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The billionaire space industry investors prefer going to the large space labs, like the Jet Propulsion lab to see how spacecraft are being built and meet with the lead scientist or engineers on the projects and discuss their own research. Paul Allen who is funding the construction of a small satellite launcher called the Stratolauncher at Mojave Air and Space Port, and Richard Branson were early investors in commercial space. In May, Google acquired SkyBox, ...


Tranquility Base and NMSU's role in its preservation

Every year, New Mexico Space Grant (NMSCG) issues a call for research proposals from faculty across New Mexico. As Director, I have the privilege to review proposals which range from simple to complex. A recent proposal requested support to work on development a heat transfer technology to bleed off heat from spacecraft during phases on orbit where they are blasted by the heat of the sun. Dr. Krisna ...


Co-Founder of local symposium and visionary has died

Bill Gaubatz, another pioneer and visionary in the government and commercial space programs, with ties of the heart to New Mexico, died on July 5th. "The DC-X was the perfect blending of vision, goals, experience, and expertise with passion and trust," recalled William Gaubatz, who was the DC-X program manager at McDonnell Douglas in the 1990's. I witnessed one of the test flights as a guest of ...


Get out of town and do something new with people you don’t know this summer.

 

Most of the time when I travel, I travel alone. I am the road warrior. Up at zero dark thirty so I can catch a plane at 6 or 7am. My job is to get to the airport, get from the airport to my meeting, turn around ...


It takes a village and patience to create great achievements.

The achievement in Santa Teresa of the expanded Union Pacific Rail facility is the result of work by many people, organizations and agencies over a long period of time. This will be Union Pacific's largest fueling facility and the railroads' largest intermodal freight terminal along the U.S.-Mexico border. Intermodal means it will involve 3 potential 4 of the 5 different modes of transportation, ground, air, rail ...