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John Clark, left, trains U.S. Military Academy cadets on the new electronics suite that will allow them to contact the Air Force Academy's FalconSAT-3 satellite. Mr. Clark, who works for the Air Force Academy's Department of Astronautics, installed the suite in West Point's Bartlett Hall to allow cadets from both service academies to operate FalconSAT-3 jointly. (U.S. Army photo) AF, Army join forces on FalconSAT-3
The U.S. Military Academy joined the Air Force Academy's FalconSAT-3 operations team Jan. 21 with a new ground control station, kick-starting West Point's small-satellite program and potentially doubling the number of possible contacts with the satellite each day. The idea of joint FalconSAT operations began during a deployment, explained
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A rocket carrying the Air Force Academy's FalconSAT-5 satellite lifts off from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska Nov. 19, 2010. FalconSAT is a capstone program that allows Academy cadets to design, build, test and operate a satellite. FalconSAT-5 carried Space Test Program payloads to measure measure the ionosphere and its effects on radio frequency signals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Col. Marty France) FalconSAT-5 rockets into orbit
A converted Minotaur-IV ICBM carried FalconSAT-5 into orbit from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska Nov. 19.FalconSAT-5 was designed, built and tested by Air Force Academy Class of 2010 cadets as part of the FalconSAT capstone astronautics program.Col. Marty France, permanent professor and head of the Academy Department of Astronautics, accepted
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Dr. Frances Pilch was named the Colorado Professor of the Year Nov. 18, 2010, by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Dr. Pilch is a professor and deputy department head for the Air Force Academy's Department of Political Science. (U.S. Air Force photo) Academy professor wins national award
For someone who considers herself just one among an incredible faculty, a professor in the Academy's Department of Political Science was distinguished from her peers by being named one of the U.S. Professors of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Thursday. Dr. Frances Pilch was recognized in Washington, D.C. as the 2010
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Pat O'Grady from InStar Engineering and Eric Ehrbar from Busek Inc. confirm FalconSAT-5's fit check with its main payload, the Space Plasma Characterization Source, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2009. FalconSAT-5 is an $11-million program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Steve Hart) Cadet-built FalconSAT-5 to launch Nov. 19
Years of work will rocket into orbit when the Academy's latest cadet-built satellite, FalconSAT-5, launches from Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, at 6:24 p.m. Mountain Time Nov. 19.The mission, dubbed STP-S26 for the Department of Defense Space Test Program's 26th mission, will carry six small satellites into a highly inclined orbit on the third
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Default Air Force Logo Academy honors former department head with professorship
Senior Air Force Academy leaders joined Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley in honoring a former national security adviser and Academy political science professor during a dinner in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27.The dinner, honoring retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, commemorated the establishment of the Brent Scowcroft Professorship for National
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Cadet 2nd Class Clayton Schmitt, standing, listens to a judge's remarks during a mock trial at the Air Force Academy Oct. 17, 2010. Cadet Schmitt was part of the Academy's "New Kids on the Block" mock trial team, which also included, clockwise from bottom right: Cadets 3rd Class Jessica Norrington, Max Stanley and Brett Teague, Cadet 2nd Clsas Diana Bennett (seated behind Cadet Schmitt), Cadet 3rd Class Josh Williams and Cadet 4th Class Melanie Daugherty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Academy hosts mock trial competition
There were lawyers aplenty as a lawsuit against a toy company went to trial - repeatedly - at the Air Force Academy last weekend.In the end, there were no jury verdicts and no damage awards, just awards and rounds of applause. Only school pride and personal accomplishment were at stake at the Academy's inaugural Thunderbird Invitational Mock Trial
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Cadet 3rd Class Trey Cottingham uses a green laser to point out stars and constellations in the early autumn sky to Falcon Middle School students visiting the Air Force Academy observatory Sept. 24, 2010. Students also toured Department of Physics classrooms and learned about the 61-cm telescope used to conduct astronomy research at the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Students see stars at AFA observatory
Roughly 50 students from Falcon Middle School in Colorado Springs visited the Air Force Academy's observatory the evening of Sept. 24 to see a few famous stars.The summer triangle stars Deneb, Vega and Altair were on display, along with the bright bluish stars in the big dipper and, most famously, the north star, Polaris.A cadet tour guide used a
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Cadet 1st Class Eric Prince, left, and Cadet 2nd Class Rachel Reeder, right, sit next to Lt. Gen. Mike Gould during a dinner for Aces List recipients at the Air Force Academy Sept. 9, 2010. The Aces List comprises cadets who maintained a 4.0 grade point average during the previous semester. General Gould is the Academy superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher) Newest Aces honored at Heritage House
Thirteen cadets were recognized at the Dean's Heritage House here Sept. 9 for achieving perfect 4.0 academic GPAs during the Spring 2010 semester.The Fall 2010 Aces List includes nine second-class cadets as well as two third-class cadets and one cadet each from the classes of 2010 and 2011.Four of the cadets in attendance were double Aces: Cadet
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Lt. Gen. Mike Gould welcomes retired permanent professors to the 2010 Heritage to Horizons Assembly at the Air Force Academy Aug. 26, 2010. The assembly is a biennial meeting that allows former permanent professors to meet with Academy faculty and cadets and provide feedback on Academy curricula. General Gould is the Academy superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher) Former permanent professors return to AFA for Heritage to Horizons Assembly
Retired permanent professors and deans of the faculty returned to the Air Force Academy for the biennial "Heritage to Horizons" Education Assembly Aug. 26-27.The event marked the largest gathering of retired permanent professors in the Academy's history, with permanent professors who represented a combined 335 years of service including several
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Default Air Force Logo Academy repeats as 'Best in the West' -- U.S. News & World Report
The Air Force Academy was rated No. 1 in the Regional Colleges-West ranking for the fourth-straight year in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 Best Colleges rankings released Aug. 17.The Academy also earned second place in the nation for best undergraduate engineering specialties of aerospace, aeronatical and astronautical fields, No. 5 in best
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