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Solar sail is secondary payload on 2018 Orion flight – NASA PI

Nov. 6, 2015—Instead of looking at space atmosphere as a toxic vacuum, look at it as an asset, said Les Johnson, who handed a silver 4-inch square of solar sail material as light as small bird’s feather to an audience member. As the piece of sail traveled through a standing-room-only crowd in Jacob’s Believed In Me Auditorium,...

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Aerospace Club works on simulated Mars sample recovery vehicle for NASA competition

Dec. 4, 2014—The Vanderbilt Aerospace Club, defending champions in the NASA Student Launch (NASA SL) Challenge for the past two years, is tackling the agency’s all-new 2014-15 design challenge. The rocket team is working on an earth-simulated Mars Sample Recovery Vehicle, which includes an Automated Ground Support Equipment Robot (AGSE) that autonomously places an encapsulated soil sample...

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