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2015

Utah State University reports 2nd record year of research funding

December 15, 2015 – Utah State University

Utah State University has once again closed the fiscal year with record-breaking research funding, totaling $232 million in sponsored awards. The influx follows a 12-percent increase in research funding to academic colleges, a total of $111 million.

NEW NASA SATELLITE MAPS SHOW HUMAN FINGERPRINT ON GLOBAL AIR QUALITY

December 14, 2015 – NASA

Using new, high-resolution global satellite maps of air quality indicators, NASA scientists tracked air pollution trends over the last decade in various regions and 195 cities around the globe. The findings were presented Monday at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Former Leavitt chief of staff appointed to USURF board

November 12, 2015 – HJnews

A former chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt is the newest member of the Utah State University Research Foundation Board of Trustees. Rich McKeown was appointed to the board by chairman Jeff Edwards, and had his first board meeting with USURF and USU officials Thursday.

FRONTIERS OF GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION

October 7, 2015 – Sierra

Food is reaching new heights—literally. The vertical farming movement is bringing agriculture to the tops of skyscraper greenhouses, and NASA is taking it even higher: into space. As the global population continues to rise, and the demand for food increases, scientists, engineers, and farmers are tasked with developing new ways to increase agricultural yields. Here are four innovations that could redefine global food production.

Wednesday Rocket Launch to Be Visible Along Mid-Atlantic

October 5, 2015 – NASA

Rocket launches are spectacular, “wow” events that most of us don’t get to see with our own eyes. But between 7 and 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 7, residents in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States may get a glimpse of NASA”s next suborbital launch from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

How One Remote-Controlled Gun Turret Can Do the Work of 10 Soldiers

October 1, 2015 – Popular Mechanics

An army base's perimeter guard tower might require up to six soldiers who are constantly on the lookout for threats or surprises. But the tower, it seems, is yet another place where it looks like machines are slowly taking the place of soldiers.

Remote-controlled weapons augment Soldiers on perimeter at NIE 16.1

September 28, 2015 – Army News Service

Remotely-controlled weapons systems have drastically reduced the number of Soldiers needed for perimeter security at an expeditionary base camp here.

Observational study: microgravity testing of a phase-change reference on the International Space Station

August 20, 2015 – Nature

Orbital sensors to monitor global climate change during the next decade require low-drift rates for onboard thermometry, which is currently unattainable without on-orbit recalibration. Phase-change materials (PCMs), such as those that make up the ITS-90 standard, are seen as the most reliable references on the ground and could be good candidates for orbital recalibration. Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) has been developing miniaturized phase-change references capable of deployment on an orbital blackbody for nearly a decade.

General Bruce Carlson Appointed to USU Research Foundation Board of Trustees

August 11, 2015 – Yahoo News

The Utah State University Research Foundation announced today at the USU/AIAA Annual Conference on Small Satellites that retired U.S. Air Force General Bruce Carlson has been appointed to its Board of Trustees. The Research Foundation is the parent organization of the renowned Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Veggies in space: Will future astronauts dine on zero-G zucchini?

August 5, 2015 – MSN News

NASA is attempting to grow food in orbit that could actually sustain space travelers. If humans are to explore other worlds, they will need to be able to grow their own food.

Space seeds planted in schools turn schoolchildren into rocket scientists

April 24, 2015 – Market Business News

Millions of space seeds that have been planted in schools, as part of a joint project with astronaut Tim Peake, have turned hundreds of thousands of British students into rocket scientists, say the British Horticultural Society (BHS) and the UK Space Agency.

Space Dynamics Lab engineers develop unique telescope

April 14, 2015 – HJNews

A team of engineers at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab were granted a patent from the federal government for an invention that will allow payload designers and engineers to put large telescopes on small satellites.

Army puts tech-centric weapons and surveillance tools to the test

March 12, 2015 – Defense Systems

The Army recently displayed three defensive weapons technologies developed by thee Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center technologies during an Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment on Fort Benning, Ga.