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NASA Selects New Suborbital Technology Payloads, Total Tops 130

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NASA LOGOEDWARDS, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space.

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Emerald Bio to Conduct Microgravity Reseach on Therapeutic Targets

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The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 8, 2014 (Emerald Bio PR) – Emerald Bio, world class protein science researchers and drug discovery experts integrating structure-guided drug discovery and target knowledge to transform the treatment of disease, announced today a partnership with industry, academic and nonprofit organizations to explore the effects of microgravity on crystallization of two challenging therapeutic targets implicated in cancer and cardiovascular disease. The company is collaborating with the Broad Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), NanoRacks and Protein BioSolutions.

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Brown/MIT Team Chosen for New NASA Virtual Institute

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NASA_SSERVI-LOGOPROVIDENCE, R.I. (Brown University PR]) — NASA has tapped a team of Brown and MIT researchers to be part of its new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The team will help to develop scientific goals and exploration strategies for the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos.

“These are the most accessible solar system targets for robotic and human exploration beyond Earth,” said Carle Pieters, professor of geological sciences and principal investigator for the Brown/MIT team. “They are diverse bodies that together may hold the key to understanding the formation and evolution of our solar system.”

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MIT Researchers Test Inflatable CubeSat Antennae

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View of a CubeSat equipped with an inflated antenna, in a NASA radiation chamber. (Credit: Alessandra Babuscia)

View of a CubeSat equipped with an inflated antenna, in a NASA radiation chamber. (Credit: Alessandra Babuscia)

By Jennifer Chu
MIT News Office

The future of satellite technology is getting small — about the size of a shoebox, to be exact. These so-called “CubeSats,” and other small satellites, are making space exploration cheaper and more accessible: The minuscule probes can be launched into orbit at a fraction of the weight and cost of traditional satellites.

But with such small packages come big limitations — namely, a satellite’s communication range. Large, far-ranging radio dishes are impossible to store in a CubeSat’s tight quarters. Instead, the satellites are equipped with smaller, less powerful antennae, restricting them to orbits below those of most geosynchronous satellites.

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Skolkovo Fund, Roscosmos to Cooperate on Space Tech

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By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Roscosmos and the Skolkovo Fund will work together on developing advanced space and telecommunications technologies as part of the space agency’s long-range development plan that extends out to 2030 and beyond, Russian media report.

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Video: Dava Newman Shows Off Her Flexible Spacesuit Design

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MIT Professor and spacesuit designer Dava Newman shows off her design for a flexible spacesuit. This is a series of videos for the PBS science show Nova. Another video after the break. Continue reading ‘Video: Dava Newman Shows Off Her Flexible Spacesuit Design’

X PRIZE’s Peter Diamandis to Talk in Phoenix

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PRESS RELEASE

The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Enterprise Forum of Phoenix will host an extraordinary event, Rewarding Breakthrough Innovation, on June 4, 2009, at the Arizona Science Center where Arizona business leaders and community members will meet the key figure in the development of the personal spaceflight industry, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. He will be sharing his experiences, vision and passion for having created many space-related businesses and organizations including the X PRIZE Foundation, the Rocket Racing League, Zero Gravity Corporation, Singularity University and Space Adventures, Ltd.

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MIT Enterprise Forum to Discuss Aerospace Entrepreneurship

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MIT Enterprise Forum of New York
Investing in Aerospace Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Eisner LLP
750 Third Avenue, Floor 16
(between 46th and 47th streets)
New York, NY 10017
212.949.8700

In the current economic climate, investors are evaluating all investment opportunities with a critical eye, looking for enhanced returns and reduced risk. While aerospace and defense technologies represent a fertile area for investment, many investors are hesitant as they do not fully understand the landscape.

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Next-Gen COTS and the Future of Human Space Exploration

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The Space Review has a couple of interesting articles this week that might be of some interest to you all:

COTS: The Next Generation
Taylor Dinerman examines the possibilities and the obstacles involved in NASA’s next step beyond its COTS program.

The Problems with “The Future of Human Spaceflight”
James Oberg points out some flaws he finds in an MIT report with recommendations for NASA about the future of human spaceflight.

MIT Joins Google’s Race to the Moon

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By David Chandler
MIT News Office

MIT faculty and students have joined the race to send the first privately funded spacecraft to the moon.

At a press conference on Dec. 17 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, organizers of the Google Lunar X-Prize competition revealed the members of a “mystery team” that is one of a dozen contestants for the $30 million prize and that, it turns out, includes significant MIT participation.

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