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The Space Foundation’s Space in our State

Posted: May 3, 2019

By Debra Wilcox, Founder 3D Printing Store

The 3D Printing Store was asked by Worker Studio to be part of the team to bring the vision of the Space Foundation “Space in our State” project to life, highlighting all the aerospace assets in Colorado for the  35th Space Symposium. The final Space in Our State full-sized model will reside at the Space Foundation Discovery Center.  The project is using Augmented Reality and a 3D printed map of the state to show with pictures and information the many space companies, universities, military and defense space installations and national laboratories who are working on aerospace in Colorado.

As the team embarked on this project, we discussed the space-based GPS data that was essential to both creating a topological map of the state to locating the assets on the map. The Worker Studio team brought to life COSMO - the intrepid Mars explorer to be our guide across the state. Together, we gathered the resources, talents, technology and know-how from the visionary team at the Space Foundation, the creative team from Worker Studio and the expert 3D Printing Store team to bring the project to completion. All Colorado entities working together to create the first iteration of Space in Our State  shown at the  35th Space Symposium.

“In addition to getting a dream team of collaborators, the Space in our State prototype fulfilled 2 important missions for us at Worker Studio. Discovery Center enabled us to debut our STEAM inspired animated character, Cosmo  or Eugene “Cosmo” Nutt, as an augmented reality host on the map. We are passionate about inventive storytelling that inspires an understanding of how essential aerospace is in Colorado and how essential Colorado is to the history and future of aerospace. The vision that Rachel and Elias from Discovery Center have for this exhibit inspired us to create something that has never been seen before in augmented reality. This is more than a gimmick or novelty - it will be a powerful tool for engagement and learning. That’s only possible when you have technology leaders by your side and we have that with Argis Solutions and Pruim - our developer and programming partners and The 3D Printing Store to create the actual map. The Space in Our State Map will allow us to bring to life Colorado history, technology and innovation.” -Workers Studio

“Creating the map for the Space in Our State project required both gathering the GPS data in a format that could be printed and getting all the coordinates correct for the final print. For the initial version shown at Space Symposium, we used many tools to isolate the area around Colorado Springs at the correct scale and with a representation of Interstate 25 to provide a visual reference for the map. There were many phone calls and emails with the team to verify the data prior to final printing. We know the value of the aerospace supply chain Colorado and being part of the Space in our State project is a role we are happy to fulfill.” –The 3D Printing Store

“Colorado has one of the highest numbers of businesses and schools in the nation contributing to the advancement of space exploration. Space in Our State will allow visitors to bring Colorado to life as they learn about our state’s important role in getting space programs “off the ground.” - Space Foundation

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this landmark exhibit? Want to get behind something that demonstrates the importance of the space to communities throughout Colorado?

Visit us at www.spacefoundation.org/donate to give us a boost in bringing space to our state.  

 

CSBR Member Organization win NIAC Grant – Phase I from NASA

Posted: May 3, 2019

George Sowers from Colorado School of Mines was awarded a Phase I NIAC grant. The technology submitted was Thermal Mining of Ices on Cold Solar System Bodies: Proposes using a unique heat application on frozen volatiles and other materials for resource extraction. Read details here: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/Thermal_Mining_of_Ices_on_Cold_Solar_System_Bodies/

 

6 People Joined/Renewed to CSBR This Past Week!

Posted: May 3, 2019

CSBR would like to thank all of the following people for joining CSBR this past week!

New:

  • Kat Hakola

CSBR would also like to recognize the following people who renewed their membership last week. Thank you for joining us for another year!

Renewed: 

  • Bill Doyle - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

  • Craig Gravelle - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

  • Clare Martin - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

  • Raven Moreland - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

  • Becky Yoder - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

Remember -- you can search all CSBR members on the website.
 

Upcoming Event - 2019 DOE Cyber Conference

Posted: May 3, 2019

When: May 13-16, 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Cyber Conference brings together the DOE enterprise, the federal interagency, academia, international partners, and private industry to advance cyber and IT modernization efforts across DOE's diverse and shared missions.

The Conference provides an interactive forum for communication, collaboration, and training, as well as a platform for sharing information and best practices to support the Department's energy, science, nuclear, and national security missions.

The agenda consists of plenary sessions to highlight the latest developments and innovations, breakout sessions to foster new cooperation and partnerships, and practical training exercises to enhance the capabilities of the information technology and cyber workforce.

Learn More Here!

 

NCC and Space ISAC Partnership

Posted: April 26, 2019

Right now, spinning over our heads, there are 4,857 satellites in orbit around the world. Many of those satellites are operational and transmitting data to and from various locations on Earth. Some of them are civilian and some are military. All of them have the potential to pose very real cyber-threats. The answer? Insert drumroll here...the creation of the very first Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (S-ISAC), a new nonprofit designed specifically to track space cyber-threats and share critical information across its member organizations and government agencies.

This new Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center will be housed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, within our very own National Cybersecurity Center. The NCC will be that operational arm, acting as a sort of home base and portal for the new Space ISAC.

“I think the greatest threat facing our space assets would be a cyber threat," said Vance Brown, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center, "and to have a public, private partnership that is responsible for sharing information related to any kind of cyber threats to our space assets is very important." Brown added, “Think of our space assets – if they were somehow shut down then that shuts down some core infrastructure for not just our economy, not just business, but certainly from a military perspective.”

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is the founding company of the new S-ISAS and in a recent press release noted that the ISAC was created in response to long-recognized “information sharing gaps within the cybersecurity and space community.”

Although there are currently at least 24 ISACs that share information about cyber-threats for industries including finance, energy, health care, and communications, this will be the first one dedicated to keeping cyber-space safe. The partnership will include an expansion of the NCC facility to include a laboratory as well as new training programs for those involved will begin next month.

Oh, and about those 4,000 plus pieces of flying tech above us...well there's about to be a whole lot more. Amazon just applied for approval for a constellation of 3,236 satellites. And right alongside Amazon, are Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Facebook, and others.

Kratos, a contractor for the DOD and other federal agencies, specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyberwarfare, microwave electronics, and missile defense.

 
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