NSRC-2020 Registration Ends Friday

BOULDER, Colo. (NSRC PR) — The NSRC-2020 Earlybird Registration Deadline is this Friday, Jan 24!

With a nearly 30% increase in abstract submissions from the last conference, we are expecting a full house with an exciting line-up of talks, presentations and panels, so click here to register:  https://www.boulder.swri.edu/NSRC2020/Site5/Registration.html

Earlybird Registration: $295 (ends Jan 24)

Advanced Registration: $360 (ends Feb 13)

Student Registration (with valid Student I.D.): $110

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Collins Aerospace Signs $320 Million Contract to Provide Critical Subsystems for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Orion and European Service Module orbiting the Moon. (Credit NASA/ESA/ATG Medialab)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (Collins Aerospace PR) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide critical subsystems to support production of NASA’s Orion spacecraft fleet for Artemis missions III through VIII.

Valued at $320 million, the systems being provided by Collins Aerospace will play an important role in enabling NASA’s goal of boots on the Moon by 2024, as well as establishing a sustained presence on and around the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Flight with Astronauts Likely in Second Quarter

NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 19, 2020. The test began at 10:30 a.m. EST with liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to show the spacecraft’s capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an inflight emergency. (Credits: NASA Television)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

With an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Sunday, SpaceX has apparently cleared the last major hardware milestone along the way to flying crews to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that if reviews of the test data and hardware do not turn up any show stoppers, the flight would likely take place in the second quarter — i.e., sometime in April, May or June.

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HawkEye 360, Airbus Form Strategic Partnership

Herndon, Va., January 20, 2020 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Airbus, a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry. Through the partnership, Airbus and HawkEye 360 will deliver high-impact geospatial intelligence solutions not currently available. Both companies can leverage the platforms and services of the other partner to address client mission needs.

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Citadel Space Systems. Applied Ion Systems Partner on New Electric Propulsion and Nanosat Technology

OXFORDSHIRE, UK (Citadel Space Systems PR) – Citadel Space Systems Ltd (CSS) announced today that it has formalised a collaborative agreement with US-based Applied Ion Systems LLC (AIS) to develop a revolutionary new type of electric propulsion for nanosatellites.  Using a type of thruster technology called electrospray propulsion, Applied Ion Systems hope to develop a set of thruster systems that out-perform the current market in cost, efficiency, power and lifetime.

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This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020; 7 PM PST (9 PM CST; 10 PM EST) No special programming today.

2. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7-8:30 PM PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT; 10-11:30 PM EDT): We welcome back DR. JEFFREY COUGHLIN for a detailed Exoplanet discussion and more.

3. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020: 7-8:30 PM PST (9-10:30 pm CST; 10-11:30 PM EST): No special program today.

5. Friday, January 24,, 2020; 9:30-11 AM PST; 11:30 AM-1 PM CST; 12:30-2 PM EST. No show today, Dr. Space is on medical leave.

6. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 12-1:30 PM PST, (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): We welcome back author MARK CANEPA regarding his excellent book, “Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships: The History of High-Power Rocketry’s Ascent to the Edges of Outer Space.”

The Pony Express Rides Again…into Earth Orbit

The Pony Express 1 mission is a hosted payload on Tyvak-0129, a next-generation Tyvak 6U spacecraft. (Credit: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc.)

DENVER, Jan. 16, 2020 (Lockheed Martin PR) — A new era of space-based computing is now being tested in-orbit that will enable artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud networking and advanced satellite communications in a robust new software-defined architecture.

Recently, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) launched the Pony Express 1 mission as a hosted payload on Tyvak-0129, a next-generation Tyvak 6U spacecraft.

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Here and Gone: Outbound Comets are Likely of Alien Origin

Researchers calculated the typical paths of long-orbit comets (blue) perturbed by a passing gas-giant-sized object (white) and objects of interstellar origin (red). (Credit: NAOJ)

TOKYO (NAOJ PR) — Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also most likely originated from outside of the Solar System. These results improve our understanding of the outer Solar System and beyond.

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Meet the Long March 8

Long March 8 (Credit: CCTV 13)

Riddle me this: what has grid fins, lands on an offshore platform and honors a famous military retreat?

If you said SpaceX’s Falcon 9, you’d be wrong.

Meet the China’s latest launch vehicle, the Long March 8. Set for a flight test later this year, the rocket is that nation’s attempt to reuse a first stage booster.

I had trouble embedding the report, but here’s a link to it that includes an animation of the descent and landing. https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/Iq2C4AEhH?fid=1034:4462065528799258

Euroconsult Forecasts Satellite Demand to Grow Four-fold Over Next 10 years

Credit: Euroconsult

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, 13 Jan 2020 (Euroconsult PR) – In its latest analysis of satellite manufacturing and launch services, “Satellites to be Built and Launched by 2028″, Euroconsult projects that the satellite market will experience a radical transformation in the quantity, value and mass of the satellites to be built and launched with a four-fold increase in the number of satellites at a yearly average of 990 satellites to be launched, compared to a yearly average of 230 satellites in the previous decade.

The market will reach $292 billion over the next decade. This reflects a 28 percent increase over the previous decade which totalled $228 billion in revenues.

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SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon In-flight Abort Test in Florida

NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 19, 2020. The test began at 10:30 a.m. EST with liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to show the spacecraft’s capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an inflight emergency. (Credits: NASA Television)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket Sunday. This was the final major flight test of the spacecraft before it begins carrying astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Made in Space Moving Headquarters to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Gov. DeSantis PR) – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Made In Space has decided to relocate their corporate headquarters and satellite manufacturing operations from California to Florida. The headquarters relocation and expansion effort will involve more than $3 million in new capital investment for Jacksonville.

“As a global leader for in-space manufacturing and assembly, Made In Space has a proven track record of delivering innovative space technology demonstrations at an industry-leading pace,” said Governor DeSantis. “Made In Space’s move to Florida is more evidence of Florida’s success and growth in the aerospace industry. My administration remains committed to supporting that growth and ensuring we maintain an economic climate that allows companies like Made In Space to prosper.”

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Video: SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon In-flight Abort Test

The test appeared to go as planned. Liftoff was at 10:30 a.m. EST. The capsule separated, deployed its parachutes and splashed down about 20 miles off shore. The spectacular explosion of the Falcon 9 booster was expected. Recovery efforts are ongoing.

Engineers will study the capsule, parachutes and data now to make sure everything went as planned. If there were no show stoppers, the next flight will carry crew to the International Space Station.

There is a press conference with SpaceX and NASA officials scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST that will be streamed live on the NASA website. Your local time may vary.

ESA Opens Oxygen Plant – Making Air Out of Moondust

ESA research fellow Alexandre Meurisse and Beth Lomax of the University of Glasgow preparing to make oxygen and metal out of simulated moondust inside ESA’s Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory. (Credit: ESA–A. Conigili)

ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust.

NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands (ESA PR) — A prototype oxygen plant has been set up in the Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory of the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, based in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.

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