Last month a group of Cal Poly students worked to test elements of a high-tech spacecraft they're working on with Stanford University. But, a communications glitch forced a trip back to the drawing board.
On Tuesday night however, the students enjoyed the thrill of success.
Doug Stetson, the LightSail program manager for the Planetary Society, said the test involved, "simulating all of the activities that the spacecraft will conduct when it's on orbit after launch."
The next time you make an angry face, you may be comforted to know that the elements of that face are built into our genetic makeup.
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara in collaboration with Australia's Griffith University have identified the functional advantages behind the face. The findings are in the current edition of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.
The scientists say every aspect of the angry face—from your mouth up to your eyebrows—is aimed at intimidating your subject. The look has evolved to make you look stronger.
A team of scientists at Cal Poly worked to test elements of a kite-like, solar-powered spacecraft Wednesday on the San Luis Obispo campus.
It's called the LightSail mission and it's built using components known as CubeSats developed at Cal Poly and Stanford University.
Wednesday's test was to include a full simulation of what the spacecraft will do in space, however a communications problem between the antenna and receiver caused a glitch in the testing. Another test has been scheduled for next week.
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are on the verge of creating a plastic that repairs itself when exposed to wet conditions. Researchers have dreamed of this self-healing technology for decades -- but it could soon become reality. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with one of the scientists behind the technology about how it might work, and the multitude of uses it could potentially have.
Another successful launch for the team at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
The Atlas V rocket carried the WorldView 3 satellite into orbit without a hitch. It's designed to take ultra clear photos of the earth to be used by a wide array of commercial sources, Google and Microsoft maps among them.
Scientists at Vandenberg Air Force Base are preparing for Wednesday's launch of an Atlas V rocket.
A group of professors at UCSB are working on a way to help industry and consumers keep track of potentially dangerous new chemicals.
The EPA is funding the $4.8 million initiative called the Sustainable Chemical Network. Its goal, according to the University, is to provide scientific information on some of the thousands of synthetic chemicals registered to the American Chemical Society's chemicals list each day. It will look at the possible health and environmental impacts of these new substances and give scientists the ability to quickly assess the information.
A couple of Central Coast university professors are the authors of a new study that is receiving polarized reactions from within the fishing industry. The research looks at the health of our world's fish populations and how a ban on fishing the high seas could benefit coastal fisheries.
A massive $1.4 billion telescope being built on top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano now has the support of the University of California system. Regents voted last week to assist with financing the project.
An Atlas V rocket is scheduled for a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, April 3. The window for launch opens at 7:46 a.m.
The rocket's payload includes a satellite for the Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. It was built by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. United Launch Alliance builds and flies the rocket.
Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander will be in charge of the launch decision.