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Northrop Grumman Finishes Environmental Test on NASA’s Webb Telescope

Posted: May 31, 2019

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Spacecraft Element (SCE) successfully completed its last environmental test, thermal vacuum testing, at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) in Redondo Beach.

Thermal vacuum testing exposes Webb’s SCE to the extreme hot and cold temperatures it will experience in space. To test these extreme temperature ranges, the chamber uses liquid nitrogen shrouds and heater panels to expose the SCE to cold temperatures as low as -300 degrees Fahrenheit and hot temperatures as high as 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Real-time data collection via flight sensors on the SCE allow engineers to monitor Webb’s electrical/unit functionality and ensures the structure will withstand the rigors of its cold journey to and operation at the second Lagrange point.

“The world’s largest space telescope has to perform in extreme temperatures,” said Scott Willoughby, vice president and program manager, James Webb Space Telescope, Northrop Grumman. “Successful completion of thermal vacuum testing ensures the SCE can endure the volatile conditions it will face and further validates Webb’s readiness for launch.”

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NASA Still Aiming for 2020 First Launch of SLS

Posted: May 31, 2019
WASHINGTON — NASA believes it is still possible to perform the first launch of the Space Launch System before the end of 2020 even if the agency decides to retain some version of a key static-fire test of the rocket’s core stage.
Speaking at a May 28 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s human exploration and operations committee, Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, said that the agency has yet to decide whether to perform what’s known as the “green run,” where the core stage and its four RS-25 engines are fired for eight minutes on a test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
“We provided the agency with a recommendation. The agency is contemplating it,” he said, not discussing what that recommendation stated about the green run. “Today, our baseline is a green run.”

Invitation to Attend National Colloquium by Dr. Thomas H. Zurbuchen

Posted: May 31, 2019

NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen will be giving a National Colloquium at CU Boulder on June 5th at 2:00pm, entitled Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations From NASA.

Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, will be speaking Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT (2:00 to 4:00 PM MDT) from the University of Colorado Boulder campus and his talk will be live-streamed.  

If you would like to attend in person, please RSVP at:  The live-stream is available: and registration for viewing the live-stream is not required.

Please direct any questions to Abby Benson at: [email protected] 

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Accucode 3D and The 3D Printing Store Expand Market Reach with Merger

Posted: May 24, 2019

Accucode, Inc., a technology integrator, software and services company recognized as one of the largest private companies in Colorado announced today that it will be merging it’s 3D printing & scanning division, Accucode 3D, with Colorado-based 3D service bureau, The 3D Printing Store.

The 3D Printing Store is merging with Accucode 3D. Two companies coming together to bring hashtag #3dprinting and hashtag #additivemanufacturing solutions to a broader audience using experience, software tools and a fresh perspective on where the industry is, and where it can go. ”We share a vision for the present and future of 3D technology and together we will serve both the product development and multiple industry sectors with better service and better solutions for prototyping and manufacturing with additive technologies,” says Debra Wilcox regarding the merger. “We will provide process expertise and end-use solutions for businesses of all sizes and show how a disruptive technology can enhance bottom line results.” -Debra Wilcox, Founder The 3D Printing Store

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Ball Aerospace Delivers Eco-Friendly Satellite to NASA

Posted: May 24, 2019

Ball Aerospace has handed over to NASA a small eco-friendly satellite that will test a new, low-toxic fuel blend as part of the agency’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission(GPIM).

The AF-M315E fuel, which was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, contains Hydroxyl Ammonium Nitrate. This newly-developed blend is a “green” alternative to the methods of chemical propulsion utilized by satellites today. The satellite will be launched in June, the companysaid Monday.

Ball Aerospace contributions to the creation of the satellite include systems engineering, flight data review, integration and launch support.

"We are proud to be part of this historic mission to test a new 'green' propellant on board Ball's flight-proven small satellite, helping to provide science at any scale," said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager of Civil Space strategic business unit at Ball Aerospace.

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