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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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