Amateur Space News May 4, 2014

Today’s headlines include high school experiments heading into space, a global volunteer effort to send a rover to the Moon, a student rocketry program, an Indian amateur satellite, cubesats, meteors, Mars, and more.

Virginia high school students explore space. Students in York County designed a radiation shield that Nasa will install on the Orion space capsule’s Exploration Flight Test. A Lafayette High School student conducted microgravity experiments on a Zero Gravity Corporation parabolic flight as part of Nasa’s High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware program.

Part-Time Scientists are on track for the Moon in this Space.com op-ed from cofounder Robert Böhme. Over 100 volunteers from Brazil, Europe, South Africa, and the United States help build Part Time Scientists’ entry in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition. In the process they will show that space exploration doesn’t have to follow Nasa’s traditional Big Science approach.

Fairborn High School students learn science, teamwork, and leadership through model rocketry. The Air Force Junior ROTC program at the high school uses model rocketry to introduce principles of aerospace engineering, the Fairborn Daily Herald reported.

India’s Hamsat celebrated its 9th year in orbit. The amateur satellite group Amsat India and the Indian Space Research Organization designed Hamsat to provide amateur radio services for South Asia. Amateurs in Denmark and India designed the geosynchronous satellite’s transponders. Although only expected to last 2 years, Hamsat may continue operating for years.

Registrations for a free CubeSat workshop close soon. The UK CubeSat Workshop will be held May 13. Representatives from the UK Space Agency, Planet Labs, and the FUNCube Project will deliver presentations.

(Via Southgate Amateur Radio News)

The American Meteor Society received 44 reports of a fireball over Texas and Arkansas on Saturday.

Astronauts talked the future of space with the Explorers Club in New York. The Gothamist shared photos from the meeting.

TV New Zealand interviewed Mars One candidate Nicola Fahey, one of two Kiwi women advancing to the next round in Mars One selection process.

The Salt Lake Tribune shared news about the Mars Desert Research Station. The Mars analog site is the Mars Society’s main analog research site for researching the technology and techniques of planetary exploration.