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June 30, 2011 - by Students building spacecraft
Matthew Becker, a Senior in Aerospace Engineering, has taken advantage of many opportunities here at Penn State to work on student space projects. Leveraging these resources and recruiting students such as Matthew are keys to the Lunar Lion's success. Meet Matthew here:
Fred Bourgeois participated in the GLXP Team Panel Discussion at ISDC 2011 on May 21, 2011 in Huntsville Alabama. Other teams on the panel included Omega Envoy, Part-Time Scientists, Team Jurban, Rocket City Space Pioneers, and Team Penn State Lunar Lion. This is part 1 of Fred's comments as part of the wide ranging 90 minute discussion.

June 29, 2011 - by Amalia Video

PHD Sorin Dinea presented ARCA at the Dan Voiculescu Foundation. Dinea spoke about Mission 3 and the stability method used for the Helen space rocket.

June 29, 2011 - by Euroluna videos on YouTube
Discussion of Euroluna videos on YouTube, the number of views, typical viewers, and positive and negative feedback.
June 28, 2011 - by Lunar ISRU Ground Truth
The 21st century Moon Rush is well underway! Phase one is closing, consisting of lunar orbiters and impacts that have mapped the vast resources available on the moon. Google Lunar X PRIZE teams are on the leading edge of the second phase, lunar landers and rovers for automated exploration of the moon. The contest requires a video survey, but to really provide value and spur commerce these missions should also prospect for resources that will make the moon a high value destination for all interested in lunar or space research exploration and development.
- An avionics telecon was held this past Sunday to review past progress and to discuss current and future tasks. Participants were Chris King, Mattias Lampe, and Richard Nakka. Mattias recommended the use of two dipole antennas mounted in the nosecone, both etched on PCBs and ring shaped, of approximately 10 cm and 15 cm diameter. These would be for 400 Mhz and 900 Mhz transmissions. Mattias is in the process of producing prototypes for testing. Chris provided an update on procurement status of the various avionics components. Chris currently has in his possession: 1. UFC-4 Flight Computer

384,400. About four hundred thousand km (~240,000 mi) – is it near or far? Compared to the distances in our everyday life, its a lot but still, one has to go that far to reach our closest neighbor in the heavens. The average distance of the Moon from the Earth, it takes more than a second for a ray of light and at usually three days for a spacecraft to cover it. But how does the Moon orbit us exactly?

This is part 2 of an interview of Fred Bourgeois at the 2011 ISDC conference that took place May 21st in Huntsville, AL. Fred discusses what role Dr. Seuss played in leading him to the moon, what role entrepreneurship has in space and why what we are doing is so important.
June 28, 2011 - by Draft for range calculation
Attached is the video where Alex and I discuss the task of calculating the range between the lunar surface and our probe.

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