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Risk modeling, data integration drive NASA next-gen air travel safety project

Jan. 4, 2019—Low visibility, bird strikes, incorrect landing approach speed, runway debris, airframe icing, engine fires, unexpected weather and sensor malfunction are but a handful of potential causes of airplane accidents. They also are among more than 60 incident scenarios identified by an ambitious NASA effort to develop the next generation National Airspace System, known as NextGen...

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Student rocketeers win fourth national championship in a row

May. 13, 2016—  Vanderbilt student rocketeers have won NASA’s Orbital-ATK University Student Launch competition for the fourth year in a row. They had to beat out 40 other university teams in the yearlong national competition in order to achieve this “four-peat.” NASA announced the results of the competition May 12. Teams from the University of Louisville and...

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Mechanical engineering grad student wins NASA space research fellowship

Apr. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt graduate student Darren Tinker has selected by NASA for its 2016 class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Tinker is a second year graduate student in mechanical engineering. His research – An Additively Manufactured Torch Igniter for Liquid Propellants – is funded up to $74,000 for one year, but the award may be renewed for...

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Engineering science alum working for NASA credits ‘Rosie the Riveter’ grandmother

Mar. 31, 2016—Amanda Stubblefield (ES’97) never believed women couldn’t do any job they wanted — a value she learned from her grandmother, a real-life “Rosie the Riveter.” After double-majoring in Engineering Science and Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University, Stubblefield went to work for NASA. Her current job is to help connect cargo vehicles to the International...

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Three-time national rocketry champs are off to a strong start defending their title

Nov. 20, 2015—The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab is off to a strong start defending their national rocketry title in the 2015-16 NASA University Student Launch Challenge competing against a field of 39 other university teams. On Nov. 14 the student team successfully launched a subscale model of this year’s rocket design and they also kicked off a...

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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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Sailing into space may take us to stars – NASA author

Nov. 2, 2015—Physicist, science writer to speak Nov. 5 at engineering school, University Club of Nashville A physicist by day and a science author and editor by night, Les Johnson – Senior Technical Advisor for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office, Marshall Space Flight Center – shares his passion with people through the pages of his books. Johnson is...

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Aerospace Club wins NASA’s Student Launch Challenge for third year in row

May. 13, 2015—(L-R standing) Chris Lyne, Dexter Watkins, Fred Folz, Cameron Ridgewell, Ben Gasser, Robin Midgett, Andrew Voss, Brian Lawson, Alex Goodman (L-R sitting) Jacob Moore, Pranav Kumar, Mitchell Masia, William Emfinger and Conner Caldwell. (Courtesy of the Aerospace Club) For the third year in a row, the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club has won NASA’s eight-month long rocketry...

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