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Posted: December 18, 2018


Collins Aerospace To Create Astronaut Trash Compaction System For NASA

Posted: December 18, 2018

Collins Aerospace has secured a contract from NASA to develop an integrated on-site trash compaction and processing system.

Designed to handle astronaut trash in-situ, the system will be developed under NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) initiative.

It will be based on Collins’ Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) experience to safely recover and process valuable resources from the trash compaction system.

The system is also expected to reduce the loss of cabin air while recovering the maximum amount of water.

Using the compaction process, the system is also anticipated to cut trash volume by 93%, thereby turning 2ft³ of trash into a 9in x 9in x 1.75in disc, or converting the size of a beer keg to a small pizza.

Collins is expected to develop and test the design of the system over an 18-month period, while NASA will conduct a preliminary design review (PDR) once the system is developed.

This phase will follow a second stage involving procurement.

Collins Aerospace Space Systems senior business manager Shawn Macleod said: “Astronaut trash poses a significant challenge for future missions to the Moon and Mars.

“Right now, the crew on the International Space Station generates roughly 2ft³ of trash per day, and a resupply vehicle comes and hauls it away about every four months.

“On the 18-month journey to Mars, that will not be an option. To facilitate longer missions, we need a new way to handle trash in-situ, and our system offers the solution.”

The current methods of managing astronaut trash involve temporarily storing and disposing them on Earth or incineration during re-entry in a disposable supply vehicle.

According to Collins, returning trash to Earth is not a practical solution while abandoning it during the mission could lead to the loss of valuable recoverable items and trash disposal could pose a planetary protection risk.

The company’s new system aims to address these issues.

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Eight People Renewed To CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: December 18, 2018

CSBR would like to thank all of the following people and group for renewing their CSBR Membership this past week! Thank you for joining us for another year.


  • Rachel Cheetham - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Bryan Helgesen - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Anna Kelley - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • John Roth - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Kimberly Schwandt - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Mary Serafin - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Mark Sirangelo - Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation

Remember -- you can search all CSBR members on the website.

Nasa’s OSIRIS-Rex Probe Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu

Posted: December 13, 2018

Nasa’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) asteroid-hunting mission has discovered water on the asteroid Bennu.

Data sent by the space agency’s first asteroid sample return mission has shown that water is locked inside the clays of Bennu.

The data was transmitted by OSIRIS-REx’s two spectrometers, the OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) and the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), to the Nasa team handling the mission on Earth.

It was revealed that molecules containing oxygen and hydrogen atoms, known as ‘hydroxyls’, exist on Bennu.

Nasa believes that hydroxyls are present in water-bearing clay minerals across Bennu, which means that the asteroid’s rocky material came into contact with water at some point.

Bennu is, however, too small to accommodate liquid water, but the latest data show that it existed at some time on its parent body, which is a much larger asteroid.

Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center OVIRS deputy instrument scientist Amy Simon said: “The presence of hydrated minerals across the asteroid confirms that Bennu, a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system, is an excellent specimen for the OSIRIS-REx mission to study the composition of primitive volatiles and organics.

“When samples of this material are returned by the mission to Earth in 2023, scientists will receive a treasure trove of new information about the history and evolution of our solar system.”

OSIRIS-REx is currently conducting a preliminary survey of the asteroid by flying itself in passes over the asteroid’s equator, north and south poles at ranges around 7km to better calculate the asteroid’s mass.

Launched in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to perform its first orbital insertion on 31 December.

The spacecraft is expected to remain in orbit until it exits to begin another series of flybys for its next round of survey next February.

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Thank You For a Successful Roundup!

Posted: December 13, 2018

CSBR would like to thank everyone involved for making the 15th Annual Colorado Space Business Roundup a huge success on December 5, 2018! We had nearly 300 guests join us and over 30 sponsors who made the day possible. 

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to our Keynote Speaker, General Major John Shaw. He gave a wonderful presentation over the lunch hour.

Finally, thank you to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for hosting us again this year!

Click here to view the photo album from the Roundup.

Thank You To 2018 CSBR Roundup Sponsors!




Lockheed Martin Space


Space Foundation



The Boeing Company

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

Jeff Co Economic Development

Secure World Foundation 

University of Colorado, AeroSpace Ventures Office

Wings Over the Rockies



ADK Consulting & Executive Search


Colorado Air and Space Port

Colorado Space Coalition 

Holland & Hart

Northrop Grumman

Sierra Nevada Corporation





Ball Aerospace
Belcan, LLC
Burns & McDonnell
The CPI Group
Critical Path IP Law
Merrick & Company
M.J. Smith and Associates
MSU Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Department
OneWorld InfoTech
Red Canyon Software
Teledyne Brown Engineering
US ProTech. Inc.

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