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August 26th, 2015 by David Alexander


Spring 2016 Internship at Masten Aerospace:  Deadline October 23, 2015.

Johnson Space Center looking for micro-g student experiment teams:  Deadline October 28, 2015

Save the Dates: Exciting program of talks at RSI

August 26th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us for the following presentations at Rice University.  Individual details will be posted closer to the event.  All of the events listed are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday September 3:  Spaceport Lecture – Jerry Woodfill (NASA) 13 things that saved Apollo 13 (DETAILS)
  • Tuesday October 27: RSI Special Lecture – Uly Horodyskyj (NSIDC) Catalysts for Change: Black Carbon, Dust, and Glacial Lake Contributions to Ice Mass Loss in the Himalaya, Nepal
  • Thursday October 29: Spaceport Lecture – Will Pomerantz (Virgin Galactic) TBD
  • Monday November 23: Marlar Lecture – Fran Bagenal (U. Colorado) New Horizons Mission to Pluto

Spaceport Frontier Lectures begins new session September 3

August 12th, 2015 by David Alexander

Join us at the McMurtry Auditorium on Thursday September 3 for the opener of this seasons lecture series.  NASA’s Jerry Woodfill will present the 13 things that save Apollo 13.  See http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/september-3-2015/ for details.



Houston Airport System plans for spaceport approved by FAA

July 1st, 2015 by David Alexander

The Houston Airport System (HAS) has been granted a Launch Site License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that enables Ellington Airport (EFD) to establish itself as a launch site for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV), making it the 10th commercial spaceport in the United States.

See here for more details and videos of the speakers.

2015 William and Elva Gordon Fellowship

May 22nd, 2015 by David Alexander

The 2015 William and Elva Gordon Fellowship was awarded to Liheng Zheng, a graduate student working on the modeling of the Earth’s radiation belts under the direction of Professor Anthony Chan.

2015 William F. Marlar Memorial Foundation Fellowship

May 22nd, 2015 by David Alexander

The 2015 William F. Marlar Memorial Foundation Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Levy, a graduate student working on the modeling of intense laser-driven high energy density plasmas under the direction of Prof. Matthew Baring.

Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium: RSI Prize Winners

May 11th, 2015 by David Alexander

We are pleased to announce the winners of this years RSI Prize for best poster at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium:


A UV Clothing Sanitization System for Deep Space Exploration

Chris Chuckran, Neel Radia, Tealim Roh, Jeffrey Tsang, Gustavo Villarreal
One of many challenges astronauts will face as they depart Earth’s orbit will be a limited supply of clean clothes due to a lack of sustainable cleaning systems and difficulties in resupply. To enable astronauts to survive in space without worry of wearing microbe infested clothing, Team SUDS has designed an ultraviolet light based clothing sanitization system. Our system requires low levels of user interaction and has demonstrated up to 80% microbial knockdown in dirty clothes over an 8 hour exposure. Furthermore, the UV system’s electric energy consumption is on par or significantly less than that of major electronics on board the International Space Station. Several advantages of our design over existing systems include no consumable resources such as detergents or water, increased safety from not utilizing hazardous gases or liquids, and better storage due to its built in collapsibility. Moreover, an effective UV clothing sanitization system can benefit any long term, low resource environments back on Earth.

Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Mary Lynne Dittmar

April 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us for the next installment of our Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lectures.

Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a US program of Human Space Exploration – Ms. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Member Human Spaceflight Committee

Wednesday April 15, 7:00pm (Reception at 6:30pm)

McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University

See here for details.

MIT Enterprise Forum: Advances in DNA Testing for Genealogy and Anthropology (April 28)

April 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum in conjunction with BioHouston are hosting a discussion on technological advances in DNA testing by Bennett Greenspan, Founder of Family Tree DNA

Details can be found here  and you can register at   http://www.MITEFtexas.org.

French Play on Apollo Program

March 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

The efforts of our friends in France and the kindness of our friends in Houston who met with the actors and director paid off.