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May 31, 2013

Teams Prepare For NASA $1.5 Million Robot Challenge

Event Held As Part Of The 'Touch Tomorrow' Festival

Eleven U.S. and international teams are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA's 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. Teams will demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human control.

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First Privately Sponsored Lunar Telescope Makes Public Debut

International Lunar Observatory Association, Moon Express Plan To Launch ILO-X In 2015

The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), based in Hawaii and led by American businessman and educator Steve Durst, has unveiled flight test hardware for the first private telescope that will be launched to the Moon in 2015. Designed and built under contract from ILOA by Silicon Valley-based Moon Express, Inc., the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X) will capture never-before-seen images of the Galaxies, Stars, Planets, Moon and Earth.

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World's First Crowdfunded Space Telescope Campaign Underway

Providing Access To An Advanced Space Telescope For Students, Scientists And A New Generation Of Citizen Explorers

Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources has launched a campaign for the world's first crowdfunded space telescope to provide unprecedented public access to space and place the most advanced exploration technology into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of citizen explorers.

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Airborne 05.31.13: Breitling Boosts Reno, Chinese Spy On DoD Projects, Pipistrel's Academy

Also:  EBACE Closes Strong, A4A Says Fees Too High... REALLY?, Near-MIss at KDCA, AOPA Smoke and Mirrors, ICAO Stays Put...

The National Championship Air Races has confirmed that longtime sponsor, Breitling, has significantly increased its sponsorship over the next three years and will also be bringing the world famous Jetman to Reno this fall for a rare North American performance.  A confidential Pentagon report shows that Chinese cyberspies have collected data on more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems, including the F-35, the V-22 Osprey, and the Black Hawk helicopter. Online university degree programs have been all the rage for several years now, so why not an online Learn-to-Fly Academy? Apparently Pipistrel thinks the idea is a good one as they've just announced

Asteroid 1998 QE2 Flies Close To Earth On Friday

Body Is About Nine Times The Size Of A Cruise Ship, No Threat To Earth

On Friday, May 31 at 1359 PDT (1659 EDT), Asteroid 1998 QE2 will cruise 3.6 million miles from Earth, approximately 15 times the distance between the moon and Earth. The distance of the asteroid is not particularly impressive as it will not be especially close. But what it lacks in distance it compensates for in size. At about 1.6 miles across, Asteroid 1998 QE2 is roughly the length of nine Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships.

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