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Ball Aerospace ships instrument for Landsat mission

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed pre-ship review for the Operational Land Imager (OLI) to fly aboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The imaging instrument is currently being prepared for shipment to Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, Ariz., where satellite integration will occur prior to a scheduled launch in December 2012.


Hickenlooper named to National Governors Association committees

Gov. John Hickenlooper was recently named to the nine-member National Governors Association Executive Committee. He will join governors from Nebraska, Delaware, New Jersey, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Washington in setting NGA's priorities and determining its activities.


ULA launches Juno mission to Jupiter

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Juno spacecraft for NASA lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 12:25 p.m. EDT, Aug. 5, 2011.


Magellan adds DigitalGlobe GPS handheld devices

Magellan GPS introduced a new series of worldwide satellite and aerial imagery-enhanced maps for its Magellan eXplorist and Magellan Triton handheld GPS units.


ULA selected to launch Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced Aug. 4, 2011, that The Boeing Company has selected ULA's Atlas V rocket to launch its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft.


CU faculty, students part of Juno mission to Jupiter

Several University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students are participating in NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter, now slated for launch Aug. 5 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and which is expected to help steer scientists toward the right recipe for planet-making.


Altius Space Machines wins NewSpace Business Plan Competition

On July 30, 2011, Altius Space Machines won the $25,000 grand prize in the 2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation. Altius' winning business plan focused on their "Direct to Station" space station delivery solution.


A better way to connect solar, wind to the grid

The sun makes sidewalks hot enough to fry eggs, the wind blows hard enough to tear fences, but if solar and wind energy can't be converted to the 60-hertz alternating current (AC) standard in the United States, it can't be connected to the grid for use in homes or offices.


Starting salaries for Mines grads tops among nation's public institutes

Colorado School of Mines is once again the top-ranked public university in the nation for starting salaries of graduates with bachelor's degrees according to PayScale's 2011-2012 College Salary Report. Mines graduates posted a median starting salary of $63,400 and a mid-career salary of $106,000.


CU-Boulder wins Heartland Emmy for video on Pluto

A group of current and recently graduated University of Colorado Boulder journalism students won a Heartland Emmy award on Saturday for a video they created while working on the CU Science Update video series.