Category Archives: Aeronautics

Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser Intern Positions

195_Dream_Chaser_Patch_CroppedChase Your Dreams: Join Sierra Nevada Corporation in creating the Next Generation Human Spacecraft!

Marketing and Engineering Opportunities available

Interns will work with a designated mentor or team to gain a thorough understanding of the career field of interest to include theory and practical application of obtained knowledge. The intern will benefit from mentoring, coaching, and side-by-side work with knowledgable and experienced experts in the field. The objective is real, hands-on work assignments related to intern’s major, providing them with skills vitally important in today’s business environment.

Those interested in employment following an internship will be considered based on current a openings, performance during internship, and proximity to graduation.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishes learning objectives with mentor/supervisor
  • Supports assignments that represent general tasking in the field of interest
  • Occasionally takes on special projects as assigned by the mentor/supervisor
  • Establishes fundamental business/technical foundation through practice of internal processes and procedures
  • Job shadows at all levels in the field
  • Performs administrative functions as needed
  • Assists in the coordination and execution of company events
  • Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
  • Other duties as assigned

Learn more about specific opportunities and apply at http://careers.sncorp.com/career/index.asp

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NASA Summer 2013 Student Opportunities Application System Opens NOVEMBER 1, 2012

One Stop Shopping Initiative Website

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) online application system opens November 1, 2012. Visit intern.nasa.gov for more details.

Students interested in NASA internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities should view/search NASA opportunities at intern.nasa.gov. Students will complete one online application via the Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) for up to 15 opportunities per session.

Opportunities for 2013 are open through OSSI from November 1, 2012 through February 1, 2013. Selections and awards will be made starting February 2, 2013.

Visit http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/internships for more information.

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FAA Design Competition for U.S. College Students – NOI due September 28, 2012 and February 1, 2013

FAA Design Competition

Submit your notice of intent to participate by September 28, 2012 or February 1, 2013.

The Competition guidelines and many resources are posted at the Competition website:

http://FAADesignCompetition.odu.edu

All 2011-2012 design topics are still included. New topics have been added to the each of 2012 Design Challenge areas.

In addition, two new Design Challenge areas have been added: Innovative Application of FAA Data and Electric/Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Technology.

The new Innovative Application of FAA Data design challenge challenges students to use FAA, industry, travel and airport-relevant data to develop a mobile application for use for by smart phones and tablets that is innovative and commercially viable.

The new Electric/Hybrid Electric Aircraft Technology design challenge asks students to design a regional transport aircraft that will use electric or hybrid electric propulsion and to consider the impact on airports. This is the first aircraft design challenge for the FAA design competition.

Other brand new topics by Design Challenge area are:

  • Airport Operation and Maintenance: Improved methods for ground traffic flow scheduling.
  • Airport Environmental Interactions: System level methodologies for strategic assessment of environmental interactions beginning at the airport planning phase.
  • Runway Safety: Safety Assessment Tools: Mobile tools to support assessment conducted by runway safety action teams that aid in compliance evaluation as well as hazard identification and correction.
  • Systems analysis to determine areas of greatest risk for runway incursion and excursion in the National Airspace and proposing corrective action plans.
  • Airport Management and Planning: Methods for aircraft/runway interface that address issues caused by new energy efficient lighting not being visible to heat sensing, enhance flight vision systems.

The Competition’s broad challenge categories embrace many engineering, science, information technology, psychology, and management disciplines. The new Innovative Application of FAA Data challenge particularly encourages designs from interdisciplinary teams.

The Competition is again open to individual and student teams at U.S. colleges and universities (both undergraduate and graduate) working under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Winners can earn cash awards and first place winners have the opportunity and travel funds to present their design at FAA Headquarters summer 2013 and may also be sponsored to present at professional meeting relating to the students’ design. A notice of intent is strongly encouraged. Design submissions are due April 19, 2013.

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American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) – Call for Abstracts – Deadline August 31, 2012

The American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) has extended its Call for Abstracts to August 31, 2012. To submit an ASGSR abstract on-line go to http://asgsr.org/index.php/2012-asgsr-call-for-abstracts.html

The meeting will take place November 28th – December 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. The Life and Physical Sciences community will meet to discuss gravitational and space research in physical phenomena and biological sciences. Joint symposia are planned to discuss interfaces between biological and physical sciences, space health issues from the flight surgeon’s perspective, and gravity related issues in life support systems. A draft program can be found at ASGSR 2012 Meeting Program

Students are encouraged to submit. All accepted abstracts from students would be presented as posters. The student poster session and competition is planned for Saturday, December 1, 2012. Student poster competition awards will be presented at the Saturday night banquet for the best posters, as judged by a panel of scientists. Students will participate in the competition by presenting their work during scheduled poster sessions. Students can request travel assistance by checking the box on the abstract submittal form.

Accepted abstracts will be compiled by topic and published in the meeting program distributed at the meeting. After the conference, extended abstracts and papers can be submitted for publication to the peer-reviewed ASGSR journal.

EXAMPLES OF TOPICS FOR ANNUAL MEETING (flight and ground-based research)

Space Radiation
Harsh Environments
Impacts from ISS Research
Combustion Science
Complex Fluids
Fluid Physics
Fundamental Physics
Materials Science
Habitability and Life Support
Development, Growth and Genetics
Translational Space Medicine – Bone, Muscle, Immune
Gravity Sensing and Neurophysiology Regulatory Physiology
Structural Systems/Muscle Physiology Astrobiology/Exobiology Biotechnology/Instrumentation
Cell Biology
Education and Outreach
Microbiology
Space Biomedical Research
Spaceflight Countermeasure Research
Acceleration Environment and Effects
Interactions between Environmental Signals- Gravity, Light, Temperature, etc.

ASGSR membership is not required for abstract submission, but meeting registration and attendance is required for oral or poster presentation and inclusion in the meeting program. For more information, please contact Ms. Jobi Cook, ASGSR meeting organizer, at asgsr@rocketmail.com

NASA Announcement of Flight Opportunities (AFO) for Payloads Maturing Crosscutting Technologies that Advance Multiple Future Space Missions to Flight Readiness Status

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center has released a solicitation entitled “NASA Announcement of Flight Opportunities (AFO) for Payloads Maturing Crosscutting Technologies that Advance Multiple Future Space Missions to Flight Readiness Status.” The current solicitation cycle, AFO #5, provides access to flights on parabolic flights, suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles (sRLV), and high-altitude balloons.

Applications are due on or before 5:30 PM Eastern Time September 21, 2012, and selections will be announced in November 2012 (target).  The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities home page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com , selecting “Solicitations,” then selecting “Open Solicitations,” and, selecting “NOCT110 Announcement of Flight Opportunities.”  To go directly to the solicitation page on NSPIRES click here.

NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) seeks to mature towards flight readiness status crosscutting technologies that perform relevant environment testing and advance multiple future space missions.  To facilitate this goal, NASA is providing access to certain flight opportunities available to the Agency, on a no-exchange-of-funds basis, to entities that have technology payloads meeting specified criteria.  The payloads may be exposed to a near-zero or reduced gravity environment by flying on aircraft that provide parabolic flight trajectories and on sRLVs that are potentially capable of flying to altitudes above 100 km.  For flight tests that do not require microgravity, but do require the temperature, pressure and atmospheric conditions of high altitudes, balloon flights are available.  Refer to http://flightopportunities.nasa.gov/ platforms for specific information on vehicle and flight characteristics.

This call is open to all individuals and organizations, U.S. and non-U.S.  Such organizations may include educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), other Government agencies, and partnerships between such entities.

Science payloads will not be evaluated under this announcement.  Prospective responders with science payloads are encouraged to respond to open solicitations for science from the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Human Exploration and Operations Research Mission Directorate (HEOMD).

All applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorized organizational representative (AOR).  Potential applicants and proposing organizations are urged to access the electronic proposal system well in advance of the application due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and to enter the requested information.  Note that it may require several weeks for non-U.S. organizations to obtain the registrations needed to submit a proposal.

Comments and questions may be sent via e-mail to peer-review-afo@nasaprs.com.  Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Visit us on the web: http://flightopportunities.nasa.gov
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/nasafo
Subscribe to our mailing list: https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/flightopportunities-news

NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) Proposals Due August 31, 2012

2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative, or USLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.

Once selected, teams design their rockets and payloads throughout the academic year. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and critical designs. The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews before the rockets and payloads are approved for launch. Teams complete a Post-Launch Assessment Review to include conclusions from their science or engineering experiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by a panel of scientists and engineers from NASA, NASA contactors and external partners.

NASA’s Student Launch Projects are sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems. The annual launch event is hosted at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., and launch services are provided by the National Association of Rocketry. The 2012-2013 launch will be on April 20, 2013. Proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.

The Statement of Work and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found on the USLI website at http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli.

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ROSES-12 Amendment 9: Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (AITT)

ROSES-12 Amendment 9: Final text for Appendix A.29, Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (AITT).

AITT seeks to upgrade mature instruments developed under NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program, or by similar NASA programs or activities, for operation from various platforms supported by the Airborne Science Program. This opportunity provides for engineering activities leading to the integration of instruments to airborne platforms that will deploy them as part of organized airborne science campaigns which typically involve multiple instruments and/or platforms. The goal is to upgrade existing operating instruments to campaign-ready airborne configuration(s). No funding is available for research and development of new instrumentation.

Proposals submitted to this announcement shall support the objectives of one or more of the Earth science Focus Areas. Earth science focus areas include: Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, Climate Variability and Change, Water and Energy Cycle, Atmospheric Composition; Weather, and, Earth Surface and Interior (see Appendix A.1 for descriptions of the focus areas). Relevance to these focus areas is indicated by the degree to which instrument products (i.e. science and engineering data) support the goals and activities of existing and future field campaigns sponsored by the NASA Research and Analysis program; it may also be demonstrated by relevance to the goals and activities of NASA’s Applied Science Program. Examples of previous field campaigns can be found at the Airborne Science Website.

This Amendment presents the final text of Appendix A.29, AITT, which replaces the draft version in its entirety. Notices of Intent to propose are requested by July 23, 2012. Proposals are due on September 24, 2012.

On or about June 26, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012 (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012 .

Questions concerning the Airborne Science Program may be addressed to Randy Albertson, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523-0273. Telephone: (661) 276-7540; Email: Randal.T.Albertson (at) nasa.gov

For Earth Science Technology information contact Eduardo Torres-Martinez, Code 407, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771. Telephone: (301) 286-7166; email: Eduardo.Torres-Martinez-1 (at) nasa.gov

NASA point of contact for programmatic questions regarding this solicitation is Jared Entin, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: Jared.K.Entin (at) nasa.gov; Telephone: 202-358-0275.

ISS Research and Development Conference June 26-28, 2012

Announcing the 1st Annual ISS Research and Development Conference Results and Opportunities, June 26 – 28, 2012 at the Denver Marriott City Center http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/iss_conference.html. The Agenda, registration and hotel information can be found at http://www.astronautical.org/ .

This conference will focus on ISS research and development research results and future opportunities in physical sciences, life sciences, Earth and space sciences, and spacecraft technology development. Plenary sessions will highlight major results and pathways to future opportunities. Plenary and Parallel Session speakers will be discussing their research results and plans for future utilization of the ISS. A workshop for new users will be held on the 3rd day to help them develop ideas for their own experiments using this unique laboratory.

Conference registration is online. Potential researchers can get a leg up on building their ideas by visiting NASA’s space station Research and Technology website.

The conference is organized by the American Astronautical Society in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS).

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