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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

Military, Milaero, nasa, budget, Geek, Aerospace, Representative Adam Schiff,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, Geek, spaceflight, Mentor

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

Mil-Aero,, Milaero, Geek, IMG, Aerospace, nasa, Mentor, reality TV, Mentor Graphics, Interplanetary Media Group, Technology, Mars One

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

Mentor Graphics, Mentor,, Albert Einstein, Quantum Vacuum Plasma Thruster, QVPT, Alcubierre drive, Aerospace, Mil-Aero, Geek, Milaero, Harold "Sonny" White, nasa, Eagleworks, plasma, Engineer

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

SR-71 Blackbird, Skunkworks, Eagleworks, Mil-Aero, electrical, Milaero, Military, nasa, Aerospace, John Applewhite, F-117 Nighthawk, Mentor, F-22 Raptor, Mentor Graphics, Electronic,, Engineer, Geek, F-35 Lightning II, Harold "Sonney" White, U-2, Warp Speed

17 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen NASA, for the second consecutive year, is actively seeking proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements capable of potentially revolutionizing future space missions. NASA will help test selected technologies before they are used for their intended purpose and environment—being launched into and functioning in the dark, cold reaches of outer space. After the selected … Read More

NASA's Langley Research Center, NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, Computer, Mil-Aero, Milaero, Military, nasa, Aerospace, Hardware, electrical, Mentor, Electronic, Mentor Graphics,, Electric, Game Changing Development Program, Engineer, Geek, NICER/SEXTANT, Small Spacecraft Technology Program, Stephen Gaddis

16 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen Aerospace engineers and executives will be happy to hear that, for the second year, NASA plans to assist makers of space-related technologies, such as advanced payloads and spacecraft systems. This month, NASA announced that it is soliciting proposals from aerospace technology companies from far and wide. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program is sponsoring the solicitation for proposals, which program … Read More

Flight Opportunities Program, Engineer, Game Changing Opportunities in Technology Development, nasa, Military, suborbital, Mentor Graphics, Computer,, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Milaero, electrical, Geek, Electronic, Hardware, James Reuther, Electric, Mentor

17 Dec, 2012

J VanDomelen On 17 December 2012 at 5:28 p.m. and 5:29 p.m. Eastern Time, NASA JPL scientists in California will set the twin probes Ebb and Flow on a shallow angle collision course with the rim of an impact crater on the moon. At the time of the impact, the chosen crash site will be shrouded in darkness; yet, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will be on location to photograph the impact site before and after the … Read More

JPL, Hardware, Lunar, nasa, Moon, Ebb, Mentor Graphics,, electrical, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Milaero, Lunar Prospector, Flow, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Geek, Maria Zuber, Electronic, Mentor, Engineer

17 Dec, 2012

J VanDomelen Engineers and Scientists at NASA JPL in California are again making headlines in the military/aerospace (mil/aero) community. Aerospace engineers and enthusiasts the world over are talking about NASA’s plan to crash Ebb and Flow, two spacecraft on a moon-mapping mission throughout 2012, into the moon’s surface. Not since the Curiosity rover landed on Mars has the mil/aero industry been so focused on … Read More

JPL, Hardware, Lunar, Crash, Milaero, Ebb, Moon, nasa, Aerospace, Software, Mentor, GRAIL, Mentor Graphics, gravity,, Flow, Mil-Aero, Geek

17 Dec, 2012

J VanDomelen What does a longtime space agency do with lunar research satellites when they have run out of fuel? If you’re the space geeks at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, California, you do something unforgettable: You crash them into moon! Ebb and Flow are appliance-sized probes (or spacecraft) in NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) … Read More

Military, Milaero, Delta II, Mentor, Mentor Graphics,, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Geek, Ebb, GRAIL, electrical, JPL, Lockheed Martin, Discovery Program, Engineer, Flow, nasa, The Boeing Company

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