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Citrus College Hosts Apollo 50th Anniversary Event

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 launch, CaSGC affiliate Citrus College hosted a rocket launching event on their own campus. More than 40 students from elementary school age to college participated in the event. A total of 62 rockets were launched at exactly 9:32AM which is the same time Apollo 11 was launched in 1969. To view a video of the launch click here. Congratulations to Citrus College on a very successful event!

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • High school graduate or equivalent and at least 18 years of age
  • Registered at a U.S. community college during the semester of the onsite workshop
  • Concurrent enrollment or completion of 9+ hours of STEM coursework
  • Able to commit to a 5 week online session
  • Internet access

*Please note a non-refundable $35 fee will be collected for the onsite portion to cover materials.  To apply click here

Opportunity in Orbital Debris

STH is structured to be an incubator of commercial entities focused on space-derived technologies and knowledge. The STH vision is based on decades of experience of its founders on all aspects of commercial space and space operations in both the national and international arenas. STH enables entrepreneurs/researchers of space-based or derived technology to create new knowledge and products that have commercial potential on Earth and beyond. We are achieving this by establishing an organizational team that has the expertise and experience in all aspects of space commerce and business development including utilization of:

•    Key private and public organizations and personnel performing space research
•    Space-based laboratory assets (International Space Station and emerging international public and private laboratory assets)
•    Key international space transportation providers
•    Commercial space operations (payload integration and on-orbit operations)
•    Management of Intellectual (IP) Property between private and public partners
•    Private and public investment capital

This will enable space researchers to successfully introduce and validate their technology using space assets or the increasingly sophisticated space environment. The knowledge and products can then be integrated into an innovative and viable revenue generating business that is then marketed globally.

Recently STH has been introduced to a team of researchers that are addressing the ever-increasing problem of space debris. There are thousands of tons of space material orbiting the earth now and increasing every year. An international team tries to measure the debris of 10 centimeters and larger and place it into a useable database. This has stimulated a number of start-up commercial companies to devise ways of removing this debris. Very little has been done to address the large amount of debris that is smaller than ten centimeters in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). STH has been approached by a start-up company that is proposing technology that could attack this problem.  STH is trying to assemble a team of researchers and associated student teams that are studying the space debris problem from both a science and engineering point of view. This has prompted me to contact the Space Grant entities to determine if there are researchers among the 52 Space Grant consortia that are or have been studying the space debris problem.

This AO is specific to Low Earth Orbit and for debris smaller than 10 cm.  The mission is to create a spherical cloud of high molecular weight particles that are launched in a retro-grade orbit.  We would like to determine the interaction physics of the cloud with LEO orbital debris that is smaller than 10 cm.  Proposals will be reviewed by the mission team and fellowships/scholarships will be given to successful proposals (administered by the NSGF).  The AO timeline is as follows:

•    NSGF will issue this announcement letter within the week of April 7, 2019
•    Proposal responses will be due in two weeks (April 25, 2019)
•    Successful proposals will notifyed by the first week of May 2019
•    Proposals should be electronically submitted to:

Dr. Michael Wiskerchen
Space Technology Holdings, LLC

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NASA College Broadcast, April 29, 2019: Save the Date

NASA invites you to participate in a live event for college students discussing The Future of Space. This is an insightful discussion with NASA leadership including Administrator Jim Bridenstine to prepare you as we go Forward to the Moon…to stay. As the next generation of explorers, we need you to make that possible! Mark your calendar for April 29 and come find your place in space! #NASASTEM

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement aims to inspire, excite, and engage educators and students through NASA’s mission to explore ongoing scientific discoveries and discover new engineering achievements. More information will be coming soon.

1.      Organize a watch party at your lead institution / ask affiliates to organize watch parties. (please share your watch party plans with us at this link: And we’d love to collect a headcount with basic feedback from participants later so we can tell NASA if this sort of event is good for our community. We haven’t quite figured out how to capture that.

2.      Ask students who plan to watch the live stream to provide potential questions for astronauts on the ISS. NASA will select about 20 total questions to share with the astronauts in advance so they are prepared for discussion during the livelink section of the event.

Montana State University Opportunities

Montana State University is hiring for two space-related positions:

 1.       Research Engineer with the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory to participate in the development of CubeSats, Sounding Rocket Payloads, and High Altitude Balloon Payloads (Bachelor’s Degree required). See:

2.       Postdoc with the eXtreme Gravity Institute ( See:

SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge – 2019

Texas Space Grant is pleased to announce that applications are open for student teams to join the SpaceCraft Exploration Challenge at SXSW from March 15-17 in Austin.
Rescue an astronaut on exoplanet TRAPPIST-1d using AI, machine learning, robotics, and VR.
Top teams will win amazing prizes from the sponsors.
Team applications are due March 4.