KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Upcoming Events

March
26 - 31

Caltech Space Challenge 2017

Students from a wide range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. This confluence of people and resources is a unique opportunity for young and enthusiastic students to work with experienced professionals in academia, industry, and national laboratories.


April
4

Lecture: The Glass Ceiling and The Glass Universe

Women found an early, productive place in the activities of the Harvard College Observatory. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, as many as twenty women at a time made fundamental discoveries in astrophysics by examining glass photographic plates taken hour by hour, night after night, in both the northern and the southern hemisphere.


27
August
 Tyranny of the Rocket Equation
27
October
Profits in the Final Frontier
Space Entrepreneurship Panel:

Profits in the Final Frontier
22
December
Proposals Due
7 - 11
December
Methane on Mars
Workshop:

Methane on Mars
15
February
Proposals Selections Announced
Proposals Selections Announced
14 - 17
June
Methane on Mars - Part II
20
December
Proposals Due
26-31
March
Caltech Space Challenge 2017
03-04
June
The Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium

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Training Ground

Newly minted PhDs Jessica Hinojosa and Abigail “Abby” Crites (BS ’06) are traveling to far-flung corners of the world to advance their research and learning how to be leaders in their fields—from running a laboratory to searching for new questions to explore.

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Hybrid Rocket Propulsion for a Low Temperature Mars Ascent Vehicle

Watch a video of Dr. Ashley C. Karp's lecture, where she discusses a new hybrid propulsion system for a conceptual Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). As part of a potential Mars Sample Return campaign, the MAV would be responsible for lifting Martian samples from the surface of Mars to orbit around Mars.

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Caltech Space Challenge 2017

The organizers of the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge are pleased to announce that they had received an unprecedented amount applications this year. There are 840 candidates who will be competing for a chance to participate in the space mission design competition that involves engineering a Lunarport supply station for deep-space missions. The number of candidates this year is greater than the amount of applicants from the past three challenges combined. Selecting 32 finalists from so many highly qualified students will  result in a  3.8% acceptance rate. The organizers will be announcing their selections in early 2017.

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Artificial Intelligence Support of Rosetta Orbiter Science Operations (Video Posted)

On September 30th 2016, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission ended with the Rosetta Orbiter landing on the surface of the comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. While it is well known that this historic mission was the first mission to deploy a soft lander to a comet (Philae) and to escort a comet for two years, it was also a pathfinding space mission from the perspective of Operations and Computer Science.

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