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The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 7 voted unanimously to move forward with plans for a 15.6-mile interstate linking interstates 10 and 19, connecting Raytheon Missile Systems to the University of Arizona Tech Park in an area being called aerospace parkway.
Ten years would have been too long to wait for a replacement to the Tomahawk cruise missile if the Department of Defense’s proposed $82 million cut to the missile system hadn’t been reversed by Congress, said Sen. John McCain.
Pima Air & Space Museum announces FREE admission for active military, their spouses and dependents this Independence Day (Fri., Jul. 4, 2014). The museum would like to salute our active military for their service during these extended tough financial times by offering FREE admission [during normal business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.) for one day only, July 4. Military ID is required for this FREE admission.
Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) and surrounding jurisdictions have created a comprehensive blueprint to create 40,000 high-skilled, high-wage jobs in Tucson in the next five years.
Six University of Arizona engineering, math and biology students are getting set to turn somersaults in the name of research.
The students are members of the UA Microgravity Research Team, which is one of 18 U.S. undergraduate teams chosen to participate in NASA's 2014 Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. Acrobatics aside, their mission is to explore the effects of weightlessness on organic polymer synthesis.
Polymers are large molecules composed of many repeated subunits, called monomers. Naturally occurring examples include starch, cellulose and rubber. Synthetic polymers are used in a wide variety of products, ranging from replacement heart valves to sports helmets.
The team's research will lay the groundwork for onboard production of polymers for spacecraft repair, the fabrication of insulation for spacesuits, and materials production on long missions.
The UA Microgravity Research Team is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for a visit that began May 30 and ends Saturday.
The highlight of the week will be a flight on NASA's Low-G Flight Research aircraft. This plane – called G-Force One – flies researchers and their experiments through a series of parabolic flight patterns in a weightless environment, topping out at 34,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico.
After descending from the apex of a parabola, leveling out and beginning another ascent, humans and their gear are pinned to the floor by double the gravitational force humans experience on the Earth's surface. As the plane pushes over the top of the parabola, weightlessness takes over – the technical term is microgravity – and it's research time.
Microgravity aboard G-Force One lasts about 25 seconds, which calls for very efficient experimentation.
"All we have to do is flip a switch," said aerospace engineering student Ruben Adkins, founder of the Microgravity Research Team. The switch activates a heat gun aimed at test tubes full of organic liquid whose molecules have a structure based on chains of six carbon atoms. Gasoline molecules, by comparison, have chains of eight carbon atoms. The heat initiates the polymerization process and turns the liquid six-carbon monomers into a solid foam polymer made up of carbon chains thousands of atoms long.
The UA team's experiments are expected to address as yet unanswered questions. For example, is tensile strength improved in polymers that are fabricated in microgravity? What happens to density? Thermal resistance? Impact strength? The team has already conducted experiments on Earth to determine the properties of the foam polymer created at normal gravity. When the students return, they will conduct the same experiments on the foam created under microgravity aboard G-Force One and compare results to see how different gravities affect the polymer's properties.
"We're working in an area that hasn't been quantified before," Adkins said.
The plane is expected to fly as many as 35 parabolas, and the UA team had 26 tests planned.
When they're not working, they'll enjoy a G-Force One tradition: weightless playtime.
The gleeful somersaults, back flips and walks across the ceiling of the cabin last for only a few seconds. Then it's back to the padded floor for another descent and ascent.
The steep ascents and descents – with weightless interludes – can wreak havoc on the digestive system. Hence the plane's nickname: the Vomit Comet. All passenger flight suits have an airsickness bag tucked into the breast pocket. Unlucky users get belted into a seat for the remainder of the flight.
After their time aboard G-Force One, the Microgravity Research Team will analyze data and prepare a report. They're also planning educational outreach programs for Arizona schools.
More than 25 years ago, an abandoned NASA spacecraft fulfilled its mission, fell silent and has since been hurtling around the sun, somewhere between the orbits of Earth and Mars. Now, a University of Arizona engineering student is trying to wake it up.
Marana is quickly becoming a post-recession success story. New residents are moving here, more businesses are following and our local government is committed to positive growth. It’s a proven cycle of economic development that works everywhere.
Ten feet beneath the pavement where students walk and bike on their way to class, workers clad in yellow protection suits, goggles and disposable gloves crowd inside a tunnel, attaching what appears to be wallpaper to the inside.
Meet author Gloria McMillan and “live Martian tour guides” at the March 15 launch of McMillan’s book, “Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific, and Other Perspectives.”
A total of 19 PCC Aviation Technology Program students will mark completion of their certificate and degree training in a ceremony Friday, March 7. Additionally, 12 continuing Avionics and Structural Repair students will receive certificates for their interim accomplishments in the program.
Securaplane Technologies, a leading supplier of avionics products for business, commercial and military aircraft, has made the move from its former location at Foothills Business Park into a newly-constructed 55,000 square foot facility that will house 180 employees in Oro Valley’s Innovation Park. Securaplane’s strong market growth has made it necessary to increase the size of its operations to support production programs for business jet, air transport, rotorcraft and military customers.
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Researchers at the University of Arizona and University of Tübingen have made a breakthrough in retinal implant technology that could help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes.
University of Arizona aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Erdogan Madenci will head a new multi-university research program to predict damage and failure of materials used in applications spanning microchips to spaceships.
"They’re away from home for the first time and there are similar challenges, obstacles and exciting opportunities, as with the Midshipmen here. They’re trying to fit in, trying to learn their jobs, trying to be successful," he said.
"I’m going to apply those same sorts of things we did at the battalion here at the unit and get them comfortable, to set them up for success and to provide them with as much experience and leadership tools as possible for them to excel in the fleet after commissioning," he also said.
This week, Governor Jan Brewer will lead a delegation to India to promote Arizona’s competitive business climate, expand investment opportunities and foster a long-term relationship with one of our state’s emerging and valued trading partners.
As contemporary shifts in higher education are reshaping the path toward graduate school, several University of Arizona programs are working to ensure that students are well poised to earn advanced degrees.
1. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CASE GOES TO JURY The defense and prosecution concluded their closing arguments in the George Zimmerman trial after three weeks of testimony. The six-woman jury must now decide whether to acquit Zimmerman or find him guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. [CNN] ………………………………………………………………………………
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today joined a strong bipartisan majority of the House in voting to authorize Department of Defense programs and funding that strengthens sexual assault protections for service members, supports security efforts along the Southwest border, provides a pay raise for members of the military and includes robust funding for the Southern Arizona aerospace and defense industries.