkable feat of celestial mechanics, pushing the spacecraft across 1.9 billion miles (3 billion km) to reach Vesta in July 2011, circling it for more than a year, then setting off again in September 2012 on a 30-month trek to Ceres, in whose orbit it currently resides.


Crewed Starliner Test Flight Could Slip To 2019
Source: SpaceNews

Boeing says it is making good progress on the development of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, but acknowledged the first crewed test flight of the spacecraft might not take place until early 2019.