Splish, Splash... Roar! The Week That Almost Wasn't
Holy smokes! Oshkosh 2010 is now history... and it nearly was exactly that. For the first time in my memory (having done some 38 of these things... I think), there was some serious question about whether or not Oshkosh 2010 was actually going to happen... or whether it was going to go (literally) down the drain. Storm, in the weeks ahead of the event kept everything soggy and torrential rains on the eve of the event itself caused flooding the likes of which we've never seen in Wisconsin... and giving us serious concern as whether we'd be leaving Oshkosh by plane, SUV... or U-Boat.
NASA has announced a second opportunity for small
satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch in 2011 and
2012. These CubeSats could be auxiliary cargo on previously planned
missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called
nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites are approximately four
inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than