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U.S. Naval Academy Videos

ATI is proud that several of our instructors and friends are U.S. Naval Academy graduates or instructors.

The U.S. Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis on Oct. 10, 1845. This video highlights the Naval Academy and Its traditions.

With over 80,000 graduates, the US Naval Academy has created a legacy for many to follow, including a former President of the United States, Super Bowl MVP, Heisman Trophy winners, Olympic gold medalists, CEOs, astronauts, entrepreneurs, Rhodes scholars, Medal of Honor winners, noted scholars, and fellow alumni who have achieved greatness in every field they entered.

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Astronauts & Their Pets: How To Care For Your Pet From Space

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on Satellites & Space-Related courses.

We thought this could be of interest to our readers.

Space: the final frontier, the dark expanse, the great unknown. It’s a place only a few brave humans have traveled, and one that mystifies most others. For the astronauts who spend time among the stars, outer space is a realm that offers them amazing and unique experiences.

Full of unknowns, space also offers its fair share of distinct problems. Science Channel’s new showSecret Space Escapes features some of the bizarre and terrifying issues that can occur when you leave Earth. But not all of the struggles of space are this extreme; some are as simple as home sickness or missing your furry best friends.

Three astronauts featured on Secret Space Escapes about how they dealt with being committed spacemen and pet owners.

Image above: Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson made his first shuttle flight on STS-117. Anderson served as a flight engineer on Expeditions 15 and 16.










Clayton Anderson

He was a mission specialist on the STS-117 mission aboard Atlantis.  He stayed on the ISS for five months before returning to earth with the crew of STS-120.

Clayton has two dogs: Cosmo (a mini dachshund) and Lizzy (a dachshund/Yorkie combo).

His main means of communication with his furry friends were video chats.

Astronaut and medical doctor Scott Parazynski was a crewmember on STS-86, the seventh shuttle mission to dock with Mir.









Scott Parazynski

Scott was also on mission STS120.

He is a proud owner or Mare ( a planetary scientist dog). Mare’s name generates from the maria on the moon, the black parts on the moon that you can see with the naked eye.

Scott mainly communicated with Mare via phone calls.

Daniel Toni

Daniel has a total of 132 days in space about ISS.

He has an 18 year old cat named Koshka (Russian for cat) and a dog named Tayto (after the Irish brand of chips).

He doesn’t have a memory of seeing them in a video conference, but he is sure they were around. Like many things, the meowing and barking just go in the background.


All of them would have loved to have their pets in space, but are afraid that potty functions and dog breath could be an issue…





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Space Taxis by 2017-Compliments of Boeing & SpaceX

Applied Technology Institute (ATICorses) offers a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering. We think the news below would be of interest to our readers.

NASA has selected Boeing and SpaceX to resume U.S. human spaceflight. The two companies are newly contracted to become NASA’s space taxis, flying American astronauts to and from the International Space Station, and eventually ending the county’s reliance on Russia for transport.

Since the shuttle program was retired [in 2011], NASA crew members have been hitching rides on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, at a cost of $70 million per seat.  The agency typically purchases six seats per year.

NASA’s partnership with the companies is part of the Commercial Crew Program. The program is intended to help private companies develop spacecraft to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit by 2017.

Once built, the seven passenger shuttle capsules will be owned by the private companies, not NASA.

Both companies will design crafts and undergo safety testing before manned flights are booked. Once certified, each company will launched an estimated two to six missions.

Boeing is set to build three of its CST-100 — seven passenger — crafts at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Space X will build its first passenger craft, since its existing SpaceX Dragon delivers only cargo to the space station currently. Space X Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft for cargo in 2012.

The contracts with NASA are worth $6.8 billion. Boeing has the larger share with $4.2 billion, and Space X receives $2.6 billion.

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ATI Courses Instructor Of The Month, Vincent L. Pisacane, PhD

Dr. Vincent Pisacane was the Robert A. Heinlein Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the United States Naval Academy where he taught courses in space exploration, space systems, and the design of spacecraft. He was previously at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he was the Head of the Space Department, Director of the Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Medicine, and Assistant Director for Research and Exploratory Development. He concurrently held a joint academic appointment in biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been the principal investigator on several NASA funded grants. He is a fellow of the AIAA. He currently teaches graduate courses in space systems at the Johns Hopkins University. In addition he has taught short courses and webinars on these topics. He has authored over a hundred research papers on space systems and

bioastronautics and several books.


B.A.                                    Mechanical Engineering                                                Drexel University

M.S.                   Applied Mechanics/Mathematics             Michigan State University

Ph.D.                Applied Mechanics/Physics                         Michigan State University

Post-Grad       Aeronautical Engineering                             Princeton University

Post Doc.         Electrical Engineering                                     Johns Hopkins University



Pisacane, VL, Spacecraft Systems Design and Engineering, In R. A. Myers (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology, Third Edition. vol, 15, Academic Press, 2002.


Pisacane, VL, and RC Moore, Eds. Fundamentals of Space Systems, Oxford University Press, (Author of three chapters and co-author of one chapter out of 14 separately authored chapters), 1994.


Pisacane, VL, (Editor) Fundamentals of Space Systems, Oxford University Press, Second Edition (Author of four chapters out of 16 separately authored), June 2005.


Pisacane, VL, Space Environment and its Effects on Space Systems, AIAA Press, August 2008. (Translated to Chinese, 2011)


Pisacane, VL, Systems Engineering and Requirements Analysis, in M Macdonald and V Badescu (Eds), The International Handbook of Space Technology, Praxis and Springer-Verlag, 2013.



Fundamentals Of Space Systems & Space Subsystems
Bioastronautics: Space Exploration and its Effects on the Human Body
Space Environment & It’s Effects On Space Systems
Space Radiation & It’s Effects On Space Systems & Astronauts
Space Systems – Intermediate Design




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Will Space Launch System (SSL) Be The Rocket Of The Future?

When the space shuttle program ended earlier this year, lots of people wondered what would replace it. Well, here it is.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently unveiled its new rocket design, which will someday launch Americans into space. It would be the most powerful rocket ever built, and unlike the space shuttle, which stayed in Earth’s orbit, this megarocket will aim for much farther destinations.

Called the Space Launch System, or SLS for short, the rocket will make its first flight, without astronauts aboard, in 2017. Manned flight won’t happen until 2021.

That’s a long way off, but it’s an exciting glimpse of the future. Here are some of the rocket’s most eye-popping facts and figures!

Height:320 feet. The space shuttle was 184 feet on the launchpad.

Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle: Holds four astronauts.

Solid rocket boosters: In two minutes, produce as much energy as it would take to power to 92,000 homes for a full day.

Launch Abort System: Can launch the crew vehicle away from the rocket in case of an emergency.

Destination: Possible targets include the moon, an asteroid, Mars or one of Mars’s moons.

Top speed at liftoff: 25,000 miles per hour.

Liftoff weight: 5.5 million pounds. That’s more than seven fully loaded 747 jets.

Power: As much as 13,400 locomotive engines.

Launch point: Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Engines: Uses so much fuel that its engines would drain a family swimming pool filled with fuel in just 25 seconds.

Payload: In manned flight, with crew vehicle attached, can carry 154,000 pounds into orbit. That’s as much as 12 adult male Asian elephants!

Read more here.

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Russia’s Soyuz Crash + US Shuttle Program Retirement= International Space Station Abandoned. How did it come to this?

Last week’s Soyuz crash was just the latest in a series of embarrassing mishaps for Russia’s space industry, which is plagued by quality problems and an ageing workforce. With no other way to get astronauts into orbit, the operation of the International Space Station is now in question.

The people in the Altai Mountains of Siberia (where the crash occurred) are regarded as frugal and tough. In late summer, many live from harvesting berries and cedar nuts.

They are also used to having burned-out rocket stages crash in the wilderness after spacecraft launches. When, in the middle of last week, a large ball of fire was seen in the sky above the taiga, residents of the village of Karakoksha were not alarmed.  They apparently just went back to sleep.

After a malfunction, a Russian Soyuz rocket had crashed along with an unmanned cargo spacecraft named Progress. The explosion was heard even 100 kilometers (62 miles) away.

This accident couldn’t have come at a worst time.  It shuttered public confidence in the aging Russian technology which is crucial to the future of manned spaceflight since NASA shut down the Space Shuttle program in July.  Russia remains the only country that is able to regularly put humans into space.

Permanent operation of the International Space Station (ISS) is now impossible without the Soyuz rocket, which went into service in its current form in 1973 and had previously been the most reliable rocket of all time.

Until officials figure out what went wrong with Russia’s essential Soyuz rockets, there will be no way to launch any more astronauts before the current residents have to leave in mid-November.

Abandoning the space station, even for a short period, would be an unpleasant last resort for the world’s five space agencies that have spent decades working on the project. Astronauts have been living aboard the space station since 2000, and the goal is to keep it going until 2020.

Even if the space shuttles still were flying, space station crews still would need Soyuz-launched capsules to serve as lifeboats, Suffredini said. The capsules are certified for no more than 6 1/2 months in space, thus the need to regularly rotate crews. Complicating matters is the need to land the capsules during daylight hours in Kazakhstan, resulting in weeks of blackout periods.

NASA wants American private companies to take over crew hauls, but that’s three to five years away at best. Until then, Soyuz capsules are the only means of transporting astronauts to the space station.

What is your opinion?  Do you think that International Space Station will be abandoned?

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