Sunday, September 24, 2017

Satellite Innovation Symposium: Bridging Emerging Tech with SatCom Market Dynamics

The Satellite Innovation Symposium has now completed its speaking lineup of innovators from all facets of the Satellite Communications Industry. The sessions are deliberately peppered with Silicon Valley Innovators leveraging today’s latest technology into the SatCom markets. In discussions involving successful seasoned veterans and entering mavericks, the ultimate goal is to find what technologies you need to pay attention to, and how they will affect your revenue in this rapidly evolving market.

ULA Atlas V Places NROL-42 Classified Payload into Orbit

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security. Photo & Caption Credit: Jeff Spotts / ULA

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket has successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 3 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to deliver a classified satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In spite of only a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions, at T-minus zero, the conditions were acceptable and the NROL-42 launch occurred on schedule.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Soyuz-2.1b Launches GLONASS-M Navigation Satellite into Orbit

A Soyuz-2.1b rocket with GLONASS-M No. 52 spacecraft launches from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Sept. 22. Photo Credit: Russian Ministry of Defence

A Soyuz-2.1b rocket successfully sent into orbit the newest GLONASS-M into orbit on Friday, September 22 in order to replenish the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The launch took place at 0:02 UTC (8:02 p.m. EDT on September 21) from Site 43/4 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Slingshots Past Earth

This artist's concept shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passing by Earth. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona.

NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. At 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 10,711 miles (17,237 km) of Antarctica, just south of Cape Horn, Chile, before following a route north over the Pacific Ocean.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Newly Discovered Stadium-Sized Asteroid to Pass by Earth on Monday

A newly detected stadium-sized asteroid, designated 2017 RW1, is slated to miss our planet on Monday, September 25. The space rock, estimated to be 34-110 meters in diameter, is expected to fly by Earth at a distance of approximately 10.9 lunar distances (LD), or 4.19 million kilometers.

Hope to Discover Sure Signs of Life on Mars? New Research Says Look for the Element Vanadium

False-color micro-XRF distribution maps for V, Fe, and S of a single leiosphaerid. Maximal area densities are given in μg/cm2 for each element at the top of each map. The scatter is shown in the Sa, which can be used as an indicator of thickness and density of the sample. Credit: KU News Service

The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won't play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will present itself as fossilized bacteria. To find it, astrobiologists likely will need to decode the chemical analysis of rock samples performed by a rover (like the one NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020). Only then might humankind know conclusively that life exists beyond Earth.

Detecting Cosmic Rays from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

At the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, cosmic rays have been detected from far off galaxies. Image Credit: Pierre Auger Observatory

In an article published in the journal Science, the Pierre Auger Collaboration has definitively answered the question of whether cosmic particles from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. The article, titled "Observation of a large-scale anisotropy in the arrival directions of cosmic rays above eight quintillion eV", notes that studying the distribution of the cosmic ray arrival directions is the first step in determining where extragalactic particles originate.