Category Archives: Aeronautics

Watch This! – Video of Shuttle Launch from the Solid Rocket Booster’s Perspective

Turn up your computer’s volume and watch this great video of a shuttle launch!

The video was produced for the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay. The sound mixing and enhancement were done by the folks at Skywalker Sound.

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ROA-2011 Amendment 5: Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies Project (VSST1)

Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA)
2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES web site

This release includes nine topics in Appendix B.3 for foundational research related to maintaining vehicle safety, improving crew decision making, and assuring safe and effective aircraft control in support of the Aviation Safety Program Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies Project.

NOIs are due March 19, 2012 and proposals are due April 23, 2012.

NASA – NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads for Suborbital Research Flights

NASA – NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads for Suborbital Research Flights.

NASA’s Game Changing Opportunities research announcement seeks proposals for payloads, vehicle enhancements and onboard facilities for payload integration that will help the agency advance technology development in the areas of exploration, space operations and other innovative technology areas relevant to NASA’s missions. Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Program, the agency expects proposals from entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, instrument builders, research managers, and vehicle builders and operators.

Proposals will be accepted from U.S. or non-U.S. organizations including NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations.

NASA expects to make approximately 20 awards this summer, with the majority of awards ranging between approximately $50,000 and $125,000 each. Several awards may be made for up to $500,000 in the area of vehicle integration and payload engineering technology enhancements and onboard research facilities to improve platform capabilities.

Read more about the call for proposals at NASA NSPIRES website:

Call For Abstracts – International Astronautical Congress – Deadline February 29, 2012

Call for Abstracts – 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Naples, Italy – October 1-5, 2012

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The IAC is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

In 2012, the IAC will be held in Naples, Italy, October 1-5, 2012. The IAC has posted a “Call for Abstracts,” with a submission deadline of February 29, 2012 (14:00 CET). NASA plans to also announce a “Call for Abstracts” inviting graduate students to submit abstracts (of no more than 400 words) to participate in the 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Abstracts must be submitted to NASA and to the IAF. Details on the NASA “Call for Abstracts” is to be determined (TBD). The selected NASA sponsored students are required to also be selected by the IAF.

Please visit the IAC website, for additional information about the Congress and to obtain information about the “Call for Abstracts,” visit,

Important IAC Deadlines
• Abstract submission closes February 29, 2012 (14:00 CET)
• Paper Submission closes September 12, 2012 (14:00 CET)
• Presentation Submission closes September 26, 2012 (14:00 CET)

The point of contact at NASA is Carolyn Knowles,


NASA – Mars-Bound NASA Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup

NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, will carry a US penny to Mars. The penny will be used for camera calibration during the mission. Read more about the upcoming mission at the following link:

NASA – Mars-Bound NASA Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup.


NASA Webcast Series About the Tuskegee Airmen – Feb 2-14, 2012

Celebrate African American History Month with NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators.

The Tuskegee Airmen Balance Warfare With Science
Feb. 2, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and their pivotal role during World War II. These pilots fought war and racism with one of World War II’s greatest weapons, the science of the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’s most notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce. Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism in the European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launched proof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edge needed for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot training program. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flight success with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join the webcast via live streaming on the DLN website.
For more information, visit

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2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest – Deadline May 7, 2012

2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit a well-documented design paper for a large cargo aircraft that produces less noise, fewer emissions and is more fuel efficient than current models.

Participants, either teams or individuals, must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. International students may participate but are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships. Entries are due May 7, 2012.

For more information about the contest, visit

2011-2012 NASA Aeronautics High School Contest

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation project invites students in grades 9-12 to submit a well-documented research paper up to 12 pages to demonstrate understanding of the environmental impact of aircraft noise and emissions. Specific topics are listed on the contest website.

Participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. International students may participate but are not eligible for cash prizes. The deadline to enter is March 19, 2012.

For more information about the contest, visit

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