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29 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen NASA officials announced this month their intention to solicit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community for technology proposals in support of robotic or human exploration of Mars in 2020. Goals of the Mars 2020 mission include exploring Mars as a potential habitat for life, searching for signs of past life, and collecting samples. The tentative target date for the mission to Mars is in the July/August … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Technology, Geek, Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Mars 2020, Mentor

28 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen An impressive $1.315 billion is earmarked for planetary science in the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2014,” released July 2013. The Appropriations Bill brings a welcome $100 million more than the U.S. President’s Budget to the field for Fiscal Year 2014. The billions of dollars set aside for NASA will preserve “a NASA portfolio balanced among science, aeronautics, … Read More

Mentor.com, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, Europa, budget, Mars, Milaero, nasa, Mentor, Geek, Technology, Jupiter

27 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen The Appropriations Committee approved a Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) budget package last month, extending NASA’s planetary science budget by roughly $100 million above and beyond the $1.217 billion allotted in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. “We were able to restore almost $100 million in funding for planetary science, which will allow NASA to begin important work on the top priorities of … Read More

Military, Milaero, nasa, budget, Geek, Aerospace, Representative Adam Schiff, Mentor.com, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Mil-Aero, Mentor, STEM, Mentor Graphics

27 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen The world economy has been in the doldrums—both stagnant and sluggish, by all accounts. In turn, military and aerospace (mil/aero) forecasts have indicated steady if not significant decline. Defense budgets have been reduced in the U.S. and U.K., but bolstered in other locales. Just this year, in fact, a wealth of countries—including, in no particular order, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Russia, and Saudi … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Military, budget, defense, Aerospace, nasa, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Obama, Geek, Mentor

30 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is impressive… and expensive. Thankfully, the $3 billion (U.S.) Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project that combines the efforts, experience, and resources of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ISA). The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, comprising an orbiter and a probe, launched in 1997 aboard a Titan IV-B launch vehicle, built by … Read More

Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Mentor.com, Cassini-Huygens, nasa, Technology, Centaur, Aerospace, Mercury, ISA, MESSENGER, Lockheed Martin, Mil-Aero, ESA, Milaero, Geek

29 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen The global aerospace market is alive and kicking, as is the latest aerospace attention-grabber: the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. As a matter of fact, the novel craft equipped with an array of modern electronics systems just snapped an impressive photo—that of Earth from a distance of nearly 900 million miles (or 898,414,528 miles away, to be exact). The image, captured on 19 July 2013 using RED (red … Read More

Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Mentor.com, camera, Saturn, Technology, Cassini-Huygens, Aerospace, Mil-Aero, Milaero, Geek, nasa, Earth, picture, Electronic

26 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen NASA, having lofty goals and limited budget, is upping its game and being increasingly proactive about partnering with members of the commercial aerospace community. In fact, NASA officials are requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships with the goal of advancing the development of commercial space products and services. To that end, they launched … Read More

nasa, Milaero, Spaceflght, Commercial, Geek, Aerospace, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, Mentor, Mentor Graphics

25 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen The United States and the Soviet Union were deeply embroiled in a space race. It was the U.S. vs. the U.S.S.R. when this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek was a small, impressionable child (and a budding wannabe astronaut). The value of the space program and funding to NASA were seldom, if ever, questioned in those days. It was a matter of pride, patriotic, inspiring, and so on. Putting people … Read More

Moon, Milaero, nasa, Geek, Google Lunar X prize, Aerospace, Space Shuttle, Mentor.com, U.S.S.R., Mil-Aero, Mentor, United States, Mentor Graphics

25 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen Forty-four years ago this month history was made 238,900 miles from the Earth’s surface. Saturday, 20 July 2013, marked the anniversary of the first manned spaceflight to the Moon. Military and aerospace (mil/aero) professionals and enthusiasts rejoiced—while also lamenting the fact that we haven’t revisited the Moon since 1972. As mil/aero industry pundits have been quick to point out this month, the … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Moon, Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin, Aerospace, nasa, Mentor Graphics, Neil Armstrong, Mentor.com, Geek, spaceflight, Mentor

28 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) organizations are investing research, development, test & evaluation (RDT&E) efforts into planetary defense measures and technologies to protect us from rogue near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) that have the potential to end life as we know it. Currently, our only active defense is observation (not much of a defense), but some mil/aero prime contractors are working … Read More

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27 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen There is much speculation in the aerospace sciences community as to what impact an asteroid or comet would have on the Earth were they to cross paths, and when that might happen. Scientists believe it was a 10-kilometer asteroid/comet that slammed into the Earth near the Gulf of Mexico some 66 million years ago and lead to the extinction of 70 percent of all species on the planet, including the dinosaurs. Recently, … Read More

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27 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, is gaining popularity in the mil/aero community; organizations in Europe, in particular, appear to be quite active in LCA. Four main phases of LCA exist: goal and scope, inventory analysis, impact assessment, and interpretation. Goal and scope entails precisely what the title describes, an explicit statement that outlines the goal and scope of the LCA study. This step … Read More

Mil-Aero, Mentor.com, Milaero, LCA, LCI, Geek, Technology, Mentor, Mentor Graphics, LCIA, Life Cycle Assessment

25 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen This month, virtually all eyes in the aerospace community were on the 50th International Paris Air Show, held June 17 through 23 in Le Bourget, France. In just three days, leaders in the aerospace community crushed any doubts as to the health of the aviation market. Aerospace is alive and well. The industry event opened its doors on Monday and, by Wednesday afternoon, buyers had placed orders totaling … Read More

Mentor.com, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, 787-10, Geek, Milaero, Paris Air Show, Mentor, Boeing, Ray Conner, Dreamliner, Technology

30 May, 2013

J VanDomelen Mars One management in the Netherlands has outlined the not-for-profit foundation’s goals and mission plan for 2013 through 2025. It is an interesting read and exciting proposition. Can Mars One and its global sponsors achieve the lofty goal of the first human settlement on Mars? They will, if all goes to plan: 2013 – Build a replica of the proposed Mars settlement in a cold, arid, desolate environment … Read More

Mil-Aero, Mentor.com, Milaero, Dragon, Falcon Heavy, Aerospace, spacex, Mentor, Mentor Graphics, Technology, Geek, Mars One

29 May, 2013

J VanDomelen Not-for-profit organization Mars One in the Netherlands is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a one-way trip to Mars. Human space flight is expensive. It’s a fact that Americans and many others throughout the world have heard over and over. During trying economic times in the U.S., NASA’s budget often comes under scrutiny and, lately, human space exploration has taken an economic hit—yet, commercial … Read More

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