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May 6, 2020

Air Force Academy satellite to launch aboard X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, May 6, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A satellite built by Air Force Academy cadets will launch into space May 16 aboard the X-37B, Orbital Test Vehicle sponsored by the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and built by Boeing. This is the first time a satellite built and designed by cadets will catch a ride into space aboard the X-37B. (See the May 6 report from the Secretary of the Air Force about the launch here: https://www.spaceforce.mil/News/Article/2177702/next-x-37b-orbital-test-vehicle-scheduled-to-launch) Lt. Col. Dan Showalter, assistant astronautics professor at the Academy, said “as novel as this...

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May 6, 2020

Air Force Academy 3D prints mask extenders for Fort Carson Soldiers during COVID-19 crisis

Story and photos by Jennifer Spradlin, May 5, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Wearing a medical-grade mask might be required for healthcare workers these days as they work to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but it’s not easy. As recent viral photos show, these masks can leave red marks on the face, and the tight ear loops can cause irritation and pain. Fort Carson medical officials reached out to the Air Force Academy in early April to help them solve this problem, and faculty members used 3D printers at the school to quickly create more than 300...

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April 27, 2020

Public health emergency at Academy extended for 30 days, some restrictions lifted May 1

Story by Ray Bowden, April 27, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- After the base commander extended the public health emergency at the Air Force Academy until May 23, Col. Brian Hartless, 10 Air Base Wing Commander, also announced he intends to reopen parts of the base, a move in line with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ “safer at home” order. Polis announced his order to govern the phased reopening of some businesses in the state April 26. Hartless said barring any uptick in the number of coronavirus cases in Colorado Springs, El Paso County or the State, and pending further...

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