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October 16, 2019

New telescope at Academy to be largest available for public viewing in Colorado

(Courtesy photo/Devin Della-Rose) By Janine Dreger, Oct. 16, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Scientists at the Air Force Academy said a $1.25 million project to install a telescope in the school’s observatory should be complete by springtime. Contractors from the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron, and technicians from the Austrian telescope manufacturer completed the first stage of the project this month when they installed the housing for the 5,000-pound Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope. Associate physics professor and Observatory Director Devin Della-Rose said when complete, the telescope system will support cadet and faculty research projects and connect to the Falcon Telescope Network...

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October 15, 2019

5 research projects AF Academy cadets are working on today

By Janine Dreger, Oct. 15, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Ever wonder what cadet researchers are doing these days at the Air Force Academy? Here’s five projects we think are very interesting.  Falcon Satellite Program All systems are “go” for FalconSat-6, a 400-pound satellite designed and built by cadets. It’s been in orbit for 10-months, receiving and transmitting information allowing cadets to track the progress of several space-technology projects. New Dimensions Cadets are developing technology to give pilots mission information during their “debriefs” in three dimensions. If cadets have their way, our pilots will eventually wear 3-D glasses to...

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October 11, 2019

The Weekly Lead

Retired Lt. Col. Duane Carey speaks to nearly 300 local school students about his time journey to become an astronaut. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong) Staff report, Oct. 11, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.-- Defining Resilience Cadet 1st Class Garrett of Cadet Squadron 10, Tuin faces his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis with bravery and wit while continuing to serve as squadron commander. www.usafa.edu/news/academy-cadet-remains-resilient-despite-ms-diagnosis Audience with an Astronaut A retired lieutenant colonel who flew the Space Shuttle Columbia linked up with elementary school students to talk about science and space at the Air Force Academy. Here’s his story.  www.usafa.edu/news/air-force-academy-hosts-annual-audience-with-an-astronaut/ Airmanship...

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October 9, 2019

Air Force Academy hosts annual “Audience with an Astronaut”

Story by Jennifer Spradlin, Oct. 9, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Duane G. “Digger” Carey, a former NASA astronaut who piloted the STS-109 Columbia mission in March 2002, spoke to more than 300 fifth and sixth graders from schools across the Front Range at the Air Force Academy, Oct. 9. The annual “Audience with an Astronaut” event is held in partnership with the Space Foundation and highlights science, technology, engineering and math education as well as the role of the space industry. Carey shared his journey from childhood poverty in Minnesota to a...

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