BCA’s Webinar Series Announced – 4 Apr 2015

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BLUECUBE Aerospace will host a series of live interactive webinars this summer.  Geoscience, remote sensing, and image analysis content will be discussed.  Register at our Educators Network Page and attend the webinar at no cost.  These Wednesday events will be held at 4:00 EST:

May 13th         June 10th          July 8th          August 12th

Peter Dorofy and John D Moore will be hosting from their ‘perch’ at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center’s Institute for Earth Observations in New Jersey.  For more information email us at info@bluecubesat.com.

BCA visits Chief Dull Knife College (Montana) – 25 Mar 2015

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From March 25-28 Lead Developer Mike Piccione and CEO Kevin Simmons visited the Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Located in the small town of Lame Deer, CDKC is a two year institution that serves a native community in a remote area of Montana. CDKC faculty were very gracious hosts – we discussed future collaborations, shared experiences and best practices, and Mike set up and demonstrated an Airwolf 3-D Printer.  BLUECUBE looks forward to developing student based small satellite experiments in partnership with Chief Dull Knife College.

BCA Presents at NGA’s STEM Symposium – 9 Mar 2015

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On March 9th the BLUECUBE Aerospace team attended the annual STEM Symposium hosted at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield , VA. Attending were Arundhati Jayarao, Peter Dorofy, Mike Piccione,, John D, Moore, and Kevin Simmons.  It was a tremendous honor to present, meet students and discuss potential future collaborations.

Congrats to BLUECUBE’s Stephen Portz – 27 Feb 2015

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Stephen Portz, manufacturing developer for BLUECUBE Aerospace, received another accolade recently as the STEM Educator of the Year by Space Coast STEM Education Council. Stephen was honored during the National Engineers Week Awards Banquet. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.

Spacecoastdaily.com reported that the Space Coast Women In Defense launched the Space Coast STEM Education Council with the help of the Central Florida STEM Education Council. The purpose of this collaboration is to connect the dots between the STEM needs of our local schools with local resources from universities and colleges, local business support, civic leaders, and other not-for-profit organizations such as CareerSources Brevard, Space Coast Economic Development Council and many others.

BLUECUBE Aerospace flies in Generation Orbit’s First Flight Test

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Generation Orbit Completes First Flight Test

July 31, 2014      Atlanta, GA

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Yesterday, Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) completed the initial captive carry flight of the Flight Experiment Testbed (GO-FET). Operating out of Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville, FL, the three hour test flight served as an demonstration of air launch operations both on the ground and in flight. The flight configuration consisted of a Learjet 35 carrier aircraft with a standardized pod integrated to a wing hardpoint. The set of payloads carried within the pod were designed to gather environmental and dynamics data on propellant management, payload integration, and wireless communications. The flight also included a 1U CubeSat payload from BLUECUBE Aerospace, an educational outreach organization dedicated to bringing CubeSat development to middle school and high school classrooms. Data gathered by the custom-built data acquisition system during the flight will be utilized for launch environments characterization and model validation relevant to the development of the GOLauncher family of launch vehicles. All primary and secondary test objectives were met during the flight.

The flight plan was devised to explore the handling qualities of the aircraft while conducting the high altitude, high flight path angle launch maneuver designed for GOLauncher 1 and GOLauncher 2. Results of the test demonstrated that this maneuver can be completed safely while meeting the requirements of the rocket vehicle release condition. In preparation for the flight, Cecil personnel conducted a dry-run of spaceport launch operations including coordination with local air traffic control, oxidizer loading, runway closures, and prohibited vehicle and personnel movement.

AJ Piplica, GO’s Chief Operating Officer commented on the flight. “The successful completion of this flight test is a great step forward toward viable air launch operations for both suborbital and orbital rockets. The lessons learned from this operation will help us refine our operational concept, as well as improve the design of our launch system. All the credit goes to our engineering team for putting together what turned out to be an incredible valuable flight test in a matter of just a few months. The teamwork and coordination was flexible and professional across the board. We look forward to more operation tests and demonstrations soon.”

For additional details contact:

A.J. Piplica
Chief Operating Officer
Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.
1040 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30338
aj.piplica@generationorbit.com

About Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.

Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) focuses on providing fast, flexible, and dedicated space transportation services for small payloads. GOLauncher 2 supplies microsatellite, nanosatellite, and CubeSat customers with reliable and affordable access to space. The unique air launch approach developed by GO and its development partners offers flexible launch capabilities, poised to reduce fixed infrastructure needs, launch costs, and the time from contract signature to launch. Air launch system experience at GO dates back over 10 years, providing a distinct advantage throughout the design and analysis process. As a systems integrator, GO compiles multiple aspects of the launch architecture to provide a streamlined service to scientists, researchers, and industry customers alike.

For more information, visit GO on the web at www.generationorbit.com and follow GO on Twitter @generationorbit.

Educators Wanted

Cube Sat pic 01If you are a Middle or High School teacher in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering and math), or teach in an interdisciplinary environment, we are interested in working with you!  Please visit our Educators’ Network page and complete the form provided. A BlueCubeSat Team Member will contact you about upcoming events and information related to our CubeSat kits, teaching materials and events.