Amateur Space News Roundup May 22, 2014

Amateur Space News Roundup May 22, 2014

Today's headlines include student rocket contests, high school CanSats, university high-altitude balloons, crowdsourcing weather and astronomy, and the daily dose of Mars One candidate profiles.

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Near Space Ballooning Brings Amateurs a Step Towards Space

If close enough is good enough, you don’t need billions of dollars to build your own space project. You can send cameras and sensors into Near Space where conditions are close to the surface of Mars. Flights into Near Space have become popular over the past few years as low-cost ways of giving students hands-on experience with space missions.

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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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