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Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. Continue reading

NASA 2018 RASC-AL Competition

The 2018 RASC-AL competition is seeking concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to travel between Earth and other destinations, using the framework for NASA’s Deep Space Transport (DST). Successful proposals will demonstrate comprehensive engineering analysis of innovative capabilities and/or new technologies for evolutionary architecture development to enable future missions, reduce cost, and/or improve safety. Continue reading

NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads called CubeSats to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2018 and 2021. The CSLI provides CubeSat developers with a low-cost pathway to conduct research in space that advances NASA’s strategic goals in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education and operations. The initiative allows students, teachers and faculty to gain hands-on experience designing, building, and operating these small research satellites. Continue reading

Announcing NASA’s 2018 Big Idea Challenge

The 2018 BIG Idea Challenge calls for teams of 3-5 students to submit robust proposals for innovations in the design, installation, and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars.  This call for proposals is interested in novel concepts that emphasize innovative mechanical design, low mass and high efficiency, with viable operational approaches that assure sustained power generation on the Mars surface over the Martian year and during extended dust storms. Continue reading

New Spaceflight Competition Open For Proposals

The annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Ken Souza Spaceflight Competition is open for proposals.

Due date for proposals is 1 September 2017.

About the Competition: The Ken Souza Memorial Student Spaceflight Research Program honors the memory of ASGSR’s long-time friend and leader by encouraging the next generation of student investigators to develop their own ideas for the future of gravitational research.  Student members of the ASGSR global community — high school, undergraduate, and graduate – are encouraged to develop creative research proposals in the fields of space life and physical sciences, pairing your experiment with a public outreach plan to share the excitement of the field with others.

The top proposal will receive a free spaceflight for your payload on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket in 2018 and a $1,000 grant to prepare and develop your experiment for your flight.

Please click here for more information.

John Mather Nobel Scholar 2017 Recipients

The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 John Mather Nobel Scholar recipients.  The recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony July 21st in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The program is open to current NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center based undergraduate and graduate student interns. Each year the program awards travel allowances towards the cost of presenting research papers at professional conferences. Applicants must have demonstrated high academic achievement, have a strong interest in space and Goddard Space Flight Center, be a rising undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student, and be currently holding a Goddard-based research internship. Continue reading

NASA Tournament Lab CubeSat Challenge

Do you have an idea that could advance the state of current CubeSat technologies and payloads and demonstrate applications that may benefit any of the USSOCOM missions? Propose new or innovative CubeSat payload technology/use concepts that can be demonstrated to support USSOCOM missions within 12-24 months. Seven $5,000 prizes will be awarded in the following categories: 4 – 3U Winners, 2 – 6U Winners and 1 – People’s Choice Award

Make sure to follow the competition to find out how you can get involved: Continue reading

Aerospace States Association Scholarship Opportunity

Applications for ASA Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are currently being accepted.  Applicants must be an entering sophomore or junior in an undergraduate degree program pursuing study in the areas of physical sciences, engineering, or aviation or aerospace related fields.  For more information and to apply, visit Continue reading