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
Email: mwiskerchen@ucsd.edu

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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:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Space_Grant_Future_of_Space). 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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Future_of_Space.

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: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/15612

2.       Postdoc with the eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/). See: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/14591


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.




SPACE Educators Conference 2019

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation hosted the first educator conference at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in July 2018. The event was a success and we are pleased to bring you the second annual conference July 24-26, 2019.  Registration is now open: http://kennedyconference.org  Early bird registration is $295 through February 28.  Regular registration is $325 and begins March 1.  The conference has limited capacity, so register early to ensure your attendance.  Once we reach capacity, we will start a wait list.

NEW in 2019: 

  • Tours of the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Control Center just for our group.
  • Guests booking in the dedicated conference hotel block at the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Titusville will enjoy limited complimentary bus transportation from the conference hotel to the conference in the morning, and return to the hotel in the early evening.
  • The Big Bang Ball moves to the Apollo / Saturn V Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
  • Box lunches are included in registration for all three days of the conference.
  • Additional sessions were added throughout the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education program will be providing an opportunity for 40 lucky educators to experience a flight over Cape Canaveral!  Information to sign-up coming in spring 2019!

Attendees will:

  • Experience stimulating presentations from NASA astronauts
  • Participate in interactive, hands-on sessions with acclaimed teacher specialists
  • Tour Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hear first-hand information about the bold future of space exploration including the latest NASA/Commercial collaborations happening right here at KSC
  • Who knows, you might even get lucky and experience a launch
  • Enjoy the large Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Depart at the end of 3 days with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEAM and multi-faceted, space-related curriculum content

Eligibility:  Attendees MUST 1) be a U.S. Citizen, and 2) be a K-12 formal or informal educator.

Big Bang Ball:  Pull out your flashiest space-wear and bling for Thursday night!  We are going to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing at the Apollo / Saturn V Center at NASA Kennedy Space Center with a dinner and dancing. If you were at the inaugural Big Bang Ball, you know this is an event not to be missed! This event is included with each paid conference registration.  Information to purchase tickets for guests will be made available to registered attendees in March or April.

Add-On Sessions & Tours:  Information for add-on opportunities such as Civil Air Patrol Flights, tours, Lunar and Meteorite Certification, guest tickets for the Big Bang Ball, etc. will be provided to registered attendees in March or April.


Payment Options:  Payment may be made by credit card or check.  If paying by check, an invoice will be emailed to the registrant and the check is due in 14 days from the date of the invoice.

FACEBOOK:  Join us on Facebook for the latest updates and to meet fellow attendees: https://www.facebook.com/groups/goforspace/

LAUNCH SCHEDULE:  There is always a chance for a launch at Kennedy Space Center!  Space Flight Now maintains an updated launch schedule for launches worldwide.  Keep an eye on this site as launches are added for Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center:  https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

It is time to GO FOR SPACE!!

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New Summer Intern Program

NASATexas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students. The program provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research. Interns will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work. Continue reading

NASA Pathways Program

It’s never too early to get started. At NASA, you have the opportunity to work and explore careers while still in school. The Pathways Program provides current students with paid work experience and recent graduates with a dynamic career development program at the beginning of their careers. Continue reading