SMC releases RFP for GPS III Space Vehicles 11+ Phase 1 Production Readiness Feasibility Assessment

The Space and Missile Systems Center released a solicitation Jan. 8, seeking proposals for the Global Positioning System's GPS III Space Vehicles 11+ Phase 1 Production Readiness Feasibility Assessment contract.

This solicitation is for a competitive firm-fixed-price acquisition with up to three contracts awarded. The SMC GPS Directorate intends to award the GPS III Phase 1 contract in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. The anticipated period of performance is 26 months for the basic contract, and two options of 6-months each, for a total possible period of performance of 38 months. 
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Keep fit physically, financially this year

"New year, new you," is a pretty common theme this time of year as the calendar flips from December to January and people are filled with hope for what the coming year has to offer.

Each year 47 percent of Americans make a New Year's Resolution, according to research from the University of Scranton, most vowing to lose weight, eat better or save money. Unfortunately, that research also says only 8 percent will be successful in achieving their resolution.

By mid-January, 30 percent will have given up on their resolution and only 64 percent will be able to keep going into February.
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Hubble Sees a Supermassive and Super-hungry Galaxy

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 4845, located over 65 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). The galaxy’s orientation clearly reveals the galaxy’s striking spiral structure: a flat and dust-mottled disk surrounding a bright galactic bulge.

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BBC TV: Sandringham school amateur radio ISS contact

Sandringham students talk to Tim Peake GB1SS using amateur radio - BBC TV screenshot

Sandringham students talk to Tim Peake GB1SS using amateur radio – BBC TV screenshot

The BBC report Sandringham School in St Albans has made history by making the first amateur radio call from the UK to a British astronaut on the space station.

Year 10 pupil Jessica Leigh M6LPJ, who has recently passed her amateur radio exam, led the contact.

Headteacher Alan Gray G4DJX with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ - Image Credit Sandringham School

Headteacher Alan Gray G4DJX with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ – Image Credit Sandringham School

The BBC story says: It took a few minutes for the crackle and hiss to die down and allow the students to put some questions to the astronaut, before the ISS then went over the horizon and out of range.

Jessica called it an “amazing experience” to be talking to someone 400 km above them, but said the significance of the day’s event had yet to sink in: “When I get home, I’ll be completely in shock.”

Her head teacher, Alan Gray G4DJX, said it had been an extraordinary opportunity for the school.

“It’s a way of inspiring young people into science and technology – seeing the opportunities that may be available to them,” he told BBC School Report.

“What you’re seeing is that space has an awful lot to offer. It’s not just about talking to Tim Peake on the space station. There are many other things that are useful for young people and will help with their learning.”

Watch the BBC TV news report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35261160

Watch the BBC Science News interview with Year 10 pupil Jessica Leigh M6LPJ about the Tim Peake GB1SS contact https://twitter.com/BBCScienceNews/status/685396737842753536

Watch the BBC TV report on the preparations for the contact http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/35251991

Sandringham students speak to Tim Peake GB1SS
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/08/sandringham-students-speak-to-tim-peake-gb1ss/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

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Sandringham students speak to Tim Peake GB1SS

Sandringham students talk to Tim Peake on the International Space Station

Sandringham students talk to Tim Peake on the International Space Station

On Friday, January 8, students at Sandringham School, St. Albans had an amateur radio contact with UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS who was on board the International Space Station.

Initial radio contact with Tim was made by Year 10 pupil Jessica Leigh M6LPJ who, along with two other students, passed her Foundation exam just before Christmas after training with the Verulam Amateur Radio Club.

The school caters for 1300 students aged 11-19 with 100 teachers including specialist teachers of computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX is a very active radio amateur who is extremely supportive of this contact.

ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) has provided and set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios, to establish a fully functional, direct radio link with the ISS from the school premises. In the few minutes when the ISS was over the UK, an amateur radio contact was established with Tim, and students were be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

The Sandringham School Space Festival started on January 5 and culminated with the live contact with astronaut Tim Peake on Friday January 8 at 08:47 GMT.  During the week there was a wide range of activities to engage the students in space, including a presentation from Spacecraft Engineer Sian Cleaver, mobile planetariums, an amateur radio buildathon, rocket workshops and talks on Mars and Cosmonauts.

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

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Students prepare to speak to Tim Peake GB1SS

Sandringham School students preparing for Tim Peake contact - Image Credit Sandringham School

Sandringham School students preparing for Tim Peake contact – Image Credit Sandringham School

Students at Sandringham School, St. Albans have been running through final preparations for their amateur radio contact with UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS on board the International Space Station.

The school caters for 1300 students aged 11 – 19 with 100 teachers including specialist teachers of computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX is a very active radio amateur who is extremely supportive of this contact.

ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) has provided and set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios, to establish a fully functional, direct radio link with the ISS from the school premises. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and students will be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

Sandringham School pupils with Foundation certificates - Credit VARC Greg Beacher M0PPG

Sandringham School pupils with Foundation certificates – Credit Verulam Amateur Radio Club

Initial radio contact with Tim is expected to be made by Year 10 pupil Jessica Leigh M6LPJ who, along with two other students, passed her Foundation exam just before Christmas after training with the Verulam Amateur Radio Club.

The Sandringham School Space Festival started on January 5 and culminates with the live contact with astronaut Tim Peake on Friday January 8 at 08:47 GMT. The contact will be Web StreamedSchedule

During the week there has been a wide range of activities to engage the students in space, including a presentation from Spacecraft Engineer Sian Cleaver, mobile planetariums, an amateur radio buildathon, rocket workshops and talks on Mars and Cosmonauts.

As part of the Space festival some of the young women at Sandringham School built a model of the ISS. Watch Women In Engineering #SANDspace

ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/05/ariss-contact-planned-for-school-in-st-albans/

Students in Amateur Radio Buildathon http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/06/students-in-ham-radio-buildathon/

The contact will be web streamed from the school, watch live at https://principia.ariss.org/live/

You can listen to the Sandringham School contact with Tim Peake on the ISS at 0847 GMT on Friday, January 8, either online or by using a ham radio tuned to 145.800 MHz FM, further information at
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/05/iss-school-contact-how-to-get-involved/

Sandringham School Students - Image Credit Sandringham School

Sandringham School Students – Image Credit Sandringham School

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NASA Research Reveals Biological Clock Misalignment Effects on Sleep for Astronauts

Since the beginning of the space program, astronauts have dealt with the realities of microgravity effects, from weak muscles and space radiation, to sleep deprivation and disorientation. Both before and during astronauts’ flights, changes in biological clocks, or circadian rhythms, contribute to sleep deficiency and increase the use of sleep aids.

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NASA Awards Contract for Aerospace Facilities Support

NASA has awarded a contract to Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide support for testing, operations and maintenance of ground-based aerospace facilities at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

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