December 6, 2018 – Space Dynamics Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the successful launch of it’ Space Dynamics Laboratory-designed Polar Scout small satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into a sun synchronous orbit. The two Polar Scout satellites, known as Kodiak and Yukon, lifted off at 11:34 a.m. MST on Tuesday, December 3, 2018 from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Preliminary telemetry indicates the satellites are healthy and operating as designed.
December 4, 2018 – Utah Public Radio
After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, becoming its first visitor in billions of years. A group of Utah scientists at the Space Dynamics Lab in Logan are monitoring the mission.
December 3, 2018 – Space Dynamics Laboratory
NASA announced today that its Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, known as OSIRIS-REx, has rendezvoused with the asteroid Bennu. Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory provided the detector assemblies for the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite, called OCAMS, instruments.
December 3, 2018 – KSL
After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.
December 3, 2018 – HJNews
After more than two years, a spacecraft equipped with cameras built by USU’s Space Dynamics Lab has just about reached a near-Earth asteroid, a major milestone in NASA’s first-ever mission to scoop up a sample of the object and return it to Earth.
November 26, 2018 – HJNews
Located on USU’s Innovation Campus in North Logan, SDL contracts with an array of customers, including NASA, to provide a range of engineering and technological solutions that are created and tested before being launched into space. For example, in 2016, SDL was part of a multi-institutional effort with NASA to use instruments to study the ionosphere.
November 26, 2018 – Deseret News
LOGAN — Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory recently appointed four new members to its board of trustees, including Robert Lightfoot Jr., former acting administrator for NASA.
November 23, 2018 – Tucson Weekly
Traveling since Sept. 2016, OSIRIS-REx is arriving at Bennu, the carbonaceous astroid it was sent to collect a sample from two years ago. To laud its mission, the UA College of Humanities is launching with BENNUVAL!, an "out-of-this-world family-friendly variety show."
November 20, 2018 – USU
Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) recently appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees, including Robert Lightfoot, Jr., former Acting Administrator for NASA; Laurens (Larry) H. Smith, USU’s Interim Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies; Ken White, USU Vice President and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; and Neil Abercrombie, USU Vice President for Government Relations.
November 15, 2018 – NASA
Discovered by NASA's space-based Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) in 2015, the galaxy, called WISE J224607.55-052634.9, is by no means the largest or most massive galaxy we know of, but it radiates at 350 trillion times the luminosity of the Sun. If all galaxies were positioned an equal distance from us, WISE J224607.55-052634.9 (or W2246-0526 for short) would be the brightest.
November 7, 2018 – NASA
The entire history of human existence is a tiny blip in our solar system's 4.5-billion-year history. No one was around to see planets forming and undergoing dramatic changes before settling in their present configuration. In order to understand what came before us -- before life on Earth and before Earth itself -- scientists need to hunt for clues to that mysterious distant past.
November 4, 2018 – News Beezer
This set of 16 images shows the steady approach of the OSIRIS REx spacecraft to the asteroid Bennu in the latter half of October 2018. From October 12-29, the long-range PolyCam camera took an optical one day Navigation screen on except on 16 and 17 October, when PolyCam was not intended for taking pictures.
November 3, 2018 – astrobio
After two years travelling through space, the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has started to obtain images of the mission target, primitive asteroid Bennu. As part of the Scientific Team of this mission, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Javier Licandro and Julia de León have already started to work in the calibration of this images in preparation for the ones that will be obtained in December 2018 using color filters.
October 24, 2018 – KSL TV
LOGAN, Utah – It’s taken two years, and well over a billion miles, but NASA’s Osiris-REx satellite is inching closer to the asteroid, Bennu, now at only around 2,000 miles away. The landmark in the mission is exciting for engineers and researchers at Space Dynamics Laboratory, located on the Innovation Campus, at Utah State University, because specialized cameras designed there, will now help the spacecraft safely enter the asteroid’s orbit.
October 22, 2018 – Satellite Today
Smallsats are capturing significant industry and mainstream media attention, with some positioning smallsats as the future of the industry. The smallsat market certainly presents a growing opportunity, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15 percent and launch forecasts exceeding 4,500 1-500 kilogram satellites through 2025.
October 22, 2018 – SPACE.com
After a huge team of engineers has spent years building a $800 million spacecraft, you want to be sure the craft doesn't bang into anything before it even gets a chance to start work in earnest.
October 11, 2018 – HOBBYSPACE
Small satellites, which typically refers to spacecraft in the kilogram to a few hundred kilograms range, have become in the past few years a large and growing part of what is happening in space. Smallsats have actually been around since the start of the Space Age. Just a few years after Sputnik reached orbit, the first amateur satellite reached orbit as well. (See A Brief History of AMSAT.) Note that “amateur” here refers primarily to the involvement of the amateur radio community and the use of amateur radio bands for communications with the satellites.
October 9, 2018 – MSN – CNET
Officially beginning "Asteroid Operations" in August, NASA's asteroid chasing spacecraft is slowing itself down for its arrival at asteroid Bennu on Dec. 3. In the meantime, NASA has provided a "tale of the tape" for its approach -- a series of images stitched together that documents OSIRIS-REx's approach.
October 1, 2018 – MSN – The Examiner
Trump's NASA chief wants America to be first, regardless of whether you're talking about going back to the moon, going to Mars, or finding life on some distant world.
"And to the extent that life is found on a world that is not our own, it should be NASA that discovers it. It should be the United States of America, and not somebody else," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
CubeSat designers choose radiation-hardened NAND Flash memory from DDC for NASA BioSentinel space project
Septmeber 21, 2018 – Military Aerospace
BOHEMIA, N.Y. – Space flight computer experts at the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University in North Logan, Utah, needed radiation-hardened high-density NAND Flash memory for the Pearl single-board computer they designed for the NASA BioSentinel CubeSat spacecraft. They found their solution from Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y.
August 28, 2018 – Newsweek
NASA has released the first image to be captured by its OSIRIS-REx space probe of the “potentially hazardous” asteroid Bennu. The photo was taken from a distance of around 1.4 million miles on August 17 using the spacecraft’s PolyCam instrument—one of three on-board visible light cameras.
August 17, 2018 – Space Daily
A novel instrument that has already proven its mettle on field campaigns will attempt to measure atmospheric greenhouse gases from an occultation-viewing, low-Earth-orbiting CubeSat mission called Mini-Carb early next year - marking the first time this type of instrument has flown in space.
August 14, 2018 – KSL
WASHINGTON — The defense spending bill President Donald Trump signed Monday includes a provision to transfer Forest Service land to Utah State University for space research.
The legislation will convey 80 acres in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest to the Utah State University Research Foundation. The university’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, NASA and other organization have used the land since 1966.
August 8, 2018 – Space News
LOGAN, Utah — As cubesats and other smallsats transition from technology demonstration and student projects to operational missions supporting a growing array of applications, companies large and small are working to improve their reliability. Those efforts, outlined in a session of the AIAA/Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites here Aug. 7, reflect as much the philosophical differences of the companies involved as the specific technical issues that affect satellite reliability.
August 1, 2018 – Scientific American
If all goes according to plan, two spacecraft will commence close encounters of the curious kind with two separate asteroids by the end of August. Their goal: to retrieve samples that may contain organic materials dating back to the solar system’s birth. These building blocks may be key to understanding the origins of the planets and of life on Earth—and could also make future space prospectors very rich.
July 26, 2018 – Bloomberg
Steve Squyres was feeling restless. It was late fall 2013, and the semester was wrapping up at Cornell, where he’d been a professor for more than 25 years. As head of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, he’d just marked 10 years tracking Spirit and Opportunity, two six-wheeled robots that went to the red planet. They’d been designed to roam the surface for just 90 days, scratching and drilling into rocks and examining soil in search of evidence of water. Nearly a decade later, Opportunity was still rumbling along. Squyres wasn’t bored by its persistence, but there wasn’t much left for him to do.
July 3, 2018 – NASA
New tracking data confirms that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully completed its second Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-2) on June 28. The thruster burn put the spacecraft on course for a series of asteroid approach maneuvers to be executed this fall that will culminate with the spacecraft’s scheduled arrival at asteroid Bennu on Dec. 3.
June 20, 2018 – PHYS.org
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents.
The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. NASA is participating, along with federal emergency and White House officials.
June 3, 2018 – Sci Tech Daily
Nearly all asteroids are so far away and so small that the astronomical community only knows them as moving points of light. The rare exceptions are asteroids that have been visited by spacecraft, a small number of large asteroids resolved by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope or large ground-based telescopes, or those that have come close enough for radar imaging.
May 11, 2018 – Next Big Future
These satellites, or “cubesats,” are capable of detecting transmissions from emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), which are carried on board vessels to broadcast their position if in distress. The Coast Guard will deploy the cubesats in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s Polar Scout program, the Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Office, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
April 30, 2018 – Parabolic Arc
WASHINGTON (U.S. Coast Guard PR) — Two small satellites, scheduled for launch in 2018, will provide the Coast Guard with the opportunity to test the effectiveness of satellite communications in supporting Arctic search and rescue missions.
February 11, 2018 – Aero News Network
The Polar Radiant Energy in the Far Infrared Experiment (PREFIRE) will fly a pair of small CubeSat satellites to probe a little-studied portion of the radiant energy emitted by Earth for clues about Arctic warming, sea ice loss, and ice-sheet melting. Tristan L'Ecuyuer of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the principal investigator.
February 9, 2018 – Astronomy
NASA has just selected proposals for innovative research projects that aim to answer two unknown atmospheric questions: Does mineral dust have a warming or cooling effect on Earth’s atmosphere, and why is the Arctic warming more quickly than other areas of the planet?
February 6, 2018 – Executive Gov
NASA has chosen two research projects to build space instruments that will study Arctic warming and the effects of mineral dust on the atmosphere.
January 24, 2018 – Executive Biz
Space Dynamics Laboratory has been awarded a potential 26-month, $8.1 million contract to produce engineering test and flight units for an optical spectometer being developed at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center.
January 23, 2018 – Forward Geek
GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ NASA has awarded a contract to Utah State University Research Foundation, Space Dynamics Laboratory of North Logan, Utah, to provide the design, development, fabrication, assembly, acceptance testing and delivery of the Engineering Test Unit and Flight Units of the Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) Short Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) Aft Optics Box (AOB).