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30 Jan, 2014

J VanDomelen Mars One, a non-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025, has selected its semi-finalists. Mars One officials have completed the semi-final round of its selection process for the first four person crew to travel to Mars, one way. When Mars One first solicited applications, this aerospace geek posed the question on social media: Would you travel to and live … Read More

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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

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27 May, 2013
Embedded Software

One in a Million

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Mars One, a non-profit company based in the Netherlands, is offering the public a chance to travel to Mars one way—and, presumably, to take part in the first human settlement on the Red Planet. Would you make Mars your home? Competition is steep, to the surprise of more than a few military and aerospace (mil/aero) geeks. In fact, tens of thousands of Earthlings have already volunteered for the one-way … Read More

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27 May, 2013
Embedded Software

One-way Ticket to Mars

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Would you buy a one-way ticket to Mars? Seriously, just one way. It’s an interesting proposition, if not a bit frightening. Many have pondered that it is perhaps more likely that many people can conceive of putting someone we know on a one-way flight to the Red Planet, rather than taking on the challenge ourselves. Heck, even Ralph Kramden of “The Honeymooners” fame promised to send his wife Alice “straight … Read More

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31 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen If you watched the live broadcast of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover landing on the surface of Mars, you know it was a nail-biter. People all over the world—especially engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and technology firms the world over that had contributed systems and components to the mission—waited with baited breath for the successful completion of a number … Read More

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30 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, housing the unmanned Curiosity rover, set upon a monumental, 9-month, 352-million-mile journey to its final destination–Gale Crater near the base of Mount Sharp on Mars–with help from a powerful Atlas V 541 launch vehicle. In fact, this November 2011 mission marked the first launch of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V 541 configuration. Roughly … Read More

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29 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen Curiosity (cu·ri·os·i·ty, noun) is defined as: 1. a desire to know or learn; 2. an object that arouses interest, as by being novel or extraordinary; and 3. from the Latin “curiosus” meaning careful, diligent, thoughtful, devoted; elaborate, complicated; meddlesome, officious, prying, interfering, curious, inquisitive; and a spy or scout, informer. Certainly, the Curiosity rover and its mission—dedicated … Read More

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13 Aug, 2012
Embedded Software

Curiously embedded

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I talked about last week, the news lately has been dominated by the Olympics, but NASA managed to grab a few headlines by successfully landing the Curiosity rover on Mars. I have always been interested in space exploration and I am curious about what the inside of embedded systems look like. To me, Curiosity is just an embedded system with 6 wheels and 17 cameras … I have always been impressed … Read More

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10 Jan, 2011

J VanDomelen The President’s budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in fiscal year 2011, released 1 Feb. 2010, added $6 billion over five years. The $6 billion increase was accompanied by instructions as to how the money should be invested, which was hotly criticized at the time. Looking back nearly a year later, it’s evident that the additional funding has been a boon … Read More

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