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Read the NTSB report on the SpaceShipTwo accident.

In the past year, we have experienced three aviation deaths at or near the Las Cruces Municipal Airport. All three of the accidents are being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB website states in part, it is a federal agency which does not assign fault or blame for an accident or incident. Their job is to investigate transportation accidents, determine probable cause, issue safety ...


The Full Story: The NTSB report on the SpaceShipTwo accident is out today.

Today at 7:30 am MT, the National Transportation Safety Board will release its final report on the Virgin Galactic accident that occurred on a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo October 31st, 2014.

In a preliminary report issued by the NTSB last November, it was reported the pilot who survived the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo didn't know that his copilot unlocked the space ...


Today is the closest New Horizons will get to Pluto

Fear of public speaking is common. The remedy: picture the audience naked. Seriously? That was a cure suggested to me when I was in high school. Like other remedies that don't work, I had to discover how to cope with fear through trial and error. Early in my career I gave my fair share of terrible public talks. Then I took the Dale Carnegie Public ...


The company you keep will define the opportunities you meet.

 

Years ago, it seems a lifetime ago, I had a meeting with the Director of the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS), Dr. Peter Wegner. Dr. Wegner had recently arrived at Kirtland Air Force base in Albuquerque to set up Chile Works, a Skunk Works type of organization for small responsive satellite development. The ORS office, funded under the ...


Small but Mighty: The Cubse Sat

Last week I received notification that a proposal we submitted to NASA was funded. We were notified through email: Dear Dr. Hynes, I am pleased to inform you that your proposal, Virtual Telescope for X-ray Observations, was selected for funding in the amount of $749,525. The evaluation was conducted through a combined online peer review process and an internal NASA panel review process according to ...