US West Coast on fire

Over the past month, dozens of wildfires have burned vast swathes of land in California, Oregon and Washington State, killing more than 30 people and smothering the majority of the western United States in smoke. While photographs have circulated online showing the apocalyptic orange skies, satellites in orbit around Earth carry different instruments that can provide not only images, but a wealth of complementary information needed to monitor the blazes.

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com

Continue reading

NASA Administrator and Gen John ‘Jay’ Raymond to Discuss Collaboration with US Space Force

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will participate in a virtual discussion on the agency’s collaboration with the United States Space Force at 9:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 22. This Space Power Forum event will stream live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com

Continue reading

NASA Invites Media to Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite from West Coast

Media accreditation is open for the launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, an international collaboration between NASA and several partners. This is the first of two identical satellites to be launched sequentially to continue observations of sea level change for at least the next decade. The spacecraft is targeted for liftoff Nov. 10 at 2:31 p.m. EST (11:31 a.m. PST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com

Continue reading

NASA to Host Preview Briefings, Interviews for First Crew Rotation Mission with SpaceX

NASA to Host Preview Briefings, Interviews for First Crew Rotation Mission with SpaceX

The SpaceX Crew-1 official crew portrait with (from left) Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Soichi Noguchi
50237582937_409d83e018_k.jpg
The SpaceX Crew-1 official crew portrait with (from left) NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
Credits: NASA

NASA will highlight the first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station with a trio of news conferences beginning 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 29. The briefings, which will take place at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The full astronaut crew flying on the mission also will be available for interviews.

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com

Continue reading

California, here we come!

Friedrichshafen, 16 September 2020 – Airbus space engineers are preparing the European ocean satellite “Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich” for its journey to the Vandenberg launch site in California. Next week, the satellite will be loaded into a cargo plane at Munich Airport and flown to the US.  The Airbus-built satellite is scheduled for launch on 10 November 2020.

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrenchcom

Continue reading

Back to space: Politecnico di Milano with ESA in the first planetary defense mission

After contributing to Rosetta Mission, in 2024 Politecnico di Milano will be back to deep space. That year ESA, the European Space Agency, will launch the Hera spacecraft towards binary asteroid Didymos, the smallest ever visited object by a space mission: an asteroid of approximately 780 meters diameter, having a tiny moon Dimorphos of approximately 160 meters. After arrival, Hera will release two shoebox-sized satellites, namely CubeSats.

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com

Continue reading

Lockheed Martin selected to integrate Missile Warning onto EGS via FORGE

Modernized satellite mission software will advance space resiliency and efficiency

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 16, 2020 – The Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $51.2 million contract on Aug. 3, 2020 to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to architect, design, develop, integrate, test and validate the Geosynchronous (GEO) Non-Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITWAA) Ops Migration to Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) (GNOME) mission software onto the next-generation Enterprise Ground System (EGS).

http://bgn.firetrench.com

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com