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11 Apr, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA officials want you – to cast your vote. Now through 15 April 2014, aerospace geeks everywhere have the opportunity to vote on their favorite futuristic space suit design. NASA’s next space suit, the Z-2, is the second and newest prototype in the space organization’s Z series of next-generation spacesuits. Its predecessor, the Z-1 suit, was named one of the best inventions of 2012 by Time Magazine. … Read More

Military, Milaero, nasa, 3D scanning, Aerospace, Mentor.com, Space suit, Technology, Mil-Aero, Mentor, Z-1, z-2, Mentor Graphics

28 Oct, 2013

J VanDomelen Do you think you could do everything, and I mean everything, in bed for 70 days? If so, NASA wants to hear from you. You cannot get up for any reason for 70 days. You can read, watch television, catch up on e-mail, or even play video games, but you cannot get out of bed—not to eat, shower, or even use the restroom. So, if you can keep your head at a steady six-degree decline for 70 days straight, NASA … Read More

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29 Sep, 2013

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) firms have weathered quite an economic storm, but industry analysts are now predicting growth in aerospace and defense spending. This month, Research and Markets released its “Future of the US Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2018″ report, in which defense spending in the U.S. is predicted to increase … Read More

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27 Sep, 2013

J VanDomelen Are you a student pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degree in a space technology discipline at an accredited U.S. university? If so, NASA officials want to hear from you. This month, NASA announced that it will issue Space Technology Research Fellowships–research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show … 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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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30 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen Aerospace engineers and enthusiasts, as well as science-fiction fans, are the latest Eagleworks experiment. The White-Juday warp field interferometer was designed and developed to record warped space and help scientists better understand the space-time bubble that would be required to break Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Albert Einstein theorized that a particle cannot travel faster than the … Read More

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25 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen This mil/aero geek is ecstatic that NASA has the resources, since the decommissioning of the shuttles, to start acting as a catalyst for the development of game-changing, space-related technologies. A couple really interesting stories have surfaced recently that have intrigued aerospace geeks, myself included. The most noteworthy is…wait for it…warp speed research! That’s right. You read that correctly. … Read More

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