Amateur Space Weekly - September 25

Public observatories, Native American near space explorers, a student-made satellite from China, amateur solar flare observations helping science, and crowdfunding Australian radio astronomy are among this week's stories from the world of amateur space exploration.

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CanSats: Satellites-in-a-can lets students do space research

Space agencies and space companies often complain that too many young engineers graduate without any practical experience. CanSats let universities give students experience with all stages of a space-related mission: proposal, design, engineering, launch, data acquisition, analysis, and report. These satellites-in-a-can may not actually reach Outer Space, but they give college students - and high school students - experience they need to work on real space missions.

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Radio Jove Student Radio Telescope

Get a radio telescope kit from Nasa and listen to Jupiter’s magnetic storms. The Radio Jove Project created a do-it-yourself kit with little more than a wire and some basic electronics, but the simple telescope will introduce you to the strange world of radio astronomy.

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Nasa Sample Return Robot Challenge

Nasa will award teams up to $1.5 million to build autonomous robotic rovers that can navigate an unfamiliar terrain and collect samples in the Sample Return Robot Challenge. Teams of amateur robotics enthusiasts, robotics engineering students, and private industry come to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute once a year to compete in Nasa’s.

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