USI Engineering And Physics Team To Put Spacecraft Into Orbit

first_imgNASA expected to launch CubeSat unit in 2018Engineering and physics students at the University of Southern Indiana have embarked on a mission-of-a-lifetime project designing the University’s first spacecraft to be placed into orbit by NASA sometime in 2018. The unit is a CubeSat, a miniaturized satellite known as a U-class spacecraft.The USI student-led project to design, build and then operate the CubeSat in orbit is funded by NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s) Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP). USI’s project was one of 47 national projects competitively selected and funded by NASA to give undergraduate students a hands-on experience developing and flying research or technology experiments relevant to NASA missions. Twenty three of the 47 projects involve CubeSats.“How often do you get to send something into space?” said Wyatt Helms, an engineering sophomore from Alfordsville, Indiana. “When I graduated high school, I wanted to go to school for aerospace engineering, but didn’t get the scholarships I was able to get here at USI. Now, it turns out I’m doing the same things I wanted to be doing.”The USI CubeSat is known as the Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer (UNITE), and will target the least explored layer of the atmosphere, the lower ionosphere. While traveling through the ionosphere the UNITE CubeSat will probe plasma density, determine drag characteristics of the vehicle, and measure temperature on the skin and in the interior of the spacecraft. The satellite measures 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm and has a mass of just 4 kilograms.To be able to work on a project of this magnitude at the undergraduate level is something the entire team is excited about. “I’m working on the command and data handling, one of the subsystems we’re going to provide,” said Colin Runnion, an engineering junior from Evansville. “I get to be part of a team that will basically design the command and data handling systems from the ground up. It will be one of the more critical parts, and one of the parts most likely to fail. It’s a lot of stress, since I haven’t designed something this complicated, but I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully, if all goes well, someday, I’ll find myself working at a job at NASA.”“We’re approaching this project with both exhilaration and trepidation,” said Dr. Glen Kissel, associate professor of engineering and project faculty mentor. “Exhilaration, because our students have been given this exciting opportunity to place the University’s first spacecraft into orbit, but also trepidation, knowing there are potential setbacks every step of the way.”NASA requires that the USI team deliver a flight-ready CubeSat by early March 2018, with a launch expected sometime later that year. Launch services will be provided by NASA at no charge to the team. CubeSats are generally ejected from a rocket as a secondary payload, once the orbit has been achieved for the much larger primary payload. Alternatively, CubeSats can be sent to the International Space Station and loaded by astronauts into a deployer for ejection into orbit.Jose Fregozo, an engineering and physics major from Evansville, is charged with monitoring the drag analysis and other key functions of the craft. Taking theory and putting it into practice is something he’s particularly excited about. “It combines both of my majors. I’m looking at things from a physics perspective, understanding the fundamental theories and getting to apply those things using my engineering know how.”The USI team is still evaluating what orbits would be acceptable for its mission, in preparation for making a formal request to NASA later in the year for a rocket ride into space. Depending on the orbit NASA places the CubeSat in, the UNITE mission could be as short as 40 days, or as long as 400 days, before it burns up in the atmosphere.The team first met this semester to begin the design and to plan the remaining phases to complete the unit, then integrate, test and operate the CubeSat using NASA Systems Engineering principles. Because the project is a multi-year endeavor, the team will fluctuate as students graduate. Adam Will, an engineering junior from Evansville, will take over as team leader in spring 2017. “Being a longtime admirer of NASA and private space companies like SpaceX, it’s exciting to be working on a satellite that’s going into space here at USI at an undergraduate level,” he said.USI’s UNITE CubeSat team includes:Jose Fregozo, Engineering and Physics Senior, Evansville, INWyatt Helms, Engineering Sophomore, Alfordsville, INRyan Loehrlein, Engineering and Business Finance Sophomore, Evansville, INHaley McConnell, Biophysics and Math Senior, Evansville, INKegan Miller, Engineering Senior, Frankfort, INBryan Mitchell, Engineering Junior, Evansville, INJonah Quirk, Physics Junior, Evansville, INColin Runnion, Engineering Junior, Evansville, INJohn Siepierski, Outgoing Team Leader, Engineering Senior, Bradford, PAAdam Will, Incoming Team Leader, Engineering Junior, Evansville, INEric McCord, graduated from USI with a BS in Engineering in spring 2016 (He did preliminary design testing in spring 2016 in support of the CubeSat project.)Dr. Eric Greenwood, assistant professor of physics, and Dr. Art Chlebowski, assistant professor of engineering, also will assist the UNITE CubeSat team.USI’s UNITE CubeSat project is funded through NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrument Project with administrative assistance from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium at Purdue University. Near Space Launch Inc. of Upland, Indiana, will be the primary vendor for the UNITE project components.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Speech: No reconstruction assistance without a credible political settlement

first_imgThank you to the Special Envoy. I’m going to be brief but I don’t want that to be construed as any lack of interest. It’s just that I think many of the speakers who’ve spoken have very eloquently, as with our American colleague, put the case about the political process.So I’ll start, if I may, with some points about the security situation. What you said about the troubling resurgence of violence worries us. There have been reports this morning that the Syrian Authorities have deployed multiple barrel bombs in attacks in northern Hama, which I think is the first time such weapons have been used in over seven months. This is indiscriminate. Use of indiscriminate weaponry is unacceptable. And what is particularly worrying is that it doesn’t seem to be a signal that the Syrian regime is serious about the protection of the Syrian people. So it would be good to have an assessment from the Special Envoy as to whether you think this actually calls into question a commitment to the political settlement? And we’ve also seen some recent correspondence from the Syrians to the Security Council alleging activity by armed terrorist groups with the support of “foreign intelligence agencies”. This is about chemical weapons attacks. And there were more allegations that the White Helmets are involved.Mr President, I’ve been very categorical in this chamber and I regret the need to be so again. But the White Helmets are a humanitarian organisation. They are purely a humanitarian organisation. They are very brave people. They are Syrians. And to date, they have saved 115,000 lives. So we look to the Syrian authorities to abide by their international obligations in relation to chemical weapons and to refrain from using them.I would like to say something briefly about Idlib, like others. We’re very concerned by the frequent reports of regime shelling of areas in the demilitarised zone and we understand that over 120,000 people have been displaced since February as a result. So we look to Russia and Iran – who, along with Turkey, are the Astana guarantors – to ensure that the ceasefire agreed at Sochi is fully respected and that the current actions cease immediately. So let me be clear, it’s not just that we want to see the ceasefire respected; we want to see those Member States with influence use that influence to ensure that the ceasefire is respected.Turning to the political process, I think that, Special Envoy, I think you’ve made really good efforts, so thank you for those. And we support you, as you continue. And I think you’re right to say that you should work on the full range of issues under 2254.I just wanted to recall, Mr President that SCR 2254 was adopted in December 2015. That’s 40 months ago. But it set a deadline forty months ago of six months – so thirty four months ago – to set a schedule and process for drafting a new constitution. And we really can’t allow the Syrian authorities to drag this out indefinitely. So we definitely support very strongly the Special Envoy’s drive to get this sorted out in the coming months.OP4 of that resolution calls for the establishment of a credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance. If I could ask: what is your assessment of the Syrian authorities progress towards responding to the Council’s request in that resolution?And I think what’s being done on the constitutional committee is a good step forward. Anything that can convene the international players in Geneva is to be welcomed. I can promise you we’ll be supportive and pragmatic about that. But we, again, we would call on those with influence over the Syrian regime to encourage it to engage seriously and constructively in the political process – and this includes creating conditions for humanitarian access.I just want to look ahead to a point when the current Syrian authorities will want to be reintegrated into the international community. Without this reintegration, Syria will never be stable, will never be fully prosperous. This is all the more reason why there needs to be a credible political process. But to recall, Mr President, that the United Kingdom has been clear and is still clear that we will not consider providing reconstruction assistance absent that credible political settlement.Thank you.last_img read more

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Milk prices in 2002

first_imgBy April Reeseand John HarrellUniversity of GeorgiaShoppers should continue to find good milk prices in grocerystores into next year. University of Georgia agriculturaleconomist Bill Thomas says retail milk prices have changed littlefrom 2001.”Milk prices at the producer level are down a record amount for a one-year drop,” said Thomas, a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But there is not a direct connection between producer prices and consumer prices.”Grocery shoppers did enjoy a drop in milk prices this year. “The average price of a gallon of milk was $2.89 in 2001 and dropped to $2.72 in 2002,” Thomas said.Cheese prices upHowever, the prices of other dairy products, like cheese, haveincreased over the past year.”Cheese is the fastest-growing dairy product,” Thomas said. “It seems like everyone is eating cheese when they go out, on pizza, salads or tacos.”A pound of cheese last year cost shoppers $3.73, a price now up to $3.89, he said. Consumers should expect a slight increase, 1 percent to 2 percent, in dairy product prices for 2003.Farmers’ prices not so goodWhile consumer dairy products remain stable, dairy farmers have had a record low year, forcing many farmers to rely on government programs.”Dairy farmers had a number of good years between 1996 and 2002, but demand slipped off in 2001, causing supply to be muchgreater,” Thomas said. “Prices stay depressed because we have somuch stocked up.”Help from the government in the form of Milk Income Loss FarmActs and contracts provides much-needed aid to dairies.”Government programs have stepped in to help our dairy farmersand will be welcomed by the industry,” Thomas said. “Prices arestill well below a profitable level.”Help on the wayA little help is on its way. After the stocks are used up, demand and supply will equal out, he said, providing a break forfarmers.”Next year, we expect prices to rise a little in favor of thefarmer, but not up to the price they received in 2001,” Thomassaid. “Milk prices have been low, and now feed prices are rising,due to the drought, putting pressure on the farmer.”Most dairy farmers have signed up for government programs, such as the Milk Income Loss Contract Program, he said. This program offers direct payments to the farmers from the government as milk prices are low.Once the price of milk rises, the payments will dry up. TheLivestock Compensation Program is designed to help farmers incounties hurt by the drought. All counties in Georgia have beensuggested for the program, but only 20 are now approved.last_img read more

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Food E-Talk

first_imgThe University of Georgia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program has launched Food eTalk, the country’s only evidence-based online SNAP-Ed program.UGA SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education and obesity prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets low-income audiences, is delivered through UGA Cooperative Extension network in partnership with diverse stakeholders and communities across the state.Food eTalk is an innovative, smartphone-based eLearning nutrition education program tailored to the specific needs of SNAP-eligible adult Georgians.The program features six 10-minute interactive lessons, cooking videos and just-in-time learning videos, backed by research conducted by UGA faculty, graduate students and staff within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“Online programming is relatively new to the SNAP-Ed program,” said Jung Sun Lee, UGA Athletic Association Professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “This groundbreaking nutrition education method allows us to increase our reach and impact. We also wanted to provide contextual learning opportunities, such as point-of-decision making in a supermarket, and allow participants to learn at their own teachable moment.”Food eTalk includes a mobile-first interface, user-friendly navigation and even a Southern-accented voiceover, in addition to lessons focused on sodium reduction, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, food resource management principles and food safety.Historically, SNAP-Ed programming has been offered via in-person food demonstrations in a classroom setting.“Low-income families, like many others, have busy schedules due to work and other responsibilities,” said Allisen Penn, associate dean for Extension and outreach in FACS. “Food eTalk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can access the programming any time and any place convenient for them.”The UGA SNAP-Ed program reaches around 2 million Georgians a year through direct, online and social marketing interventions and has received more than $20 million in funding since its founding in 2013, she added.“Our target audience is very tech savvy,” said Edda Cotto-Rivera, UGA SNAP-Ed’s program coordinator. “This is another way of reaching out with the information we want to share with them.”For more information about the Food E-Talk program visit www.foodtalk.org.last_img read more

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Walmart sets 2040 net zero carbon emissions goal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BusinessGreen:The world’s largest retailer has today committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040, without relying on carbon offsets.Walmart, the only company in the world that surpasses Amazon in retail revenue, said that vehicle and heat electrification, renewable energy, and low-impact refrigerants would allow it to reach its new goal as it worked to become a “regenerative company”.Alongside decarbonising its operations, the firm said it would work with its charitable arm to protect, manage, and restore “at least” 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030.Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart, emphasised that urgent action was needed to address a “growing crisis of climate change and nature loss”.The firm is aiming to fully transition it facilities to run on 100 per cent renewable power by 2035 – up from a 29 per cent share today – and electrify all its vehicles, including long-haul trucks, five years later. At the same time, it plans to transition its cooling systems to low-impact refrigerants and heating systems to electrified equipment across all its stores, clubs, and data and distribution centres by 2040.Walmart’s carbon reduction programme will be complemented by a new string of goals geared at boosting its stewardship of nature. It has pledged preserve at least one acre of natural habitat for every acre of land it has developed, while supporting the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices, including sustainable fisheries management and forest protection and restoration.[Cecilia Keating]More: Walmart pledges to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 without offsets Walmart sets 2040 net zero carbon emissions goallast_img read more

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Three simple (but not) easy steps to becoming a millionaire

first_imgHolding your breathe for five minutes underwater is likewise simple: Just sit at the bottom of the pool and don’t breathe. These are all simple tasks, but not easy ones. True. There is a monumental difference between simple and easy. Simple means there are relatively few (or no) complicated steps needed to accomplish a task, whereas easy implies the task doesn’t require much effort. Running a marathon is simple: Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Staying up for 60 hours straight is also simple: Keep your eyes open. True or false: running a marathon is simple?center_img It’s not easy — but it’s definitely simple. Another task that is simple but not easy is becoming a millionaire. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Jutlandia Handling MHI Vestas Giants in Esbjerg

first_imgMHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a new agreement with Jutlandia Terminal covering loading of the V164-8.0 MW wind turbines onto installation vessels at the Port of Esbjerg.The agreement comprises loading of approximately 120 complete V164 turbines for the Aberdeen Bay (European Offshore Wind Development Centre or EOWDC), the Borkum Riffgrund 2 and the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind projects.All turbine components come to Esbjerg from Lindø and Nakskov, where they are assembled and are loaded onto installation vessels.This new agreement replaces an old agreement between Jutlandia and MHI Vestas and came into force on March 1, 2018.The operation also commenced in March with the handling and loading of the turbines for the Aberdeen Bay wind farm, which will be followed by the Borkum Riffgrund 2 and eventually the Horns Rev 3. The project will be carried out throughout 2018.“We are incredibly proud that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has chosen Jutlandia Stevedoring to handle the loading operation of the three projects. Furthermore, we are humble about the job and we will put all efforts into optimizing the loadings; and not only meet but also exceed the expectations of MHI Vestas,” Kim List, Jutlandia’s Operations Manager Stevedoring, said.“We have spent a long time preparing for the handling which is reflected in the strong team Jutlandia Stevedoring is today, where everyone is experienced in loading installation vessels.”last_img read more

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U.S. weekly offshore rig count remains unchanged

first_imgThe U.S. weekly offshore rig count remained flat during last week, according to a rig count report published on Friday by Baker Hughes, a GE company.For illustration only. Author: SP MacBaker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. -4 to 954 rigsU.S. Rig Count is down 4 rigs from last week to 954, with oil rigs down 5 to 779, gas rigs up 2 to 174, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.U.S. Rig Count is down 92 rigs from last year’s count of 1,046, with oil rigs down 79, gas rigs down 13, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged from last week at 26 and up 9 rigs year-over-year.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada +1 rig to 118 rigsCanada Rig Count is up 1 rig from last week to 118, with oil rigs down 2 to 83 and gas rigs up 3 to 35.Canada Rig Count is down 93 rigs from last year’s count of 211, with oil rigs down 59 and gas rigs down 34.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Liverpool to hold crunch talks with Mane, Salah over futures after title win

first_img Mane and Salah are two players regularly mentioned as potentially being tempted away. And Castles says that Liverpool are open to talks with the duo, as they would want prior warning if they were to leave. Such negotiating tactics were also seen when Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona back in 2018. Rumours of the move had lingered for months, before Liverpool finally allowed him to depart. read also:Vega picks Liverpool’s Mane as the current best African player in Premier League Castles says that if Salah and Mane want to leave, Liverpool will also want to know in plenty of time. “Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are obvious examples of that and they want to have those conversations because they want to be forewarned,” he said. “And they want to set up in a way that they maximise the value on the transfer coming in and they are able to bring in a replacement of equal quality or equal potential to have the same quality at a cheaper price. “You’ve seen the way Liverpool have recruited, they go to the second tier of the market. They spend €50million, €60m, €70m on bringing players in who they believe will turn into €100m-plus players and they’ve done it successfully on multiple occasions now. “That has been part of their strategy going into this window.” With both Salah and Mane now 28, time is running out if they seek a big move away from Anfield. However, they have played a crucial role for Liverpool this season, helping them to the Premier League title having already won the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Liverpool are planning fresh talks with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to determine if they see their futures elsewhere.center_img The star duo both got on the scoresheet when Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in their most recent game. That effectively wrapped up the title, which was confirmed the following day when Chelsea beat Manchester City. Indeed, Salah and Mane have been at the forefront of Liverpool’s growth under Jurgen Klopp. That has now culminated in their first league title in 30 years, which may help convince the duo to stay. Mane and Salah have been linked with moves away if they grow unsettled at Anfield. The likes of Real Madrid have understandably been mentioned as being interested. And according to Duncan Castles, Liverpool are willing to speak to the pair to see how they envisage their long-term future. Castles said on the Transfer Window Podcast (via the Express) that Liverpool are “happy to have conversations with key players to find out whether they see a future elsewhere.” The journalist pointed to their “strategic” and “intelligent” transfer model. Liverpool’s transfer activity shows planning for the future – which involves getting the maximum from their assets as well. Castles claims that Liverpool are willing to speak to key players to find out “whether they see that their period at the club has a certain length and that they’d like to move to another league”.last_img read more

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Soppe takes advice, earns IMCA natonal Northern SportMod crown

first_img2016 runner-up Tyler Soppe was the 2017 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champion. At left is Clay Smith of Speedway Motors and at right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)SHERRILL, Iowa – Advice from a driver who’s been there and won that helped Tyler Soppe in his quest for the IMCA Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national championship.Soppe parlayed 25 feature wins and track titles at Farley Speedway and Maquoketa Speedway into the 2017 national title.“We knew it would be close because of bonus points but we had a pretty good idea we had the national championship wrapped up,” said Soppe, from Sherrill, Iowa, and a first-time Allstar Performance Iowa State champion as well. “It was nice to be able to call people and tell them we’d won it after we got the official notice from IMCA.”Driving a 14-year-old car purchased for $1,500 as recently as 2015, Soppe was the national runner-up last year. He ascended to the top spot in the standings in mid-July this season and took the crown ahead of defending champion Tony Olson and two-time king Matt Looft.“I had raced an outlaw super bomber, which is similar to an IMCA Stock Car, at Farley, Maquoketa and Dubuque. When those tracks announced they’d go IMCA, I raced both classes  before converting full-time to the Northern SportMod five years ago,” Soppe said. “It was a class I could race anywhere and just as importantly, it fit my budget.”“Last year, Shannon Anderson suggested we pay more attention to our number of starts. I figured if anyone knew how to get it done (Anderson won his career seventh IMCA Hobby Stock national title this season) it was him,” continued Soppe. “Getting second last year was awesome. To get it done this year was crazy.”Both 2016 and 2017 campaigns saw Soppe overcome mid-summer doldrums. He won just one of 11 outings after taking the lead in the national points race this year.“Once we stopped having fun then it seemed like stupid things started to happen. Little things would break or we’d lose the driveshaft while leading,” he said. “Sometimes you overdo things. We went back to having fun and we started winning again.”His 58 starts this year came at 11 different tracks and Soppe collected checkers at seven of those venues.A six-time winner at Farley, Dubuque and Maquoketa, he also raced to more than his share of special event success at both Benton County Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway.“There were a few races that really stood out for us this year. The Wednesday night fair race at Dubuque where we started last and won was one of them,” Soppe said. “I’ve had pretty good luck at Benton County and we always plan to go there when Dubuque doesn’t race. One of my favorite tracks is Marshalltown, although I have yet to win there, and I like Independence because the track is always so consistent.”Soppe now has a career total of 66 feature wins in the division.Starts-58Wins-25Additional Top Fives-23HIS CREW: Brother Dalton, Adam Bush and Tyler Zierden. HIS SPONSORS: Dubuque Mulch, Dubuque Fire Equipment, Fire Power Graphics, Nu Tech Seed, Cal-Co, Seegy’s Race Products and Jeff, Lexi and Angie Valentine, all of Dubuque; Peosta Mini-Storage of Peosta; Durango Depot of Durango; Wagner Nursery of Asbury; Eichman’s Bar & Grill of Sargeville; TDS Welding of Sherrill; Superior Cleaning Services of Independence; Corky’s Racing Products of Waterloo; Ti-Lube of Mount Ayr; Broker Shane Heister Associated Real Estate Counselors of Preston; Bob Harris Custom Suspension of Ames; DriveDirtCars.com; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines; Out-Pace Racing Products of Freeport, Ill.; rhrswag.com; and Superior Steering Wheel of Mission, Texas.last_img read more

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